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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.

Apple Details How to Deal With the Notification Bug

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A few days ago, we told you about the annoying bug that allows a specific text message or notification to crash the messaging app or even reboot your iOS device. Apple has confirmed the issue and come up with a temporary workaround. Apple intends to have a permanent fix in an update to iOS.



Apple Pay About to Get More Rewarding

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Apple Pay is already popular among iPhone owners. Apple Pay users tend to seek out establishments that accept the payment system. I recall crossing the street in Los Angeles to shop at a Walgreens even though I was in front of a CVS, because CVS doesn't take Apple Pay.



Android OS to Get Native Fingerprint Reading

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Touch ID has been standard in most Apple iPhones for over a year, and more recently, Touch ID was added to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Our friends with Android devices haven't been so fortunate. Some hardware makers added their own implementations of fingerprint readers, but now it looks like Google will be adding that capability natively to Android, just in time for Android Pay, and as Apple has done recently, make it possible for apps and websites to leverage the reader.



PicoPro Is a Powerful Projector in a Pocketsize Package

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I had the opportunity to try PicoPro ($379.99). Celluon loaned me the pint-sized projector, along with the necessary cables to connect to an iPhone. The projector is as thin as an iPhone in a rugged case, maybe thinner, and could easily fit in a jacket pocket, which makes the PicoPro an ideal projector for road warriors.



Bug Lets a Text Message Reboot an iPhone

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I'm torn about publicizing this, but iPhone owners need to know that their Messages app could become unusable or their iPhone could reboot automatically because of a bug. A basic text message can cause this behavior and, as you can imagine, folks are using this for nefarious purposes. I won't post the offending text message here, but you can read about a workaround at 9to5mac.com.



Could iPhone 5c Update Add Touch ID and Apple Pay?

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus get all the press but Apple is happy to "sell" you the iPhone 5c at no cost (thanks to carrier subsidies), and that may be enough power for most people. In fact, the smaller size could be desirable to some. Even the plastic packaging is proving to be tougher than folks imagined, including standing up to a shotgun blast and saving the life of the owner in the process!



The Apple Effect on Smartwatch Competitors

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The Apple Watch may be in short supply, but its very existence is having an effect, let's call it the Apple Effect, on competitors. As Apple enters a market, it legitimizes that market but also raises the bar on design and features. Competitors have to adjust prices, at first, while they try to match Apple on style. We've seen it with smartphones, tablets, and now smartwatches.



AT&T May Block Apple and Other Retailers From Offering Subsidized iPhones

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It's getting ugly out there. AT&T is looking to move customers into their Next plan which lets users get new phones every 12, 18, or 24 months, but they pay full price for their phones, spread out over 12 or 24 months. The older contract model let users get new phones every two years, and pay a subsidized fee for their smartphone. That means a phone Apple would normally charge $500 to $700 might sell for $300 or less.



Ztylus Metal: A Clever Camera Case

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With a name like Ztylus, I was expecting a stylus, but instead Ztylus gave me the Ztylus Metal Camera Kit ($114.95) to try, which includes an iPhone case and 4-in-1 revolver lens. I came away impressed. 



I Left My Font for San Francisco

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If you have an Apple Watch, you're using a new font developed by Apple dubbed "San Francisco." That font is only available for the Apple Watch and developers cannot use on the iPhone or iPad. That could change with iOS 9, expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The San Francisco font was designed to be more legible, especially on small screens, but that could also benefit the iPhone and even iPad. 



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