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Tip of the Day: How to Revert an Edited Photo Back to the Original

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If you find you've accidently overedited an otherwise great image in the Photos app and then saved it, or cropped it down only to regret your decison later—no worries! This tip lets you go back in time and pretend those changes never happened.



Tip of the Day: How Redeem a Gift Card or Code in iTunes or the App Store

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'Tis the season when giving and receiving abounds. Many of these gifts come in the form of an iTunes or Apps Store gift card or code. Fortunately, redeeming a gift card or code via your iPhone has never been easier. Follow these steps for quick redemption!



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Individual Notifications in Control Center

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We’ve all been there. The notifications that pile up on your locked home screen or notifications screen can be overwhelming. Follow this simple tip to delete unwanted notifications clutter.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 1: Getting Ready

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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. This is Part 1 of the blog series. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be!



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Set an Alarm, Set the Timer, and Tell You the Time

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I'm continually amazed at how useful Siri is to control the various functions of my iPad. I often use it to set an alarm or a timer. Doing so is so much faster than interacting with the Clock app itself. You can also use Siri to tell you the time and date, as well as the time at a specific location around the world. And you can ask Siri to tell you the date for a particular day of the week.



Holiday Crunch Time: Last Minute Deals

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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those days are in the past. It is now the week of Christmas and any hopes of getting a gift in time require either spending a fortune in shipping, buying a virtual gift online, or, my preference, buying local. If I needed a reminder of this, all I had to do was look at my inbox this morning. While it's normally full of app review requests, today I saw a ton of "Last Chance" emails!



Tip of the Day: How to Display Song Lyrics in the Music App

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Car rides with my kids have gone from me cranking the stereo up and singing along to my 14-year-old commandeering my stereo and playing music from his iPhone. Sometimes this results in him getting into trouble for having inappropriate songs on his phone. The conversations usually start with, “What is this?!” and end with “pull up the lyrics.” 



Tip of the Day: Make Text Larger and Bold, and the Display Brighter

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I use reading glasses for some things, a concession to middle age, but fortunately I don't ever need them when I'm using my iPad. That's because I've adjusted the settings so that the text is larger and bolded, making it much easier to see. These settings apply to all of Apple's apps and to third-party apps that support Apple's Dynamic Type. Previous to iOS 8 you could make adjustments to these settings, but they were located in different places. With iOS 8, however, Apple has gathered text size, bold, view, and brightness into a single panel in Settings.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Find and Launch Apps

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I have a lot of apps on my iPad Air, and I can't always remember what folder I've put them in. Also, sometimes I do remember where the app is located, but it means swiping through a bunch of screens to get to the app. I'm finding that there's a much faster way to launch apps: simply ask Siri. Not only can you use Siri to launch apps, Siri can also help you find and download apps of interest.



Tip of the Day: How to Play Slideshows from the Photos App

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From editing to organizing, there’s certainly a lot that your Photos app has to offer, but did you know that you can also showcase your favorite pictures in a slideshow, right from your iPhone or Apple TV? 



Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone’s LED Flash for Alerts

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There are times when we might need an extra alert if an important message or phone call is expected. If you work in a noisy environment or can’t keep your phone right next you, you can use the LED flash on the iPhone to alert you to calls or other notifications.



Tip of the Day: How to Create and Edit Playlists on Your iDevice

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I do most of my song purchasing via my iPhone, and I love to make new playlists. Making a playlist on the go is surprisingly easy! I make sure to sync them with my computer so my family can easily download them as well. 



Swift Programming 101: The Power of Extensions

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Extensions are one of Swift's best features. Extensions allow you to add behavior to existing classes, including classes in the Cocoa Touch Framework. Apple can't add every feature you want to their framework classes, but they have provided a tool to allow you to do it yourself! In this article, you will learn practical uses for Swift extensions you can use immediately in your iOS projects.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Find Movie Ratings and Theater Info and to Watch Trailers

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Everyone likes movies. And no one likes wasting time on the lousy ones. So no doubt you check out the reviews to see what people are saying about it. Siri can help. Siri will not only let you find out what's playing at local theaters and play the trailer, but will also tell you how a movie is rated.



Tip of the Day: Have Siri Tell You a Story

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Siri is wonderfully useful, giving you directions, current weather conditions, and stock market updates, setting appointments and reminders, and much more. But as you've likely discovered, Siri also has a fun personality—including telling you jokes and even telling you a bedtime story.



Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

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Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with their fingerespecially those who are jealous of the ability of Android users to unlock their phones by drawing on their lock screen.



Tip of the Day: How to Rearrange Buttons in the Music App (Instead of Tapping More All the Time)

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I’m a pretty patient person, but when it comes to Music, I want to be able to switch playlists and songs quickly. I’m usually working out or driving while I listen to music, and I need to be able to quickly change what I’m listening to at a stoplight or in between sets. That's why it's a good idea to customize the bottom toolbar in the Music app to show what you use most, instead of having to click More for the extended menu.



Tip of the Day: How to Access New iOS 8 Group Message Functions

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So maybe you love group messages, maybe you hate them. Either way, the new iOS8 update came with ways to customize your group message experience.



Swift Programming 101: Enhance Your Apps With External Displays

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How would you like to extend the surface area of your app's user interface exponentially? How would your users react if you added multiple display devices to your app, each containing different content? All of this is possible by using an iOS feature many developers are not aware of—external displays.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Triple Click Shortcuts

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The Accessibility feature on the iPhone is designed to make life easier for someone with a disability. If you have visual issues or motor impairments your iPhone can accommodate you. iUsers without disabilities also find many of these features to be useful when interacting with their devices. An easy way to turn these features on or off or switch between them is to use the triple click-shortcut on your Home button.



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