LET YOUR PHONE READ TO YOU

If you’re too busy to read the Web, or find the fine print too fine, let your iPhone read the Web to you. To make the iPhone’s “Siri” voice start talking, tap “Settings,” then “General,” then “Accessibility.” Now tap “Speak Screen.” When you’re on the web, tap the uppermost left icon for “Reader View,” to skip the ads.  Then swipe down with two fingers to get playback and pause controls. Tap the turtle picture to speed up or slow down the reading. We couldn’t find anything comparable for the Android phone. The apps we tried all used a dull, robotic voice and Google Voice just wasn’t in the mood to read to us.

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SECURE IPHONE

A reader asked us how to protect his iPhone from the bad guys; iPhones are pretty well protected, but there are a few things you can do to be even safer. Here are several iPhone security apps: “1Password” protects credit card info and passwords with military-grade encryption. “Private Photo Vault Pro,” $4, keeps whole albums or individual photos and videos private. “Hotspot Shield,” for $5 a month protects your identity and blocks hackers when you’re using Wi-Fi in coffee shops, at the airport, library or wherever you find a free public Internet connection. (There have been 400 million downloads on this one.)

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UPGRADING YOUR IPHONE

You don’t need a new iPhone 6 to get the latest Apple operating system for free. The new “iOS 9” works on the Apple 4 and 5 as well. To upgrade, tap “Settings,” then “General,” then “Software Update.” Here are a few new features that impressed us.

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ORGANIZING MAIL ON THE IPAD

Joy’s friend Frieda asked her how to put mail into folders on the iPad. We find computers more practical for email, so we scratched our heads for a minute before coming up with these simple steps.

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BATTERY LIFE ON THE IPHONE

After we reviewed some battery basics in a recent column, readers who own iPhones and iPads wanted more. There’s much you can do beyond looking at “Usage” in the “Settings” area to find where the battery hogs are.

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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR NEW IPHONE 6

The new Phone 6 makes text messaging a lot easier. Send a text message to a group, add your map location and your voice, pictures and video. It’s all in the “details.”

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IPHONE HACKED

Everyone’s buzzing about the new iPhone 5S fingerprint technology. Two days after it hit the stores, however, the “Chaos Computing Club,” a German hacker group, unlocked it with a fake fingerprint.

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GETTING THE EDGE

We’ve tried many different wireless speakers for our iPad and the Android phone, but the first one we really liked is “Edge Sound” from CubEdge. It’s a black box shorter than a human hand and weighing just 9 ounces.

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RETINA APPS

 RetinaMacApps.com lists the apps that work best with the Retina Display Macbook Pro. You wouldn’t want to have a fantastic screen and not get the most out of it, would you?

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SHARING YOUR TUNES

PairShare for the iPhone, iPad and iPod lets you listen to your friend’s music or share yours with them up to 300 feet away, and it will do an “auto-scan” to find friends nearby. It’s 99 cents in the App store.

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