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iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Siri

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Siri. She (or he, depending on your preference) can do more than you may realize.



MacTech Conference: A Brush with Greatness!

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I just returned from the MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, where iPhone Life was a Media Sponsor.  The event was well attended and was truly a great experience. Attendees had opportunities to learn from great speakers, meet some great vendors, and hear some great observations from tech industry luminaries like Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times and Adam Engst and Tonya Engst of TidBits and their Take Control series of e-books.



How To Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Activation Lock When Selling Used iPhones and iPads

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When upgrading your Apple iPhone or iPad to the new iOS 7 operating system, you will notice a new Find My iPhone/iPad feature called Activation Lock. This beneficial new technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your iPhone or iPad in the event it is lost or stolen.

Activation Lock starts working the moment you turn on the Find My iPhone application in iOS 7. While Apple’s new security feature is a helpful data-security measure, it also prevents mobile buyback companies from accessing the device to ensure your private data has been completely sanitized. 



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 30: Creating Multi-Lingual Apps in Xcode 5

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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 30 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here

For the vast majority of apps that you build, it makes tremendous sense to make sure your app can be sold to as many iOS users in as many countries and languages as possible. The App Store is available in over 150 countries in 40 languages and automatically handles international payments and current conversion for you. All you need to do is make sure your app can support a variety of languages. I'll show you the basic steps in this post as we make the iAppsReview project multi-lingual. 



How to Protect the Private Data on Your iPhone

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Modern smartphones house a gold mine of private information, from contacts and pin numbers to photographs and emails. Taking simple preventative measures while you own the device and choosing a secure cell phone buyback and recycling company when it is time to retire the device, is imperative to safeguarding your sensitive mobile data.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Swipe Gestures and Switches

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for swipe gestures and switches.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 29: Understanding Objective-C Blocks

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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 29 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

As we continue to move the iAppsReview app forward, we now come to a point where we have to climb the learning curve on one of the more advanced Objective-C concepts—blocks. This discussion comes at an unlikely place. This week I'm going to show you how to take the image of a review that you have created in the Write Review scene and display it in the My Reviews scene. This seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but as you will see, it involves using the iOS Assets Library and using Objective-C blocks.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Notifications, Passcodes, and Restrictions

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Notifications, Passcodes, and Restrictions.



Don't Get Left Behind: Overcoming Your Fear of Technology

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Over the years I have met many people who find much of the newest technology intimidating. Many seniors find it challenging, mind boggling, and sometimes outright incomprehensible. Take the smartphone. Just looking at it is distressing for some people. Their initial reaction is to steer away from such devices, but it doesn’t have to be that way.



What's in Your iPhone's Dock?

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With the release of iOS 7, the iPhone became even more customizable. But did you know that you've always been able to customize your dock? You can place your favorite apps in the dock for easy access anytime.

In my previous post, I wrote about how you can have an uncluttered iPhone.  In this post, I am going to tell you how I have my iPhone dock set up and why. I invite you to share what apps you have in your dock. Just know that there are no right or wrong answers here.



How-To: Share Your Slow Motion Videos on Instagram

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With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple brought two new features to the device's camera: Slow Mo and Burst Mode. Both new shooting modes help capture great content that you can share with the ones you care about. But sharing Slow Mo vids is more difficult than it needs to be, especially on a service like Instagram. Luckily, we have a simple way to do it.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Ringtones & Sounds

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Ringtones and Sounds in iOS 7.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 28: Managing User Settings

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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 28 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

Just about every app has the need to store and retrieve settings that are specific to the user. User settings include information such as name, ID, email address, password, high score (for games), preferences, and so on. 



The Uncluttered iPhone (How to See Your Wallpaper)

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Like many iPhone fans, I downloaded iOS 7 the day it was released. And I know I am not alone in having fallen in love with it. And with iOS 7 came a whole plethora of great features and upgrades. Now, users can finally have an uncluttered iPhone.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Maps

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Maps in iOS 7.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 27: Table View In-Place Editing

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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 27 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In many of the built-in iOS apps, such as Settings, you are able to edit information directly in the cells of a table view. This is a nice feature, because you the user doesn't have to navigate to a separate scene just to enter a value. This is especially important when setting up email where there are several values that need to be entered.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Making the Most of Your Keyboard

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for the Keyboard.



Get the Most Out of Your Past, Present and Future with the Help of Your iPhone!

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Our minds are very powerful! Unfortunately most of us don't use our brain to its full potential. We are caught up with daily life. A lot of things might be spinning in your head and many don't serve you in a good way. In this article you will learn tips and tricks to maximize the use of your brain. 



Zooming While Shooting Video: Everything You Need to Know About High-Quality, Lossless Zooming

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This article is targeted at advanced iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users using iOS 7; video shooters; programmers coding video apps; and Apple's engineers in charge of bug fixing.

iPhones produce really decent video footage under ideal circumstances. Sure, they have their share of problems; for example, the lack of stereo audio recording, optical image stabilization (OIS), and wide field-of-view lens, all three supported by other flagships like the LG G2 running Android or the Nokia 92x/1020 running Windows Phone 8. However, under good lighting, and if you shoot on a tripod, you can easily have significantly better image quality than the LG G2 or most, if not all, Android phones. (Tripods make it possible to avoid camera blur, which is detrimental to the image quality.) Similarly, all iPhones since the iPhone 4 generally produce much better-detailed footage than most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras. They can, in video quality, easily beat even large-sensor DSLRs or ILC cameras because there's no aliasing or, unless you zoom in, moire in the image—unlike imost large-sensor cameras. Of course, a large-sensor camera will always have better dynamic range and less noise, meaning the iPhone is only preferable in ideal lighting circumstances or when you don't have any other camera with you.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 26: Xcode 5 Auto Layout Wrapup

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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 26 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post we went through the steps of converting the Write Review scene in iAppsReview to iOS 7 and Xcode 5. In this post we're going to update a few more scenes and learn even more important information about Auto Layout, iOS 7's default edge-to-edge content, and how to specify a global tint for your app!



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