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ECBC Offers Exceptional Design and Durability with its Lance Backpack

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ECBC, based in Southern California, designs some of the best computer-oriented backpacks and messenger bags I have come across of late. Dan Curtiss, the creative genius behind these top quality bags, has designed for REI, Samsonite and Mountainsmith, among other popular brands.



More and More Apps! Enter to Win!

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The iPhone Life magazine contest is announcing 50+ apps to win Monday! Visit iphonelife.com/giveaways to enter. You have until midnight Sunday to enter the giveaway. Winners will be selected at random. By entering the raffle, you are applying to win any of the weekend prizes. iPhone Life is not endorsing the products given away.

Here are the hottest apps in this week's contest:



The Toughest Case Ever — Meet the New Otterbox Armor

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The new Otterbox Armor ($99.95) iPhone cases are arriving in stores Friday and with them a level of protection unprecedented in the world of rugged cases.

The Otterbox Armor series consists of possibly the toughest heavy-duty cases on the market. And of all the companies introducing waterproof cases this year, Otterbox is the only one I know of with offerings for the iPhone 4/4s series, capitalizing on the huge demand for the older iPhones.



Wren V5AP Review — Superior Design, Sound Quality Plus AirPlay Streaming

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This year's Consumer Electronics Show had its share of wireless audio components, several of which I included in iPhone Life's coverage of the event. I found several new Wi-Fi AirPlay compatible speakers. Of the lot, I finally received a Wren V5AP ($399) review unit last week. Of all the Wi-Fi speakers I’ve had the chance to review in recent years, I must say this one truly gives the Sonos Play line a run for its money.



New Bluetune Solo Speaker for IOS

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Bluetune-solo is a small, cylindrical, portable Bluetooth speaker system with a big sound print. Its portability makes it a perfect travel companion or handy auxiliary speaker. Some of my toys just don't have that great of sound ability, and this little guy solves the problem very nicely.

It's not just a speaker for enhancing music and videos, it also functions as a handsfree device with the push of a button. So, you could even use it in your car, on your desk, next to your bed, or TV chair. It has a built-in microphone for this purposem, which activates automatically.



Munitio's New SV Earphones: Precision Sound, Luxurious Style

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"To hear a full frequency of a recording, you don't even have to turn it up loud!"

-Kool Kojak, multi-platinum songwriter who produced Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Katy Perry

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with the team at Munitio, a precision sound brand specializing in lifestyle electronic accessories. Pronounced “Muni-she-yo,” as in the Latin word for fortification and defense, Munitio audio gear embodies strength, authenticity, and style. Before this year's Consumer Electronics Show, I must admit, I wasn't familiar with this small San Diego-based company. Now that I am, I am excited to tell you more about it and share my review of one of its flagship products, the new SV earphones.



What I Played This Week - Gridlee, P.R.O.B.E., Trigger Fist, and Versu!

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I have several games to report on this week, plus interesting news about the makers of Galaxy on Fire 2 releasing a mobile space shooter, MMORTS (Massive Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy) game later this year. So let's get right to it!

First up is Trigger Fist (my favorite shooter of all time), which I finally got around to grabbing an expansion pack for. Second, I'll review an old emulation game called Gridlee, a game other blog sites say allows you to drop other game ROM files into and play, although I have not yet personally confirmed this. If true, the free Gridlee may have a short life in the app store as Apple frowns on emulators and may soon yank it. Third up is P.R.O.B.E., a free Sci-Fi board game I played, which has a synthed up computer voice. Last but not least is Versu, a just-released interactive story app, reminiscent of old-school adventure games.



New Game Reviews: A Soaring Climax, a Time-Shift Racer and a Zombie ShaqDown.

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Welcome back to my gaming reviews as I try out some of the best new iOS games!



Flint — Use Your iPhone Camera to Accept Credit Card Payments

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Mobile payment processing is becoming increasingly popular, making it is easy for individuals to accept credit cards payments. These new offerings are ideal for individuals and small businesses, because the costs are low. Typically, there are no monthly fees and no merchant account is necessary. You simply pay a percentage of the transaction, and a very small transaction fee.



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Bi-Weekly Weekend Giveaway 2-11-13

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! We received entries from 424 people in 26 different countries this week! And we have now selected the winners. We gave away 69 apps! That’s a 1-in-6 odds!



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