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Prong is Back, with a Battery This Time

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The Prong case was one of the most promising cases when it debuted at CES 2014 a little over a year ago. It was the first, and only, case to include retractable prongs allowing it to plug directly into a wall socket. No need to carry a microUSB or Lightning cable.



What I Played This Week: New iOS Puzzlers!

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It was a cold week last week, capped off with heavy snow here in the East, and these three puzzle solvers helped kill the hours between shoveling episodes. Hope it's warmer where you might be enjoying this edition of WIPTW, so let us begin.. Cool Xonix is a rebooted Xonix clone that adds additional obstacles, and challenges to the vintage arcade classic. Jolly Jam (from mega game maker Rovio) is a match up game that practically jumps off the screen. Kindly Colors, also a matchup, will make you do a bit of painting too. Read on for all three mini-reviews.



Apple Plays Important Role on Modern Family

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On a very special Modern Family, Apple products played a very important role. The entire February 25 episode was filmed using Apple gear, and tools like FaceTime were integrated into the show. This was a bit of an experiment and there are no signs that this will be a recurring theme although iPhone footage has been used in the past. Apple provided the equipment but did not pay any other promotional consideration for being included. It could have been dismissed as a gimmick, perhaps to get ratings from the Apple fans and news coverage, but the show is doing pretty well on its own. Rather, the novel approach reminded me of the "Point of View" episode of MASH that was shot from a patient's view. It gives the viewer another way to appreciate the show, and the characters, from another perspective.



Tip of the Day: How to Share a Station You Created In iTunes Radio

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I love sharing music with my friends and family (especially when I want to push them to get to the gym!), but it’s not possible to share purchased music in iTunesyou’d have to purchase the song for them. Now, you can easily create and share iTunes Radio stations! It's the next best thing.



Apple Adds Nine More Cities to Flyover

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Apple just keeps improving Maps, most recently adding nine more cities to their Flyover feature: Baton Rouge; Boise; Cáceres, Spain; Edinburgh, Scotland; Guadalajara, Mexico; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Linz, Austria; Rennes, France; and Venice, Italy. That brings the total number of locations to 120, according to this list of Maps features on Apple's website. As you likely know, Flyover gives you interactive, 3D, high-resolution imagery of cities, landmarks, and points of interest.



6.8 Million Smartwatches Sold Last Year; Apple Projected to Sell 42 Million in 2015

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April is getting closer, and we'll soon know if Apple has yet another winner. A lot is riding on the Apple Watch. Wall Street is eager to know that Apple can continue to disrupt industries. Consumers are eager to know that Apple can still come up with the goods. Expectations are high. 



Tip of the Day: How to Bypass a Bluetooth Device When Taking or Making a Call on Your iPhone

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A lot of gadgets connect via the iPhone’s built-in Bluetooth these days. But what if you’re listening to music on your portable speaker and don’t want the whole room to hear your conversation once you pick up the phone?



Apple Stock Heads into the Stratosphere, Doubles Next-Highest Stock

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I hope you have some shares of Apple stock, because it just keeps going up. The stock closed over $133 on Monday, giving Apple a market capitalization of $775 billion. That's more than double the market cap of Exxon Mobil, the next highest stock, at $346 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal, this doubling is a rare event, and the last time it happened was 30 years ago when IBM doubled up on Exxon. Earlier this month Apple was the first company in history to exceed $700 billion in market capitalization. Apple stock is up 19 percent in 2015. I hate to say it, but now might be a good time to sell. Everyone is bullish on Apple, and that's typically a good time to cash in. The time to buy is when everyone is dumping a stock, as happened with Apple during the crash in early 2009.



An iPhone 6 Case Roundup 1- Post CES 2015

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This case round-up looks at the first big wave of iPhone 6 cases that I received after the Consumer Electronics Show. Keep in mind that price doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality or protection attributes of the cases. It is very difficult to compare cases to each other because you need to include your own personal use case in the equation. As you read these reviews, think about the following questions:



Pebble Announces New Apple Watch Competitor

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On Tuesday Pebble announced their new Pebble Time watch, which will be available in May. At the same time, they launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund the device, with a starting price of $159 and an expected retail price of $199. Pebble Time uses a new interface called Timeline that's based on a timeline that includes notifications, news, weather, sports, traffic, reminders, and more. Like the Apple Watch, the timeline elements are fed by apps. And like the Apple Watch, you can get information at a glance. The new interface puts apps more in the background and exerts a bit more control over the user experience. This, too, is reminiscent of Apple Watch. 



Tip of the Day: How to Slow Down the Triple- and Double-Click Shortcuts

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The triple- and double-click shortcuts are designed to let you easily maneuver through a few features of your iPhone. The double-click shortcut lets you find the recent apps you’ve used as well as recent Contacts, and the triple-click shortcut allows you to quickly enter most Accessibility features. However, the triple- and double-click Home commands have a default setting that might be too fast for some to push. 



WINNERS of the iPhone Life February 23 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the February 23 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the March 9 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winner is... (drum roll please):



Parents Note: Google Releases New "YouTube Kids" App

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YouTube just made the job of parenting a little easier with their new YouTube Kids app (free). The Internet is such a trove of content, and naturally kids want to have access to it. But there's so much there that parents would rather they not be exposed to. YouTube Kids provides a walled garden of content that's rich enough to keep children entertained and to provide opportunities for discovery and learning but that keeps out things parents would rather they not see. 



Mysterious Apple Vans with Rooftop Sensors Roaming the Country

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Mysterious vans registered to Apple that have an array of sensors mounted on the roof have been spotted around the continental U.S., including California, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida, as well as Hawaii and Panama. According to AppleInsider, the vehicles appear to be carrying cameras, LIDAR, and GPS equipment. Apple, of course, isn't saying anything.



Vote Now in the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Voting Ends March 7!

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Vote now in the iPhone Life iPhone Photography Contest! The voting deadline is Saturday, March 7. Click HERE to choose your favorite images. The top nine photos will be featured in an upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine.



Latest Apple Video, Shot Entirely on iPad Air 2, Features High School Students Making Videos

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Apple aired a new video during the Oscars that featured high school students making videos, with voice-over by Hollywood director Martin Scorsese. The video, which shows snippets of the students' videos as well as behind-the-scenes shots, was filmed entirely on the iPad Air 2. 



Are You Ready for Warmer Weather? Gear Up with These Rugged Outdoor Accessories.

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Even though it's still winter across much of the U.S., spring is just around the corner with its longer days, warming temperatures, and the promise of outdoor adventures. And after what has been such an intense winter for much of the country, playing in the beautiful spring air probably sounds pretty good to many of you right about now. To that end, we've rounded up some of the best, must-have gear for your spring and summertime fun.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Guided Access for Toddlers

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Little ones love using iDevices with the games and the swiping and the buttons. However, the owners of those devices may not love it when their toddler starts accessing other apps, notes, or the actual phone. Luckily, there is a way to disable all apps but the one you want your toddler to play with. 



This Week's Gaming Distraction: Radiation Island

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Mobile games can be more than just match-three puzzles and in-app purchases; they can also create a genuinely compelling environment and immerse you in another world. The folks at Atypical Games provided me with a download code to play their latest release, the first-person survival horror game Radiation Island. In it, you are deposited on a mysterious island with nothing but your bare hands; you must find food, craft tools, fend off dangerous animals and zombies, and try to uncover the island's secrets. This may sound a little like Minecraft, especially considering the crafting mechanic, but Radiation Island's gorgeous graphics and open environment appealed to me in a way that Mojang's blocky world hasn't quite matched. I've quickly become invested in my character's fate and spent many hours wandering and trying to survive.



Tip of the Day: Use Reader Mode in Safari for Easier Reading

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Web pages are often cluttered with ads and menus, all of which can be distracting if you're just trying to focus on reading the text. Fortunately, Safari has a Reader Mode that removes all those distractions and presents the page's text and images in a simple and attractive fashion.



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