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How to get Voice Memos off your iPhone

I use Apple's Voice Memos app for a variety of tasks — recording notes for work; strange foley sounds that might work well for The Incomparable's radio show; or, more recently, short song sketches or covers.

When I want to get those off my iPhone, I've got a few different options: It all depends on what computer I'm using.

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iOS 8.2 beta 2 available now for beta crowd

If you happen to be in the iOS 8 beta program, there's an OTA update for iOS 8.2 beta 2 waiting for you. This update's said to include bug fixes and performance improvements. The previous release of the 8.2 beta was the first to include the WatchKit SDK for building Apple Watch apps.

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The case for a 'Safari view controller' for iOS 9

Web views are an incredibly convenient way to handle in-app browsing. Since they're WebKit, you get the same kind of experience and performance as Safari, but you don't have to send people hurtling out of your app and into Safari simply to show them a link. However, web views can't store cookies, so logins can't persist, and having to login to a web view isn't good from a security perspective anyway. So what's the solution?

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iOS 9 wish-list: VIP for Contacts, not just Mail

Mail's VIP feature is great. I can "star" the people most important to me, thus enabling sound and Lock screen notifications solely for them. It's a great way to make sure I'm alerted when I get email that matters, and avoid being interrupted when it doesn't. My problem? VIP currently only exists as a feature in the Mail app. There's no way to do the same for Messages or any other communication app I have installed.

I'd love to see VIP moved from Mail's settings to Contacts proper, so that I can make sure the people who are literally "very important" get through more easily, no matter how they choose to communicate with me. And it'd be great if it happened with iOS 9.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.2

Apple has released a new iOS 8 to the public, this time iOS 8.1.2. The update is available for download over the air on your device or through iTunes. This update is supposed to correct an issue that may have caused ringtones purchased through iTunes to be removed from devices.

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Transmit update removes uploading to iCloud at Apple's request

Transmit, the popular cloud storage management app for iOS scored an update today, but that isn't the big news. Along with bug fixes, Panic, the developers behind Transmit, had to remove the app's ability to send files to other services, including iCloud, because of a conflict with Apple's guidelines.

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Mozilla to finally bring Firefox to iOS

Though Apple has historically been pretty restrictive when it comes to third-party browsers on iOS, it looks like Mozilla may finally be making the plunge onto your iPhone in the near future. Mozilla's release manager, Lukas Blakk, said via Twitter today that the company is going to bring Firefox to iOS.

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How to use iTunes in the Cloud: The ultimate guide

iTunes in the Cloud lets you access content you've bought from iTunes Store, the App Store, and iBooks Store from any device you have linked to your iTunes account. That means you can re-download previous purchases to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or to your Windows or Mac PC running iTunes. You can even stream music, movies, and TV shows to your Apple TV anytime you'd like. It's all built right in!

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iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

Sometimes I'm having a conversation on iMessage and the person — or one of the people in a group — I'm conversing with says something so funny, so profound, so touching, or so important I just want to favorite it so they'll know, and so that I'll be able to find it again in the future when I want or need to see it again. Right now, I can't. But maybe iOS 9 could change that?

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iOS 8 now installed on 60 percent of devices

Apple has announced that its iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad now is installed on 60 percent of devices as of November 24. With the latest numbers, iOS 7 is installed on 35 percent of devices while prior iOS versions are on 5 percent of devices.

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