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How to Replace a Smashed iPhone Screen

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Your iPhone screen can suffer damage in many different situations. You can crack your iPhone's LCD digitizer by simply resting against a wall with your phone in your pocket. The screen also can suffer from dead pixel spots within the digitizer. Dead pixel spots prevent you from interacting with the screen in a specific area of the screen.



App News: Flipboard Update; Snoop Lion Launches App; The Walking Dead on Sale

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New apps and updates are coming out all the time, and this week there are some especially exciting developments. The must-have social news app Flipboard received its most significant update ever, allowing users to create and share their own magazines. Rap/Reggae icon Snoop Lion launched his new app, Snoop Lion's Reincarnated. There's also big news for gamers — The Walking Dead is on sale!



Winston: Free News Aggregator App Speaks the News to You

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Think of Winston for iPhone as Flipboard with a voice. In fact, the interface somewhat resembles the extremely popular news aggregator app, but instead of presenting text on the screen, Winston speaks the news. Winston is free, and like other aggregator apps, you can customize it according to your interests, as well as connect it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.



Quantum Leap: Siri on the Verge of a New World

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I try and keep things in perspective. Recently, I read a great article about quantum computing in Forbes, which helped me do just that. The author, Greg Satell appropriately refers to quantum computing as “the next digital paradigm.” If you already know about quantum computers and everything they herald, this article will come as little surprise to you. If not, you’ll realize “advanced” technology is relative and very much a matter of perspective.



7 must-have free apps for your new iPhone or iPad

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I've seen a number of lists of apps recommended for those lucky individuals who got a new iPhone or iPad from Santa, but CNET's listing strikes me as being the most useful. They include a number of free apps that are my favorites and that I use every day. Let's take a look at some of their recommended apps. 

Flipboard — This is likely the most popular aggregator of news and content ever developed for iOS devices. Its interface is gorgeous and intuitive, and very easy to customize to your interests. Many people find it to be their favorite window onto Facebook or news or entertainment or sports, or whatever your interest is. 

 

Google Maps — When Apple dumped Google Maps in favor of its own maps solution, many were disappointed that Apple's effort was missing some of their favorite features, such as transit directions and Google Street View. Fortunately, Google eventually came out with a full-featured version of their app for iOS devices that has almost all the functionality of their highly popular maps app for Android devices. 



Buyer's Guide for All You New iPad and iPhone Owners Out There. [Reviews]

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Happy Holidays everyone, from all of us here at iPhone Life! Hopefully everyone had a safe and abundant holiday celebration. I know many of you are now very happy owners of the latest iDevices, and whether you just got an iPhone, an iPad or an iPad mini, this little "Buyer's Guide" is filled with handy links with lots of concise and useful information to help you accessorize and personalize your new toys.



Week in Review: A Recap of this Week's Top Stories and Headline News!

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Welcome to my recap of some of this week's top news and interesting stories in the world of iOS. This week's review includes: the debut of two of Google's most beloved iOS apps in the App Store, Apple's "Best of 2012" picks, new rumors of forthcoming Apple iDevices, and a much loved feature of the App Store returning, and just in time for the holiday season!


Goodbye to The Daily; hello to free news apps Wavii and Summly

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The big news today is that The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, will cease publication on December 15. I'm sorry to see it go. I've been a subscriber since the beginning, and it's always been the first thing I read in the morning. The publication kept evolving, and the mix of content and ease of navigation kept improving, and I felt they got it right. The app was a pleasure to interact with — much more so than other magazines or newspapers I've tried. I can only hope their conventions will be adopted by other publications.



Find great deals using free TGI Cyber Monday app

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A few days ago I posted about the great Black Friday apps that help you prepare for this Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers offer insane bargains just to help whip everyone into a shopping frenzy for the holiday season. Not to be left out, the online retailers have created their own version of Black Friday, called Cyber Monday. Monday, Nov 28, is the biggest online shopping day of the year, and again, you'll find amazing deals.



Apps to assist your Black Friday shopping

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As I'm sure you know, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is coming up next week on November 23. Stores open early or even the night before, and offer door-busting deals that usually include below-cost loss-leaders just to get crowds in the door. And they tend to keep these great deals under wraps until their circulars come out the Wednesday before. However, several websites make a practice of getting their hands on these circulars early and publishing them — notably TGI Black Friday.



Flipping Tip: Bring the News to Class!

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"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army." - Edward Everett


The Sioux Falls School District's mission statement reads, "To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world".



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!



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News, Rumors and Updates in Review.

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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 news headlines, rumors and updates in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

*Apple’s iOS: The most popular gaming platform ever? 

*Apple vs Samsung: The ongoing battle continues. 

*Are you “Hackproof”? A Tech Journalist's example to us all. 

*First crop of refurbished current generation iPads hit the Apple store online. 

*Apple drops YouTube as an included app in iOS 6.



The Problem with the Scientific American Newsstand Policy

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No one pays full price for trade publication subscriptions anymore. And if they do, they haven't shopped around. Most of my magazine subscriptions are now on the iPad. When publishers create an iPad app, they proudly announced it and tell current subscribers how to access the bits.



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News In Review.

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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.

 

This week's newsmakers include:

 

*The Dark Knight Rises, the iOS game. 

*A new iPod touch on the horizon, plus much, much more. 

*Apple presents for the first time at the annual Black Hat security conference. 

*An oxymoron: Apple’s disappointing, yet stellar, financial quarter. 

*We already knew he was the man. Time magazine recognizes Steve Jobs as one of the top 20 most influential Americans.



Dockem advances the state of the art in wall mounts

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Dockem has a smart set of wall mounts for assorted tablets and smartphones that address some of the deficiencies found in competing mounts. For starters, they accommodate just about any size device, and even with a case or smart cover in the case of the iPad.


By splitting the mount into two parts. They can accommodate devices of different width, in portrait or landscape mode (though you will have to decide which orientation before you finalize affixing your mounts.)


The Daily Planet for iPhone & iPad

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The Daily Planet is a perfect application for anyone who is on the go and wants to know the latest news. Perhaps you want to know if it’s going to rain later or if it’s going to be sunny out. The Daily Planet has features for investors as well such as stock quotes in the USA, UK and HK.

The Daily Planet has almost everything you can think of and anything you would ever need. If you need news from some of the top news sources, you can easily find them as news is gathered and collaborated from some of the most trusted news networks and media sites. While reading news and stories in plain text can get boring and unappealing, the news is delivered complete with text, audio and video.



What I Played this Week - Bounty Racer, Kingdom Rush, Stitcher and Pearltrees!

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What I played this week includes a mix of apps for both work and play, and warn you this will be a lengthy column, as also have a bit of game news to share at the end. So, let's jump in--play before work, as the saying goes: Bounty Racer (beta) is an exquisite crash cart-esque 3D racing menagerie (should be released next week). Second, Kingdom Rush for iPhone is engaging, if tiny, Tower Defense fun with rousing vocals and clashing swords to keep you alert through endless enemy waves. Pearltrees is a "web curation" app (web-content mind mapping/sharing) with an interesting way to find/share online content. Stitcher is to news radio and podcasts what Slacker or Pandora are to music.  Lot's to look at, so let the WIPTW madness commence forthwith!



The Rumor Mill: Larger iPhone Screen All But Confirmed, Chrome For iOS, And More Whisperings Of A Flexible iPhone Screen...

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It's been a very active morning when it comes to the rumors swirling about concerning upcoming Apple developments! Here's a summary of some of today's big stories:

 

 

 

 



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