Friday, December 30, 2011

FaceTime-Great Shanghai to Mass.

FaceTime is a video calling software application and related protocol developed by Apple for supported mobile devices running the iOS,
First time using FaceTime was a call from Shanghai. Quality was very good, much better than Skype video and audio.

You will also note in the picture the Yoobao leather smart cover. It works very well for protection of the iPad.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Game sale 99 cents

From iPad Insight blog

Huge 99 Cent Sales on Tons of iPad Games from EA & Gameloft

Here’s just a few of the notable titles from EA and Gameloft that are currently on sale:
  • Dead Space for iPad (Apple’s iPad Game of the Year)
  • FIFA 12
  • Madden NFL 12
  • Risk for iPad
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Assasin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles for iPad
  • Iron Man2 for iPad
  • NOVA 2 for iPad
  • James Cameron’s Avatar for iPad

likely continue through to the end of the year
it’s well worth taking a look at all of them from EA and Gameloft

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How to Really Close Apps

Apps are left running in the background after you leave them.
To close-push down the Home Button twice. The task bar will show your recently used programs. Hold an app icon to have red options with minus signs. Tap the icon to close the app (it will not be deleted).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rootkit Report

There is a report arrier-iq-poison/1697

Summary: Millions of iPhones, Android and other smartphones have the Carrier IQ spyware rootkit in them. Here’s how to find it and try to zap it.

I find in General-About-Diagnostics & Usage, the default setting is Automatically Send.
It can be changed to Don't Send.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Travel/Photo App - Stuck on Earth

A new kind of travel app that brings you the best places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience. It's the ultimate app for explorers, photographers, and daydreamers. 
Watch the excellent YouTube introduction.
You can submit your own photos to be included.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Movies by IMDB and Flixster

Two apps
IMDb Movies and TV - IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity info.
Can browse Best lists, keep your own Watchlist.
Movies by Flixster - watch movie trailers, find showtimes, get reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, update your Netflix queue, and more.
Has info on DVD releases.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Other iPad Web Browsers

Check out

Atomic Web, iCab mobile

TRVL free Travel Magazine

Our iPad-exclusive app offers readers a blend of breathtaking photography and intriguing stories, with each issue presenting a location-specific look at some of the world's most beautiful and fascinating destinations.

All issues completely free. There are some 30 issues for free download. It would be good to support the magazine with an optional $0.99 for a month.

SpellTower: Another Great Word Game

If you think Words with Friends is worth it, do consider SpellTower ($1.99).
Find and swipe words in 4 challenging modes. Make long words or use bonus tiles to clear extra letters from the screen! 

Typical Review -
"by far one of the best [word puzzle games] in recent years" - 4.5/5 Stars - Editors Choice - 148Apps

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 Upgrade

Information is available on the upgrade at

According to Apple, there are a number of highlights in the 5.0.1 update. It fixes bugs affecting battery life, adds Multitasking Gestures for the original iPad, resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud, and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

However, one important element not getting the necessary attention is that the update also fixes a number of security flaws, including a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability involving font handling. RCE means that a cybercriminal might be able to trick your device into running software without asking you, even if you're just browsing the internet.

It is suggested that the update be done by going to Settings-Software Update.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Analyst suggests iCloud's services as important as iTunes

Analyst Ben Reitzes of Barclays Capital has released a report declaring iCloud as the
most important service Apple has put together since iTunes. iTunes revolutionized the way people buy music and content online; Reitzes suggests that iCloud will be a similar revolution that transitions the main hub for digital content from the PC, iPad, or TV into the cloud itself. We already know Apple is planning on making a big investment into iCloud and its infrastructure, and Reitzes says that investment will come in many forms, including connections with partners to share and spread the data stored on Apple's servers....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Resources   blog with Facebook page  The Unofficial Apple Weblog  “all about iPhone & iPad”  “The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog!”

Game - Words with Friends

I'm hooked on this word game. The paid ($2.99) version is well worth it to avoid the interruptions. I go to bed with it at night to keep up with West Coast players and have to be sure to turn off the sound while I sleep.

Any other suggestions on games?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Top iPad Apps for Windows Users

Two articles by Woody Leonard

iTunes can transfer videos in MP4 format from PC to iPad using Movies app.
Remote control of a PC is suggested to be done by free TeamViewer app.
The second article notes Powerpoint show on the iPad with Slideshow Remote app.
Photo editing can be done with free PhotoShop Express app.
For transferring files, free Dropbox is suggested (I like using alternate EverNote).
For text, spreadsheet or presentation editing, iWork is suggested using Apple’s formats at $9.99 for each app. There is nothing for editing Office documents.
Editing PDF files can be done with Goodreader $4.99 (I’m using the alternate PDF Expert $9.99).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Basic apps to add -
iBooks for epubs and PDFs
Overdrive Media Console for library books
Kindle for books
Flipboard for news & Facebook friend updates
Pulse News for iPad for news
Evernote for collecting everything via the web
Adobe Reader for PDFs
Some beginner things learned -

Battery Care-monthly should go to zero left and recharge
No AntiVirus needed
Documents (.doc and .pdf) can be transferred via email

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The iPad for One Dummy Blog

This blog is intended to collect information on use of the iPad. The advantages of a blog include seeing new items while having access to older information thru the use of labels/tags.