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REVIEW & TIPS: At last an automatic(!) Skype call recorder!

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UPDATE (07/13/2012):  1. the new version stores its recordings in the standard Documents directory of the stock Skype app.

2. I've posted a lot of information on the Bluetooth compliance of the recorder HERE. The article also shows how you can make the in/output file pairs into stereo files with separate left/right channels keeping the in/out (or out/in) streams.

3. Unfortunately, in the last two months, there has still no been a bugifx for the iPad version of Skype.



Mohu Bounce Review - Boost your WiFi signal!

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My WiFi point of presence is in my basement. That's where the internet service provider installer guy had to put it. I mostly work 2 floors above that level, so getting a steady WiFi signal with all the interference in my neighborhood is somewhat a dicey proposition. My router was provided by the service company, so it's not exactly standard or easily configured (though I have tweaked on it a bit). I have been looking for a way to boost my upstairs WiFi reception for years, and didn't want to fuss with repeaters, or adding another AP. I think I may have finally found one of the easiest and cheapest ways to solve this problem. The Mohu Bounce...



This is how you can disable browsing any non-company (non-children etc.) website on your iDevice

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At MacRumors, I've been asked to elaborate on whether it's possible not to let users browse non-company Web pages, preferably with a mirrored, offline set of the company's pages for reference to get 3G data usage costs down.

Let's start with the former (to keep the size of the article down, I'll discuss the strictly offline solution in a separate writeup). Note that the solutions I present can be not only used in a corporate environment but, say, at home if you don't want your children to access certain “adult” pages.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 5/4

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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.



iPhone leads Android; Walmart stores drop iPhone 4S by $74

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In a post a couple days ago, I noted a consumer survey that found that more Android phones were sold in the March quarter of this year than iPhones. Wrong, according to Business Insider. The three major carriers in the U.S. all reported that they activated more iPhones in the first quarter of this year than Android, with the iPhone counting for 63% of the activations. After reading the article, I’m betting that the Business Insider data is more accurate than the consumer survey.



5 Rugged, Heavy-Duty iPhone 4/4S Cases [ROUNDUP]

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5 Of The Top, Rugged iPhone Cases In Review: Welcome to a review of heavy-duty cases by someone who really puts his iPhone's case through some vigorous testing! My iPhone accompanies me on many an outdoor adventure, and like me, has had its fair share of spills and thrills. So I have a good idea of what makes a "good rugged case", a good rugged case.



Rumor updates: longer, thinner iPhone 5, Apple television not expected in 2012

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iLounge posted details today about the new iPhone 5 that's expected this fall, though they didn't say where they got the info. They say the iPhone will be taller, at 4 inches, and will have a new aspect ratio. In addition, they say it will have a metal back. At 7.4 millimeters thick, it will be 20% thinner than the iPhone 4S. It will use Gorilla Glass 2, which is thinner than the Gorilla Glass used in previous iPhones, yet is just as strong. The metal panel on the back will be flat, not curved. In addition, the base of the phone will have a newly designed Dock Connector, possibly with 16 pins rather than the current 30.



Kisaragi-no-Hogyoku iPhone App Review

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The Kisaragi no Hogyoku app is more of a book than a traditional app.  The app opens up to the main menu where you can choose to start the story or learn how to interact with it.  The interaction is quite simple with regular taps and swipes to advance the story, touching the screen with two fingers to bring up the menu or three fingers to fast forward through the story.  All of these gestures are simple to use and work flawlessly for controlling the pace of the story.



Review: Frenzy Pop

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Having grown up in the 8 and 16 bit console era, I remember when 2D platform games were all the rage.  Nowadays it seems as though even simple platforming romps need to be embellished with the latest 3D graphics in order to be accepted by the masses.  Thankfully handheld devices like smartphones have made the 2D platform game “in style” again, and games like Frenzy Pop are taking good advantage of that.  The premise is simple, the levels are challenging, and there’s no third dimension to clutter up the fun.



Album Art lets even the most inartistic user create custom wallpapers

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The folks at More Blu Sky are back with another app and while all of their apps have beautiful design, their latest, Album Art, let's you create your own artwork, suitable for use as a wallpaper or lockscreen image.





Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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