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Daily Tip: How to buy Google eBooks on iPhone, iPad

Now that the Google Books app has had to remove their store button from their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad app, are you curious how to continue buying your eBooks on iOS? Fret not, for Google has sent out a helpful list of instructions to ensure you can keep getting your read on.

For iPhone/iPod touch users: Install the Google eBookstore

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Daily Tip: How to Jailbreak iOS 5 beta 7 via Redsn0w 0.9.8b7

Currently running iOS 5 beta 7 and wondering how to Jailbreak? Well you're in luck, you can now do so with the newest version of Redsn0w. Of course this one is also tethered like the previous beta versions of RedSn0w for iOS 5.

Be advised that not all jailbreak apps and tweaks have been updated to support iOS 5. If you're alright with running tethered and don't mind a few bugs here and there, follow along for a quick walkthrough.

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Daily Tip: How to use the compass in Google Maps to improve navigation

Using Google Maps to get directions but confused and frustrated because the map doesn't turn when you do? The good news is, there's a very easy way fix this and get north really pointing north when you need it.

Starting with iPhone 3GS, Apple began including compasses (technically magnometers) in their iOS devices. To activate the compass and get directions that actually have a sense of direction:

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Daily Tip: How to use your iPhone to alert you to power failures

Concerned by recent earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and other natural disasters and wondering how to use your iPhone to alert you to the power failures that might come with them? If it's something as important as your sump pump or home medical equipment, you really don't want to take chances. Luckily our very own podcast co-host, Seth Clifford put his geeky mind to it and came up with a sweet iPhone solution!

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Daily Tip: How to use column headers for better iTunes browsing

Irked by the poor browsing experience in iTunes and wondering how to turn on column headers to make it better? With column headers on, you can change what's being sorted and which way, and quickly and easily see your all your music by the same artist, or in the same album, all sorted together. And luckily, Apple just posted a brief tip showing how to do it.

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Daily Tip: How to alter the Auto-Lock time or turn it off altogether

Annoyed by the iPhone Auto-Lock feature on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and wondering how to alter it or turn it off completely?? I know I am! I put the iPhone down for a minute, the screen goes off and I have to slide to unlock to get back to where I was again, it’s all a little bit annoying. The good news is that Apple has provided us with a way to customise the time it takes for this feature to activate or if you really hate it, turn it off altogether.  

Here's how to configure Auto-Lock

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How to export iPhone, iPad UI elements from Photoshop

Marc Edwards of Bjango, and co-host of our Iterate podcast, has put up some pro tips and tricks on exporting iPhone, iPad, and other UI elements from Photoshop.

It’s probably the least interesting part of designing software, usually entailing hours of grinding. Saving images to multiple scales — as required by iOS and other platforms — adds complication to the process. However, there are ways to streamline or automate exporting.

Check out Marc's article, linked below, so you can get your pixel perfect apps and web sites out of Photoshop and into the hands of users.

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Podcasts streaming as music samples in iTunes app? [Bugs]

Whatever changes Apple has been making to the iTunes Store back end lately has caused iTunes app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to stream some podcasts as music samples, rather than handing them off to the built-in media player like they're supposed to.

We've tested and everything seems fine and working properly for all of our TiPb podcasts like iPhone Live or iPad Live, or ZENandTECH, Superfunctional, or Iterate, or any of the Mobile Nations podcasts for that matter.

However, shows on other networks like 5by5 and TWiT do seem to be experiencing the problem, and it's annoying to say the least. So what can be done?

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Daily Tip: how to create free iPhone ringtones in GarageBand (Mac only)

On a Mac and wondering how to get free ringtones for your iPhone? We all know you can purchase or create ringtones in iTunes but... they can be limited in functionality or selection. Luckily GarageBand, which is part of the the iLife suite, has the ability to create ringtones built right in.

The process isn't too difficult and you can fine tune them however you like; including fade ins, fade outs, splicing sections together, and more.

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Daily Tip: Here comes Hurricane Irene, get your iPhone ready!

Here's a quick no-brainer or two from your hurricane-prone pals at Android Central for those of you in the path of Hurricane Irene, scheduled to make landfall along the North Carolina coast on Saturday. (They'll help you out for any natural disaster, though, from the recent east coast earthquakes to the next winter snowstorm, so keep 'em handy!)

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