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September 18, 2013

Tech Tips: Some tricks with new iOS 7, iPhones

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CUPERTINO, Calif. — TIP TWO: ORGANIZING AND SHARING PHOTOS

The new Photos app organizes your photos into moments, based on when and where you took the photos. Several moments will be grouped into a collection, such as a vacation to Europe. Collections will then be grouped by year. It’s all automated, so you can’t reorganize shots if you would rather break a collection into two. But it’s better than having hundreds of unorganized photos.

From any moment, collection or year, click on the header on top of the photos to pull out a map showing all the places you’ve been, with the number of shots taken at each. You can share entire moments, by hitting “Share” on the right side of that header. A menu should pop out from the bottom. It’s tricky because it’s easy to miss and hit “Select” above it instead.

Once you have the moment or set of photos chosen, another menu will pop out from the bottom, giving you such choices as sharing by email, Facebook, Flickr or text messaging.

TIP THREE: ASK SIRI

Frustrated with Siri’s inability to hear what you’re trying to say? Instead of repeating yourself over and over, you can click “tap to edit” to make the change manually. You shouldn’t have to with voice search, but fixing one letter is still easier than having to type in the entire phrase.

Just for fun, you can give Siri a sex change by going to the settings, choosing “General,” then “Siri,” then “Voice Gender.” You can now use Siri to change phone settings and return recent calls. And Siri will speak out turn-by-turn directions when walking. Before, the vocal instructions were limited to driving directions in Maps.

TIP FOUR: FREEBIES

Apple’s new streaming music service, iTunes Radio, is easy to find. Click on the Music icon at the bottom of each home screen, then choose “Radio” at the bottom. Create music stations by choosing some genres you like. Then fine-tune your picks by hitting the star when a tune is playing. You can ask the service to play more songs like it or remove that song from future playlists entirely. You can also create new stations based on specific songs or artists. The service will try to find other songs like them.

Best of all, it’s free. Just prepare to put up with some ads, unless you subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match for $25 a year.

Meanwhile, you might qualify for some free apps — Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets, Keynote for presentations, iPhoto for photo editing and iMovie for movie editing. They usually cost $5 or $10 each. To qualify, you need to buy a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The offer is retroactive to Sept. 1. Once a new device is activated, the app can be downloaded for free to other devices on the same account, as long as the device is upgraded to iOS 7.

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