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Game Centered: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Games Take Over the App Store

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition. This week's installment is heavy on the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres, both of which have proven hugely successful in the App Store and on iOS devices. Read on to find out which games have received awesome new updates and which newcomers are making waves in the highly competitive App Store gaming environment.



Letterspace App Uses Hashtags to Organize your Notes

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Evernote has long been considered the quintessential note-taking app. But what if you just want a clean interface with easy organization? That's where Letterspace (free) comes in.

Don't expect the same functionality as Evernote or Wunderlist, though. Letterspace is a no-frills note-taking app that cuts down on the clutter. 

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Noted is a Simple Gesture-Based Note-Taking App for iOS
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A Review of 3 Very Different Keyboards

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I’m about to provide a basic evaluation of three new keyboards. Before I do, though, I have to raise an issue about keyboard portability. Notebook computers, or tablet convertibles, typically fold over the keyboard, protecting them from the harsh jiggling they are likely to encounter during travel.



Swift Programming 101: Mastering Dynamic Type in iOS 8

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Apple has announced they expect third party apps to support Dynamic Type. However, if you have tried to implement it in your apps, you know there are some unexpected land mines along the way (such as static table view cells and custom cell styles). In this article, you will learn how Dynamic Type works under the hood and how to get it working properly in a variety of scenarios. You will also get some Swift code that makes it easier to implement Dynamic Type in your apps.



Tip of the Day: Never Forget to Return a Call

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Have you ever rejected a call from a person whom you wanted to speak with because you were driving or in a meeting, or it was an otherwise inconvenient time? Did you truly, honestly intend to return that call, only to forget? Here's how to make sure that never happens again.



Great iOS Gear for Kids and Parents

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If you are a parent, you already know how interested your kids are in your iOS devices. And as much as we may try limit and monitor their exposure to this touchscreen technology, it's hard to blame them for being interested in our iDevices. After all, they are by their very nature so observant of us and of how "plugged in" we can be at times, not to mention the abundance of great, child-appealing apps in the App Store. The thing is, gear and accessories that might be perfect for an adult might be less than ideal for little people. With that in mind, here's a list of some great iOS gear that is well-suited for both kids and their parents.



My Year of Living Paperlessly

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I made a New Year’s resolution to, as much as possible, eliminate paper from my life. I can’t control all of what comes it, but I can control some of it. And I have complete control over what I keep, within the guidelines of U.S. tax law, of course.

Here is the list of steps I took in January to get My Year of Living Paperlessly off to the right start.



Sprint Gets Aggressive

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Sprint is getting aggressive and trying to snag customers away from AT&T and Verizon. Their latest effort gives users both an iPhone 6 and an iPad mini 3, with no cash down and no activation fees. Users pay $100 per month, which includes 2 GB of shared data. This is part of their iPhone for Life and iPad for Life program, where users have to tattoo the Sprint logo on their chest. Just kidding. That's not what the program requires! Rather, a customer pays a monthly fee and gets a new iPhone or iPad every two years. Sprint also offers a 12-month plan to upgrade every year. This program reflects a $17 monthly service plan credit for bundling iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 3.



Tip of the Day: How to See All Your Scheduled Reminders at Once

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When creating reminders in the Reminders app, you may find it useful to organize them into separate lists such as a personal to-do list, a list for a pet's vaccination and worming schedules, and a work to-do list. But at other times it can be helpful to see all your recurring reminders from all your different Reminders Lists in one place.



ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case With 2-Year Battery Could Outlast Your iPad

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The iPad mini is perhaps the most powerful compact tablet available. You can leverage the thousands of full-size iPad apps yet still slip your iPad mini into just about any purse, bag, briefcase, or even coat pocket. That's why I traded in my original iPad Air for an iPad mini 3. I now leave my MacBook Pro at home and rely on the iPad mini when out of the office or out of town. The one thing that's missing is a mechanical keyboard.



Second Screens in Several Sizes

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At CES, several vendors offered "second screen" monitors either intended to be used as "accessory" screens to complement a larger monitor or to serve as a single purpose screen to keep tabs on specific content. It's a neat concept, with some neat designs, that is only possibly now because of lower costs, increased supply, and new technologies and concepts like the Internet of Things.



Do You Want a Smartwatch That Is Also a Smartphone?

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The latest news about the Apple Watch reveals unimpressive battery life, yet at the same time, AT&T and others are suggesting that a smart watch really needs to function as a cellphone, independent of a smartphone. This is a bit of a money grab by cell providers who want customers to pay yet another monthly fee for yet another smart device. But does it make sense for end users?



Tip of the Day: How to Move your Image in FaceTime

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When you're FaceTiming, you can see the other person and you can also see yourself. But say you’re FaceTiming someone on your iPad or iPhone and they’re trying to show you something from their location, or their face is covered the small image of you.



Duet Display App Half-Price (Do Yourself a Favor and Buy It!)

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Let me start by saying Duet Display is the most expensive app I've ever bought (on sale for $7.99), but is worth every penny. Duet Display is on sale because it's featured in the App Store this week under the productivity section. So, since I'm a sucker for productivity apps (maybe it's the illusion of productivity they give me!) and it is on sale, I figured I'd buy it to try it out. The concept is simple: the app allows your iPad or iPhone (iOS 7.0+) to be an extended display for your Mac (OSX 10.9+). Just install some software, restart your computer, and plug in your iPad to your Mac. It's as simple as that.



Motorola Illustrates the Problems with Android Fragmentation

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Android fans will tell you the fragmentation concern is a non-issue, and that most devices are up to date. But Motorola itself posted a note explaining why many of its customers cannot have the latest version of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop, depending on their device and where they are. Eventually, the rollout may come to most of their premium phones, but that's not true for many second and third-tier manufacturers. Even HTC has their issues.  Lower-cost Android phones are too often treated as disposable, taking the mantle from flip phones. Many of those customers don't even run third-party apps, relying instead on the built-in apps for email and texting. I own several such phones, so I can test my Android apps on a variety of devices, and I have no expectation that upgrades will become available.



Product Review: Fuel + Mobile Rechargeable Batteries by Patriot

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It's always a total bummer when you lose battery power on the go. I know it's not something I can handle at all because my phone is my life. I live and die by that thing and if it goes down, so do I. The good people at Patriot clearly know me very well and sent me two of their FUEL + chargers to review: The smaller 6000 mAh ($49.99) and the larger and more powerful 12,000 mAh style ($79.99).



Wants and Needs App: Balancing Your Priorities and Putting Your Life in Perspective

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The Wants and Needs app aims to help users prioritize what they really need in life. The goal is to bring balance in the users' lives.



DX-6 Battery Case Breakdown

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The UNU DX-6 ($79.95) is a fabulous looking (and feeling) iPhone 6 case that comes with a screen protector and a headphone extender cable. The tough and sturdy case can add up to 18 hours of talk time (or 63 hours of music playback or 313 hours of standby time) to your iPhone 6, at least according to the technical specs. The technical hype turned out to be quite accurate in my experience.



Tip of the Day: How to Set a Default Credit Card and Suspend or Remove a Card in Apple Pay

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Some of the neatest improvements we have seen with iOS 8.1 are the cool things you can do with Apple Pay. It's so easy to pay for things using your iPhone without the need to swipe a credit card. Of course, if you're going to use this feature, you'll need to know how to set a default card, remove a card, or suspend a card in case your phone is lost or stolen.



Tip of the Day: How to Fix Unwanted QuickType Suggestions

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A reader who regularly uses the new predictive text feature of QuickType in iOS 8 emailed iPhone Life asking how he could edit the suggested words. He said he had inadvertently accumulated several misspelled or unwanted words that pop up before the word he really wants. He asks if there's a way to edit or remove unwanted words that predictive text presents. Indeed there are some solutions, but unfortunately no solution that lets one directly edit the list of words.



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