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Tip of the Day: Look Up Definitions in Safari and Mail

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One of my favorite things about reading ebooks (besides the fact that I no longer have to figure out how to fit 10 books in my carry on) is how easy it is to look up the definition of a word and then get right back to reading. No more encountering a word whose meaning I'm not sure of, realizing my dictionary is on the shelf all the way downstairs, and deciding I don't really need to know what that word means after all. (I stopped pretending to myself that I would look the word up later years ago.)

But did you know you can also look up words in Mail and Safari?



How to Add Calendar Events

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The Calendar app on your iDevice can help keep your life organized. It can even be synced among all your devices using iCloud. You also have a choice to use separate calendars, such as one for work and one for home. When you add an event to your calendar it is automatically placed in the default calendar set up on your iDevice.

Here I'll show you how to create events, add details, and, if you choose, place them in separate calendars.



How to Master "Silhouettes" with Your iPhone

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Hello friends and fellow iphoneographers. In this post I will be teaching you tips and tricks for capturing fantastic silhouette shots. For starters, you can use many different subjects for your silhouette shots. This includes people, birds, trees, or any object that would form a great silhouette. You always want to make sure your subject is in front of the lighting you choose to use. I find the best silhouettes are captured using natural light in the background. Sunrises and sunsets are my personal favorite backgrounds for capturing fantastic silhouette shots. I believe you can never go wrong using one of these as your backdrop. 



Tip of the Day: Let Siri Help You Decide Where to Eat

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You know you want to eat out tonight and you know what time you want to eat. The problem is deciding where to eat. Siri can help you with that.



How To Redeem a Promocode on your iPhone

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Believe it or not some people have no idea how to redeem a promo code on their iPhone. I give away quite a few promo codes that developers have passed on to me and a lot of times I get the question, "how do I redeem this?" The majority of the time, people don't want to redeem codes from iTunes on their computer, simply because once they redeem the code, they will have to sync their devices to get the app. In this article I will go through the simple steps of redeeming a promo code directly from your iPhone. The same steps can be use to redeem codes from your iPad or iPod Touch. Once you go through the steps you will see just how easy it is.



Tip of the Day: How to Reorganize and Remove Tabs in Safari

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Now that there is no longer an eight tab limit in Safari, it's possible for your tabs to become unmanageable. Fortunately it's easy to move tabs or get rid of them altogether. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: Setting Up Conference Calls

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Did you know you can talk to up to five people at a time (depending on your carrier)? Whether you need to conduct an important meeting or simply want to coordinate with several people without a lot of texting and calling back and forth, setting up a conference call is easy.



How to Stop More Than One Background App at a Time

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In iOS 6, it was simple to stop any apps running in the background. All you had to do was double-tap the home button, hold the apps down, and hit the minus sign to stop them from running in the background.

With iOS 7, users can see what is currently happening in the background apps, such as music playing, call waiting, etc., and decide whether to stop the apps from running in the background in order to maximize battery life.



Tip of the Day: Fun with Keyboard Shortcuts

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If you look through your messages you will probably notice that you use a lot of the same phrases over and over. But did you know you can be boring and repetitive in half the time by creating a few keyboard shortcuts? A shortcut lets you enter a word or phrase by typing just a few characters.



How To Set Reminders on Your iPhone

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I don't know about you, but if I don't write down my appointments and activities, I'm sure to lose them in a deep, dark corner of my mind. To say I'm merely forgetful is an understatement.

Besides the Calendar app on my iPhone, the second app I use the most is Reminders. It allows me to set reminders based on the time, day, or location.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Add Punctuation to Emails or Text Messages

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Take me to level five, Siri.

Do you prefer to text in complete, grammatically correct sentences? Are you one of the those people who know when you should use a comma versus when you should use a semicolon? Did you know that you can use Siri to punctuate your texts and emails like a pro?



How to Use Feedly, Pocket, and Evernote to Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs

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Recently, I unsubscribed from all but a few of the email newsletters I receive. Now, when I write “newsletters”, I am referring to those emails that are blog posts. I didn’t unsubscribe from them because the emails were no longer relevant or important to me (they still were) but I did so for two reasons:

1. I was getting a lot of emails. Some sites I subscribe to post several times a day.

2. It was not easy to share the content with my followers on social media via email.



Tip of the Day: Where Did the Timestamps Go?

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If you’ve been left wondering what time messages were sent or received ever since you upgraded to iOS 7, wonder no more. The timestamp, previously posted on top of each text message on iOS 6, is now hidden behind each message. 



Tip of the Day: Control Your Device by Pretending You’re a 2,000-Year-Old Genie

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Siri, call Tony.

Switch Control, intended for people with mobility limitations, is also great for anyone who fantasized as a child of making things happen with just a blink, à la I Dream of Jeannie. To enable Switch Control, open Settings>General>Accessibility>Switch Control and toggle On. 



Tip of the Day: Turn Your Favorite Website into an App

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Do you have a site that you visit every day? Did you know you can turn the website into an app and access it directly from your Home screen? Now you never have to use Safari to navigate there again!



Tip of the Day: Scroll to the Top Quickly While Sparing Your Thumb

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Maybe you have thousands of songs stored on your phone or hundreds of emails in your inbox, maybe you just read a really long article online, or maybe you’re really important and popular and you have an endless list of contacts. Your thumb can sure get a workout scrolling back to the top of those lists.



Tip of the Day: Time Yourself with Music

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Do you find it hard to wake up in the morning? Do you find yourself dozing off in the warm, relaxing shower and losing track of time? Here’s a fun way to time your shower without setting an alarm or keeping one eye on the clock. 



How To Transfer Content From One Device to Another

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If you've purchased a new iDevice, the good news is that you don't have to set it up from scratch if you are replacing an older device. One of my favorite things about owning Apple products is the simplicity in which transferring content can be done. As long as you back up your previous device using either iCloud or iTunes, your new device can be synced with all your content, including saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings.

Here's how:



iPhoneography Workflow: "Dawn On Sunday"

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This is my workflow for the photo titled "Dawn On Sunday." My family and I recently went on vacation to New Smyrna Beach, FL. It had been cloudy and rainy the entire week. I read the weather and saw that I might have a chance to catch a sunrise on Sunday, so my son and I got up early that morning and headed to the beach where I was lucky enough to see the sun rising. The sunrise lasted for about an hour before the clouds recovered the sun and sky.



How To Edit Photos On Your iDevice

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Besides the convenience, I think the best part about my iPhone's camera is the ability to quickly edit the pictures I've taken.

To edit a photo, go to your Camera Roll and select the photo you would like to spruce up. Tap on Edit in the upper right corner of your screen. Here you'll be given several tools to edit your photo.

The various edit options (from left to right on the bottom of your screen) allows you to rotate your photo, auto-enhance it, choose different filters, remove red-eye, or crop your photo.



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