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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.



Tip of the Day: How to Add a Comment in Pinterest

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There are several reasons why you might want to edit a pin description. Maybe you'd like to add your comments about a recipe, mention another way to do a step in the DIY project that you found easier, or even just make a note for yourself that you have already tried that pin. The reasons are plentiful. Here's how to edit a pin description in Pinterest. 



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 8, Xcode 6.3 and Swift 1.2.)

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: How to Save an Article to Read Later on Facebook

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Facebook is a great way to keep up on news and videos that your family and friends share. The problem is time. There’s never enough time to read everything you’d like to, and honestly, it’s not easy to find those articles again. I’ve seen people share articles they want to read later, but that can clutter your timeline and annoy your friends. Facebook recently added a save feature that makes it easy to save those and go back to them later, when you have the time. 



Learn How to Build iOS Apps from Scratch

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Have you always wanted to build an iOS app, but lacked the knowledge and skills? Have you ever signed up for an online course on creating iOS apps, only to feel frustrated because the content was out of date or not comprehensive enough? Are you dying to learn more about Swift and programming for the Apple Watch? It's a story we hear all the time at iPhone Life. And that's why we decided to partner with iPhone app expert, former Apple employee, and adjunct professor at RIT Paul Solt to make his iOS development courses available to iPhone Life readers at a big discount.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Check Stock Prices

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If you own stocks or have an interest in how the market is doing, you can use Siri to check current stock prices. In addition, you can compare performance, ask more general questions about how the market is doing, ask about the performance of specific indices such as the Nikkei, and more. Note that this functionality is available on the iPad as well, even though iOS on the iPad doesn't include Apple's Stocks app.



Tip of the Day: How to Respond to Interactive Notifications

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Some notifications on iOS 8 have become interactive! With most, you can swipe left and delete unwanted notifications in seconds, but they don’t delete from the app (so you can go back later and check them out). Here’s how:



Tip of the Day: How to Change Miles to Kilometers In Maps:

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Navigating in a different country and feeling confused trying to convert miles to kilometers? Changing your map settings from miles to kilometers just takes a few taps.



How to Watch the Movie "The Interview" on Your iPhone or iPad [Update]

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You must be aware of the huge security breach suffered by Sony Pictures, and that the FBI has blamed North Korea. The supposed impetus for the attack was the imminent release of Sony's movie "The Interview," a comedy in which two TV journalists (Seth Rogen and James Franco) travel to North Korea and assassinate leader Kin Jong-un as part of a CIA plot. The hackers uploaded documents, emails, movies, and extensive personal information from Sony's servers to the Internet. And they threatened terrorist attacks on theaters showing the movie. As a result, Sony withdrew the film from distribution.



Want an Apple Watch Today?

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If you've been waiting patiently, or impatiently, for an Apple Watch but just can't wait any longer, or if you can't justify the $349+ price tag, I have good news for you. You can get an "Apple Watch" today, in the same way that I once bought a "Rolex" for $50 on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan. A Chinese gadget site called Everbuying.com offers a $40 clone of the Apple Watch that is available today.



What to do with your old iStuff?

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The odds are pretty good that you got some new Apple gear this holiday season. Apple refreshed their iPhone and iPad product line, and you might need to make room for those new purchases. Companies like SellYourMac are always there to buy up your old Apple gear, and now, for the holidays, they are adding a bonus $20 on trades worth $25 or more, using code Holiday2014. That's almost like doubling your money for that old iPod nano that you don't use any more!



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!



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