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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.



The Basics of How to Use Bluetooth Devices with your iDevice

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There are many ways to use Bluetooth devices with your iDevice (here shown on my iPhone).

First of all, there are two places to turn on Bluetooth. To turn it on in Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of your Homescreen and tap the Bluetooth symbol to turn it on (it will be white). To turn it off, tap it again. You can also access the Bluetooth settings from Settings > Bluetooth.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 11: The Photo Library

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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 11 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)

Now that you have some of the basics of Swift programming under your belt, it's time to dive into some deeper coding territory. To get the latest version of iAppsReview, select this link



Tip of the Day: How to Save Articles to Read Later in Safari

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Sometimes while I’m browsing the Internet, I’ll run across an article I’d love to show my husband, or sometimes I’ll find one I want to read, but just don’t have time at the moment. With Apple’s Reading List, you can save any article from the web and go back and read it at any time. Here’s how:



Tip of the Day: How to Delete a Folder of Apps

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If you’re like me, you keep your apps in folders. You may know that to make folders, you drag apps together and the folder option will pop up. But how do you delete folders?



Tip of the Day: How to Care for Your iPhone or iPad Battery

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Apple makes a distinction between battery life and battery lifespan. There are things you can do to make sure your battery has enough juice to last throughout the day. But Apple and others also give advice on how you can avoid damaging your battery so that it has a long lifespan. Every battery will degrade in performance over time, but following these tips will help you avoid damaging your battery.



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

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In a previous tip we looked at how to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud. But you can also back up to your computer. I like having a local backup in case my Internet connection is down. Also, some users would prefer not to have an iCloud account. Apple recommends having both an iCloud and a local backup.



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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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