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iPad Air Launches Today: Get $20 Off at Walmart, with Price Matching by Best Buy, Staples & Apple

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Today's the day the iPad Air goes on sale, and I came very close to clicking the Buy button this morning on Apple's site. I'll likely go for it, especially once I've had a chance to see one. If you're interested in the 16GB entry-level model, the best deal is at Walmart, where you can get a discount of $20, making the price $479. Plus, 9To5Mac is reporting that Best Buy, Staples, and Apple will all match this price reduction. The Best Buy and Apple offer is in-store only so far, whereas Walmart and Staples list the $479 price online.



Don't Get Left Behind: Overcoming Your Fear of Technology

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Over the years I have met many people who find much of the newest technology intimidating. Many seniors find it challenging, mind boggling, and sometimes outright incomprehensible. Take the smartphone. Just looking at it is distressing for some people. Their initial reaction is to steer away from such devices, but it doesn’t have to be that way.



Yes, Microsoft, the iPad Is A Content Creation Device

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Some controversy erupted last week after Apple implied that giving away its iWork Suite to new buyers of iOS and Macs would provide them with the productivity tools they need. Microsoft’s VP of Communications, Frank Shaw, in a blog response wrote the following: “And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.” That was followed by a swipe at the press for positive coverage of Apple giving away iWork, a product Shaw said “was already priced like an afterthought.”



iPhone 5s Tops the US Sales Chart: 5c and Galaxy S4 Battles for Second

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This fall, Apple launched two iPhones together for the first time. The amazing iPhone 5s has topped the US sales chart at all the major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-mobile, beating Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are still battling for second position. While the iPhone 5c is at second position at AT&T and Sprint, Samsung Galaxy S4 ranks second at Verizon and T-mobile.



Apple Retail Stores to Open Early for iPad Air Launch

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If you're still drooling over the new iPad Air that was just unveiled on Tuesday, then you're in luck as Apple has just confirmed on its website that all retail locations will be opening at 8:00 a.m. local time (an hour earlier than normal) on Friday, Nov.r 1, for the iPad Air launch.



Let Siri Get You a Date

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While dating apps like Tinder and HowAboutWe Dating may be getting all the press, there's an app already on your iPhone that can land you a date with a nearby cutie. And it's called Siri.

Popular YouTuber, Stuart Edge, shows you how to use Siri to get a date with someone who is literally inches away.



T-Mobile to Offer New iPads for $0 Down and $26/month for iPad Air, $22/month for Retina iPad Mini

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T-Mobile continues to move ahead with giving customers great options. A couple days ago they announced a free data plan, and now, according to 9To5Mac, they've announced they'll be offering, for a limited time, the new iPads for $0 down and 24 months of payments. The monthly cost for their 16GB iPad Air with cellular data connectivity will be $26.25 per month and $22.08 per month for the retina iPad mini with cellular connectivity. It's almost like getting an iPad for free. For example, if you were to go with a 16GB Verizon iPad Air, you'd pay $630 for the device and $20/month for 1GB of data. With T-Mobile, you'll pay $26/month for your iPad and get 200MB of data per month for free. If you can get by with 200MB of data, the monthly charge isn't that much different from Verizon's, so in a sense you're getting the iPad for free.



Why I’m Upgrading to an iPad Air Instead of an iPhone 5s

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I want to be totally transparent. Most other manufacturers loan hardware for evaluation. Right now I have devices from Samsung, Amazon, Dell, Google, and Fujitsu. Apple doesn’t loan hardware to anyone but the most “elite” press. Despite access to a wealth of technology, I use Apple technology daily—and I have to make a budget decision when approaching the acquisition of new Apple hardware—not just a public relations ask.



Only Two Days Left to Enter Our iPhone Photography Contest! Deadline: Oct. 25

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Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a prime spot in iPhone Life magazine! 

Submit your best iPhone photograph(s) at iphonelife.com/enterphoto by Oct. 25. You must take and edit all photos with an iOS device, using only iOS apps. Don't forget to give each photo a title, and tell us which apps, if any, you used to process each image with.

If your submission is among the 3 top-voted photos on our Facebook page, you’ll win an olloclip quick-connect lens set ($70 value) and a CanvasPop 16- by 20-inch gallery-quality print ($80 value). In addition, we’ll feature the top 10 photos in an upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine.



Are You Having an Affair with Technology?

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Have we created a global love affair with technology?

Have you been swept off your feet by a sexy new device, an alluring app, or a seductive new game? Do not feel any shame or guilt, because you are not alone. The world is full of technology loving adulterers and you can spot us everywhere. We stroll down the busy sidewalk with our heads buried in an intimate texting conversation. We seem oblivious to the flow of life around us because our attention is lost in the anticipation of the next reply. We might stumble back to reality or we might be summoned to the present moment with a loud shout, “Hey buddy watch where you are going.” The next time you are on a busy street or sitting in a packed commuter people mover, take a moment and look up. You will probably witness numerous affairs with technology.



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