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Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Get Directions from Google Maps

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Apple Maps has improved a lot since its disastrous debut. But many people still prefer to use Google Maps as their go-to navigation app. The problem is, when you ask Siri for directions, it'll automatically use Apple Maps as the default app for turn-by-turn directions. If you want to use Google Maps or some other navigation app with Siri instead, try this handy trick:



Tip of the Day: Use Your LED Flashlight for Alerts

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I frequently turn my phone on silent while I'm at work and then forget to turn silent mode off when I get home. If this is also you, or if you have a hard time hearing your alerts, you may want to set your LED flashlight to light up every time a new message or alert comes in. 



Tip of the Day: Emoji Shortcuts

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A couple of weeks ago we covered creating keyboard shortcuts to help you type commonly used phrases quickly. Did you know that you can also create shortcuts for emoji characters (those cute emoticons that go way beyond your average smiley face)? This is really handy if you use a lot of emoji characters and don't want to switch back and forth between keyboards all the time.

Before you can do this, you'll have to enable the emoji keyboard if you haven't already:



Tip of the Day: Choose from New Siri Voice Options

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Although I suspect most people still use the original female Siri voice, you've had the option for a while now of changing the gender or the accent. And now the latest update to iOS 7.1 offers more natural-sounding UK and Australian English voices in both genders, so if you haven't played around with Siri's voice, this might be a fun time to try it. 



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:



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