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iFive for the iPhone 83
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WELCOME TO IFIVE FOR THE IPHONE, EPISODE 83….. THIS IS THE SHOW WHERE WE GO SPELUNKING IN THE APP STORE FOR HANDY NEWS APPS, TIPS & TRICKS, AND TRY NOT TO GET COVERED IN BAT DROPPINGS… I'M SARAH LANE, YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS IOS. SHALL WE DANCE?
#1 - UP COFFEE - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/up-coffee/id828031130?mt=8
LET’S START OUT WITH SOMETHING MANY OF US CANNOT POSSIBLY LIVE WITHOUT - CAFFEINE. NOW, IN MY CASE, THAT’S MY MORNING CUP OF COFFEE. IT COULD ALSO BE TEA, OR SODA, OR AN ENERGY DRINK - THE POINT IS, A LOT OF US RELY ON CAFFEINE TO NOT GO POSTAL ON A DAILY BASIS. THAT’S WHY I LIKE A NEW APP FROM JAWBONE LABS CALLED UP Coffee. THE IDEA IS, CAFFEINE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, MORE ALERT, SMARTER, ETC, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO understand how MUCH IS TOO MUCH, AND HOW caffeine affects your sleep. YOU ENTER YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE EACH DAY, THE TIME YOU CONSUME IT, AND IN WHAT FORM. MY COFFEE HABIT ALMOST NEVER DEVIATES - I DRINK A CUP OF COFFEE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AROUND 7 AM UNLESS IT’S THE WEEKEND, BUT YOUR OWN HABITS MAY VARY - UP COFFEE IS EASY TO NAVIGATE. BASED ON WHEN YOU DOWN YOUR CAFFEINATED BEVAERAGE, THE APP knows when you’re WIRED and how long it will take you to become SLEEP READY. OF COURSE THIS NOT ONLY DEPENDS ON THE TIME OF DAY, BUT ALSO YOUR GENDER, YOUR WEIGHT, AND HOW SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE YOU ARE. I GET SHAKY IF I DRINK CAFFEINE AFTER NOON, SO UP COFFEE KNOWS TO BE CONSERVATIVE WITH MY GOAL TIMES. AFTER 7 DAYS OF INPUT, YOU Unlock a series of data-based reports on how your body reacts to caffeine. AND WHAT YOUR Caffeine Persona IS. THE TRUTH IS, I DON’T REALLY DRINK THAT MUCH COFFEE, BECAUSE IF I DO, I DON’T SLEEP WELL, AND I ALREADY KNOW THAT, SO UP COFFEE IS KINDA TELLING ME WHAT I ALREADY KNOW, BUT IF YOU DRINK EITHER A TON OF CAFFEINE, HAVE SLEEP ISSUES, OR BOTH, IT’S A GREAT QUANTIFIED WAY TO GET A LITTLE MORE INFO ABOUT IF YOU’RE MAKING GOOD CONSUMPTION DECISIONS. AND THE APP IS FREE!
#2 - STELLER - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/steller/id785128002?mt=8
LAST WEEK ON THE SOCIAL HOUR, THE WEEKLY SHOW I HOST WITH THE LOVELY AND TALENTED AMBER MACARTHUR, WE TOOK A QUICK LOOK AT A BRAND-NEW APP CALLED STELLER, WHICH AMBER THOUGHT SEEMED LIKE A COMBINATION OF PATH AND MEDIUM - A STORYTELLING APP WITH A FOCUS ON BOTH VISUALS, LIKE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS, AND THE CONTEXT AROUND THEM. AFTER SPENDING SOME TIME ON STELLER, I THINK IT’S INCREDIBLE! IT WORKS AS A TOOL FOR A TON OF DIFFERENT STORIES, RECIPES WORK WELL AND THE BOOK PAGE FLIPPING DESIGN MAKES SENSE… TRAVEL STORIES ARE REALLY COMPELLING, LIKE THIS ONE FROM A TRIP TO HONDURAS BY ANDREW STRAIN, I ACTUALLY LEARNED A LOT AND FELT LIKE I WAS THERE. I CAN COLLECT STORIES AND ORGANIZE THEM INTO MY OWN COLLECTIONS, OR CREATE MY OWN BY CHOOSING PHOTOS, VIDEOS, ADDING TEXT, AND MULTIPLE PAGES. IT’S REALLY EASY. WHEN I’M DONE, I CAN SHARE MY STORY AND RACK UP THE LIKES. AND OF COURSE, I CAN FOLLOW STORYTELLERS
#3 - DUH TIP: REPLACE A TIRED BATTERY
WE GOT A DUH TIP FROM ANTHONY WHO HAS A POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR ANYONE WHO FEELS LIKE THEY’RE GETTING KINDA DISSED ON IPHONE BATTERY LIFE. HE WRITES:
After having my iPhone 5 for over a year I had notice that my battery life had decreased a great deal and that I was experiencing crashes consistently when my phone reached 35%. I suspected that my battery had degraded over time. I was looking at buying a Mophie case, but I really wasn't a fan of the extra bulk. After going to the genius Bar I found out that they would replace my battery for $75, about 5 dollars less that the Mophie Helium. The entire repair took less than 20 minutes, and I couldn't be happier with my improved battery life. Don’t assume that a battery issue is software related. They ran a diagnostic at the Apple Store and found that mine was in bad health. The replacement was painless and quick.
THANKS ANTHONY. I’VE NEVER DONE THIS MYSELF, BUT BATTERY HARDWARE ISSUES DO EXIST - I’VE CERTAINLY HAD TO REPLACE A MACBOOK BATTERY HERE AND THERE, HARDWARE ISN’T FAILPROOF. SO YEAH, IF YOU SUSPECT SOMETHING’S JUST NOT RIGHT, A TRIP TO THE GENIUS BAR WILL AT LEAST HELP YOU RULE OUT A FAULTY BATTERY OR GIVE YOU SOME OPTIONS IF YOU NEED A REPLACEMENT.
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#4 - JUXTAPOSER - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/juxtaposer/id292628469?mt=8
OK, TIIME FOR OUR REGULAR INSTALLMENT OF “WHICH NEW PHOTOGRAPHY APP HAS SARAH DISCOVERED THIS TIME?” I CONSIDER MYSELF A PHOTO APP CONNOISSEUR, YOU KNOW. THIS WEEK WE’RE LOOKING AT JUXTAPOSER, WHICH HELPS YOU COMBINE MULTIPLE PICTURES INTO PHOTOMONTAGES. YOU JUST CHOOSE A BACKGROUND AND FOREGROUND IMAGE, AND THEN USE JUXTAPOSER’S TOOLS TO SELECTIVELY ERASE, ZOOM, ROTATE, WHATEVER, AND MAKE YOUR WORK OF ART. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE TWO SINGLE PHOTOS, EITHER.. YOU’VE GOT 20 BLEND MODES LIKE Multiply, Screen and Overlay FOR unique effects, AND CAN ADD TONS OF ELEMENTS TO YOUR BACKGROUND IMAGE. AND The "red mask" view mode shows you just the top image with the erased parts in red, helpful when precisely cutting out an element. I WAS ABLE TO CREATE AN IMAGE OF ME SITTING IN SOME COCONUT PALM TREES PRETTY EASILY - ZOOMING WAY IN ON MY TOP IMAGE AND ERASING EVERYTHING AROUND MY DRESS WAS A LITTLE CUMBERSOME, BUT CERTAINLY NOT HARD, AND THE END RESULT IS REALLY QUITE LOVELY. OK, IT’S REALLY QUITE WEIRD, BUT WHATEVER. FOR $2.99, JUXTAPOSER’S A PRETTY POWERFUL TOOL FOR IPHONEOGRAPHERS EVERYWHERE. YES, I JUST CALLED US IPHONEOGRAPHERS. I’D LOVE TO SEE YOUR BEST EFFORT, BY THE WAY. SEND ‘EM TO IFIVE@TWIT.TV.
#5 - DUH TIP: RESET ALL SETTINGS
GOT AN EMAIL ROM BEN IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA, WHO’S LOST A VERY IMPORTANT APP. HE WRITES:
I lost the Camera app on my iPhone. How do i bring this back? if i do a restore ,Will that wipe out my contacts? Please help.
HMM, WELL THE VERY FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS MAKE SURE YOU DIDN’T ACCIDENTALLY PUT IT IN A FOLDER OR MOVE IT SOMEWHERE - USE THE SEARCH TOOL BY SWIPING DOWN ON YOUR HOME SCREEN AND TYPING IN “CAMERA”. IF IT DOESN’T SHOW UP UNDER “APPLICATIONS”, YOU HAVE A COUPLE OPTIONS. IN SETTINGS, GENERAL, AND THEN RESET, IN IOS 7.1 YOU HAVE A FEW NEW OPTIONS. RESETTING ALL YOUR SETTINGS IS THE FIRST STEP - YOU’RE NOT ERASING ANYTHING, YOU’RE JUST BASICALLY GIVING YOUR PHONE A HARD RESET WHICH SHOULD HELP WITH CERTAIN ISSUES LIKE RANDOM RESTARTS - YOU’LL HAVE TO RE-ENTER SOME INFO, LIKE WIFI NETWORK PASSWORDS, BUT IT CAN HELP WITH PERFORMANCE ISSUES. ERASING ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS IS PROBABLY NOT WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, BUT IF THAT CAMERA APP IS INDEED ON YOUR PHONE BUT NOT SHOWING UP, YOU CAN RESET YOUR HOME SCREEN LAYOUT IN ORDER TO GET IT BACK, FRONT AND CENTER. BY THE WAY, FOR ANYONE WHOSE DICTIONARY HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL, WITH CUSTOM WORD SHORTCUTS AND THE LIKE, A NEW “RESET KEYBOARD DICTIONARY” SHOULD HELP YOU START OVER. ME? I JUST REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT AUTOCORRECT TO STOP SUGGESTING NONSENSICAL WORDS THAT I HAVE NEVER TYPED AND NEVER WILL TYPE. SERIOUSLY. IT’S DRIVING ME TO DRINK.
I KNOW THIS SHOW GOES BY FAST BUT DON’T WORRY, ALL OF OUR SHOW NOTES LIVE FOREVER, IN PERPETUITY, AT TWIT.TV/IFIVE. APP LINKS, SUBSCRIBE LINKS, THEY’RE AT TWIT.TV/IFIVE. EMAIL US AT IFIVE@TWIT.TV, LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL AT (614) ON-IFIVE, OR SEND US A VIDEO WITH AN APP REVIEW OF YOUR OWN! WE APPRECIATE YOU WATCHING US EACH WEEK AND WANT TO KEEP YOU HAPPY, SO ALL FEEDBACK IS GOOD FEEDBACK. I’M SARAH LANE, THIS IS IFIVE FOR THE IPHONE, AND I'LL SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK! . THANKS FOR WATCHING,