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November 3 Biweekly Giveaway – Award Winner Edition

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The Biweekly Giveaway – Award Winner Edition features prizes from companies that won iPhone Life awards at the recent Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA 2014 trade show! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce November 3! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Tip of the Day: Quickly Add a Website to Favorites

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I like the features of Safari in iOS 8. In a previous tip I showed how to request the desktop version of a site by tapping in the address bar and then dragging down on the Favorites window that pops up. I also just learned of a quick way to add the current page to Favorites, to your reading list, or to shared links.



Living In an OmniGroup World

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Just outside of Redmond, WA, center of the Microsoft universe, lies a little city we like to call Seattle. Seattle is the home to OmniGroup, a company dedicated to writing some of the best, and more enduring, Macintosh software around, along with complementary iOS apps to facilitate the increasingly mobile lifestyles of their customers.



Last Chance for Special Pricing on MacTech Conference!

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I just heard from MacTech folks that they're making special pricing available to our readers! The below link will get iPhone Life readers an EXTRA $100 off the registration price when they register. In other words, the pre-registration pricing ($1299) will end this weekend. The below link locks in the rate at $1199 during that time. Then it goes up by $200. http://www.mactech.com/conference/sponsored-discount?rid=iPhoneLife



Tip of the Day: iOS 8 Gives Access to Third-Party Maps in Apple Maps

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I like Apple's Maps app, but a number of times it's taken me to a location that simply didn't exist: an Indian restaurant, a zoo, a hotel in a small town, a Chinese restaurant. I diligently follow Siri's directions and when she says I've arrived, the establishment in question is nowhere to be seen. And in several of these cases probably never existed. If you've had similar problems and prefer maps from third parties such as Google, you can now conveniently access these maps from within Apple's Maps app.



WINNERS October 20 Biweekly Giveaway + New Award Winner Giveaway!

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For the next few months we are running a special Award Winner Edition of our iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway featuring prizes from companies that won iPhone Life awards at the recent Super Mobility Week powered by CTIA 2014 trade show! This weeks prizes are worth $265.00 so you definitely don't want to miss out on a chance to win!

Thanks to everyone who entered the October 20 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the November 3rd giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!



Double Review: Replay Video Editing App, Featuring Parrot's A.R. Drone 2.0

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This is really two mini reviews in one. A while back the folks at Parrot wanted me to check out their A.R. Drone remote controlled aerial vehicle. So I spent a couple of months doing some product testing. In the process I utilized the quadricopter's two onboard cameras along with Parrot's FreeFlight (Free) drone control app to shoot some video, which I wanted to include with my reviews. Then the dilemma arose of where the heck to find the time in my busy schedule to both write a review and edit about 25 minutes of aerial video down to a short snippet that I thought people might be interested in watching. Enter the remarkable video editing app, Replay, which I learned about during Apple's live presentation of the iPad Air 2.



Last Chance to Enter the iPhone Life Photography Contest Oct.24!

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If you haven't already entered the iPhone Life Photography Contest, you'd better get cracking! Friday, October 24, is the last day to submit your best iPhone photograph(s) at iphonelife.com/enterphoto. You must take and edit all photos with an iOS device, using only iOS apps. And don't forget to your favorite photos. You can vote everyday until November 3!



Taggd' Mobile: Capturing Street Art In Celebratory Style

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Street art, or graffitti, has seen a remarkable rise in popularity over the past decade here as well as abroad. There are websites, social media feeds, and more dedicated to recognizing all these pieces of art no matter the size or the location. And now, a graphic artist hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, by the name of Brenden Fitzgerald looks to make the experience of finding street art and sharing its appeal that much easier. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of the Taggd' Mobile app. The app is set up for the user to take a picture of a piece of street art, geotag it and share it with others. You can also get more information in detail on the artist who did the piece through the app. Recently Brenden took the time to speak to iPhone Life about the app's possibilities and his journey in creating the funding campaign for Taggd' Mobile.



Tip of the Day: How to Search Within a Web Page

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Often when you're searching the web for some particular bit of information, your search pulls up a long page of text. But you then have no idea where on that page to find the information you're looking for. The next step is to search within the page. The way to do that on iOS devices is simple, but not obvious.



Swift Programming 101: Inheritance & Polymorphism

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In previous posts I have touched on inheritance in Swift. In this post, I'm going to be diving deeper and giving you a fuller picture of how inheritance works in Swift, and how you can use it to create apps that are easy to extend when you need to add new functionality. Along the way, you will also learn about the important concept of polymorphism and learn how to use Xcode's new playgrounds!



Download iOS 8.1 and Get Ready for Apple Pay!

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Apple promised iOS 8.1 would be out this week and it is. The update uses only 126 MB but adds features like Apple Pay for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as iCloud Photo Library and integrated SMS messaging for iPad and Mac computers. Those are the new features, but of course there are bug fixes and reliability enhancements.



Building a Smarter Home with Ivee and Iris

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Apple didn't release a smart home device this year, but instead unleashed HomeKit, an SDK to help third parties do what they do best... make home automation equipment that, now, can be based on Apple's standards. Several vendors have stepped up to the plate, which is good because it's hard to find one vendor that has everything a smart home owner would need.



Tip of the Day: Change Mail Swipe Options in Settings

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In an earlier tip I covered the new swipe options in Mail that let you quickly mark an email as read/unread, as well as delete, flag, or archive an email. Plus, tapping the More option gives you access to all the other email actions. iOS 8 also includes the ability to customize these gestures, though the options are somewhat limited. And you can even turn them off, if you so choose.



Enter Our New Year's Challenge and Win a $50 iTunes Gift Card!

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What will your New Year's resolutions be? Start hardening your resolve with iPhone Life's iTunes Gift Card Challenge!



Siri Is Much More Than She Seems

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I just read a touching and uplifting story about an autistic boy befriending Siri. I am a huge Siri fan and have written about her more than once in this blog, but I have a new found admiration for the programmers who developed Siri.



SoundHound and TouchTunes - Convergence of Online and On-Premises Music Services

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If you like and use the SoundHound music app (free), which can guess melodies like a musical savant, then you might want to add TouchTunes (free). SoundHound recently announced a team up with TouchTunes: an in-venue entertainment and music platform that provides service at over 60,000 locations. With SoundHound and TouchTunes together, you can now get your online music choices queued up when visiting any TouchTunes supported location!



Tip of the Day: See the Time Messages Were Sent

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One of the useful features of email is being able to see exactly when an email was sent. However, unlike Mail, the default view in Messages doesn't show the time when messages in a thread were sent. Messages are time-stamped just as emails are—you simply need to know how to view the time stamp.



Tip of the Day: Send Audio Messages in iOS 8

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One of the great new features in iOS 8 is the ability to send an audio message. Sometimes it's simply a lot more convenient to make a quick recording than it is to type a message. Why not simply call the person? Because convention requires that we then engage in conversation. An audio message is more efficient. And the party you're sending it to can listen at his or her convenience rather than having to answer the phone.



Tip of the Day: How to Send Multiple Recent Photos

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One of the great features of our mobile devices is the ease with which we can share photos and videos. You can use your iPhone or iPad to send multiple photos via email or messaging. Note that there's a limit of five photos via email, but not via messaging.