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Adventure-Proof Music Listening with the NUU Splash Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. This installment takes a closer look at the Splash by NUU, the latest entry in the fast-growing field of extreme-duty Bluetooth personal speakers.



4 Tips for Taking Better iPhone Pictures Of Your Kids

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Let's admit it — kids are tough to photograph with your iPhone. That is, unless they're sitting still and posing for you during the "magic hour" of light professional photographers often talk about. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your iPhone pictures. 

1. Take Video, Convert to Screenshots



Apps for Kids: How Can Indie Developers Make Money?

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Kids love Apple. They embrace the iPad and dote on the iPhone. The intuitive design of iOS devices enables kids to simply pick up a device and start playing with it. The popularity of iPhone, iPad, and other smartphones and tablets has had a huge impact on how kids learn and how they interact with the world.

The App Store offers thousands of educational apps and games. Families and moms are conceptualizing apps for their kids and the Federal Trade Commission is formulating privacy laws for apps targeting children. Writers now have an audience for articles that give guidelines of mobile use for kids and help conquer the problem of kids making unauthorized in-app purchases.



Money Talks: SilverWiz Shares Secrets of its Breakout Finance App, MoneyWiz

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I recently had the opportunity to speak via Skype with Iliya Yordanovone of the founders of SilverWiz. The company is the maker of the well-regarded personal finance app, MoneyWiz, which competes with Quicken, Microsoft Money, and iBank to name a few. Yordanov is a four-time entrepreneur, and is currently focused on scaling SilverWiz.

MoneyWiz is the company's sole app, and it’s available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS. While pricey as far as iOS apps go, it's $4.99 price tag is nominal compared to Quicken and Microsoft. The app has hundreds of great reviews, all four and five stars. I asked Yordanov what his secret was!



May 6th Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iphoneLife.com/giveaways! Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE.

Here's how it works: Every other Friday we will announce the prizes we're giving away through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On the following Monday morning, we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, send us your address we will mail it to you.



5 NFL Draft Apps to Keep You One Step Ahead of the Rest!

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If you're a football fanatic, chances are you begin watching for the choicest draft picks way in advance of the regular season. It might be hardball time now, but as a dedicated NFL fan, you live and breathe gridiron news, looking ahead to the coming months with anticipation. Today marks the momentous NFL 2013 Draft (as if you could forget!), so I thought you hardcore pigskin lovers could use some apps to stay up-to-date on the action!!



Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference

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Usually Apple announces its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket sale without warning— and sell out within an hour or so! But today Apple preannounced that tickets will go on sale worldwide beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time, tomorrow, April 25. This should theoretically give everyone a chance to buy a ticket. I've been to the last two conferences, and it took quick fingers to get my tickets. Now, with advance warning, I hope Apple's servers are up to the task!



Cricket Lowers Price of Plans, Including Two-iPhone Family Plan for $80/month

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According to a news story on CNET, a new family plan bundle from Cricket gives you service for two iPhones for just $80 per month. Plus, it's also just lowered the cost of its individual plan from $55 to $50 per month. Its basic plans come with unlimited calling, text messages, and 1 gigabyte of full-speed data. Cricket is a no-contract carrier, meaning that you pay the full cost of the phone up front, but then aren't locked into a contract.



YoWindow — New iOS App Lets You Watch the Weather in a Living Landscape!

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As a formerly certified weather geek, I like to check out new weather apps. I'm usually drawn to ones with more advanced features, but occasionally I find a simple and elegant weather program I have to mention. YoWindow ($0.99) is one such app. It is not a fancy weather app, which can become cluttered with maps and trend graphs. Instead, it gives you a view of upcoming weather in a serene 2D scene you can animate (e.g. forecast conditions) as you swipe. The app also serves to relax you with realistic outside sights and sounds that match the conditions, and even indicate the season.



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Bi-Weekly Giveaway 4-22-13

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Thanks to Everyone Who Entered our Bi-Weekly Weekend Giveaway!

We received entries from 547 people in 29 different countries and gave away 3 accessories! 

And the Winners Are…

(drum roll please): Susan G, Anthony U, and James P! Congratulations! If you see your name but didn't receive an email, please check your spam folder. 

This is my last official post managing our weekend giveaways! I will be handing the task over to iPhone Life's marketing assistant, Leigh Lester Holmes. She is awesome and very creative. Good Luck Leigh!! 



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