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Jake and I are in iPhone – The Missing Manual

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I just got the latest edition of David Pogue‘s iPhone: The Missing Manual. Consider yourself warned… this year, my picture is in it next to my friend Jake!

Here are more details about the book as well as how to order a copy for yourself: “I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!”

I highly recommend it to every iPhone owner… even though you’ll have to put up with my face being in it. Hey, you could always use a Sharpie to add a mustache/tattoos to my picture or use it with your dart board!

Quick! Lock in your iPad’s, iPhone’s or MacBook’s price now with this link!

Now’s the time to sell your old MacBook, iPad and/or iPad mini, or iPhone because with Apple’s new models announced this week, the value of your old Apple devices will depreciate rather quickly the longer you wait.

Don’t delay! Lock in the price of your old Apple products, then send them in to Gazelle for cash when your new ones arrive later.

Here’s what to do: Go to Gazelle using this link and use their online form to select what you currently have, and its condition. They’ll quote a price and send shipping materials to you for free. After locking in your price, simply send Gazelle your old device by the date shown and they’ll send you the cash. They even pay for shipping and provide you with a shipping box!

20130823-125829.jpgAnd by using this link to Gazelle that I’m giving you, get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in! Full disclosure: Gazelle will send me $10, too, so we both win.

In addition, earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card instead of a check. It’s your choice!

I’ve used Gazelle to get cash for my old Apple devices for years and I recommend them highly. I first blogged about it here.

I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!

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Once again, I was thrilled to assist award-winning tech writer David Pogue with his latest iPhone: The Missing Manual book. And this year, my picture is even in it!

No, that’s not me cartwheeling on the cover. David was out walking and had his iPhone 5s with him when he saw a complete stranger walking on his hands. David asked if he could snap him and the guy agreed.

For many years now I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help David with his iPhone guides. It’s quite an honor that he appreciates my work. He sends me each of the books’ chapters as he writes them. I review the tech in the book—trying out his tips and suggesting some of my own. I also took some of the screenshots for sections of the book where it’s helpful to see a picture of what he’s writing about. And in two of those I snuck in “selfies” of me—but don’t let the prospect of seeing my ugly mug keep you away from the book! With a Magic Marker you can customize those pictures to make me look even sillier.

This year was a huge undertaking because Apple didn’t just make an incremental update to last year’s iPhone operating system, they started from scratch with iOS 7—changing almost everything about it. This meant that in the expanded 7th edition of iPhone—The Missing Manual, David had even more to explain than ever before.

I highly recommend this book to all iPhone users, and not just because I helped with it! After reading just a few pages of it, you’ll discover why it’s the world’s most popular iPhone book. David has a fun, witty way with explaining the complexities of Apple’s computer-in-your-pocket while providing tips, workarounds and shortcuts in his full-color illustrated guide. You can read it all the way through and enjoy it—or pick and choose which parts of iOS 7 you want help with immediately.

Both of Apple’s new iPhones are covered, too—the iPhone 5s and 5c—as well as information for those who’ve upgraded to iOS 7 on their old iPhones. The changes in iTunes on a Mac or PC as well as tips about the revised apps that Apple makes for the iPhone are in the book this year as well.

You should order iPhone: The Missing Manual now using this link that takes you to Amazon.com. When you order the book from that link—or anything at all there after using the link, for that matter—I’ll get a few cents out of each sale. (That’s whatcha call “full disclosure”… Oh, I am also paid very generously by David for helping him each year with the book. But I’d love iPhone: The Missing Manual even if I wasn’t a part of it).

I’d love to hear from you if you have a comment or a question about this. Leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

Back to the Contemporary… in the 70s… with my iPhone

20130824-111422.jpgI had a weird but wonderful dream last night in which I went to WDW’s Contemporary Hotel back in the 70s but I still had my iPhone 5. I took lots of videos!

The Contemporary Tower’s Grand Canyon Concourse looked amazing. Cast Members were very interested in the iPhone and very friendly.

After posting about that on Twitter this morning, @Tekneek replied: “@DisneyEcho They were friendly because they were scared of Future Man and his gadget.”

Haha! No, not scared, but they were very puzzled at videos I showed them of Disneyland Paris that I had earlier saved onto my iPhone (back in my home time) from the official Disneyland Paris website. 🙂

Battery life on my iPhone sucked because there was no WiFi and no cellphone reception at all back then… because those didn’t exist yet. When I remembered that my iPhone was wasting power searching for non-existent not-invented-yet signals, at that point in my dream I put the iPhone into Airplane mode and battery life improved. 😉

When I woke up none of the videos I took in my dream were still on my iPhone, so I can’t post them.

In iOS 7, Apple wants to own your car’s console with Maps and Siri integration

Looking forward to this in my car some day. -Rich

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

iPhone iOS 6 Bug with Sounds

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This sounds like a bug that needs to be fixed by Apple… (pun intended).

On your iPhone’s music player (either the default one or the optional Podcasts app), if the app’s volume is set all the way down (or close to it), you won’t hear some alert sounds — including incoming phone call alerts! You can test this and (not) hear it for yourself: Lower the Podcasts or iPod Music player app’s volume to zero on your iPhone, then in Settings >;;;>;;; Sounds tap on any of your chosen or default ringtones, text tones, or alert sounds. For most of them you won’t hear anything until you make the Podcasts/music player app’s volume somewhere other than all the way over to screen left (silent). The Mute switch’s position doesn’t matter.

I had this problem and discovered the solution on Apple’s Support Communities discussion forum here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4325586?start=45&tstart=0

I imagine this is for all iOS 6 devices, but I’ve only tested it with iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0.1. Let me know in a reply if you’ve noticed this on your Apple iDevice, too.

Update: Now that I’ve done the bug fix (using the method above) on my iPhone, the bug is not reappearing. I tested it on a friend’s iPhone 5 (running iOS 6.1.1 like mine is) and the same problem with sounds was on his. This might be an intermittent bug. Also, when in the Sounds area of the Settings app, be sure to test it with more than just one type of sound—try it with Ringtone, Text Tone, New Voicemail, etc.

Update 2: Another friend also running the newest version of iOS 6 tried this on her iPhone 4S and has the same bug. A different friend with an iPhone 4 who did not upgrade to iOS 6 yet doesn’t have the bug on his iPhone.

iPhone — The Missing Manual for iOS 6, iPhone 5 and earlier iPhones

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It’s here! The latest version of David Pogue’s iPhone: The Missing Manual

With the iOS 6 software and the new iPhone 5, Apple has two world-class hits on its hands. This sleek, highly refined pocket computer comes with everything—cellphone, iPod, Internet, camcorder—except a printed manual. Fortunately, David Pogue is back with this expanded edition of his witty, full-color guide: the world’s most popular iPhone book.

The important stuff you need to know:

The iPhone 5. This book unearths all the secrets of the newest iPhone. Taller screen, faster chip, 4G LTE Internet, thinner than ever.
The iOS 6 software. Older iPhones gain Do Not Disturb, the new Maps app, shared Photo Streams, camera panoramas, smarter Siri, and about 197 more new features. It’s all here.
The apps. That catalog of 750,000 add-on programs makes the iPhone’s phone features almost secondary. Now you’ll know how to find, manage, and exploit those apps.

The iPhone may be the world’s coolest computer, but it’s still a computer, with all of a computer’s complexities. iPhone: The Missing Manual is a funny, gorgeously illustrated guide to the tips, shortcuts, and workarounds that will turn you, too, into an iPhone addict.

Also take a look at my blog post written last year about how I became the tech editor for this helpful and informative book.

Order iPhone: The Missing Manual at Amazon.com.

Update: Thanks, David!

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