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Our Editor is Attempting a Guinness World Record!

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Yes, you heard right! This weekend, our very own Editor in Chief, Alex Cequea, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon, currently held at 33 hours and 46 minutes. 

Cequea has chosen to take on this crazy feat on his birthday, beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 and ending 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the convention center in Fairfield, Iowa. All of the topics during the 36-hour event will be based on themes from his own life, including his family’s journey from poverty in Venezuela to realizing the American Dream. 



Top 3 Free Apps of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 840,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Top 5 Biking Apps Worth Checking Out

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I've been biking frequently during the past couple of months, and within that time, I have tried out several biking apps available in the App Store. Since there aren't too many apps in this category, I was able to carefully examine each one of them. While not all are worthy of your iPhone's storage, I found a handful of stand-outs, which I have enumerated here in honor of National Bike Month. As May comes to a close, it's a great time to rev up your biking activities with these apps!

1. Runkeeper (Free)

Runkeeper is top on my list of iOS biking apps simplly because it has a 99 percent accuracy rate when recording my biking stats. These include distance, speed, pace, and even calories I've burned from a bike ride. The app works pretty straightforward as well. Just fire it up, tap the "Start Activity" button, and off you go. 



Apple CEO Tim Cook Confirms Jony Ive Working on Overhaul of iOS

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed for over an hour Tuesday at the annual All Things Digital conference, and, as usual, he was very tight-lipped about forthcoming products, dropping just the barest of hints. However, he did explicitly confirm that legendary Apple designer Jony Ive has been working on an overhaul of the iOS software and said iOS 7 will be introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins June 10. Rumors that the interface will be "flatter"— with fewer textures and fewer visual metaphors for real-life objects— seem credible. However, Jim Dalrymple, who is known for having inside information, posted on his blog that he feels the changes won't be as marked as some of the rumors have been suggesting. He describes it as a "modernization of the look and feel."



Voice Search Coming to Google's Free Chrome Browser for iOS

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I tend to use Safari for my web browsing, but Google's Chrome browser (free) is a worthy competitor, especially now that you can simply speak your queries in order to do a search. Last week Google announced the new version would be available in the App Store "in the coming days" on the Google Chrome Blog. It's gradually rolling it out, so if you have Chrome and the update isn't yet available, it will be soon. I already have this new feature on my iPad mini.



Q&A with Lifeproof CEO Gary Rayner on Sale of Company to Otterbox

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If you don't know the name Gary Rayner, chances are still good you know the company he built from the ground up. Rayner is the visionary genius behind the phenomenally successful and multiple-award winning Lifeproof protective cases. Over the years, I've had several opportunities to write about Mr. Rayner, his demanding standards of quality, and the Lifeproof line of cases, arguably some of the best iDevice cases on the market.

Last week at the CTIA Wireless Association convention in Las Vegas, not only did Lifeproof win three trophies at the iPhone Life Best of CTIA Awardsit also played a significant role in a major announcement from Brian Thomas, CEO of Otterbox. Live on the iPhone Life iZone stage, Thomas made the announcement that Otterbox had acquired Lifeproof in a move that according to iPhone Life CEO David Averbach “adds substantially to the Otterbox legacy and solidifies the company’s hold on the case market.”



Best Buy Offering $50 Discount on iPhone 5, 4S

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Best Buy is offering a $50 discount on all iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S models from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint for the next four weeks. That means you can get an iPhone 4S for as little as $49 and an iPhone 5 for $149. You will, of course, need to commit to a two-year contract. Given Apple's strict control on pricing, these sorts of promotions are rare, so it's a good time to buy if you're in the market for a new iPhone. There's no discount on the iPhone 4, because it's already available for free with a two-year contract.



How Should I Feel About Push Notifications?

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Imagine a crowded party. A gallant young man fights his way through and reaches the bar. He gets a glass of champagne, makes his way back through the crowd without spilling a drop, and hands it reverentially to his date. She smiles and looks at him with approval. This is the sort of thing good push notifications do.

Imagine the same guy. He goes through all the same motions but comes back with a sticky, smelly goo and hands it over to his date. This bloke is a bad push notification. She turns and stalks away, affronted. 



iPhone Life magazine CTIA 2013 Best of Show Award Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the iPhone Life magazine CTIA 2013 Best of Show awards!

 



Pick a Color: Latest Rumors Say New iPhones to Come in Variety of Hues

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The evidence continues to suggest the next iPhones will arrive September and the next 9.7-inch iPad sometime after that, perhaps October. We have a lot to look forward to. Yet one more rumor is suggesting both the iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone will come in a variety of colors. According to AppleInsider, the Japanese website Macotakara received word from two different sources yesterday saying the new low-cost phone will have color options, though they differed slightly in their description of the colors. One said to expect navy, gold, orange, white, and gray, while the other said that the colors would be white, pink, green, blue, and yellow-orange.

The report said a test run of 1,000 units would be manufactured in June for the purpose of field testing, and mass production of the low-cost iPhone would happen between July and September.



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