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Holiday Gift Guide: Wireless Speakers

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This is part two of my Holiday Gift Guide. Part one covered headphones and today's topic is Wireless Speakers. For the low-end "Good" selection, I like the Boombotix REX. The sound is good and it comes from a compact yet robust package. It's durable and water resistant, with all ports sealed by rubber flaps. There's a strong belt clip so you can take the Boombotix with you and not worry about the weather.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Find Movie Ratings and Theater Info and to Watch Trailers

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Everyone likes movies. And no one likes wasting time on the lousy ones. So no doubt you check out the reviews to see what people are saying about it. Siri can help. Siri will not only let you find out what's playing at local theaters and play the trailer, but will also tell you how a movie is rated.



Replace Your Native Reminders App with Checkmark 2

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I have written about native app replacements before when it was time to change your calendar. Now, it's time to change your Reminders app.



BabyTime App Helps Parents and Care Givers Track Baby’s Health and Well-Being

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You can talk to any parent and they can surely tell you a thing or two about the "adventures" of taking care of a baby. Every parent wants to figure out how they can ease and comfort their little bundle of joy so as not to wake the whole block or to sneak away for some moments of that precious thing called sleep.



Holiday Gift Guide: Good, Better, Best

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Every year, around this time, people ask me what they should get as a gift for some tech lover in their life. So I put together a presentation entitled Todd's Holiday Gift Guide: Good/Better/Best. This way, purchasers can decide what their budget is and pick out an appropriate gift! The categories I addressed include Headphones, Wireless Speakers, Stylus, Chargers, Docks, Smart Home Devices, and Smart Watches.



Apple Again Airs Touching Holiday Ad

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Apple's holiday ad last year, titled "Misunderstood," won an Emmy for "Most Outstanding Commercial." It featured a boy playing with his iPhone over the course of a holiday family gathering, seemingly on the periphery, and keeping to himself. But all the while he was shooting and editing a video of the family's activities, which he then played for everyone — and touched their hearts. This year's ad, titled "The Song," is equally moving. 



Tip of the Day: Have Siri Tell You a Story

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Siri is wonderfully useful, giving you directions, current weather conditions, and stock market updates, setting appointments and reminders, and much more. But as you've likely discovered, Siri also has a fun personality—including telling you jokes and even telling you a bedtime story.



Enter the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Deadline December 26!

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It's photo contest time again. We know you enjoy taking the occasional artistic shot with your iPhone, so why not get rewarded for it! Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a spot in our magazine! 



Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

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Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with their fingerespecially those who are jealous of the ability of Android users to unlock their phones by drawing on their lock screen.



Roto: A Simple Puzzle Game to Test Your Wits While Having Fun

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If you are a sucker for addictive, challenging games, then you just found yourself one. Whether you are simply killing time, aiming for bragging rights, or love pushing your limits, Roto (free) can get your competitive spirits going with its simple yet challenging mechanics.



Discover the Hottest Twitter Trends, Mentions, and Photos in Your Area Through Zoom Social

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For an entrepreneur, data from social media sites can be a gold mine as they can present unlimited opportunities if the information tapped is handled efficiently and effectively. But this data can most often be overwhelming especially to the untrained eye. Whether you want to know what’s hot and what’s not for business or simply out of sheer curiosity, the new free app named Zoom Social can deliver these straight to your hands in a neat little package, ready to be devoured as needed.



Product Review: Wahoo Fitness TICKR X Heart Rate Monitor/Workout Tracker

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Oh how I love me some fitness gadgets! When Wahoo sent me this heart rate monitor to review, my heart skipped a beat because this thing is cool. The wireless training tools market is growing fast these days. I think everyone is tired of having a bunch of gear that requires a degree in engineering to figure out how to use, so to have something like the Wahoo Fitness TICKR X ($99.99) is pretty great since it works right out of the box.



Tip of the Day: How to Rearrange Buttons in the Music App (Instead of Tapping More All the Time)

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I’m a pretty patient person, but when it comes to Music, I want to be able to switch playlists and songs quickly. I’m usually working out or driving while I listen to music, and I need to be able to quickly change what I’m listening to at a stoplight or in between sets. That's why it's a good idea to customize the bottom toolbar in the Music app to show what you use most, instead of having to click More for the extended menu.



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,200,000 — 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 Report, AppsGoneFree, AppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Last Chance to Enter our December 15 Biweekly Giveaway!

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Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest! 

Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.

This week's featured items are:



An Interview with Catalyst on Designing the Perfect Waterproof iPhone Case

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Do you ever stop and wonder how your favorite rugged waterproof iPhone case is designed and produced? I recently had the opportunity to chat with the owners and creative forces behind Catalyst, the manufacturer of my own favorite waterproof case; and from the sound of it, it's no simple matterThe conversation we had really shines a light on just how much energy, attention, and commitment to the highest standards are poured into their exceptional line of extreme duty cases.



Walmart Drops Price on iPhone 6/6 Plus; Best Buy Offering iPad Discounts

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If you missed out on Black Friday deals, there are still some good prices to be had. And that will likely continue through the holiday season. Most recently Walmart has lopped $50 off their already discounted regular price for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. An iPhone 6 (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint) with 16 GB memory is $129, and the 6 Plus is $229, according to a report on Bloomberg. This is with a two-year contract. The discount is also available for the 64 GB iPhone 6 model. This may be in-store only, since I can only find their prepaid phones on their website.



An iPhone with Prescription Glass?

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Ever since I started using computer back in 1982, with my first Apple ][ Bell & Howell Edition, I have needed to wear glasses. Staring for hours at tiny screens didn't help matters and I've worn prescription lenses ever since. It's just a necessary evil, with my job requiring so much computer interaction. However, Scientific American tells us about future phones that could do the vision correction on their own, allowing users to view the screen without glasses.



Tip of the Day: How to Create Photo Collages

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Once I return home from a trip and I can finally relax, I love looking through my collection of pictures and sharing them on Facebook and Instagram. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you tend to take a lot of pictures, which can be both good and bad.



Game Review: C.H.O.P.S.

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After all this time I still don’t get the Flappy Bird phenomenon. Not only was the game a mess, but most of the clones have been even worse. Thankfully every now and again one of the progeny not only rises above the pack but is actually quite playable, and such is the case with C.H.O.P.S. (Free with IAP) This game takes the simple “touch to fly, let go to fall” mechanism and adds some depth with power ups, level ups, and unlockables. It even sports one of the best examples I’ve ever seen on how to implement IAP in a game. This gets my ultimate stamp of approval in the “Thanks For Not Being Flappy Bird” category.In 



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