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Nov. 4 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iphoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce November 4! We are raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE.



iBooks for Mavericks - 5 Things You Need to Know

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Earlier this year I was invited to meet with members of Apple's iBooks Store (formerly called the iBookstore) at the Book Expo America conference in New York City. At that meeting I talked about my major complaint with iBooks—you couldn't read them on a Mac. You could only read them on the iPad. This gave the appearance that Apple was more interested in selling iPads than in supporting the iBooks ecosystem. So I was delighted when Tim Cook announced at the special event in September 2013 that Apple was making a version of iBooks for Mavericks, the new operating system for the Mac! This is a huge win for readers. Now you can read your books on the larger Mac screens (there is even a full screen mode) and iCloud keeps your current page, highlights, notes, bookmarks, and collections up to date on all devices. 



My travel Companion, the iPhone: Getting Prepared

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I like to travel light. Ppossibly because of my own petite size, I don't like to be bogged down with things. I like tiny purses, sample-sized beauty products, and minimalist iPhone cases. So when I found myself having to travel from California to my childhood home in Pennsylvania, I came up with an idea, a mission really. Could I travel and survive for five days with only an iPhone? No laptop, iPad, camera, Kindle...you get the idea. Although I'm taking several personal days, I'll still have to answer and address work emails, answer student questions, and grade papers. I'll need to use only my phone for entertainment on the plane, GPS in the rental car, workouts in the hotel, and even an audition—not to mention I'm in grad school and I have a digital group project that requires my attention.



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.”



Just In Time for Halloween: iLovecraft Offers a New Way to Creep Yourself Out

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'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night. Halloween is almost here, and what would the holiday be if it weren't for creepy stories that kept us up all night pondering things that may or may not reside in our closets or under our beds. Everyone loves a good scary tale and even better is one that comes with amazing artwork and sound effects. This Halloween, if you're in need of a good fright fix, I suggest the new iLovecraft (2.99) app. 



iGrill: Grilling the Perfect Steak and the Internet of Things

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I love my iGrill from iDevices ($79.95). I have owned many a meat thermometer over the years, only to be disappointed by undercooked steaks, melted plastic bezels, and holding devices a little to close to the heat. iGrill appears to be accurate. Even better, it talks to my iPad so I don’t have to sit and watch the steak cook. To quote a tutorial on steak cooking, “the only reason to flip a steak is to cook the other side.” Many BBQ aficionados spend too much time with their meat. They poke and prod, flip and rearrange because watching a steak cook is like watching the proverbial grass grow. Since you want the perfect steak, you pay a little too much attention to it. While people are putting out paper plates, popping the tab on another beer, or cheering a great block shot in croquet, you are left watching your meat cook.



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.



Optrix PhotoProX for iPhone 5/5s: Capture the Moments You Want, Wherever You Want

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The iPhone 5s has been available for about a month now and the improvements made to its camera (Burst Mode and Slo-Mo) are some of my favorite features. While the iPhone is no action camera, cases like the PhotoProX from Optrix ($149.95) can help blur the line between the iPhone and something like the GoPro. But is it worth the price? 



iCloud Keychain VS. LastPass and 1Password

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This past Tuesday, Apple updated their Mac operating system to OS X Mavericks and their iOS software to 7.0.3. The feature that will raise security and productivity to a new level is iCloud Keychain. Its sole purpose is to save passwords and make them easy to use in Safari. Whether you are on your desktop or on an iPad or iPhone, Safari will protect your passwords and keep them in sync. You don't have to remember any of them, and you can create more secure ones than you are probably using now.



400 Smackers and Up for a New iPad mini with Retina? Is it worth it?

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You have to go check out this quick review over at CNET announcing (with a brief hands on) the new iPad mini. What amounts to a near-flame war erupts between anti and pro Apple fans in the comments section below (quite humorous as most flames quickly become.) The arguments against the new tablet mostly go something along the line of why Apple lovers would pay so much more (than for a Kindle Fire or Nexus 7, for example). I will attempt to explain my upgrade logic in this post. If you are considering a new lightweight, small. and snappy tablet this holiday season, I would definitely give the new iPad mini with Retina a long and hard look...



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