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Spotify - First Look

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What is Spotify? Here is the description from the App Store:

Stream millions of tracks from thousands of albums and artists to your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Take your existing Spotify playlists with you on the go - listen to them during your commute, in the gym or on a flight. With ‘Offline mode’ you can listen even when no connection is available. Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone to merge your catalogue with ours, no cables required! Download and get started directly from your mobile.



Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and App

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I bought the Withings scale about a month ago and love it. Between it and the WiScale app my iPad and iPhone, I keep tabs on my weight loss progress. It's easy and convenient. Today, I received the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor for review. Here's what I like about the unit:



Onavo -- free award-winning app compresses data usage, saves you money

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I just received a press release saying that Onavo (free for a limited time) has just won another award. This app helps you  get the most out of your data plan. It works in the background to compress your data usage so that you are effectively doubling or even tripling the amount of data usage available to you. The app is optimized for travelers, when data usage can be most expensive. Note, though, that although they're intending to add this capability, the app doesn't currently compress streaming video or VoIP usage such as Skype.



iPhone Case Review: RokForm "Military Ruggedness"

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Case Review: RokBed by RokForm



Another quick tip: using non-AirPlay-compatible printers

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Today, I've played a bit with printing right from iOS devices (iDevices for short).

As you may know, Apple's own solution, AirPrint, is compatible with only few printers, all from HP. (Fortunately, no longer only the [in my humble opinion] lowly and unreliable inkjets are supported, but also LaserJets, but still: there's still no support for other manufacturers' gear and not even HP's own, older models.)

Needless to say, the two printers I tried to print to, a Samsung MI-2525w and an HP LaserJet 1320, aren't supported either.



Why didn't I think of this? Vendors give guy tons of stuff while he camps out for iPhone 5

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Let's say you want an iPhone 5 so bad that you're willing to camp out in front of the store to be first in line. And let's say you're British publicist Rob Shoesmith, who plans to camp put for several weeks. Why not, he asked, see what I can can reap from this. He sets a simple rule: "I cannot spend any cash whilst I'm there." So he contacts vendors to see if they'll support his stunt. And lo and behold, the booty has been riding in to the tune of $24,000 so far.



SENA leather cases for iPad - they're like buttah!

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Leather is one of those guilty pleasures.  So if you're going to indulge, do it right.  I've been enjoying the latest  SENA (http://www.SENAcases.com) for my iPad 2 and they are exceedingly well made.  SENA cases are "handcrafted from the finest quality, full-grain genuine leather" and you don't have to take that with a grain of salt... it's true!



Quick tip: This is why you should and how you can transfer a whole directory structure to your iDevice

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UPDATE (20:15 CET, the same day): a reader at MacRumors, Night Spring, has mentioned I've forgotten to point out the other and, in this case, Phone Disk-less and even Windows-friendly way of quickly transferring a complete directory structure to GoodReader running on the iDevice: zip all the files up into one big ZIP file and drop it into the File Sharing frame of GoodReader in iTunes. I've even prepared a video showing this:


App Review: Stock Chartist for iPhone

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Every now and then an application comes along that really shows off the potential for iPhone to contribute significantly to users’ lives in a new way.  Stock Chartist looks like it just may be one of those applications.

It’s a stock market tracking app, but Stock Chartist does more than provide a scrolling marquee.  It’s customizable in every conceivable way, giving users the opportunity to keep a close eye on their stocks’ performance anytime, anywhere, any way they’d like to. 

 



App Review - Bricks Buster

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Bricks Buster is a fun and challenging brick-breaking game for the iPhone. The game offers a nice variation of levels -- 20 in total so far-- with various challenges to overcome. There are even power-ups for you to grab during levels. For instance one power-up may add additional balls to your arsenal and this will eliminate bricks faster.

The bricks come in blue or red and I haven't notice a difference in the color variations. The goal of each level is to clear the walls of all bricks by shooting balls at them. If the ball escapes the paddle you are controlling, then you lose a life.



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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