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Here is the latest in our series of Tips and Tricks for iPhone users…By the way, most of these tricks will also work on your new iPad too.  If you take advantage of these Tips and Tricks, you can also save 15% now through Easter!   Visit iGearUSA and check out our new products. Please use Code: EASTER15
#1 If you have an iPhone 5, here is a cool camera tip.

Snap photos while shooting videos. You’re using your iPhone 5 to film a magical moment, and you wish you could snap a photo at the same time. Don’t stop recording! Just tap the camera button, which appears on-screen in addition to the shutter button as you film. You aren’t using the iPhone’s true photo sensor; you’re getting the slightly less impressive video sensors instead, but the photos should still turn out pretty nicely. Note that this tip doesn’t work on older iPhones.

  • Reverse panorama. While we’re sharing tips that work only with certain iPhones, here’s one that matters just to folks with the iPhone 4S or newer—that is, iPhones that support taking panoramic photos. Normally, the Camera app prompts you to take those photos from left to right. To reverse that, tap once on the panorama guide to flip it to the opposite side of your screen.

#2 Add PDF’s to iBooks

Add PDFs from Safari to your iBooks or other apps. From a Mail message or a web page, touch and hold the PDF icon or link, then select “Open in iBooks.”

#3 Unlearned words

The iPhone has the capability to learn new words if they are used often. But somehow, something went wrong somewhere — whenever I try to type “the”, my iPhone auto-corrects it to “Tge” instead.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to unlearn particular words. The dictionary can only be reset back to factory settings — it will wipe all learnt words and start from scratch. I figured that’s not as bad as getting “Tge” every time. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Enter Settings
  2. Hit General
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset
  4. Tap “Reset Keyboard Dictionary”

5.  A warning will pop up to confirm the procedure. Hit “Reset Dictionary” if you’re sure.

#4 Spread the word

Your iPhone or iPad can read to you. Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iOS device to read aloud any selectable text. Launch the Settings app, tap on General, and then choose Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on.

Now, go into any app where you can highlight text. Your options include Mail, Safari, Notes, and many others. Select some text, and you’ll see a new option appear in the contextual menu (you may have to tap the right arrow to view more options). Tap theSpeak command, and your iOS device will start reading the text aloud.

#5 Limit Advertising tracking.

If you’re going to restrict your children’s access, you might as well restrict what marketers can do too, right? Under General, tap onAbout, and then tap on Advertising way down at the bottom. On the screen that appears, you’ll find two options. The first one, Limit Ad Tracking, provides an indicator to Internet advertisers that you don’t want them to track which ads you’ve viewed and engaged with, so they can show you ads that they think may be better suited to you.

The second option on this screen is a button to reset your advertising identifier—a new creation of Apple’s in iOS 6; it’s meant to be an anonymized tracker that advertisers can use to recognize your interest when showing their ads in apps. Apple doesn’t yet require that in-app ads use the identifier, but says that one day it will. If you start seeing in-app ads that seem to know you too well, you can reset your advertising identifier here to start from scratch.

#6 Custom vibrations for text and ringtones for your iPhone.

Want to know who’s calling you without ever taking your phone out of your pocket? Not only can you assign a custom ringtone or text tone to a contact, you can even give them a custom vibration pattern.

Open Phone or Contacts; select a contact, then tap the Edit button in the top right corner. Scroll down to find the ringtone field; below it is a vibration field. Tap that, and you’ll see an assortment of built-in vibration patterns you can choose from. Further down, though, is the ability to add a custom pattern: Tap Create New Vibration, and you can just tap on the screen to create your own rhythm. When you’re satisfied (tap the Playbutton to see what it will feel like), tapSave to set the pattern.

If that’s not enough, go back to the contact record and also assign a custom vibration pattern for text messages.

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How to Buy an Armband for iPhone 4 / iPhone 5 for Defensive and Otterbox Cases

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  • Full navigational control through clear, protective window cover
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  • Cushioning neoprene protects player
  • Helps protect against perspiration, bumps, scratches & the elements
  • Reflective line on the outside of the armband around the phone

These armbands were originally designed for Otterbox iPhone 4/4S Defender Series Case.  The armband from iGearUSA has a longer case size to accommodate Otterbox iPhone 5 Defender Series Case.

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How to buy iPhone 5 Bumpers

Are you looking to buy and iPhone 5 Bumper?  These bumpers for iPhone 5 is one of the slimmest frame cases for iPhone 5. These bumpers provide stylish protection while just adding stylish designs and colors to the sides of the iPhone. They protect the edges of the iPhone 5 by protruding slightly above the front screen & back.

iGearUSA offers a variety of styles and colors for the iPhone 5.  Here is a video we have that even shows you the different colors and selection, but also how they look and feel on the iPhone 5.  Check it out!

The latest iPhone Tips and Tricks

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Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts.

With the holidays here, we thought we would share a few things with you so you can take better picture, make sure the weather is going to be good, not get lost and text your friends cool emoticons.  There are lots of things that you can do with your iPhone, sure, but here at iGearUSA we are willing to bet that there are a few more that you either don’t know about or haven’t used before, particularly with all of the additions in iOS 5.

Camera & Pictures

Want to get the most out of the iPhone’s camera and photos?

Taking a picture by holding your iPhone with just one hand is an easy way to get out of focus images. Fix it by holding your iPhone with two hands horizontally, and then push down the + button usually reserved for raising the volume. Now you’ve got a stable picture!

… and Your Headphones, Too

The same trick above works for the volume button on your headphones, too. Great for taking pictures of yourself on a tripod.  Smile your on candid camera!

Do you wear your feelings in your texting?

If you love using emoticons, add the Emoji keyboard to your setup. Just go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then add the Emoji keyboard. This also works if you want to use keyboard in other languages. The proof will be yours!

Get Hourly Weather Reports

Do Not Disturb

Even I didn’t know you could do this one.  Pull up the Weather app to get your weekly weather report. Tap anywhere in the week and the current day will expand to reveal the hourly forecast for the rest of the day. Unfortunately It doesn’t work days in advance, but then again, neither does the local weather person.

Need to see where you are going? See street view in maps

Pull up Maps and search for something — or and address— and you usually see a little orange dude that shows up on the left side of the destination. Touch the dude and you go to street view where you can rotate 360 degrees.
But what if you don’t have a search destination or just want to see a random area on street view? Just drop a pin. If there is a street view – which there usually is – that crazy orange dude will show up again and you can scope out the area before you head down.

Hopefully now, you will never get lost and can take great pictures while you are traveling around town in the great weather and texting your friends emoticons of your great pictures.  Just remember, never text and drive!

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Upcoming Apple iPhone and iPad Feature

Today Apple submitted its patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office pertaining to a new technology called “scaling of visual content based upon user proximity.” This technology will allow new iPhones and iPads to determine the image size based off the distance between the device and user.  Apple’s integrated face recognition software makes this possible. Similar technology is used in other smart phone cameras, where the cameras will automatically zoom in and out based off the distance from objects. This new feature by Apple is different. It will automatically alter content and graphics on a phone or tablet. What this means is, rather than being inconvenienced and having to manually zoom in and out on the image. The user will be able to move the phone closer and farther to enhance perception.

This high-tech feature is coming with two modes, comfort and zoom mode. In comfort mode the farther the user gets away from their iPhone or iPad, the larger the content and images become.  The closer they get the smaller the content and images get. In zoom mode when the user needs content and graphics to be maximized, even more so than what previous iPads and iPhones offered. They can now do so. When in zoom mode, the display will get bigger as the user moves closer, and when moving away from the device the imagery becomes smaller. If this technology is successful we may see the end of the “touch and zoom” in smart phones and tablets.

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Apple Wins Suit against HTC

Back when Steve Jobs was still CEO of Apple, he made the comment “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”  He said this back in March 2010 and was directing it at HTC accusing them of infringing on twenty of Apple’s patents. Jobs pointed out that HTC had taken ideas from the iPhone and incorporated into their phones to create their functionality, architecture and hardware. What it comes down to is that Jobs was accusing HTC of using the iPhone to produce their own phone by using the same features as the iPhone. HTC became the first company Apple sued for infringing on iPhone patents. After years of litigation a settlement in Apple’s favor was finally reached. Although their settlement was not publicly announced, analysts say HTC will owe $6 to $8 in licensing fees for each phone sold. This means that Apple would make an additional $180 to $200 million a year! A lot of people are wondering why Apple and other companies continue to pursue lawsuits to resolve conflicts such as these. These lawsuits do not come down to greed, it is actually the complete opposite. The answer is simple; people just want credit for their ideas. Just like anyone else, if you come up with an idea that you have rights to and other people want to use your idea for their own benefits you would like to be compensated. The moral is, don’t steal ideas, and if you need to use something be sure you ask provide some sort of compensation otherwise you might pay in the end, more than you would have if you would have just asked.

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Apple iPhone 5 Tips and Tricks

Closing apps

-If you need to close an app for any reason, maybe your phone is running slow or a certain app is malfunctioning you can do so in a few easy steps. When on your home screen go ahead and double tap on the home button which will bring up a menu bar at the bottom of your screen. This bar will display all of your running apps. In order to close out one or all of the apps go ahead and press and hold the app you are wanting to close. This will cause the apps to vibrate at which time you will be able to close out of the apps you want.


-If you need any assistance locating options on your iPhone or locating anything on the web Siri can help. You can even make table reservations at restaurants or look up movie times with this device. You can ask Siri anything and she will almost always have an answer for you. You can utilize this option on your phone by pressing and holding your home button until you see Siri’s microphone come up at which time you can ask away.

Locking the screen

-If you want to keep your screen in a set portrait position you can do so in just a few quick steps. When on the home screen double tap the home button and a menu bar will appear at the bottom of your screen. Once you see this menu bar go ahead and swipe your finger to the right. At this point you should see three audio controls, and to the left and arrow following a circular path. Tap on the arrow and it will lock your screen in portrait mode.

Picture options

-What’s nice about the iPhone 5 is that users have a few more options available. A basic feature is that you can use your volume “up” control to snap pictures so you don’t have to tap the screen. Using the other multiple options and what they do. To select the other options that the iPhone 5 has to offer, press the options button when under camera mode and you will see the options for grid, HDR and panorama, and this is also where you will be able to turn the flash on and off. The grid option helps you make sure the horizon is lined up. HDR helps bring more details to photos and panorama allows you to take a sweeping photo in one shot.

Refreshing your emails

-This is a basic but useful tip. In order to get new emails to appear more quickly swipe you’re the whole screen in a downward direction which will force your iPhone to search for new messages.

Avoid annoying calls and text

-You can now easily avoid telemarketers, exes and bill collectors by setting your phone to “do not disturb.” You can access this new feature by going to your settings app and turning on “do not disturb.” This feature allows the user to make it so that everyone or certain people can not contact you all day or at certain times of the day.

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Apple is Giving Back

We look at all of the havoc Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the East coast and it seems so surreal looking at the aftermath. It’s hard to grasp the devastation in its entirety while the majority of us sit safe at home. It makes me think what will become of the people who have been affected by this event because I know that these victims can not rely on their own means to redeem what they once had. In times of need, no matter where you may be you will always find people who are willing to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s a small or a large contribution every bit helps.

Going back to when Jobs was heading Apple, partaking in Philanthropy was not of any interest to the company. Although the company was making billions back then there wasn’t a whole charitable actions seen. Moving forward, Tim Cook is making an effort to alter this trend and head in a more positive direction. Just recently Apple donated $2.5 million to the American Red Cross for victims affected by Hurricane Sandy. Aside from this particular situation, since Cook took position of CEO Apple has contributed a recorded $50 million to Stanford’s hospitals. Another $50 million has been donated to Product RED since its beginning. Just when you think that a company absorbs all of its profits to make the rich wealthier you find out that your contributions are going to bettering other people who are in dire need.

Preventing Online Credit Card Theft

When it comes to shopping online the difficult part has gone from finding the best prices available to questioning which sites you can trust. Identity and credit card fraud has become more prevalent than before and you want to do everything as a consumer to protect what belongs to you.

Before you decide to place an order with an online retailer you might want to look at a few things to verify that the site is authentic:

  • Locate the site’s “about us” page and see if they have taken the time to write this section. This gives you a description of who they are and what they do.
  • Look at their contact information and see if there are multiple ways available to get a hold of customer support to ask questions.
  • Make sure they offer multiple payment options, such as credit cards and/ or PayPal.
  • When checking out or pursuing payment look at the address bar and make sure you see https:// instead of http:// to make sure you have a secure connection.
  • Also when checking out, make sure you see the padlock that appears in the address bar, or sometimes it may appear at the bottom of the window. Click on this padlock and read the message that appears. Make sure the website owners match up with the site.

-Make sure the https:// and padlock appears in the color green because this means they are who they say they are. If you see a red address bar, this means that something is wrong with the site and they are not to be trusted.

Although this may be something that most of you already are aware of it never hurts to mention it from time to time.

iGearUSA Tips and Tricks for your iPhone 4 and 4S

-Screen Lock

  •       Prevent  your screen from switching from portrait to landscape viewing positions
    when watching a video, reading a book or viewing a picture. In order to
    keep your screen locked in place double tap the home button and slid the
    menu bar to the right and you will see the iPod controls along with the
    portrait lock.

-Kill Running Apps

  •        Leaving various apps on your phone may slow it down while killing its battery
    life. An easy way to stop these apps manually is by double tapping on the
    home button which will a slide bar with the running apps. To manually stop
    these apps press and hold any one of the icons which will then give you
    the option of shutting down the various running apps.

-Adding Accents to text

  •        Sometimes we find it necessary to add accents over certain letters. In order to
    insert an accent you have to do it as you are adding the letter such as (n
    to ñ). In order to put in an accent just
    press and hold what letter you need and you will soon see a variety of
    accents pop up that you can choose from.

-Turning Caps Lock On

  •        If you are wanting to type in all caps rather then entering in each capital
    letter individually you can do so by double tapping the shift key. This will turn the button blue. To get
    back to regular type just go ahead and tap on the shift key one time.

-Conjoining and Renaming folders

  •        If you want to consolidate space on your iPhone you now can. To do this, go ahead
    and tap and hold any one of the icons on the screen which will cause them
    to wiggle. While they are moving go ahead and tap the one you want to move
    and slide it over to the folder you want to conjoin it with. After
    combining the folders you will be able to rename the new icon.

-Restrict features

  •        If you are giving an iPhone to one of your children, know ahead of time that you
    can restrict any features you would like, such as iTunes or the App store.
    You can make these restrictions by going to your settings app, then to
    general, and then by going to restrictions you can customize the phone’s

-Increasing signal strength

  •        When touching parts of the metal stripping around your phone it can decrease
    your signal strength. The easiest way to resolve this is by placing a
    bumper or any other case that prevents your bare skin from coming in
    contact with the metal strip.