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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 include:

 

*The Dark Knight Rises, the iOS game. 

*A new iPod touch on the horizon, plus much, much more. 

*Apple presents for the first time at the annual Black Hat security conference. 

*An oxymoron: Apple’s disappointing, yet stellar, financial quarter. 

*We already knew he was the man. Time magazine recognizes Steve Jobs as one of the top 20 most influential Americans.



Monster Cube iPhone App Review

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Puzzle games are always fun especially when they are in 3D and that’s exactly what the new Monster cube offers. Developed by Monsterjuice this latest puzzle game is fun, challenging and features some stunning 3D graphics which takes your typical match 3 or more cube puzzle to a whole new different level.  



Weekly App Review - Utility Roundup and Chrome Shakedown!

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Was able to check out 3 new handy utilities this week, and the new so-called Chrome for iOS browser, which is the Safari engine in a Chrome-like wrapper with a few added features that help if you are already drinking the Goog kool-aid. I have come to rely heavily on Safari, and IMO, Chrome mobile did not impress at all. About the only thing I liked was being able to get to my bookmarks, but it performed too chaotically to be useful. Also in this post, I cover some handy lightweight remote control apps (PC HUD and OFF) that let you monitor, stop or restart a PC or Mac from your iDevice, and a really decent calc/notepad app (CalcTape) for running accounting tallies and similar number-crunching tasks. As a bonus, I'll round up 3 of my fav free utilities at the end! Perfect end to a review roundup...



Two HDMI to VGA solutions, for Apple TV and more

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For a long time now, I have lamented the absence of a solution for converting HDMI to VGA, so I could project from my Apple TV or from an iPad using Apple's HDMI cable instead of their VGA cable. Why? Primarily because the VGA cable does not allow a way to charge the iPad when in use, whereas the HDMI version has a 30 pin female connector so you can plug in a syncing cable. Additionally, since most office projectors accept VGA, not HDMI, this has been the missing link for many professionals. As they say, when it rains, it pours. In recent weeks, I've received two such devices that convert HDMI to VGA and they each have their pros and cons.


Dark Sky Review

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The Dark Night...

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I was going to write an enthusiastic review of the new iOS game The Dark Knight Rises. I'll share that with you at another time.

 

In light of the recent theater massacre, I'd like to offer a moment of virtual silence, in a forum usually devoted to words. My heart extends towards all of you affected by the recent events in Colorado, and I offer my prayers to the families of everyone involved. May eveyone find solace, may everyone find peace.

 



Velodyne vpulse earbuds bring the bass

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There are some overpriced earbuds out there that trade on their name or celebrity endorsements, or both. But the vpulse In-Ear headphones from Velodyne build on Velodyne's three decades of speaker expertise, especially in the subwoofer arena.


True to Velodyne's heritage, the vpulse provides plenty of bass, in a compact, comfortable package. They are relatively affordable, at under $90, considering the quality of materials.


Review: Teething by William Robinson

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Retro seems to be a popular thing on the iOS platform, and Teething does a great job of personifying that mentality.  Between the pixilated graphics, bouncy chip tunes and simple game play I feel like I’m delving into a first generation NES game or maybe even an LED marvel with supped up aesthetics.  Either way it’s an amusing game to play, at least for a while.  I’m just afraid that without much fluff it won’t have any staying power.



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.



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.