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iKlip Studio Review

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The dedicated iOS application and accessory designers at IK Multimedia have been hard at work amassing quite a catalog of products optimized for the musician. A recent addition to this line-up is an iPad stand that meets the stringent requirements of durability and stability that have been shown in the rest of their iKlip line. Does the iKlip Studio match these high expectations? Read on to find out.



Free CW Network app streams full episodes of primetime programs

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This is a trend that I like: more and more programming from the networks is available online via free streaming video. Now the CW Network has joined in, offering its complete primetime slate of programs via steaming video. Their new app, The CW Network, is available for free. In addition to streaming video, it also offers clips, photos, social networking, and a schedule. CW, which launched in 2006, is a joint venture of CBS and Warner Brothers.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3-26

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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!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Vanessa Alvariño, Robert Bolling, Matt Johnson, Anna Cruz, Megan Hoover, Lela C, Emmanuel Rivera and Donna Koskuba!

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 3 exciting apps to give away:



Hands-on with the new iPad

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I'm in an odd situation: I have the money in my pocket to replace my iPad 2 with the new iPad. But I like my iPad 2 a lot, and have been trying to figure out if there's a compelling reason to upgrade. If we had LTE in this area, I'd buy the new iPad in a minute. But it's not likely to come to this corner of Iowa in the near future. So the question in my mind was whether the new retina display was enough to swing the decision toward the new iPad. And my odd conclusion is this: it all depends on how good your eyesight is.



Review: Boy Loves Girl by Grubby Hands

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The title of this game kind of scared me away, because I thought it was going to be the video game equivalent of a chick flick.  The truth is that in a lot of ways it really is, but never the less it’s proven to be quite amusing.  It’s a runner with finite levels, multiple goals and an altruistic purpose – to find true love.  When you get past the mushiness you’ll discover a game that can at times be challenging, is always visually appealing and even manages to have a sense of humor occasionally.  It’s not the ‘next best runner”, but it has certainly done the job of keeping me entertaining while I’ve been playing it.



Pocket-lint GarageBand experiment - May the Force be with you!!

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I had to share this with the iPhoneLife group, since several of our blog team (including myself) are musicians. Seems some of the team over at Pocket-lint.com decided to attempt to recreate the music score (or part of it) from Star Wars, specifically the cantina scene track using only GarageBand on their devices in jam mode. Listening to the final result, I couldn't help but smile and think that this is exactly what Steve Jobs was going for... Of course, the rendition they created might be considered a loose interpretation, but hey, it's a jam after all! Even an experienced musician knows that the spirit of the thing is the point, not necessarily the execution. You can check it out at the link above, and get the full back story (which is also a handy startup for GB noobs). I included an embed of the final rendition below. In case anyone wants to know, Han shot first, and good for him! 



What I played this week - Action Block Buster, nulis and Motorcity!

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I haven't done a "What I Played" column in a while, mainly due to lack of time to play much of anything. As the saying goes about all work and no play--so decided it was time to take a break and grab some new games! This week I downloaded Action Block Buster, a multi-spacial brick breaking experience; nulis, a physics game which defies description; and an exceptional rail shooter freebie from Disney called Motorcity. Read on for the full WIPTW ("What I played this week") roundup of these new games.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3/23

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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.



Index Card pays homage to paper index cards, while making them obsolete

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My daughter had to do a school project which required index cards, and I had to scrounge around for some. The reason I didn't have the old school cards is that I've been using the appropriately named Index Card app. It does the work of an entire stack of cards, but you can virtually rearrange and edit them as desired. Plus it looks great on my new iPad with Retina display, thanks to the realistic cork, linen and other backgrounds.



Apple sells over 1 million iPhoto apps; additional possible issues with new iPad

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The website Macgasm recently pointed out that the new iPhoto app for iOS has been purchased over 1 million times in 10 days — and that the $5 million in revenue is likely more than RIM took in on sales of its PlayBook. This is one more bit of evidence highlighting the amazing popularity of the iPad and iPhone.



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.