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How to control background refresh to save battery life and data on your iPhone and iPad

Background refresh is part of what allows any iOS 7 app for iPhone or iPad to appear to be multitasking all the time. The truth is, they're really multitasking "just in time" by updating in the background whenever they have the opportunity or right before they figure you'll be launching them. In spite of how efficient Apple has tried to make it, however, using background refresh will also use more power and consume more data. Luckily, if either your battery life or your data limit is running low you can turn off background refresh, either entirely or just for those apps you don't consider that important.

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How to take the perfect selfie with your iPhone!

Taking the perfect selfie with your iPhone can be a challenge. It's hard to make sure you get just the right angle, and harder still to keep your own arms out of your way. Luckily, there's an easy fix! Just grab the Apple earbuds that came with your iPhone, plug them in, and then watch the video!

Let me know how it works for you!

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Newly installed apps not showing up in Launch Center Pro? Here's how to fix it!

If you're using Launch Center Pro on a daily basis, you may come across a time or two when apps you've recently installed aren't showing up as installed inside Launch Center Pro. Luckily there's an easy fix built right into Launch Center Pro itself. Here's how to fix it:

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How to see all the unread message notifications on your iPhone, all at once, all in the same place

Instant Messaging (IM) — and the notifications that come with them — are horribly fragmented. iPhone users have iMessage built-in, but if you use Facebook then you likely also have Facebook Messenger, if you use Google you likely also have Google Hangouts, if you come from BlackBerry you likely have BBM contacts, and depending on what part of the world you're in, you likely also have WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Telegram, Viber, and more all locked and loaded. That's an awful lot of beeping, buzzing, and badging to deal with. If you handle notifications the instant they come in, then it may not be a problem. If you need to go back later, hunting for little red dots all over your Home screen can be a hassle. So what's the answer? Unify them all in one folder!

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How to create groups in Launch Center Pro for iPhone and iPad

If you've started creating your own actions in Launch Center Pro, you may find that after a while you run out of grids on the main menu. Organizing your actions into groups not only lets you create more actions but helps keep them neat and organized so you can get to them easily. Here's how:

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Want to save iPhone and iPad battery life? Start with Notification Center!

As we install more and more apps on our iPhones and iPads, we get more and more notifications. And with notifications comes battery drain. So if you find yourself running out of battery life quicker than you'd like, it may be time to get a better handle on Notification Center. Here's how:

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How to create advanced actions in Launch Center Pro for iPhone and iPad

Launch Center Pro is all about productivity and getting to the things on your iPhone or iPad that you use the most. We've already looked at some basic actions such as how to launch apps but that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of functionality. Launch Center Pro can even launch into specific tasks for some apps such as creating a new calendar event. Here's how to get started:

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How to span a window between two displays in Mavericks

If you use OS X Mavericks with multiple displays, you may have noticed a change in the system's behavior since you upgraded: You now get docks and menus in each window. But there's a drawback: you can't display a single window between multiple displays anymore. Either the app window is on one display or the other, but never both. Here's a handy tip for restoring that functionality, for anyone who misses it from Mountain Lion.

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How to find and delete duplicate files on your Mac

No one likes to find themselves running out of hard drive space on their Mac. Weeding through files and deciding what to delete and what to keep is a painful process and one that none of us likes. One of the biggest causes of wasted space are duplicate files. Luckily there are a few easy ways to locate them and clear them out, in turn saving yourself some valuable disk space. Here's how!

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How to get to your favorite apps as fast as possible with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro focuses on giving you access to the things you use most on your iPhone and iPad, as fast as possible. That includes launching your favorite apps. Here's how:

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