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How to watch the 57th US presidential inauguration from your iPhone and iPad

If you're a US citizen, you're probably aware that Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term on Monday, January 21, 2013. If you own an iPhone or iPad, you can keep up with the inauguration including streaming live video.

There are quite a few options to choose from so if you aren't sure where you can catch all the action come Monday, follow along and we'll get you the apps and resources you need to catch every minute of the 2013 Inauguration.

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How to manage alerts for individual Calendar events on your iPhone and iPad

The Calendar app on your iPhone and iPad are great tools for reminding you when you have events and appointments coming up. Not only does it help you stay organized and on track, the Calendar app can also double as somewhat of a personal assistant. Part of that job is to alert you when you have events coming up. We've already taken a look at how to set and change default alerts but what if a particular appointment or event should have a different alert time? Perhaps even repeating?

It just so happens your iPhone and iPad can handle both scenarios. Follow along and we'll show you how.

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How to share iCloud calendars using your iPhone or iPad

If you use Apple's free iCloud service, and you've added calendars to better organize your events, you may want to share one or more of them with a friend, colleague, or family member, so. For example, if you're planning a trip or maintaining a work schedule, and want other people to be able to not only view, but add and edit events, then a shared calendar is the way to go.

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How to manage calendar alerts on your iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and iPad are both great tools for keeping you on task and getting you organized. Not only can you create your own calendars, you can also customize alerts and when you receive them. If you aren't sure how, follow along and we'll help you get up and running in no time.

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How to set a default calendar on your iPhone and iPad

If you've created your own calendars on your iPhone or iPad, there's probably one that you create more events on than the others. Your Calendar app will default to the generic calendar but if it's not the one you want, you can easily change it to default to the one you use most. This makes creating events much quicker since you don't have to toggle calendars when you create each individual event or appointment.

Not sure how? Follow along.

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How to mark an email as read or unread on your iPhone and iPad

If you come back to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad only to find a ton of new emails you really don't want to go through, or if you opened an email by accident but don't want to forget about it later, you can easily mark one or more messages as read or unread right in the built-in Mail app.

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How to find restaurants, read reviews, and make reservations using Siri

With iOS 6, your personal virtual assistant, Siri can now help you find restaurants and even book tables. You will need the OpenTable app from the App Store to complete your reservations, but Siri do a lot of the heavy lifting, including finding places and times, and showing you Yelp-powered reviews and pictures.

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How to look up sports scores and schedules, team rosters, and player stats using Siri

Siri got a lot smarter when it comes to sports in iOS 6 and can now give you not only information about current games but about upcoming schedules, player stats, detailed game information, and more. This means you won't have to scour the web any longer to find out information about your favorite teams and players.

Just ask Siri instead. Here's how.

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How to quickly update your Twitter and Facebook status from Notification Center

With iOS 6 you can send a tweet to Twitter or post to Facebook right from Notification Center. Whether you're using the new iPhone 5, or a newly updated iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, the Share Widget makes Twitter and Facebook buttons only a swipe away.

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How to set a song as your alarm tone in iOS 6

One of iOS 6's hidden gems is the ability to use a song from your music library as an alarm to wake you up. Before iOS 6 was released, you could only use ringtones or one of the default alarm tones as your wakeup call, which was less than thrilling, but now you can set anything in the Music app to jolt you up out of bed. Progress!

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