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How to like or comment on shared images and videos in Photos for OS X

If you use iCloud Photo Sharing, not only can you view photos from others, you can comment and like them too!

Shared Photo Streams are pretty much a private version of an a photo album you'd post on a regular social media site. Only the people invited can view and add photos. But like social networks, you can also comment and like photos and other people in the group will get a notification. You've always been able to do this in the Photos app for iPhone and iPad, and now you can do it right on your Mac with Photos for OS X.

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How to access iCloud Photo Sharing in Photos for OS X

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you quickly and easily share pictures and videos.

Once you've shared to iCloud Photo Sharing, or someone has shared with you, it's just as quick and easy to find those pictures and videos in Photos for OS X. You can even like or comment right from your Mac. All you need to know is where to look!

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How to disable quick reply messaging on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

Quick reply messaging from your Lock screen may be convenient, but it isn't secure.

With interactive notifications you can swipe left across any iMessage on the Lock screen and quickly send off a reply, no passcode, password, or Touch ID required. That's great if you're always in a rush and just need to answer everything and anything as fast as possible. It's not so great if you often leave your iPhone or iPad unattended, where other people can potentially reply to your messages either as a prank or maliciously. Interactive notifications are enabled by default, but if you'd rather have security than convenience, you can easily turn them off.

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Our favorite clear cases for iPhone 6 Plus

Have an iPhone 6 Plus you want to protect but not cover up? There's a great clear case for that!

While some people like bright and bold colors, some people prefer the original look of the iPhone, as Apple intended it. However, carrying a naked iPhone around makes a lot of people nervous for obvious reasons. So if you're someone that prefers the naked look but still would like some kind of protection, these are currently our favorite transparent cases for the iPhone 6 Plus !

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Best streaming music apps for iPhone

Picking a music streaming app on your iPhone isn't an easy job, and there isn't a one size fits all option.

Since most music streaming apps all require a paid subscription, it makes the choice even more stressful. What music streaming service you ultimately choose depends on what your musical tastes are, whether you prefer radio style streaming or on-demand, and lots of other factors. While we can't tell you what service is best for you, we can help you narrow down your choices. These are currently the music streaming services that we think offer a superior listening experience on the iPhone!

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How to stop Facebook from making your iPhone run like crap

If I had to name one App Store app that can negatively affect the performance of your iPhone, it's Facebook.

Not only can it eat tremendous amounts of storage, some of the things it does in the background also seem to chew through battery, and make your iPhone run like crap in general. It's an issue countless friends and family members run into over and over again. From freezing issues to out of storage messages to constant battery drain, Facebook almost always seems to be the culprit.

So in this very special edition of iOS Help, we're going to take a look at why Facebook makes your iPhone do strange things as well as what you can do to keep it in check.

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums, no registration required, or send me an email at

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Garmin vivofit 2 fitness tracker review

The Garmin vivofit 2 lets you track steps, calories, distance, and more right on your wrist without having to charge it for an entire year.

The vivofit 2 is a refinement of last year's original vivofit and brings with it an improved screen with a backlit display, activity timing, and auto sync. The move bar has also added audible notifications so you don't have to look at your wrist to know you need to get moving. While the vivofit series may not have all the bells and whistles of other fitness trackers, it's a tradeoff some folks may want to consider in exchange for what is pretty much endless battery life.

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How to view local movie showtimes on your Apple TV

The Apple TV makes for a great way to not only watch movie trailers on the big screen but to find local showtimes too.

When you find a movie that you're interested in, given it's a movie that's already available in theaters, your Apple TV can instantly pull in locations near you and let you know what showtimes are available. No need to use any other app or device. Here's how!

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How to change someone's Snapchat display name

Snapchat may not allow you to change your actual username, but it does let people change their display names.

If you use Snapchat regularly and have lots of friends, display names can quickly become a mess. While some people use their regular names like good social citizens, others feel the need to change them to non-descriptive nicknames that can create confusion over who is actually sending you a snap. If you prefer order in your Snapchat universe, you can easily override their chosen display name in favor of one of your own creation. Here's how!

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How to view your iTunes Radio play history on iPhone and iPad

Ever heard a song on iTunes Radio that you later decided you wanted to purchase, but just couldn't remember what it was?

It happens to all of us from time to time. Luckily, the iTunes app on your iPhone and iPad keeps a running record of all the songs you've listened to via iTunes Radio. It even shows you which station you heard it on. You can also listen to live previews of each song with just a tap. You've just got to know where to look.

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Mr Jump: Tips, hints, and cheats you need to know!

Addicted to Mr Jump but can't seem to get past a particular level?

There's no denying that as fun as Mr Jump is, certain levels are incredibly challenging. While some levels just require lots of repetition and do overs in order to learn the lay of the land, others require a little more (unless you want to pay, of course). If you're having a hard time getting past a certain area, here are some tips and hints that can hopefully help you master even the toughest Mr Jump obstacles!

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How to fix the headphone jack in your iPhone: The ultimate guide

So your out of warranty iPhone has a busted headphone jack. If you'd rather fix it on your own instead of buying a new iPhone, you've come to the right place.

The symptoms of a broken headphone jack are similar in all models, and can include audio cutting in and out or no audio at all. In some cases, loud speaker audio won't work because your iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in when they're really not.

If any of these issues sound like something you've experienced, we'll walk you step by step through the repair process. We'll also link you to all the parts and tools you'll need to get the job done right the first time. The difficulty of a headphone jack replacement will depend on the iPhone model, but if you're up for the challenge, follow along, find your model, and let's get started!

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How to sign up for, send, and receive Snapcash with Snapchat

Snapchat has partnered with Square to make sending secure cash payments to your friends just as easy as sending a photo.

To get started with Snapcash you'll need to be 18 or older and have a US issued debit card. Once you link your debit card information to your Snapchat account, you're ready to start sending and receiving Snapcash! Follow along and we'll walk you through the entire process of how to link your information and how to make sure it stays secure.

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Best photo editing apps for iPhone

Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you edit and tweak your photos to perfection?

As the cameras in our iPhones get better and better, so do the editing tools that are available to us on the App Store. From making a photo brighter to adding a blur effect and even spot healing, great photo editing apps are leaving less of a need for traditional desktop editing software. An iPhone paired with some great photo editing apps let you instantly share your photos seconds after you snap them. These are currently the ones we think serious iPhone photographers should have in their toolkit!

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How to change your Snapchat username

Really need to change your Snapchat username but can't figure out how?

Don't feel bad. There isn't a button on Snapchat that takes you to an editor where you can make the change, like there is on Twitter or other services. There is, however, a workaround that can help make the process slightly less painless. You'll have to create an all new username, and you'll want to do that before getting rid of your old username. If that sound complicated, don't worry — I'll walk you through the process!

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iPhone or iPad freezing when you delete apps? Here's the work-around!

You touch and hold an icon to put your iPhone or iPad into jiggly mode, tap the X button to delete an app, and then... nothing.

Literally nothing. Everything just freezes up and seems to hang for a while. Eventually the confirm delete dialog box pops up, but it takes way longer than it should. Instead of letting you quickly delete an app and get on with using your device, it just feels like everything is locked up and you're stuck. If you're experiencing this problem on iOS 8 here's the good news — there is a workaround, and we're tacking it on this week's iOS Help.

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Fantastical 2 for Mac review: The calendar app you've been waiting for

Fantastical 2 by Flexibits is a full screen calendar replacement for Mac with an all new design for OS X Yosemite and all new features that you won't find anywhere else.

A Notification Center widget, faster and more reliable sync, full time zone support, and "calendar sets" round out the highlights. Taken together, they make Fantastical 2 far more than a menu bar companion to OS X's built in Calendar app — they make it a full-on calendar app in its own right.

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How to view your iTunes and App Store Wish Lists on iPhone or iPad

The Wish List feature in the iTunes Store and App Store lets you save songs, movies, apps, and other content you'd like to purchase later.

You can keep items in your Wish List for as long as you want, for example, until pay day, allowance day, or those gift cards finally come in. When you're ready to buy an item on your Wish List, you can jump right to the iTunes Store and the App Store, find it, and download it in just a few taps.

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Our favorite photography accessories for iPhone

If you want to take your iPhone photography to the next level, there's lot of accessories out there to help you do just that.

As iPhone optics and the software behind them get better and better, it's becoming easier than ever to leave our DSLRs and point and shoot cameras at home. Whether you want to stabilize your shots, add some beefier lens options, or take better selfies, here are some of the iPhone photography accessories we're using around iMore!

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How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

Ever identified a song with Siri and then forgotten what the name was?

If you do several songs in a row, or it's been a while since you identified the song, it can be tough to remember. Luckily, when you ask Siri to identify a song, it keeps a record. In fact, it keeps an entire list right in iTunes. So, if you later decide you want to buy the song, or listen to it in your favorite music streaming app, all you have to do is know where to look!

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