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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.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 36: Diving Into Google App Engine for iOS Apps

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 36 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, I provided an overview of using Google App Engine to scale your iOS apps, and demonstrated how to get Google's iOS sample app running on an iOS device so that you can check it out.



New Year, New You: 3 Apps to Help You Count Your Calories and Track Your Weight

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It’s time to get healthy! Isn’t that what the New Year is all about? People often take the time as the New Year rolls around to examine their lives, assess the things they would like to change, and turn over a new leaf. Often, one of the things on the list is health. And one of the best ways to stay healthy is to count your calories and maintain your weight. Your iPhone has your back. The App Store has a plethora of calorie-counting and weight-tracking apps, so manythat it may seem overwhelming. Have no fear, I have your back on this one. I’ve been an avid calorie counter since before electronic devices were invented to count calories. In the early days I used a generic notebook and carried a calorie guide I bought in the diet and fitness section of my local bookstore.



How to Organize Photos on Your iDevice

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If you like to take photos with your iDevice, your Camera Roll is full of pictures. If you want to find one picture in particular, maybe that cute photo of your dog playing in the snow, or maybe a photo that captured your grandma's charm at Christmas, it may take you awhile to scroll through all the photos to find it.

There is an easy solution to this problem. You can organize all the photos in your Camera Roll by creating Albums.



The Afternoon the Lights Went Out in Seattle, Or The Right Way to Watch a Football Game on an iPad During a Power Outage

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In Seattle, the Seahawks divisional playoff game was a big deal. So was the storm that arrived hours before the game. At 4:30 a.m. we lost power. The game started at 1:30 p.m. As the time drew near, it was clear that the power wasn’t going to return in time. What to do?



19 Awesome Tricks for iPhone and iPad Users

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I'm always up for learning how to get more out of my iPad Air and iPad mini, and so I read with interest a great post on BuzzFeed: "19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know." One that surprised me: if you turn on Airplane Mode, your iPhone will charge twice as fast. Another helpful tip is how to use Google Maps offline while you're traveling, in case you don't have an Internet connection. While you do have an Internet connection, load the map you want to save. Then type "ok maps" in the search bar to cache it for offline use. Another helpful tip is that you can take a photo or start video recording via your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds. If you're in camera mode, press the volume + button to take a photo. In video mode, press the play/pause button. Another useful tip regarding earbuds: quickly press play/pause twice to go to the next track, and quickly press it three times to go to the previous track. (I had mixed success with this using my third-party earbuds, but it worked well enough to be useful.)



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 35: Scaling Your App with Google App Engine

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 35 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, I discussed making your web-enabled apps scalable by outsourcing your web services to a third-party company, and I provided an overview of the services offered by Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. In this post, I'm going to dive into Google App Engine so you can get a detailed look at how to access web services hosted by Google from your iOS app. I'll provide an overview of Google App Engine's features, and show you how to set up and use Google's iOS sample app.



Getting the Most Out of Siri

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I recently realized why it took me over a year to start making real use of Siri. The reason is a bit embarrassing. It's just that Siri seemed so much like a person. I didn't consciously realize that, though. Let me give you a couple examples. I recall one time wanting to show a friend how Siri worked, so I held down the home button. Siri responded, "What can I help you with?" But my friend was slow to catch on that I was giving him an opportunity to interact with Siri. There sat my iPad on the table, with Siri waiting. And my friend wasn't saying anything. Subconsciously I was thinking, "Hurry up, ask her something. She's waiting."



How To Import Photos from Your iDevice to Your Computer

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I have a friend who has several hundred photos on her iPhone 5. She's been taking photos on her phone since last summer and has never exported any of them. She's running out of room to take more. The other day she asked me how to get the photos from her phone to her computer.

She's never connected her iPhone to her computer, instead choosing to upgrade her operating system and download apps wirelessly. 

There are a variety of ways to export photos, most of them depending on what kind of computer you have and what operating system you are running.

Here I'll explain ways to export your photos and videos from your iDevice to your computer:



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Labels, Cellular Data, Bold Text, and Storage

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you tips for labels, cellular data, bold text, and storage.



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