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August 02, 2016
The best part of Apple Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your content including iTunes purchases like apps, music, TV shows, and movies, as well as books from the iBooks store (well, except for the content that's hidden.) I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. With this tip you can use Family Sharing to share everything you want to and download none of what you don't. Here’s how to access and download shared purchases with Family Sharing.
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July 24, 2016
I’m sure there are plenty of people who love logging on to Facebook and seeing the latest sports scores. I only tend to see these while a game is currently underway, but Facebook is the only way I know a game is being played because I don’t care for watching sports. So if you’re like me and you’d rather not see those sport scores at the top of your Facebook feed, there is a way to turn it off. Here’s how to get Facebook to stop showing you sports scores.
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June 11, 2016
Facebook uses complex algorithms to try to provide you with the content you want to see the most. Some people hated it when Facebook made the change, because now there are posts from friends you may never see. But Facebook has also added the ability to choose whose posts pop up at the top of your news feed. Here’s how to choose whose posts you see first on Facebook.
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June 05, 2016
Running from the law? Stuck on a moped that can’t go over 50 miles per hour? No worries. Whatever your reason (we don’t need to know), Google Maps makes it easy to avoid highways on your iPhone. You can easily turn off highways in Google Maps options, and get directions that steer clear of those highly populated highways. The alternative route will likely take more time, but if back roads are what you want, Google Maps can help. We've covered avoiding toll roads in Google Maps before; now it's time to avoid those highways. Here’s how to use Google Maps to avoid highways.
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June 03, 2016
If you’re looking to learn how to save a GIF on you're iPhone, you’ve come to the right place. Saving and sharing a GIF on iPhone is easy to do; and once you learn, you can save all the funny GIFs from Tumblr or Twitter that you want. What is a GIF? It’s a short moving picture on a loop; it’s also called a moving meme and is popular across many platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. You can download, save, and share a GIF easily on your iPhone; however, you can also use an app to start your collection of GIFs. We’ll go over both methods of how to save a GIF on iPhone below. We’ll also cover how to download GIFs and share them via Messages, email, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. And good news, if you’re learning how to download gifs on an iPhone running iOS 11 or later, this article has been updated!
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May 26, 2016
  iPhone app developers release updates from time to time, whether it be to fix bugs or add new features. If you're wondering, "how do I get updates for my apps?" there are two answers. You can change your settings to update apps automatically, but there's also an easy way to check which updates are available for your apps and download them. Let's learn how to quickly update apps all at once on your iPhone. 
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May 11, 2016
Face it; kids are going to use technology as a regular part of their lives. Whether it's a home or at school, for recreation or education, or all of the above, your children and grandchildren will learn all the ins and outs of your iPhone, iPad, and whatever other devices you may have around the house. We already know it's important to limit screen time to keep our kids well rounded, but what about other parental controls? Apple has created several iPhone and iPad restriction settings that adults can put in place without ever needing to purchase a parental control app, and even more settings are coming with iOS 12! There are many reasons you might enable restrictions on your iPhone; they act like a child lock app and control major aspects of privacy, allowed content, and more. Here are two restrictions I find very helpful; preventing kids from adding or deleting apps on your devices. Let's get started learning how to use these parental control settings.
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May 04, 2016
This is something I’ve always wondered about but didn’t realize there was a solution for until recently. When someone dies, what happens to their Facebook page? This must have been a question posed by many users because Facebook allows you to designate someone to manage your Facebook page if you should happen to die, this is called a Facebook legacy. You can also set your profile to automatically delete once Facebook has been notified of your death. Either way, here’s how to create a will for your Facebook page.
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January 19, 2016
Apple has placed what it thinks are the most useful apps in the Dock of the iPad and iPhone, where they are accessible on every Home screen. If your most useful apps aren't in the Dock, you can easily move them there! Read on to learn how to move apps into or out of the Dock on your iPhone or iPad.
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January 17, 2016
Deleting books from Kindle, whether your Kindle device, app, or cloud, isn’t nearly as straightforward as I’d like it to be. Permanently deleting books from Kindle or Kindle Cloud is possible but not obvious; mostly, I think, because Amazon doesn’t want you to accidentally delete a book you’ve purchased. Often, when people want to delete a book from Kindle, what they’re really trying to do is delete the book from their Kindle device or remove it from the Kindle app on iPhone or iPad. But they usually want to keep the Amazon e-book in the Kindle Cloud, since they bought it. There are a lot of different ways to remove or delete Kindle books and a few different places from which you might want to remove or delete them. So we’re going to cover how to delete books from Kindle devices, as well as how to remove books from the Kindle app on iPhone or iPad, and how to permanently delete books from your Kindle Cloud.
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January 07, 2016
In the world of Facebook, unfriending someone is a big deal. And if you actually know the person, they’ll likely figure out you’ve unfriended them at some point and want to know why. Perhaps it’s not that serious and you would like to stay friends, but you don’t want to see what they post. Luckily, Facebook has the option to unfollow someone while remaining friends. Here’s how to do it.
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December 20, 2015
Facebook has this nifty little feature called “On This Day” or “Year In Review” that shows you posts from the past and encourages you to share and comment on them, which is great if they’re memories you want to see. However, Facebook selects which pictures to show you based on past interaction, which doesn’t always mean you end up seeing the happiest of memories. There isn’t a blanket way to turn off the feature, but you can designate people and dates you don’t want to be reminded of. You can easily choose to stop setting Facebook memories from within the mobile app. Here’s how to turn off Facebook “On This Day” Memories on iPhone.
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December 04, 2015
There are two kinds of people: those who keep their apps in folders and those who don’t. Personally, I keep 90 percent of my apps in folders and the rest on my Home screen. You probably know that in order to make an apps folder, you drag apps together and a folder is automatically created. But maybe you're wondering how to delete folders from your iPhone so you can rearrange your apps. Let’s get started learning how to delete folders from your iPhone so you can reorganize your apps.
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November 02, 2015
If Facebook is draining your battery, gobbling up your storage by caching huge amounts of data, or otherwise causing problems on your iPhone, you can delete the app and create a Home screen icon for the website instead.
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October 25, 2015
Spotlight Search, with iOS 9, is able to search within the apps you use and link directly into specific sections of that app. For instance, you could search for a recipe from Spotlight Search and receive results from multiple cooking apps on your phone. However, each new app downloaded is automatically added to Spotlight Search. For the applications you don’t need Spotlight to search through, turn them off in Settings.
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October 10, 2015
Finally, in iOS 9, there is an option to delete all of your mail via the Mail app. This only works with individual mailboxes, such as Yahoo, not the All Inboxes mailbox. If you're using Gmail, you'll need to select Delete All instead of Archive All in Gmail Settings. If you're worried about losing emails you want to keep, there's a setting you can enable to prevent accidentally deleting emails.
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September 13, 2015
Avoiding toll roads is something we all strive to do. Whether we’re on a cross-country road trip or simply want to get directions to home or work without tolls, we want our route to avoid tolls and Google maps makes that easy. There are many occasions when Google Maps will default to providing driving directions with toll roads. But, you can, essentially, turn off toll roads on Google Maps and never get suggestions for them again. Apple Maps is also capable of avoiding toll roads if that’s your preferred app for driving directions. In this article, however, we’ll focus on avoiding toll roads with Google Maps. Here’s how to avoid toll roads on Google Maps.
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September 11, 2015
So, a few days ago I needed to find an ATM, but I wasn't familiar enough with the area to know where to find one.  Thankfully, Google Maps makes it easy to find nearby ATMs, grocery stores, and gas stations!
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August 28, 2015
If you travel or do business internationally, you know how costly roaming charges are. Unless your mobile carrier is T-mobile (limited to 2G data speed), you need an additional service plan for international texting. AT&T international texting costs $10 a month, as does Sprint, but don't worry; you can text free in Italy, Germany, the Philipines, or almost any other country you can think of with iMessages. With iMessage, you can text from anywhere for free, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection and the person you're messaging also has an iPhone or Mac. If you want to be able to internationally text friends without iPhones for free, you'll need a free texting app. Let's get started learning how to avoid monstrous phone bills by sending free iMessages, or using a free text app!  
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August 17, 2015
Our phones have officially become our cameras too, with our Photos apps full of everything from selfies to vacation shots. Yet how do you take that suave picture of youself and put it on Facebook? Or, upload that gorgeous photo you took of Niagara Falls as your cover image? Easily.
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