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Get a Life... Charger Case from Ontrion


You can never have enough power, for your iPhone and other gadgets, and Ontrion knows that. As many others have done, they have introduced a case for the iPhone 5/5s, the LifeCHARGE Battery Case ($79.99). But where others have fallen short, Ontrion has gone a step further. Specifically, many such cases obstruct the headphone jack, and include an extension cable that you're supposed to carry around. That extension is going to get lost or forgotten, making you rely on the built in speakers.

4 Apps to Keep You Safe on the Trails


Hey, it's another jogger. Let's throw nuts at him! Image copyright USBFCO courtesy of Shutterstock.com

It’s getting to be springtime, iPhone Lifers! A lot of you are going to be getting out there to run, walk, bike, rollerblade (does anyone do that anymore?), etc. I know I’m planning on getting some fresh air too; but when I go out alone, I always wonder what would happen if I had an emergency. Nobody would know where to find me if I decided to change biking routes or run down a new path. That’s a little scary if I were to be injured or held up by a gang of rogue squirrels or something. I’m not the only one who gets a little freaked out by squirrels, right? They’re scary with those twitchy tails and the erratic movements!

Jam Away With These Unique Bluetooth Speakers


More than almost anything in the world, I love music. And I love how versatile Bluetooth speakers are, and that they are so portable and easy to use. It's important for a Bluetooth speaker to be durable, since they're so often used while on the go. Here are some of my favorites.

5 Free Apps for Fans of March Madness Basketball


It's that time of year again, when basketball fans work themselves into a frenzy over the NCAA basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness. The action begins March 18, and you'll want to be sure to have these free apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Tip of the Day: Use Your LED Flashlight for Alerts


I frequently turn my phone on silent while I'm at work and then forget to turn silent mode off when I get home. If this is also you, or if you have a hard time hearing your alerts, you may want to set your LED flashlight to light up every time a new message or alert comes in. 

How Are Mobile Apps Changing the Way You Shop?


Everybody loves shopping, and shopping online from the comfort of your home has its own perks. But over the past couple of years, the focus has been moving beyond e-commerce and into m-commerce.

There are over a billion smartphone and tablet users all over the world, with new users jumping on the bandwagon every single day. According to InMobi’s 2014 Mobile Media Consumption Report, at least 83 percent of shoppers with mobile devices plant to make a purchase on their device this year. In addition, 48 percent of the respondents listed media consumed on their mobile devices as having the most influence on their purchase decisions.

Moreover, the app culture is increasingly influencing the shopping culture. Let’s have a look at how mobile apps are changing shopping habits.

The Paick Noble Charger May Surprise You


I didn't expect to like the Paick Noble Power Bank portable charger at first. It is crafted out of aluminum, resembling an iPhone-sized MacBook Air and certainly looks like it could have come from Apple. I was worried that the makers might have put an emphasis on form over function. For example, the two USB ports weren't even visible, no matter how hard I looked. It was like one of those flying saucers in a 1950s science fiction film, such a The Day the Earth Stood Still, where the door isn't obvious until it opens!

LAX Gadgets Wooden Case with a Polymer Lining


I get to try a lot of cases, and I'm rarely impressed, but one case maker at CES hit the right mix with their wood-backed cases that use a polymer interior. The problem with 100 percent wood or bamboo cases is they can chip, crack, or respond to humidity and lose their ability to safely hold your iPhone.

March 24th Biweekly Giveaway!


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 March 24th! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.

Tip of the Day: Emoji Shortcuts


A couple of weeks ago we covered creating keyboard shortcuts to help you type commonly used phrases quickly. Did you know that you can also create shortcuts for emoji characters (those cute emoticons that go way beyond your average smiley face)? This is really handy if you use a lot of emoji characters and don't want to switch back and forth between keyboards all the time.

Before you can do this, you'll have to enable the emoji keyboard if you haven't already:

How to Keep Your Teenagers Safe on Their iPhone


Photo credit copyright KieferPix via Shutterstock.com

Children are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages, and even the cheapest smartphones on the market are capable of browsing the Internet. With the web as vast and accessible as it’s ever been, monitoring teenagers' iPhone use can be as challenging as dealing with their hormone-driven attitudes. This is why it is good to know what easy, go-to options are available to parents to protect those inquisitive eyes from at least some of the Internet’s unsavory side.

Waterproofer Liquipel Now Protects Against Impacts Too


I was already impressed by Liquipel's nanotechnology that lets them take your existing technology and make it waterproof, but at CES, I was able to see a demonstrating of their new SKINS Impact Screen Protector ($24.99-$34.99). While most screen protectors are designed to prevent scratches, this protector is designed to take the brunt of serious impacts and keep your phone safe.

Top 3 App Deals of the Week


As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day—recently topping 1,000,000—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 ReportAppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!

Screenshots of Icons for New Apps Coming in iOS 8; Other Expected Features


For months we've been getting rumors about iPhone 6, and now we're starting to get some rumors about iOS 8. It's fun to see what's coming down the pike. 9To5Mac has posted screenshots of iOS 8 that reveal the icons for several new apps from Apple that will be part of this new version of iOS, expected to be available along with the new iPhone, likely in September. The apps appear to confirm earlier rumors that iOS 8 will have a greater focus on health monitoring and will include a new Healthbook app. In addition, there are icons for a Preview app, which has long been a Macintosh app for viewing and editing image files, and TextEdit, which has long been a Macintosh app used as a simple text editor. 9To5Mac says that it has confirmed that the leaked screenshots are legitimate.

3 Apps to Fill the 'Flappy Bird' Void


Several interesting new apps have emerged from the iOS store and at first glance they may seem to be of the same family as the infamous Flappy Bird app, yet these apps take on a different approach to the ever-widening pipes in Flappy Bird.

Tip of the Day: Keep Your Messages Private


Previews of incoming text messages appear as banners or alerts on your home screen by default. This can be handy if you want to quickly decide whether you want to unlock your phone and reply to a message now or if you want to wait and reply later. But it can also be a pain if your mom or your boss catches sight of a message you'd rather they hadn't. And we all have that one friend or co-worker who thinks nothing of grabbing your phone to check out the notifications on your home screen.

Optrix Offers More Ways to Record Your Extreme Video


While GoPro gets all the attention, I've found a better way to record action-packed video. Instead of paying $300 or more for a dedicated camera and accessories, why not use your existing iPhone? That way you can edit your video right on the device that recorded it, using iMovie and other video FX apps. And of course you can share your video using iMessage, Mail, AirDrop, and more.

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 38: Storing iOS Images & Video in the Amazon S3 Cloud


Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, 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 38 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, I talked about using Amazon Web Services (AWS) as cloud storage for your iOS app's entities, and demonstrated their Persistence Framework for Core Data.

But what about the storage and retrieval of images and video for your iOS apps? Amazon has a different tool for this job, and it's Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3 for short.

Apple News: iOS 7.1 Is Just a Little Bit Safer When It Comes to In-App Purchases


I have a love-hate relationship with In-App Purchases (IAPs.) As a developer, Apple has been encouraging me to adopt IAPs. In theory, IAPs seem like a way to make a living off apps while giving users a free taste. As a user, I don't like them. I think when you download an app, you should own it and all the promised features. So in the PRO versions of my apps, there are no IAPs. And in the past, my free apps had advertisements with the only "upsell" being a link to the PRO version for unlimited features without ads. But Apple representatives told me personally at the Worldwide Developers Conference and at their Tech Talk Tours that I really should be using IAPs. When Apple talks, I listen. So some of my apps now have such purchase options. But on the IAP selling page, I rebel against the machine and tell users that the best deal is to buy the PRO version!

Snow Lizard's SLXtreme May Just Be the Ultimate iPhone 5/5s Survival Tool


I've referred to Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme iPhone cases before as the case to use in a survival situation. If you’re an outdoorsy or military type, or an extreme adventurer or survivalist, the SLXtreme for the iPhone 5/5s ($149.99) is without a doubt a perfect case for you. Its rugged design, with its high level of impact protection, waterproofness, and the solar panel incorporated into its backside, which charges a built-in 2,550 mAh battery, make this a superior case for extended use when traveling to wild and challenging environments or for extended treks off-grid. While its size and heft may make this case too big and heavy for the average, casual iPhone user, for the person who requires the reliability and protection of one of the most rugged and dependable cases on the market, this particular case should fit their needs nicely.

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