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The Best Rugged iPhone 6 Plus Case for Under $20.

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I only ended up with the Unicorn Beetle PRO ($19.99) by happenstance. I needed a rugged case for my iPhone 6 Plus as soon as possible, since I didn't want to use it without a case, but while most case makers had plenty of cases for the iPhone 6 ready to ship at launch, few were ready with cases for the 6 Plus, and even fewer had cases ready for the 6 Plus that were rugged options. With good reason I felt I needed a heavy duty case for this large and heavy iPhone 6 Plus, so I took to Amazon and before long these rugged cases from a manufacturer I hadn't heard of began coming up in the search results, and their rugged cases seemed, at first glance at least, to be almost on par with Griffin's Survivor All-Terrain ($59.99) or Otterbox's Defender ($69.90), two industry-leading, rugged case brands. So I took a chance and placed my order, figuring it was only $20 in the event that I hated it. I can now say that not only was I immediately impressed by the overall design and build of this sturdy case, I've been using it for almost two weeks now, and I've already drop-tested this case with hard falls from approximately three-feet high. It's safe to say that the way this case performs and feels in the hand is definitely reminiscent of the Otterbox Defender or the Survivor All-Terrain.



Tip of the Day: Answer Phone Calls On Your iPad

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Forget running downstairs to where you left your iPhone, take the call on your iPad or iPod instead (as long as you have later-model devices running iOS 8).



Air Supply - SOS (Save Our Sheep) Game Review

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Air Supply – SOS (Save Our Sheep) ($1.99) is a great game, and it does what any Air Supply game does best; it provides you with plenty of stuff to unlock. There are also boss fights, a mini game, and perks. Life is all about perks, right?



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,200,000 — 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!



October 6 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce October 6! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Apple Responds to Bendgate: Only 9 Customers Complained of Bent iPhone 6 Plus

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As the video in my earlier post shows, it appears that it's fairly easy to bend the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. That video went viral, with over 20 million views. Blogs were buzzing, and Apple's stock took a dip.



iPhone 6 Plus "Bendgate" Leads to Bendathon: Which Smartphones Are Most Bendable?

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As I write this, Apple hasn't yet commented on the propensity of the iPhone 6 Plus to bend in your pocket. After the phone was released there were scattered reports that it could bend if you wear tight pants—even in your front pocket. Then Lewis Hilsenteger posted a video on his YouTube channel Unbox Therapy that showed him bending his iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. The video went viral, and seemingly all the major media picked up the story.



Tip of the Day: Add Phone Numbers to Contacts from Mail in iOS 8

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You probably already know you can call a phone number from within an email by tapping on the number. But did you know that you can now quickly add the phone number to Contacts as well?



Swift 101: Demystifying Swift's Initializers (Part 1)

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Now that Apple has officially released Xcode 6 and the NDA has been lifted, it's time to dive deeper into Swift—Apple's new language for building iOS apps. Learning how to properly use initializers in Swift can be daunting at first. Swift's requirement that all stored properties in a class are initialized adds complexity to the initialization process. In the first part of this two-part post I'm going to demystify initializers as I provide a hands-on approach to learning how to best implement initializers in your custom classes.



Yantouch Offers 2 Smart Home Devices in 1

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There are several trends in the consumer electronics industry. Smart home accessories are a big thing now. Bluetooth speakers are big. And convergence is big. So it was nice to see the convergence of both a Bluetooth speaker and an app-enabled lighting unit, all in one cool looking gadget from Yantouch.



Updategate: Downgrade Back to iOS 8 from iOS 8.0.1

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It's not unusual for Apple to release hardware or software that has a glitch or bug. It's become the unfortunate trend that when a glitch in the Apple matrix is discovered, it gets nicknamed "such and such-gate." Do you remember Antennagate, which happened on Steve Jobs' shift, when numerous users reported dropped calls if they simply held their iPhone "wrong"? Then again, you needn't think back that far. Last month we were hit with Celebgate, (aka: the Fappening) where personal iCloud accounts of popular female celebrities were hacked and their nude photos flooded the internet.



The iPhone 6 Plus: Week One, Second Thoughts?

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I don't regret my decision to get the iPhone 6 Plus, not at all. To say that Apple has impressed me with the new iPhone 6 Plus would be an understatement. I am in awe of this device, often times when I am using it I'll notice a smile creep onto my face as I play my favorite graphically enhanced games or notice amazing new device features in action. But after a week with this iPhone at my side I've discovered that despite the fact that the 6 Plus is proving to be one of the best premium smartphones on the planet, there are still some significant issues (yes, even after this most recent iOS 8.0.1 update) that Apple really needs to address.



Keep Friends & Family Safe with V.ALRT!

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Want to keep tabs on someone (or maybe someone wants to keep them on you?) Consider V.ALRT (on sale for $59.99) which requires no expensive monthly services. The V.ALRT mobile tracking application can detect a fall, and has a panic button that can be configured to automatically alert and send SMS texts to friends andfamily, but the open API means that new apps will become available for this interesting and versatile health accessory from VSN Mobil 



FiftyThree's Paper & Pencil Are the New Paper & Pencil

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I recently had the opportunity to try the Pencil stylus from FiftyyThree along with Paper by FiftyThree (free). Just as Apple is able to provide a seamless integration of hardware and software, FiftyThree has done the same with their elegant stylus and equally elegant sketching app.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri Hands Free with iOS 8

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Siri can be quite useful, but if you really want a "Jarvis" kind of experience, like Tony Stark in Iron Man, you need to be able to interact with Siri without touching a button. Fortunately, iOS 8 makes this possible. 



Two New iPhone 6 Commercials Feature Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

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On Monday, Apple debuted two new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus commercials titled "Huge" and "Cameras" and featuring voiceovers by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. As you might expect, "Huge" highlights the larger screen of the two phones and focuses on how it makes things easier. In the banter between the two celebs, Fallon plays it straight, talking about the advantages, and Timberlake simply keeps repeating that the phones are so huge. 



Tip of the Day: Take Slo Mo Movies on Your iPhone

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The iPhone 5s gave us Slo Mo video capture, where images are recorded at 120 FPS (Frames Per Second) and then played back at 30 FPS. But now the iPhone 6 offers Super Slo Mo, which captures 240 FPS. This will allow for some incredible action videos. I played with this new feature at my daughter's softball game and was able to analyze her swing and running essentially in real time. This could be a great boon to coaches and athletes, not to mention a lot of fun! Here's how to use it:



WINNERS of the iPhone Life September 22 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the September 22 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the October 6 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winners are... (drum roll please):



This Week's Gaming Distraction: Can You Steal It?

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Can You Steal It? is a nice throwback to the Flash games of the 2000s but is too easy for those who would find it nostalgic.



I Bought an iPhone 6. Then I Bought Another One

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It was a given that I'd buy a new iPhone. As an app developer, I have to test my apps on the latest gear, and writing for iPhone Life magazine means I need to be able to test and report on the latest cases, accessories, etc. But, like most of us, I had to preorder an iPhone that I couldn't physically try out beforehand. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus would be too big, and I already have an iPad. So I preordered an iPhone 6 on September 12, which wasn't a breeze, but at least one would be waiting for me.



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