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Does Your Smartwatch Need a Data Plan?

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When Apple preannounced their Apple Watch, some naysayers complained that the watch doesn't work as a standalone device. It requires an iPhone to be fully functional. But those critics should be careful what they wish for. There are competing smartwatches that can accept a SIM card and access the Internet directly via a cellular carrier, but those wearables may require a data contract, and that can cost as much as a phone or tablet would cost.



Review: New Case Designs Still Arriving for iPad Air and Mini

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With the advent of the iPad Air 2, this will probably be my last review of iPad Air cases, although I remain surprised at the number of variations available and how many suppliers continue to ship new products late in the game (though with the Air remaining in the line-up, they can still find revenue for cases despite a smaller market for the original Air.)



Tip of the Day: Get Notified When the Email Reply You're Waiting for Arrives

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Stop checking your inbox every five minutes for that reply to the email you sent. Enable reply notifications instead so you receive an alert whenever a reply in an important email thread arrives.



Game Centered Special Edition: 5 Ghoulishly Gruesome Games for Halloween

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we have a special Halloween-themed installment featuring some of the best horrifying and fear-inducing games the App Store has to offer.



Last Chance to Enter Our New Year's Challenge!

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Plan ahead for the new year and win a $50 iTunes Gift Card with iPhone Life's iTunes Gift Card Challenge! It's your last chance to enter before Nov. 3!



Apple Pay Blocked by Bad Contracts?

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Recently, I wrote about how some retailers like CVS and Rite-Aid are blocking Apple Pay, even though they already had the equipment in place to accept it. They are favoring their own digital payment system, CurrentC, developed by a consortium of retailers. Even though CurrentC is in beta and uses inferior technology (QR Codes vs NFC) and requires linking to your bank account or a gift card (causing customers to forgo credit card protection and benefits like points), these retailers are sticking to their guns. And CurrentC is getting hammered in App Store reviews.  And it's already been hacked, leaving many users worried.



Tip of the Day: Mute Group Messages Without Leaving the Conversation

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You don't have to leave a group message just because you want your iPhone to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead you can turn on Do Not Disturb for that message thread and read all the messages about planning your brother-in-law's birthday party later.



Flashcard Languages - Brush Up Your Language Skills Anywhere!

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I have crammed for many a test using flashcards, and can attest to the timeless effectiveness of using them as a study aid. I have attempted to learn Spanish since high school, which has so far proved largely ineffective. Flashcard Languages ($1.99) cuts out the fancy app embellishments and focuses on the key words and phrases you need to make real progress in expanding your vocabulary.



Apple TV Could Learn from Apple Pay

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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal at their WSJD Live event and discussed the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, with a brief mention of Apple TV. He approved of HBO's plans to unbundle HBO GO from a cable subscription, allowing new customers to get HBO without requiring cable, similar to Netflix.



Swift Programming 101: Mastering Protocols and Delegates (Part 1)

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Protocols are a powerful, advanced tool that help make your apps easier to design and extend. They define standard behavior in classes that are not necessarily related. Protocols used together with delegates allow you to create classes with a well-balanced load of responsibilities.



Tip of the Day: Find Your Lost iPhone, Even if the Battery Is Dead

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Using Find My iPhone can significantly increase the odds that your lost iPhone will be returned to you. But it won't work if the battery is dead. With iOS 8, you now have the ability to have your missing iPhone send its location to Apple just before the battery dies. This is probably most useful when looking for a lost iPhone. A stolen phone is more likely to be moved after the battery dies.



The Customer Is Always Right, Unless You Want to Use Apple Pay at CVS or Rite-Aid

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In a remarkable display of tone-deafness, a pair of pharmacies are not only choosing not to accept Apple Pay, but they are disabling their existing NFC (Near Field Communication) registers specifically to stop Apple Pay from working. CVS and Rite-Aid already had NFC terminals that accepted Google Wallet, and could also accept Apple Pay, but they have turned them off.



Apple Giveth and AT&T Taketh Away

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The good news that was buried in the iPad Air 2 (and iPad mini 3) announcement was that the cellular models would ship with a carrier-independent SIM card. This meant that users could decide which carrier to activate without being locked in. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite as straightforward. As we wrote earlier, Verizon still requires their own SIM. But now we're learning that AT&T will "lock" the Apple SIM to AT&T's network the first time you activate it.



#GamerGate: Thoughts from a Game-Playing Tech Journalist [Updated]

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Do you know what #GamerGate is? It's a term that's received a great deal of publicity lately. If you are a someone who plays a lot of video games and keeps up with current events then you are likely quite familiar with GamerGate. Whatever your gaming platform of choice happens to be, whether it's a console, a tablet, or a smartphone, if you are more than a casual gamer then the issues that are swirling around the hashtag #GamerGate have to do with you. GamerGate is about the sometimes controversial content of video games, the people that play them, and the press that covers them, and from a broader perspective, GamerGate is about lingering stereotypes and prejudices that play out in video game land.



Tip of the Day: Add Emergency Medical Card to Your Lock Screen

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The number one tip suggestion we get at iPhone Life is to write up your emergency contact and health information, take a picture of it, and set that image as your lock screen. However, you can easily do this via the Health app instead.



Batteries Are Evolving: Three Batteries That Demonstrate Product Range

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Backup batteries are big. At least most of them. The team at Go Design Group thought the world needed a smaller battery so they kicked out an idea into the world, the idea of a backup battery that would fit in a wallet. 



Get your Guardians of the Galaxy Fix

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The recent blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy broke the mold for superhero movies. The characters, while part of Marvel's stable, were not traditional heroes like Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America, and the lead actor hadn't carried a film before. Even two of the lead actors, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, were just voices for a wisecracking raccoon and a tree with a limited vocabulary ("I am Groot!")



Tip of the Day: Delete Attachments from Messages Without Deleting the Conversation

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Messages can take up a surprising amount of your iPhone's storage capacity and the reason is all those cute pictures of dogs and kids that you've been texting back and forth with your friends. Fortunately, it's easy to delete attachments from Messages without deleting the conversation.



Take an App for a Test Flight with Apple's Expanded Beta Program

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Recently, Apple expanded their beta programs for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, making it easier for non-developers to gain access (legitimately) to pre-release software. Now they're making it easier for developers to do the same with their apps. I've used Testflight before as a way to share unreleased and beta versions of apps with colleagues and customers, but you were limited to 100 devices and the process could be a pain.



iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: STM's Harbour

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It's that time of year again. Right after a new iPhone comes out there is the inevitable deluge of great cases to protect your new investment. This happens with every iPhone release, but perhaps never more markedly than with the introduction of the completely new form factors of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If ever an iPhone needed a case it is these large and larger models, with their increased real estate, slick, rounded edges, and extra weight. Rather than clump a bunch of individual cases together I'll be focusing on one great case each week over the course of the coming months. This week's featured case is STM's stylish and affordable Harbour.


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