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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.)

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 Have you ever signed up for an online course on creating iOS apps, only to feel frustrated because the content was out of date or not comprehensive enough?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.



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