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Microsoft Office coming to the iPad

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According to an article in The Daily (the News Corp daily newspaper for the iPad), Microsoft is working on a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad, though there's no word on when it might be available. The article speculates that the pricing would be in the same ballpark as Apple's office app: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote ($10 each).



Get the Skinny on this Slim Keyboard Case for iPad 2

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I am typing this on the beautifully designed and well-crafted Skinny Slim Keyboard case for the iPad 2, from Hatch & Co. ($90 at http://www.HatchnCo.com)  Unlike most bluetooth keyboard and case combinations, the Skinny is sleek, svelte, and is almost as slim as traditional folio cases that lack a keyboard.  This is possible because the keyboard is a membrane style, with almost no height to the keys whatsoever, just a slight raised outline for each key.



iPhone 4S sells out on Black Friday; Apple announces free shipping; Best Buy ad

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Whew, Apple's sales just continue to climb. Black Friday was a big success, with 75% of Apple retail stores selling out their stock of the iPhone 4S. These stores included Apple retail stores as well as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target stores. The report on AppleInsider also says that sales of the iPad were 68% higher on Black Friday compared to last year, with analysts now projecting that Apple will sell 13.5 million iPads in the December quarter. 



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 11/28

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekend Giveaway this week. We have selected the winners of this weekend's Giveaway. We gave away 5 apps and 2 accessories!

And the winners are...(drumroll please): Ross Myers, Donna Koskuba, David Berezin, Antoine Lamia, Robin Tay, Tom Reilly, and Jerry Guerra !



More evidence for a 4-inch iPhone in 2012; Sharp to make iPad 3 displays

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According to AppleInsider, a Japanese website is claiming that Hitachi and Sony have actually begun shipments of 4-inch LCD displays, presumably for the iPhone 5 expected next year. This is in line with other rumors that have been circulating for months.



Photo Slide Stream iPad App Review

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Photo slide stream is a nifty iPad application that allows you to display your pictures as a slide show or gives you the ability to manually swipe through your photos. Photo slide stream pulls pictures from multiple sources - Facebook, your camera roll and albums, Picasa photos, and Twitpic (commonly used with Twitter accounts.)



Fishlabs and Volkswagon release FREE Sports Car Challenge!

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More free stuff to report hitting the app store. This time the developers of the awesome Galaxy on Fire 3D space shooter team up with team Volkswagon to bring you an awesome single player driving experience. Get behind the wheel of 6 of the finest automobiles in the world in Sports Car Challenge. Read on for full PR info below or grab it at the provided iTunes link.



EA iPhone games - 99 cents for Thanksgiving!

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EA is offering a ton of great iPhone apps at 99 cents (Real Racing, Dead Space, Need for Speed, The Sims, and more), and many others at reduced rates in their Game Feast Sale (main iPhone game site here). Offer lasts though Nov 28th 2011, so don't delay. Some of the finest games we have reviewed on our blogs this year are on this list!!



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 11/25

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works:



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.