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Get a Louder Speakerphone with Volume Amplifier

The speakerphone on the iPhone 5 may have improved volume over previous models, but in some situations it's still not enough sound when you're trying to hear someone's voice. Luckily for those with a jailbroken iPhone 5 running iOS 6, there's a tweak called Volume Amplifier that boosts speaker or headphone volume beyond the normal 100 percent when calling.

Amplify Volume tweak iOS

Once installed, simply keep pressing the volume up button beyond the normal maximum and the sound will be increased up to 200 percent. Volume Amplifier has no settings to configure and will not install an application icon on the home screen. The tweak works by directly manipulating the audio stream to increase the sound level noticeably.

10 Crazy and Unbelievable Apps That Deserve to be Banned From the App Store

Even with Apple's strict guidelines, a few unbelievable and mind boggling apps have made their way into the App Store. Here is a quick look at some of the most horrible, offensive and useless apps ever created for the iPhone and iPad.

#10. Pocket Heat

Release Date: January, 2010
Banned: Still available
Download link ($0.99)

Useless iPhone Apps: Pcoket Heat

Pocket Heat used to drain your battery and overheat your iPhone to keep your hands warm, but now it's just a "faux heater" that does its "best to heat you up using nothing more than pixels and sound waves". It looks like Apple wasn't happy about people turning their iPhones into portable heaters based on the App's official App Store message to haters:

"To all the negative comments - the app used to create heat by using the GPS, accelerometer and other things. This is no longer the case as Apple would not allow that functionality in this instance. We apologize for the confusion, but our descriptions and updates have always told what the app does."

It's Almost Here! Official Kingdom Rush Frontiers Trailer Released

Ironhide Game Studios has released the official Kingdom Rush Frontiers trailer. Frontiers is the sequel to the highly popular tower defense game Kingdom Rush. The gameplay for Frontiers looks unchanged, but the trailer reveals all new terrains, towers and enemies like giant scorpions and evil genies. The game also features three new heroes that were previously showcased in their own individual videos.

Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers are tower defense games set in the Medieval times. In the original game, players must use a combination of towers, and magic spells to defeat armies of goblins, trolls and other mythical creatures. Kingdom Rush is considered one of the best tower defense games ever released. The original is available for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad for $0.99. There is also an HD version available for the iPad.

Use Badger to Read iOS Notifications on the Home Screen

Reading notifications directly on the iOS home screen just got easier thanks to the jailbreak tweak Badger. Outstanding badges on app icons might lead you to open notification center, or open the app to see what's up. Badger circumvents all of these roundabout methods, making it possible to read and delete app alerts immediately on the home screen.

iOS cydia tweak badger

Once installed, Badger can be customized from Settings -> Badger. Default settings mean that swiping up on an app icon with a badge will reveal the latest notifications, much like opening an iOS folder. From there, you can swipe to delete or tap the alert text to read the full notification.

Memorial Day Sale: Save Up To 50% On iPhone, iPad and iPad mini Cases and Keyboards

Zagg is holding a site-wide Memorial Day sale for all Apple products. iPad and iPad mini keyboards are 20% off, and all iPhone, iPad and iPad mini cases and accessories, including audio products and portable battery chargers, are 50% off. The sale runs from Monday, May 27th to Tuesday, May 28th.

iPhone Deals

The Zagg invisibleSHIELD screen protector is available for the iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad 3/4, and iPad mini. The invisibleSHIELD is a great way to protect your Apple device from smudges, scratches and even breaks and falls, without adding any unnecessary bulk to your device. The popular Zagg film comes in several different types, including the original basic scratch-resistant model, to the high-definition "glass-like" version for Retina display devices. All versions of the invisibleSHIELD come with a free lifetime replacement warranty.

Next-Generation Rumors Point to Multicolored iPhones

There doesn't seem to be a need for multicolored iPhones since most people prefer to use a case, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from insisting they're a possibility. The Japanese blog Macotakara claims both the rumored iPhone 5S, and low-cost iPhone, will be available in an array of rainbow-like colors this fall.

iPhone 5S Rumor

According to the translated report, the low-cost iPhone will ship in white, pink, green, blue, and yellow-orange, and the so-called iPhone 5S will be available in the standard black and white, plus green and gold. A previously leaked image of two rumored iPhone 5S nanoSIM trays also suggests that the new handset will be available in gray.

iPhone and LTE Coming to Pre-Paid AT&T GoPhone

Pre-paid cellular fans rejoice. AT&T GoPhone service is about to get much better for those looking for a contract-free iPhone. GoPhone now officially supports the iPhone, according to MacRumors, including Visual Voicemail and full LTE and HSPA+ data service. Previously, iPhone owners could subscribe to GoPhone for calls, but with no data access.

AT&T GoPhone iPhone

This means iPhones can be purchased at full retail price and activated on GoPhone, or existing iPhone owners can migrate their devices to the network. Three service plans are available, including a $65 per month plan that comes with 1 GB of data and unlimited calls and texts. Less pricey plans are also an option, coming in at $25 and $50 per month not including data.

Need to Check Your Urine? There's an App For That

The uChek urine analyzer app for iOS devices has come under fire from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has sent a letter to BioSense Technologies asking why their app hasn't been cleared with the agency. The uCheck app allows users to check their glucose and other analyte properties by using the iPhone's camera to read urine strips.

iPhone Urinalysis Test

This is the first time a medical app has drawn the attention of the FDA, according to Bloomberg. The FDA says uCheck requires additional approval because it reads test strips made by Siemens AG (SIE) and Bayer AG (BAYN). The agency also believes there needs to be stricter rules for apps that replace existing medical devices, or that directly diagnose medical conditions.

“We intend to finalize the guidance this year,” Synim Rivers, an agency spokeswoman, said yesterday in an e-mail. “The FDA has proposed a regulatory approach that limits its immediate oversight to a specific, small subset of mobile medical applications that are medical devices and present the greatest risk to patient safety if they don’t work as intended.”

Best Buy to Sell All iPhones for $50 Discount

Four weeks. That's how long the latest Best Buy iPhone sale will go on once it starts on Sunday, May 26. So what is the store offering to new customers who sign a two-year contract? No less than $50 off every iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 purchased during the sale period.

Best Buy iPhone sale

The great news is the $50 off deal applies to your choice of three different wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. According to AllThingsD, Best Buy is also offering discounts on several Android smartphones for one week from Sunday May 26 to Saturday June 1. Unlike these deals, the sale on all iPhone models will continue until June 22.

Box Acquires Mobile App Folders For the Next-Generation of Their iOS Client

Box, a company that creates cloud sharing software and hosting for businesses and individuals, has just acquired a mobile app called Folders. Folders was created by the French developer Martin Destagnol, who has been working closely with Box to fine-tune the integration between Box and the Folders technology. The Folders design and code are becoming a part of Box for the next-generation of the Box iOS client.

Box acquires mobile App Folders for Integration in iOS Client

Folders allows a user to view and open files, stream audio files, mark notes, preview photos, and view source code. Combining this with Box brings a whole new level of innovation to Box's cloud sharing software.

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