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Tech Armor Protect Giveaway

iLounge and Tech Armor are giving away a 2-Protect Bundle to 200 lucky winners. Each winner will receive a Tech Armor Shock Flex Case in Frosted Black and Ballistic Glass Screen Protector.

Protect Your iPhone 7 for Every Adventure The TECH ARMOR Way!

Protect your iPhone 7 against bumps, drops, and everything we put our phones through. Precision lift ensures your iPhone 7 display doesn't scratch when face down. The Shock Flex Case snaps on easily, allowing access to volume buttons and ports- and audio freedom for your speaker!

Fingerprint and Scratch Resistant Backing

Durable PC/TPU material infused in each case

Contoured cutout access to ports, cameras, buttons, and microphone

Colors to compliment your iPhone.

Lightweight yet tough PC and TPU materials provide durable protection without added weight. The tactile finish makes it easy to handle and reduces the chance of drops.


App Diary: A New Life, NHL, Sago Mini Planes, Zip-Zap

Bigosaur’s A New Life ($1) is a text and graphic based life simulation game. Within 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll be able to lead a new person from birth to death, with choices made along the way presumably affecting your path. The concept was undeniably intriguing to me, and the game is interesting, too, in one particular way — it is both frustrating and strangely addictive (I don’t get it, either). Each year of your “life” brings you a new decision between two choices. While some of these make sense — for instance, picking an athletic activity over a more crafty pursuit can increase your athleticism, while selecting the other option will increase your craftiness level — others are confusing and don’t seem to make much difference, like choosing between “Internet” and “street map.” There are a number of seemingly unrelated choices, and similarly confusing results. In my most recent simulation, I was a charismatic, athletic, cultured 23-year-old woman who went to Juilliard, yet my first job offer was for a…ship captain? This kind of disconnect makes for a less fun experience. If you play through a few times, you’ll also see too many familiar outcomes — the early death of a spouse, the lost jobs — and the game always ends when you hit age 78 (if you get there). At the end, you finish with a certain amount of points accrued throughout life — happiness, experience, and legacy. Despite its obvious flaws, A New Life is still sort of interesting. It works better as a concept than as an actual experience right now, but this is exactly the kind of game that could benefit greatly from fine tuning in future updates.


Mac: Satechi Aluminum Wireless Keypad

Satechi’s popular Metallic Series lineup of accessories has a new addition in the form of the company’s Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad ($40) — a rechargeable Bluetooth keypad designed to expand a user’s existing keyboard when crunching numbers — useful for working on Numbers or Excel spreadsheets, or in accounting applications. While the new keypad is compatible with both Macs and PCs, it’s clearly designed to fit right in with your Mac, and in addition to standard Apple silver, it’s even available in Gold and Space Grey colors to match up with Apple’s 12” MacBook.


ConnectSense Smart Outlet adds power monitoring, reduces price

ConnectSense has announced an update to its Smart Outlet and app, adding detailed power monitoring capabilities, while also dropping the price to $60 — making it now one of the most competitively-priced HomeKit outlet solutions available. The new detailed power monitoring feature, available via a free firmware update, will allow users to individually monitor the energy usage of devices plugged into each of the Smart Outlets, including average energy usage and how long the outlet has been turned on. Users can also now configure rules in the ConnectSense based on energy consumption, such as turning off a connected appliance when it’s using too much energy, or if it has been left on for an certain period of time.

Daily Deal: HYFY Pro

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a one-year subscription to HYFY Pro for only $25 — that’s 58% off the regular price (three-year and lifetime plans are also available for even greater savings). This high-quality screen recording extension for the Google Chrome browser lets you easily capture whatever is in your browser with a single click — just record and start talking — and then when you’re done you can share the resulting video directly to Slack, JIRA, HipChat, or just paste a URL to the video anywhere else you need to share it. It’s a great tool for collaboration among QA, development, and support teams for working on bugs and incident reports, or teachers and trainings who want to record lesson libraries.

Get a one-year subscription to HYFY Pro now for only $25

Tip of the Day: Converting Live Photos to Still Images

Sometimes it’s easy to forget to switch off Live Photo mode on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 7, or maybe you have Live Photos that you’d rather just convert back to static, normal images. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to do this with an existing Live Photo in your Photos app, by either non-destructively editing the original photo, or duplicating a photo in iOS 9.3 or later.

To remove the Live Photo effect from an existing photo, simply go into “Edit” mode and tap the Live Photo icon in the top-left corner of the screen to toggle it off. Like any other edit, this is non-destructive and will not permanently remove the Live Photo effect — it essentially just switches it off while leaving the actual underlying Live Photo data intact. Alternatively, duplicating a Live Photo using the option in the Share Sheet’s Actions menu will provide you with a choice to either duplicate the Live Photo in its original form, or create the copy as a “Still Photo” — in the latter case, the new photo will have all Live Photo data removed entirely, and will simply be stored as a straight JPG image. You can then delete the original Live Photo version entirely if you no longer want to keep it around.…


Review: Incase Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap for iPhone 7/7 Plus

Incase's Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap cases ($35-$40) for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the first Incase iPhone cases we've seen since the company was acquired by Incipio last year. All of these cases make the leap from iPhone 6s to these new devices. We received Icon for iPhone 7, Textured Snap for iPhone 7 Plus, and Pop for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. All three cases have proper button coverage and cover all sides of an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.


Automatic releases new Automatic Lite version of car monitoring accessory

Automatic Labs has released Automatic Lite ($80), a new lower-cost version of its Automatic Pro vehicle monitoring and diagnostic solution; it’s much like the company’s original Automatic Link, which retailed for $100. Automatic Lite includes the same trip logging, engine diagnostics, and mileage and fuel tracking features as the more expensive Pro model, while eliminating the 3G data plan in favor of direct Bluetooth syncing with an iOS device. Due to the lack of 3G connectivity, Automatic Lite also omits crash alerts, parking tracking, live vehicle tracking, and third-party app integrations.

Apple releases fourth tvOS 10.0.1 beta

Apple has released a fourth developer beta of tvOS 10.0.1, following a new iOS 10.1 beta earlier this week. The release notes, along with the minor version number, indicate that this beta is focused primarily on bug fixes and performance improvements to tvOS 10. Registered developers can download the tvOS beta directly from Apple’s developer site or install a configuration profile to update to the latest beta version via the built-in Software Update mechanism in tvOS 10.

iOS dev finds unimplemented one-handed keyboard in iOS code

iOS Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has tweeted about a new discovery of a one-handed keyboard mode hidden within the iOS code. Troughton-Smith notes that the code has been in place going as far back as iOS 8, although Apple has chosen for whatever reason to not actually implement it yet. It appears the left/right one-handed keyboard mode is designed to be activated by swiping from either edge of the screen, compressing the spacing of the normal keyboard keys to make them easier to reach with a single thumb, while also bringing up cut, copy, paste, and undo buttons to the right or the left side. The presence of the feature as far back as the iOS 8 code base suggests that it was implemented for testing purposes with the original larger-screened iPhone models released that year, although Apple chose to never actually activate the feature. Troughton-Smith also posted a video to Twitter demonstrating the feature in the iOS Simulator; it would theoretically be possible to hack a jailbroken iPhone to enable the feature as well. [via 9to5Mac]

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