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Unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 5S now sold through Apple

People who like their phones unlocked and SIM-free can now pick up an iPhone 5S in that state directly through Apple.

Available via Apple's online store, the new unlocked iPhone 5S requires a GSM-compatible SIM, which means it'll work on AT&T and T-Mobile but not on Sprint or Verizon. It also means buyers will have to pick up a SIM from their carrier of choice.

With no carrier subsidy, the phone sells at full retail -- $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB edition, and $849 for the 64GB version. An unlocked iPhone 5S … Read more

Review: Audio Amplifier Free quickly boosts the sound of any audio or video file

Audio Amplifier Free will boost the volume of any audio or video file you load, but not by much. The program doesn't make it anywhere near as loud as you'd expect, and doesn't do much once you've boosted the audio. However, if you want a relatively universal audio boost for your music and movies, this is still probably the easiest way to get it.

The install process for Audio Amplifier Free takes only a few seconds, and even though the program is free, it doesn't come bundled with any additional or unwanted software. Though it … Read more

Review: Ainishare Free Video Editor combines video cutter, splitter, and joiner

Ainishare Free Video Editor gives you most of the features you'd want in an editor, but its free version comes with some nasty add-on programs. In spite of that, this video editor is relatively easy to use and will be a great tool for amateur video editors.

We ran into five different add-on programs while installing Ainishare Free Video Editor and each one threatened to hijack our browser and home page, so be careful when you're installing. On the bright side, the program's layout is straightforward and will make rookies feel welcome, especially its opening menu, which … Read more

Get a GoGroove FlexSmart X3 Bluetooth FM transmitter for $39.99 shipped

To me there's nothing sadder than a car that lacks Bluetooth. Well, OK, there are lots of things sadder, but for anyone who drives and owns a smartphone, it's definitely a bummer.

Because without Bluetooth to link the phone to the car stereo, how does one listen to one's playlists? One's podcasts? How does one conduct a hands-free call? One does not! This is how sad that makes me.

Fortunately, you don't have to throw out your car and buy a new one. All you need is an FM transmitter that can act as the … Read more

Moga iPhone controller makes unique gift

CNET Update is a button masher:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out the first iOS game controller case, the Moga Ace Power. Moga has created game controllers for Android phones, but this is the company's first for iPhones and iPods.

- Trade-in a water-damaged iPhone or iPad at an Apple store if you can dry it out and get it working again.

- Watch more on Apple TV with the new Yahoo and PBS channels.

- Give parents piece of mind (at a high price) with the Filip Smartwatch for young children.

- Score a free unlimited … Read more

Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data

Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.

It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a new feature phone or smartphone at the Student Activated Price (the average phone price is $530), and activate it on a Sprint Unlimited, My Way plan. You'll need to pay for the cost of the phone, plus a $36 activation … Read more

Review: Basketball Playbook HD Free offers a handful of playbook diagraming tools

Basketball Playbook HD Free provides tools to create playbook entries on a basketball court screen with your iPhone. The result is useful for practicing drawing up plays but without options to save or share your play calls and drawings, the app is little more than a sandbox for testing out new play ideas on the go. That can still be useful for a lot of people, players and coaches alike, but it limits the usefulness of the app.

When you open Basketball Playbook HD Free, you can choose from numerous court designs to display on your screen, and then you … Read more

Review: Fireplace Live HD Free displays one of four fireplaces on your iOS screen

Fireplace Live HD Free is exactly as it sounds -- an app that will display a digital fireplace onscreen. It offers a handful of options for how to display that fireplace and the core functions are all free to use; but like most simulated fireplaces, windows, or other effects on the phone, the app has some issues related to the ads.

When you open the app it will automatically load to the default fire. You can tap the settings menu at any time to change between one of four different fire options. On newer iPhones you can switch to HD … Read more

Review: Futsal Board Free is a great if somewhat steeply curved app

Futsal Board Free adds to the long list of great play-calling apps for the iOS platform and manages to stand out as one of the more complete and feature rich. The app includes a range of options from full court to half, chapter settings, and a record function -- making it a very useful tool for players and coaches, alike. There's a steep learning curve here, but the payoff is worth it.

When you load Futsal Board Free for the first time, the app places every marker on the screen including all of the player markers and the ball. … Read more

Review: Play Tube Free is a combination of music player and video search tool for iOS

Play Tube Free is another third-party YouTube browsing tool, but it goes beyond what many others offer to incorporate built-in music search tools. From top lists for music videos currently on YouTube to a toggle search button to switch between video and music search on YouTube, this feels like a native music app and it runs very quickly and smoothly with an iOS 7-inspired interface.

When you load Play Tube Free for the first time, you can start searching right away. The main screen shows you top videos like Charlie Bit My Finger, but from there you can customize by … Read more