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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!



Over 4 million iPhone 4S units sold over the weekend

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Apple issued a press release today saying that over 4 million iPhone 4S units were sold over the weekend. According to Computerworld, this beats analysts predictions of 3 million units, and dwarfs the 1.7 million sold the first weekend for the iPhone 4. It's amazing how consumers have responded. You wouldn't think that there would have been that much pent-up demand.



Review: Invasion Earth: 1953 by 285 Digital

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Most side scrolling shooters involve aircraft of some sort, but few are taken from the viewpoint of the “bad guys”.  This is, however, the scenario of Invasion Earth: 1953, a post-Roswellian look at aliens trying to take over our beloved planet.  That’s basically it for a plot, and there’s not a lot of variety to the action.  What keeps drawing me back into the game however, are the (sometimes insane) goals and that need to try “just one more time” to reach them.  Invasion Earth doesn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles of many of its peers, but it has a satisfyingly addictive quality about it anyway.



LifeProof iPhone Case: Five Stars!

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We all like to protect our iPhone from all the elements of life. Well now there is a case just for that called LifeProof. Now if we could buy one large enough to protect ourselves from life. LOL. I have been using this case for a couple weeks now and I'm impressed with its overall function and protection. I don't think I'll be taking calls at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean anytime soon.



Protect that new iPhone 4S with a case folks will go Gaga over!

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There are a lot of case makers out there, but there's only one Lady Gaga.  And LuxMobile has licensed her images and designs for their line of cases.  No strangers to luxury licensing, LuxMobile also offers cases with Ed Hardy and other trendy designs.  Since I gifted my iPhone 4 to my wife, in anticipation of my upgrade to the iPhone 4S, I had to find a more feminine-friendly case for her, and the Lady Gaga collection presented several options.  My wife went with the more understated 'diamond pattern' Romance style, but true Gaga fans may want something more outlandish.  No 'meat' cases currently, but you never know.



When Should You Start Building Your Mobile Apps for iOS 5?

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With the release of iOS 5 today, there has been some debate at my organization of which OS version we should build for in future iOS apps, iOS 4 or iOS 5. Building to accommodate multiple OS versions is more time consuming which translates to greater costs, and is not always an option. In general, we lean towards the safe side and build to accommodate more users by building for an older OS. However, this also limits what new APIs we make use of in development.



Facebender App Review

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Facebender is an entertainment app where you can warp, bend, twist, and change any picture that can be uploaded.  The options are vast and with additional updates; there isn’t any doubt that more features will become available.  But, let’s take a minute and dissect the app to really show its capability. 



iOS 5 out today! In-depth review from AppleInsider

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Today's the day for iOS 5. It adds over 200 new features, apps, and services. You can read an in-depth review on AppleInsider. The new features include iCloud, which will automatically back up your photos and other content to the cloud, Notification Center, which does a much better job of handling push notifications, and Newsstand, an iBooks-like app that gives you access to a range of publications. AppleInsider gives you details on the new Reminders app, which finally gives iOS a to-do function.



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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