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iPhone 4S: Siri is mind-blowing

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I'm convinced that Siri is the killer feature of the iPhone 4S, and David Pogue of the New York Times characterizes it as "Crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition" in his review.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 10/10

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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 5 apps and 2 GripStand/GripBase Bundles for iPad!

And the winners are...(drumroll please):   Junior Rolon, Talmon Murphy, Brandon Colley, Yvette Washington, Farjad Baig, Gary Kemper, and Nicole Newland!



Over 1 million iPhone 4S units ordered in first 24 hours -- a record

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Apple has done it again. The iPhone 4S has stoked frenzied enthusiasm, and over 1 million people preordered the phone in the first 24 hours — a new record for Apple. You can read more in Apple's press release from earlier today. The previous record was 600,000 for the iPhone 4. If you order one now, you'll have to wait a week or two. The iPhone 4S will be available in stores this Friday. No doubt there will be long lines again.



FreeAppWin Review

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FreeAppWin is not only known for giving away free stuff by using contests and apps; but it is also free itself!  The concept is simple; you are able to download free apps and enter multiple contests with cash giveaways while looking through constant ads that support the overall prizes.  The idea revolves around the advertisements; the more that there are, the more money that can be won.  The developer is ingenious for using this idea since everyone loves to win things for free. 



What I Played this Week: ShadowGun

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ShadowGun is a graphics-fest of apocolyptic scenery, monsters, and technological nightmares! The game has some genuinely fun and hair-raising tactical scenarios (some predictable enemy behavior as well). The control options work well, and the game is very responsive in all but a few situations. If you are looking for yet another uber-assault TPS game that is simply gorgeous on iPad, then I imagine you will not flinch at plunking down the 8 bucks. TPS is not necessarily my cup of tea, but ShadowGun is a blast, and it is well-done.


Should I get the new iPhone 4S?

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My wife and I write about technology for a living, and so it behooves us to stay up-to-date and always carry around the latest and greatest. Yet, I still have my old iPhone 3GS, and my wife hasn't yet complained about her lowly 3G. Truth be told, what both of us anticipated more than the new iPhone was getting off the AT&T contract. We're both off contract now, so that's good. However, why is it that we're told new phones are subsidized and are essentially paid off during that 2-year contract commitment when the charges stay the same when the contract ends?



Early reviews of the iPhone 4S praise speed, camera, and Siri

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Although the iPhone 4S isn't yet available, a number of enthusiasts were able to give it a test run at Apple's event on Tuesday. And they've now written their initial impressions. They generally praise the greater speed, higher quality camera, and the effectiveness of Siri. TiPb has posted a roundup of several of these reviews. Be sure to read the review on This Is My Next, which says that Siri, the new speech recognition feature, is indeed impressive.



Review: Kula Blox by TransGaming, Inc.

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I’m not an animal lover, but I’m also not one to see innocent little creatures get consumed by vicious predators – at least not as a general rule.  Unfortunately, Kula Blox makes the whole experience rather compelling.  This cute “falling” game actually adds a couple of cool twists to the whole genre and in the process it manages to create an entertaining casual game.  I honestly didn’t know much about Kula Blox before agreeing to review the game, but now I’m glad I volunteered for this adventure.



Geotagging photos on your iOS device or desktop computer

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As has been mentioned some weeks ago, it's pretty easy to record GPS information and, later, incorporate it into photos taken on a non-GPS-enabled camera.

Unfortunately, the current camera lineup doesn't really please people that would like to geotag their shots. Neither the, because of the high price-value ratio or high image quality (IQ), most popular point-and-shoot (P&S) or DSLR (including mirrorless [aka EVIL] or some lower-end [Sony] SLT) cameras have built-in GPS modules.

Some examples of the current, most popular cameras lacking any GPS support:

P&S-style "luxury" fixed-lens camera



iPhone 4S -- Siri is the game changer

The disappointment in not seeing an iPhone 5 is silly. The iPhone 4S is a radical step forward -- thanks to Siri. So what if the phone looks the same? The way you interact with it has been utterly transformed. This is what Apple has excelled at for over 30 years. And this is why the iPhone 4S is revoluationary. Siri isn't just speech recognition; it's natural language understanding.



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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