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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.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Touch ID in Apps

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There are a few apps that allow you to use Touch ID to access something sensitive such as private documents or personal finance information, instead of setting a password you might forget!



Tip of the Day: Find an iPhone or iPad? Siri Will Tell You Who Owns It

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I've had the experience of finding a smartphone and having a hard time figuring out who the owner is. It always seems urgent, since I know the owner is desperately looking for it. Should you find a lost iPhone or iPad, you can simply ask Siri who the owner is. Siri will tell you the owner and show contact information. But you need to phrase the question the right way.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 13: App Architecture

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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 13 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)

This post contains some of the most important information you need to know to build a well-designed app that easily adapts to changes requested by users, the constant changes Apple makes to iOS, and the ever-changing landscape of iOS devices. It all comes down to a solid app architecture. We're going to take a quick digression from the iAppsReview app this week to look at a simpler Calculator app to help us establish good architectural principles.



Tip of the Day: How to Trim a Video in Photos

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Sometimes we shoot videos on our iPhones and catch not only the event we want, but the before and after moments too. For example, I want to make sure I catch my teenage son running the 50-yard dash at his track meets, so I start my iPhone recording sometimes several minutes before the starting gun fires. When I go back to watch the video or show it to others, I would prefer not to watch people walking back and forth and changing seats before the race starts. This is where trimming (editing) the video comes in handy.



Tip of the Day: How to set up Family Sharing

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Though I love the idea of sharing an iTunes account with my family (who really wants to have to purchase the same song three times so everyone in the house can have it?), the job of setting up your Family Sharing account can be daunting. Here's a quick tutorial about how to set up your Family Sharing account. Stay tuned to our Tip of the Day posts to see how to add a child to your Family Group, turn off sharing of certain items, and more. 



Tip of the Day: How to Color Code Emails for Greater Security

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iOS 8 has a neat feature that lets you color code emails that you're sending to help you avoid information falling into the hands of the wrong person. You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person — and the problems that can cause. Apple's Mail now has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain and alerts you with a red color if you're sending an email outside of that domain. For example, if you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company, you can stipulate your company's domain. Recipients within the company will have their email address appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Find My iPhone

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With Find My iPhone, you don’t have to worry as much about losing your phone. It’s easy to set up, and once it's enabled, you will be able to see the location of all your devices right there on the map view. First, download the Find My iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Then, sign in with your Apple ID.



Tip of the Day: Use "See Friendship" to Clean Up Your Facebook History

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We’ve all had embarrassing pictures of us posted on Facebook, and sometimes we need to clean up our borderline-mortifying past! There is an easy way to do that, especially if one friend is guiltier than others of posting pictures of you.



Tip of the Day: How to Switch Between Keyboards on Your iPhone

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If you are bilingual, either between English and Spanish or between English and emoji, chances are you’ve had some experience with keyboards. You can access new keyboards whether you're fluent in another language, have a need to use emojis to express yourself, or want to use a third-party keyboard.



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.



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