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Apple market valuation hits $600 billion -- is it sustainable?

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Despite one recent contrarian, almost all market analysts expect Apple's stock to just keep rising into the stratosphere. Today the company's market value briefly hit $600 billion, with their stock trading at 644 before falling back to around 630 at midday. Only one other company has ever broached $600 billion mark: Microsoft reached that lofty figure for 13 trading days at the height of the dotcom boom. Today its valuation is $260 billion. And there seems to be no end in sight for Apple's soaring stock, with the iPhone 4S still selling well and poised to make dramatic gains abroad, especially in China.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4-9

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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!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Simon Shu, Samuel Donovan, Paul Schurink, Roberto Novoa, Juliana Sparks, Sutasinee McClary, Tom Clair, Sheri Johnson, Byron gallegos, Justin Hess, Nicholas Walker, Jason Ayres, Norm Huehlefeld, Christopher Turner and Anne Bettiol!



iDoc's Top 10 iPhone App Recommendations.

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Considering how many apps are available in the Apple app store, not to mention how many are actually on my iPhone (close to 300), it's a bit daunting of a task to come up with only 10 apps to recommend here and now! There are simply so many amazing and award-winning apps out there and each is suited to an individual uniquely.



iPhone 5 rumored to be coming in October, have unibody design

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According to CNET, a report out of Korea is saying that the head of Foxconn's human resources department has indicated that Apple has placed an order for the manufacture of the iPhone 5 and that it will come out around October. Foxconn is, of course, the major manufacturer of Apple's gadgets, and one would think that the head of human resources would be privy to what's going on. Still, consider it a rumor. And it conflicts with a rumor last week a Foxconn recruiter said that the new iPhone was coming in June.



Tim Cook is a Baller

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was the highest paid CEO for 2011. Reported by the New York Times [via Bloomberg], the data from research firm Equilar tracked Tim’s money flow for 2011. I think you'll be very surprised by the numbers...



What I played this week - Fibble and SugarSync!

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Fibble HD is a 3D physics/puzzle game that is a beauty to behold on the iPad, but before I give my review, I have to do a mini-review of the awesomely redesigned SugarSync (which is not a game--sorry about that). The old version of SS (a cloud file syncing app--reviewed here), was not well suited to iPad, but the coders have fixed that in their recent upgrade! So before I tell you how great Fibble is, I want to tell you how great SugarSync has become...


Beginning Sunday, AT&T will unlock out-of-contract iPhones

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Unlike most other places in the world, in the U.S. you're typically tied to a 2-year contract when you buy an iPhone. That's because the phone actually costs much more than what you're paying for it, and the carrier recoups the hundreds of dollars it pays to susidize each phone by obligating you to sign a contract.

In other countries, it's much more typical for users to buy phones outright and then simply purchase SIM cards from whatever carriert they want. SIM cards are sold on the streets in vending machines. You buy the SIM card almost like you'd buy a calling card. You simply plop the SIM card in your phone, and you're in business.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4/6

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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.



Violet Storm App Review

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Violet storm is a game which has the same general concept as the ‘Asteroids’ game from years ago.  Flying through space while shooting at different things which if you don’t kill them they will cause damage.  This is much more complex than the original asteroids game though.  First, there are many different types of enemies including asteroids but also enemies which will attack you and pursue you. 

During the game you collect different ‘power ups’ which make your weapons more powerful or give you additional life or shielding.  As you progress through the progressively more difficult waves you’ll be running into more and more complex enemies which will not only attempt to crash into you but also attack you with weapons of their own. 



Review: Sheep In The Sky by Stimulus Response Games

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Sheep In The Sky is the first outing from Stimulus Response Games, and if this is any indication of their capabilities I think we’re in for some good things ahead.  It’s a deceptively basic puzzle game, where the object is to get the sheep to the gate found somewhere on each level.  The graphics are cute, giving it even more of an air of simplicity.  You’ll soon find, however, that some of the levels will take more than a few seconds of thought to conquer.  The game sucks you in early and keeps you glued even when you’re about ready to toss your device against a wall because a level seems unsolvable.



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