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Apple garners 51% of smartphone sales in December 2012 quarter

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Some market analysts are saying that today's earnings report by Apple will be the most important in 10 years. The big question is whether Apple will be able to continue its momentum, and, secondarily, whether they beat market estimates for the December quarter. In other words, does Apple still have The Right Stuff? Certainly they did this past quarter, as CNET is reporting that the iPhone captured 51.2% of the smartphone market in the U.S. in the December quarter, compared to 44.8% for Android.



Awesome New and Updated Games: Heroes & Castles, MX Offroad and Letter by Letter.

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Welcome to my roundup of some of the best new (and updated) iOS games! This week we'll take a look at the uniquely genre-defying greatness that is Heroes and Castles, the adrenaline-fueled racing madness of 2XL MX Offroad and the refreshing word puzzlement of Letter by Letter.



What I played this week - Noble Nutlings and Pinball Arcade!

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Some ex-Rovio gamemakers teamed up under the Boomlagoon banner to create another 2-D physics game--a platform scrolling game called Noble Nutlings. The free game is hugely fun and probably destined for gaming success! The other game I tried out this week is Pinball Arcade. Electronic Pinball is to iPad what jelly is to peanut butter, and the easy touch and robust graphics of iPad make almost any 3-D pinball game just plain awesome! Pinball Arcade is one of the most authentic recreations I have seen done on any hardware. Too bad the freebie lite mode times you out and charges you to buy tables, but well, developers gotta eat too... and the lifelike tables are easily worth the price!



Listen Up! lite iPhone App Review

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Listen Up! Is a great audio game which takes turn based games to the next level.  While there have been dozens of new games over the past year where people have to draw clues or guess letters to find the answer to the question, Listen Up uses audio recordings to make the game play even more fun and interactive.



Amazon launches music store optimized for iPhone

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You can now easily buy your music from Amazon directly via your iPhone or iPod touch, thanks to Amazon's web app announced last week. You simply point Safari or any other web browser at amazon.com/mp3, and a new site optimized for your device will appear. You can access Amazon's catalog of 22 million songs and take advantage of deals that are often better than you can find in the iTunes Store, such as albums for $5 and songs for $0.69.



Rumors of a 4.8-inch iPhone with 8-megapixel camera

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It's hard to know what to think about the latest rumors, which are saying that Apple will be coming out with three iPhones this year: an iPhone 5S, an oddly named "iPhone Math" that will have a 4.8-inch screen, and a third phone that will have a 12-megapixel camera. The second and third items are courtesy of China Times, which is citing Taiwan's Commercial Times. MarketWatch has posted a summary of the latest tidbits, and says that the iPhone 5S and iPhone Math are rumored to be arring in June. They will supposedly feature 8-megapixel cameras.



Oh what a Tangled web we weave... And what fun!

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As a kid, I didn't play Cats in the Cradle much... But I did play it a little bit. If you're note familiar with the game, one person holds some string or a rubber band in their fingers and the next person interacts with it and so on. It's more than a game, because you're learning problem solving skills, not to mention physics and geometry!



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 1-21-13

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 343 people entered this week! We have selected the winners of this giveaway. We gave away 2 accessories!

And the winners are... (drumroll please): Michelle R, and Tyson W!

Didn't win this week? No worries! We have 18 apps to win next week;



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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