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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.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 3: Diving Deeper

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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 3 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 8.0, Xcode 6 and Swift.)

In my previous post, we started the process of creating a prototype of an iPhone app called iAppsReview. You learned how to create a new project in Xcode, how to add a storyboard to a project and configure it, and how to add a navigation controller to a storyboard. You had just begun to configure the table view, which we will finish in this post. You'll learn how to create multiple sections in a table view, set section header text, add images to a project, and incorporate them in table-view cells.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Widgets

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Apple doesn’t often allow you to modify user experiences. I'm not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s even more fun when you can! iOS users are now able to modify the “Today” view in the pull-down Notification Center in iOS 8.



How to Follow an Interest on Pinterest (as opposed to Following a Pinner)

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Some people say that Pinterest is the new Google. People head to Pinterest to search for project ideas, recipes, and news about their favorite topics. Using the Follow Interest tool, you can easily find new pins about your favorite topics without following other pinners one at a time. Pinterest will find the most popular pins from all of of the users who are posting about the topics you love and display them in your Pinterest feed. I've used this feature to find new pinners to follow and find more great pins about my favorite topics: health & fitness, technology, and DIY. 



Tip of the Day: How to Follow a Conversation Thread on Facebook Without Commenting

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There are several reasons why you might want to see comments on a Facebook post—I often want to see comments if the poster is asking a question I'd like to know the answer to.  

You can receive notifications about future comments by leaving a comment yourself—I often see people comment "following" or "commenting because I'd like to receive updates" on Facebook status updates—but Facebook recently made a change so you can easily subscribe to updates without commenting on a thread. Here's how to follow a Facebook thread and receive notifications of comments without leaving a comment.



Tip of the Day: How to Remove Your Location From Instagram Photos

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I love Instagram because of it's fun visual nature. I can scroll through my friend's pictures, quickly double-tap to like, and even leave a comment if I want to. What I don't love about Instagram is how easy it is to accidentally add location information (longitude and latitude of the device you're posting from) to your photos, which can be dangerous—especially for teens who are using the social media network. Here's how to remove your location from Instagram photos. 



Tip of the Day: Turn Off Notifications From a Particular App

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Don’t want to get constant notifications from Facebook or a guilty pleasure game (cough cough Candy Crush)? There are two ways to adjust the settings for your app notifications. The first way is to access the app’s settings. The second way is through the notification settings on your device.



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