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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.



The Singing Alphabet

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As a reading tutor, I have been looking for ways to use the iPad to teach kids to read. I recently received a review copy of The Singing Alphabet.  Here's my take on this one:



More buzz about a possible "iPad mini" in September; New maps app

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There's a lot of buzz lately about Apple announcing a number of new products in September, including the new iPhone 5 and a 7.85-inch iPad mini. The source of the rumor for the iPad mini this time is market analyst Brian White, who recently ventured to Taiwan and got the scoop from sources in Apple's supply chain. White says that September promises to be an "exciting" month. You can read more on AppleInsider.



Panda Sweet Tooth Full for iPhone

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The Panda Sweet Tooth Full app is a fun game where you control a panda that goes through levels collecting different foods.  There are several different worlds where the panda needs to collect different types of foods beginning with strawberries.  Each world is broken up into several different levels.  If you’re able to complete a level successfully and collect enough of the food you’re looking for you’ll get three stars.  If you complete it without dying but miss too many items you’ll get two or one stars.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 6-4

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 15 apps!



What I played this week - Draw the Line, InstaJam, Trailers, Ichi and Kitaru news!

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Welcome to my somewhat weekly app review column (aka WIPTW), where I mostly review games and "play-oriented" apps and news. This week, have 3 apps to review (and another to preview), so won't waste any time with my usual blabbering. Draw the Line is a cute puzzler with physics aspects. Ichi is still under embargo, but can say it's another interesting puzzle game soon to be released. InstaJam is a basic drum machine app, and iTunes Movie Trailers though not a game, is an iTunes award-winning freebie vid player handy for finding all the latest movie previews. Last but certainly not least, I offer up a quick QA with some of the Aoineka folks about their coming Kitaru game, and you don't want to miss this iPhonelife exclusive about what could shape up to be one of the best iOS 3D gaming experiences ever!



Otterbox: A Tale Of Two Cases. Something Old, Something New...

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If you are looking for a great protective case for your iPhone then Otterbox has got you covered! This company has been in the business of making cases that provide serious protection (for what is likely one of your more prized possessions) for years.



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