iPhone Life magazine


Look to Livio to make your next car more iOS friendly


Our readers know of Livio Radio (see my review here) for their Bluetooth in car radio hardware kit, available at your local Radio Shack, but you may not know that they have created Livio Connect, an API targeted at hardware makers and app developers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jake Sigal, CEO of Radio.

TUTORIAL: This is how you can record your Skype video calls at last!

UPDATE (06/03/2012): I've posted a full article on optimizing Display Recorder on the iPad 3 HERE. The article can also be useful for owners of other models as it explains, among other things, how your videos can easily be rotated, how to achieve the best possible performance etc.

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FaceTime Best Practices: How To Avoid Looking Like A Jackwagon


Every once in a while I find FaceTime, Apple’s most excellent video call feature, to be very helpful. There are occasions when I just can’t get in the same room with a client, and FaceTime is a great alternative to just a phone call.

As a form of videoconferencing, it saves lots of time and money by eliminating travel and all the expenses associated with that. Normally I use my iPad because the screen is bigger and it’s easy to keep stationary, but sometimes I have to use my iPhone. FaceTime is a bit challenging in general, but particularly so on the iPhone—not because of the technology, but because of the potential for mishaps.

Free Time to Call App Released by Vonage


Last week, Vonage released a competitive app aimed at Skype’s voice-over-IP calling service. This app offers some benefits over its competitor. Time to Call, which is the name of the new app, is available for free in 87 iTunes stores around the world. For between $1 and $2, app users will have the ability to call people in 100 different countries at 15 minutes per call.

How to Make Phone Calls and Send Text Messages on your iPod touch (or iPad)

While waiting for my broken mobile phone to be replaced, I decided to try to use my fourth-generation iPod touch as a mobile phone. I realized that I would be limited to using it when I could connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi. As it turned out, that was the least of my challenges. NOTE: This article was written from an iPod touch point of view.


How do I manage my voicemail?

Visual VoicemailApple's Visual Voicemail system not only lets callers leave you a voice message, it allows you to pick which message you want to listen to. Gone are the days when you had to listen to a long list of messages just to get to the one you're interested in. Here are some tips on how to use the feature and manage your voicemail:

Use Visual Voicemail to listen to the important messages first


How do I convert a phone number to a contact?

 Phone KeypadYou can convert phone numbers into contacts very easily with the iPhone. You can even add an additional number to an existing contact. Here's how you do it:

  1. Tap on the Phone icon from your Home screen.

  2. Tap on the Keypad option in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Dial the phone number but don't tap Call.
  4. Instead, tap the Add Contact icon to the left of the Call button.


How do I use another iPhone app while calling?

touch to return to callIt is sometimes handy to access another app while you're on a phone call. For example, you might want to look up a movie time or check a shopping list while talking to your spouse. (Note: if the app requires 3G access, this can only be done on an AT&T iPhone.) The iPhone makes this easy to do.

  1. While you're on a phone conversation, tap the Speaker icon and press the Home button.


How do I voice dial a number?

VoiceControlWith the iPhone's Voice Control feature activated, all you have to do is speak a person's name to call them. If the person is not in your contacts list, you can just speak the phone number. Here's how to activate the Voice Control feature.

Place a call by speaking either the name or number of the person you're calling. 

  1. Tap and hold the Home button or the center button on your Apple headphones for a couple of seconds. You will hear a quick double beep, prompting you to speak your command.
  2. Say the words "Phone," "Call," or "Dial" and then speak the name of the contact or phone number.


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