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Review: Rhinoshield from Evolutive Labs Offer Tough Protection for iOS Devices

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I had some fun this weekend. I broke the screen on an iPhone.

Well, it wasn’t my iPhone, and it wasn’t attached to the iPhone itself, it was actually part of a kit that arrived from Taiwan from Evolutive Labs, the makers of Rhinoshield (iPhone 5 $24.99, iPad Air $39.99).



Replace Your Native Calendar App with Sunrise

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If you haven't moved away from your native calendar app, now is the time.

Sunrise Calendar (free, Sunrise Atelier) is, in my opinion, the best native calendar app replacement out there. The design boasts beautiful, simple and modern design as well as a monthly view and daily view like the native iOS app. It also allows users to add Google, Facebook, and iCloud calendars with ease. Reminders can also be seen in the calendar view, if you wish. The latest update lets users add "interesting calendars," like sports schedules, moon phases, and holidays.



iKlip Xpand and iRig Voice Review Roundup

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IK Multimedia is a company whose products I have been reviewing for several years, and they continue to impress me with their prodigious release of new hardware and software. Their latest batch consists of substantial revisions to their popular iKlip and iMic product lines. This review roundup takes a look at these to see if they are worthy of your purchase consideration.



Review SCOTTeVEST Sterling Jacket for Men—A Pocket for Everything and Everything in a Pocket

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I’ve been a fan of Scott Jordan’s SCOTTeVEST products for years. Every once in a while, they get excited enough about a product to send me one, or I ask for the latest while heading off to some land far far from Seattle, Washington.

Most recently, I received the new Sterling Jacket for Men ($150), which is my favorite so far. It is stylish, has pockets for everything (24 in all) and includes an RFID pocket for protecting credit cards and passports. For weather and spills, the jacket sports a Teflon-treated overcoat of its own to repel all but the most egregious attacks from nature or humankind.



AluPen Digital Review

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Just Mobile has been working on phone and tablet styluses for several years. Their AluPen line has consistently delivered attractive and high-quality products. With the release of the company’s AluPen Digital, does that expectation-setting trend continue? Read on to find out.



Tip of the Day: How to Start an iMovie on Your iPhone and Finish on a Mac Without Using AirDrop

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People live busy lives. Apple understands this, which is why many of their apps are able to interact with one another across multiple platforms. But if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of AirDrop, here is a quick and simple way to begin an iMovie on your iPhone or iPad and continue editing it on your Mac later using Dropbox. 



Review: The Art of iPhone Photography Edited by Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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If you have ever wondered how those marvelous photographs from iPhone enthusiasts are captured, wonder no more: they weren’t captured, they were crafted. If you want to craft eye-catching photos yourself, then you will need to get a copy of The Art of iPhone Photography.

Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald have compiled entries from a wide range of iPhone photographers. They cover everything from the basics of taking portraits to capturing landscapes and street scenes, to how to best use panorama settings and HDR.



Awesome Video Shows Indestructible Sapphire Crystal Front Panel of iPhone 6

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It's a known fact that Apple has invested heavily in sapphire crystal and plans to increasingly use it in their products. This material is virtually impossible to scratch. And for months there have been rumors that the front panel of the iPhone 6 will be made of sapphire crystal or will have a sapphire crystal laminate. And now Sonny Dickson, who in the past has been the first to score leaked parts for forthcoming iPhones and iPads, has allegedly gotten his hands on iPhone 6 front panels straight off the assembly line. Video blogger Marques Brownlee got a front panel from Dickson and has uploaded a video to YouTube showing just how indestructible sapphire crystal can be. He tries hard to scratch it with keys and a knife point. He stabs the panel. He puts his shoe on it and tries to break it. As the embedded video below shows, nothing he can do has the slightest effect. No marks whatsoever, other than fingerprints.



iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones: Do They Have What it Takes to Stand Out From the Crowd?

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The iFrogz Coda Forte ($99.99) are a pair of headphones I really wanted to like. Their parent company, Zagg, tends to make some great products and at first glance they seemed like a pair of headphones with great potential. The reality wasn't so impressive. Having spent some time with these headphones I'd like to share with you my impressions of where these Bluetooth headphones shine, and where they could use some fine tuning.



WHOOSH! No More Fingerprints, Dirt, or Oils on Your iPhone

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At CE Week, I got to try WHOOSH! Screen Shine cleaning solution ($19.95). To be honest, I've used a lot of cleaning products on my iPhone and they pretty much work the same. They clean fingerprints, dirt, and gunk off your touchscreen. But WHOOSH! is different. First, it's safe and non-toxic. In fact, WHOOSH! products do not contain alcohol, acids, ammonia, chlorine, solvents, petroleum distillates, phosphates, or VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). WHOOSH! Screen Shine is odorless, streak free, haze free and anti static.



Apple News: Solar-Powered Data Center Expansion

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When it rains, it pours. And when the sun shines, particularly in North Carolina, it powers Apple's data centers. As Apple increasingly relies on such data centers for iCloud, Siri, and more, they are also increasingly relying on the sun to power those data centers. And now Apple has struck a deal with Claremont City Council in North Carolina to setup a 100-acre solar farm, and spend up to $55 million to build it. This is in addition to the other solar powered Apple data centers in Maiden, NC.



Apple News: Bend it Like Beckham

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I still remember a poem from French class, 30-plus years ago, that includes the line "Je plie, et ne romps pas" which translates to "I bend, and do not break."  It is the sentiment of a tree that survives by bending with the wind rather than trying to maintain its posture and thus lasts longer than a larger tree. Apple is trying to make screens that bend but do not break, and the key to that may be their new sapphire factories which is expected to replace Corning's Gorilla Glass, which had been used in all iPhones to date.



Rumor: Chinese Website Reports Greater Battery Capacity in Forthcoming iPhones

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Blogs are reporting the news published by a Chinese technology website that the forthcoming iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display will have a battery capacity between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, compared to 1,570 for the current iPhone 5s. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is expected to have a 2,500 mAh battery. Does this mean that the new phones will have a much longer battery life? Not necessarily. A larger capacity battery will be needed to power the larger screen of the forthcoming phones.



Vote Now in the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Voting Ends July 9!

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Vote now in the iPhone Life iPhone Photography Contest! The voting deadline is Wednesday, July 9. Click HERE to choose your favorite images.  The top 10 photos will be featured in an upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine.

Don't worry if you can't choose just one favorite photo; you can vote for as many photos as you like. You can only vote once per day for each image though, so make sure you vote every day from now until the contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 9!

Here are some samples of the beautiful photos being submitted (click HERE to see all the entries):



Tip of the Day: How to Block Facebook Game Requests

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Some of your Facebook friends like games. A lot. Some of your Facebook friends want you to like games a lot too. And you know this because they've sent you so many Facebook game requests that you are considering unfriending them just to make the onslaught stop. 

We at iPhone Life don't want to tell you who to be friends with, but you don't actually have to unfriend the Facebook gamers you know in order to make the game requests stop. Here's what you can do instead:



Tossing and Turning? 4 Apps to Improve Your Sleep

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Tired of tossing and turning as you try to fall asleep at night? There are apps out there that can help you get the shut-eye you need and keep your sleep cycle on track. 

Millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and a survey shows that more than 40 percent of adults experience tiredness at least a few days each month to the extent that it interferes with daily living, according to the American Psychological AssociationA lack of sleep can cause irritability, moodiness and disinhibition (a loss of inhibition) — but those are only the initial signs, psychologist and sleep expert David Dinges says on the APA website. It can also negatively affect your memory and cause apathy, slowed speech and an inability to multitask.

That’s why it might be important for you to start monitoring your sleep patterns, or at least fall asleep more quickly. Here’s a roundup of some apps to get you started.



Power to Go, with TYLT's Energi 2K Travel Charger

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I just got back from CE Week and I always try to travel light. Instead of carrying a battery pack and a USB charger as I wandered around the tradeshow floor and around New York City, I tried something new, namely TYLT's Energi 2K Travel Charger. This compact "block" has 2,000 mAh of battery life, a USB port, and a flip-down prong for charging via the wall. This eliminates the need to carry two separate devices and made my life a lot easier. Combined with a retractable Lightning cable, I was able to keep my iPhone charged and recharge the Energi back whenever I was near a wall outlet.



Apple News: Robots to Build iPhones

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The first Apple devices were handmade by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and a few others in Jobs' family garage. They've come a long way since then. While most Apple devices are now made in China, via subcontractors like Foxconn, there are still a few devices made in America. The new version of the $3,000-plus Mac Pro is made in the U.S., where the higher price can offset any costs due to Americans demanding a living wage and not polluting the environment. Foxconn has had their own problems with worker suicides leading to the installation of netting around buildings. Yet workers still flock to Foxconn factories because the working conditions are often better than the alternatives.



Apple News: Fashionable HR Moves

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Apple has made some interesting personnel moves lately, starting with Angela Ahrendts, previously CEO of Burberry. To leave the top job at a prestigious fashion firm for a non-CEO job might be puzzling, but it demonstrates Apple's own prestige. At Apple, Ahrendts has a chance to make an impact on the consumer electronics scene at one of the most well respected firms. And given the trend toward wearables, it could be nice to combine her fashion expertise with Apple's technology savvy.



Apple Climbs Back Up on Barron's List

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After taking a plunge to number three last year on Barron's 'World's Most Respected Companies' list, Apple is now back at number one; this comeback is said to coincide with a revival in its shares, which Barron reported has gained more than 60 percent since the spring of 2013.



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