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Apple world's largest smartphone maker in 2011, CEO Tim Cook addresses investors

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According to AppleInsider, a new report from Gartner shows that Apple was the world's largest smartphone maker in 2011, capturing 19% of the market. And although Apple doesn't make and sell low-end "feature phones," if you add these into the mix, Apple is still in third place among cell phone vendors worldwide — behind only Nokia and Samsung. In the fourth quarter, when the iPhone 4S was released, Apple took home a 23.8% share of the market.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 2/14

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 8 apps!



More evidence of iPad 3, retailer drops price of iPad 2, Apple stock above 500

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Excitement continues to build over the upcoming iPad 3. And yet another indication of the imminent arrival of the iPad 3 is the price drop on the iPad 2 offered by Meijer, a regional retail chain. Their in-store price of the low-end iPad with WiFi of $429 is seen as an effort to clear out inventory in advance of the arrival of a new model. Meijer is based in Michigan, with stores in some surrounding states.



Eco Extreme Speaker

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Pick your color: black, yellow, blue, green, or pink. This sturdy waterproof speaker case will serve you well in wet circumstances. Personally, I use my in the hot tub, but it would be great for fishing, boating, skiing or wherever there is the possibility of water damage to a digital device such as an MP3 player, iPhone, iPad, Android or other phone with audio output.

Two hefty latches with button locks on the right side secure a gasket seal tighter than a coffin. Inside a compartment measuring 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches will accommodate just about any digital device you want to tuck in there.



FBI releases 191-page file on Steve Jobs

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On Thursday the FBI released its file on Steve Jobs — all 191 pages — as a result of a Freedom of Information request by Wired.com and other media outlets following his death. Apparently the FBI had done a background check on him because the first president Bush was considering appointing him to a government position in 1991.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 2/10

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Rumor: Apple pressing to get apps ready for March intro of iPad 3

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All of the rumors suggest that the iPad 3 will have a high-resolution retina display, and The Next Web is reporting that Apple is scrambling to identify apps that will show off the graphics capability of this device. The apps selected will be part of the presentation when the event is held next month, as anticipated. And according to the report, they'll also be used in advertising.



[Hot rumor] iPad 3 event to be first week of March, photos appear online

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The blogs are buzzing today with the rumor that Apple will announce the iPad 3 at an event in San Francisco the first week of March. The source is All Things D, which has an excellent reputation for accuracy. Plus, the iPad 2 was announced in early March a year ago, so the timing would be about right. All Things D says that those in the know say that the new iPad will have many of the rumored features: a faster processor, speedier graphics, and a retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536.



iTunes to stream live performance by Paul McCartney Feb 9 at 7 pm PST

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Legendary musician Paul McCartney released a new album on Tuesday titled "Kisses on the bottom," and Apple is helping to celebrate the release by streaming a live event on Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm PST, during which McCartney will perform some of the songs. The album contains a dozen classic big band and jazz standards.



Apple reportedly negotiating with partners in Canada to offer TV

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Wow, the rumors on an Apple HDTV just keep coming, with the latest being a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail that Apple is actively talking to two Canadian carriers, Rogers Communications and BCE, to launch an Apple TV in Canada. The report also says that the two companies already have the TV in their labs. This seems credible. But I'm guessing that everything is still in the exploratory stage. Apple seems to be constantly testing options, developing prototypes, and exploring various partnerships.



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