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WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 12/5

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekend Giveaway this week. We have selected the winners of this weekend's Giveaway. We gave away 10 apps!

And the winners are...(drumroll please):      James Perry, William Parker, Sharon Altoff, John Weidig, Alvin Sted, William Rodgers, Jon Marks, Theresa Johnson, Ralph Sherman, and Michael Dudek!



What I played this week - EA gamefest!

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What I played this week was mostly a festival of EA 99 cent titles (Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Mirror's Edge, and Battleship) that cost me too many hours of distraction when I should have been doing more productive things. I also found an app finder app called AppsCube Explorer that allows you to browse apps through a 3D interface. It helped me waste yet even more time by enhancing the navigation required to find more freebies--so I could waste even more time--if that makes sense. Select your next virtual iTunes gem in a slick 3-D gamelike interface! 

 



Kindle Fire expected to sell 3.9 million compared to iPad's 18.6 million

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It's amazing how the tablet market that Apple created continues to explode. And finally, with Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire, the iPad has some competition. Every other tablet has pretty much failed, with RIM's recent writedown of $500 million on their PlayBook being only the most recent debacle. But the Fire is succeeding where others have failed, in part to its attractive price and possibly also because of how it integrates into Amazon's media environment.



Looking for Stocking Stuffers? Check out the Qmadix Twin Tablet Charger

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If you're looking for gift ideas that your family and friends will really like, check out the Qmadix USB Twin Tablet Charging Kit 4.2.

Why I like it: 

You can charge two different devices at one time while driving down the road - two iPads, iPhones or iPod Touches or a combination of any two. 



EA Shift 2 Unleashed FREE TODAY!

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Man the Apps store is like going down the rabbit hole. Every time I open iTunes or go there on the iPad/Pod, I end up downloading 3 or 4 apps and ebooks I didn't know I needed (most freebies). It can trigger more impulse-shopping than a trip to Staples or Home Depot. Anyway, today EA has SHIFT 2 Unleashed up there for free, and I found that out using another freebie app called AppsCube Explorer (3-D app explorer which is cool all by itself), which I'll swing back and post up more info on in my next "What I Played" edition.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 12/2

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works:



Hints of new Apple TV coming; speculation on iPad 3 and iPad 2S

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Some recent evidence posted on 9to5Mac suggests that a new version of Apple TV is coming. This isn't the actual TV set that some are predicting for 2012 but an updated version of the settop box that Apple has already been selling. I have one, and like it a lot. The evidence in the just-released beta of iOS 5.1 suggests that it's codenamed J33. Also, Amazon recently changed its designation of the product from Apple TV to Apple TV (2010), opening the way for a listing of a new version. What can we expect?



Gum Max Review

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Just Mobile, a company predominantly known for their iPad and iPhone stands and holders, also has a line of products to provide backup power to those devices. With the release of their Gum Max backup battery, Just Mobile offers iPad users a solution that's hard to pass up. What makes the Gum Max better than the various other external battery backup solutions? Read on to find out.
 
The Gum Max is compatible with not only the iPad and iPad 2, its included USB-to-Apple dock connector can be plugged into iPods and iPhones. Also included in the package is a USB to micro-USB cable to recharge power to other portable devices like Android phones and Ebook readers. This micro-USB cable serves double duty, since you will need to use it to recharge the Gum Max.


FlamingIgloo iPhone App Review

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The Flaming Igloo game is a fairly enjoyable yet challenging game.  The basic premise is you have to put out fires on your igloo by throwing snow balls at it.  If the fire goes on to long you’ll have to throw a large piece of ice at the igloo to fix it.  The makers of this game did a good job with the physics of the game making it challenging to throw the ice or snow at the right spot on the igloo.  There are many levels which get more challenging as you go and add in additional options. 



Microsoft Office coming to the iPad

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According to an article in The Daily (the News Corp daily newspaper for the iPad), Microsoft is working on a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad, though there's no word on when it might be available. The article speculates that the pricing would be in the same ballpark as Apple's office app: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote ($10 each).



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