iPhone Life magazine

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Sarah Kingsbury is the web editor of iPhone Life magazine. She has written for savvyvegetarian.com and worked as the associate editor of the Iowa Source for many years.

Tip of the Day: Calculate Your Tip with Siri

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If you can't figure out a basic 20 percent tip at a restaurant (take 10 percent and add it to itself. Be generous and always round up) then you might want to revisit your elementary math skills. If you think tipping is optional then you need to revisit your basic being-a-decent-human-being skills and also, read this.

However there are times, such as at the end of a long dinner with a large group of friends, when figuring out a tip requires more advanced math skills or sobriety than you currently have. In these situations, Siri can do the math for you.



Tip of the Day: How to Take Selfies

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Let's be honest. Most of us use our iPhone camera for just three things: taking pictures of our cute kids to share on social media, taking pictures of our food to share on social media, and taking selfies to share on social media. But sometimes trying to look cool while simultaneously tapping the shutter button on your screen can just end with you looking awkward. Here's a very basic tip that a surprising number of people don't know:



Tip of the Day: Share Your Photos with Non-iUsers

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Photo Stream lets you see all your images on every iDevice you own and it lets you share pictures and videos with your friends and family. But what about sharing photos with friends and family who don't (gasp!) use an iDevice?

It's OK, every family has one or two deluded souls like this. And the good news is you can still share that video of Junior's 5th grade play with them.



Tip of the Day: Siri Will Get You There Faster

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According to a survey by Intelligent Voice last fall, only 15 percent of iPhone users have used Siri in iOS7. If you're not already using Siri regularly, you should be. Why? Because Siri makes doing certain things on your iDevice so much faster.

For example, many of iPhone Life's Tips of the Day start by saying something like "Go to Settings>General>Accessibility." This requires you to open and scroll through two different menus. With Siri, all you have to do is say, "Siri, open Accessibility Settings." or Message Settings or Privacy Settings, you get the idea.

Other things that are much faster with Siri include:



Tip of the Day: Make Text Larger & Easier to Read

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If your eyesight isn't what it used to be, you may find the small text on your iPhone or iPad hard to read. But there's no need to strain your eyes. And fortunately for you, I got my first pair of glasses at age six, so I'm way ahead of you on this being blind thing. Here are several tricks I use to make reading on an iPhone or iPad easier on the eyes:



Tip of the Day: Create Customized Vibration Patterns

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If you find yourself checking your phone every time any phone in your vicinity vibrates, it may be time to create a custom vibration pattern to set your iPhone's ringtone apart from the pack.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Get Directions from Google Maps

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Apple Maps has improved a lot since its disastrous debut. But many people still prefer to use Google Maps as their go-to navigation app. The problem is, when you ask Siri for directions, it'll automatically use Apple Maps as the default app for turn-by-turn directions. If you want to use Google Maps or some other navigation app with Siri instead, try this handy trick:



Tip of the Day: Use Your LED Flashlight for Alerts

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I frequently turn my phone on silent while I'm at work and then forget to turn silent mode off when I get home. If this is also you, or if you have a hard time hearing your alerts, you may want to set your LED flashlight to light up every time a new message or alert comes in. 



Tip of the Day: Emoji Shortcuts

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A couple of weeks ago we covered creating keyboard shortcuts to help you type commonly used phrases quickly. Did you know that you can also create shortcuts for emoji characters (those cute emoticons that go way beyond your average smiley face)? This is really handy if you use a lot of emoji characters and don't want to switch back and forth between keyboards all the time.

Before you can do this, you'll have to enable the emoji keyboard if you haven't already:



Tip of the Day: Choose from New Siri Voice Options

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Although I suspect most people still use the original female Siri voice, you've had the option for a while now of changing the gender or the accent. And now the latest update to iOS 7.1 offers more natural-sounding UK and Australian English voices in both genders, so if you haven't played around with Siri's voice, this might be a fun time to try it. 



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