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How to Protect Children’s Privacy on Social Media

If your kids use social media, as all kids do, you may be worried about protecting their privacy. Teenagers may be a bit unconcerned about such things, and not care who reads their Facebook posts, their Twitter feeds, or sees their photos on Instagram. As a parent, you know how important it is to keep your kids’ online life out of the public domain, as much as possible.

You can explain to your children why this is important, and help them choose the right settings to protect their privacy. They can always go back and change the settings, of course; you can’t lock their Facebook or SnapChat settings. But if you have a serious conversation about privacy, you can work together with your children to apply the appropriate settings.

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Why Apple Should Become a Mobile Phone Provider

You can buy an iPhone and a contract with a specific mobile provider at the same time. But imagine a different situation, where Apple sells you a new iPhone or iPad and also sells you, if you choose, a contract to connect that device to any network, perhaps, even, and any country. And the provider you sign up with is Apple. For a monthly fee, Apple could provide you with a full range of services: calls, texts, data, cloud storage, music streaming, access to videos, and much more, and give you unlimited data for any of its own services. You would no longer have to worry about data caps for, say, streaming music or movies, And Apple could probably do this much more cheaply than current mobile phone operators.

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How to Free Up Storage on Your iPhone or iPad

A recent study shows that 42% of iPhone users run out of storage on their device at least once a month.


Part of the problem is that people buy iPhones with only 16 GB, which means they have around 12 GB after installing iOS. Add a few apps, some music, and lots of photos, and most users will find that their devices are full.

It’s easy to free up space on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how.

2015 01 26 13 44 27First, delete any apps you don’t use. To do this, tap and hold any app icon until all the icons wiggle. Tap the x at the corner of an app’s icon to delete it. Note that you cannot delete apps that are installed as part of iOS. In the screenshot to the left, you’ll see several of these, such as iBooks and Videos, which don’t display the x.

2015 01 26 13 38 23You can also view your apps and see how much space they take up. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Storage > Manage Storage. You’ll see a list of all your apps and their sizes. These figures include the data they contain. So you might not realize how much data certain apps may store.

To delete any app from this list, tap its name, then tap Delete App.

2015 01 26 13 38 40With Music, you have an additional option. You can delete an artist’s music quickly from this screen. Tap Music, then find an artist whose music you want to remove. Swipe to the left, then tap Delete.

Finally, go to the Photos app and clean out your photos. You may have hundreds of them, and if you’ve shot videos, they’ll take up a lot of space as well. Tap a photo to select it, then tap the trashcan icon. Or, to delete multiple photos, tap Select, then tap the photos you want to delete, and then tap the trashcan icon. Photos don’t get deleted immediately, however. You need to go into Recently Deleted (in Albums), then tap Select. Tap Delete All, if you’re sure you want to delete these photos.

With these steps, you can ensure that your iPhone or iPad has more space when you need it. Just remember to back up any photos you want to keep, and make sure that any music you delete is also on your computer at home.

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Apple Brings Back Free on iTunes Section of iTunes Store

Screen Shot 2015 01 26 at 9 36 23 AMA couple of weeks ago, it was thought that Apple had stopped giving away free singles of the week on the iTunes Store. The company no longer showed a single of the week, and a broader Free on iTunes section had also been removed, even though there was still free content in the Apps and TV Shows areas of the store.

Apple has brought back the Free on iTunes section of the iTunes Store, with access from a brick currently only on the main page of the Music section. In the past, there was a Free on iTunes link in the Quick Links sidebar. Hopefully, Apple will provide a better way to link to this section.

The Free on iTunes section currently only lists songs and TV shows, but it is possible that Apple may add other content, such as apps and books in the future. While there is no “Single of the Week,” there are 16 free songs, across various genres; perhaps Apple has extended their free choices much more than in the past. (There were often other free tracks that weren’t labeled Single of the Week.) As for TV shows, there are 24 full-length episodes, and the Free on iTunes section doesn’t list the many free trailers and previews that are also available in the TV Shows section of the iTunes Store.

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Get Amazon Prime for Only $72 Today Only

PrimeAmazon is having a one-day sale on its Amazon Prime service. Today, only, get a year of Amazon Prime for only $72.

Amazon Prime includes free two-day shipping, access to over a million songs, Prime Instant Video, and more. I use Amazon Prime here in the UK, where it offers next-day shipping, but no music. I do enjoy Amazon Prime Video, which is similar to Netflix in quality. Amazon has been creating some good exclusive TV series, and I find that, together with the free next-day shipping, it’s a good deal. Though I know that many people would rather buy Prime for shipping only, and not pay for the videos and music.

But with $27 off today, it might be a good time to try Prime.

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