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  • It’s easy to lose track of how many third-party apps you’ve installed on your iPhone. With OS 3.0, you can find out quickly. Go to Settings >General >About and look at the list. It will tell you the network you are connected to...
  • One way to transfer documents (Word, PDF, etc.) created on your desktop computer to your iPhone is to e-mail them to the iPhone as an attachment. You can also use the Yahoo IMAP e-mail service to create a new mail folder which would then...
  • The full user manuals in PDF format can be downloaded from Apple’s Web site (apple.com/support). Apple also has online help sites for both devices, formatted for the smaller screens. You can access them by pointing Safari at the...
  • You can use the Home button to completely shut down whatever program is running—just hold it down for six seconds. This is useful if a program freezes or if you have multiple programs open at once and want to close one of them.
  • Periodically, developers will “update” their software to fix minor problems and add features. If you’ve already purchased an application, updates for it are free. Developers will also release software “upgrades,...
  •  There are two types of memory on the iPhone and iPod touch: Storage memory and RAM. If you download a lot of music and videos and install a lot of third-party apps, you can run low of storage memory, especially on the 8 GB devices....
  • There are two ways to set a custom image as the wallpaper of your opening “unlock” screen: Go to Photos, display the desired image, tap on the lower-left options button, and select “Use as Wallpaper” from the...
  • OS 3.0 adds Cut, Copy, & Paste capability to the iPhone and iPod touch. This system-wide feature works with any app that accepts text entry. Before you can cut or copy text, you first have to select it. To do this you have to do the...
  • You can listen to audiobooks on the iPhone or iPod touch using the built-in audio/music player. You can purchase these books directly from the App Store or Audiobooks.com, and sync them to your device using iTunes. One cool trick is to...
  • If you want to find the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot in your area, visit jiwire.com and type your address or city to locate the closest one. You can also use your Maps application and do a search like “wifi chicago” or “wifi...
  • If your iPhone locks up or stops working for any reason other than a low battery, you’ll need to reboot it. This is analogous to turning your desktop or laptop computer off and on again, and it clears up a lot of problems. Press...
  • When the iPhone’s Location Services is turned on (iPhone OS 2.0 or later), Camera photos are tagged with location data. This data is used with some applications and photo-sharing Web sites to track and post where you took your pictures. If...
  • The iPhone OS 3.0 software adds the ability to save short voice memos on your iPhone. In addition to saving them, you can rename them and trim them down (like you can with videos taken with the 3GS). To rename a voice memo, go to the app's...
  • Go the Home page that has the app icon you want to move. Press and hold down on the icon until the icons begin to shake. Slide it to the position you want it to occupy on the current Home page. You can also use this technique to move...
  • Some iPhone and iPod touch users have used Photoshop or other graphics programs to create a custom Wallpaper image that will help them get their device back if they lose it. The image includes the words “Call <phone number> for...
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