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Improve iOS 7 battery life

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Question: I love the look and speed of iOS 7, but it seems to be draining my iPhone's battery faster. Is there a way to get my old battery life back?

Answer: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirDrop when you aren't using them. That keeps your phone from wasting energy searching for signals. Next, go to Setting, General, Background App Refresh and turn it off. This keeps apps from burning energy in the background. Those are just a few of the many ways to save battery life on a smartphone.

Q: I'm trying to switch from using a computer to just a tablet. Are there apps that can manage my money?

A: Take a look at apps like Manilla, Mint or Check. These track your payments and bills. They help you streamline your budget and remind you to pay your bills.

Q: I'm moving my family to a new city, and I was wondering if there's a way to find out if any sex offenders live in the areas I'm looking at.

A: Yes, there is a database you can check. It's the National Sex Offender Public Website run by the Department of Justice. If it doesn't have the information, it will link you to your state's sex offender registries. There are plenty of resources there for spotting signs of abuse and talking to your children about safety.

Email Kim Komando at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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