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SugarSync Review - Flexible Cloud storage for everything!

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SugarSync is a full-featured cloud backup and file syncing service (reviewed previously in our magazine by Doug Goldring here), but you can also create and edit documents on-line, play music from your synced collection, and transfer photos via iPad or other iOS device. There are clients for iOS, Android and several other mobile OS flavors, so you can sync from just about anywhere. I was specifically interested in the ability to write articles and save pictures and research to a consolidated folder I could later access on my computer. Currently, I use Evernote for the sometimes extensive article content I compile (mostly photo/text/weblink data), but it's somewhat aggravating to reformat everything for our blog editor later, so recently have taken to simply editing blog posts in raw HTML on our site (or in Notes), which is also a pain. SugarSync didn't bring my content together exactly the way I wanted, but it is a great file sync and backup product...



iPhone 5 coming fall 2012 -- new details emerge

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BGR claims to have a source close to the action, and that source has leaked some details about the forthcoming iPhone 5. The website says that it'll be arriving next fall, and that it will have a rubber or plastic bezel around the edges that will be similar to the bumper cases that Apple offered for the iPhone 4 to shield the antenna. The bezel will also join the front of the iPhone with a new aliminum back plate.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 12/27

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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): James Adams, Maureen Belanger, Jan McKinley, Darrell Hood, and Leonard Walker!



Play n Wish Merry Xmas Review

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The Play 'n' Wish Merry X-Mas app has four mini games along with the option to send your friends and family a fun Christmas e-mail right from the app.  The four games offer a challenging range of fun using several different types of controls.



What I read this week - Great FREE reads available on iBooks!

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First want to wish all of our readers a wonderful holiday and a safe and prosperous new year! For this installment of "What I ...." (yes, usually "played") instead of recent games I played, am instead focusing on some recent great reads I have found (via iBooks): Spinward Fringe, Turing Evolved, and Peace Warrior. All are excellent military sci-fi reads and free, so if SF is your thing then go grab them while they remain available gratis. If you like them as much as I did, then don't hesitate in supporting the authors, and buying the sequels or other works...



Looking for last minute Gift ideas?

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#1: SuiteGear Kit by Bracketron: Not sure you can get this by Christmas, but I just received this in the mail and wanted to share it with you. SuiteGear is the perfect gift for anyone that has an iPad 2. It comes with a Braketron stylus (not the pen version), a microfiber cleaning cloth, Clean-iT screen cleaning spray, and a clear back cover for the iPad 2 that works with the smart cover. Retail $19.95. 



Wake Smarter Review - Not just another dumb alarm app!

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The typical alarm clock will wake you in the morning by emanating a terrible pulsing screech or similarly upsetting noise. True that newer models offer better options than the 5AM screech, but wouldn't you rather your alarm clock do something smarter than that? Maybe tell you the weather, the latest news, your calendar events for the day followed by your favorite tunes (without commercials and other distractions)? Wake Smarter does all of those things. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it uses voice recognition so you can even yell at it!



Tiles can be fun...

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Tile-R is a simple, but very interesting iPhone App. It uses your picture to make a set of tiles. You can adjust it to make as many tiles out of your picture as you want. While experimenting with it, I came across one tile of a picture of me that struck me. I know that you can crop the same thing. I think what I like about it is that I wouldn't have normally sliced the pictures the way Tile-R did it. I think it's cool. How about you? Incidentally, it's free.



Best iPhone and iPad games of 2011

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All the "Best of..." lists being posted this time of year afford iOS users a great opporunity to quickly scout out apps they might like. Appolicous has posted a number of Best lists for various categories of iOS apps, most recently highlighting the best iPhone and iPad games of the year.



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