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New free Gmail app arrives in App Store

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A new Gmail app from Google has arrived for the iPhone and iPad. It's free, and it's a complete refresh of an app that wasn't that well received when it first appeared: new interface, new features, and integration of Google's other services, such as Calendar and Google+ social networking. The app appears to be based on the popular Sparrow app, and integrates some of its features — which isn't surprising, given that Google purchased Sparrow.



Goodbye to The Daily; hello to free news apps Wavii and Summly

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The big news today is that The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, will cease publication on December 15. I'm sorry to see it go. I've been a subscriber since the beginning, and it's always been the first thing I read in the morning. The publication kept evolving, and the mix of content and ease of navigation kept improving, and I felt they got it right. The app was a pleasure to interact with — much more so than other magazines or newspapers I've tried. I can only hope their conventions will be adopted by other publications.



iTunes 11 tips and tricks

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iTunes 11 may have been the biggest news this past week, given that this was the first major upgrade to the interface in a long time. In addition to a review by iPhone life blogger James Rhodes, you can also find an in-depth review on CNET. Bottom line: it's a much-needed refresh of the interface, but still a bit complex to use. They like the fact that the interface is more intuitive and easier to navigate than the previous versions.



[REVIEW] iTunes 11

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WARNING: This review is graphics heavy!

Note: Due to security concerns for my iPad and iPhone I decided not to include device information screenshots for them. However, you can access any iOS device information by clicking on the Devices button next to the iTunes Store/Library button on the right upper side.

 

Yes, there is a new icon! :) It does look better than the previous version.

 



Release of iTunes 11 imminent, will include more iCloud integration

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According to an article about Apple's Eddy Cue in the Wall Street Journal, iTunes 11 is imminent, and may even be released today. The report says that the new version of this desktop software will have greater integration with iCloud, the principal benefit being that you don't have to download all of your music and movies to whatever device you're using. Your media will be ready and waiting in iCloud whenever you want to access it. The new version more closely resembles the mobile version in that regard.



EyeTV Mobile Review

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For those old enough to remember portable handheld TV's that captured video broadcasts over the air with an antenna, Elgato's EyeTV Mobile offers a tinge of Déjà vu. For everyone else, the product provides a way to watch real-time local area digital TV broadcasts for free (that is, no additional data charges incurred). So is this price of freedom worth the nearly hundred dollar cost for the hardware? Read on to find out.



GM announces Siri coming on three new autos

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GM announced today that three of its new models will come with a button on the steering wheel that will activate Siri in the same manner as holding down the home button on an iPhone. The cars' MyLink infotainment system will connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth. Drivers will be able to do things such as make voice-activated hands-free calls, play songs from their iTiunes library, send a text message, use their calendar, and ask simple questions, such as the latest sports scores.



Three Must-Have Holiday Gifts For Teens!

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It’s that time of year… the holiday season is upon us and parents of teens everywhere are scrambling for “cool” gifts for our kids! We all want to be the cool parents, right?

My son and his friends have tested some of the best iPhone accessories on the market this year, and have chosen to deem three of them must-have gifts for this holiday season! To us, these items are must-have because they're practical, easy to use, and more than anything else - cool. You won’t find any crocheted iPhone covers here!

 

Must-Have Portable Charger

New Trent iCarrier Dual iPhone Charger, $129.99



Holiday gift guide for iPad lovers

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Following up on Siva's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide, I wanted to point you to a great holiday gift guide for iPad lovers on iMore. I'm madly in love with my iPad mini, and this list gave me some ideas for accessories that I might, um, buy for myself should Santa not be forthcoming.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 11-23-12

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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, Twitter and Google+. 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.



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