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Kids projects: Make a nature journal with your iPhone or iPad and iPhoto!

Summer vacations are just made for the great outdoors. Whether you're in your backyard, at the local park, at a national park, or hiking halfway around the world, there's an amazing amount of plants and flowers, bugs and birds, rocks and streams to see and enjoy. Best of all, if you have your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, the Camera app means you really can bring it all home with you. What's more, if you have iPhoto on your Mac, you can have even more fun. You can have a real book printed and bound on real paper so you can share it with your family and friends. For kids — or kids of all ages — it's a great project that not only lets you relive your adventures but record them for everyone!

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Having Yosemite beta code issues? Here's the fix!

Since Apple opened the doors on its OS X Yosemite public beta, there have been a number of folks having all kinds of issues redeeming their download codes. The program gives you a Mac App Store code to redeem for your copy, but there's a widespread issue that seems to be telling eager testers their codes have already been redeemed. There's an easy fix for it, though, that should have you up and running in no time.

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Having charging issues with your iPad? Here's how to fix them!

If you're experiencing charging issues with your iPad, whether it's an iPad 2 or an iPad Air, you aren't alone. Out of all the mobile devices Apple makes, when it comes to charging issues, the iPad is typically at the top of the list. In some cases the problem is hardware related but in many, it's not. Here are some steps you can take to resolve iPad charging issues before heading out to an Apple Store.

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How to get ready for the Yosemite Public Beta without risking your Mac

Starting Thursday, Apple will be sending out invitations for the OS X Yosemite public beta. If you're hoping to be one of the folks who gets it, this is a good time to make sure that your Mac is ready for the big event.

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How to make a photo slideshow on your iPhone or iPad

The Photos app for iPhone and iPad not only lets you edit and organize your pictures, but also lets you show them off to friends and family with just a few taps. That's thanks to the built-in slideshow feature, which ads movement and sound and special transition. If you'd like, you can even AirPlay them to an Apple TV for a family or group viewing experience. Just tell it what photo you want to start with!

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How to lock focus in the Camera app for iPhone and iPad

The Camera app on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad comes with auto-exposure and auto-focus. That lets you get the proper balance and sharpness on most of your photos, most of the time. But sometimes whatever it is you're trying to photograph is too busy, too jittery, or otherwise too difficult for your camera to latch on to. When that happens you can try to focus and expose on an easier subject, lock that focus and exposure, move your camera, and then take your photo. It's called AE/AF Lock (auto-exposure/auto-focus lock) and it's especially good for kids, pets, macros with a lot of objects at different depths, and other challenging situations!

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How to fix Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone or iPad after updating to iOS 7.1.2

If you've updated to iOS 7.1.2 and find yourself experiencing Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone or iPad, you aren't alone. Many users have reported Wi-Fi issues that range from not being able to connect to any network to only having issues with specific networks. If that sounds like a problem you're having after updating, here are a few steps you can try to return Wi-Fi to normal again!

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How to access and add credit to an iTunes Pass with Passbook

Apple's new iTunes Pass feature allows you to add a card to the Passbook app that contains your iTunes account information. You can then share that card so others can easily add credit at any Apple Store without having to buy a physical card. The most convenient part is that the credit instantly hits your iTunes account, so there's no waiting on physical cards anymore.

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How to switch between the rear iSight and front FaceTime camera on your iPhone or iPad

The Camera app on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lets you easily switch between the rear-facing iSight and front-facing FaceTime cameras. That means you're never more than a tap away from capturing a breathtaking landscape or... the obligatory selfie.

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How to assign photos to contacts on your iPhone or iPad

Adding pictures to the contacts in your iPhone or iPad is a great way to make the people in your life more recognizable. You can add them using the Photos app, the Contacts app, and even import them from social networks like Facebook. Once you've added the photos, you'll see them in iMessage, in phone favorites, and more!

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