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Foursquare Launches the Friend-Focused Swarm App

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The Foursquare team hinted at impending changes to their check-in app back in early May. The resulting app, called Swarm, provides a quick and easy way to check in with friends who are nearby.



Don't Forget Dad! The Best iDevice Accessories for Father's Day

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Do you have a gadget-loving iDad? Does he get excited to show you all of his new accessories for his iPhone and iPad? If so, we have a few gift ideas for every budget that'll make you Dad's favorite this year on Father's Day!  



CarPlay System Coming from Pioneer in a Few Weeks; Demos Online

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When Apple announced CarPlay, their new technology for automobiles, the big question was whether it would only be available on new cars, or if older cars could also take advantage of it. Then to the relief of many, two different companies announced forthcoming aftermarket CarPlay systems, with the one from Pioneer to be the first to hit the market. As noted by AppleInsiderPioneer has been offering hands-on demonstrations of its NEX car infotainment system to the media this week, including CNBC, Macworld, and Digital Trends, which has a very detailed hands-on review of the system. Pioneer's CarPlay system offers Phone, Music, Maps, and Messages. See an earlier post for a bit more detail. 



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day—recently topping 1,000,000—we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Apple News: iTunes Gets Updated, Is Still an Unwieldy Beast of an App

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The hulking beast of an app that is iTunes has been updated. This has nothing to do with Apple's expected acquisition of Beats, instead iTunes 11.2 primarily adds enhancements for podcasts. If you subscribe to a lot of podcasts, iTunes will now let you automatically delete them as they are listened to, which will help free up space. To demonstrate just how big iTunes has become, the latest version requires 400MB. That's almost half a gigabyte of space! These days, iTunes does much more than handle music, podcasts, or even movies.  iTunes is also responsible for browsing the mobile app store from a desktop computer. Apple has a separate Mac OS App Store app for browsing Mac apps.



Best Graduation Gifts for iDevice Users

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'Tis the season for graduations! High school, college, whatever your family member or friend is graduating from, spring is the time to watch them walk across that stage and celebrate their accomplishments. And then, of course, buy them a gift to say congratulations! Here's my list of the best Graduation gifts for iDevice users. 



Apple News: Big Stock Purchase by Icahn

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Has Apple's pending stock split made you think about picking up a share or two? Well get in line, because Carl Icahn just added 2.8 million shares to the 7.5 million he already owned! Icahn is an activist investor who uses his holdings in firms to push his agenda. It often works, at places like eBay and even Apple.



Last Chance to Enter our May 19th Giveaway!

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Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest! 

Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.

 

This weeks featured items are:



Tip of the Day: How to Protect Your iDevice from Your Children

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Hey, Dad! Can I use your iPad?

There are a lot of articles out there on keeping kids safe while while they use mobile devices. But I'm guessing even more parents want to know how to keep their iPhones and iPads safe from their kids! Here are a few tips:



International Travel: Printing, Wi-Fi, Charging Devices, and More from Your Hotel Room

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Not all hotels are the same, even within the same chain. That means different amenities, features, and services. In order to avoid getting caught figuring out a solution to a problem that could have been avoided with planning, scope out your hotels before you arrive and supplement their configurations by bringing what you need to make your room work for you.

I will be using my stays recent stays at two UK Holiday Inn properties: Norwich, and London, Bloomsbury, as a examples.



Flappy Bird Is Returning To The App Store!

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If you somehow managed to miss out on one of the largest App Store sensations this year before it was pulled by its developer, you're in luck. Flappy Bird is set to return to the App Store with some new features that'll make a seemingly overnight success an even bigger deal than it was before.



Satechi's 10-Port USB Hub Will Keep Your Devices Connected (Review)

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Apple's handheld devices are reaching the point where just about everyone has one, and I mean everyone. If everyone in your home has an iDevice, but only one computer with which to sync and manage devices, then you might need a few extra USB ports. Enter Satechi's 10-port USB hub ($59.95). Overkill? Maybe. Useful? Definitely. 



Apple Reportedly Testing 1704 x 960 Resolution for iPhone 6; Evidence for September Launch

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At this late stage in the development of the iPhone 6, I'm not sure Apple would still be testing various display resolutions, but that's what the latest report on 9To5Mac is saying. According to the in-depth article, which cites sources familiar with at least one model being tested, Apple is considering a display resolution of 1704 x 960 pixels, which would give a pixel density of 416 ppi and an aspect ratio of 16:9. This compares to a resolution of 1136 x 640 on the iPhone 5s, with a pixel density of 326 ppi and the same aspect ratio of 16:9. The article explains in detail why this rumored resolution would be proportionately larger, making it easier for developers to scale up to the larger size. 



Apple News: Run iOS Apps on Android?!

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Some enterprising students may have done what others have yet to do, namely eliminate the barriers between Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The project is called Cider, and through some clever porting of iOS frameworks to Android, native iOS apps can run, although slowly, as native apps on Android. App developers don't have to do anything special (although not all frameworks and features work, such as hardware-specific features) but for a college project, it's quite impressive.



Tip of the Day: Mobile Safari Navigation

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Sometimes you fall down the Internet rabbit hole, where reading one article leads to another until you are many pages from were you want to be. If you've ever found yourself repeatedly tapping the back button when browsing in Safari on your iPhone or iPad or wanting to follow a link without having to leave the page you're currently visiting, this tip is for you.



Motorola Schools Apple on What a Low-Cost Smartphone Should Be

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The iPhone 5c was Apple's foray into low-cost smartphones. Prior to the iPhone 5c, Apple just kept selling the previous year's model at a discounted price. Some iPhones could even be acquired for free, but that required a two-year contract. A no-contract iPhone still meant shelling out hundreds of dollars. The iPhone 5c was meant to be a cost-reduced model without all of the iPhone 5s features like Touch ID. Still, when my neighbor bought an unlocked iPhone 5c this week, it cost her upward of $700.



Beach Hero Game Review: Fight Off An Infinite Invasion

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Most of the time, I review a game because either I ask a developer if they want a review or because someone asks me to write a review.  Occasionally, however, I just feel compelled to write a review on my own, usually because I simply can’t stop playing the game that I’m reviewing.  Beach Hero (Free with IAP) is just such as case.  I honestly probably wouldn’t have even given the game a second thought had I not coming across it while compiling a list for a different article; but ever since I first launched the game, I find myself spending more time with it than just about anything else on my device. As a result I decided it was time to share it with iPhone Life's readers.



Africa's Mobile Payment Movement Empowers Populations Long Ignored by Traditional Banks

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I was recently involved in a spirited discussion with a couple of people online. The subject? The perception that African countries are somehow lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of technological innovation. I argued against that idea, citing a number of examples from different countries on the continent that show remarkable innovations and concepts. One of those concepts has grown into a viable movement that is just now catching the eye of the west. What is it exactly? The mobile payment movement. To be more precise, M-PESA.



Will iOS 8 Include Split-Screen Multitasking for the iPad?

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Apple has never shied away from copying a competitor's feature, if it's a good one. Indeed, a good one that Windows offers is the ability to run a couple of apps simultaneously in separate windows. There are many times when I am writing a blog post, such as this, on my iPad and I need to browse the web for a photo or text to quote. Switching between apps is cumbersome. Microsoft found a way around it, and they have been using that distinction in advertising. It's a valid differentiator. However, that may change soon, according to 9to5mac.



Will Apple Announce Beats Acquisition at WWDC?

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Several days ago, Dr. Dre sent out a tweet noting that he may become the first billionaire rapper. Ever since, there has been unbridled speculation around the possible Apple acquisition of his Beats company (Which he owns with partner Jimmy Iovine) for $3.2 billion. With less than three weeks until WWDC, it looks like Apple may be delaying the announcement of their Beats acquisition until then.



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