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Abbey Dufoe is a graduate student in environmental journalism. Her friends call her the "app monster" and she's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the iPad Air). She loves concerts, the environment, and ice hockey, but loves tweeting about them even more. Follow her on Twitter @abbeydufoe or visit her blog at abbeydufoe.com.

Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Touch ID

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Touch ID is a very useful feature on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 plus models, as well as iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. You can set it up to work as a password to your phone and App Store purchases, as well as use it in apps like 1Password as an identification tool. The Touch ID button recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them, and gives you easy and seamless access to your device without having to enter a number or word password.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Speakerphone as the Default for Answering Incoming Calls

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Do you find yourself mostly answering the phone in speaker mode? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to answer in speaker mode automatically. Here’s how:



Tip of the Day: How to Compare the Photo You're Editing to the Original

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Ever wish you could compare the photo you're in the process of editing to the original image? Photos in iOS 8 allows you to do so.



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

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Is there a site you visited frequently in Safari for a while, but now no longer need to visit, such as irs.gov during tax season, or consumerreports.org while you researched new cars? Rather than wait for them to eventually disappear from your Frequently Visited list or get replaced by other sites, you can easily delete any sites you don't want to see anymore right away.



Review: Notti and Dotti smart lights

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Have you ever thought of using a smart light? Witti sent me its Dotti and Notti smart lights to test out, and they provide an interesting iPhone experience, allowing users to connect via Bluetooth to apps that control the units.



Review: BreakingSports app

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Sports addict? Live-tweet addict? Don’t have time to spend scrolling through Twitter for live-tweets of your favorite sports games?

Then BreakingSports (free) is for you. It combines notifications from your favorite NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, and NCAA Basketball teams from different Twitter accounts, making it a completely unique way to digest sports news. The app also lets you subscribe to different players and receive notifications for injuries, suspensions, lineup changes, roster changes, scores, stats, rumors, trending stories, and headlines. 



Review: SameGrain app

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Meeting new people through SameGrain (free), a platonic version of Tinder, is pretty interesting. Users can tell the app what they like to do and the app will provide matches. For those who want to meet people online, this is a good platform to do so.



Tip of the Day: How to Send and Receive Audio Text Messages

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With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. This can let you send brief recordings of music, a voice birthday message, and more. 



Apple Watch App Round-Up: DataMan, TripIt, Glimpse, and Batting Average

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Many apps have been updated to provide an Apple Watch version since the watch started shipping last week! Here's a roundup of a few apps that have released their Watch version. To download Apple Watch apps, open the Apple Watch app and tap Featured to view and purchase Apple Watch compatible apps. If you have automatic downloads enabled in the Apple Watch app (My Watch > General > Automatic Downloads > Automatically Download Apps), you won't have to do anything else in order to have the app show up on your watch. Otherwise, under My Watch, scroll down to and tap on the app icon and toggle Show App on Apple Watch on.



Tip of the Day: Save Space by Emptying Deleted Photos Album

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You need space on your phone, quickly! So you delete a few (or few hundred!) photos. However, that doesn’t seem to give you space.

That’s because your deleted photos go into iOS 8’s Recently Deleted folder. This folder saves your deleted photos up to 30 days after you delete them, so they’re still stored on your device.  



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