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How to use your Photo Stream as the screen saver on your Apple TV

If you own an iPhone and an Apple TV, it's easy to wirelessly beam your photos to the big screen using AirPlay. You can also use your own Photo Stream photos as your screen saver instead of the stock photos that come on your Apple TV. The best part is that as you take photos, they'll automatically update and you'll always have new and fresh photos for people to see!

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How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a strong alphanumeric password

If a simple 4-digit passcode isn't secure enough for you, you can choose to protect your iPhone or iPad Lock screen with a longer, stronger alphanumeric password. That greatly reduces the chances that anyone can guess or brute-force their way into your device and access your data without your permission. What's more, Apple makes it easy to set up.

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How to get your iPhone video clips into iMovie on your iPad

With iMovie for iOS going free with the purchase of a new iOS 7 device, you might be tempted into taking a look at it for the very first time. While iMovie is a universal app for iPhone and iPad, let's face it, if you've just bought a new iPad Air or will be picking up a Retina iPad mini later on this month, that larger display is where it's at for editing your own movies.

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How to restore your iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup

If you're upgrading, replacing, or restoring your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, using iCloud can get you back up and running in no time. Unlike restoring from iTunes, you don't need to plug right into the specific Mac or Windows PC that holds your iTunes library. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and some time. We've even done it right at the Apple store, right after swapping out our iPhones and iPads. It's simple once you know how.

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How to access iTunes in the Cloud TV shows on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and PC

iTunes in the Cloud is part of iCloud, and lets you re-download or stream your previously purchased TV shows -- and music, movies, iBooks, and apps -- from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, or Windows or Mac PC. If you switch devices regularly, or don't want to take up space storing TV shows you watch infrequently, iTunes in the Cloud lets you keep everything you want to watch close by, and watch it whenever you want, wherever you want. You just have to make sure you're logged into your iTunes account, and you're good to go.

Here's how to access iTunes in the Cloud TV shows from your device.

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How to replace the speaker assembly in a Verizon or Sprint iPhone 4

If you've got a blown or distorted loud speaker or the bottom mic isn't working in your Verizon or Sprint iPhone 4, you may need to DIY replace the speaker assembly. Luckily, this is one of the easier repairs to perform on your own. It's also a lot cheaper than paying for a replacement if you're out of warranty.

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How to play your favorite Facebook games on your new iPad

If you've got a new iPad you're probably already aware of how great of an experience gaming is on it. But what about those Facebook games that you're addicted to that may be Flash based? Odds are, you'll be able to enjoy those on your new iPad too.

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How to use Twitter on your new iPad

There are many ways you can access Twitter from your new iPad, including the official Twitter for iPad app, some great alternatives like Tweetbot and Twitterrific, and even the Twitter.com website directly from Safari. Twitter integration is even built into iOS 5 so you can tweet pictures, for example, from right inside many other apps.

Whether you're a power user or just an occasional browser, there are a lot of great ways to get tweeting from your iPad.

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How to use Facebook on your new iPad

The new iPad is simply one of the most enjoyable ways to keep up with your Facebook friends, share your status and location, post pictures and videos, and more. It's instant-on, it has a big, beautiful screen, and the multitouch interface makes it a lot of fun for social networks where ever you are, whenever you're in the mood.

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How to send video, games, FaceTime and more from your new iPad to your TV with AirPlay

Back when iOS 4.2 was released, Apple introduced a new feature called AirPlay. Although limited at the time, AirPlay allowed any video using Apple’s standard media control to beam image and sound over a local Wi-Fi network to an Apple TV for viewing on the big screen.

Later on, iOS 4.3 brought more functionality to the service by adding support for Apple’s Photo app and various other 3rd party apps. Now with iOS 5, AirPlay mirroring lets any screen of any app to be displayed on an Apple TV over Wi-Fi including games and yes, even FaceTime.

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