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iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3/9

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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. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Big Guns App Review

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With the large success of mob boss games found on the market; many developers are tapping into its popularity to create the newest one.  This includes Big Gun; a mafia style game that offers deadly missions, amazing parties, loud music, and the opportunity to run an entire criminal gang.  Of course; you are not automatically the boss when you first begin.  As with any mob game; you have to work up to being the head honcho and this particular game will have you working hard. 



A first look at iOS 5.1 -- available now

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Even if you're not getting a new iPad or Apple TV, yesterday's Apple event is relevant to your iOS world, thanks to the release of iOS 5.1. It's not a major upgrade, but it does add a few useful new features. You can see an overview on CNET. One of the most requested new features is now available: the ability to delete individual photos in Photo Stream. Another important feature is the ability to take a quick photo without unlocking your device. This was first available in iOS 5, but wasn't always visible. Now it is.



Apple News: By the numbers

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A few numbers of note from today's Apple event:

585,000 apps, 25 billion downloaded (as noted a few days ago.)  200,000 specifically formatted for iPad!

315 million iOS devices through 2011

62 million iOS devices in Q4 2011

15.4 million iPads in Q4 2011 (they claim HP sold 15.1 million PCs in that quarter!)

362 retail stores, 110 million visitors in Q4 2011 including the bustling Grand Central store (I was there, the day a petition was submitted to improve working conditions at Foxconn.)

100 million iCloud users - Once your data is in the iCloud, it's unlikely you'll want to leave the Apple ecosystem and have to deal with transferring your iLife!  And that my friends, is why it's free!



Bird Hunting Mania! HD App Review

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Bird Hunting Mania! HD is one of the newest and addictive games to hit the App store.  It is filled with bright colors, enticing antics, and challenges that has made it very exciting to play.  At first it might not seem like much; but once you begin to hunt, you'll soon notice how strategic it becomes.  The concept is simple; catch as many exotic birds as you can to bring back to Earth in order to start a colony.  You are going to save the world from bird extinction; so get ready to hunt!



Review: Retro Racing by Jamie Woodhouse

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I’m a big fan of overhead racing games, and because I remember the days when the NES reigned supreme I can appreciate things like “old school” graphics, as long as they are done well.  Like so many genres on the App Store, however, there are enough games of this type that you have to really do something different to stand out.  Retro Racing’s biggest problem is that it really doesn’t, and beyond that it has a couple of issues that actually detract from the fun factor.  I think the game is a nice start, but it might be a little too retro even for my retro tastes.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3-5

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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 5 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please): Raymond Gilbert, Claudio Ferri, Tynisha Pilone, Tom Seichter, and Jim Boughton!

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 4 exciting apps to give away:



Call My Name App Review

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The call my name app is a great new way to not only organize your contacts so they are easy to find and use, but also find the phone number of just about anyone or any business you want.  First, when you open up the app it will have all your contacts from your phone all loaded in and easy to find.  You can use the built in search function to quickly find people by their first name or last name, which makes it a lot easier than just scrolling through like you have to on the normal phone list.



App Review: Help Purple - A Colorful, Creative Adventure for iOS

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Gameday, Inc. has presented gamers with a brand new adventure game goody in the App Store.  Help Purple is a cleverly constructed magical problem solving adventure that is chock-full of charm.



Review: Scosche flipCharge rogue Emergency Backup Battery

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The flipCharge emergency battery was introduced by Scoche in Feb. (They also have another version called the flipCharge burst). This battery pack is an 1800 mAh unit.

It’s designed for iPods and iPhones, with its integrated flip out PIN connector.



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