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  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Maps

    Apple gave Maps a complete makeover in iOS 6--one that included removing Google as the app's back end and the elimination of local transit directions in favor of third-party apps. By comparison, the changes to iOS 7 are subtler, though sadly, transit is still MIA from the Maps app other than via third-party apps.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages

    The Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps get minor improvements to both their interfaces and feature-sets. The Phone app gets new buttons, FaceTime Audio makes its official debut, and Messages has a few new features hidden behind its swipe and tap gestures.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Safari

    Besides its new icon, the biggest changes in iOS 7's Safari are its new unified smart search field, its goal to keep the browser's interface minimized whenever possible, new navigation gestures, a new tabs view, shared links, and quicker access to private browsing.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Notes and Reminders

    Notes and Reminders both had skeuomorphic looks in iOS 6, both of which have mostly disappeared in iOS 7. The new Notes and Reminders are sleeker, simpler versions of their predecessors.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Voice Memos

    If you guessed that the Voice Memos app--virtually unchanged since its iOS 3 release--would ditch the big shiny microphone and VU monitor for something a little sleeker in iOS 7, you would be absolutely right. The new Voice Memos looks nothing like its former self--indeed, about the only thing it shares with that incarnation is the ability to record audio. (It's still only available for the iPhone and iPod touch, however.)

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Mail

    In both iOS 4 and iOS 5, Apple gave the Mail app major overhauls. Even in iOS 6, Mail gained some significant new features. This time around, in iOS 7's version of Mail, the biggest changes are to the look-and-feel, thanks to the systemwide makeover iOS 7 has received. But if you look closely, you'll find a number of nice improvements behind the face-lift.

  • How-Tos: 10 tips, tricks, and timesavers to get more out of iOS 7

    iOS 7 is here, and it's the most radical update that Apple's mobile OS has ever seen. But while the overhauled interface and bold new look is getting all the attention, iOS 7 comes with a bucketload of new features and enhancements that make it easier to use and more secure.

  • How-Tos: How to Overcome Small Business Data Recovery Challenges

    Data recovery has mattered ever since businesses started relying on PCs in the workplace. Today's common storage options for small businesses all present some disaster recovery challenges. Here's what your organization should do to address them.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Notification Center

    Notification Center, first introduced in iOS 5 as a central hub for your app notifications, has gotten both a facelift and some slick new features, while shedding a few vestigial ones. Pull down from the top center of your iOS device, and Notification Center slides into view, rounding up your recently received notifications and alerts.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: AirDrop

    In OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple added a new file-sharing feature called AirDrop that let you easily share files with other Mac users nearby--specifically, those with recent Macs running Lion that were connected to the same local network. Though AirDrop wasn't (and still isn't) effortless, it's a convenient option for sharing data with people in close proximity.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Control Center

    For years, one of the biggest complaints that we've heard from readers--and that we've voiced ourselves--has been the way iOS buried frequently accessed settings one or two (or more!) screens deep in the Settings app. As Android gained nifty home-screen widgets for tweaking Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more, complaints about iOS's settings hassle became even more common.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Siri

    Siri lovers and skeptics alike have a lot to look forward to in iOS 7: Apple's virtual assistant has become smarter and better spoken, and offers more-diverse searches.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Design changes

    iOS has followed more or less the same design blueprint since its introduction in 2007, albeit with refinements along the way. But what we see in iOS 7 is nothing less than a full-fledged overhaul of the operating system's look and feel, while maintaining the interface that makes the device so easy to use.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Multitasking

    Multitasking first appeared in iOS 4, but at the time it was limited: Only certain types of apps could run in the background, using Apple-approved frameworks for tasks such as audio, location, and uploading. In iOS 7, Apple has loosened the restrictions for multitasking and added a whole new user interface for switching between apps.

  • How-Tos: Get to know iOS 7: Meet Apple's new mobile OS

    iOS 7 is here, and it's packed full of all sorts of features you don't want to miss knowing about. Here's an overview of what you can expect from Apple's newest operating system, with links to our in-depth articles on each topic.

  • How-Tos: Speech recognition, the new PC power tool

    The Siri effect is spreading. Starting this fall, Nuance, a company that makes advanced speech recognition and transcription software, will bundle its Dragon Assistant, a Siri-like, vocal sidekick, with select Intel-powered Ultrabooks and All-in-One desktops.

  • How-Tos: 10 tips for managing minimized windows

    Do you minimize your windows with abandon, crowding your Dock with miniature documents? Do you rarely minimize anything, crowding your screen with multiple windows? Knowing the big and small options for this basic window-wrangling feature can save you both time and space.

  • How-Tos: Share files between Windows 7 and XP

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to share a new Windows 7 laptop with an existing Windows XP computer and wireless network.

  • How-Tos: Rotate videos shot on smartphone

    How to rotate video clips that come out upside-down. And how to shoot video on your phone the right way around.

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