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Smart Cover security flaw allows limited iPad 2 passcode bypass

A potential security flaw involving the iPad 2 on iOS 5 and Apple's Smart Cover's ability to bypass the Passcode Lock is making the rounds this week.

a Smart Cover can essentially unlock an iPad 2. The person who unlocks your iPad 2 will not have complete access to your iPad, but will be able to gain entrance to whatever you locked your iPad 2 on. If your iPad 2 went to sleep in Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, or Maps, you can imagine the sorts of personal information that can be viewed on your iPad.

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Daily Tip: How to add phonetic spelling to a contact for Siri

With the introduction of Siri many people want to be able to use voice prompts. But what if your iPhone 4S doesn't want to say a contact correctly. Maybe it doesn't even recognize what you're saying at all. Sometimes adding phonetic spelling will solve the problem.

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How to easily take high quality self-portraits with iPhone and iOS 5

Trying to figure out how to take a high quality self-portrait with the iPhone, and the low-quality front-facing VGA camera just isn't cutting it? One of the new features of iOS 5 is the ability to trigger the iPhone's rear facing camera with the Volume Up button, and that means it's easier than ever to get the perfect self-portrait. Here's how:

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Warning: Don't leave your iPhone unattended or risk pranks, data theft

Thanks to the quick Camera access and power of Siri as a virtual assistant, iOS 5 and iPhone 4S are more convenient than ever -- but they also leave you open to everything from pranks to data theft. We've talked about this extensively on the iPhone Live podcast but it's worth repeating here.

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Daily Tip: How to organize Reminders Lists in iOS 5

If you're on iOS 5 you've also got a nifty new Reminders app to break in. Before creating any tasks or reminders you may want to set up a few lists to keep yourself a bit more organized. Reminders makes it dead simple to do this and it'll sync all your lists across all your iOS devices and Macs.

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PSA: Don't pay for fake iPhone 4S or iOS 5 Jailbreaks

We're getting tons of email asking us about a supposed iPhone 4S/iOS 5 untethered Jailbreak that's being shopped around -- yes, a paid Jailbreak. Needless to say, it's fake. Fake.

Don't ever pay for a Jailbreak. Not ever. Every legitimate Jailbreak to date has been given away to the community by the well known Jailbreakers and/or Jailbreak teams.

If someone is offering you a Jailbreak for money, they're trying to rip you off, just like any scam. They want to steal some money now before the real Jailbreak is released.

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How to set the iPhone 4S camera flash as an LED indicator for new messages

Just switch over to iPhone from BlackBerry or Android and wondering how to get an LED notification for new messages? While it's not quite the same things, with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, you can take advantage of your camera flash as an indicator. If you find yourself missing messages due to not hearing the sounds, or would rather skip the noises and just see a light, check out a few simple steps to get yourself going.

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Daily Tip: How to create text shortcuts in iOS 5

Tired of typing out long words, names, and sentences and wondering how to create text shortcuts? Lucky you! One of the new features of iOS 5 is the ability to do just that. For example, instead of typing out "On my way!", you just type "omw" and the iPhone automatically changes the acronym to the full phrase. This phrase is actually the only shortcut that comes setup with iOS 5. To find out how to add your own, follow along!

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Advantages of Apple Business for retail customers

On Monday morning I picked up several shiny new iPhone 4S handsets that my Apple Business rep had set aside for me earlier in the week. I knew I would be traveling over the launch weekend and I needed quite a few phones, and my Apple Business rep couldn't have been more helpful in arranging everything.

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How to remove a Siri-created relationship

If you have used Siri to add a relationship in iOS you may be wondering how you can go about removing it. Maybe you had someone labeled as a girlfriend or boyfriend and need to remove that relationship. While Siri can't remove relationships (yet), we can walk you through how to do it manually.

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