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iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 10/21

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



Pad & Quill Case Review

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We have many choices of protection for our idevices these days.  With all the many companies available we almost must do some research on the topic before purchasing.  Well I'm here for that very reason.  I enjoy bringing you all the many different case reviews available.  The iPad is a very expensive item so we must take great care of our device.  Pad & Quill make a unique type case.  It resembles the back of a book.  When the device is inside the case and on a book shelf it would be very easy to not recognize it sitting inside the bookshelf.  The Pad & Quill case is unique but provides nic



iPhone Life Show Recording

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Live episode will stream tonight at 5pm (central).

In the meantime you can watch last weeks show...

 

We just wrapped up our first ever live show. Due to a technical glitch many viewers were not able to watch. Have no fear the recording is here! See you guys same time next week (glitch is worked out so viewing should be smooth!)

In this show our iPhone Life video team discussed iPhone 4S, Siri, Blackberry and much more. Check it out:

 

 



RAT STAND for iPad Review

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The RAT stand is a telescopic, no knobs, or small pieces to lose type stand.  It can be used for many different occassions or activities. It works for both the ipad versions.  This is one of the most versatile stands on the market today.   I have been amazed at just how many different occassions I have been able to use the stand.  Though it has many different uses being a teacher I can use this stand daily at school.



iOS 5 secrets: a trove of tips for the iPhone and iPad

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iOS 5 has a lot of cool features, and TidBITS has a great article walking you through some of the useful features that you may have missed. Some are for both the iPhone and iPad, while others are just for one device or the other. Regarding features common to both devices, the TidBITS article covers the new Shortcuts feature, the ability to sync wirelessly without being plugged into a power outlet, using Airplay to mirror the screen of your device on an HDTV, and an explanation of how to change the order of apps in Notification Center.



What I played this week: Jelly Defense!

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Definitely not another typical tower defense game, Jelly Defense is unique in both design and concept. The graphics are incredibly well conceived, bright and colorful. The sound is similarly intoxicating, but in a weird yet compelling way. I can't remember playing a TD game with this much flare. Enough with the colorful adjectives, and on to the review.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 10/17

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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 22 apps!



Textastic Code Editor for iPad Review

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I have written a fair amount of code in my time. When the iPad first came on the scene, one of the first apps I used was a text editor. I didn't use it for long. Years of physical keyboard use made using the on-screen keyboard a pain to type for more than five minutes. Most of all, I missed the lightning navigation of Emacs, Vi or even TextMate. But I haven't given up the search. Did Textastic give me hope in using the iPad for long stretches of code writing, or did it sink my expectations deeper into the abyss of no-can-do? Read on to find out.

So let me answer the big question first. Will Textastic on the iPad replace your favorite laptop-centric text editor? Not quite, although it has made great strides toward having that day happen sooner than later.



I Can't Help It, I Still Miss My Newton

As much as I love my iPad and iPhone, I missed being able to simply write on my iDevice and have it magically turned into typed text.
With the rollout of Siri, we will can now just talk to our iPhone and have it type text....something I might add was temporarily available back in 1997 on my Newton. Yes that's right, Dragon Software, the brains behind Siri, made voice recognition software for Newton, but was quickly squashed by Apple, for some reason. But I digress....



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.