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iOS 6 to be announced Monday at WWDC

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Apple will be offering the keynote at the WorldWide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco, and everyone is eagerly anticipating what they will announce. A CNET photographer snapped a photo of a large iOS 6 banner at the venue where the event is being held, so it's now confirned that Apple will be announcing the latest software for the iPhone and iPad. Not much is known about it, though everyone is expecting a new Maps app. Also, a lot of blogs are betting that we'll see Siri for the iPad. I hope they're right.



What I played this week - Ichi and more gaming news

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This week, I review Ichi; advanced pong/puzzle game rising fast in app store popularity, and as about as simple as a game can get and still provide devilishly mind-twisting fun. Also, some important news: for those who have heard me ranting but not yet sampled the Galaxy on Fire 2 space adventure (SD version)--99 cents for a very limited time (expires June 15th, 2012) so do not tarry too overlong to snag it. In other iOS gaming news, Bank Job side-runner freebie has been released, and a new 3D racer called Bounty Racer coming this summer. I hope to review both in an upcoming WIPTW column, time permitting. Read on for the Ichi review and full game news releases...



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 6/8

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners.



Virgin Mobile to offer prepaid, no-contract iPhones beginning June 29

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After rumors surfaced earlier this week, Virgin Mobile, a seller of prepaid phone service, confirmed yesterday that they'll begin offering the iPhone on June 29. Here's the bottom line: If you go with a Virgin Mobile iPhone 4, you'll pay more money upfront, but over a two-year period you'll save $800 or more compared to a similar phone purchased with a contract from Sprint (provider of Virgin Mobile's network). An 8GB iPhone 4 will cost $549. And service starts at $30/month for 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, and unlimited data.



Multi Audiobooks Player App Review

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Multi Audiobook Player has been rated as an unexpected great app in 2010.  Because there are a variety of apps geared towards the concept of media, this particular one has surprised many critics.  There are numerous features that are offered that can't be found with its competitors.  And for those that enjoy listening to audiobooks, you'll appreciate the innovative idea behind it. 



New video of iPhone 5 back plate posted

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Yet more detail has emerged about the forthcoming iPhone 5, thanks to a video on ETrade Supply that closely examines the aluminum back plate. The plate is similar to the plate revealed in photos that made the rounds last week, seeming to provide confirmation that this is the real deal. One interesting feature is the "unibody" construction—a single plate forming both the back and the edges of the phone.The plate suggests that the new phone will be thinner and taller.



Viper SmartStart 3.0 brings the Cloud to your car!

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At the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES earlier this year, the award-winning Viper SmartStart product was one of the coolest apps demonstrated, in my opinion, and it certainly garnered oohs and aahs from other press there. It didn't win the MAW, but it was in the select top 10 apps, and for good reason. There is no other mobile aftermarket car-gadget integration product that comes close to this level of capability--start your car from your iPhone, check the temperature remotely, and have it warmed up and ready when you arrive! In the latest version 3.0, Viper is adding even more awesomeness with cloud services. Now your car tells you when it wants to warm up, over the internet...Wow! Read on for full PR info...



Yet more evidence of 4-inch display on iPhone 5; plus HD front camera

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A market analyst with sources "deep within Apple's supply chain" is saying that the iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch display. The resolution will be 1,136x 640, and the aspect ratio will be 16:9, as on a widescreen TV. This compares to the earlier iPhone's 3-5-inch screen and 4:3 aspect ratio. Why 4 inches? More screen space, he says, enhances the user's experience, including being more naturally suited to watching movies. But it's not so much larger that it interferes with one-handed operation or increases battery life. Plus, by simply making the iPhone taller, app developers won't necessarily have to redesign their apps for the larger space. There would simply be some blank space at the top and bottom of the app.



Twig bends over backwards to help charge and support your iPhone

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Kickstarter is unleashing new products at a record clip. Ideas that might never have seen the light of day are being funded, before mass production, and even influenced directly by those backers. The latest example is Twig.



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