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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.



Free video tutorial teaches all aspects of iPad

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I've been using an iPad since they first came out, and I knew that there were many useful features that I'm not taking advantage of. But I'm now remedying that, thanks to a free tutorial available in the Mac App Store called SCOTutor and put out by ScreenCastsOnline. Unfortunately, it's only available for Macs. The app is a video tutorial showing all facets of the iPad. It has 24 chapters, such that you can quickly jump ahead to any chapter or subsection of a chapter. I immediately went to the chapter on using the home button and using gestures.



Keep your iPhone and iPod locked up this summer with LOKSAK

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My brother-in-law is constantly dropping his phone in lakes, ponds, pools, etc. Fortunately, he only uses cheap, easily replaceable 'feature phones' but for those of us who care about keeping our smartphones dry, there's LOKSAK.



Forget Augmented Reality, AppGear offers Amplified Reality for hands-on, hybrid gaming!

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AppGear has thrown the gaming industry a loop, by combining the increasingly popular touchscreen interface with real world, physical elements for a whole new form of hands-on gameplay. This shouldn't be a surprise, as AppGear is part of WowWee, the people who brought robotics to the toy box.



Bubble Grubble App Review

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A good majority of app downloads are in the form of mobile games. These games come in many forms, but the favorite category of games is physics based games, with puzzles to solve in free time. Bubble Grubble fits the description of a perfect game to play whenever you’re bored or when you have a little extra time on your hands. It’s one of those games that can keep you entertained for as long as you need it to, keeping your mind trying to figure out the next puzzle. Bubble Grubble is a simple looking game, but it takes thought to feed those birds.



Android watch out; Apple finally granted patent for iOS user interface

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Things are getting interesting. The smartphone world has copied Apple, and yesterday Apple was granted a patent for a mobile user interface that comprises patent applications going all the way back to 2007. At a time when smartphone makers were covering their phones with buttons and more buttons, Apple was imagining a phone without buttons and a multitouch interface and all the other features that are now so familiar. Steve Jobs hated the fact that Android had copied Apple, and earlier this year CEO Tim Cook said "From our point of view, it's important that Apple not be the developer for the world.



Nexiom PowerSlate adds a ton of battery life, for iOS devices and laptops

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There are a lot of external battery packs for the iPhone, fewer still for the power hungry iPad, and even fewer for laptops because of the non-standard plugs. So I was very excited to see the PowerSlate from Nexiom at CE Week in New York City last month.




Not only does this one device offer over 13,000mAh of power (almost ten times that of iPhone battery cases) it can provide power for an iPad, and even most laptops!



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.