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iPhone 101: Add a useful message or contact information to your lock screen

Unlike OS X which has a native setting for adding a message to your lock screen, iOS lacks this option. You still can add a message to your lock screen -- you just have to be a bit more creative and must spend a little extra time creating a custom wallpaper with this information. The easiest way...

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Mac 101: Add a useful message to your OS X login screen

Did you know that recent versions of OS X (OS X 10.7 Lion or newer) allow you to add a short message to the login window that is displayed when your Mac is locked? The message can be anything -- a note appropriate to users who access the computer, a cheerful line of inspiration for yourself or...

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How to cancel App Store magazine subscriptions

The subscriptions to a few digital magazine apps started innocently enough -- you knew the editors and contributors, some of the articles you read were really good, and that US$1.99 monthly or bi-monthly charge gave you something to do other than play games on your iPad. But after a while you...

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How to turn your iPhone or iPad into a retro game console without jailbreaking

The iPhone and iPad are already super-capable gaming devices, with thousands of quality titles spanning all genres and tastes, but sometimes it's nice to take a trip back to yesteryear... and sometimes you want to see those games on the big, beautiful HDTV screen in your living room. Here's how to...

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iPhone 101: Improve the App Store search experience with this easy trick

Searching through apps in the App Store on your iPhone can be a rabbit hole -- you search for a term and then scroll endlessly through the results to find just the right app that you need. When you want to return to the beginning of your search results, most people just scroll backwards, tediously...

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A roundup of last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: My grandmother's iPad Ming-Chi Kuo and The Legend of the $3,000 iWatch iPhone...

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iPhone 101: Change this one setting to get your iPhone battery to last overnight

This happens to me all the time. I get snuggled up under the blanket and am ready to check my Twitter feed and Facebook posts one last time before calling it a night. It's always then and there that I realize my iPhone battery is at less than 10 percent, and all the charging cables are more than...

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Manage your passwords and protect yourself from Heartbleed

You've probably seen the news about Heartbleed, the nickname for an OpenSSL bug that exposes random chunks of memory on web servers to snooping by almost anyone, even from transactions supposedly protected in the https:// security mode. In principle, this vulnerability -- which was quietly...

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iPhone 101: How to lock exposure and focus in the Camera app

This feature has been around for a while, but not too many iPhone owners realize the iOS Camera app includes an exposure and focus lock feature that allows you to lock these parameters and then frame your shot. This AE/AF lock is useful when you are taking a photo with variable light conditions or...

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Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. To watch the live feed and participate in the chat, jump over to the TUAW page on...

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How to bookmark map locations and share them across OS X and iOS

With the debut of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple's Maps app is now on both platforms, allowing you to share location-based information across devices via your iCloud account. One handy feature is the bookmark list, which can save important locations and allow you to view them on both your Mac and...

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iPhone 101: Using Photos app to view photos sorted by location

The Photos app in iOS 7 has a useful feature that allows you to view the location information of all the photos you took during the past year. To make use of this feature, you must have geotagging turned on the settings (Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Toggle on Location Services...

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A roundup of last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature-worthy posts you may have missed: The best apps for Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists for daily spiritual...

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iPhone 101: How to easily dismiss banner notifications in iOS 7

Apple's notification system in iOS is wonderful for letting you know when you've received a new email or text message, but the banners can be annoying when they appear at the top of a screen and overlay buttons or other important content while you are in another app. Most people wait for the...

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Mac 101: How to move pages between PDF documents using Preview

Preview is often overlooked by users who have yet to delve into the many features of the OS X app. Its name, "Preview," suggests it is only a document viewer, but it has editing capabilities that allow you do much more than merely read a file. One useful feature is the ability to move pages...

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