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5 Ways to Back Up iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Photos

It's been said the best camera is the one you have with you. For iPhone owners, the camera is always one swipe away. While this can be an excellent way to document people, places and events, images pile up quickly on an iOS device. Just like any other important data, it's critical to back up irreplaceable photos before something goes wrong.

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There are many ways to transfer photos from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer or cloud backup. Choosing one or more solutions and using them often will ensure that your images are safely stored. iCloud is a native iOS solution, which comes with 5GB free storage. There are also third-party iOS apps that will back up photos, and several methods to transfer pictures to a computer. Here are the top five ways to back up iOS photos:

How to Add a Hotmail Account to iPhone Mail

Good news for Hotmail users, the process of adding Hotmail to the iOS Mail app is easier than ever. Since Microsoft now includes Hotmail service as part of the rebranded Outlook.com, options have changed under iOS 8.

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Once configured, the Hotmail inbox will behave like any other email account accessed by the iOS Mail app. To begin, navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add Account. As shown above, tap the option for Outlook.com.

Top 10 Privacy Settings for the iPhone and iOS 8

Some might say that privacy is nonexistent in the digital age, however Apple may beg to differ. The iPhone and iOS 8 provide many options to limit sharing and ostensibly increase privacy on these mobile devices. Privacy settings are a matter of personal preference, and making sure the Settings are configured to your liking will prevent any surprises.

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Those who are not concerned about location or data sharing will find the default iOS 8 settings work fine. Others will want to look at these must-have privacy settings for iOS 8 to determine what makes them comfortable. Arguably the most often used and most intrusive technology on the iPhone involves location sharing, thanks to built-in GPS. So accordingly the list of top 10 privacy settings for the iPhone and iOS 8 starts here:

How to Send and Receive SMS Text Messages on Your Mac

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple sought to connect its devices with features such as Handoff, which lets you start a task on one device and pick it up on another; phone call relaying, personal hotspot, and SMS and MMS relaying. The last feature allows you to forward messages from your iPhone to your iMac, MacBook or iPad, and it's one of those features that, once you use it, you'll marvel at the neolithic world we lived in just a few short months ago. Now you'll no longer have to leave your computer to check on the chimes you heard coming from the other room, and you'll be able to type your messages a whole lot faster.

How to send and receive SMS texts on your Mac

Of course we've had this for iMessages for a while, but now you can send to and receive from non-iPhone people (SMS texts require a cell phone carrier while iMessages are routed through Apple's servers).

Here's how to set up SMS and MMS message relaying between your iPhone and Mac:

How to Make and Take iPhone Calls on Your Mac

Continuity is one of the major features of iOS 8 and Yosemite that was touted so highly during Apple's media events earlier this year. It connects all of your iOS 8 and Yosemite devices and includes features like Handoff, which allows you to transfer tasks from one device to another (like starting an email on your iPhone and then continuing it on your iMac), message and call relaying, and personal hotspot. While Handoff requires Bluetooth 4.0 (find out if your devices have it here), message and call relaying do not.

How to make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac

Making calls and receiving them on your Mac is really a great feature. No more walking across the room or, God forbid, up the stairs to grab your phone while you're trying to get work done on your computer. Once you have this set up, you can simply

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