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Overcoming Those Battery Life Blues

Third-party portable batteries extend the usability of the iPhone.

We may love our iPhones, but many of us are less enamored with its battery life. The iPhone 3G is powered by a 1150 mAh rechargeable battery, which would keep a standard cell phone going strong for days. However, the iPhone is not your normal everyday cell phone; it’s more of a handheld mini computer whose complex engineering and powerful capabilities require a bit more power and drains the battery faster. Users are beginning to realize this and the complaints about battery life are dying down.


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Best Accessories on My Desk

New Products Editor highlights favorite accessories

Working for iPhone Life magazine has many perks, but my favorite one is having new and exciting accessories sent to me from developers around the world.

Below, I describe a few of the best ones—accessories that will make your 
iPhone or iPod touch experience easier and more enjoyable.

Just Mobile Xtand

Price: $39.99
Web site: Just-MobileOnline.com


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USB Accessories Improve iPhone Experience

Display the iPhone on your TV; power devices four at a time

A powerful yet sometimes overlooked feature of the iPhone is its Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity port. These days, most smartphones and many other mobile devices incorporate USB connectivity. But its utilization by Apple—a company known for its proprietary connectors—shows that they recognize the importance of this standard interface in modern mobile computing.


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Mobile World Congress 2009 iPhone, TV broadcasts, new multiplatform games

iPhone games, Web apps, streaming video, and more

Mwc 2009aThe February GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona combines the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry with a series of meetings, lectures, and panel groups that bring together prominent leaders and personalities from mobile phone, mobile computing, Internet, and entertainment world. Several iPhone software developers attended the conference and were displaying their apps.


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Consumer Electronics Show Report CES Las Vegas, January 2009

Plenty of news and new products were on display at CES '09

Headphones and earbuds

iFrogs Nerve PipesThere was plenty available at CES for those who prefer more traditional headphones or earbuds. (Although “traditional” may not be the right adjective for some of these accessories.)


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David Pogue on pocket projectors for the iPhone

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The coolest invention of 2008? Pocket projectors, according to a review by David Pogue in the New York Times. I'm hoping Santa will bring me one of these. Here's how he describes the Optoma Pico Projector: "a video projector so small, you can carry it in your pocket.



Secure iPhone Screen Protection

3M recently sent me a sample of their new 3M Mobile Privacy Film, a twelve dollar adhesive screen protector with "microlouver technology" (essentially what looks like a polarization filter). When applied, this layer makes the screen appear dark and fuzzy when not looking directly at the screen. The margin of angle is fairly tight and the filter does what it advertises. Of course, this also means that watching videos on the iPhone can become a challenge due to the exact nature of the viewing angle necessary to watch without blurring the image.


20% Black Friday discount on cases from Proporta

Proporta, a leading vendor of quality cases for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is offering an exclusive 20% discount to all customers who place orders on Black Friday. Simply enter the promotion code BLACKFRIDAY at the cart page to receive your discount. Please note that this promotion applies to orders placed to the US and Canada only, and is only valid on Proporta branded hardware products ordered on the 11/28/2008.



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