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Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4S

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Yesterday Apple began selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S. That means that you can use it with any carrier, and you don't need to sign a contract. But it will cost you: prices start at $649 for the 16GB phone. You can also buy an unlocked iPhone 4 for $549 and a 3GS for $375. However, the unlocked phones will only work with GSM carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.



The Battle of the Cases: Defender versus Ballistic

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There are two cases that protect your iPhone from just about anything: The Ballistic Hard Core and the Otterbox Defender.  So which to buy? 

 



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 11/11

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



Ballistic Lifestyle iPhone 4 Case: Review

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The Ballistic Lifestyle iPhone 4 case offers great protection for the iPhone. The simple, sleek design of the case allows the user to interchange raised bumper-type corners for added protection. The Ballistic case comes with two different sizes of bumpers for the corners. It also has different colors for the bumpers. Ballistic has added the security in the most important part of any case, the corners. Regardless, how the phone is dropped most any time it will usually land on a corner. The large raised corners provide the



iOS 5 update available over the air: fixes battery issue, maybe

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The good news is that an update is available that is said to fix the battery issue on the iPhone 4S. In addition, this is the first update available "over the air." No need to connect your iOS device to your computer. You can download it via Wi-Fi, though apparently not 3G or Edge. The not so good news is that according to PCWorld, some iPhone 4S users are still complaining about rapid battery drain.



Wall of Sound - cool free way to browse your collection!

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Can't count how many music player alternatives I have tried over the years (have to take off my shoes for sure). Suffice to say, I can't really say any jumped out and made me go, "THAT'S IT!"--like Charlie Brown's epiphany when Lucy tells him he has the fear of everything. Wall of Sound didn't really make me do that, except maybe a little bit. Then it had a couple of glitches, so I calmed down. Still, it is pretty well done for a freebie, and provides a unique way to find and play tunes...



JumiCam iPhone App Review

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The JumiCam app allows you to view streaming video from any web cam you want with ease.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up the software on my PC and then connect from my phone to see what’s going on at my house.  The JumiCam app also works very well on either a 3G connection or WiFi which I was initially concerned about because streaming video can sometimes have issues on 3G. 



IK Multimedia Review Extravaganza

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IK Multimedia has been a company on a roll lately, with a slew of hardware and software products tailored for amateur and prosumer musicians. Whether its stands and clips for iPhones and iPads or multitrack recording and sampling software for the iOS platform, IK has been expanding their catalog at a prodigious rate. Their latest releases include a MIDI hardware connector for the iOS platform, a sound sampler app and a iPad version of their popular VocaLive software. This review will take a closer look at each.

iRig MIDI



No Siri for older devices

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Of course I’m dying to have Siri on my iPad 2. But Apple’s official line, reiterated in a report on Cult of Mac, is that Siri will only be available on the iPhone 4S. Responding to a query from the website, an Apple engineer said. “Siri only works on the iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices.” Of course, the optimists among us focus on the word “currently,” hoping that it’ll happen in the future. Despite Apple’s rationale that older devices aren’t powerful enough to run Siri, hackers have been able to show that it can run on older phones.



Let your iPhone help your pinhole camera...

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One of the problems pinhole photographers (like me) have is getting exposures. When you use a camera that has f/108 as its fixed setting, it gets a bit difficult when you have to calculate exposures. Using your iPhone, with ExifWizard, you can now check out exposures quickly. Take a picture with your iPhone, open up ExifWizard and you'll see the exposure. Once you have the exposure, you can calibrate the exposure for your pinhole camera. It takes some math, but the iPhone makes it much easier.



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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