Here are some useful tips to make your iPhone battery last longer: Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast?  It's a blog post from six months ago, but still relevant.  Some are just common sense, but some I wasn't aware of.

For instance:

"Right above the earpiece of your iPhone, there’s an ambient light sensor that Apple uses to adjust the brightness of your display to the amount of light all around you. Head to Settings -> Wallpaper & Brightness and turn off Auto-Brightness. So why does turning off Auto-Brightness save battery life? Whenever you use your phone, you’ve got a little sensor asking, “How bright is it now? How bright is it now? How about now?”, etc., and not surprisingly, that drains your battery."

From PayetteForward.com.

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We've expressed in the past how difficult having a craft-driven conscience can be. Why? The moment you take your eye off the bigger picture, the details that collectively coalesce to form that view all too often go blurry, leaving the effort looking like a shopping mall glamor shot taken through a Vaseline-smeared lens.

Functional? Perhaps. Compelling? Nope.

That's why we can appreciate confessionals such as this one posted by the travel discovery service Adioso. When "1 out of every 5 visitors is having a bad time," the writing is on the wall. Respect to the Adioso team for not only their willingness to face that challenge but also for being so transparent in sharing how they're addressing it.

@patchchord

Adioso.com
Adioso Blog: "Yes, you really can make complex webapps responsive"

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This week's Virtual Pint goes to Foursquare for their partnership with Samsung on the Foursquare Time Machine. While the brand tie-in leaves us scratching our heads a bit in that cash-sponsor-check-and-insert-corporate-logo-here sort of way, the process of watching your full history of Foursquare check-ins play out before your eyes is compelling.

The Virtual Pint is awarded weekly to work that has most caught Propaganda3's attention during the previous seven days. For this nifty visualization of social location data -- and the pause is should create in the mind of every active Foursquare user when it comes to HOW MUCH of that data will persist as long as the great servers in the sky continue to draw their collective juice -- we give Dennis Crowley and his crew this week's gold.

@patchchord

Foursquare.com/timemachine

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As our travelling duo of developers prepare to drink in their fourth day of WWDC, we continue to receive daily updates as to what they're finding interesting, intriguing and exciting. The hard part? Well, as a licensed Apple Developer, we have very detailed agreements with our friends in Cupertino that also include terms of non-disclosure. That means we really can't get into too many details about what Bret and Daniel are learning in their sessions. But today we decided to share as much as we can. Hopefully we won't upset the Apple cart.

WHAT'S NEW IN XCODE 5?

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BUILDING USER INTERFACES FOR IOS 7

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BACKGROUND PROCESSES

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ENTERPRISE APPS

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@patchchord

Apple's WWDC

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