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Cold Weather Gear: Don't let the chilly winds keep you from your iDevices!

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Winter is finally making itself felt. When the chill winds blow it can pose a challenge to work with our touch sensitive device screens. Here’s a collection of useful and convenient alternatives for utilizing our iDevices at this time of year, when it can be too cold to have our hands and fingers exposed...



Magic Orbz for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Magic Orbz is a game which was very popular on the Play Station 3 platform and has now been ported over to mobile devices.  To play the game you have to throw and bounce balls through the different levels to break all the blocks before you run out of lives.  The game seems simple at first, but as the levels get progressively more difficult you’ll find that it can become quite challenging.



Mikey makes for a better microphone on your iOS device

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The iPhone and iPad do a lot of things well, but if you agree that the built-in microphone could use some improvement, you should check out the Mikey Digital add-on from Blue Microphones.

Blue is known for the very high quality microphones for Mac and other uses, so it's nice to see them bring their expertise to the iOS world. 



What I played this week - Slenderman, and Ice Riders!

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Slenderman: Unknown Chronicles is one of a few games or apps on iTunes related to the Slender horror genre. The legend is of a tall, slender man that appears in the background of old photographs that include small children. Evidence of kidnappings surround these events, and the Slenderman is purportedly able to stretch his arms and torso to extreme lengths to capture his quarry. The game is sort of like an iOS version of Blair Witch Project (if anyone remembers that)! Ice Riders, a decidedly upbeat, platform-like snowboard simulation combines custom course design with tricky game physics to create a unique, chilly and fun time-killer... Read on for the full reviews!



EC-BC's Hercules: A hardy backpack that lives up to its name!

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Everyone knows that the name Hercules is associated with great strength and integrity. Now, with their new backpack of the same name, EC-BC has done a most excellent job of creating a high-quailty backpack that embodies those same qualities of strength and integrity.

 

 

The Hercules is a stylish bag that looks nothing like a military issue pack, nor even a particularly rugged bag. But don't let its fashionably attractive appearance decieve you! The Hercules is every bit as tough and durable as many "military standard" backpacks! In fact, with its superior craftsmanship and intense attention to detail, the Hercules is actually more rugged than many military issue bags that I have evaluated over the years! Now that's saying something...



Sonos update brings wireless streaming to iOS!

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I have been a big Sonos fan for years. If you are not familiar with the high-quality line of wireless music systems, please do yourself a favor this holiday season and either search our site (keyword "Sonos"), check my latest Play:3 review here, or simply go to their home page here. It is the single best wireless music system I have reviewed. Anyway, the point is to inform that a recent update to the iOS application experience now includes streaming from your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. You needed a dock accessory in previous versions to do this, so it is indeed a very cool enhancement... Read on for full details.



Kickstart This! Introducing the Stylish, Rugged and Ultra-Portable: BOOMBOTIX REX!

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If you follow my articles and read my posts, then you already know that I am an outdoor enthusiast, who also dabbles in extreme sports and loves to adventure and spend time in nature. I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in the world of rugged, iOS friendly accessories. Well, do I ever have something to introduce to all of you! In fact, I first got wind of this excellent new accessory a while ago and I've been chomping at the bit to share the news of it with everyone!
 
Without further adieu, let me introduce to you, the REX by BOOMBOTIX...


AudiOffice will enhance your calls, and your conference room

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When I first saw the product name, AudiOffice, I was expecting a mobile office for an Audi automobile! But don't let the name fool you. AudiOffice is an elegant, well-built, well-designed Bluetooth speakerphone system for your office.



iPhone Life's Holiday Gift Guide for the Road Less Travelled

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Welcome to this comprehensive gift guide to the best of the best in rugged gear, accessories and apps for iOS. Featuring over 20 different companies that make high-quality, ruggedly contructed and durable gear, or apps suited to outdoor and survival skills. Read on after the break for more details (and over 30 useful links) about some of the most exceptional adventure-ready products on the market...



Philips debuts their stellar lineup of Lightning connector-enabled docking speakers

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One of my favorite electronics companies, and one that has for decades blazed the trail in hi-fidelity audiophile technology, is also one of the first companies to come to market with Apple's Lightning connector enabled docking speakers. Compatible with Apples’ latest Lightning enabled devices, this new line of docking speakers delivers a superior sound reproduction and includes a powerful music system capable of filling a large room with crystal clear audio, as well as two different mid-size docking speakers and a smaller, bedroom docking speaker that has a convenient clock display.



iPhone Reviews | iPhone Life Magazine

We have several iPhone reviews.  Articles like, iPhone Goes 3G,is one of many that gives you a more in depth look at Apple's products. Here are several iPhone reviews on past and current models.

"On July 11th, 2008, Apple and AT&T stores started selling the iPhone 3G, and over one million consumers bought one in the first three days, making this the hottest smart phone launch ever.  The 3G brings speed,assisted GPS, and a new low price to Apple's smart phone platform. And while the hardware has definitely been improved, it's the OS 2.0 and software suite that is truly revolutionary."

In iPhone 3G S and OS 3.0, we take a first look at the new 3G S. Resting in your hand, it looks pretty much like the 3G, but in this case, looks are deceiving. The iPhone 3G S sports a faster processor, better battery life, a 3 megapixel camera, enhanced 3D graphics, and a variety of other improvements.  Best of all, it's claimed to be twice as fast as the 3G.

We also reviewed the new OS 3.0 and software suite.  Apple added some nice features, including Cut & Paste capability, enhanced A2DPBluetooth that supports stereo headsets, an upgrade of SMS to full Multi MediaServices, improved search feature, landscape keyboard in Mail and other apps,and additional enhancements to Calendar, Contacts, iPod, and Safari.  Apple also added a new native app to the application suite.  VoiceMemo lets you capture and edit short audio recordings and e-mail or SMS them toa friend.

iPhone reviews: Apple began selling an unlocked versionof the iPhone 4S (iPhone Life Article Here). That means that you can use it with any carrier, andyou don't need to sign a contract.  Unlocked phones are a big advantage for frequent travelers. GSM is the most common standard abroad,and the whole cell phone business model is typically much different in other countries. No contracts, no subsidized phones. You simply buy a SIM card and put it in your phone. You can even buy SIM cards at kiosks in airports and on the street.