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How to darken colors for better visibility in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 brought with it a new, unified palette for everything from icons to interface elements, including the tint colors give to the new "naked" style text buttons. Unfortunately for some people those tint colors are just a little bit too bright to be read comfortably, especially on the primarily white backgrounds. Luckily, iOS 7.1 gives you the ability to darken those colors and hopefully make them much more legible. Best of all, it's easy to do!

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How to reduce the white point on your iPhone or iPad and make iOS 7.1 less bright

Some of the new accessibility features of iOS 7.1 are specifically for people who either have visual impairments or sensitive eyes. No doubt all of us have experienced a time where we are in a dimly lit room and unlock our iPhone or iPad only to have our retinas burned out by the bright screen. Luckily iOS 7.1 has adds an option to help mitigate this problem by making whites less harsh. Here's how to enable it:

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5 tips to fix your iPhone and iPad battery life problems on iOS 7.1!

iOS 7.1 is here and it fixes a ton of problems but, as with every update, it's also had an impact on some people's battery life. Whether it's from a restore gone bad or new features overloaded for the first time, some people just aren't getting the same charge out of their iPhone or iPad as they used to. Well, worry not! Here's how to fix your battery life problems under iOS 7.1!

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How to use iOS 7.1 auto HDR on the iPhone 5s

Thanks to iOS 7.1 and the super-fast Apple A7 processor the iPhone 5s can now be set to quickly and automatically take high dynamic range (HDR) photos whenever it senses both bright lights and deep shadows in the same image. That makes it great for photos where the sky is clear but the trees are dark or when you want to capture a friend or family member at home and the lighting balance leaves a lot to be desired. Best of all, auto-HDR is really easy to turn on!

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How to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV

AirPlay Mirroring lets you wirelessly beam whatever you're viewing on your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV. Whether you're using a dumb network TV app that doesn't include built-in AirPlay or just want to game on your big screen HDTV, AirPlay Mirroring lets you share almost anything and everything in just a few taps.

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How to reduce the transparency of keyboards, menus, and more in iOS 7.1

One of iOS 7's signature features is "depth" and by that Apple means transparent layers with gaussian blur filters beneath them. While that might look fancy it can also be distracting for some people and, for those with visual impairment, it can be downright confusing and hard to use. Luckily, iOS 7.1 has added the ability to reduce transparency and render everything from the Dock to the keyboard to Control Center and Notification Center nice and opaque.

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How to subscribe to iTunes Match from your iPhone or iPad

iTunes Match lets you listen to your music library wherever you have an internet connection, no syncing music for iTunes necessary. It costs around $25 USD a year but for anyone that has far too much music to store on their iPhone or iPad, it's well worth it. Here's how to subscribe right from your iPhone or iPad!

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How to hide channels on your Apple TV main menu

The Apple TV interface is overflowing with channel icons and it can make finding your favorites, the ones you actually want to watch, into a chore. So, what if you want Netflix and HBO Go but not NBA or MLB, or vice versa? Easy! You can hide channel icons right from the main menu, or toggle them on or off right from settings!

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How to instantly buy iTunes Radio songs in iTunes

iTunes Radio is a great way to discover new music. So what if you stumble across a song you like so much you want to own it and keep it forever? Easy. With just a few taps you can buy it instantly from iTunes!

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Touch ID not working after updating to iOS 7.1? Here's how to fix it!

Touch ID is one of the things Apple says they've improved and made more reliable with iOS 7.1. As with any complex piece of software, however, what makes things better for many people can sometimes break it for a few. That seems to be the case with Touch ID and iOS 7.1. A few of our readers have reported that instead of making Touch ID better on the iPhone 5s, iOS 7.1 broke it completely. If you're having problems with Touch ID after updating to iOS 7.1 here are few things you can try to fix it.

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