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Apple vs Samsung: Tim Cook addresses Apple employees after jury's verdict in favor of Apple.

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Well, as I reported earlier, the jury in the Apple versus Samsung legal battle has returned their verdict this evening, and it goes heavily in Apple's favor. This precedent setting case has, from the start, been about far more that just the billion plus dollars the jury awarded Apple. Rather this case, and the jury's subsequent ruling in Apple's favor, has already been sending shockwaves through the world of smartphones and tablets. Apple now has the momentum, and it's clear that companies that may have thought they got away with blatant patent infringement and theft of intellectual property (cough, Google, cough) may indeed have somethings to worry about. Apple decisively won this case (even assuming Samsung appeals to the extent of the law) and since their revolutionary product was released in 2007, the world of smartphones has simply not been the same, (or rather it's been more the same than ever), as other manufacturers raced to ride Apple's coat-tails to the bank. So many phones now look and (try to) act like the iPhone. With the decision of this jury, a clear message has been sent: manufactures of all these Apple knockoffs have been given ample fair warning.

 

In an email to Apple corporate employees Apple's CEO issued these following words:



[Review] Top three, rugged iPhone cases under $20.00.

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There is undoubtedly no shortage of heavy-duty cases on the market, and I've tested most of them, under extreme circumstances. And to an extent, you do get what you pay for. However, you don't have to invest $40.00 or $50.00 and up for a good, protective iPhone case that will protect your iPhone from day to day hazards and abuse. These entry level, "heavy-duty" cases can fit anyone's budget, none costing more than $20.00.

 

 

$20.00 for a case that will protect your valuable iPhone against most drops and jolts that you are likely to encounter is not a bad deal at all. All three of these cases are pretty similar in their construction, so your decision would be more a matter of taste and personal preference than one of functionality and protection.

 

Commonalities:

Each of these cases share certain good attributes, namely a silicone, shock absorbing skin encased within a rigid polycarbonate shell. None of these cases have integrated clear plastic screen protection, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, considering the great strength and durability of the built in Gorilla Glass touchscreen.

 

That said, meet my top three picks for most affordable, rugged protection cases.



[Review] Introducing the booq backpack. A quality laptop/tablet bag, perfect for back-to-school, or job commutes.

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I just took my iPad and iPhone out of my backpack...

Everything was safe and dry.

 

Why would I think this might be interesting news? Well, I'm known for testing accessories rather aggressively, and the good folks at booq just sent me one of their favorite laptop/tablet backpacks to test. So I promptly hopped on my off-road motorcycle and went for a ride in rocky terrain, during a rainstorm. So yes, the fact that everything was safe and dry was good news.

 

The booq Mamba daypack is what I'm reviewing today and it's an excellent one!



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News: Just in, the Apple vs Samsung verdict! Also, the latest iPad mini rumors, gaming news and more.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

• When will the new iPad mini be released? Sources suggest at least a month after the iPhone 5.  

 

• Apple vs Samsung: The jury is back, the verdict is in!  

 

• Huge, free updates: Facebook gets a major overhaul, Gameloft's update to Order and Chaos brings great new features and Angry Birds: Space adds 20 new levels!  



iPad mini: Production picks up steam in preparation for the holidays.

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In preparation for the upcoming holiday season production of the 7.85 inch iPad "mini" is rumored to reach as much as 4 million units a month starting in September, according to new information from DigiTimes.
 
With an anticipated announcement expected alongside the new iPhone on September 12th, the iPad nano is set to go head to head with the likes of other smaller, less expensive tablets, namely Google's Nexus and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
 
 
If you happen to have been following the Apple rumor mill, this likely doesn't come as a surprise as whisperings have been circulating for almost a year about the existence of the iPad mini. In fact, sources in the supply chain say that as far back as June, production had begun on the iPad mini, at a monthly volme of "several hundreds of thousands" of units!
 
The iPad mini is rumored to enter the market somewhere within the 199.00 - 299.00 price range.



Life in the nüüd. Lifeproof introduces the first heavy-duty, waterproof iPad case.

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After months of anticipation and rumored development, Lifeproof, (arguably one of the best protective case manufacturers for iDevices) has produced, and now released, their version of the award-winning Lifeproof case, for the iPad 2 and 3rd generation models.

 

Called the “nüüd”, this new, completely submersible iPad case is a revolution of design and functionality. This cleverly designed case provides a high level of defense for our precious iPads, unlike anything else on the market.



The Flex Kit just may be the most versatile iPad case around!

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TinyLightbulbs.com is a ingenious young company that specializes in bringing independently funded and crowd funded projects to greater public awareness. Recently they turned me on to a product called The Flex Kit. Here is a case solution that stands out from a very crowded field of iPad cases. Uzibull has created a versatile and unique product, a protective and functional line of accessories for the iPad that is The Flex Kit.



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News, Rumors and Updates in Review, Including the new "iTV", a new iPad "mini", Game news and more.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

*Is Apple about to announce a new device, the rumored "iTV", on September 12th?  

 

*Apple iPad "mini": Newest mockups look GREAT!  

 

*Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto house burglarized. His iPad went to a clown.  

 

*Updates: Asphalt 7 and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises both receive updates, and a phenomenal new game called Horn debuts. 



Introducing Horn: Phosphor and Zynga team up to produce an amazing game powered by Unreal Engine.

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The latest game powered by the graphically stunning Unreal Engine just hit the App Store this week! Phosphor, producers of the best-selling and creepy-freaky Dark Meadow have joined forces with game industry giant Zynga, to produce Horn.

 

 

As you can see in the trailer below, Horn does not lack for visual impact. In fact this game seems as if it will be a guaranteed success. As you battle to free your world from the clutches of the Stone Monsters, this exciting looking, story-driven RPG zooms you into the action in a close-up, over the shoulder perspective when engaging in combat (a la Infinity Blade), and then zooms the camera angle back out, for third person adventuring and puzzle solving (a la Zelda) in its open world, rich and immersive gameplay.



The iPad mini: New design mockups are spot on, Unlike anything we envisioned.

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Ah, now that's more like it! The blogosphere is abuzz today, with new and improved mockups of the speculated, soon-to-be-released iPad "mini".

 

 

These mockups show the new iPad looking more like an enlarged iPod touch, a device that can be held and even operated one-handed! This is a marked difference from previous design mockups which have the purported iPad mini looking more like a shrunken down iPad.

 

 

These redesigned concepts of the iPad mini reveal a device that is incredibly thin, incredibly light and rather than having the thick and bulky bezel of the iPad, these renderings show an iPad that for all intents and purposes, looks much more akin to a large iPhone "5".! Though we must be clear, this new iPad will of course, be running the iPad version of iOS, and will (may or may not) have the same aspect ratio as the current iPads. I love it and can only hope that IF indeed Apple does unveil an iPad mini on September 12th, that it will look something like these images.



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