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Siva Om is a freelance writer and blogger. He's covered the latest trends and developments in mobile tech for over a decade. Siva founded iDoc Tech Support computer services in 2002. He has been an avid gamer ever since getting his Atari console in 1977. When not working, Siva enjoys adventuring off the beaten path.

[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.



The iPad Mini [Rumor Round Up]

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For many months now, the rumors and whisperings have been building as to the purported existence of a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, as a tech journalist, I've been discussing the importance of Apple releasing a smaller format iPad ever since the iPad was initially released years ago! Even though Steve Jobs clearly stated that he wasn't keen on a smaller iPad, not only had he been known to change his mind, but a smaller format iPad just makes sense, just like a larger iPhone just makes sense. Further more, and with all due respect, Mr. Jobs is dead, and he left the company in what he deemed were capable hands, and these capable hands can direct the course of Apple in ways that they see best.

 

So, keeping in mind that Apple has yet to confirm an official name for the rumored iPad mini, or if in fact there even is an iPad mini about to be released, and if there actually is an iPad mini in the works, if that announcement will come on September 12th (which is the date current rumors have pegged for the announcement of the new iPhone), keeping all that in mind, here's a round up of what information we have so far. Please note, if I’ve included the rumor in here it's only if the rumor is being floated around by multiple reliable sources. That said, a rumor is a rumor and can't be taken to the bank, so only time will tell...



What's Next? You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet... [on the evolution of Apple]

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With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
 
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
 
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!



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