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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.



iPhone 4S to Launch with 5 Additional Regional U.S. Carriers on April 20

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One of the reasons that Apple is doing so well financially is that the iPhone 4S, which was released last October, still has a lot of momentum. And now five additional regional carriers in the U.S. will start offering the iPhone on April 20. Oddly, they'll be selling both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 for $50 less than the other carriers, starting at $150 and $50, respectively. In addition, the GSM carrier in the bunch will also likely offer the iPhone 3GS.



Look to Livio to make your next car more iOS friendly

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Our readers know of Livio Radio (see my review here) for their Bluetooth in car radio hardware kit, available at your local Radio Shack, but you may not know that they have created Livio Connect, an API targeted at hardware makers and app developers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jake Sigal, CEO of Radio.



Apple Inc. The Ultimate Social Media Experiment

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While I will be the first to acknowledge the amazing technological achievements of Apple's line is computing products, I must say, more than any technological accomplishment, Apple's phenomenal success rests in large part upon the amazing sociological phenomena it has so meticulously and intentionally generated, over decades of persistent effort.

 



Evolution: The iOS Revolution.

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Evolution. The iOS Revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

In this "post-PC" day and age we are witnessing the revolution of our entire world and society as a result of a single notecard size computer, namely the iPhone. As Tim Cook stated at the unveiling of the new iPad: "Apple is at the forefront of this revolution! Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future. We have three post-PC devices: the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad - the revolutionary device that defined a whole new category and is outstripping the wildest of predictions. We are talking about a world where the PC is no longer the center, but just another device, where your new devices need to be more portable, more personal."

 

Rarely has an evolutionary step (be it biological or technological) come along that has so transformed the way we relate with the world around us. Short of an asteroid hitting the planet or extra-terrestrials making themselves known, the iPhone and all it portends, is arguably one of the biggest and most significant events and inventions we may see this century! Like the light bulb and the telephone, the TV, the automobile and the airplane, the iPhone has fundamentally changed and is continuing to change the way we move through our lives and interact with our world.



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