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More Rumors that Next iPhone Will Include Force Touch

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One of the special features of the forthcoming Apple Watch is Force Touch: the device senses the level of pressure of your touch. It can distinguish between a light tap and a firmer press, with the latter triggering a contextual menu. This feature has also now been included in two of Apple's new laptops. And rumors are flying that it will also be in the forthcoming iPhones. 



Favorite iPhone 6 Battery Cases

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OtterBox Resurgence Power Case ($99.95) 

Military-grade protection, a 2,600 mAh battery, and an auto-stop charge are some of the key features of this case. The auto-stop charge means that the case will stop charging your battery when it reaches 100 percent, saving the battery power for later when you need it. Available in black, glacier, cardinal, and mint ice.



Samsung Boots Management as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Gain

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Samsung had an advantage over Apple for years by offering larger phones or "phablets" while Apple stuck with 4-inch iPhones. That changed with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which offer a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, respectively. Korea-based Samsung is also getting squeezed at the low-end by cheaper Android phones from Xiomi and other Chinese manufacturers.



The Evolution of Bluetooth Speakers: A Review of Four Speakers From Mini to Mega

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The Bluetooth speaker market continues to evolve. But rather than delivering consumers a bunch of also-ran mid-sized speakers designed for adequacy, the speaker market is taking a cue from evolution. Bluetooth speakers are evolving to fill consumer niches. Like the beetle, a creature that has evolved from near microscopic forms to gargantuan entities, Bluetooth speakers range from tiny, pocket-sized offerings to huge, credenza-filling sizes.



Tip of the Day: How to Add Favorites to Apple Maps

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If you use Apple Maps to get around and you have identified specific locations you want to travel to, you can save those locations as Favorites in Maps. Then when you need to travel to that location, you can simply tap on the name in Favorites and then tap Directions. It can be a real convenience, especially if you're planning a route with multiple stops.



Apple Invites All Developers to Now Submit Apple Watch Apps

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Until Tuesday Apple had only allowed a select group of apps with Apple Watch compatibility to be available in the App Store. But the floodgates have been opened, and Apple has invited all 1.2 million iOS third-party developers to go ahead and submit for review their updates that include Apple Watch functionality. This is where it really gets interesting. The success of the Apple Watch will depend in large part on the response of developers — and how cool their apps are. All indications so far are that we'll be seeing a ton of great apps, including some real game changers. Keep in mind that for now, Apple Watch apps are simply extensions of the same app on one's iPhone. The app resides on the iPhone and pushes functionality to the Apple Watch.



DNA pro: A Powerful Pair of Headphones from Monster

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I had the opportunity to try the DNA Pro 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones ($299.95) courtesy of Monster. I liked the use of high-end materials like carbon fiber and, most importantly, it does the job that headphones should do: produce great sound. I also liked that they are easily collapsible for travel, as I'm on the road a lot. The DNA Pro headphones offer Noise Isolation, which is like noise cancellation but no batteries are required. Again, as a frequent traveler, noise cancellation is great and no battery worries is terrific. I tried these on a six-hour train ride to New York City (and back) and they really helped cut out the background noise.



Find Your Trade-In Alter Ego with NextWorth

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When it comes to saving money, one popular method is trading in old electronics for cash on sites like NextWorth.com and Gazelle.comBut when it comes to trading in old mobile devices, not everyone is looking for the same thing. Some of us are looking for the fastest payout, while others are looking for the best deal. To help, NextWorth created an entertaining infographic that will take readers through a flowchart for determining which popular TV character they're most like for trading in old devices, and thus what route they should take next time when trading in.

Who is your NextWorth Alter Ego?



Make Your Own Apple Watch for April Fools Day

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In honor of April Fools Day, and for those of us anxious to get our hands (wrists?) on an Apple Watch, here's an enterprising and entertaining story you can emulate. Hiné Matsushima makes objects out of felt... She calls them "Felt Sculptures." Hiné devised a clever way to make an "Apple Watch."



Top April Fools' Day Jokes

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Ah, April 1st, the day when companies do their best to give us all a laugh by promoting fake and funny products and services. Here's a roundup of some of our favorites.



Power Your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Car with Cyntur’s JumperPack Mini

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They say you can never have too much money. I don't know if that's true. Shakespeare had King Richard shouting "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!" I don't ride a horse, but I do have a couple of old convertibles that have had the battery die on occassion, so I can relate. All the money in the world won't help you if your car and phone batteries are dead and nobody is around to help. That's why I was very excited to see the JumperPack mini from Cyntur.



Tip of the Day: April Fools!

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Have you ever wanted to mess with someone’s phone on April Fool’s day? Apart from locking their phone by mistyping their password over and over again (don’t do that!) or changing their password, here are couple of ways to mess with your friends on April 1st.



Real or Fake? Get Ready for April Fools' Day Gadgets

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Just as Black Friday sales have crept into Thanksgiving Day, it looks like April Fools' Day is starting a bit earlier. Or is it? Several press releases we have received here at iPhone Life m.gazine could go either way. Is a college really building a biodome over its campus? Not likely. Is Amazon offering a one-touch button that re-orders your favorite items? As unlikely as that one sounds, it's a real invitation-only service for Amazon Prime customers.



Repeated Rumors of 4-Inch iPhone 6c Now Include Leaked Rear Casing

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The next generation of iPhones is likely less than six months away, and it's high time we start getting some serious rumors. One that keeps popping up is that Apple is going to come out with a new four-inch iPhone, the iPhone 6c.



Game Centered: The Latest in iOS Gaming News

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, continual updates and constant stream of new games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered takes a close look at a select few iOS games and related news stories worthy of special recognition.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 12: Hardening Your Code

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 12 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to Swift and iOS 8.)

One of the best software development books of all time is Steve McConnell's Code Complete. Whether you are a seasoned software developer or a brand new programmer, regardless of the platform or language in which you write code, I highly recommend checking out this book. It will change your way of thinking and vastly improve the quality of the code you write.



Apple TV (Refurbished) Available for Just $59

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Just a quick note that refurbished Apple TV units are back in stock at Apple.com. Just a month ago, the Apple TV sold for $99, then dropped to $69. Now, for $59, you can pickup a refurbished one for almost half the original price, thanks to Apple's price drop oand the magic of refurb units! When Apple sells a refurbished device, it comes with a new warranty, and a new shell so there's no need to worry about scratches, fingerprints, etc. Considering that the Apple TV has no moving parts, there is really very little concern about buying a refurbished unit. I've bought three myself, so I can use AirPlay and send my iOS screen to just about any room in the house.



Tip of the Day: How to Restore Apps to Their Original Layout

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Sometimes you need to do some app housecleaning. Maybe your kid moved your apps around, or maybe you just want to see what apps you have. For example, I have 69 apps on the first screen and 67 on the second. Of course, they’re in folders, but sometimes I lose track and need to do an app purge. If you’re like me, or just need a fresh start, take a few quick steps through your settings to restore apps to their original layout.



Details of Apple Watch Try-On Leaked; Purchases by Reservation Only

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A lot of detail is emerging about what you can expect in the coming weeks if you're interested in trying on or purchasing an Apple Watch. 9To5Mac has posted extensive detail about the Apple Watch displays and the process. 



Apple Taking Trade-Ins of Non-Apple Phones

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Apple has been trying to increase sales of iPhones at their retail stores, versus third party locations like BestBuy, Sprint, etc. In addition to higher profit margins by selling directly, Apple stores can upsell consumers on the benefits of owning Apple computers in addition to iPhones. One area where other retailers had an advantage was the ability to take in competing phones and offer credit.



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