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


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


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


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


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.

Tip of the Day: How to Use Call Waiting in FaceTime


Dealing with a call waiting call from FaceTime is just as easy as dealing with call waiting from a regular phone call! When someone else calls you when you’re on FaceTime, you have three options: End & Accept or Decline. Some users may also have the option to Hold & Accept.

Tip of the Day: Set a Volume Limit on Your iPhone


How many times have you put in your headphones and started playing music only to get spooked by how loud your volume was? In today's tip, we'll show you how to set a volume limit on your iPhone in order to protect your ears or those of your children.

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


It's important to keep your iPhone or iPad backed up, and especially important to back it up before you install an iOS update. Of course, given that much content already resides in iCloud these days, even if you aren't backed up and you lose everything, your apps, media, and personal data such as contacts, calendar, and email will still be able to be restored. But having a full and recent backup is the fastest way to restore, plus it restores all your settings, too. For convenience, you can set your iPhone or iPad to automatically back up via iCloud when you device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, plugged in, and locked. Plus, you can manually tell it to back up now.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 1.2 iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3.)

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


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


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


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


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"


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.

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