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Tip of the Day: Get Directions Quickly from Apple Maps

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Here's a good reason to include an up-to-date address for every entry in Contacts: You can then use Maps to quickly get directions to the location of any person or business in Contacts (And set location reminders!)



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 40: iBeacons Step By Step

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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 beginner app developer, 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 app ideas into reality can be! This is part 40 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here

One of the hottest technologies to come out of iOS 7 is iBeacon. In case you haven't heard, iBeacon is Apple's trademark for what it calls "a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence." This new technology solves one of the biggest problems with Location Services on iOS devices—pinpointing the location of a device when it's indoors. Unlike GPS technology that determines a device's absolute location in terms of latitude and longitude, the iBeacon technology measures a device's relative distance to an iBeacon in an established location. Since iBeacons work without the need for a WiFi or cellular connection, it makes them ideal for indoor use.



Tip of the Day: Customize Spotlight Search Results

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Spotlight Search is a really useful feature because it lets you quickly search your entire iPhone. Just swipe down from the center of your screen to bring it up.

Have a lot of apps? Search for the one you need in Spotlight. The results will even show you which folder the app is in.

Need to find an email or message from a contact? Type that person's name into the search field and their contact info and a list of messages and emails will come up. 

You can also search Notes, Reminders, Music, and a host of other things. And you can maximize its usefulness by customizing what Spotlight searches and the order it presents the results in. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: How to Crop Photos on Your iPhone

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Some people take and edit photos on their iPhone like a pro, using their iPhone's native Camera app along with all sorts of other apps to produce beautiful images. Others feel majorly accomplished when they can just successfully take and post a photo to Facebook.

But what if you're part of the iPhoneography beginner group and you want to post a photo that isn't sharing ready? For example, a friend recently told me she was about to post a picture of some pretty spring flowers when she realized there was a clump of dog waste in the corner of the image. She didn't know how to crop her photo, so she just deleted it.

For anyone who has ever found him or herself in a similar position, here's how to crop a photo on your iPhone:



Tip of the Day: Using FaceTime Audio

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FaceTime is not just for video chatting. If your current smartphone plan offers only limited cellular minutes, consider using FaceTime Audio (FaceTime without the faces!) when calling other iPhone or iPad users.



Tip of the Day: Find Out Exactly How Much Battery Power You iPhone Has Left

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Do you always measure ingredients exactly when following a recipe? Do you say things like, "According to my pedometer app, I've walked 3.8 miles today."? Do you use decimals when filling out your weight on medical forms?

If you do, you'll be happy to know you can also quantify exactly how much battery power your iPhone has left.



Tip of the Day: How to Stop Control Center from Ruining Your Gaming Experience

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Control Center is great because it allows you to quickly do all kinds of useful things like turn WiFi, Airplane Mode, and Do Not Disturb on or off, lock your screen orientation, adjust volume levels, open your phone's calculator, and use your iPhone as a flashlight, among other things. 

What's not so great is swiping up from the bottom of the screen while using an app (especially when that app is a game) and accidentally bringing up Control Center.



Tip of the Day: How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

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It's inevitable that you will occasionally find yourself with duplicate entries for the same contact. Fortunately merging the information into a single entry is relatively simple.



How To Print From Your iPad or iPhone

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Have you ever been browsing Safari on your iPad or iPhone and found something you would like to have a print copy of? Or maybe you're doing work on your iDevice using Pages or Numbers and need to print the document. Using a wireless network, you can print from your iDevice.

There are three ways to do this.



Tip of the Day: How to Focus iPhone Photos without Tapping the Screen

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Tapping your iPhone's screen to take pictures can be awkward and cause you to take shaky photos if you tap too enthusiastically. That's why it's so handy to take photos by pushing your iPhone's volume button. But what if you want to focus the photo before snapping the picture?



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