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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 2: Your First Taste of Xcode

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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 2 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 7.1.)

After introducing the tools you'll need to develop apps in my previous postI assume you've installed Xcode and are ready to get a taste of app developmentI find there is no better way to learn than by doing, so let's dive in and start creating an app.



Tip of the Day: Take Vertical Panoramic Photos

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Panoramic photos are great for capturing an expanded view of a beautiful landscape by moving your iPhone from left to right or right to left as you take the photo in Pano mode. But what about when you want to capture a really tall building like the Eiffel Tower or a sky-scraping landscape feature? Did you know that you can take vertically oriented panoramic photos with your iPhone?



Tip of the Day: Stop Greedy Apps From Gobbling Data

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Have you ever been watching something on Netflix with your iPhone or iPad only to realize the app was using cellular data instead of Wi-Fi? Most of us do not have unlimited data available, so that can be an expensive mistake. To avoid using data when you don't have to, it's a good idea to prevent data-gobbling apps from accessing data as their default setting. You can do this by turning off cellular data for specific apps like video and music streaming apps and changing the frequency with which apps like Mail fetch new data.



Tip of the Day: How to Organize Photos on Your iPhone

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The cameras on our iphones make it easy and convenient to document all the important moments in your life. And all the other moments. Every. Single. Moment. At this point you may have so many random pictures on your iPhone, you can't find any of the actually important ones. If that sounds like you, it's time to organize your photos into albums.



Tip of the Day: Sharing Contact Information

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Do you often find yourself typing phone numbers in when you need to share a contact's phone number or address with another contact? Well, stop it. Don't type the number in. Don't even copy and paste it. You can easily share contact details via text or email directly from the Contacts app:



Tip of the Day: Access the Music App from Control Center

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A lot of iOS users prefer music apps like Pandora or Spotify to Apple's Music app. But sometimes you want to listen to music. Right now. And that's where the native Music app has the advantage. 



Tip of the Day: How to Protect Your iDevice from Your Children

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Hey, Dad! Can I use your iPad?

There are a lot of articles out there on keeping kids safe while while they use mobile devices. But I'm guessing even more parents want to know how to keep their iPhones and iPads safe from their kids! Here are a few tips:



International Travel: Printing, Wi-Fi, Charging Devices, and More from Your Hotel Room

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Not all hotels are the same, even within the same chain. That means different amenities, features, and services. In order to avoid getting caught figuring out a solution to a problem that could have been avoided with planning, scope out your hotels before you arrive and supplement their configurations by bringing what you need to make your room work for you.

I will be using my stays recent stays at two UK Holiday Inn properties: Norwich, and London, Bloomsbury, as a examples.



Tip of the Day: Mobile Safari Navigation

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Sometimes you fall down the Internet rabbit hole, where reading one article leads to another until you are many pages from were you want to be. If you've ever found yourself repeatedly tapping the back button when browsing in Safari on your iPhone or iPad or wanting to follow a link without having to leave the page you're currently visiting, this tip is for you.



Tip of the Day: Find Out What Those Emojis Are Called

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Emoji symbols add a touch of whimsy to text messages, notes, and emails. But did you know that they have names besides "the pink flower," the other pink flower," "dead dudes one and two," and "the not-quite-full moon—is it waxing or waning? I can never remember"? The easiest and most hilarious way to find out what the Emojis' official names are is to have your iPhone read them out loud to you.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone's Camera Filters

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If you are serious about iPhoneography and like using all kinds of filters, you will probably want to look into getting some high quality photography apps to aid in your image capturing. But if you are a casual iphoneographer who likes to capture the occasional photo of your family and friends, you may be happy with the built-in filters offered by your iPhone or iPad camera.



Tip of the Day: How to Get the Old Arrow-Shaped Buttons Back

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Some people revel in change, others not so much. If you are one of those who feels unsettled when your favorite website updates its home page or your favorite author updates her author photo, you may be comforted to know that you can make the buttons on your iPhone all gray and arrow-shaped again. Just like they were before iOS 7.



Tip of the Day: How to Get Siri to Stop Interrupting You

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It's like the Interrupting Cow joke that delights school-age kids everywhere; you activate Siri and start speaking your request, only to be interrupted by, "Here's what I found on the web." At which point you probably say something like "If you'd just let me #$@%ing finish, Siri, you'd know I'm trying to call my wife, not do a web search!" 

I can't help you with your anger issues, but I do have a very simple solution to your problems with Interrupting Siri:



Tip of the Day: How to Use AirPlay with Your Apple TV

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If you own an Apple TV and you're not using AirPlay, you're missing out! You can easily see pictures and videos on your iDevice on your TV screen with just a few taps. 



Tip of the Day: How to Scroll Instead of Turning Pages in iBooks and Kindle

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Kindle and iBooks both offer page-turning animation to mimic the experience of reading a hardcopy book. Some people enjoy this type of e-book reading experience while others find it unnecessary or annoying. Fortunately it's easy in both apps to switch off the page-turning animation.



Tip of the Day: How to Move, Delete, and Mark Multiple Emails at a Time

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You can easily mark, move, or delete an email in your iPhone's Mail app from within the body of an email using the menu at the bottom of your screen. You can also easily manage individual emails from within your inbox by swiping to the left over the email. But this is tedious and unnecessary if you have a large number of emails to deal with.



Tip of the Day: How & When to Use Your iPhone Camera's HDR Setting

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HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it works by capturing three different exposures of the same image and then combining them into a single image. This can be really helpful when your subject includes a large range of lights and darks and you want the details in the darker parts of the photo to be visible without overexposing the lighter sections.



Tip of the Day: Introduce Yourself & Others to Siri

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If you haven't already, you should take a moment to introduce Siri to your family. Once you have done so, you can quickly ask Siri to message or call your wife or your brother without having to say their full name. If your spouse's full name is a multi-syllabic mouthful like my husband's, this can be pretty handy.

But first you're going to have to introduce yourself to Siri.



Tip of the Day: How to Get Touch ID to Work Every Time

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If only Touch ID would work! Kamira/Shutterstock

Touch ID is so very convenient, allowing you to keep your phone secure while eliminating the need to enter your passcode every time you unlock your iPhone. And because you don't need to enter your passcode every time, you can use a longer, more secure passcode without any extra hassle, thus increasing your iPhone's security as well.

Touch ID is so convenient. Except when it isn't.

Because there are always those times when it just won't read your fingerprint, no matter what position your finger is in; and after multiple failed tries you are forced to enter a passcode to unlock the phone. If you have an extra-secure passcode, the inconvenience is multiplied.

At least, this was my experience until our CEO David Averbach showed me this cool trick that resulted in Touch ID working for me every time:



The iDevice Default Setting You Probably Weren't Aware Of

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Many people don't realize that when they install an app onto their iDevice that by default, it's data is added to their iCloud backup. I didn't realize this until very recently and I've had an iPhone since November 2012!

Every iDevice user gets 5 GB of free iCloud storage from Apple. This is not 5 GB per iDevice but 5 GB per Apple ID. If you have an iPad and an iPhone, like I do, where you are using the same Apple ID, the cloud storage is shared. The problem with this default backup setting, is that unbeknownst to you, your storage could be eaten up with app data that doesn't need to be backed up.  



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