Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tips : Turn iPad caps lock on

Turn iPad caps lock on
To type a capital letter on the Onscreen Keyboard you first tap the left or right shift key, then the letter. If you need to type a whole word in caps this can be painful. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tips : Use the magnifying glass

Use the magnifying glass
You're entering text but you realise you've made a mistake a couple of lines back. You either fumble about with your finger trying to get back to the exact place, or you use the magnifying glass. Touch and hold your finger in the right area and the magnifying glass appears, enabling you to fine tune your insertion point.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Customize : Set your EQ

Set your EQ
Be sure to set the EQ for the iPad, which makes the sound quality much more listenable. Go to Settings, then iPod, then EQ. Select the style of music you listen to most often.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Customize : Password protection

Password protection
You can password-protect apps like iTunes so that a family member can't buy everything with your credit card. Go to Settings, then General, then Restrictions. Press Enable Restrictions and type a password, then turn on the restrictions you want for the apps available. Note that this password is different from your iTunes password - you'll need to tap in both.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Customize : Control iPad notifications

Control iPad notifications
Go to Settings, Notifications, and configure which alerts (and accompanying sounds) will appear.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Customize : Use a custom wallpaper

Use a custom wallpaper
Go to Settings, Brightness & Wallpaper. Flick to the right, go to Saved Photos, and select the image. Press the Set Lock Screen or Set Home Screen option, or Both.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Customize : Enable Autofill

Enable Autofill
Save time filling out web forms in Safari by making use of Autofill. In Settings choose Safari - AutoFill, then select Use Contact Info to autofill information from the Contacts app, or Names & Passwords.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Customize : Add extra apps to your tray

Add extra apps to your tray
There are four apps in the iPad's Dock (the shelf along the bottom of the Home Screen) by default, but you can have up to six apps here for quick access. Press and hold any icon on the Home Screen until the icons start to wobble, then drag two more apps to your Dock.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The iPad, Officially the Fastest Selling Tech Gadget

The Apple iPad has become the best-selling tech gadget in history, according to Colin McGranahan of Bernstein Research, an analyst responsible for tracking iPad sales. It is estimated that 8.5 million units has been sold so far with more to come this holiday season. This surge has not only affected the netbook market sales but, is in fact, slowly to eating away into PC sales, as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home screen

The Home screen is where you start on the iPad. It’s where you’ll find all your applications. It’s where you go to switch between them by pressing the Home button. Customize your Home screen by adding your favorite apps and websites.

Create up to 11 Home screens and browse them with a flick. Arrange the apps on your Home screen however you like — even move them between screens. Organize your Home screens right on the iPad. Or organize them in iTunes on your Mac or PC, then sync them back to the the iPad.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Contacts

Put a photo to a name, so you can find someone at a glance. Add an email address and you can send a message with a tap. Or add birthdays, anniversaries, and important notes to any contact. You can even set a reminder that’s saved to your calendar.

Scroll through Contacts with a flick of your finger. Or use built-in search to find a name fast. You can even group contacts. Turn iPad to landscape and you see your complete contacts list and a single contact simultaneously. Need directions? Tap an address inside a contact and iPad automatically opens Maps.

Connect your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your computer, and iTunes can sync every contact you have, so every address book you use is a perfect match.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Calendar

View your calendar by day, week, or month. See everything in a list. The iPad Calendar app changes views with a tap or a turn. In portrait view, you can see an entire month or the details of a single day. Rotate the iPad to landscape, and you’ll find a list of the day’s activities on one side and your detailed schedule on the other. The iPad makes it easy to focus on what you’re doing now, even while you plan for what’s next.

Create calendars for different schedules. Each calendar appears in a different color, so it’s easy to manage them all. And you can see all your calendars at once.

Connect your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your computer, and iTunes can sync every meeting, event, birthday, appointment, and reminder in every calendar application you use: iCal, MobileMe, Google, Microsoft Outlook, AOL, and more.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Notes

Use the Notes app to type down anything and everything and take it with you wherever you go. The iPad keyboard even accelerates your typing by tracking what you write and suggesting words, correcting spelling, and inserting punctuation for you automatically.

The Notes app is extremely simple and works out great but for those wanting more possiblity you will have to install and use other apps.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maps

Tap to view locations from above with high-resolution satellite imagery, up close with street view, by topography with a new terrain view, and in map view — all using Google services. iPad with Wi-Fi finds your location using known Wi-Fi hotspots, and Wi-Fi + 3G models use Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellular towers. So you can get routes, get directions, and get there in no time.

Say you’re in a new neighborhood and you want to find a restaurant. Type “restaurants” in the search field. All the closest restaurants will appear as pins around your location. Tap a pin to see a restaurant’s name. Touch and hold to see it in street view so you’ll recognize it. Maps even gives you directions and a route from where you are. Find the best route to your house and email it to a friend. Find the perfect sushi spot and bookmark it for later — or add it to your contacts list.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

iTunes

With the iTunes app you will have instant access to new music, movies to buy or rent, TV shows, and podcasts. All the content will be download wirelessly, right to your iPad. Browse New Releases, Top Tens, and Genres. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, type in a quick search. Play a preview of any song or video, then tap to buy it. With millions of songs and thousands of movies, TV episodes, and music videos in the iTunes Store. The Genius feature keeps track of what you love and recommends more of the same.

Discover iTunes U. You’ll find lectures, discussions, language lessons, audiobooks, podcasts, and more from top universities, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

When you connect iPad to your Mac or PC, the music, movies, TV shows, and videos from iTunes on your computer can sync to your iPad — and the media on your iPad can sync to iTunes on your computer.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

App Store

Thousands of apps are available through the App Store. Using your iTunes account, you will be able to download and easily install new apps. New apps are added everyday. They’re easy to find in their own special section, in every possible category: games, lifestyle, social networking, education, and dozens more. And they’re all designed specifically to make the most of the large iPad display, precise Multi-Touch screen, and powerful processor.

Most apps are constantly updated and the App Store will notice you when an update is available. Free version (Lite) of games is becoming a more common and useful thing through the App Store. That way you can first try to see if you enjoy the game or not. As of today, there is more then 200,000 iPad apps available.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

YouTube

The YouTube app is designed specifically to take advantage of all the capabilities of iPad.

Content is organized in a new way, so it’s easy to navigate and watch. Tap what you want to see, and the video automatically appears full screen. Use your fingers to play, pause, and advance through a video.

But I have two complains about the YouTube app. First of all, to be able to use all the features you need to register yourself a YouTube account. Secondly, most of the time when you will be surfing the Internet with the Safari browser and you will try to watch a video from YouTube, you will be transfered directly into the YouTube app. It makes the whole experience frustrating. But overall, this is a nicely designed and optimized app for the iPad.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tips : Video

Here are some useful tips when using the Video app on the iPad:

- Connect to an HD TV
You can connect the iPad to your television. You'll need the Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter, which connects to the 30-pin port on the iPad and to the VGA port on your HD TV.

- Use widescreen for some movies
Depending on the movie you watch, widescreen mode might work better. To use it, go to Settings, Video, and enable the Widescreen option.

- How to transcode videos
If you watch content in widescreen and want to maximize storage, you can save some disk space by using an application like Handbrake to transcode your videos into the largest 16:9 resolution the iPad's XGA screen natively supports. In Handbrake there is a preset in the right-hand drawer under the "Apple" section called "Universal" that is slightly less resolution than what I've recommended above (720 by 400 for a 16:9 video) but will play back just fine on both iPads and iPhones.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Video

The beautiful 9.7-inch high-resolution display makes the iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. You can buy or rent downloads right to your iPad video library from the iTunes store or you can upload your own content for your own viewing pleasure when you sync from your iTunes library on your computer. If you want to load the iPad up with your own ripped or downloaded videos, they'll need to be 720p or less and in h.264.

Browse your video library by poster art in grid view. When you see something you want to watch, tap it and it starts playing instantly. Turn iPad sideways to watch in widescreen view. Double-tap to switch between widescreen and full-screen views. Even tap to browse through chapters.

With the lithium-polymer battery in the iPad, you will be able to get up to 10 hours of video playback.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tips : iPod

Here are some useful tips when using iPod on the iPad:

- Set your EQ
Be sure to set the EQ, which makes the sound quality much more listenable. Go to Settings, then iPod, then EQ. Select the style of music you listen to most often.

- Save space for more music
When you connect your iPad to iTunes, there's an option under summary that, when enabled, will automatically convert all songs to 128 kbps AAC, which will save space on the device.

- Use headphones or connect to a stereo
The iPad has great audio quality. The speaker is not exactly robust, but you can connect the iPad to a stereo using a 3.5mm mini-to-mini cable.

- Access the iPod
Like the iPhone, you can access an iPod pop-up by double-pressing on the Home button.

- Create playlists
You can create playlists on the iPad itself in its iPad app. Just tap on the + button at the bottom left of the screen and give your new playlists a name. You then add songs by simply clicking on them in your music library. You can't remove songs here, instead you have to tap Done, then you get the option of removing songs.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

iPod

The iPod application for the iPad let you browse your music collection by song, artist, album, genre, or composer with the touch of a finger. See your music as full-size album art. Flip through all your albums and tap to choose what you want to hear.

When you want to play a song, tap it. The Now Playing screen appears, displaying the album art for the song you're playing. Tap to flip the album over and view the track list. Use your finger to pause, shuffle, change the track, and adjust the volume. Or, if you prefer some private listening, connect wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.


It's easy to fill your iPad with music. Tap iTunes to browse millions of songs in the iTunes Store and download new music directly to your iPad. When you connect iPad to your Mac or PC, the songs you downloaded on the go can sync to the iTunes library on your computer. It works the other way around, too. Everything from iTunes on your computer can sync to iPad. iTunes also syncs your playlists, including On-the-Go playlists, Genius playlists, and Genius Mixes. It comes with a musical Genius that automatically creates multiple mixes based on the music you love.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photos

With the built-in Photos app on the iPad, you can see and touch your photos in intuitive new ways. Your photo albums appear as tidy little stacks you can pinch to preview. Tap a stack, and the whole album opens up. From there you can scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Or flip through photos one at a time.

The display shows off your photos in vivid color with excellent brightness and contrast. It uses a premium technology called IPS (in-plane switching) to provide an extremely wide viewing angle, so friends and family can crowd around your iPad and still get a great view. When you rotate iPad, your picture rotates, too, so you can show it off any way you want. You can even create and play your own slideshows, complete with music and animated transitions.

The iPad works seamlessly with Faces and Places in iPhoto for the Mac, so you can view your photos not only by date and event but also by who's in them and where they were taken. You can sync your photos from your Mac or PC using iTunes. You can import photos directly from your camera or its SD card using the optional iPad Camera Connection Kit. And you can save photos from email or the web to your iPad photo library or even use GoodReader to import pictures, or simply use services like MobileMe and Dropbox.