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Best Rugged Bluetooth Speakers of 2013

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These days there is a seemingly endless array of excellent quality Bluetooth speakers. However, out of the multitudes of Bluetooth speakers on the market, only a limited and select few can lay claim to being rugged and heavy duty. What follows are the cream of the crop of ultra-durable, shock-proof, and waterproof speakers. Read on to find the best rugged Bluetooth speakers for those who are adventurous or accident prone, or those who are looking for the perfect speaker for someone who can be really hard on their gear.



Review: 2nd Vote, The Conservative App that May Unintentionally Help Liberals Choose Where to Shop

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2nd Vote (free)

2nd Vote is a clever application. Written by conservatives, the application is designed to inform its users so they can cast a second vote, an economic vote, to reinforce their personal political and social views. The app details the political leanings of major corporations: where they invest and what stands they take, for instance, on same sex partner benefits.

You must sign-up for a free account for the app to work. You may want to read this before you sign-up.



Frugal Is the New Black: Mobile Shoppers Go Online for Deals

Frugal Is the New Black: Mobile Shoppers Go Online for Deals

Coupon clipping is chic? Well for some people it always was in good taste to try to save money but thanks to reality shows such as Extreme Couponing on TLC Discovery, the practice of finding and using coupons to save money on just about everything is not only socially accepted, but popular. Gone are the days of people being embarrassed to pull out a fifty cent coupon. We know that the discounts add up.


Best Over-Ear Headphones of 2013

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There are a great many options when it comes to incredible over-ear headphones, and they can range in price from under $50 to well over $400, and upward. Professional musicians and audiophiles alike tend to agree that a good pair of over-ear headphones will provide you with the most accurate and authentic listening experience available.



iPhone Life Bloggers' Choice Awards: Best Apps of 2013

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We know you've come to rely on the bloggers at iPhoneLife.com for helpful reviews of all the best offerings in the App Store. With over 1 million apps for your iPhone and over 475,000 apps for your iPad, deciding which apps to download can be overwhelming. That's why we asked all of our bloggers to vote for their favorite apps released or updated in 2013. Here are their top three in seven categories!



Toymail Kickstarter needs your help to bring messaging and fun to little ones!

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Toymail is a cute, child-safe toy that can send and receive wireless audio messages. There is a ton of coolness about this idea. Imagine tucking the kids into bed from anywhere in the world, or enjoying an impromptu playtime while taking a break at work. 



‘Tis the Season to Create – Stock Up on Creative Software From Aquafadas With Black Friday-Style Discounts

Aquafadas, innovative developer of digital publishing solutions and creative software for video, photo and animation, is kicking off Black Friday early with major discounts on all of its desktop software programs. From November 25th through December 2nd, Aquafadas products will all be available for over 50% off the original price. Families can use slideshow tools like PulpMotion and KidsMotion to easily create digital scrapbooks featuring every special moment this holiday season. For those with hours of unorganized footage from past holiday celebrations, iDive is the perfect tool to manage massive video collections. Want to get creative with your annual greeting card?


New App: Apple Store for iPad

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It's now a lot easier to shop in Apple's online store via your iPad thanks to Apple's new free app Apple Store for iPad. It does a good job of using the larger screen space of the iPad to enhance your shopping experience, while having some useful features. 



iRig Microphones Bring Professional Audio Input to iOS devices

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I often conduct interviews. I usually capture those interviews with my LiveScribe Echo SmartPen, that records both my notes, and if I choose, the sounds around me, but the fidelity of the sound is often lacking. So I need something with a little more pick-up to complement the Echo. Enter the iRig Mics from ikmultimedia.



Appygraph eCards Updated for iOS 7: Adds New Look and improved Sharing for the Holidays

Appygraph eCards Updated for iOS 7: Adds New Look and improved Sharing for the Holidays

Geneva, Switzerland, November 19, 2013 – Swiss start-up “des p’tits bonheurs” announced today that a new version of its application Appygraph, optimized for iOS 7, is now available on Apple’s App Store. Appygraph allows users to personalize and send illustrated cards either digitally or physically, from their iPhone. The application is available worldwide in English, French, German, and Spanish.


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