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[Game Review] Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises; an epic movie, an amazing game and this week’s App Store Editor’s Choice. Designed specifically for the mobile gaming platform, The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) is a perfect and stellar accompaniment to the blockbuster summer movie of the same name.

 

 



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 7-23

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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 4 apps and 1 accessory!

And the winners are... (drumroll please): Jean-Paul Van den Abeele, Va Du, Robert Lewis, Richard Cadorette, Jim Hogue! Jim won the accessory! 

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 16 exciting apps to give away: 



Dark Sky Review

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SketchStorm for iPad

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Artists, designers, planners, writers, creative entrepreneurs! You know this feeling: you’re at the grocery store in the produce section when suddenly a brilliant idea hits you!  You’ve come up with “it” the one big idea that is going to change everything.



The Dark Night...

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I was going to write an enthusiastic review of the new iOS game The Dark Knight Rises. I'll share that with you at another time.

 

In light of the recent theater massacre, I'd like to offer a moment of virtual silence, in a forum usually devoted to words. My heart extends towards all of you affected by the recent events in Colorado, and I offer my prayers to the families of everyone involved. May eveyone find solace, may everyone find peace.

 



Google Nexus 7 and iPad 3 compared

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Google's new tablet, the Nexus 7, is now shipping. The price is $199 for 8GB of memory and $249 for 16GB. It has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean. It has WiFi but there's no option for getting a model that can access the cell phone data network, as my beloved iPad does. It weighs about half as much as the current iPad. And reportedly these gizmos are flying off the shelves. It seems clear that the 7-inch form factor is finding a definite niche whereas early on manufacturers could hardly give away 7-inch tablets, as consumers flocked to the 9.7-inch iPad.



GoSmart Stylus transforms iPad into a real sketchpad!

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Whenever I see a demonstration like the embedded video (see above) on the GoSmart Stylus--a massively cool piece showing really talented folks using the iPad like a real sketchpad--I am reminded what an iPad neanderthal I am in comparison; "Me use iPad to check weather...iPad good, iPad good...!" Sheesh! Well one of the secrets here is the amazing drawnig tech that is part of how they are doing it (but only a part). I'm not saying this stylus will make you an artist, but if you are an artist you probably want this stylus. Read on for full PR info about GoSmart coming August 8 2012 (available now for pre-order), or go here.



iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 7-20

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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.



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News In Review.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

This week's newsmakers:

 

*Apple is back in the mix with EPEAT.

 

*Russian hacker hacks the App Store. Apple responds swiftly.

 

*Apple must murder the iPhone, cannibalizing itself.

 

*A Crowded Event...

 

*iOS 6: Send and receive messages from a cell phone number.

 

*Look out! The iPhone 4S tops the scales of radioactivity!

 

*Apple is awarded the “Mother of all patents”!



Half of NFL teams now use iPad for their playbook

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The iPad has rapidly become part of the NFL, with half of the 32 teams planning to use the iPad this fall for their playbook — and "revolutionizing playbooks" in the process, according to an aritcle on NFL.com. If you like football, you are no doubt aware how intricate the plays are and the challenges that players face learning the complex patterns. Of course, a big advantage is being able to integrate video into the playbooks. And the main issue in the transition is security, since digital content can so easily flit around the Internet and end up in the wrong hands.



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.