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Product Review: WaterField Designs Cycling Ride Pouch

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I'm an avid cyclist. My wife and I ride all over the place and participate in a lot of group riding adventures together. Between the two of us we have accumulated just about every carrying case and piece of bike gear you can imagine over the years (even sassy padded bum pants!) So I've tried carrying my phone with me every which way and I've got to say that after trying out the Cycling Ride Pouch by WaterField Designs and Eleven Vélo  ($69) I have found a pretty cool solution. 



Angels in the Sky Review: First Unreal Engine 4 Game

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This much anticipated game from the developers at AimToG is the first game powered by Unreal Engine 4 to hit the iTunes App Store. Unreal Engine has been an incredible resource for designers and developers wanting to create one-of-a-kind graphic and animation experiences in their action-oriented games, and the newest incarnation of the engine has been much-hyped. The first game powered by it is, therefore, going to open itself up to quite a bit of scrutiny. The big question on everyone’s mind is going to be “Can Angels in the Sky live up to the buzz?” So far the answer seems to be… sort of. 



ZAGG Rugged Folio - Sturdy Case Meets a Tough Keyboard!

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The Zagg Rugged Folio ($149.99 iPad Air/$139.99 iPad mini) is a practical yet superbly functional folio that protects your iPad with a hard shell and comes with a backlit keyboard. 



Tip of the Day: How to Access Email Drafts Quickly

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If you're like me, you have been going about accessing your email drafts all wrong. Usually, I go to the All Mail option in the native Mail app to find my drafts folder and edit emails from there. 



MacTech Conference Answers the Question, How can a Developer Keep Up with Apple?

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At the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released a ton of new tools, APIs, and, in a surprising twist, a brand new programming language called Swift. It can easily be overwhelming trying to be a developer, or system administrator for Apple Mac and iOS devices. You can try to use Google, StackOverflow, and books, but there's nothing like face-to-face instruction and interaction with experts and colleagues.



Photos of iPad Air 2 Back Casing Appear Online

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Most of the buzz surrounds the forthcoming iPhones, but we'll also be getting new iPads this fall. Everyone is expecting them to have Touch ID and an A8 processor, but not much else was known. Now some photos allegedly showing the back casing of the iPad Air 2 have been posted online, and, if legitimate, provide a number of additional details. 



New "Dreams" Ad Shows Multiple Uses of iPhone

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Apple is continuing its "Powerful" campaign with a new "Dreams" ad showing many different uses of an iPhone, from monitoring weather and taking emergency calls to making jewelry, translating language, and painting a mural. It's similar to iPad ads in the past, but this time with music in the background instead of poetry, featuring "When I Grow Up” by Jennifer O’Connor.



Could Apple Announce an iPhone Air and an iPhone Pro?

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All signs point to a 4.7-inch iPhone shipping soon, followed by a 5.5-inch iPhone a few months later. This would be the first time Apple announced two different iPhones in the same year, as long as you don't count the iPhone 5c, which was basically a cost-reduced, repackaged version of the iPhone 5. The features of the iPhone 5c weren't new, whereas these new iPhones will certainly offer larger screens and perhaps more features like a faster processor, a better camera, and longer battery life.



Obama Signs Bill Making it Legal to Unlock Your Phone

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You can now legally unlock your iPhone to use it with a different carrier or to be able to put in a different SIM card when you're traveling abroad. Such unlocking became explicitly illegal in January of 2013 when the Librarian of Congress, the official steward of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, chose to uphold a provision of the DMCA that made it illegal to unlock a phone. Consumers were incensed, and over 100,000 people signed a petition asking Congress to pass a law making it legal. Both the House and Senate unanimously passed the bill, and President Obama signed it on Friday. You can read more in this White House press release.



Tip of the Day: How to Force an iCloud Sync

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iCloud is a great service...but it doesn't always behave.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you update your iOS Calendar or Reminder app on your iPhone the change doesn't happen quickly (or at all) on your iPad? I have.

But no worries; there is a quick and simple solution.



Piel Frama's FramaSlim Lives Up to Its Name

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Piel Frama makes nice, quality leather cases for iPhones and other gadgets. But I didn't think they could make a case as slim as the FramaSlim. There has to be a trick, and indeed there is. Instead of a plastic insert or more leather to enclose the iPhone, they use a micro-suction material to attach the iPhone to the stiff leather case. There is a flap that covers the screen, but still, the case is remarkably thin. That flap closes shut thanks to built-in magnets, which is a nice touch.



Adventure-Proof Your iPhone with the Heavy-Duty Voyager for the iPhone 5/5s

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Pelican has long been considered a pioneer in the design and manufacture of high quality, rugged gear that's designed to last and withstand significant abuse. Their new ruggedized iPhone 5/5s cases continue in this great tradition. With its minimalistic yet highly protective design, the Pelican Voyager ($50) is the latest heavy-duty iPhone case offering from one of the leaders in reliably protective cases. This well-designed case not only meets the demanding Military Standards of device defense, it actually outshines the competition in one critical area.



Apple Reportedly Plans to Sell Phones for Carrier Plans with Early Upgrade Cycle

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Buying a new iPhone is great, but two years later you're wanting a new one and can't wait until your contract ends. Several carriers are now accommodating the desire of fanboys to constantly be upgrading to the latest and greatest by offering plans with early upgrade cycles. And the big news is that Apple is reported to begin selling phones for these plans as part of a pilot program in Apple Stores later this month. 



Rumors: iPhone 6 Announcement Sept 16, iWatch in December

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It's quite possible that Apple itself doesn't yet know when the iPhone 6 will be announced, since there are so many factors involved in ramping up production for the huge number of devices that Apple sells. 



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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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 ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



August 11 Biweekly Giveaway!

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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 August 11! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Tip of the Day: How to Shoot Clearer Photos on Your iPhone

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I’ve heard it said over and over again that the best camera is the one you have with you. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. I have an amazing DSLR and yet I find that the majority of my pictures are taken with my iPhone. Unfortunately, our iPhones still struggle in a lot of ways that more advanced cameras don’t. One of those ways is the iPhone’s intolerance for low-light situations. If you’re sick of blurry, unclear images, then here are a few tips and tricks that have really helped me out 



FLOTE Orbit Review

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Upon unboxing the FLOTE Orbit ($129.99), my college-age daughter Marielle enthusiastically grabbed it and asked if she could use it at her dormitory. I granted her request on the condition that she participate in reviewing the product. Here is that review.



4 Quirky Photo Editing Apps for the Instagram Obsessed

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It’s safe to say that we live in an Instagram-obsessed society, where capturing the perfect shot is of utmost importance. From finding the perfect filter to adding text and awesome doodles, taking great photos is no longer as simple as pointing and shooting. With so many photo-enhancing apps on the market, it’s downright impossible to keep up with them all. But don't worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are four fun photo-editing apps for those instances when an Instagram filter simply won't do. 



Back to School: Gear Up with Pelican's Rugged S105 Backpack. [Review]

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With school about to be back in session, I've been keeping my eye open for great last-minute gear for the returning student. If you (or someone you know) are the type of student who tends to be rough on things, or a student who just needs something durable and reliable that can stand up to the general abuse and heavy lifting that the school year can bring, then the Pelican S105 might be just what you're looking for.



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