How to Locate Your iPad on a Map
Matt Cone May 31, 2012
Did you lose your iPad? If you enabled Find My iPad, there’s no need to worry. As long as the iPad is turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network, you can access a map that pinpoints its exact location. This should be the primary tool in your recovery arsenal, whether you left your iPad under a couch cushion or on a table at the neighborhood cafe. Here’s how to locate your iPad on a map:
How to Enable Find My iPad
Matt Cone May 30, 2012
The iPad is nothing if not portable. You can carry it with you and use it just about anywhere. It’s great for doing work in cafes, airports, or even at the office. But the iPad’s portability also poses a serious problem: It’s easy to misplace! Apple saw this coming. They created a free utility called Find My iPad that can detect the location of a lost iPad with great accuracy, assuming it’s turned on and connected to the Internet.
Remove Rental Movies from an iPad or iPhone
Matt Cone May 29, 2012
If you’ve ever rented an iTunes movie on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you know that the movie is automatically removed from your device 24 hours after you started watching it. But did you know that you can manually remove movie rentals after you finish watching them? Doing so allows you to free up disk space on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and store even more music and movies.
Where to Find Saved PDF Files on an iPad
Matt Cone May 19, 2012
In another tutorial, we discussed how to save PDF files on an iPad. But where do you find the PDF files that you’ve saved on your iPad? They’re stored in the iBooks app, but you might have to change collections to see them. Collections are essentially folders for the books and files stored in iBooks. By default, all PDF files are stored in the PDF collection. If you have a different collection open, you won’t see the files in the other collection.
How to Save PDF Files on an iPad
Matt Cone May 14, 2012
You probably know that you can read PDF documents on your iPad, but did you know that you can also save PDF files to the iBooks app on your iPad? This is useful for saving free ebooks in PDF file format from websites like Open Library. You also can save anything from bank statements and college course syllabi to scanned documents and tenant agreements. It’s not a stretch to say that your iPad could become a portable document management system!
How to Update Your iPad's Software
Matt Cone May 9, 2012
This week Apple released iOS 5.1.1, the newest version of the operating system for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices. You used to have to connect to a computer with iTunes to install updates, but not anymore. With the “over-the-air” update feature built into iOS, you can use your iPad to download and install the iOS updates while connected to a wireless network. This guide will show you how to update your iPad’s iOS software wirelessly using the over-the-air update feature.
Connecting a Bluetooth Keyboard to an iPad
Matt Cone May 8, 2012
As someone who writes for a living, I need to be able to type fast and accurately. That’s just not possible with the iPad’s Qwerty keyboard. I initially thought the built-in keyboard would work, and that it was just a matter of training myself to use it. But as time went on, I realized that the keyboard was only large enough to fool me into thinking I could type with two hands.
How to Password Protect Your iPad
Matt Cone May 2, 2012
Did you know that you can enable password protection and hardware encryption on your iPad? It’s an easy and effective way to protect your private data from prying eyes. After you enable password protection, users will have to enter a password to unlock the iPad or access certain iOS system settings, as shown below. There are a couple different reasons why you would want to do this. If you’re the only person who uses the iPad, you’ll want to keep your email messages, Safari history and bookmarks, and app settings safe and secure when you leave your iPad at home or in the office.
How to Set Up a New iPad
Matt Cone April 30, 2012
Last weekend I did something I had never done before: I purchased an iPad for the first time. The process of setting up a new iPad is relatively straightforward, but some of the options can be confusing, especially if you’re new to iOS. (For those who don’t know, iOS is the name of the operating system that runs on the iPad). If you’re unboxing a new iPad right now, this tutorial will guide you through the entire setup process and describe all of the options available.
Untangling iOS Wireless Problems
Ric Getter April 27, 2012
Not long ago, the wireless authentication system at the college where I worked was having issues. It wasn’t a “secure” network per se, but you did need to enter a student or staff login to use it. With the rapid proliferation of handheld devices, it was getting, to say the least, temperamental. Adding to the confusion was a spate of traveling I did that brought my iPhone and me through a variety of airports and hotels that required some form of login to gain access to their public wireless system.