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Tip of the Day: Use Your Apple Watch to Locate Your Misplaced iPhone

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Are you in the habit of losing your iPhone in the couch cushions? Did your toddler wander off with your phone only to reappear a few minutes later empty handed? Good news; your Apple Watch can help you find your misplaced iPhone, as long as it's in range of your watch.



Tip of the Day: Use iTunes to Sync Photos to Your Device

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While iCloud Photo Library has generally replaced iTunes for syncing photos between your computer and your iPhone or iPad, you can still opt to use the iTunes software. I can think of a couple reasons you may want to do this. If you'd like to keep a limited selection of your photos on your device in order to save storage space, iTunes may be a good choice. Also, some people simply don't feel comfortable using the cloud.



Tip of the Day: How To Make Speakerphone Calls Using Siri

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I have several hours of commute time every week and I don’t always have my phone’s Bluetooth headset with me. If I want to make a call that means one hand holding the phone and only one hand on the wheel while going 70 miles per hour down the highway. Um, I mean 65 miles per hour, which is the legal speed limit in Colorado.



Tip of the Day: How To Download Free Apps without Authentication

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Apple requires users to enter a password or use Touch ID every time content is obtained from the iTunes or App Stores. The purpose of this is to prevent others who may have access to your Apple account from making unauthorized purchases and running up the bill on your credit card. In the past, it didn’t matter if the content was purchased or free, a password still had to be entered to download the material. Now, with iOS 8.3, you no longer have to enter a password when downloading free material from iTunes or free apps from the App Store. It’s free, so what does it matter?



Tip of the Day: How To Use the New Diverse Emojis

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With iOS 8.3, Apple added 300 new emoji choices, including the option to add a little more racial diversity to the faces on its emoji keyboard. While none of the emoticons or family groups offer options for different skin tones, the single human characters and body parts (hands, noses, etc.) all come with the new diversity options. 



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 16: Tuning Up Core Data

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 16 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3.)

In my previous blog post, you learned how to add Core Data to a project and design entities in a data model. In this post, you will learn how to generate entity classes from the entities in a data model and use them within your app. You can get the latest version of the iAppsReview project at this link.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Touch ID

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Touch ID is a very useful feature on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 plus models, as well as iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. You can set it up to work as a password to your phone and App Store purchases, as well as use it in apps like 1Password as an identification tool. The Touch ID button recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them, and gives you easy and seamless access to your device without having to enter a number or word password.



Tip of the Day: How to Sort Texts from Contacts and Unknown Senders in Messages

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I try to be good about keeping my Messages app cleaned out from unwanted texts by deleting them. There are times though that I receive texts from people who are not in my Contacts and I may want to save the text, but not necessarily add the person to my Contacts list. That’s why I’m glad Apple added a new sorting feature to Messages in iOS 8.3. Now I can keep my Contacts and Unknown Senders separate.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Speakerphone as the Default for Answering Incoming Calls

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Do you find yourself mostly answering the phone in speaker mode? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to answer in speaker mode automatically. Here’s how:



Tip of the Day: How To Add an Event to Your Family Calendar

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I love using my Calendar app to keep track of my family's schedule. It can only be so helpful, though, when I'm the only one using it. Having a sharable family calendar means that we can all be on the same page—all the time. The family calendar just might be my favorite feature of Family Sharing!



Tip of the Day: How to Compare the Photo You're Editing to the Original

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Ever wish you could compare the photo you're in the process of editing to the original image? Photos in iOS 8 allows you to do so.



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

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Is there a site you visited frequently in Safari for a while, but now no longer need to visit, such as irs.gov during tax season, or consumerreports.org while you researched new cars? Rather than wait for them to eventually disappear from your Frequently Visited list or get replaced by other sites, you can easily delete any sites you don't want to see anymore right away.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 15: Core Data Next Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step-by-step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 15 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3).

In my previous post in this series, I discussed some of the basics of Core Data, the technology that allows you to store and retrieve information on an iOS device. You learned about entity data models, databases, and how you can improve on Apple's default Core Data implementation. 



Tip of the Day: Save an Email as a Draft in the Mail App

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Writing and sending Emails from your iPhone or iPad is a quick and simple way to keep up with your correspondence while on the go. But sometimes you need to finish what you've started at another time.



Tip of the Day: How to Leave Family Sharing

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There are a few different ways to leave a Family Sharing group, however, there are some rules you should be aware of before doing so. This tip will show you how easy it is to leave a Family Sharing group, then tell you about Apple's Family Sharing stipulations.



Tip of the Day: How To Keep Track of Family iDevices

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Losing an iDevice is not something any of us plan to do—but it happens. The easiest way to keep track of your device is to turn on the Find My iPhone feature. Hopefully you'll never need it, but if you do, it's a lifesaver! Here are some reasons that you'll want to use Find My iPhone to see the location of your devices and family members:



Tip of the Day: How to Use Private Tabs in Safari

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Apple knows you may have good reason not to want your iPhone or iPad to track what you're doing when you're browsing the web in Safari, and for some time iOS has had Private Browsing Mode, in which no record is kept of which websites you've visited, your search history, or your AutoFill information. With iOS 8 came the introduction of the convenient feature of private tabs. You can have multiple tabs open, with some of them being private and others not.



Tip of the Day: How to Troubleshoot Unresponsive Apps

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There have been times I’ve been using an app and it started acting upeither by not responding or not working properly.



Tip of the Day: How to Access Shared Purchases in Family Sharing

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The best part of Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your purchased content (well, except for the content that's hidden). I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. Here's how to share everything you want to and none of what you don't.



Tip of the Day: How To Set Up a Family Reminder

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Take out the trash, do your chores, don't forget about your sister's dance recital... these are all things I'm sure we find ourselves saying to our children often. Reminders help keep everyone in the family on schedule without you and your spouse having to remember it all (and then pass on reminders)!



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