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Apple to Offer Freebies to Promote Free Apple Store App

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According to an interesting post on 9To5Mac, only 20 percent of iOS users are even aware of the free Apple Store app. Apple wants to change that and will be releasing a new version next Tuesday that will include temporary free downloads as a way to get more people to use the app. Apparently the offerings will include apps, music, and books. This will encourage users to buy more content from Apple and also bring more attention to the Apple Store app itself. And according to 9To5Mac, Apple hopes this will help achieve its recently stated goal of selling more iPhones through its Apple Stores. Currently, 20 percent of all iPhones sold are purchased from Apple Stores, and according to rumor, CEO Tim Cook wants to raise that figure to 50 percent. He views the iPhone as a gateway product—a way of introducing new customers to Apple's full line of products. If people purchase their phone at an Apple Store, they get more exposure to Apple's iPads, iMacs, MacBook Airs, etc.



New Version of Google Maps Imminent, Includes App for iPad

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Google unveiled a new version of its Maps app for Android, and in the announcement it detailed new features and said an iPhone/iPad version is coming "soon." I'm thinking it will likely be available within hours or days. Perhaps the most important feature is the apps offline features, letting you cache data for accessing the app while out of range of Wi-Fi or data. In a previous post, I noted how useful this feature in Apple Maps was during a recent trip to Germany. Also available in the new version will be automatic traffic rerouting based on congestion, accidents, etc. 



Revolutionary Free Mailbox App Comes to iPad

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Since day one, the free Mailbox app has been hugely popular due to the unique email management features it introduced. With simple swipes left and right, you can quickly organize and clear your inbox. The developer announced yesterday that the app is now available in a version tailored to the larger screen of the iPad.

The app has more than 1 million users, who value Mailbox's mission of getting to "inbox zero." The company claims that 40 percent of its users get to that laudable state at least once a week.

The iPad version is similar to the one for the iPhone, but takes advantage of the larger screen by offering a bigger box for composing emails and by using a menu drawer that opens beside your inbox rather than replacing it.



Evernote — the 'Getting Things Done' Software Solution?

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In iView—my inside, back-cover column in iPhone Life magazine—I discuss David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” organizational and time management scheme in the July/August 2013 issue. In the article, I briefly summarize Allen’s thinking and suggest iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC software to best implement it. Since writing the article, I’ve settled on Evernote (free), and am quite pleased with it.

Here, I will post much of the article and will add more information about Evernote. If you would like to comment and add knowledge from your experience with the software, that would be great.



Bitcoin Apps: Join the Virtual Currency Phenomenon Via iPhone and iPad

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Bitcoin has been in the news in recent weeks. The virtual currency was trading for $15 earlier this year and rocketed up to $260 earlier this month. It's now trading at about $120, up from around $50 a few days ago. Now that's volatility.



Hottest New 3D Shooters — Journey to Hell and LIBERATION MAIDEN

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If 3D virtual blasting is your thing, you're bound to like two new highly detailed iOS games.


iPhone Life Bi-Weekly Giveaway! 2-15-13

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We have changed the period of the contest giveaway!

Every other weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every other Friday we will announce the prizes we're giving away through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On the following Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, send us your address we will mail it to you.



GPS for the Soul: Huffington Post Unveils Tranquility in an App

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Our iPhones often remind us of our obligations: upcoming meetings, dentist appointments, and credit card bills to pay. While helpful, wouldn’t it be nice if it also reminded us to take some time to enjoy and feel good?



Time magazine names iPhone 5 top gadget of the year

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It's time for end-of-year lists, and Time magazine has weighed in with its top 10 gadgets of the year. The iPhone 5 tops the list, with the magazine especially appreciating the way that Apple fusses over the tiny little details: "Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore.



Free streaming-video app Frequency now available for iPhone

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I first posted about Frequency last March. It's a great, free, video-streaming app on par with the other leading apps that aggregate free video, such as Plizy and ShowYou. Think of these apps as Flipboard for video. At the time I wrote about Frequency, it was iPad only.



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