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How to create time-based reminders with Siri

Siri makes it easy to create lots of different kinds of reminders without ever having to even launch the Reminders app. One of the most common types of reminders that most of us set almost every day are time-based reminders. Next time you need to create one, try using Siri to save some time!

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How to set up iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more on your iPhone or iPad

If you didn't originally set up your iPhone or iPad with iCloud, or if you want to use a different iCloud account than you do for iTunes purchases, you may need to sign in and set up iCloud outside of the initial setup process. In some cases, you may simply want to add an additional account to your device, you can add an iCloud account at any time via the Settings app.

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How to downgrade from Yosemite to Mavericks

Installed Yosemite developer preview and regretting it? Downgrade to Mavericks by following these instructions

You've installed a developer preview of OS X Yosemite, and you didn't take my previous advice to partition your hard drive. Now you're in a pickle: For whatever reason, you need to downgrade to Mavericks. How do you do it? Let's take a look.

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How to create location-based reminders with Siri

Since the Reminders app for iPhone and iPad can use your location to dish up reminders based on where you are, Siri can add location-based reminders for you as well. Simply tell Siri what you need to be reminded of, and where, and you're done!

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How to add reminders to specific lists with Siri

Not only can Siri create reminders for you and automatically add them to your Reminders app, Siri can also obey the lists you have already set up. If you don't want a new reminder to go to your default list, all you have to do is tell Siri.

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How to set up Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar, contacts on iPhone and iPad

If Microsoft Outlook.com — Live or Hotmail if you're retro — is your mail, contacts, and calendar provider of choice, it's easy to set up and access it right on your iPhone or iPad. Microsoft might have taken a while, and gone through a lot of names and iterations, to get their online consumer services into the modern age, but what they've finally settled on is impressive. There's Exchange if you need ActiveSync. If you don't, there's Outlook.

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How to access iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more on the web

While iCloud is meant to be used mainly on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, times may arise when you'll need access to your mail or calendar from a public computer. Perhaps your iPhone is dead and you need to use a friend's computer, or you're on holiday and don't have mobile data but there is an internet cafe or terminal close by. Either way, you can quickly and easily access mail, contacts, calendars, and many of the other iCloud services from any web browser.

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How to access iCloud sync settings on your Mac

Any Mac running OS X Lion or later comes with iCloud support built right in. If you've already got an existing iCloud account or need to set one up, it's incredibly easy to get all your contacts, calendars, and your iCloud mail account linked up with your Mac.

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How to set up a complete backup strategy for your Mac: Time Machine, cloning, and the cloud!

Make sure to have multiple backup strategies to make sure you never lose a file

It's one thing to back up your Mac. It's another thing to have a coherent backup strategy that includes local and off-site components. That makes sure you're never more than a few minutes from recovering in the event of a critical failure or problem. In this how to, we'll look at how to set up just such a routine using a combination of backup strategies .

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How to check stocks and exchanges using Siri

Siri can't be your financial advisor or broker -- yet! -- but Siri can look up stock prices and exchange positions for you. Whether you want to find out what's happening with APPL or GOOG, or if the DOW or NASDAQ is up or down, Siri's got you covered!

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