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Tip of the Day: Close a Book in iBooks by Pinching the Page

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Nobody likes to think of herself as lazy, but everybody loves those iPhone tips that let them save a few microseconds or use one less tap or swipe. Here's one more to add to your arsenal. If you use Apple’s iBooks, there are two easy ways to close a book. First, tap the book to open.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

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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 6 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift.)

In my previous post, you were introduced to several user-interface controls including the text field, text view, image view, and rounded rectangle button. We finished the main iAppsReview scene and added a new App Category scene.



Tip of the Day: How to Snooze or Mark Reminders as Complete from Your Lock Screen

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Widgets and interactive notifications in iOS 8 make everything a lot easier, including answering reminders. Now, you don’t have to unlock your phone to mark a reminder as complete. First, set a reminder in the native app. When the reminder goes off, just swipe left.



Tip of the Day: How to Answer a Call with a Text Message

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Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Sending the caller a quick text instead of answering is a good alternative if you happen to be busy.



Tip of the Day: How to Name Your Alarms on Your iPhone

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Many people have different alarms for different days. Maybe you need to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work, but like to sleep in until 8 a.m. on the weekends. Maybe you need more motivation to GET UP!!!! before work in the morning. Never fear: you can name your alarms for that extra boost, or to remind you which one you need to use that day.



Tip of the Day: Automatically Erase Old Text Messages

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The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that in iOS 8 is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages.

To have your iPhone or iPad automatically delete text messages, go the Settings > Messages > Message History.

Tap on the Keep Messages setting to bring up a screen that shows your options: 30 Days, 1 Year, and Forever.



Tip of the Day: Horizontal iPhone 6 Keyboard Has Forward and Backward Cursor Buttons

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Navigating around in a document can be challenging on your phone because it's hard to get around the page. You don't have to be frustrated by that anymore as your iPhone 6 hooks you up with an easier way to zip around the screen.



Tip of the Day: How to Apply Filters and Tweak Contrast in Your Photos App

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If you’re not one to splurge on third-party editing apps, but you would still like the benefits of being able to apply filters to your photos or tweak their contrast and color, then you’re in luck! Your iPhone’s built-in Photos app already has all the tools you’ll need to create just the right image you want.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 5: 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 fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 5 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, you learned about navigating between different scenes in your app, and learned about using custom user-interface controls in your apps. We started building the Write Review scene (shown on the left side of Figure 1), which we will finish in this post, and we'll move on to the App Category scene shown on the right side of Figure 1. (This post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift). 



Tip of the Day: How to Find Missing Apps

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Have you ever lost an app on your iPad or iPhone? It's easier to do than you might think. Maybe you stuck it in a folder in an effort to unclutter your home screen, or even deleted it in an effort to create space for the latest iOS update, and then forgot. Or maybe you just have so many apps it's lost in the crowd. Here's how to find where that app is hiding.



Tip of the Day: How to Format Notes

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Apple's Notes app has long been pretty basic, but happily iOS 8 added some new features. You can now insert photos in your notes as well as apply the text attributes of bold, italic, and underline. It's not real fancy, but it's great to have some more options.



Tip of the Day: Answer Your iPhone Hands Free

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There are several hands-free ways you can answer a ringing iPhone while your hands are covered by bulky, hard-to-remove gloves. You could start by wearing touchscreen-sensitive gloves. Or using a stylus. Or plugging in a pair of headphones. But what if your gloves were chosen not for their touchscreen compatibility but for their ability to keep your hands warm while the polar vortex is in town? What if you don't have a stylus or a pair of headphones quickly accessible in your winter gear and you really want to take that incoming call? There's a simple solution; just be prepared for some funny looks.



Tip of the Day: How To Accept Invites in the Calendar App

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We recently showed you how to create events and send invites with the Calendar app, but what do you do when you're on the receiving end of those invites?



Tip of the Day: How to Use AirPlay

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Have you ever had three or four people or more gathered around you as you show off pictures from your iPhone? Ever wish you had a bigger screen to display those photos? Well, if you (or someone you know) has an Apple TV you can use your iPhone’s AirPlay feature to wirelessly stream those photos to the TV’s screen.



Tip of the Day: Have Siri Read Text to You

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The Accessibility features of iOS are useful to those who are visually impaired, but they can also be useful to others, such as those occasions when it might be more convenient to have your iPhone or iPad read to you. In an earlier tip, I showed how you can use the Speech setting in Accessibility to have your device read text to you. A reader pointed out to me that there's yet another way to do so: the VoiceOver feature. And once you get the hang of it, this approach may be the more convenient.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 4: Adding Navigation

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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 4 of the blog series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (This post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift.)

In my previous post, we finished up the main screen of the iAppsReview iPhone app. In the process, you learned how to configure a table view, how to add images to a project, and how to use them as launch images as well as in the rows of a table view. 



Tip of the Day: How to Save an Individual Photo from Your Burst Images

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If you stumble across a once-in-a-lifetime shot and want to be certain you have plenty of images to choose from, or even if you’re trying to capture a picture of your energetic child or pet, then you’ll love the Burst Mode feature in your Camera app.



Tip of the Day: How to Create Events and Send Invites with the Calendar App

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Getting people together for an event is easier than ever with today's technology, but sometimes it's easy to get lost in a sea of text messages between you and a group of others. To get everyone on the same page about an event you're planning, why not create an event and invite your guests in a more unified manner?



Tip of the Day: Spotlight in iOS 8 Offers Movie Info, Web Search, Wikipedia, Maps, and More

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Spotlight has long been a great feature of iOS, and is especially useful at helping you find apps that are buried away in a folder on your device. Since iOS 7 you invoke this handy search tool by simply swiping down on any home screen. (But keep in mind that if you swipe down from the very top of the display you'll get Notification Center instead.) In iOS 8, introduced last fall, Apple greatly expanded what Spotlight can do. In addition to finding apps and text strings in apps such as Mail and Notes, it also now searches the web, searches Wikipedia, finds related apps in the App Store, finds related movies, and even brings up results in Maps if you search on a location.



Tip of the Day: How to Display and Hide Birthdays in the Calendar App

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Birthdays are a great thing to celebrate with those you care about. If you have someone's birthday saved with their contact information, the Calendar app will automatically create an all-day event for that date. However, with Facebook event integration now built-in to the Contacts and Calendar apps, you might be seeing more birthdays than you'd like to. Fortunately, hiding birthdays from your calendar is a simple process.



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