iPhone Life magazine


Start camera app quickly


If you take a lot of photos with your iPhone and want to be able to launch the Camera app quickly, attach it to the Home button by going to Settings >General >Home and selecting Camera. This configures the iPhone so that pressing the Home button twice in quick succession launches the Camera app.

Practical, everyday uses for Camera


You can use the Camera app on your iPhone to take photos of your family and friends, but there are other very practical uses for this function:

  • If you're in an accident, document the location and damage to your car with photos; take a photo of the other car's license plate. You can e-mail them to your insurance company or if necessary, the police.
  • If you leave your car in a large mall or airport parking lot, take a photo of it and make sure you have one of the parking lot ID signs in the photo (e.g., "Lot E4"). It will help you find the car when you are leaving.

  • If you see something you want to buy at a store, but need input from your partner before you make the purchase, take a photo of it and e-mail it to him or her.



I've had my AirStash ($99) for several days now after the delay of nearly a month due to some streaming difficulty in the first model, I've got to say I'm happy but hmmmm.  Let me explain.

Shaun White and iPhone Life!


Everyone knows Shaun White, thanks to the recent Winter Olympics and his trademark red hair!  But would you believe that his favorite iPhone magazine is iPhone Life?  It helps that iPhone Life is the ONLY magazine dedicated to the iPhone, but nonetheless, Shaun was gracious enough to pose for a picture and sign an issue of the magazine!

Shaun was on hand at the Marvell Semiconductor booth, at CTIA in Las Vegas, this past week, to help promote Marvell's commitment to making the Always-On lifestyle possible.  Mr. White knows his stuff, having a number of games that bear his name.  Shaun White Origins is available in both FREE and paid versions on the iTunes app store.

For more details on Marvell, check out http://www.Marvell.com.

PhotoTropedelic Contest Winners!!


 Thanks to all who participated in the recent PhotoTropedelic contest. Sorry I couldn't award everyone codes, but we will have more great giveaways in the future, so stay tuned. The winners for this contest have been notified through the blog (names after the break), so if you didn't get the message, please leave a comment up here. Read on for full rules...





Yikes, my feet are glowing!


While recovering from my recent heart surgery (quadruple bypass...I'm doing fine), I was laying on the couch and looking at my ... feet. I have to wear socks with rubber thingies on them so I can grip the floor. While admiring my socks, the sun started moving across my free. For a second, it looked like my socks were glowing. Since my iPhone was next to me (where it's been for several days), I took the picture. All I did after was to crop and put a border around it using Best Camera. So...here's what I do when I'm laying on the couch. :)

Contest: Comment to Win a Free Download of PhotoTropedelic!!


Our very own day-tripper, Mr. John Painter, recently reviewed this psychedelic app called PhotoTropedelic, and we now have some giveaway codes for 3 lucky readers. Tell me how you trip out your photos in the comments section of this post and become a candidate to win an iTunes redeem code for this far out app! Contest ends on March 13, 2010, 11PM EST...Read on for full contest rules...

A different kind of self-portrait


Most people take self-portraits by pointing the camera into a mirror. Not much fun in that.

One photo technique that isn't used very much is ... looking down. Yep. Look at the ground. You'll find some very interesting stuff there ... including your shadow. Shadows make nifty self-portraits. Here's one I made of myself. Try it in different places. The ground texture makes interesting pictures. Since you carry your iPhone all over, you'll have an infinite number of subjects.

George Eastman was a very smart man...

When George Eastman created the first Kodak camera he wanted to make it very simple to use. His slogan was, "You push the button, we do the rest." As cameras became 'better' manufacturers got further and further away from his goal of simplicity. Until the iPhone! With an iPhone you can not only take pictures but you can also make dramatic alterations, if you want. Unlike the original Kodak camera that had to be sent back to to the factory to develop the prints and re-load fresh film, the iPhone lets you save your images and send them instantly to anyone you want.

George would have been proud of the iPhone! However, the new slogan is, "You push the button and you can do the rest...instantly!"

Easy Tips for Getting the Best Camera Shots

How to get the best shot with your iPhone camera

The best camera is the one that's with you. It's an old saying, probably the words of a frantic photojournalist who once had to grab his mom's box camera and shoot the blazes out of a bank robbery.

But it is a saying worth remembering, especially for iPhone camera users. It is not the best camera in the world but is a pretty good one that you often carry since it serves as your cell phone, Internet access point, weather advisor and so much more.

"You might actually be amazed at what all you can do with this little camera," says Alan A. Reiter, president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing. As a Washington D.C.


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