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Your New iPhone: Five Features You Have To Know About

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So, you just bought an iPhone. It's shiny and beautiful and everyone is saying, "welcome to the club!" But you don't know what all the fuss is about... yet. Here are the five things you need to know about your iPhone before you can truly fall in love with it. 



App Review - Get Happy – Ways to Increase Your Happiness

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The Get Happy app was designed by a practicing clinical psychologist to give its users useful tips and advice to help them improve their overall happiness in their life.  This is done using evidence-based advice known to be effective for a wide range of different people.  As you get the advice each day you can rate it on how well it applies to your specific life so that the app can better tailor future tips to you.  While this app cannot replace the advice of a professional therapist, it does a great job at giving you small reminders to keep working on the improvement of your life.

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Apple's Rugged-Couture Demographic

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It's not surprising really, when you think about it; the fact that in the past few years, right along with the explosion in popularity of the iPhone, we have seen a corresponding boom in the popularity of hardy gear designed to keep your mobile device safe in all circumstances, extreme or mundane, and look good while doing so too. It has a lot to do with what the Apple brand represents, and with the demographic Apple targets.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 1-18-13

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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, Twitter and Google+. 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, send us your address then we will mail it to you.



IK Multimedia iRig HD - Rocks CES awards!

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I was able to rock out loud at CES on the new iRig HD connected to an iPad (also connected to their new Bluetooth speaker--the iLoud), but that's not the point of this post. You can get more great CES coverage in the next issue of iPhoneLife (so if you haven't yet subscribed, hurry), and to say IK Multimedia rocked the show is putting it mildly. No other show vendor comes close to showcasing the latest (and coolest) iOS music gadgets like these guys! The iRig HD was a Best in Show Winner at CES--more booth pix follow with a PR announcement about the new HD model...



Water Cycles for iPhone & iPad

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The water cycles app is an entertaining game where you have to help guide the water from the mountains out to the sea using different pieces along the way.  The game gets challenging because you have to also bring the water to different towns, villages and cities to use before it finally makes its way to the sea.  Still not hard enough?  Well, when the water goes through the different cities it will get polluted, and you need to filter it to make it clean again before finally bringing it to the sea. 



New version of Facebook Messenger lets you make voice calls for free

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A newly released version of the iPhone app Facebook Messenger (free) lets you make voice calls for free. So if you're within a WiFi hotspot, you can make calls without using up your minutes. It also works via cellular data, but then you're using up your data allotment. iMore walks you through the steps of using this new feature, complete with screen shots. The confusing aspect of this feature is that you must first initiate a conversation via a regular text message. But once you've done that, you simply tap the information icon at top right. This brings up a window that shows the option for making a free call to the person. You simply tap the Free Call icon to make the call. In order to receive incoming calls via Facebook Messenger, you need to have the app running or need to have its Push Notifications enabled so that you know a call is coming in.

It only works in the U.S. and Canada, and there's no option for video calls. 



The CrystalCore TiltDock could have been invented by Apple, but it wasn't

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The CrystalCore TiltDock is the dock Apple should have invented, but it fell to Apple Core Gear to create. But they need your help! It's an IndieGogo crowdsourced project and at just $25 (plus shipping) for the first 100 backers, it's a bargain. Considering it will retail for close to $100, you should really take advantage of this offering.



App Review - SYSTEM UTIL Dashboard

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System Util Dashboard is an app which is designed to help you better understand how your mobile device is working at any given moment.  It will provide you with detailed information about a wide range of different things going on in your device, and tips on how to improve the overall performance.  The app is set up in a very easy to understand and read format which makes this information understandable to people whether they have a lot of technical experience, or are just casual users.

The app will provide you with useful information in the following areas:



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