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3 Great Places to Watch Apple's Live iPad Event [Live Now]

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Apple is currently holding a keynote about their new line of products, with the new version of the iPad expected to be unveiled. 

Unfortunately, there's no live video streaming, but here are some great live streaming blogs to follow the keynote:

 

 
 


Apple News: By the numbers

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A few numbers of note from today's Apple event:

585,000 apps, 25 billion downloaded (as noted a few days ago.)  200,000 specifically formatted for iPad!

315 million iOS devices through 2011

62 million iOS devices in Q4 2011

15.4 million iPads in Q4 2011 (they claim HP sold 15.1 million PCs in that quarter!)

362 retail stores, 110 million visitors in Q4 2011 including the bustling Grand Central store (I was there, the day a petition was submitted to improve working conditions at Foxconn.)

100 million iCloud users - Once your data is in the iCloud, it's unlikely you'll want to leave the Apple ecosystem and have to deal with transferring your iLife!  And that my friends, is why it's free!



One last round of rumors: iPad 3 may have textured screen; Apple TV 3 to remain $99

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It's a bit late to be reporting rumors, given that in less than 2 hours we'll know the scoop. The wildest rumor is that the new iPad will use a technology that will let the screen feel as if it has textures. You can read more on Cult of Mac. There's speculation that the iPad 3/HD will have the new E-Sense technology that uses electrostatic fields to give the glass screen a feeling of texture depending on what you're looking at — providing a rough, rigid, or rounded feeling.



Bird Hunting Mania! HD App Review

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Bird Hunting Mania! HD is one of the newest and addictive games to hit the App store.  It is filled with bright colors, enticing antics, and challenges that has made it very exciting to play.  At first it might not seem like much; but once you begin to hunt, you'll soon notice how strategic it becomes.  The concept is simple; catch as many exotic birds as you can to bring back to Earth in order to start a colony.  You are going to save the world from bird extinction; so get ready to hunt!



EXOVault iPhone 4/4S Case: Review

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  The EXOVault iPhone case offers protection and great character for the iPhone.  I have received several compliments and questions about my iphone while using the Exovault case.  Actually, I have had more people ask about my iPhone while in the Exovault case compared to all the other cases I have tried in the past.



Review: Retro Racing by Jamie Woodhouse

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I’m a big fan of overhead racing games, and because I remember the days when the NES reigned supreme I can appreciate things like “old school” graphics, as long as they are done well.  Like so many genres on the App Store, however, there are enough games of this type that you have to really do something different to stand out.  Retro Racing’s biggest problem is that it really doesn’t, and beyond that it has a couple of issues that actually detract from the fun factor.  I think the game is a nice start, but it might be a little too retro even for my retro tastes.



Apple Releases List: Most Popular Apps of All Time

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Following Apple's announcement on March 3rd that the App Store had reached 25 billion downloads (yep, you read that number right!), Apple released a list of the 25 most popular apps of all time. Check out the 25 most downloaded free apps for iPhone and iPad here, courtesy of Huffington Post, and see a full list of the top 25 paid apps here.



Latest Rumors: "iPad HD"; 4G LTE expected; may be available March 16

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Rumors are swirling, and today are complemented with a tease on Verizon's Wireless page that may be related to the iPad. It says "Something Is Coming" and invites you to submit your email address to be alerted to the latest news. Reuters is reporting that the new iPad will have 4G LTE — and that this high-speed data capability is a bet by Apple that you'll want to use your device to watch high-quality video without needing to be in the range of a WiFi hotspot.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3-5

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 5 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please): Raymond Gilbert, Claudio Ferri, Tynisha Pilone, Tom Seichter, and Jim Boughton!

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 4 exciting apps to give away:



Preview of Wednesday's iPad 3 announcement; more evidence of similar form factor

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Excitement is building for the March 7 announcement of the iPad 3. Of course, we don't know that it will be called "iPad 3." iMore has posted an excellent preview of the event, summarizing all the rumored features of this new device. Everything points to a high-resolution retina display, improved camera, faster processor, and high-speed LTE data. Their article even includes a summary of the expected features of iOS 5.1, which will be running on the device.



Call My Name App Review

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The call my name app is a great new way to not only organize your contacts so they are easy to find and use, but also find the phone number of just about anyone or any business you want.  First, when you open up the app it will have all your contacts from your phone all loaded in and easy to find.  You can use the built in search function to quickly find people by their first name or last name, which makes it a lot easier than just scrolling through like you have to on the normal phone list.



App Review: Help Purple - A Colorful, Creative Adventure for iOS

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Gameday, Inc. has presented gamers with a brand new adventure game goody in the App Store.  Help Purple is a cleverly constructed magical problem solving adventure that is chock-full of charm.



Do you like Legos and Apple? Then check this out.......

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Check the link out below. They need at least 10K votes for Lego to consider this as a possible addition to their product line.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/10142 

 

 

 



Review: SGP Klasden Levanaus Backpack series

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I have been using SGP Klasden Levanaus backpack for a few weeks and I can honestly say I am digging it. The photos will follow my review at the end. This backpack series is very durable, sleek, and provides a lot of storage inside.

I believe I stated in a previous review that I usually use my Swiss Gear backpack the few times when I travel with my gear for work and for all of my play. The Swiss Gear bag is also very tough but the biggest drawback is the weight. It’s heavy even before you put anything in there. The Levanaus is the opposite as far as I am concerned.



Review: Scosche flipCharge rogue Emergency Backup Battery

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The flipCharge emergency battery was introduced by Scoche in Feb. (They also have another version called the flipCharge burst). This battery pack is an 1800 mAh unit.

It’s designed for iPods and iPhones, with its integrated flip out PIN connector.



iBattz gives your iPhone enough mojo to last for days!

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For centuries, man has searched for a perpetual motion machine... Unlimited power that never runs out. Now a true perpetual motion machine doesn't exist but with the iBattz Mojo Battery Case, you can come close.



More details on iPad 3: same configurations, same prices

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I'm really looking forward to next week's announcement, though I'm guessing that the rampant rumors have already revealed a lot of the details. 9To5Mac reported yesterday that they've learned that the pricing will be the same, and that there will again be a choice between 16, 32, and 64 GB models. This is counter to a rumor that had circulating saying there would be a slight increase in price.



Oh My Nuts Game Review

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Oh My Nuts is a game app which is similar in many ways to angry birds where you have to launch something across the screen attempting to hit an object.  In this game you are shooting a squirrel (out of the mouth of a pig) at a series of three stars with an acorn at the landing point.  For each level you need to shoot the squirrel at the correct angle to get all three stars and land in the proper place to collect the nut. 



iHome iDM11: Review

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The iHome iDM11 is one powerful cube.  It offers great sound quality at any volume level.  It connects very simple by using Bluetooth.  It can be used with any device, which has Bluetooth capability.  I have connected it to my iPhone 4S, ipad 2, ipod 4th gen, and Macbook Pro, and iMac 27 inch.  All these devices connected without any problems and added great sound quality to all of them.



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