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: Turn on Private Browsing in Safari

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We all have our reasons for wanting to browse the web privately occasionally. And I think we can all agree that we'd rather not know each other's reasons. Here's how you can keep your web browsing history private:



Increase Your iPhone Productivity

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Hey everyone, if you've been wishing you could use your iPhone like some kind of productivity ninja, then we’ve got a special gift for you. Outgoing Editor in Chief Alex Cequea has taken the best tips and tricks from the latest issues of iPhone Life magazine, and turned them into a 2+ hour video course that can help you dramatically increase your iPhone productivity.



Tip of the Day: Shake to Undo

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When Autocorrect fails you or a message arrives that renders the lengthy epistle you just typed irrelevant, you can easily delete entire messages or emails.



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:



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