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Tip of the Day: How to Share Your Location with Family Members

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Using Apple's Find My Friends, Messages, and Find My iPhone apps, you can share your location with your family members and see theirs, as long as they have also shared their location. This can help you find your spouse in a crowd, find your child at school, or even check to make sure your teens are where they said they were going. Here's how to set up the Find My Friends app to share your location with your family members. (Please note: Find My Friends doesn't come pre-installed on your iDevice and will have to be downloaded from the App Store.)



Tip of the Day: How to Send and Receive Audio Text Messages

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With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. This can let you send brief recordings of music, a voice birthday message, and more. 



Tip of the Day: How to Teach Siri to Pronounce a Name Correctly

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Using Siri to call or send messages to people can be very convenient during those times when your hands or eyes are otherwise occupied. Just don't try to call any friends or family members who have an unusual name, because if Siri doesn't know how to pronounce that name, the virtual assistant won't understand what you are asking. This can be extremely frustrating and lead to you yelling at your iPhone in public (don't ask me how I know), and it's why it can be worth it to take the time to teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Add Punctuation to Emails or Text Messages

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Take me to level five, Siri.

Do you prefer to text in complete, grammatically correct sentences? Are you one of those people who know when you should use a comma versus when you should use a semicolon? Did you know that you can use Siri to punctuate your texts and emails like a pro?



Tip of the Day: How to Get Siri to Stop Interrupting You

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It's like the Interrupting Cow joke that delights school-age kids everywhere; you activate Siri and start speaking your request, only to be interrupted by, "Here's what I found on the web." At which point you probably say something like "If you'd just let me #$@%ing finish, Siri, you'd know I'm trying to call my wife, not do a web search!" 

I can't help you with your anger issues, but I do have a very simple solution to your problems with Interrupting Siri:



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 14: 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 14 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)

Core Data is the technology that allows you to store and retrieve information on an iOS device. Although it is an advanced technology often difficult to grasp, my goal in this post is to simplify Core Data so it can be easily used by beginners.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Add Reminders to Specific Lists

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When you ask Siri to remind you about something, like your car payment, Siri automatically adds the reminder to the default Reminders list. But if you want the reminder added to a different list, that's possible too. You just have to phrase your request a little differently.



Tip of the Day: Siri Is Better with Numbers than Your iPhone's Calculator

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The utility I use the most on my iPhone is the calculator. I use it often to reconcile my checkbook, calculate discounts in the store, and more. but when I use the iPhone's calculator to add up a list of numbers, it doesn't offer a record of what I input, so I don't know if I made an error tapping numbers in.



Tip of the Day: How to Turn on Siri Just by Raising Your iPhone to Your Ear

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(Please note that this tip now only applies to those who haven't upgraded to iOS 8. The Raise to Speak feature has been replaced in iOS 8 with the Hey Siri feature.)

If you're not already using Siri, you need to start right now. Siri is awesome because it makes doing things like setting reminders and alarms, dictating calls and emails, calculating tips, and creating secure passwords quick, easy, and hands free. 

You can make Siri even more convenient to use by using the Raise to Speak feature. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: Don't Know What to Ask Siri? Siri Will Tell You

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It took me over a year to get in the habit of using Siri, partly because she seemed so human-like. I was worried I'd say something dumb. One day I finally got it: there ain't no one listening. And ever since then I've used Siri with abandon. Lately I was surprised to discover that Siri offers a helpful guide to what you can say or ask.



Tip of the Day: Control iTunes Radio from Your Lock Screen

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iTunes Radio is a nice freebie from Apple (at least for those who live in the U.S. and Australia), and I hope Apple continues to offer it even after they launch their rumored subscription service. You can create your own station and customize it to play the kind of music you like best. iOS 8 added the convenience of controlling iTunes Radio from the lock screen.



Tip of the Day: Save Space by Emptying Deleted Photos Album

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You need space on your phone, quickly! So you delete a few (or few hundred!) photos. However, that doesn’t seem to give you space.

That’s because your deleted photos go into iOS 8’s Recently Deleted folder. This folder saves your deleted photos up to 30 days after you delete them, so they’re still stored on your device.  



Tip of the Day: How to hide App Store, iBooks, and iTunes Purchases in Family Sharing

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When using Family Sharing, some family members (like children) sometimes end up with things on their devices that others (like parents) didn’t really want to share with everyone, like when my favorite song (with explicit lyrics) popped up on my 10 year-old's iPad! Here’s a quick how-to for setting up your Family Sharing so you can share what you’d like, and keep hidden what you don’t.



Tip of the Day: How to use Raise to Listen or Reply to Audio Text in Messages

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With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. So if you'd like to send a clip of a concert or lecture you're attending, you can just use this Messages feature instead of killing your iPhone battery creating a video or audio recording.

If you receive an audio message, you don't even need to press play—just enable the Raise to Listen feature.



Tip of the Day: How to Use the Compass and Level App

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The compass app may be one of those Apple apps that you've forgotten you even have on your iPhone. Apple even has it hidden away in the Extras folder. But it could come in handy if you get lost or need to check if a picture you're hanging is level.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up and Use Location-Based Reminders

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Unless you're using location-based reminders, you're not getting the full use of your native iOS 8 Reminders app. Location-based reminders can help you remember that you need milk as you drive near the grocery store and they can make sure you don't forget to call your mother as you arrive home.



Tip of the Day: How to Rotate a Photo

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A nice feature in the Photos app in iOS 8 is the ability to precisely rotate a photo to any angle. This can be very useful, since occasionally a photo gets a bit skewed. 



Tip of the Day: How to Set When Audio and Video Messages Auto Delete

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The iOS 8 update from last fall gave users the ability to send short video and audio messages right from a text message. This could be useful for telling your friend where you are or what you’re doing without opening your camera or recording audio in the Voice Memos iOS app.

You can even set these messages to go away after two minutes (the default) or to stick around on your iPhone forever. (Notes that this will not determine how long they stay on the recipient or other sender's phone.)



Tip of the Day: How to Send and Accept Family Sharing Invitations

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Sharing iTunes and App Store content is important. Family Sharing allows families to access the same content across multiple devices. Adding members to your Family Group is easy! Once you've set up Family Sharing and started your group, you can easily add new members anytime. The benefits of Family Sharing are having access to the same music, apps, and even iBooks. Here's how to send and accept family sharing invitations. 



Tip of the Day: How to Search Conversations in the Messages App

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Did you forget what time you made that dinner reservation for? How about when you have that meeting tomorrow? Did you text about it? Thankfully, you can search your messages in case you need to! It’s easy.



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