Ben PattersonMacworld

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4 smarter ways to search on your iPhone or iPad

If you're hunting for a specific mail message or looking for a name in a lengthy web page, skip Spotlight and try a specialized iOS search tool instead.

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Where you at? 5 location tricks for iPhone and iPad

Share your location to a friend, let loved ones know when you're on the move, get a reminder when you arrive at a specific place, geotag Calendar events, and more.

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Get to know Up Next in the Music app for iOS

Remember when you just pressed Play on your iPhone or iPad to start listening to music? Now, you have a trio of playback options: Find out what happens when you tap Play Next, Add to Up Next, and more.

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6 only-for-iPad gestures you need to know

Nope, you can't pinch your iPhone's display to get to the home screen, nor can you swipe directly through your open apps—but you can if you're an iPad user. Read on for six gotta-know, only-for-iPad gestures.

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7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them stop

Nope, you're not the only one who's ever barked "stop it!" to your iPhone or iPad because it was being, well, a little too helpful. Luckily, you can tweak or turn off many of iOS's most nagging and intrusive features.

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7 ways to curb your iPhone's cellular data use

How to put a lid on your iPhone's cellular data use—and avoid nasty surprises on your monthly wireless bill.

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10 gotta-know calendar tips for iOS

Confused by Apple's sparse, ultra-simplified Calendar app for iOS? Read on for ten tips that'll help you get your bearings with the revamped iOS Calendar, as well as a few advanced pointers on setting default alert times, dealing with time-zone changes, adding a non-iCloud calendar, and more.

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Make the most of Mail for iOS with these 8 powerful tips

Learn how to see more of your messages from Mail's inbox view, zip directly to your draft messages, manage mail recipients with your fingertip, get special alerts whenever (say) your boss sends you a mission-critical email, and more.

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All about Action buttons, your handy helpers in iOS

Action buttons are ready when you want to share, print, save, or otherwise interact with something in iOS.

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4 tricks every Gmail for iOS user should know

There's more to the recently revamped Gmail app than just checking your Gmail inbox. You can manage threads, respond to mail from Notification Center, set a vacation responder, and more.

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6 time-saving Safari gestures for iPhone and iPad

Simple swipes and tap-and-hold gestures can speed up your Safari browsing, especially if you're trying to use your iPhone one-handed.

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4 tricks for Messages in iOS 8

You can forward any text messages you receive, shush an annoying group thread, and sync messages between devices.

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9 typing tips every iPhone and iPad user should know

Oh, the joys of typing on a little touchscreen keyboard! From how to turn on “caps lock” to a simple shortcut to the exclamation mark, these tips will make it easier.