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iPad Air Case Roundup: First Looks at 19 iPad Air Cases

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It used to take forever for new iPad cases to arrive. Now it takes days, at most weeks. Many of the new iPad Air cases got the size and shape right, but a few missed the magnets on folios that enable sleep/wake. This first batch of iPad Air cases doesn’t offer any new twists or innovations, instead continuing mostly with cases that are one-offs of earlier iPad cases. The variety does, however, suggest that iPad Air owners will have plenty of options to choose from.

Look for CES announcements to greatly expand the number of options available.



WINNERS of the iPhone Life December 30th Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered iPhone Life's Biweekly Weekend Giveaway! We received entries from 436 people in 23 different countries this week! WOW! And are giving away 3 amazing accessories!

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

 



From the Gray Side: Errands To-Do List

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David Mandell created Errands To-Do List (free)and it’s a winner! He also developed my favorite app, Alarmed - Reminders and Timers (free)I really liked that app, so I felt I would like Errands. I do. Everything I wrote about Alarmed applies to Errands also: It's simple to use, efficient in carrying out its purpose, and filled with just the right features. It is the simplest and most user-friendly task manager I have used. It may lack some of the glitz and glitter of other task managers, but it compensates by being very inclusive and surprisingly sophisticated.



Expect to Hear More About Apple's iBeacon in 2014

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Apple quietly introduced iBeacon this year as a feature in iOS 7. Basically this functionality uses the new Bluetooth technology called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to let devices communicate with one another while using very little energy. This means that tiny transmitters can be placed at specific locations such that when you come in range, say within 10 feet, your phone alerts you with some information. Apple, for example, earlier this month deployed iBeacon transmitters in 254 of their US Apple Stores. If you have this feature enabled, you'll receive information as you browse in an Apple Store. For example, if you pause by the iPhone display, the iBeacon will inform you of your upgrade status and encourage you to trade in your old phone for a new one.



Review: Urban Xplorer's Stylish and Rugged Half Pack RT

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The Urban Explorer HalfPack RT ($198.00) is a stylish and ruggedly designed multi-purpose bag that incorporates both heavy-duty durability and fashionable aesthetics into one versatile and dependable package. With its bold and practical design and well-planned fabrication, the HalfPack RT is an extremely high quality carryall solution for your iDevices and laptop sure to satisfy any bag aficionado.


iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Weather, Email, Texts, and Apps

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you tips on weather, email, text messages, and refreshing apps.



Today's Gift from Apple is Best Yet: Scorsese Film Hugo

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We're in day five of Apple's free app 12 Days of Gifts, and today's present is the best yet: the award-winning 2011 film Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. If you haven't yet downloaded the app, now would be a good time to do it. 



Choice is the Ultimate Luxury and Piel Frama Offers Plenty

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People want to have a personal connection with their gadgets. A unique case is one way to further personalize this relationship. But you don't have to settle for different colored plastic cases that offer little in the way of protection or luxury. I have tried cases from Piel Frama before and always came away impressed. Their latest case for my iPhone 5s is a prime example of luxury and choice.



Abducted Episode 1 in the App Store!

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Due to other reviews and the mad holiday and CES email avalanche, I totally missed the press release on this new Sunside game (recently also "greenlit" on Steam Greenlight) called Abducted, which is a space horror RPG that uses the Radiance game engine. The first episode (of several to come) was actually released for iOS back on December 19, 2013, and the game in the US app store has been discounted to $2.99 for a limited time. 



More Rumors of a 4K, 12.9-Inch "iPad Pro"

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A few days ago I listed the rumor that we'll see a 4K "iPad Pro" as one of the craziest rumors of 2013. Yet the rumor keeps popping up. A 4K display would have twice the resolution of today's retina iPad. To my mind, it's not credible, given the difficulty and expense. Plus, it's not clear to me whether the unaided eye would even be able to see the difference. You can read about the latest rumor on Forbes, which cites as it sources the Chinese language website Pad News as well as Foxconn, the Chinese company that manufactures many of Apple's devices. According to one rumor, Apple already has a prototype ready of a retina iPad Pro and is now working on developing a 4K version of the iPad Pro. By way of comparison, the retina display of the iPad Air has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, while an iPad with a 4K display would have a resolution of 4096 x 3072.



Here's Why Apple Will Introduce a New Bigger and Better iPhone in 2014.

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It’s a matter of when not if. To me it's a foregone conclusion that the release of a larger iPhone is not far off. Granted, this might not be the kind of news you want to be reminded of just days after unboxing your shiny new iPhones; but the fact remains: the impending introduction of the new iPhone 6 or iPhone Air (or whatever it ends up being called) is literally just around the corner. For Apple to deliver this highly anticipated and widely rumored iPhone to market seems a no-brainer; all one has to do is look at the popularity of the competition’s larger-screened smartphone devices to conclude that this would be a wise and prudent business plan.



Holiday iPhone Sale Still Going on at Best Buy: iPhone 5c, free, iPhone 5s $125

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A friend got some money for Christmas and emailed me to ask where she should go to get an iPhone. I checked and was surprised to see at least one holiday sale still going on. So if you're in the same situation, be sure to check around. As I write this on December 28, Best Buy is offering the 16 GB iPhone 5c for free and the 16GB iPhone 5s for $124.99. There's also a $75 discount on models with more storage. Of course, these offers entail committing to a two-year contract.



3 Fashion Apps to Help You Incorporate Your New Christmas Gifts into Your Wardrobe

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Now that Christmas is over you probably have a lot of new additions to your wardrobe. And just how do you plan to incorporate these new pieces into your current rotation? With the help of these fashion friendly apps designed to showcase your personal style and organize your closet. 



The Top 5 Bible Apps, an Updated List

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The Bible is one of the most read books worldwide. And with the emergence of iOS devices, there have been numerous apps available for those to partake in the Good Book. Since the last article on this topic, applications that give one an in-depth Bible reading and learning experience have improved a great deal. Here are five choice apps from the lot:



Be Sure to Get Your Free Gifts from Apple

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We're in day 2 of Apple's 12 Days of Gifts, a free app that offers you something for free each day for 12 days starting on Dec 26. Yesterday's inaugural freebie was a music download that included the four songs performed by Justin Timberlake at this year's iTunes Festival. Earlier today Apple's offering in the U.S. was the pilot episode of the TV series "Once Upon a Time," which I downloaded to my iPad Air.



Foodies Rejoice as App Translates Over 5000 Italian Menus to English

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I love authentic Italian food, and as a foodie, I want to try just about everything that I can get my hands on. Most of the time though, I end up with a totally different dish than I thought I was ordering. It can be a nice surprise, but I wouldn't want that to happen all the time!

That's where the Translate A Menu – Italy Food Dictionary (free with in-app purchases) helps to save the day. The app tells you exactly what you are ordering, including the ingredients and how it is cooked.



Fantastical 2 For iPhone Is a Fantastic Calendar and To-Do App

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Get it while its hot! Flexibits' Fantastical 2 is currently on sale for $1.99 (normally $4.99). If you're looking for the perfect calendar app for your iPhone, your search may end here.



Holiday Sales on 200 Games: Act Fast

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Now is a good time to buy games for your iPhone or iPad. Electronic Arts, one of the top game developers, is having a limited-time sale on 40 of its games, which are currently available for $0.99. You can see a list on TUAW. That page also lists special holiday prices on scores of additional games from developers such as SNL Playmore, Subatomic Studio, Taito Corporation, Warner Bros, Gameloft, and many more. Around 200 games in all. 



We Have a Winner! Find out Who Won the Gold iPhone 5s - Monster Headphones Giveaway

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You've been waiting with bated breath to find out who won the iPhone Life - Monster Giveaway, and finally the results are in!

The winner of the unlocked gold iPhone 5s and pair of  Monster headphones is...



Vote Now in the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Voting Ends Dec. 30!

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Vote now in the iPhone Life iPhone Photography Contest! The deadline is Monday, December 30. Click HERE to choose your favorite images. The top 10 photos will be featured in the March-April issue of iPhone Life magazine.



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