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Enter the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Deadline February 28!

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It's photo contest time again. We know you enjoy taking the occasional artistic shot with your iPhone, so why not get rewarded for it? Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a spot in our magazine! 



Prezi Launches Nutshell for iPhone

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The company known for presentations went a different route for its latest endeavor. Instead of a bland slideshow, Nutshell (free) transforms images into a self-described "cinematic story." Once you've collected three photos worth animating, that is. 



New Apple Ad Features iPad as Music-Creation Tool

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A new TV ad from Apple, embedded below, features the Swedish recording artist Elliphant using an iPad to help create her song "All or Nothing." It also shows the iPad being used by UK producer Riton to remix the song, and DJ The Gaslamp Killer using an iPad during live performance. Plus it shows the Parisian film director So Me using an iPad to shoot Elliphant's video. The tagline is "film changes with iPad." 



iOS 9 to Focus on the Fundamentals

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Apple should be releasing iOS 8.2 (or 8.3) to the public soon, when the Apple Watch ships;, but eyes are already on iOS 9, which would likely be introduced in June at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The next version of iOS has a code name, apparently, called Monarch. Rather than a nod to royalty, this could be a reference to the butterfly that emerges from its cocoon. That would be an appropriate analogy, as signs say this version of iOS is not going to be focused on new features, but rather finishing touches like stability. This is similar to how Apple's Swift didn't really offer new functionality, but instead was a cleaner, more efficient way to create apps. Such a shift should help iOS's performance on 16 GB devices.



WINNERS of the iPhone Life February 9 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the February 9 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 February 23 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winner is... (drum roll please):



Tip of the Day: Save Storage by Turning on iCloud Photo Library [Update]

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One of the major benefits of iOS 8.1 is iCloud Photo Library. All your photos can now live in the cloud rather than being tied to a particular device, making them available to you regardless of which device you're using. Any change you make to a photo or video on one device is carried over to the others. And perhaps the most important benefit is that it allows you to free up space on your devices. If you enable iCloud Photo Library, you can choose to store only optimized versions of your photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad. The full-resolution versions are kept in the cloud, and versions less storage-intensive, which are perfectly suited to the size and resolution of your iPhone or iPad, are stored on your device. This can save you gigabytes of storage space on your iPhone. And any time you want, you can download the full resolution.



Versatile Cases from Verus

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The hard part about choosing a case from Verus is that there are so many choices. And the difference between the cases are subtle but significant. I had the opportunity to try several of their cases, for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it was quite difficult to pick a favorite. So let's start with what they all have in common. They offer all-around protection, which includes the bottom of the iPhone, where many cases leave the phone vulnerable.



Attention Cord Cutters: Sling TV Now Available for $20 Per Month, Offers ESPN, AMC

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If you balk at paying $60 to 100 per month for a bundle of cable channels that includes many you don't watch, the new offering from Sling TV will appeal to you, especially if you're a sports fan.



Should iOS Users Invest in a Removable Solid State Drive?

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If all of your data is in the cloud, and you can easily download it to your iOS device, off-line storage probably isn’t an issue. But that is not how most people roll, especially when on the road. Which is why you probably need a PC or Mac and some local storage to complement your cloud services and to load content onto your iPad or iPhone.



Console Gaming is Dying. Long Live iOS Gaming.

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I write a lot about video games for iPhone Life Magazine and iPhoneLife.com. Specifically iOS video games. So the fact that mobile games are set to generate higher revenue than console games this year is no surprise to me. I've reported on this trend before and I imagine it's just the beginning of a radically new status quo in the world of modern gaming.



How to Get Directions from Siri Without Using iOS Maps

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There is a commonly held belief that men don't like to ask for directions. As a guy, I am here to say it's true. At least for me. With Siri, I can ask for directions without anyone knowing.



This Week's Gaming Distraction: Logic Dots

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Everyone probably remembers the Sudoku craze of the 2000s, when the number puzzle game took over millions of households and turned everyone into a logic master—at least for a few months. Developer Ayopa Games remembers, and it's put a new spin on the formula with Logic Dots. If you have a hankering for some puzzles you can solve on your commute, then this game is definitely for you.



Forget Sapphire, Try Project Phire from Corning

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Apple's plans for moving to sapphire fell flat when their supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy, but there may be an alternative on the horizon. Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, announced Project Phire this week. Apple hasn't confirmed that they use Gorilla Glass, but it's a poorly kept secret. While Corning has made improvements, Gorilla Glass still has a way to go. There has always been a tradeoff in drop protection and scratch resistance. Sapphire is extremely resistant to scratches, which is why it is used in many watches, as it is second to diamonds in hardness. However, sapphire can be brittle and crack in drop testing.



Review: Xprt app (free computer/iOS support!)

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Raise your hand if you like to talk to real people when trying to fix your technology problems!

You can't see, but my hand is raised. When I need assistance, I would rather talk on the phone to an Apple genius or go to an Apple store to get my problem fixed. This is where Xprt can help. With Xprt, a free app, you can talk to a real person in a chat setting who can help your problem. 



Tip of the Day: How to Use a Credit Card that is not Your Default Card with Apple Pay

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When using Apple Pay, there will be times when you do not wish to use your default card. Selecting a different card is very easy to do.



Earth: A Primer Is an Interactive Geology Textbook

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Preparing textbooks that are both educational and stimulating can sometimes prove difficult, especially in today's society. But the exploratory terrain found in Earth: A Primer ($9.99) makes learning about geology much more digestable.



Lepow Lets You Accessorize in Style

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There is no excuse these days to have boring accessories thanks to companies like Lepow who are making elegant, colorful, minimalist gear to enhance the daily use of our phones and tablets. These gadgets have become an intimate part of our lives, so we need to keep them charged up and ready. Lepow understands this and makes chargers and other gear that fits right in with our fashion and travel needs.



iNPOFi: Wireless Charging Nirvana!

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The iNPOFi Deluxe pack features both a charging board, a mobile charger (which is also a wireless charging pad), and a case. It's an altogether impressive package, but if you are looking to embed this award-winning wireless charging capability in your own technology, iNPOFi has you covered there as well.



Tip of the Day: How to Change the Credit Card Associated with iTunes

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Changing or updating the credit card you use to make iTunes and App Store purchases is easy and can be done right on your iPhone or iPad.



Review: Mobile Home Siri Remote

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Have you ever seen the Chevrolet "eyes-free" commercials and seethed with jealousy because you can't talk to your late 90s vehicle? I have. And then came Mobile Home.



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