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The iOS 8 Health app: What can you do with it today?

Note: At the time of this post Apple has acknowledged issues with HealthKit have delayed numerous third-party health apps. One of the big announcements out of WWDC 2014 was the iOS 8 Health app and the entire HealthKit framework. The framework is designed to allow third-party app and hardware...

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iOS 8 is here! Read our complete guide to Apple's new mobile OS

Over the past several weeks, TUAW bloggers have been trying out all of the new features in iOS 8 to see how they work and how they'll make your mobile life easier. Now that iOS 8 is officially available, here's a list of all of our detailed write-ups of the new features. While you're waiting for...

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Setting up two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud security

Since you're probably moving to iOS 8 soon -- if not as soon as possible after it goes live -- you might want to start thinking about security as well. In particular, Apple has recently enabled two-step verification for iCloud. What's two-step authentication? As Apple describes it on this web...

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Be aware, be careful, be prepared for iCloud Drive

If you use iCloud: you need to be really, very, no-I-am-not-exaggerating, super careful when you upgrade to iOS 8. Otherwise you could break iCloud syncing to all of your Macs. I hope I have your attention. When you are setting up a new iOS 8 device, you will see a screen like this (image...

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iOS 8 Photos app: Smart suggestions and searching

Have you ever been frustrated searching for photos in iOS? It's not a lot of fun to manually flip through all your photos to find a certain one, especially if your device is laden with thousands of pictures. Well, the good folks at Apple have built a few new features into iOS 8 that are going to...

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iOS 8's Favorites & Recents: A fast way to get in touch

In our countdown to September 17 -- the day iOS 8 will be released to the public -- we've been covering a lot of the features of the new mobile operating system. One of my personal favorites so far is "Favorites and Recents", a fast and easy way to get in touch with your friends and family from...

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iOS 8 Mail: Drafts and notifications

Here are a couple more cool new features that you can expect to see in iOS 8 Mail. iOS 8 will be available for download on Wednesday, September 17, so checking our series of iOS 8 new feature articles is a good way to get up to speed on what to expect. Have you ever been part way through writing...

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iOS 8 Mail: New swipe gestures

Hopefully you've been keeping track of our iOS 8 feature articles, which provide tips on how to make the most of Apple's latest version of its mobile operating system. iOS 8 will be available on Wednesday, September 17, so it's a good time to start learning about the features of the new OS. In...

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Adam Christianson's great tip on how to type an Apple symbol in iOS

TUAW bloggers love writing up things that we know make life easier for our readers. Every once in a while, we see a tip on another site that makes us say "Why didn't I think of that?" That's the case with this wonderful tip posted yesterday by Adam Christianson (@maccast) over on The Mac Observer....

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iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? That is the question. Here's an answer.

Remember those days when we were all trying to get the smallest possible cell phone? If you don't, you're probably young. That all went out the window with the introduction of the iPhone and its competitors, since fairly quickly we started seeing a trend towards larger screens. Now Apple has kept...

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How to tell if you're eligible for an iPhone 6 and how much you'll pay

For those of us in the tech blogging business, yesterday started up yet another round of the "should I or shouldn't I?" questions -- as in "Should I get a new iPhone 6 to replace my iPhone 5s that I bought last year, or wait?" The answer is that everyone can pretty much get a new phone if they...

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Kill no-close-em Safari pages with AppleScript

I hate those pop-ups that hijack Safari even when I've enabled Settings > Security > Block Pop-up windows. Sure, I've edited my hosts file with Someonewhocare's updates to avoid them in the first place but even so, bad pages still happen. With a simple web search, you'll find a variety of...

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How to make a magnetic iPhone Gorillapod for $25

Ever been inspired to mount your Gorillapod tripod on a metal surface, but can't find a suitable grip? If you are a creative photographer, then you should check out this Instructable that shows you how to modify an existing Gorillapod by adding some magnetic feet. The detailed directions were...

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How to make OS X Mavericks re-run the Setup Assistant

I recently loaded OS X Mavericks on an old (2007) 20" iMac, and to check that everything was fine I ran the machine through the full Setup Assistant -- setting up a user with my name in the process. Rather than reloading Mavericks on the iMac to clean it off, I did a quick Google search on how to...

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How Contacts in OS X Mavericks speeds data entry

Over the past week or so I've been doing a lot of maintenance on my OS X contacts, primarily because I had literally hundreds of names and addresses that I no longer needed. At the same time, I realized that there were some addresses missing, so I've queried some friends for their current address...

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