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Tip of the Day: What to Do if Your Home Button Doesn't Work

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Home button or Sleep/Wake button not working properly? (Maybe you had some kind of iPhone misfortune involving water or a drop?) You're probably planning to take your phone in to get fixed; but in the mean time,  Assistive Touch is a great work around to this problem:



Siri Is My Friend, She Could Be Yours Too

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Siri was the reason I upgraded to an iPhone 4s. Having the ability to talk to my phone and have it respond was amazing to me. I talk to Siri everyday and still don't tap her capabilities much. She is more capable than I even imagined. I thought it would be helpful to share some of her best talents in a series of posts, so lets start with making a phone call.



Tip of the Day: Use Your iPhone as a Mirror

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If you've ever found yourself checking your teeth or applying lipstick in the reflection of your iPhone screen or if you've ever considered downloading an iPhone mirror app, this tip is for you.



Tip of the Day: Increase Your iPhone Typing Speed

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Messages, emails, notes, reminders, there are so many ways to give your thumbs a workout while using an iPhone. Getting your iPhone typing up to speed can be a real time saver. Here are a few suggestions that will have you thumbing out messages speedily and with ease:



Tip of the Day: How to Change Your iPhone's Auto-Lock Time

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Your iPhone automatically locks itself after a set period of inactivity. This saves battery life, makes unauthorized access to your iPhone less likely, and prevents butt dialing and the sending of nonsense text messages to random contacts. The default auto-lock setting is one minute; but if you find yourself constantly having to unlock your phone in the middle of using it, you may need to change the delay time.



Tip of the Day: How to Disable Facebook's Video Auto-Play

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Late last year, Facebook introduced auto-play for videos on the social network. Perhaps the most obnoxious part about it is that every time a video ad starts playing in your News Feed, you are essentially paying with your precious data or battery power for them to advertise to you. Fortunately it's easy to disable this feature.



Tip of the Day: How to Turn Off Your iPhone's Flashlight Without Opening Control Center

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The iPhone's built-in flashlight can come in handy in all sorts of situations, such as digging through camping equipment while you look for a real flashlight during a power outage, cleaning up after your dog on late-night walks, or locating the eyeglasses you just knocked off your bedside table in the middle of the night without turning on a lamp and waking your spouse.

But since your iPhone usually goes to sleep while you are completing these tasks, opening Control Center to turn off the flashlight when you are finished can feel like too many stepsespecially if you prefer not to allow access to Control Center from your lock screen. 



Swift 101 - Working with Swift's New Optional Values

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The Swift programming language has a new feature called optionals that were not previously available in Objective-C. They are similar to optional types in Java and nullable types in the C# programming language. 



AT&T's Latest Pricing Forces iPhone Buyers to Decide How and When to Pay for Devices

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I use my daughters' upgrades at AT&T to keep my iPhone up-to-date. They get the previous generation. My youngest daughter, just graduating from college, was still on an iPhone 4. I went to the AT&T store for the upgrade, but we didn’t have one. No, I didn’t look online first, I just assumed as many do, that an upgrade was waiting somewhere.



Tip of the Day: How to Block Unwanted Calls and Messages

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Sometimes, whether it's an ex or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling you. That's when it's time to block their calls. 

Enabling call blocking for a specific number means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here's how you do it:



Tip of the Day: How to Prevent Others from Accessing Your Call History, Posting to Facebook, and More from Your Lock Screen

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Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else.



Tip of the Day: How to Start an iMovie on Your iPhone and Finish on a Mac Without Using AirDrop

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People live busy lives. Apple understands this, which is why many of their apps are able to interact with one another across multiple platforms. But if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of AirDrop, here is a quick and simple way to begin an iMovie on your iPhone or iPad and continue editing it on your Mac later using Dropbox. 



Tip of the Day: How to Block Facebook Game Requests

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Some of your Facebook friends like games. A lot. Some of your Facebook friends want you to like games a lot too. And you know this because they've sent you so many Facebook game requests that you are considering unfriending them just to make the onslaught stop. 

We at iPhone Life don't want to tell you who to be friends with, but you don't actually have to unfriend the Facebook gamers you know in order to make the game requests stop. Here's what you can do instead:



Tip of the Day: How to Produce Great Outdoor Photos With Your iPhone

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Your iPhone is a great tool to catalog your outdoor explorations. For an example, check out the image of Longs Peak that I took with my iPhone in Rocky Mountain National Park. Until I acquired a Nikon camera a few weeks ago, I relied solely on my iPhone for outdoor photography. I purchased the 32GB model of the 5s for the extra photo storage. I am no professional photographer, but I travel for work or play about once a month so you can imagine how many photos I have amassed.

Here is some insight into the best apps and tools to use for your adventures:



Tip of the Day: How to Turn Off Touch ID

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If you gave it a try and decided Touch ID is not for you, you can easily disable the security feature and go back to using a passcode to unlock your iPhone 5s or to make iTunes and App Store purchases.



Tip of the Day: How to Add More Dictionaries for Define Feature

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One of the great things about using an iPhone or iPad is that you can look up the definition of any word you encounter in Notes, Safari, Mail, and more with the Define feature. (See the tip on how to do that HERE.) But what if you are traveling or you speak more than one language and you want to be able to look up words in those languages as well?



Tip of the Day: How to Change What Day Your Week Starts in Calendar

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The Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad has Sunday set as the first day of the week. But considering the work week tends to divide quite distinctly into weekdays and the weekend, with most of our appointments and business meetings taking place Monday through Friday, you may prefer to set Monday as the first day of the week. Or if you have an unusual schedule, you could set any day of the week you prefer to be the first day of your personalized week. Here's how:



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 18: Core Data Behind the Scenes

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin build it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 18 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to iOS 7.1.)

We've been discussing Core Data in my last several posts and now you should understand the basics of:



Tip of the Day: How to Teach Siri to Pronounce a Name Correctly

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Using Siri to call or send messages to people can be very convenient during those times when your hands or eyes are otherwise occupied. Just don't try to call any friends or family members who have an unusual name, because if Siri doesn't know how to pronounce that name, the virtual assistant won't understand what you are asking. This can be extremely frustrating and lead to you yelling at your iPhone in public (don't ask me how I know), and it's why it can be worth it to take the time to teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 17: Core Data Test Drive

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 17 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to iOS 7.1.)

In my previous post, you learned how to generate Objective-C classes from entities in a data model and you were introduced to the mmBusinessObject class, which provides an easy-to-use wrapper for Core Data classes. In this week's post, we're going to create our app's custom business controllers and take them for a test drive!



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