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Tip of the Day: Enjoy a Flyover Tour of Major Cities in Maps

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The Flyover feature of Apple's Maps, as you likely know, gives you a 3D view of a city. A list of these cities can be found on the website Flyover Cities. In iOS 8 Apple added a fun new feature called Flyover Tour that takes you on a 3D tour of the city's major landmarks. The Flyover Tour of New York City includes the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Central Park, and more. Only some of the Flyover cities have a Flyover Tour. They include New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Sydney.



Tip of the Day: Tap and Hold a Link for More Options

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Anytime you see a link in Safari or Mail, you can tap and hold it to reveal options beyond simply opening the new page. I constantly use this feature when I'm looking at the news in my personalized Yahoo page. If I see a news story I want to read, I tap and hold the link so that the page opens in a separate tab. That way I can quickly go back to the original Yahoo page without having to use the back arrow and waiting for the page to reload. The options in Safari also included adding the linked page to your Reading List. Tapping and holding a link in Mail also gives you the option of adding the page to your reading list as well as opening the page in Safari. Finally, the options include copying the link so you can paste it elsewhere.



Tip of the Day: Recover Deleted Photos

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If you like to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad, one of the features you'll appreciate in iOS 8 is the ability to recover deleted photos. When you delete a photo, it remains available in the Recently Deleted album on your device for 30 days. If you decide that in fact you want to save a photo you deleted, you can easily recover it.



Tip of the Day: Send Audio Messages Even if You Don't Have iOS 8

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If you have an older iOS device, such as an iPhone 4S, you have probably chosen not to update to iOS 8. Which means you're missing the fun of sending audio messages to your friends and family. The way around that is to record and share brief Voice Memos instead.



Tip of the Day: Be Sure You're Not Using Cellular Data to Make FaceTime Calls

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Some carriers let you make FaceTime calls over their cellular network, which can use up your data unnecessarily. To restrict your FaceTiming to Wi-Fi, go to Settings and tap Cellular.



Tip of the Day: Use Handoff to Seamlessly Go Between iDevices and a Mac

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If you're a Mac user running Yosemite, you'll want to take advantage of the wonderful new Continuity features. One of the aspects of Continuity is Handoff, which lets you continue whatever you were doing when you switch from using your iOS device to a Mac, or vice versa. If you're reading a web page on your iPad, for example, and you then sit down in front of your Mac, an icon will appear on the Mac that, with a click, will let you continue reading that same page on your Mac. Or you can be writing an email on your Mac and then seamlessly continue writing it on your iPhone. You'll need to be running iOS 8 on your device, and you'll need a Mac that's from 2012 or later.



Tip of the Day: How to View Recent Credit Card Activity in Apple Pay

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Apple Pay has the backing of major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express as well as top issuing banks such as Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo. There are over 500 US banks participating right now. This number is sure to grow.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 9: Calling Methods

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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 9 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 and iOS 8.)

In my previous post, I taught you how to write your very first line of code. In the process, I touched on the concept of calling methods in Swift. In this post, we're going to take a closer look at the important concept of calling methods, and we will also work on converting the prototype iAppsReview into a fully-functional app.



Tip of the Day: Rotate your iPhone 6 Plus to View Both Messages List and Selected Conversations

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Have you ever wished you could see both your list of messages and a selected conversation at the same time? You can now if you have an iPhone 6 Plus!



Tip of the Day: Recording Videos at 60 Frames Per Second with Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

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Ahhhh there's nothing quite like shooting great quality videos! Before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came out, iPhones were capable of capturing 30 frames per second (fps). Now, with the launch of the latest smartphones, Apple has bestowed upon us a magnificent gift: a full 60 frames-per-second recording capability.



Tip of the Day: How to Play Music on AirPlay Speakers or an Apple TV

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A college classmate of mine once told me that he played music constantly day and night.

“I feel like I need a soundtrack for my life,” he said.

It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen him and music playback has come a long way since that CD player clipped to his belt.

If my former classmate now owns an iPhone, my guess would be that he is using AirPlay to keep his tunes playing wherever he goes.



Tip of the Day: Open Email Attachments in Another App

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Emails were going out of style before iOS brought them back. The Mail app lets you send emails with crisp text and large photos, but sometimes you might need to do more than just look at an attachment. In today's Tip of the Day, we'll show you how to open email attachments in other apps.



Tip of the Day: How to Use "Hey Siri"

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Since its inception, Siri has become more and more useful. It’s obvious that Apple has put a lot of thought into Siri’s place in today’s world, resulting in Siri's ability to do everything from calculations to searching the web and making restaurant reservations. Now, with the new “Hey Siri” option, Apple’s personal assistant makes things even more convenient.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 8: Code Writing First 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 fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 8 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, iOS 8 and Xcode 6.)



Tip of the Day: How to Use Apple Pay in an App

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Apple Pay works with over a dozen retail apps and more are being added to the list every day. If you're not sure which ones it will work with, there is a current list of participating apps right here. Don't fret if your favorite app isn't on the list. It's only a matter of time before everyone will be participating.



Tip of the Day: How to Remove a Song from Your iPhone (But Not Your Library)

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Sometimes we come across a random song that we didn’t mean to add to our iPhone library. Sometimes our kids download inappropriate songs. And sometimes, we just get tired of songs and want to change our library up a bit. We recently found a song with explicit lyrics on my younger son's Playlist on my phone (you can tell by the 'E' circled next to the song title). We promptly deleted the song with just a couple of taps. 



Tip of the Day: Get Directions from a Place That Is Not Your Current Location in Apple Maps

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Usually, you’re looking for directions to a place from your current location. But if you’re looking for directions from a place you plan to visit later, use this step-by-step guide to plan your route!



Tip of the Day: How to Use the Cropping Tool in iOS 8

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When it comes to editing your images, the Photos app has always been a bit of a disappointment, even for the most basic of editing tasks. Thankfully, Apple has added a slew of new features to its Camera and Photos app, including an improved cropping tool.



Tip of the Day: How to Share a Station You Created In iTunes Radio

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I love sharing music with my friends and family (especially when I want to push them to get to the gym!), but it’s not possible to share purchased music in iTunesyou’d have to purchase the song for them. Now, you can easily create and share iTunes Radio stations! It's the next best thing.



Tip of the Day: How to Bypass a Bluetooth Device When Taking or Making a Call on Your iPhone

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A lot of gadgets connect via the iPhone’s built-in Bluetooth these days. But what if you’re listening to music on your portable speaker and don’t want the whole room to hear your conversation once you pick up the phone?



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