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How to Send Apps as Gifts from the iOS App Store or iTunes

Sending an app gift to friends and family who use iOS has never been easier. When it comes to the holiday season, sending someone an app is convenient and doesn't waste a lick of wrapping paper. Apps can be gifted using the App Store on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or directly from iTunes on a computer.

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To gift an app from the App Store, find the app you wish to deliver as a gift using the browse or search functions. Once on the app details screen, tap the share box in the upper right corner. When the menu pops up at the bottom of the screen, touch the Gift button.

Using Burst Mode on the iPhone 5s

Burst mode is one of the latest additions to the stock iOS Camera app. With burst mode, limited to the iPhone 5s, images can be captured in Photo or Square mode at 10 frames per second. Up to 999 photos can be taken in a single burst. Recent interface improvements make it easy to choose the best photos from a burst group before discarding the rest to free up storage space.

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Initiating burst mode requires no prior setup. Simply open the Camera app, frame your shot, and hold down the shutter release button. This works with the on-screen button and the volume buttons. Rapid fire captures will start, with matching sound effects and a frame count displayed on the screen. In the example above, 8 separate photos were taken in under a second.

Play Your iTunes Library from iOS With Home Sharing

The Home Sharing feature in iTunes makes it possible to stream an iTunes library directly from a computer to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. As long as the iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer, large iTunes collections can be accessed directly from iOS, without syncing or taking up storage space. It only takes a few steps to set up Home Sharing and start streaming music and video.

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First, open iTunes on the computer and navigate to File -> Home Sharing -> Turn on Home Sharing. Older versions of iTunes (10.2 to 10.7) have the Turn on Home Sharing option under the Advanced menu. Enter your Apple ID and password to start sharing the iTunes library. iTunes media on multiple computers can be shared over the same Wi-Fi network.

How to Get an InvisibleSHIELD Warranty Replacement from ZAGG

The invisibleSHIELD from ZAGG is arguably the highest-quality screen and body protector on the market. What really sets the product apart from the competition is the ZAGG Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. Claims of free replacement can sometimes come with a list of fine print, so what's the real deal behind ZAGG's warranty program?

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD warranty email

After purchasing an original back invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone 5 in October directly from ZAGG, the company proactively emailed three months later offering to "refresh" the product. With this email filed away, it wasn't until 8 months later that the invisibleSHIELD started to look shabby. Over 11 months it protected the iPhone 5 from several drops and pocket lint had infiltrated along one edge under the adhesive film.

iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips: How to Disable the Features You Don't Use

The best way to save battery life while using iOS 7 is by turning off everything you don't use. For example, the parallax effect may be neat, but what good is the illusion of 3D when your phone is dead? Or do you really need your phone to automatically update all your apps? Here are a few iOS 7 features you may want to disable or limit so you can get more use out of your battery.

iOS 7 Battery Life

Turn Off Parallax

You can turn off the parallax effect by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > OFF.

Turn Off Auto Downloads

You can go back to manually updating your apps by navigating to Settings > iTunes & App Store and scrolling down to Automatic Downloads.

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