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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.



Review: Outline+ app for iPad (and Mac)

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One reason why I haven't moved completely to online note taking on my iPad is because note-taking apps don't allow me to be creative. For some of us, doodling helps. Writing in the margins helps. Coloring said doodles helps.



Keep Your Phone Steady As She Goes While Driving With Airframe Vent Clip

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I've tried vent clips before as a way to keep my phone in place in my car, but many of them have springs or plastic clips that don't do a good job or break. If that leads to a phone falling, that could be an expensive problem. So my phone usually ends up in a cup holder, which makes it harder to access for GPS navigation, music control, or phone calls. Of course, make sure you don't drive when distracted, or let yourself be distracted while driving!



Last Chance to Enter Our February 9 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.



Tip of the Day: How to Assign Photos to Contacts

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Sometimes it's handy to see a face or other image pop up on your iPhone's screen along with the name of your caller. If you like having a photo associated with each of your contacts, it's easy to do. 



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. 

See Also
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Noted is a Simple Gesture-Based Note-Taking App for iOS
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http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/31830/noted-simple-gesture-based-note-taking-app-ios


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.



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