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iPhone Life's Earth Day 2015 Mobile Tech Awards

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In celebration of Earth Day 2015, iPhone Life is pleased to introduce the recipient of our annual Earth Day Mobile Tech Awards. Today we highlight three environmentally-conscious tech brands (one winner and two runners-up) that are actively making a difference in how we live life in harmony with our home planet. Each company has made their own significant contributions toward making our world a “greener” place, with their eco-friendly products and practices. Read on to find out who takes home this year's honors.



Tip of the Day: Save Space by Emptying Deleted Photos Album

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You need space on your phone, quickly! So you delete a few (or few hundred!) photos. However, that doesn’t seem to give you space.

That’s because your deleted photos go into iOS 8’s Recently Deleted folder. This folder saves your deleted photos up to 30 days after you delete them, so they’re still stored on your device.  



Apple Shows Off Even More Watch Bands

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Despite the wide variety of Apple Watch configurations (54 at last count) there are more bands available than previously disclosed. Apple previewed several different shades of Sport watch bands at a fashion event in Milan, with Apple executives Phil Schiller, Marc Newson, and Sir Jony Ive (in a suit and not his trademark t-shirt) no less.



Forthcoming iPhones May Use New Aluminum Alloy, Multi-Aperture Camera

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When Tim Cook introduced the new Apple Watch, he highlighted the new aluminum alloy in the Apple Watch Sport. He said this alloy is very light, yet is 60 percent stronger than standard alloys. Now 9To5Mac is passing along a rumor from a Chinese website that the next iPhone will also use this new aluminum alloy. Also, a great article on Computerworld talks about the amazing step up in quality Apple's next cameras will take thanks to their purchase of an Israeli company. It seems unlikely to me that these new camera features would appear this year, but is highly likely we'll see them in the next year or two.



Inexpensive Third-Party Apple Watch Bands and Battery Packs Becoming Available

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Apple offers a variety of watch bands for their new Apple Watch, and now you have even more choices, thanks to the imminent arrival of bands from third-party vendors. These don't have any official support from Apple, but they give you a lot more choices, as well as offering the opportunity to save money. 



WINNER of the April 20 Biweekly Giveaway!

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Thanks to everyone who entered the April 20 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 May 4 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

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



Tip of the Day: How to hide App Store, iBooks, and iTunes Purchases in Family Sharing

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When using Family Sharing, some family members (like children) sometimes end up with things on their devices that others (like parents) didn’t really want to share with everyone, like when my favorite song (with explicit lyrics) popped up on my 10 year-old's iPad! Here’s a quick how-to for setting up your Family Sharing so you can share what you’d like, and keep hidden what you don’t.



MobileWeek Kicks Off in NYC

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I am attending MobileWeek in New York City this week, and learnng about some great new startups and apps. As a developer, I even got a chance to play with some of their new APIs (Application Programming Interface) that allow a developer to make an app even more powerful with little coding effort.



Wordflex Oxford Dictionary Now Free!

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The Wordflex Touch Dictionary (free) is the most beautifully rendered touch-based reference technology you will hold in your hand. I only barely exaggerate how amazing it is to use. The last thing I want to do when researching a topic or looking for word substitutes (like the word "amazing"—I so overuse that word) is have to crack open an actual dictionary or thesaurus. It's both boring and silly in 2015. Why not watch the English language and it's various phylum unfold in graceful symmetry on the iPad screen!? The new version is now available without the need to spend one's shekels to attain it. Witness the beauty after the break!



Game Centered: The Latest Crop of Core iOS Games Are Here.

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Game Centered features roundups and reviews of the best in iOS games and gaming related news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the great new releases. Each installment of Game Centered will take a closer look at a select few iOS games that are worthy of special recognition.



WWDC Tickets Raffled Off, Still Time for Students

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Apple developers who registered for WWDC are finding out if they "won" the raffle to pay $1599 plus travel and expenses to attend the annual code-fest. There are far more iOS and Mac OS developers who would like to go than Apple can accommodate, so they have had to use a raffle in recent years. There are still opportunities for students, however, as they can create and submit an app that highlights their expertise and creativity. 350 students will be selected to attend and get the chance of a young lifetime.



Tip of the Day: How to use Raise to Listen or Reply to Audio Text in Messages

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With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. So if you'd like to send a clip of a concert or lecture you're attending, you can just use this Messages feature instead of killing your iPhone battery creating a video or audio recording.

If you receive an audio message, you don't even need to press play—just enable the Raise to Listen feature.



Tip of the Day: How to Use the Compass and Level App

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The compass app may be one of those Apple apps that you've forgotten you even have on your iPhone. Apple even has it hidden away in the Extras folder. But it could come in handy if you get lost or need to check if a picture you're hanging is level.



iPhone Life's Top 5 Medium-Duty Cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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With summer practically here I figured, what better time to write about some great iPhone cases to keep your iPhone safe on summer adventures. The following roundup features some of the best medium-duty iPhone cases, ones specifically designed to keep your iPhones secure, without hiding the inherent beauty of the device.

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Tip of the Day: How to Set Up and Use Location-Based Reminders

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Unless you're using location-based reminders, you're not getting the full use of your native iOS 8 Reminders app. Location-based reminders can help you remember that you need milk as you drive near the grocery store and they can make sure you don't forget to call your mother as you arrive home.



Charge Your iPhone With...Your Furniture?

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Apple is just getting in to wireless charging, if you consider the Apple Watch's magnetic charger to be wireless. Other technologies, like inductive charging have been around and thanks to the Android's diverse set of manufacturers, this is an area where Apple lags behind.



Monowear Offers an Accessory for Apple's Latest Accessory

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As if buying accessories for the iPhone wasn't enough, now we need to buy accessories for the Apple Watch, which is itself an accessory. It reminds me of our daughters' American Girl dolls. Even those dolls have "pets" and toys of their own. Still, some of the Apple Watch accessories that have been filling our inboxes at iPhone Life do seem to make sense, and I may end up accessorizing my Apple Watch with them.



Last Chance to Enter Our April 20 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 Rotate a Photo

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A nice feature in the Photos app in iOS 8 is the ability to precisely rotate a photo to any angle. This can be very useful, since occasionally a photo gets a bit skewed. 



Apple Posts Additional "Guided Tour" Apple Watch Videos

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In advance of April 24, when lucky enthusiasts will begin receiving their Apple Watches, Apple has posted four more Guided Tour videos, each running between one and two minutes, to show how this new gadget works. The latest videos cover Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. In addition, a Reddit contributor has created an infographic that gives you a quick-start user guide to the Apple Watch interface. Those who've tried an Apple Watch and the writers of the early reviews say that there's a learning curve when one first starts using the Apple Watch, with its various swipes and touches, and the various ways you use the Digital Crown and the contacts button. The infographic helps you make sense of it all. Click here for the full-sized graphic.



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