Archive for iPad
If you own an iPad or iPhone and want to use it to fill out forms, then you need to use the Autofill feature. This feature will make requesting a free sample, filling out any type of form or entering contests fast and simple.
1. Set up a Contact with your personal information (I suggest using a different email address from your personal or business address for entering contests)
2. Enable the Autofill feature through Safari settings.
3. Use the Autofill feature when presented with an entry form.
Due to their increasing popularity, mobile gadgets like iPads are targets for hackers through use of malevolent applications (apps). Apps are programs for mobile gadgets and can harbor malware for stealing your user info. The best practice is purchase popular apps which are more likely to be legitimate. Follow the same safe practices as you do when on a computer: 1) be careful when on public Wi-Fi networks, 2) don’t enter personal information on unverified Websites and 3) don’t click on links in email or text messages unless you’re expecting them.
Supposedly you shouldn’t have to worry about getting apps from iTunes as Apple screens those prior to posting. But, it is still possible that your personal information could be accessed by hackers. Your best strategy is to purchase popular apps as they are more likely to be legitimate.
You might Google “iPad security” for more information on how to protect your iPad from thieves and how to find your iPad if it is stolen (http://www.simplehelp.net/2010/04/14/how-to-locate-your-ipad-if-its-lost-or-stolen/).
All tablets use LCD screens for which poor visibility in bright light is a typical problem. Ambient light overpowers the LED backlight. The screen can look totally black and this creates excessive glare.
What to do? First, increase the screen brightness. To do this, open the Settings app, tap on Brightness & Wallpaper, then drag the slider bar on the right as far right as possible. This should make the screen brighter. Be aware that this will drain your battery faster; only have it this high when in a bright space. When you’re back in dimmer lighting, lower the brightness. This will make it better for reading outside.
Another option is to try angling the way you hold the iPad when reading. This might help ease the glare. You can try using an anti-glare screen protector made for the iPad 2.
Of course, you should also experiment with how you hold your iPad. A simple change in angle can make it much easier to read in bright situations.
Next time I’ll give you some info on security for your iPad.
As promised, here are some more great FREE apps for your iPad:
- Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad. If you’re already used to reading RSS feeds in Google Reader, now you can access your account from your iPad. Fast and highly customizable, you’ll never be far away from your favorite internet marketing blogs again!
- PaperDesk Lite for iPad. If you’re a multi-dimensional thinker, PaperDesk may be just what you’ve been looking for in order to keep track of your scribbles, typed words, and mumblings. You create notebooks with text, hand-drawn notes, and audio, and then you can email them to yourself as a PDF. This “lite” version restricts you to three pages per notebook.
- Calculator for the iPad+. In the years that I’ve been out of school, I’ve forgotten all but the basics of math! No need to pull out the old algebra textbooks. I can handle nearly any mathematical need with my iPad+ calculator. In portrait orientation, it’s a simple calculator, but let me just turn the screen on its side, and I’ll be forcing even the most nasty differential equation into submission in no time!
My next post will offer some options for how to combat glare on your iPad!
Isn’t it nice to know that there are plenty of goodies you can get for free on your iPad? Sure, often these are “lite” versions of a larger, more expensive program, but it’s an amazing way to test-drive the app for free before you invest a whopping $8.99 in something that may not work for you. After all, there are plenty of other things you can do with that $8.99 – like get two lattes from your favorite coffee shop.
All joking aside, here are some of the best small biz free apps I’ve found for the iPad. I haven’t included ones I’ve mentioned in previous sections, just to avoid repeating myself:
- HootSuite Lite for Twitter. A scaled-down version of the paid version, HootSuite will have you tweeting and RTing to your heart’s delight. Send and schedule tweets and Facebook status updates, track clicks, and set up columns to manage custom searches. You can manage up to three accounts in the lite version.
- Google Mobile. If you use any of Google’s office suite (Calendar, Docs, Maps, etc.) get Google Mobile to easily view and access the desired info. You’ll love the one-stop, one-click access.
- Kindle for iPad. You know how every time you log into Amazon, it seems like the prices on their Kindles just keep dropping and dropping? Yeah, that’s because of the iPad. The iPad does everything the Kindle does (pretty much) but you don’t have to carry another device with you. All you have to do is download the free app and you’re ready to read that stack of business books that had been piling up on your bedside table. (If you prefer Barnes and Noble – grab the Nook app instead. You can read free in store.
I’ll have a few more apps for you in my next post.