By David Averbach
iPhone Life will be exhibiting at CES in Las Vegas on January 6th - 9th. Our Booth number is 5512. If you are attending the show, stop by and say hi! Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, the International CES attracts industry leaders from around the world, with 22,000 attendees from outside the United States.
By John Painter
This is a great little story for the iPad, I really appreciated the inspiration and the creativity both in the story and the illustration. Flying Poodles, great idea!
By Jim Karpen
The paradox of dictionaries has always been: how do you look up a word if you don't know how to spell it? My students with dyslexia had an especially difficult time with this. And now the solution is at hand — and free. The most powerful voice recognition technology, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, has now been added to the free Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. You can look up a word simply by saying it. Hurray!
By Nate Adcock
Pay close attention to our Twitter and Facebook sites in the near future as we will be giving away more holiday goodies! How about iPhone 4 cases and screen protectors from our friends at iLuv and XtremeMac, including the Microshield Tatu, Tuffwrap Tatu, Tuffshield protectors, and an iLuv Silk case/protector combo!
By Tracy Sebastian
First as a Marine and as a mom, I know that safety comes first. Keeping yourself and your family safe from predators is your first priority. When I was young, it was don't take candy from strangers. When my kids were young, don't talk to people you don't know in chat rooms. Now, it's don't "geo tag" your photos or social media status.
By Jim Karpen
I'm not quite sure what to think about Wikileaks and their release of government documents. I can see a certain merit in the arguments relating to transparency. But on the other hand, it just seems like some things need to be kept private, and that the careless release of documents can endanger lives and diplomacy. No doubt things will become more clear as we move deeper into the era of a worldwide network and sharing of information. If you're eager to see government secrets via your iOS device, the new Wikileaks App ($1.99) is now available.
By Cindy Downes
Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present? Then, check out the iMainGoX Portable Speaker. I can’t imagine anyone on your list who could not use this.
The iMainGoX works with iPhones, iPods, iPad, and Kindle, as well as most notebooks, portable gaming devices, and electric guitars! Most important, the sound is awesome — BIG bass and excellent amplification. Whether you listen to classical, country or the latest hits, you won’t be disappointed with the sound quality of this convenient, easy-to-carry device.
By Jek Suen Lee
This is a rather belated post about what happened in various cities during Angry Birds Day 11thDec 2010. And so it seems that Scandinavians, in this case, Rovio, the developers of Angry Birds who hail from Finland, are not great party organisers and therefore the world-wide turn-out was reportedly not fantastic. There were, of course, a small group of hardcore fans who did show up at gatherings in New York and Los Angeles dressed up as – what else – Angry Birds.
By Todd Bernhard
Going head-to-head with Apple is a dicey situation, but apparently AZiO thinks they've found a niche for their Bluetooth keyboard. Now that you can use BT keyboards with all iOS 4.x devices, you should consider adding one. AZiO says on their website that the virtual keyboard may be fine for travel, but when you're using your iOS device at work or home you may want a full keyboard. However, I could really use a portable keyboard when I travel. Perhaps it's because when I'm at home, I do most of my typing on a MacBook Pro with a full-size wired USB keyboard. But on the road, lately with just an iPad, an external keyboard would be great for typing articles and long emails.
By Jim Karpen
An eye-opening article in the Wall Street Journal details the extent and kind of information that your apps collect about you and share with advertisers. In their tests of 50 different iPhone apps, they found that Pandora, for example, sent age, gender, location, and phone identifiers to various ad networks. It's a bit scary. According to the article, Apple says that they review apps to make sure that you're asked your permission before certain kinds of information, such as your location, is shared. But the WSJ found that this policy is skirted, and that the game Pumpkin Maker, for example, sends information about your location to an ad network.
By Louis Senecal
Here is another unique case that I wanted to try out. I contacted Zerochroma and they were kind enough to send me an evaluation unit. If you are not in the market for an iPad case. You still may also find this interesting as they have the same type of case for other devices. Those include iPhone, iPod Touch and Nano, and Kindle. Take a look at their site to see if your specific model and generation is supported.