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By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Apple Devices Together with Handoff

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When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.

You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.

Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.

For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.

It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, February 02, 2015

Text-Editing Tips: How to Copy and Paste on iPad and iPhone

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Despite the power of today’s iPhones and iPads, the basic task of editing text on them can still feel clunky compared to the ease of doing so on a desktop or laptop computer.

Simple text-editing tasks like cutting and pasting can feel foreign at best.

Let me show you how to copy and paste on iPads and iPhones—plus how to use other handy text-editing features.

By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Using Siri: How to Get the Most out of Your iPhone Assistant

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When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.

But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.

I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get the Skinny—and Training—on Apple’s Sleek New Updates

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Mac OS X Yosemite is available for download today, alongside newly updated iPads and Mac computers on the hardware side—and we’ve got training ready for you.

Apple is well known for its stylistic industrial designs, and with Yosemite now available to complement the recent iOS 8 update, Apple’s desktop and mobile devices should work together more intuitively, as well.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Make a Smooth Update to iOS 8

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iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.

Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, September 05, 2014

Look What's Familiar, and Simple, About Swift

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Swift, the new programming language by Apple for rapid development of iOS and Mac OSX apps, is gaining popularity as quickly as its name suggests—and we’re pleased to announce that Simon Allardice’s first lynda.com course on the language, Swift Programming First Look, is now available.

If you’ve been itching to dive into this new language, Simon’s got the scoop for you- here’s a peek.

By Todd Perkins | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Build Your First iOS App with Swift

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Interested in building iOS or Mac apps? The Swift programming language lets you do that faster than ever before. In this brief tutorial, you’ll see how you can quickly create an app using Swift.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, June 13, 2014

Swift: A New Programming Language

Apple's Swift: A New Programming Language

Swift is a new programming language developed by Apple for iOS and OS X app development, which builds on the best parts of many popular languages like Objective-C, Ruby, Python, C# and more. Announced at Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference this year, Swift is the culmination of years of “skunkworks” development alongside optimizations made to Apple’s SDKs and developer tools.

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