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Master of Craft Review: Social Town Sim with Fantasy Flair

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Just when you think that social network town-building sims have run out of new ideas, someone comes along to prove you wrong. Master of Craft (free) is a new SNRPG (social network RPG) from IdeaBoxGames, and it’s turning convention on its head in the cutest possible ways.  This fantasy town building sim lets players dabble in the world of role playing by incorporating dungeon quests. And yes, you actually get to see and participate in combat; it’s not purely text based! But the meat of the game is building a perfect, quaint, fantasy town on the monster-threatened frontier, which the player accomplishes by starting a weapon-smithing monopoly to generate gold. Of course, responsibilities and opportunities to expand continually arise from there.



Horizon 2.0: Making Your iPhone A Horizontal Video Recording Powerhouse

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The wildly popular and award-winning Horizon app has just gotten better and bolder. The app development studio, Evil Window Dog has just announced Horizon 2.0, a free update that not only expands on the app's capabilities but truly transforms the app into a true powerhouse.



Smart Card: The Amazing Credit Card-Sized Charging Gadget!

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Holy Toledo, this is one of the coolest dang tech ideas to come round since, well, since cool tech things started coming 'round. But anyway, The Power Company has hit the Indiegogo funding goal for the amazing SMART CARD. (Although if you hurry, you can still grab a Smart Card perk pack for $39. Other pack deals include two Smart Cards and a free "Smartie" Tracker.) 



3 Apps for Navigating an Unfamiliar City

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Have you ever gotten lost in an unfamiliar city? Public transit systems can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know your way around, but a few apps can help you find your way in major urban areas across the nation.

Here are some of the best apps to guide you as you navigate a new area and help get you on your way.



Tip of the Day: How to Teach iOS Autocorrect New Words

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Autocorrect is awesome at turning your garbled typing into coherent messages, notes, and more.

Except when it's not. 

Here's how to make the awesomeness of autocorrect work for you:



WINNERS of the iPhone Life July 28 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the July 28 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 August 11 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winners are... (drum roll please):

 

Brennan Benkert, Dale Miller, and Carl Todasco. 


Didn't Win This Week? No worries! Visit iphonelife.com/giveaways for the chance to win in the next giveaway round. If you see your name but didn't receive an email, please check your spam folder.

 



FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Accessory Available for Pre-Order!

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We covered this thermal imaging camera accessory (a Best of CES 2014 award winner) early this year, and now it's finally available for pre-order ($349, ships in August).



Apple News: The Story on Those Sapphire Screens

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Apple is expected to release products with Sapphire screens. But how it's not clear (no pun intended) if those screens will be in the iPhone 6 or an iWatch (or both.) Some clues as to how Apple could be making those screens have popped up on Gizmodo.



Apple News: What Will the Next Apple TV Look Like?

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Apple loves rounded rectangles so much, they patented the shape. I was rearranging some of the Apple gear in my living room and it occurred to me to create a "PyraMac"—a pyramid of smaller and smaller rounded rectangles, almost like a Mayan temple (Macan Temple?) of aluminum, black, and white plastic. First, there was a recent Mac mini, then an AirPort Extreme (the size of the original Mac mini), then an Apple SuperDrive. On top of that, I placed the current Apple TV and then the previous generation iPod nano. All of these use the rounded rectangle design Apple has popularized.



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.



Last Chance to Enter our July 28 Biweekly Giveaway!

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Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest! 

Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.

This weeks featured items are:



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:



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Zoom In on Your iPhone or iPad Screen

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If you constantly find yourself squinting at your iPhone screen and you're tired of always pinching and zooming in and out, you probably can't wait for the rumored bigger screen of the upcoming iPhone 6. In the mean time try turning on your iPhone's Zoom setting for easy zooming.



Evaluating iTunes' Impact on the Music Industry

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When it was first introduced, iTunes seemed to be the most logical answer to the heated controversy caused by widespread online illegal music downloads. According to NPD estimates, iTunes is currently responsible for 63 percent of all digital music sales, and is undeniably the United States' top music retailer.



ComiXology Celebrates 5 Years of Digital Comics Anniversary Special: 100 Books For 10 Bucks

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If you want to enjoy work from some of the emerging writers and artists that will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but you can't make it to the show, comiXology is celebrating their five-year anniversary by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just 10 bucks U.S.,— a savings of 94 percent off the cover price.



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.



Apple News: Who Will Make iWatches?

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Given the announced (and shipping) smartwatch products from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Pebble, and other manufacturers, and the substantial rumors around an iWatch from Apple, the question is when, not if, Apple will introduce a wearable offering. But there are some fresh reports that suggest a new twist.



Game Centered Special Edition—Modern Combat 5: Blackout

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The wait is over. After several delays, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5: Blackout ($6.99) is finally available. And it is well worth the wait! This is one of the year's most anticipated games and it doesn't fail to impress. With cutting edge graphics and gameplay, and a storyline filled with mayhem, evildoers, and heroic deeds, MC5 is destined to be one of this summer's top blockbuster video games. This week's Game Centered gives you a brief introduction to this latest installment in Gameloft's highly successful Modern Combat series.



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