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 Have you ever signed up for an online course on creating iOS apps, only to feel frustrated because the content was out of date or not comprehensive enough?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



Tip of the Day: How Redeem a Gift Card or Code in iTunes or the App Store

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'Tis the season when giving and receiving abounds. Many of these gifts come in the form of an iTunes or Apps Store gift card or code. Fortunately, redeeming a gift card or code via your iPhone has never been easier. Follow these steps for quick redemption!



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Individual Notifications in Control Center

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We’ve all been there. The notifications that pile up on your locked home screen or notifications screen can be overwhelming. Follow this simple tip to delete unwanted notifications clutter.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 1: Getting Ready

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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. This is Part 1 of the blog series. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be!



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Set an Alarm, Set the Timer, and Tell You the Time

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I'm continually amazed at how useful Siri is to control the various functions of my iPad. I often use it to set an alarm or a timer. Doing so is so much faster than interacting with the Clock app itself. You can also use Siri to tell you the time and date, as well as the time at a specific location around the world. And you can ask Siri to tell you the date for a particular day of the week.



Holiday Crunch Time: Last Minute Deals

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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those days are in the past. It is now the week of Christmas and any hopes of getting a gift in time require either spending a fortune in shipping, buying a virtual gift online, or, my preference, buying local. If I needed a reminder of this, all I had to do was look at my inbox this morning. While it's normally full of app review requests, today I saw a ton of "Last Chance" emails!



Tip of the Day: How to Display Song Lyrics in the Music App

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Car rides with my kids have gone from me cranking the stereo up and singing along to my 14-year-old commandeering my stereo and playing music from his iPhone. Sometimes this results in him getting into trouble for having inappropriate songs on his phone. The conversations usually start with, “What is this?!” and end with “pull up the lyrics.” 



Tip of the Day: Make Text Larger and Bold, and the Display Brighter

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I use reading glasses for some things, a concession to middle age, but fortunately I don't ever need them when I'm using my iPad. That's because I've adjusted the settings so that the text is larger and bolded, making it much easier to see. These settings apply to all of Apple's apps and to third-party apps that support Apple's Dynamic Type. Previous to iOS 8 you could make adjustments to these settings, but they were located in different places. With iOS 8, however, Apple has gathered text size, bold, view, and brightness into a single panel in Settings.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Find and Launch Apps

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I have a lot of apps on my iPad Air, and I can't always remember what folder I've put them in. Also, sometimes I do remember where the app is located, but it means swiping through a bunch of screens to get to the app. I'm finding that there's a much faster way to launch apps: simply ask Siri. Not only can you use Siri to launch apps, Siri can also help you find and download apps of interest.



Tip of the Day: How to Play Slideshows from the Photos App

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From editing to organizing, there’s certainly a lot that your Photos app has to offer, but did you know that you can also showcase your favorite pictures in a slideshow, right from your iPhone or Apple TV? 



Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone’s LED Flash for Alerts

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There are times when we might need an extra alert if an important message or phone call is expected. If you work in a noisy environment or can’t keep your phone right next you, you can use the LED flash on the iPhone to alert you to calls or other notifications.



Tip of the Day: How to Create and Edit Playlists on Your iDevice

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I do most of my song purchasing via my iPhone, and I love to make new playlists. Making a playlist on the go is surprisingly easy! I make sure to sync them with my computer so my family can easily download them as well. 



Swift Programming 101: The Power of Extensions

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Extensions are one of Swift's best features. Extensions allow you to add behavior to existing classes, including classes in the Cocoa Touch Framework. Apple can't add every feature you want to their framework classes, but they have provided a tool to allow you to do it yourself! In this article, you will learn practical uses for Swift extensions you can use immediately in your iOS projects.



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