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Tip of the Day: How to Set Up an Apple ID for a Child Under 13

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Apple allows children under the age of 13 to have their own Apple ID if the account is created and verified by a parent or guardian, and only for the purpose of being added to a Family Group for Family Sharing. Having an Apple ID will allow your child to use services such as FaceTime, Game Center, iMessage, and iCloud. 



Tip of the Day: How to Keep Your Camera From Tracking Your Location

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Having a difficult time remembering where that picture from your spontaneous trip to the beach was taken? Or at what time you captured that beautiful sunset? The great thing about geotagging is that you’ll never be left wondering when or where a particular photo was taken again—but for many, that might not be such a good thing.



Tip of the Day: How to Add Favorites to Apple Maps

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If you use Apple Maps to get around and you have identified specific locations you want to travel to, you can save those locations as Favorites in Maps. Then when you need to travel to that location, you can simply tap on the name in Favorites and then tap Directions. It can be a real convenience, especially if you're planning a route with multiple stops.



Tip of the Day: April Fools!

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Have you ever wanted to mess with someone’s phone on April Fool’s day? Apart from locking their phone by mistyping their password over and over again (don’t do that!) or changing their password, here are couple of ways to mess with your friends on April 1st.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 12: Hardening Your Code

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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 12 of the series. If you're 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.)

One of the best software development books of all time is Steve McConnell's Code Complete. Whether you are a seasoned software developer or a brand new programmer, regardless of the platform or language in which you write code, I highly recommend checking out this book. It will change your way of thinking and vastly improve the quality of the code you write.



Tip of the Day: How to Restore Apps to Their Original Layout

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Sometimes you need to do some app housecleaning. Maybe your kid moved your apps around, or maybe you just want to see what apps you have. For example, I have 69 apps on the first screen and 67 on the second. Of course, they’re in folders, but sometimes I lose track and need to do an app purge. If you’re like me, or just need a fresh start, take a few quick steps through your settings to restore apps to their original layout.



Tip of the Day: How to View Websites Bookmarked on Your Mac on Your iPhone Too

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If you have any website favorites saved on your Mac, there’s an easy way to view them in the Safari app on your iPhone as well. 



Tip of the Day: How to Search for a Particular Reminder

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I use the Reminders app on my iPhone quite a bit. I’ll create a reminder to pick up my dry cleaning, buy my cousin a birthday present or pay a bill. When I create Reminders I usually set them to remind me on a certain day, at a certain time. Sometimes I have so many Reminders that it’s difficult to find a certain one before its set reminder time. For example, I made a Reminder to pay a fee for a school trip my son was going on. I forgot what the fee amount was and needed the information before the due date. Instead of tapping each folder and scrolling through them to find it, I simply accessed the Reminders search field.



Tip of the Day: How to Organize Podcasts into Stations

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A recent change to my schedule has me commuting an extra two hours a week. Instead of looking at the extra time as an annoyance, I decided to make more use of the Podcasts app on my iPhone. However, the more subscriptions I have, the less organized they are in the Podcasts app. I have a variety of Podcasts on my iPhone, but I don’t want to be listen to meditation Podcasts while I’m driving down he road. That’s where the ability to create your own stations comes in handy.



Tip of the Day: How to Upload Videos from Your Computer to Your iPhone with iTunes

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If you have a cool video on your computer that you want to put on your phone, follow these steps using iTunes.



The Basics of How to Use Bluetooth Devices with your iDevice

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There are many ways to use Bluetooth devices with your iDevice (here shown on my iPhone).

First of all, there are two places to turn on Bluetooth. To turn it on in Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of your Homescreen and tap the Bluetooth symbol to turn it on (it will be white). To turn it off, tap it again. You can also access the Bluetooth settings from Settings > Bluetooth.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 11: The Photo Library

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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 fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 11 of the series. If you're 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)

Now that you have some of the basics of Swift programming under your belt, it's time to dive into some deeper coding territory. To get the latest version of iAppsReview, select this link



Tip of the Day: How to Save Articles to Read Later in Safari

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Sometimes while I’m browsing the Internet, I’ll run across an article I’d love to show my husband, or sometimes I’ll find one I want to read, but just don’t have time at the moment. With Apple’s Reading List, you can save any article from the web and go back and read it at any time. Here’s how:



Tip of the Day: How to Delete a Folder of Apps

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If you’re like me, you keep your apps in folders. You may know that to make folders, you drag apps together and the folder option will pop up. But how do you delete folders?



Tip of the Day: How to Care for Your iPhone or iPad Battery

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Apple makes a distinction between battery life and battery lifespan. There are things you can do to make sure your battery has enough juice to last throughout the day. But Apple and others also give advice on how you can avoid damaging your battery so that it has a long lifespan. Every battery will degrade in performance over time, but following these tips will help you avoid damaging your battery.



Tip of the Day: How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad to Your Computer

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In a previous tip we looked at how to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud. But you can also back up to your computer. I like having a local backup in case my Internet connection is down. Also, some users would prefer not to have an iCloud account. Apple recommends having both an iCloud and a local backup.



Tip of the Day: Change How Many Lines of an Email Are Previewed in the Mail App

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Do you ever wish you could see more (or less) of an email's content before deciding whether to open or delete it? Here's how to change the number of lines of text shown in your email previews on your iPhone.



Tip of the Day: How to Favorite Your Images and Easily Access Them

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We all know you can create your own albums in the Photos app, but did you know you can also Favorite all your best images and automatically save them in one convenient location?



Tip of the Day: Subscribe to Website News Feeds via Shared Links Tab in Safari

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In my reporting on iPhone and iPad news, I constantly rely on a range of Apple-related websites. But rather than having to visit each one individually, I gather all their news feeds into a single web page, using the personalization feature of My Yahoo. At a glance I can see all the latest Apple news. These news feeds from websites are called RSS feeds. ("RSS" stands for "rich site summary," though some people say it stands for "really simple syndication.") There are RSS apps you can download that let you gather these news feeds. But you can also subscribe to news feeds in Safari.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 10: Social Media and Collections

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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 fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 10 of the series. If you're 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, you learned the basic mechanics of calling methods on an object. There's very little you can do in Swift, the language of iOS development, without calling methods. In this post, we're going to put into practice what you have learned about calling methods and integrate social media into the iAppsReview app we've been working on in this blog. I'm also going to introduce a new Cocoa Touch Framework concept known as collections. You can get the latest version of iAppsReview from this link.



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