Make Tech Easier » iOS http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 How To Use Airplay Mirroring From iPhone/iPad To Apple TV, Mac or Windows PChttp://www.maketecheasier.com/use-airplay-mirroring-iphone-ipad/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/use-airplay-mirroring-iphone-ipad/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:25:20 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=83288 Airplay Mirroring lets you mirror your iOS screen's to an Apple TV or a Mac. This turns out to be a incredibly useful while doing presentations and demos.

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Airplay-MirroringAirplay Mirroring is a fantastic feature of iOS present on the iPhone and iPad. It lets you mirror your iOS screen’s device, and basically everything that you do on it, to an Apple TV or a Mac computer. This turns out to be a incredibly useful feature while doing presentations and demos, creating screencasts or videos, or if you just want to showcase your iPad/iPhone photos on a bigger screen.

And the best past: Airplay Mirroring is incredibly easy to use as long as you have the right setup and software. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s needed and how to use Airplay Mirroring on the iPhone and iPad.

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1. An iPhone 4S/ iPad 2 or newer, running iOS 5 or any later version of iOS.

2. If you want to mirror to Apple TV: a 2nd gen or 3rd gen Apple TV running software version 5 or later.

3.If you want to mirror to a Mac: OS X Mountain Lion (or later) , a supported Mac, and an app to support mirroring. The list of supported Macs is:

  • iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

Two main apps that allow you to mirror your iPhone/iPad screen to a Mac are Reflector  and Air Server . Both of these apps offer free trials, are available for $14.99 for a single user license, and have other licensing packages for multiple users. Both these apps also work on Windows PCs. I tried Reflector for iOS 6 and Air Server for iOS 7, and both seem to be really good.

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4. A WiFi network. All devices taking part in the AirPlay Mirroring must be on the same local WiFi network.

Installing these apps is very easy. Once you purchase (or try) these apps, a file will automatically download onto your PC/Mac. On Macs, the installation is very easy. All you have to do is drag the app into your Mac’s Applications folder, and you’re done. Once you open the app, it will ask you whether you want to try or buy the app. If you choose to try the app, Reflector has a limitation. It will automatically shut down after 10 minutes and will then need to be restarted. Also, after I had used Reflector 2 times, the app started telling me that my trial had expired. Try Air Server, that’s better.

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On Windows, installing Reflector is nearly identical, with the only difference being you will need to allow Firewall access for the app.

1. Open up the Multitasking Bar on your iOS device. This can be done by double-tapping the Home button. If you are on a iPad, you can open the multitasking bar by using a swipe up gesture from the bottom bezel, provided you have enabled multitasking gestures in Settings.

2. Now that you can see the multitasking bar, swipe on the recently used apps list from the left to the right. This will need to be done once on an iPad and twice on a iPhone. Swipe until you see the Airplay Mirroring icon.

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3. Tap on the Airplay Mirroring icon. This will bring up a popover dialog showing you various devices that are available to mirror to on your WiFi network. Note that you will need to have Reflector or Air Server open on your PC/Mac for the it to be available to mirror to.

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4. Tap to select either the Apple TV or the Mac and tap to toggle the Mirroring button below the device name to On.

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5. To turn mirroring off, bring up the Multitasking bar again. Swipe left to right  to reveal the AirPlay Mirroring icon (just as you did above), tap on the AirPlay Mirroring icon, and tap on the entry for the iPhone/iPad.

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1. Open up the Control Centre on your iOS 7 device. This can be done by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on the iPhone as well as the iPad.

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2. In the middle of the screen, you should now see a Airplay button. Click on it.

3. Select the device you would like to mirror your iOS device’s screen to.

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That’s it. This really is a superb feature that’s so easy to use.

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Apple’s Touch ID Ironically Leads to More Possibilities of Thefthttp://www.maketecheasier.com/apple-touch-id-cracked/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/apple-touch-id-cracked/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:25:40 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81507 With Touch ID and iOS 7, thieves can gain access to a phone with a fingerprint, then also gain access to an Apple ID, email account, and social networking

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Fingerprint-thumbGetting your iPhone stolen is such a concern to so many users that the thefts have picked up the catchphrase of “Apple picking.” The Cupertino company’s newest feature to stop thievery, Touch ID, is designed to work along with iOS 7 so that no one but the owner will be able to sign on to the phone, hopefully reducing a thieve’s desire to steal the device. Yet in the process, Apple has not only left the phone still vulnerable, but left users open to also losing their online identities.

A video in YouTube has shown that the Touch ID can be easily bypassed, even without the owner’s fingerprints. The video also show you how easy it is to hijack your Apple ID account and access to all your data. Yes, even the “Find My iPhone” and remote wipe feature is useless in this case.

Apple added the Touch ID sensor to the iPhone as an effort to make the phone more secure and harder to crack. This is designed to work along with fingerprint technology to not allow anyone other than someone with your fingerprint to sign on to your phone. The hope is that it would be even more safe than using a passcode. While thieves can run through possible combinations to find the right passcode, they won’t be able to figure out your fingerprint.

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What Apple was somehow missing is that your fingerprint is all over the phone. An enterprising thief can lift the fingerprint and make a pseudo “finger” that uses the print and use this to sign onto your phone. It gets worse, though. Not only can they sign onto your phone, but they can also use your phone, once signed on, to steal your Apple ID, your one and only identifier with Apple that allows you to make purchases, access iCloud, etc. And once thieves have all that information, they can also get into your email and social networking accounts.

Just like having your social security number stolen, enabling thieves to take over your entire identity, having your iPhone stolen could now digitally do the same, steal your whole identity. Luckily, the video also gives users tips on how to prevent this type of theft, but the threat is already out there. It really doesn’t do much to make users feel any more at ease. There is still a feeling overall of vulnerability, and that isn’t likely to go away until Apple creates a new security feature to strengthen the system.

Are you still keen to get your hands on iPhone 5S?

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MTE Explains: How Is Simple Different From Traditional Banking?http://www.maketecheasier.com/simple-alternative-traditional-banking/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/simple-alternative-traditional-banking/#respond Sun, 26 May 2013 14:50:14 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=73264 Simple is an online service that seeks to change the way people manage their money, but just how is it different from traditional banking?

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Simple-smallSimple pitches itself as “Banking for humans, by humans.” It is an online service that seeks to change the way people manage their money by allowing them to store their money online without ever having to step inside a bank. The service is one of the largest innovations to how people manage their money we’ve seen in decades, but just how is it different from traditional banking?

Simple is a company out of Portland, Oregon offering an alternative to traditional banking. They don’t view themselves as a bank, even though they partner with Bankcorp Bank to store your money. Anyone who uses Simple, even though they may never step inside a bank, is still storing their money inside one.

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The difference lies in the experience. Simple removes bank tellers out of the equation. While many people probably never set foot inside their local banks already, they have the choice. Simple erases that choice and replaces it with an online and mobile experience that is more straightforward and, well, simple than most of what the competition has to offer. The service frees people from being tied to banks that may only serve certain regions.

In the past couple of years, banks rolled out support for depositing checks by taking pictures of them using smartphones. This extra option for most banks is the norm for Simple. This limits people who can use the service to those who have a smartphone. Technically you can use an iPod to use the required mobile app instead, but that isn’t exactly opening the service up to more people.

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Simple’s mobile and web apps offer a clean layout for managing money. Users can sign in to view their balances, pay bills, make budgets, and set goals. One nice feature is how Simple removes money set aside for goals from the balance available for spending, even though the money is still present in the account. While my current bank has this feature, my previous two didn’t. Simple opens up these tools to anyone living within the United States.

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Users are given a Simple Visa Debit Card that can still be used wherever VISA cards are accepted. You won’t be given a checkbook, but you can still pay people using the web interface. Simple will write the check on your behalf, as long as it isn’t tax-related.

It is still possible to talk to a real-life person. While it won’t happen face-to-face, Simple does have help hotlines and online support available for those times when you just need answers. Quite frankly, much of the communication that goes on with bank tellers can take place over the phone anyway. It may be nice to put a friendly face on the person at the other end looking at your funds, it isn’t a fundamental necessity.

A sizable number of people still do all of their banking without ever signing into an online account, and Simple won’t get them to change their ways any time soon. For others, Simple offers what they like most about banking and gets rid of the cruft. It’s more evolutionary than revolutionary, but it’s still a breath of fresh air.

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Is It Worth It to Jailbreak or Root Your Smartphone? [Ask the Writers]http://www.maketecheasier.com/jailbreak-or-root-smartphone/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/jailbreak-or-root-smartphone/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:25:50 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=66657 One of the bigger questions surrounding smartphone ownership is if you should jailbreak or root it. This practice is done against the advice of the makers of the smartphones, whether it be Apple, Samsung. In this article, we will discuss if it is worth it to jailbreak or root your smartphone.

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Jailbreak-LogoOne of the bigger questions surrounding smartphone ownership is if you should jailbreak or root it. This practice is done against the advice of the makers of the smartphones, whether it be Apple, Samsung, etc. They ship the phones (or tablets, for that matter) to you as is, and that’s how they expect them to stay. Many owners seem to have other ideas, though.

Of course, there was a point when jailbreaking or rooting seemed like almost a necessity. When the iPhone first appeared on the scene, for the whole first year, third party apps didn’t exist. Jailbreaking existed so that people could have a way to load third party apps onto the phones. Think of the smartphone in your pocket right now and imagine if it had no third party apps! Now it’s different, though, as they all come shipped with so many more options. We put this question to our writers here at Make Tech Easier, asking if they feels it’s worth it to jailbreak or root a phone.

Even though I had one of those original iPhones, I still never considered jailbreaking it. I just couldn’t do it. It would have invalidated my warranty. I wanted to know my phone was covered if anything happened to it. However, I respect the practice and believe it’s necessary to the mobile community. Some of the apps developed by Apple were copied from the apps in the cydia store. If they weren’t doing that, the apps and features we are allowed on our phones wouldn’t be nearly as advanced as there would be no big drive to create all that.

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Looking at it more pragmatically, Miguel breaks it down, saying if you own a small business it’s not worth it to jailbreak or root your smartphone, as “the inbuilt security on the phone is no longer useful in situations where an app can potentially gain full access to the kernel.” It doesn’t matter how many more options you gain if you lose the security. If you’re using the phone purely as a consumer, he feels it’s only worth it if “you’re smart about what you do with the phone.

Trevor feels somewhat similarly. He doesn’t see the point to jailbreaking or rooting if “you are just rooting to say it’s rooted … especially if it is your everyday phone with a warranty.” There’s no point to doing it and breaking the warranty if you don’t have a use for it in that condition. However, he had a device once that was very limited on space, so he rooted it to remove the apps he didn’t use to install apps that would be more useful to him.

This is very similar to the way Emmanuel views the practice. He feels most people jailbreak their iPhones because it’s the “cool” thing to do or “so easy.” Yet he advises against it and wouldn’t do it to his iPhone 5 with security as one of the major reasons. He’s one who did it during the days of the original iPhone, when it was a sixty to seventy step process, but he’s “lived and learned” and advises against it now. It seems to him that many who do it to the iPhone do it to make it seem more like an Android, and if you “want an Android so much, get one.”

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Bertel admits he doesn’t generally root his devices anymore. He thinks it’s most worth it when “an Android phone has stopped receiving updates from its manufacturer/carrier and a consumer wants to extend the life of the phone (or tablet).” That’s a point well made. In this era, the major devices are getting huge updates every year, and occasionally even more often, and sometimes the companies stops adding the enhancements to the older devices. Yet, if the device is still in great working condition, you may want those features still.

It’s the chance to have as many choices with her phones as she wants that attracts Ruji to the practice of rooting her Android phones. She doesn’t do anything “too crazy,” no CyanogenMod or custom ROMs or anything,” but she enjoys the ability to tether, take screenshots, and use root-only apps such as DroidSheep and Shark.

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Damien unabashedly admits to jailbreaking and rooting both his iOS and Android devices. For him, it makes the phone “an even better phone that it was originally and opens up plenty of possibilities that were not possible without jailbreaking or rooting.

Our writers seem to be breaking down the jailbreak or root process into one factor. You have to make sure it is worth your while. It can lead to a greater use and enjoyment of your smartphone or tablet, but you also suffer consequences, such as a loss of security. If you have a good reason to do it, proceed with caution. If you have already done it to a device you own or owned, weigh in and comment below, letting us know your thought process into it and how you feel after you have jailbroken or rooted your device.

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What’s Different with the New Google Maps App for iOShttp://www.maketecheasier.com/new-google-maps-app-for-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/new-google-maps-app-for-ios/#respond Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:50:50 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=61367 Google Maps app is now available in the iOS app store. It is interesting to see how it performs and if it is any better than the previous Maps app.

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GoogleMaps-LogoApple’s decision to eliminate the Google Maps App from their arsenal of native apps in the iOS suite was much talked about before it was done, and it was much talked about after it was done when it was replaced with the Maps App of Apple’s own creation. It didn’t live up to the hype, and people weren’t happy.

What Google Maps had going in its favor was many years of data. Apple was just starting out in the maps business and was trying to put together a map that had all directions to every place imaginable. The new app was bound to fail, and it did, as CEO Tim Cook even issued a public apology and gave users some alternatives, although certainly not to Google Maps. Regardless, Google Maps has now been re-released for iOS in a much fancier package. The question is if it’s better than before, and if it’s better than Apple Maps.

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Signing in the first time, the new Google Maps app is already different from its previous versions. It asks you to sign into your Google account. This allows you to save and keep track of your destinations. However, there is current litigation suggesting that it’s illegal for Google to keep track of such information.

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Clicking the person icon at the top allows you to update your personal addresses. You can input your home address as well as your work address. It has the picture of me in there automatically because of my Google account. If you click the gear icon you can go into settings and edit these addresses, as well as view and edit your Maps history. Somewhat shockingly, this doesn’t just include what I have searched for on this app, but also every address I have ever Googled while logged into my account on a computer. It’s a little like going through memory lane.

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If you click the three dots along the right bottom edge, it shows you viewing options. You can toggle back and forth between standard view and satellite view, have it show traffic and public transit, and also pull up Google Earth. Google obviously didn’t have time to implement a full 3D view as Apple has done, so it did the next best thing, which was implement the Google Earth app.

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Going to the search allows you to find your destination. It shows that list of your previous searches. You can also find your starting point if you aren’t starting from your Home or your current location by clicking on the “Y-in-the-road” icon next to the person icon. It again shows that list of previous searches.

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Previously, once you found your route, that was as far as Google Maps took you. Now it takes you through turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance. You can switch to a step-by-step list or mute the voice guidance by clicking those three dots in the lower right corner. I did have to actually start driving in my car to “activate” it and get it out of preview mode. It didn’t click in right away, either. I had to go five blocks or so with two turns before it clicked off of Preview mode. Curiously, this view looks very much like the Apple maps app.

It seems like what Apple did was light a fire under Google. They were happy not making many changes to their app, because it seemed they owned the market on it. They didn’t see anyone else coming in to take away their position in iOS. Since it’s re-release, though, they’ve made some great changes that should have been done before. Apple didn’t really need their own Maps app; they just needed to give Google a reason to change the existing map. It will be some time before everyone can trust the Apple maps, and until then they can go back to using the Google maps app.

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Eisenhower Helps to Prioritize and Get Things Done [iOS]http://www.maketecheasier.com/eisenhower-helps-to-prioritize-and-get-things-done-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/eisenhower-helps-to-prioritize-and-get-things-done-ios/#respond Tue, 25 Dec 2012 22:25:14 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=62022 Eisenhower is a productivity app for iOS that helps to prioritize & get things done quickly. It also helps you to focus, schedule, and delegate tasks. Check it out!

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eisenhower-logoA couple week ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Eisenpower, a productivity app for Mac that lets you manage your tasks by priority. Eisenpower uses the Eisenhower Matrix to help you get things done more efficiently. Today I get to review Eisenhower, which is a similar app for the iPhone that also utilizes the Eisenhower Matrix.

Eisenhower helps you to prioritize your tasks by urgency and importance. It then goes a step further and helps you to focus on what really needs to be done, by limiting the amount of tasks that you can add. Plus, it includes a special timer that you can use to help you focus on a single task for just 30 minutes.

Here’s a closer look at Eisenhower for iPhone.

After installing and opening Eisenhower on your iPhone (or other iOS device), you can immediately start adding tasks. There are four different “sheets” to add tasks to:

  1. Do First – For tasks that are urgent and important
  2. Schedule – For tasks that are less urgent, but important
  3. Delegate – For tasks that are urgent, but less important
  4. Don’t Do – For tasks that are neither urgent nor important

Add tasks to four different sheets in Eisenhower.

Tapping on a number (at the bottom of the app) will let you switch sheets as needed. Just tap in the text area above the sheets to add tasks to the sheet selected. Remember, you can only add up to 8 tasks per sheet – that’s a total of 32 tasks for all sheets.

If there’s a really urgent and important task that you want to focus on, you can use the special built-in timer to help you with that. It will force you to work on just one task for 30 minutes. You can even enable a ticking sound for the timer if you’d like.

Enable focus mode in Eisenhower for iOS.

To do this, just click on the little clock icon next to the task that you’ve entered and a timer button will pop up. Once you click on the play button, the timer will start. You can also stop the timer or fast forward to the end if needed.

Even though this may not force you to stop what you’re doing on your computer, laptop, anywhere else, at least you won’t be able to do anything on your iPhone (or any other iOS device you may be using).

Note: This feature only works on the Do First sheet (number 1).

If there’s a less urgent, but important task that you want to add to your calendar so you don’t forget it, you can do that as well.

Schedule tasks and add them to your iOS calendar.

Just click on the calendar icon next to the task and give Eisenhower permission to access your calendar. Then you’ll be able to add an event to your calendar. For the event you can add invitees, create an alert, choose the calendar you want to add it to, set your availability and even add notes.

Note: This feature only works on the Schedule sheet (number 2).

For urgent, but less important tasks, you can email them to yourself or someone else. Just click on the arrow next to the task to bring up a new email message that will ask the recipient to take over the task for you. This is really great for delegating smaller tasks so that you can focus on larger and/or more important tasks.

Delegate tasks in Eisenhower.

Note: This feature only works on the Delegate sheet (number 3).

Eisenhower also has a couple of cool features to help you manage your tasks and sheets.  For instance, you can tap and hold anywhere on a task to make it movable. This means that you can move your tasks around to better organize them.

Drag and drop your tasks to organize them.

You can even use this feature to move a task from one sheet to another – just drag it down to the sheet number that you want to move it to.

To mark a task as done, drag your finger across it as if you’re crossing something out on a piece of paper. This will cross off the task and then you can click the “x” that will appear next to it, if you want to totally delete it. If you’ve changed your mind, just drag your finger in the opposite direction to undo the cross-out.

Eisenhower syncs in the cloud so that you can pick up where you’ve left off, should you choose to use the Web client. You’ll need to create an account, or you can simply use your Facebook account to sign in.

If you’re wondering, there are not any actions (i.e. timer, schedule, delegate) that you can take for tasks in the Don’t Do sheet (number 4). I’m sure that this is due to the fact that these tasks are not urgent or important and can be done any day/time that you choose.

There’s no doubt about it, Eisenhower is definitely a useful productivity app for iOS. There’s so many great features and the fact that you can handle each set of tasks differently, is really impressive. My only complaint is that the app is not universal (not optimized for the iPad), so I have to use the iPhone version on my iPad 2. Hopefully, an iPad or universal version will be coming soon.

What are your thoughts on Eisenhower? Are you using this app or a similar app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad?

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The Beginning Guide to iOS: Mobile Safari (Part 5)http://www.maketecheasier.com/making-good-use-of-the-mobile-safari-in-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/making-good-use-of-the-mobile-safari-in-ios/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:50:44 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60824 While you can install third party browser in iOS, you can't set them as the default. Since you are stuck with the mobile Safari, why not learn how to make better use of it? In this article, we will show you how.

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Safari-LogoThis is the Part 5 of our “iOS Beginner Guide” series.

Part 1: Setting your iOS device up
Part 2: Navigating around in your iOS device.
Part 3: Mastering the Settings in your iOS device.
Part 4: Installing and Managing Your Apps in iOS
Part 5: Making Good Use of the Mobile Safari in iOS

Apple has always been of the “If you can’t beat ‘em, join em” type. This is how they came up with their own web browser, Safari. To some who are used to Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explore, it might appear to work much differently, but it has all the same functionality of other browsers, as well as some extras.

This is especially true of the iOS version of Safari. While the mobile Safari has had troubles of its own, Apple has been able to resolve the issues in each releases and even added more features to it, making it a very worthwhile browser. It may not be as flashy as some of the others, but it does everything you need it to, whether you’re on an iPad, iPhone, or even an iPod Touch.

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In Safari, the areas to input the URL and Search are separate. Some browsers combine the two, but Safari keeps them separate. In this tabbed browser system, click on the tiny “X” to the left of the tab to close it out, and start a new tab by clicking the plus sign on the far right of the screen. You can change the order of these tabs by simply dragging them around.

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Like most browsers, Safari allows you to keep track of your Bookmarks. It offers them up in a couple of different places. The most obvious place is right there underneath the URL bar. Called the Bookmark Bar, it stores your most-favorite bookmarks there, making them easily accessible. And you can actually store more than will fit in the bar. The extras are accessed by clicking on the arrow.

Once you have a webpage you want to save, click on the Share button and choose “Bookmark.” You will have the options here to change the name it will be filed under and where you want to save it, either in the Bookmark Bar or another folder. The other bookmarks are accessed by clicking the Bookmarks symbol. The iPad has a menu at the bottom that allows you to move back and forth between Bookmarks, Reading List, and History. The iPhone includes it all in one listing. You can edit the listings, including that of the Bookmark Bar, by clicking edit, then either the minus symbol to delete the entry, or the gray bars to change the order.

Safari-ReadingList

Reading List allows you to save webpages to read later, even when you’re offline. To store a webpage in the Reading List, access the Share menu and choose “Add to Reading List.” To retrieve the pages you have saved in your Reading List, click on the Bookmarks menu, and then on Reading List. You have two options – to display all the pages in your reading list or just the ones that are unread.

Safari-Share

Bookmarks and Reading List aren’t the only options in the Share menu. You can also send to Facebook, Twitter, Message, and email. You can also print it (if you have a printer that works with iOS), copy, and Add to Homescreen. What this last option will do is put an icon on your homescreen for easier access to that page. It will be just like accessing your apps.

Safari-iCloud

iCloud keeps Safari synced across all your devices. Not only does the same Reading List appear across all your devices, but a list of your open tabs do as well. This means you can have a website open on your Mac, leave the house, and continue reading on your iPhone. It saves time from having to do little tricks like emailing or messaging yourself links to be sure you have the same information on all your devices. You can access it to the left of the URL bar on the iPad or in the Bookmarks menu on the iPhone.

Safari-Settings

The Settings for Safari are accessed in the Settings app. It allows you to make Safari work for you. It’s preset to use the Google search, but you can change this to either Yahoo or Bing, if you prefer those. With AutoFill, you can choose what information you want automatically filled into appropriate fields on Safari. These including name, email, passwords, address, etc. There are also many choices for privacy and security. With these, you can browse privately, meaning a record won’t be kept on the app of your history and downloads. You can also block pop-ups and have the app warn you if you enter a fraudulent website. Clearing the History, Cookies, and Data can be done from the Settings as well.

While there are many third-party browsers available for iOS, and they work well, Apple doesn’t allow you to change the browser in the Settings. This means that while you can browse in a third-party browser, if you click on a link from an email, message, or other app, it will automatically open in Safari. For some things you will be stuck with it, unless you copy and past the link every time, it’s a good app to be stuck with.

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Long Overdue iTunes Update a Worthwhile Downloadhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/long-overdue-itunes-update-a-worthwhile-download/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/long-overdue-itunes-update-a-worthwhile-download/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:50:21 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60609 iTunes was introduced twelve years ago and nothing much has changed since its first release. In another word, it is long overdue for some changes. This led to the release of iTunes 11.

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iTunes11-LogoiTunes was long overdue for some changes. It’s not the same application it was when it was introduced twelve years ago. When it was introduced, it was only used for playing music on computers and burning CDs. We’ve come a long way since then.

We might be burning CDs occasionally in iTunes, but more often than not, we’re content listening to music on our iOS-enabled devices. There’s no need to lug around a case full of CDs. Additionally, we’re watching movies, television shows, and podcasts. We can store it all on our phones or tablets. And for those times it doesn’t all fit, we can store it in iCloud. This means we need iTunes to reflect the new way we’re using it, and this led to the release of iTunes 11.

iTunes11-Visuals

The first thing you’ll notice about iTunes 11 is the visuals. The original iTunes was based around a system that used text for its listings, but more and more visuals were gradually added to it. iTunes 11 now gets rid of most of the textual lists, leaving you with just album covers, movie posters, etc. That left sidebar menu is gone. However, if you’re feeling nostalgic for it, you can always get it back by going to the View menu at the top and selecting Show Sidebar. Otherwise, the only textual menu you will find is the songlist.

iTunes11-Expanded

As an offshoot of the new visual way to view everything, iTunes now offers an Expanded View of the albums. When you click on an album, it offers an expanded listing of what’s on the album. It’s similar to what you would find in the iTunes Store, without the reviews and the summary. It also offers you a quick link to the Store, just in case you want to buy more music by the same artist or similar.

iTunes11-iTunesMatch

While iCloud was implemented in both OS X and iOS earlier, it didn’t really work together as much as it does now. As soon as you download a song or movie from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or computer, it will show up on your other devices. Playlists will all coordinate as well. Add a song to a playlist on the computer, and it will automatically make the change to the playlist on your iPhone. If you have added music from another source, you can sign up for the iTunes Match service, which costs $25 a year, but will allow you to add your music that you rip from a CD to the iCloud service so that you can have it all on all of your devices. iCloud also syncs with the information from Apple TV.

iTunes11-UpNext

If you’d like to plan out what will be on your playlist next, you can use the new Up Next feature. It’s accessed in the right-side of the Now Playing Window. It allows you to delete songs off the list and also allows you to reorder them. You can click on the arrow next to a song for even more information. Clicking on the small clock icon at the top of the list allows you to see the songs that played previously. Click on the plus sign next to the songs to add them in to what’s coming up to hear them again.

iTunes11-Mini

iTunes has had a Mini Player for quite some time, but now it’s been expanded. The size of it hasn’t been expanded, but the options definitely have been. It is accessed by clicking on the tiny rectangle in the upper right of the iTunes window. You can do just about everything in this tiny little window that you can in the main player. This includes play, forward, reverse, AirPlay, and Search. It also includes an option for the Up Next menu to pop up.

iTunes11-Store

The iTunes Store has been improved as well. If you use iOS devices, though, it doesn’t look very new. It looks nearly the same as the what you see there. The main difference is that instead of having menu choices at the bottom, you have them in a borderless menu on the right. The rest is the same, big graphics of album covers, movie posters, etc. Once you buy anything here, be it music, movies, books, etc., if you use iCloud it will transfer over to your devices.

Many times we look forward to an application update only for it to not be worth the wait. iTunes 11 was worth the wait, and it’s an update you don’t want to skip over, deciding to just wait for the next one.

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Send A Personalized Greeting Card This Year with These Apps [Mac, iOS]http://www.maketecheasier.com/send-personalized-greeting-card-mac-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/send-personalized-greeting-card-mac-ios/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:50:17 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60428 Greeting card is a good alternative for those who can't make out the time to buy a proper present. Today, we will take a look at a couple of applications for Mac and iOS that make giving all types of cards (greeting and gift cards) easier and fun.

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give a card this yearGreeting card is a good alternative for those who can’t make out the time to buy a proper present, or just want to keep in contact with your family/friends that are staying at a distance away. Unlike the past where the cards are plain and boring, it’s easier now than ever to create your own personalized cards and have them sent to your friends in a few clicks. Today, we will take a look at a couple of applications for Mac and iOS that make giving all types of cards (greeting and gift cards) easier and fun.

Creating greeting cards on Mac is quite enjoyable to do. Most cards created on Mac are pretty much begging to be personalized due to how much they rely on the photos you add into them. One program already on your Mac that does this is iPhoto. Yes, your photo organizer can also make some high quality and personalized holiday, birthday, or anniversary cards in a snap. No, they aren’t cards you just print out on your normal computer paper, you can order them right on your Mac and have them printed on card stock and sent to the recipient.

iPhoto greeting card

How does it work? Simply launch iPhoto as normal. From there, click on the photo you want to create a card with. To get started, simply click the “create” button at the bottom right side of the screen and click “card”. As you can see, there are other options like calendars and photo books as well. At the top, you have three options (letterpress, folded, and flat cards). You can scroll through to see which tickles your fancy.

iPhoto: creating your own greeting card

Pricing is shown at the bottom left of the main screen. Letterpress cards are for $2.99, folded are for $1.49, and flat cards are $0.99. These prices are on-par with many big box stores. When you click to create, you are prompted to a page that allows you to add text to your card. The bottom right gives you more options and the ability to add more photos.

When finished, you just have to click “Buy Card” and pay. Whenever you have to go back (either to continue editing or to order more cards), the card will be available in the “Projects” section on the left. Free shipping is available through December 13th for it to arrive by the Christmas holiday, order by the 16th with express shipping for the card to arrive by December 24th.

Greeting cards on iOS

It’s a common fact that there are more iOS users than Mac users. Coupled with the fact that you may always be on the go, having a quality greeting card app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch may be essential this holiday season. The most common choice is Cards for iOS.

For those who haven’t used Cards, it is sort of reminiscent of the cards section of iPhoto that we just mentioned. They share some of the same themes and the process for creating a card on the app is quite identical. When you are done creating the card, simply checkout and the card will be shipped to the address you asked for. Shipping deadlines are the same as that for iPhoto, so be sure to order in time!

Square wallet greeting card

If you are looking for a cheaper option, there are plenty. SnapShot Greeting Cards is an application that allows you to send your first greeting card for free, with subsequent cards available for $1.60 each domestically. That’s pretty inexpensive. You can pay through credit card or PayPal. Another very popular option is justWink Greeting Cards. Along with postal options, this application also allows you to mail cards through email, text message, and social media. Lastly, Square is now offering gift cards. In the Square Wallet app, simply find the store you want to give for a gift card, click “Send gift card”, and send.

Previously, when mentioning Square Wallet, we went a bit into gift cards. However, there are many other applications available out there than the newly released Square gift cards that can be useful for the holidays. One popular application is Gyft. This application allows you to find a retailer, purchase the gift card within the application, and send it off through Facebook, email, or text message.

gyft application

Plus, if you have your own gift cards you haven’t used, you can easily upload it to Gyft and send it off. Gyft is a wonderful alternative for individuals unable to have Passbook. While you won’t have the features like being able to hold tickets and passes, you can still do something Passbook can’t, purchase gift cards in-app and send them.

Which programs have made it easy for you to send off personalized gift cards and greeting cards? Let us know in the comments section below.

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The Beginning Guide to iOS: Installing and Managing Apps (Part 4)http://www.maketecheasier.com/installing-and-managing-apps-in-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/installing-and-managing-apps-in-ios/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:25:32 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60251 In iOS, every function is accomplished with the use of an app. There are native apps that are included with iOS, apps that Apple makes available to you to add more function, and there are also third-party apps that are available. In this article, we will show you how to install and uninstall apps as well as organizing them.

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Installing-AppStoreLogoThis is the Part 3 of our “iOS Beginner Guide” series.

Part 1: Setting your iOS device up
Part 2: Navigating around in your iOS device.
Part 3: Mastering the Settings in your iOS device.
Part 4: Installing and Managing Your Apps in iOS

In iOS, every function is accomplished with the use of an app. There are native apps that are included with iOS, such as Safari and Mail, there are a few apps that Apple makes available to you to add more function, and there are also third-party apps that are available.

iOS didn’t always have third-party apps, yet once Apple added that ability, extending the functions of iOS with apps became big business for them. “There’s an app for that.” Apple came up with this ad slogan to explain the situation they found themselves in. There is literally an app for everything. However, it will take some organization to keep them all organized, as if you can’t even find the app on your home screen, it won’t do you any good.

Installing-NativeApps

These are the apps that the iPhone 5 comes preloaded with. The iPad has the same apps, save for Passbook and Weather. These can be moved around to make their location work better for you, but they cannot be deleted. To move the apps around, tap and hold on one of them until they start to jiggle. They can now be dragged around. They can be moved within rows and even in the bottom row. This is usually reserved for the most-used apps. If you don’t use the Music app much, move it out of there and put in one that you do use, such as Messages. If you want the Passbook app in the upper left, just drag it up there and the other apps will readjust. You can also create separate pages. Drag the app off the screen to the right, and it will place it on a second page.

Installing-AppleApps

There are other apps that Apple provides, some for free and some not, and they can all be downloaded from the App Store app. These will provide you with extra functionality. This includes the iWork Suite with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, for working with presentations, word proessing, and spreadsheets. The iLife Suite includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand, for editing photos, movies, and music. iBooks allows you to read eBooks on your device, iTunes U provides collegiate education, Cards helps you create your own custom greeting cards, and Find My iPhone, Podcasts, and iTunes Movie Trailers are self-explanatory.

Installing-AppStore

After you’ve explored the native apps and additional Apple apps that are available, you’ll probably be looking for more functionality from your device, whether you’re working or playing. There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available, from games to utilities to productivity apps. I’m a writer, so I have a lot of productivity apps, but I write about technology as well as entertainment, so I have a lot of entertainment apps as well for music, television, movies, etc. And let’s not forget games. Everyone likes a little downtime playing solitaire, if not Words with Friends, Angry Birds, Mortal Combat, or Grand Theft Auto. You can download whichever apps appeal to you and can literally become lost in the App Store.

Installing-GarageBand

Installing apps from the App Store is an easy process. After locating the app you want, whether it be an additional Apple app or a third party app, there will be a price listed, or it may also state that it’s free. Click on the price or “free,” and it will confirm that you want to buy it. Click the confirmation, and it will show your Apple ID and ask for your password. Most likely you added or created an Apple ID when you first turned on your device. If not, you can go to Apple and create one. After you put in your password, the app will begin downloading. When it’s done it will appear on your home screen.

Installing-Organizing

After you have begun to download more apps, you’ll notice your home screen is getting a little busy. Looking at the photo above, you’ll notice that my iPhone screen doesn’t look like yours. This is because I have many, many apps. I have 48 third-party apps on my iPhone and 162 on my iPad. I would never be able to keep those straight if I just left them as is. Not only can you move apps from screen to screen and change the ones in the special bar at the bottom, you can also group them into folders. To do this, drag one app onto another, and it begins a new folder. You can change the name of the folder at this point. Clicking outside of the folder takes you back to the home screen where you can see your new folder. You can create as many as want and create categories such as Music, Entertainment, Productivity, etc.

Adding apps to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch allows you to make iOS work for you. After all, you invested a lot of money into buying your device. It should work for you and do what you want it to. You can usually find apps that will let you do everything you need and want. In the next article, we will go through Safari in detail. Stay tuned.

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Getting Your Ways Around The Unobvious Settings in iOShttp://www.maketecheasier.com/unobvious-settings-in-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/unobvious-settings-in-ios/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:50:38 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59910 There is so much information and instruction packed into the General Settings in iOS that it's really not so general. If you're looking for more minor general settings, such as how to update your software, or how to find out your serial number, this is the place to go.

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Settings-AppThere is so much information and instruction packed into the General Settings in iOS that it’s really not so general. You already have your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch set up and are using it, but now you have additional questions and concerns.

If you’re looking for more minor general settings, such as how to update your software, how to find out your serial number, or how to set up the use of Emoji characters, this is the place to go.

General-About

The About section in the General tab of the Settings is more informational than anything else, but there are a few hidden gems. It includes:

  • network and carrier you use
  • number of songs, videos, photos, and apps you have loaded
  • memory capacity
  • memory you have available
  • version of iOS
  • model
  • serial number
  • WiFi address
  • Bluetooth address
  • IMEI
  • ICCID
  • Modern firmware

It also includes the “name” of your phone. If you’re not happy with it, click on it to change it to something else. It also includes a tab called “Advertising”. Hidden behind this is a toggle switch for “Limit Ad Tracking”. You can also determine whether or not the device will send Diagnostics and Usage reports to Apple. The Legal tab holds the legal notices, license, warranty, etc.

General-SoftwareUsage

Underneath the About section is Software Update and Usage. If you tape on Software Update, it will tell you what version you are using and if an update is available. Tapping on Usage first shows a list of the apps you have loaded and how much memory they’re using. If you tap the arrow in the right next to the app, it will give you an option to delete that app. It’s surprising how much memory they use sometimes. It also shows your iCloud storage and options, how much time you have used since your last full charge, how much standby time is remaining, and information on your cellular usage as far as how much call time and data you have remaining. A toggle switch to show your battery remaining percentage in the top right is also in the Usage pane.

General-Cellular

The Cellular section allows you to toggle between Cellular Data, LTE, and Data Roaming. You can choose to only use data if you’re under WiFi, and can choose whether the device will use LTE to load the data faster. You can turn off Data Roaming to avoid getting charged while traveling. There is also an option to Set Up a Personal Hotspot to share your device’s Internet connection with another device. Back to the General settings, you will also find a toggle for a VPN connection. If you choose not to use iCloud, you can sync your device with the “iTunes WiFi Sync” tab by connecting the device through a USB port on a computer.

General-SpotlightSearch

The Spotlight Search tab allows you to choose which information will be used in your search. From the home screen, if you swipe to the right, it will give you a search field for locating apps and information on your device. Certain fields can prove to locate a lot of data, like Mail, so you can tap the Spotlight Search tab in General Settings and either turn these fields off and on, or tap and hold the three screened bars to reorganize the order of the list.

General-Lock

Your device will automatically lock after a certain amount of time. You can change the amount of time for it to auto-lock or choose Never to disable it. Passcode Lock requires you to enter a four-digit passcode to unlock the phone. From this Setting, you can turn this option off and on, choose which apps you’ll still be able to access when locked, and set the passcode. You can also use a longer alphanumeric code for the lockscreen. Additionally, you can set the device to erase all data after ten failed login attempts. Back in the General Settings, there is also a Restrictions tab just below the Lock options that allows you to turn certain functions off, which is helpful if a child is using the device.

General-Accessibility

In the Accessibility section, you can set the time zone and choose 12-hour or 24-hour. Under Keyboard and Accessibility, you can choose options for entering text, such as a spellcheck and auto-correct. You can add or delete keyboard options as well, such as a keyboard with an alternate language or Emoji. Shortcuts allow you to determine text shortcuts that will spell out the words for you after you type it, such as “omw” for “On my way!” International allows you to change the language of your device, the region format, and the regional calendar type. You can also set options for VoiceOver to speak the items on your screen, Zoom, Large Text, and Inverted Colors. Options for hearing disabled and learning and/or physically disabled are included as well.

General-Reset

The Reset option needs to be accessed with caution. It provides different forms of Reset. You can choose just to reset all your settings if something is giving you trouble, and you are having a hard time locating which setting it would be. You can Reset your Network Settings if you switch networks and can also reset your dictionary, the Home Screen Layout, and your Location and Privacy. The “Erase All Content and Settings” will do just that. It will completely wipe your device. If you have the device backing up regularly, it won’t be much of a problem, as when you restart after choosing this, you can restore your device as of the last backup, including all settings and storage, but make sure you have this backup before erasing.

This information will help you to have every setting exactly the way you want it in iOS to make sure your device is working the best for you. Siri and iCloud are also included in these settings, but this will be explained more in detail in later posts.

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The Ultimate Apple iOS Holiday Gift Guidehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/the-ultimate-apple-ios-holiday-gift-guide/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/the-ultimate-apple-ios-holiday-gift-guide/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2012 22:25:22 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60138 With the holidays around the corner, chances are you are checking off items on the shopping gift list. Today, we will take the mystery out of the various choices presented to you by Apple. From iPhones to iPods to iPads, we will decipher which is best to give to whom.

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apple-gift-guideWith the holidays around the corner, chances are you are checking off items on the shopping gift list. For many individuals, some things on that list will include gadgets and technology. One company that has been quite busy this year in terms of gadgets is certainly Apple. For consumers, this means they are presented with choices – a lot of choices – of what they should give out this holiday season. Today, we will take the mystery out of the various choices presented to you by Apple. From iPhones to iPods to iPads, we will decipher which is best to give to whom.

apple holiday gift guide - iPhone

At the moment, we have the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 still available for purchase. Each have their own benefits and drawbacks, and they all have their own respective price points.

Which iPhone should you get?

The iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 all have their own appealing points. The iPhone 5 is appealing because of it’s attractive price point while still not skimping on too many features. The iPhone 4S still has Siri, the device that debuted Siri actually.

The 4S ($99.99) also has the same camera quality, Facetime, and iOS 6 compatibility. Some appealing points for the iPhone 5 is the refreshed design and the increase in performance power. We then have the iPhone 4, the cheapest device here, selling in some places for free, in others for $0.99. The iPhone 4 doesn’t have Siri and is the last device on the line that will be booted come the next generation this coming fall.

So who gets what? If you are super price conscious, then obviously we can exclude the iPhone 5. The $199 minimum price range isn’t worth stretching the budget for what you are receiving in comparison to the others on the market. If you want the latest and greatest, the iPhone 5 is a choice you’ll want to look into. If your recipient is upgrading from a 4 or 3GS, then the 5 is a worthy upgrade, not so much for 4S users.

apple holiday gift guide - iPod

If you have decided to give an iPod rather than an iPhone, then you have much more choices, and a harder decision to make.

 iPod Touch: iOS + iPod

Apple refreshed their iPod product line this year, releasing a renewed iPod Touch, redesigned iPod Nano, and minor changes to iPod Shuffles. Along with these, Apple also has the iPod Classic available for purchase. The iPod Touch pricing can be a bit confusing for some shoppers.

At the moment, the newest iPod Touch devices (5th generation), with the arm strap and all, is available in 32GB and 64GB for $299 and $399 respectively. The iPod Touch 4th generation is available in 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249. So what’s the difference? The newest iPod Touch has Siri, 1080p video recording, along with a ton of other new capabilities. The iPod Touch 4th generation is sans Siri and has 720p video recording.

They are nearly identical in battery life and the newest one has Apple’s newest Lightning dock. So, who should get what? Truly, while we are always in the assumption that if it costs more, it should be better, in this case that isn’t true. Unless you are crazy about Siri or require a bigger storage (64GB), it is a better option to go for the 4th generation.

Classics, Nanos, and Shuffles

The iPod Classic reigns supreme for serious music lovers. If your recipient is serious about their music, this may be your best option and best value. For $249, you get 160GB and many of the other features we expect, before the iPod Touch made it to the scene. This is, of course without all the hoopla of Siri and cameras.

Finally, those who are looking for a great value may want to look into either the Shuffle or Nano. The Shuffle is perfect for the active crowd or casual music listeners. If you want to give something to accompany runners or travellers, the Shuffle is good. However, those who want the features like cameras and Siri will look at the Shuffle like a hunk of coal. Then there’s the Nano, with more memory than the $49 2GB Shuffle, the $149 Nano with 16GB has a larger screen, basic features like movies, videos, television shows, along with your music. Of course, it makes use of Apple’s new lightning connector.

 Age appropriate iPods

The older crowd and younger children will appreciate the Nano due to it’s simple navigation, heavy use of simple to understand icons, and it’s home button (aka the emergency escape button). Whenever they get confused, they can always click the home button to get to a familiar environment on their iPod. Teens these days are all clamoring for iPod Touch devices. Those looking to save money would want to look solely at the iPod Touch 4th generation. Also, teens who aren’t ready to have an iPhone would appreciate the many similar features that Apple has made available for iPod Touch users.

apple holiday gift guide - iPad

Apple currently has the iPad Mini, iPad 2, and the iPad with Retina Display. As the name entails, the iPad with Retina Display is the only one with a Retina screen. The iPad Mini has the smallest screen – 7.9 inches. Both the iPad Mini and iPad 2 has an A5 processor, the iPad with Retina Display has the new A6X processor and a faster speed. The camera quality of both the iPad Mini and iPad with Retina are the same. Aside from the iPad 2′s lack of Siri compatibility and Lightning connector, everything else is the same.

So, who get’s what? The iPad Mini is certainly more child friendly. If you are looking to get an iPad for your pre-teen or teenager, the iPad Mini is a good option. If you are more of a web surfer, the larger screen of the iPad with Retina may be best for you. The iPad 2 and iPad Mini should be considered for those on a budget.

Share your favorites iOS devices in the discussions below.

Image credit: christmas gift box by BigStockPhoto

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How to Hard Reset Your iPad [Quick Tips]http://www.maketecheasier.com/hard-reset-ipad/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/hard-reset-ipad/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:25:21 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59782 Sometimes your iPad may start to act funny, such as running slow or freezing up. If this ever happens to you, there's an easy solution that usually takes care of the problem right away. That solution is simply to perform a hard reset on your iPad. Resetting an iPad just means that your data and settings will be refreshed, which helps to reset buggy apps among other things. Basically, it's like the restart function on your computer.

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Sometimes your iPad may start to act funny, such as running slow or freezing up. If this ever happens to you, there’s an easy solution that usually takes care of the problem right away. That solution is simply to perform a hard reset on your iPad.

A hard reset your iPad is not the same as restoring it to a previous backup or resetting to factory settings. Some people often get the two confused. Resetting an iPad just means that your data and settings will be refreshed, which helps to reset buggy apps among other things. Basically, it’s like the restart function on your computer.

A hard reset is really easy to do as long as you know where the on/off button and the home button is. You can see where they’re located in the image below.

The buttons on an iPad.

1. Now comes the hard part, hold down the on/off button and home button at the same time.

2. Keep holding; you need to hold both buttons down for about 10 seconds.

3. While holding, you may see the “slide to power off” screen show up; just ignore this.

Ignore the slide to power off screen when doing a hard reset on your iPad.

4. You’ll know that your device has been successfully refreshed once the Apple logo displays on the start up screen; you can now release the buttons.

iPad start up screen with Apple logo on black background.

5. Wait for your iPad to start up; usually after a hard refresh, it can take 1-2 minutes.

That’s it. For the record, this also works on the iPhone and iPad Touch as well.

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The Beginning Guide to iOS: Settings (Part 3)http://www.maketecheasier.com/master-settings-of-ios-devices/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/master-settings-of-ios-devices/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:25:38 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59741 The Settings in your iOS device is one important place where you will spend most of your time on configuring the phone. Continuing our series of the beginner guide to iOS, we will show you how to master the Settings in your iOS devices.

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Settings-AppThis is the Part 3 of our “iOS Beginner Guide” series.

Part 1: Setting your iOS device up
Part 2: Navigating around in your iOS device.
Part 3: Mastering the Settings in your iOS device.

The Settings should be your central “Go to” location for setting everything up just the way you want it in iOS. This is true for setting up your device itself, as well as the native apps that are included with iOS, and many times third-party apps as well. Occasionally these are controlled in the app itself, but any time it’s not, it’s being done right there in the Settings app.

Most of the pictures included below are screencaps from the iPad, but the information is the same on the iPhone and iPod Touch; it’s just done in two panes instead of one side-by-side pane. In fact, to write this up, I’m writing on my iPad, but referring back to my iPhone as an example.

Settings-General

The basic settings are controlled and shown in the General tab. This could actually be a whole post just of itself, but many of these options are ones you won’t ever need for basic use and understanding of iOS. Explained here is the basic information you need to help set up your device. Tapping “Software Update” will let you know if there is an update available or not. Usage will show you how much memory your different apps are using, useful for when you’re running out and want to know where to save space. The Siri tab allows you to turn Siri off and on. More information about Siri will be provided later in the series. In the lock section, you can set a 4-digit Passcode for turning on your device and determine which apps can be shown while it’s locked. Under Reset you can Reset different parts of your device, and even erase the device to start over from scratch.

Settings-WiFiBluetooth

These two tabs in the Settings App control your connectivity, such as the network you’re connected to, as well as which devices are connected through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If you tap on Wi-Fi, you can toggle the WiFi OFF/ON and can also switch back and forth between whatever networks are available to you. Airplane Mode provides you with a Toggle button for for being able to be on an airplane, yet leave your phone on and not disrupt anything, that is as long as they say it’s okay to use electronic devices. On flights with WiFi, you can remain in Airplane Mode, yet still get WiFi. The Bluetooth tab is used to set up bluetooth devices,, and the ones already synced with your device will be shown. Individual Bluetooth devices should give you instructions on how to set them up.

Settings-Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a new feature in iOS 6 and available on the iPhone. It allows you to control who can bother you and when. There is a Toggle button to turn it off and on in the Settings Menu. To set it up, tap on Notifications, then on Do Not Disturb. This will give you a chance to set a Schedule for when you want the feature turned on. I have mine set for midnight until just before my alarm goes off at 5 AM. You can allow a particular Contact group to circumvent this feature and have their calls be put through, and can also allow phone calls through if it’s someone repeatedly trying to get in contact with you. More information is provided in an earlier article on Make Tech Easier. More information will be provided on Notifications later in this series.

Settings-Sounds

The Sounds tab allows you to set ringtones, alert tones, and vibrations for different functions. The vibrations and ringtones are just for iPhone. A different sound or vibration can be programmed for each different function or contact so that you know what notification you’re getting or who is calling or texting you. Additionally with vibrations, you can choose to have it only work when it’s on mute or all the time, Vibrations can now be customized as well on the iPhone by clicking the arrow next to Vibration in the Ringtones and Vibrations panel, then clicking “Create New Vibration.” New Ringtones and Alerts can be purchased in iTunes. By going to the Contacts app you can set individual ringtones, text alerts, and vibrations for different people.

Settings-BrightnessWallpaper

In Brightness & Wallpaper, you can set not only the brightness of your display, but also set custom wallpaper for the Home Screen and the Lock Screen. By clicking on the arrow following the pictures underneath the word Wallpaper, it takes you to an additional screen where you can either choose one of the included photos, or choose one from your Camera Roll or Photo Stream. On the iPad, choose a photo, then select whether you want it for the Home Screen, Lock Screen, or both. On the iPhone, Move and Scale the photo the way you wish, click Set, then choose Home Screen, Lock Screen, or both. The Picture Frame Setting allows you to set albums, duration, and style for a slideshow. This slideshow can be accessed in the bottom right corner of the Lock Screen.

The remaining settings will be handled in later discussions in this series. In the next article, we will go through the Installing and Uninstalling Apps in iOS. Stay tuned.

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How to Sign Out of the Twitter App in iPad [Quick Tips]http://www.maketecheasier.com/sign-out-of-the-twitter-app-ipad/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/sign-out-of-the-twitter-app-ipad/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:25:48 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59598 Can't figure out how to sign out of the Twitter for iPad app? This short tutorial will show you how.

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twitter-for-ipadAre you using the Twitter for iPad app and wondering how to sign out of your Twitter account? This can be an issue if you close one of your Twitter accounts and want it removed from your device, or if you have a friend that uses your iPad and signs into their own account on your device.

You would think that there would be an option to sign out from within the Twitter app, but there isn’t. Unfortunately, you can’t just sign out of a Twitter account; you can only delete your account. This means that if you ever want to sign back into it, you’ll have to add it back to your iPad.

So here’s how to sign out of the Twitter app on an iPad.

The iOS Settings icon.1. Go to Settings on your device.

If you’re new to the iPad, the Settings icon looks like the image to the left.

2. In Settings, find Twitter in the left menu; it’s right between the iBooks and Facebook menus.

3. Tap on Twitter and you should see your account listed on the right. If you have more than one account, they’ll all be listed here.

The Twitter menu in iOS settings.

4. Tap on the account that you want to sign out of and on the next screen, tap on the “Delete Account” button.

Delete your Twitter account on your iPad.

That’s it. The account is removed and you’ll no longer be signed in to it.

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The Beginning Guide to iOS: Basic Navigation (Part 2)http://www.maketecheasier.com/the-beginner-guide-to-ios-navigation-part-2/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/the-beginner-guide-to-ios-navigation-part-2/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:50:02 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59334 Navigating around in iOS device is a very easy thing, unless you choose to make it difficult. Continuing our series of the beginner guide to iOS, we will show you how to navigate around in your iOS devices.

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Navigation-LogoThis is the Part 2 of our “iOS Beginner Guide” series.

Part 1: Setting your iOS device up
Part 2: Navigating around in your iOS device.

Many times it seems like the reason people don’t understand the basic navigation in iOS is because they are making it much harder than it needs to be. Getting around is really quite an easy process. Forgetting all previous knowledge about computers, if you just take the navigation at face value, you’ll understand it more quickly.

There are only a few different sides to the iOS navigation process. There is the home screen layout, gestures, editing text, the search screen, creating folders, and the multitasking bar. If you learn these few basic parts, you’ll have everything you need to know to move about your device, be it an iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch.

Navigation-Homescreen

Once you have started up your Apple iOS device for the first time, you’re greeted by the home screen. The screencap above looks a little bit different than the home screen on a brand new device, as I’ve already altered it and custom-tailored it to my own needs. But this is all you will need. Everything is right there. There are no directories to navigate, and the only reason you would have folders at all is if you you are an app collector, as I am, and you want to make each app very easy to find.

Gestures-Select

Moving around within iOS requires you to use easy-to-learn gestures. These include:

  • Tap. Tapping on an app or an item will allow you to select it; sometimes called a click.
  • Long Tap. Tapping on an app or an item for just a split second longer.
  • Double Tap: Zoom in and Out.
  • Pinch In or Out: Zoom in and Out.
  • Drag. Tapping on an item, holding, and dragging it to move it.
  • Flick: Short, quick movements left and right or up and down to scroll or flip pages.
  • Swipe. Movement that is a little longer than a flick.

Navigation-Editing

To edit text, do a long tap on the word you wish to edit. If you wish to edit more than one word, drag the points on either end of the highlight bar to cover the entire phrase. You can cut, copy, and paste, sometimes change text to bold or italics, and define a word. Doing this in the Mail app offers up other options such as inserting a photo or video. If you select a misspelled word, it will instead offer you choices for the correct spelling of a word.

Navigation-Search

Even though iOS is easy to navigate, and everything is right there, they still provide you with a search function. It’s not something that’s used as much as a search function on a Mac or a PC, but it does come in handy sometimes. Along with searching your apps, it also searches emails, messages, notes, and the calendar. Flick to the right to reach this screen. Flicking to the left reveals more pages if you have more apps than would fit on one page.

Navigation-Folders

Creating folders is quite easy. There’s no menu to choose a Create Folder function. It’s simply a matter of drag and drop. Initiating a long tap on any app will make the apps appear to dance. This means they are now ready to be dragged around. Along with being able to put them in a different order, you can also put them into folders for better organization. If you drag an app onto another app, it will automatically create a folder and allow you to name it, although it might choose one for you, such as Utilities or Navigation, yet you can still override that with your own name. The iPad can fit twenty apps to a folder, the iPhone 5 sixteen, and previous iPhones twelve.

Navigation-MultitaskingBar

To make it easier to switch back and forth between apps, there is a Multitasking Bar that is accessible with a double click. You can return to the home screen with a single click, while a the double click brings up the Multitasking Bar which includes all the apps you have used and opened. You can close these apps by doing a long tap on one app as the apps again being to shake or dance. Clicking on an app with an X on it in the Multitasking Bar allows you to close it out. If you click on the X of an app on the home page, it will delete the app.

This is all there is to learning how to move about in iOS. These are simple functions and actions for the most part, and as long as you remember that, it will remain simple.

In the next article, we will go through the Settings app of iOS. Stay tuned.

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Turn Your Photos Into Music Videos on iOShttp://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-photos-into-music-videos-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-photos-into-music-videos-ios/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:50:51 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59144 Have you ever thought of turning your photos stream into interesting music videos to share with your family and friends? It used to be a complicated task involving expensive software and plenty of time. but in iOS, you can now do it easily and effortlessly. Here is how you can turn your photos into music videos in iOS.

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Slideshow-LogoThis is one of those times where you don’t know you need something until someone suggests it. Yet once it doesn’t work out, it now becomes a necessity. I saw an iOS app yesterday that looked like it would be fun for my daughter and myself to make videos from photos slideshows.

Once the app appeared to be a bust, I wasn’t okay to not have such an app. I became obsessed with finding an app that would do what the other one was supposed to. I finally chanced upon Photo Slideshow Director for iPhone and iPad. Since downloading it, I’ve spent the day making videos, editing videos, and fixing problems associated with the videos, and can’t seem to stop.

Slideshow-Welcome

The iPhone app opens up with a welcome message and an interface that couldn’t be more simple. Choosing your photos, applying music and a theme to them, playing the video, then exporting it. The iPad app isn’t quite as simplistic-looking, but has all the same basic functions.

Slideshow-Photos

The first order of business is to add photos to your video. You can add them from your camera roll on your iPhone or iPod Touch, or Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa. Once the photos are added, you can drag them into the position you want them to be in. You can also set the transitions between the photos by clicking the die icon between them. Leaving it unchanged allows you to “roll the dice” and have a random transition.

Slideshow-Edit

Clicking a photo, then clicking the photo’s edit symbol in the iPhone app allows you the option to insert a blank page with a background and title, insert a subtitle, reorder the pictures, set a starting and ending point for the pan and zoom, and edit the photos. Clicking the edit symbol in the iPad app allows for some of the functions, while the others can be found in the edit symbol in the menu bar above.

Slideshow-MusicAndTheme

Clicking Music allows you to add songs from your iTunes library. Initially I had a difficult time with this. While the music would play here, once I exported the music, I would lose it. Eventually I realized the songs needed to be downloaded from the Cloud first. Clicking Theme gives you several options with backgrounds, options, and pan and zoom. You can also customize the background with a blank page.

Slideshow-Export

You may export the video to a number of different sources – to your camera roll, Facebook, YouTube, or a WiFi transfer to a PC or Mac. The last option gives you a URL to migrate to on your Mac or PC to download the video. There is also an option to play the video on HDTV, but you will need proper hookups to accomplish this. Without, it can also be done via AirPlay after downloading to your camera roll.

As a warning, these videos do take up some space on your device. This is the only negative. They are so much fun to create that you will find yourself creating several. I was warned at one point that I had run out of space on my iPhone. Downloading them to your PC, Mac, Dropbox, etc., will allow you to retain the space on your device.

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How to Use Tech In Gift Giving [iOS]http://www.maketecheasier.com/use-tech-in-gift-giving-ios/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/use-tech-in-gift-giving-ios/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:50:25 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59302 The difficult part about gift giving is finding out what to give and where to get it. Here, we will show you how you can easily create a gift giving list, finding the best gift, and paying the least amount possible, all from your iPhone.

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tech gift givingDuring the holidays, one of the most difficult activities to get out of the way is gift giving. The process is a mix of a guessing game with who should get what, along with a search high and low for the gift, only to guess what their reaction may be in the end. However, technology today has made it a lot easier for the gift giving process to go a bit smoother. Today, we will take a look at how it can assist you in creating a gift giving list, finding the best gift, and paying the least amount possible.

The first line of business for most gift givers is creating the shopping list that you will go by from now until you are finished with holiday shopping. For some people, they are able to get their shopping done by Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, while others wait until the day before the holiday to check everything off the list.

using tech in gift giving: evernote

One recommended application for creating the holiday shopping list is Evernote. This application is available on iOS, Blackberry, Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux. This means that almost wherever you are, Evernote follows. This is key in allowing you to work on your list even when away from home. Plus, the collaborative features of Evernote make it easy to create group lists. This means that if you have a list for the children, you and your spouse can accomplish tasks together.

using tech in gift giving: remember the milk

A couple of Evernote drawbacks include the pricing. While it’s free, you do have a small free storage allowance, however more storage is as low as $4.99 a month. Alternatives include: Notes app on iOS, Remember the Milk

After you have a list together, your next order of business is finding the deals that will allow you to pay for some of this stuff. There are tons of coupon websites and apps online and for mobile. Coupons.com has a special section for this season that allows you to take advantage of store deals at various retailers. The supermarket coupon site will now offer deals to places including Old Navy, Best Buy, Target, and tons of others.

using tech in gift giving: retailmenot

On your phone, RetailMeNot‘s coupon application allows you to take the popular coupon website’s deals to go with you on iPhone. You can set locations that you want to receive deals from and get alerts when they arrive. The community on RetailMeNot also is allowed to alert users of coupons, however voting allows you to filter the true deals from the tricks. You can also save and share some for later.

using tech in gift giving: passbook

Some drawbacks to Coupons.com is that some deals aren’t as drastic as others you can find on other websites, due in part to the website’s focus as a whole. Secondly, RetailMeNot does offer a majority of valid coupons, however it can be a pain having to ensure the deal is truly going to work. Your best alternative would be Passbook for iOS if you have it on your iPhone, though you’ll have to add your own coupons.

There are a load of shopping options available on iOS. However, what’s important is finding the store that comes with the best benefits for shopping there. Amazon is a popular stop for holiday shoppers, also known as one of the most popular stops for Cyber Monday shopping. The Amazon Mobile application works wonders for accomplishing things on the holiday list while away from a computer.

using tech in gift giving: RedLaser

But, sometimes it isn’t always smart to just go with the store that you always go to. A deal may be hiding in the middle of a store that you may have never been to before. Decide is a great application for situations like this. By scanning the items bar code, you are able to see whether or not you should purchase now or wait on it. You can also see the price of the competing stores. If you want to focus more on price comparisons, RedLaser or ShopSavvy may be great alternatives that are more focused.

Decide for iOS – Buy now or wait? This application helps you decide while also giving you deals and pricing to help.

How are you using technology to make gift giving productive, fun, and easy? Let us know in the comments below!

Image credit: Gift by Big Stock Photo.

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The Beginner Guide to iOS: Setting It Up (Part 1)http://www.maketecheasier.com/the-beginner-guide-to-ios-setting-it-up-part-1/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/the-beginner-guide-to-ios-setting-it-up-part-1/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:50:38 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=58964 It is your first time owning an iOS device and you have no idea how to set it up. Don't worry, this tutorial will guide you through the iOS setting up process.

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iOSSetup-LogoOver the next few weeks, we will be running a series of “iOS Beginner Guide” articles that shows you all that you need to know about your iOS devices. This is the first article of the series.

You’ve just bought your new iPad or iPhone, and chances are it was within the last hour or two, as no one can let something that exciting sit too long. You just can’t wait to get started. You won’t need to wait long at all, because starting up your device for the first time doesn’t take any time at all.

This is the beauty of any new iOS product, and it’s no different whether it’s an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The setup process is very simple, just asking you to answer a few questions and make some quick decisions about your usage. If you already have another iOS product, it will make it that much easier to get started, as some of this will already have been done when you signed on previously.

iOSSetup-Welcome

It used to be that you had to plug your iPad or iPhone into a computer in order to initialize them and get them set up. That’s no longer necessary, as now your iOS devices are completely independent from a computer, or at least they can be. All you need to do to start your iPad or iPhone is click the button on the top right of the tablet, that is if you are holding it lengthwise, and the round “Home” button is towards the bottom of the device. You’re first greeted with a screen that asks you to “Slide to Start,” and this is followed by a screen with “Welcome” in several different languages.

iOSSetup-WiFi

The Setup Assistant launches and takes you through a series of questions. It will allow you to choose your language and region and will also ask you to choose your WiFi network. When it appears on the screen, select it, then put in whatever password information your network requires. If you are not under WiFi at the moment, you can plug the iPad into your computer and set it up through iTunes.

iOSSetup-Location

With the Wifi account set up, or with the device plugged into iTunes on your computer, the next screen prompt will ask you if you want to use the location services. This will enable apps such as Maps and Find My iPhone to work. There are many other apps that use the location services, and if you choose not to use location, you might not get the full benefit of these apps if you leave it turned off.

iOSSetup-NewVsBackup

At this point, you will be asked if you want to complete the setup as a new iPad or iPhone or from a previous backup. iOS devices can be configured to perform a backup of your settings, documents, apps, and photos. That way if your phone gets erased for whatever reason, you have the backup stored in either iCloud or iTunes. It can save you a lot of time if you have a previous device that you have set up exactly the way you like it.

iOSSetup-AppleID

Apple keeps track of you via an ID. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. This is just the easiest way for them to keep all of the information pertaining to you in one place. It helps you out as well. If you already have an Apple ID, you can enter it in at this point, or you can create one. It will keep track of your app and music purchases, your store purchases, and your iCloud backups. You will also get the opportunity after this to choose whether you want to use iCloud or not. It’s not a necessity, but can be very helpful. It will give you someplace to store all your data, photos, documents, etc. After this, you can also choose where you want your backups stored, iCloud or on a computer.

iOSSetup-Find

If you are backing up from a previous version, you will now be ready to sign on. If not, you will choose whether or not to use Find My iPad/iPhone, Facetime, and Siri. Find My iPad/iPhone can be a lifesaver. If your device becomes lost or stolen, this app will keep track of it using the GPS location. You will be able to sign onto another device or a computer, and it will show you where your device is, providing the location services are still on. You will also choose whether or not to use Facetime, which is very similar to Skype, but only works with others using Apple devices. Siri works as a personal assistant to find gas stations, check sports scores, and check movie info, all by simply using your voice.

This completes the setting up process and signs you into the new device. If you are starting from a previous backup, it may take some time to load all the information. While this seems like a lot of information to get through to get to this point, the entire process only takes a matter of minutes and is really quite painless. The Setup Assistant is designed to walk you through it and leave no room for questions. It will take you to the point of being able to use your new device very quickly, allowing you to spend the rest of the time having fun with it.

In the next article, we will go through the basic navigation in iOS. Stay tuned.

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Werdsmith For iOS Takes Writing Projects From Start to Finishhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/werdsmith-for-ios-takes-writing-projects-from-start-to-finish/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/werdsmith-for-ios-takes-writing-projects-from-start-to-finish/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:50:36 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=58732 I'm a fan of productivity apps and am always downloading note-taking and writing apps. Yet, when it comes to push and shove, I always end up resorting to my tried and true apps of Pages and AwesomeNote for writing on the iPad. Werdsmith is a writing app for iOS that promises to both track your ideas and help you write as you follow your project from start to finish. Does it deliver? Yes, of course.

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Werdsmith-LogoI’m a fan of productivity apps and am always downloading note-taking and writing apps. Yet, when it comes to push and shove, I always end up resorting to my tried and true apps of Pages and AwesomeNote for writing on the iPad. I do HTML posts in Awesome Note and simple writing in Pages. Werdsmith drew me in and prompted me to give it a try based solely on its clean interface.

Lots of apps, not just Productivity ones, will have so many features to them that they get bogged down. The situation is reminiscent of the phrase, “Keep it Simple, Stupid.” The apps get way too confusing as they try to do everything and anything you would like them too. Werdsmith promises to both track your ideas and help you write as you follow your project from start to finish. I wanted to see if it did too much and got bogged down or if would stay as a clean interface.

Werdsmith-Open

From the opening screen, the app still doesn’t seem like it will get complicated. It’s still clean, in fact so clean that it left questions as to whether it would do enough.

Werdsmith-Add

As you get ideas, you can return to the app and jot them down quickly. This is really helpful for me. I get several good story ideas throughout the week, and it when it comes time to sit down and start writing, I can never remember them. With Werdsmith, I can just open the app and jot down my idea quickly, then go back to what I was doing previously.

Werdsmith-Create

To start working on a project, simply click on the story idea that was saved previously, then tap the gear symbol in the upper right of the screen and choose Create Project. This transfers it from the idea stage to the writing stage.

Werdsmith-Goal

Werdsmith also helps you to create a goal. It asks you for a goal of how many words you would like the project to be. I typed in 550, the minimum number of words I wanted this article to be. For a unique perspective, instead of tracking the number of words in your article, it tracks the percentage until you reach that goal.

Werdsmith-Finish

When you finish with your article, tap that gear symbol again and choose Finish. This transfers the article to the completed stage, holding it for you. It allows you to Share it by email if you wish. Additional sharing options, such as saving as a Word or Pages document would be great. There are other options in this menu including Delete and Edit Goal. If you decide you want to add more to the article, you can always click the gear again, choose Resume, and send the article back to the writing stage.

Websmith-Settings

In the upper left of the screen is an options menu. Clicking this gives you an option to upgrade to the paid version for $2.99. The free version only allows you to save six projects. This menu also offers you the option to turn iCloud Syncing and Automatic Backups off and on. The app developer makes note that the Cloud Syncing doesn’t work well with iOS 6. Since iOS 6 is still new, maybe this will be changing. Additionally, there’s an option for setting the time of day you want to work on your projects. This will cause the app to send you a reminder.

There are a few small things that Werdsmith could do to improve the app, but for the simplistic interface that it offers, it does do as promised, taking a project from start to finish. It only needs to find a way to work with iCloud, as well as better sharing options, then it could truly be an app for all straight writing.

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