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Tips for iOS

Hidden features that make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more powerful

The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are very easy to use. The basics are well covered in the user manuals available from Apple's support Web page (apple.com/support).

You'll master the basics pretty quickly. Once you do, you'll begin to discover that these iPhone OS (now called "iOS") devices have some powerful but less obvious features that can make the devices even easier to use. This article contains tips that will let you access some of that hidden power. (Note: We include dedicated iPad tips at the end of the article, but most of the tips relate to all three devices. See page 96 for iPhone 4 and iOS 4 specific tips.)


Two stylish cases for the iPad by Proporta



Proporta Mizu Shell, $39.95 

If you’re looking for protection with minimum coverage, check out the Mizu Shell by Proporta. This super tough, silicone shell protects the back and edges of the iPad against impact damage and scratches.

It fits like a glove and feels great in your hands. Available in three stylish colors: red, black and pink.

Go and get Gosar Episode One


If you like to show off your new iPad and are always looking for neat apps that demonstrate what it can do, check out Gosar Episode One.  It is a well designed app that combines simple game play with fun music, cool sound effects and beautiful graphics.  I was pleasantly surprised in a couple of ways.  First, when the app launches, it shows a GameSalad screen.  GameSalad is basically a solution for non-programmers to create their own apps, by supplying graphics, sound, and most importantly, ideas, and leveraging code widgets to create a custom app, typically a game.

Electronic Toolbox HD - iPad Edition Review


Electronic engineers and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive collection of electronics calculators and fundamental electronics reference materials will want to take a closer look at a new iPad application called Electronic Toolbox HD.  Based on a previous release of the utility for the iPhone, Electronic Toolbox HD contains over 20 different categories from a resistor color code calculator to a comprehensive (though not exhaustive) list of integrated circuits (ICs) and their corresponding chip diagrams.  The application covers a spectrum of electronics features:

Street magician bases his act on an iPad

This video is fun. A street magician bases his act around an iPad. The magician is speaking Japanese, but there are subtitles. And you don't really need to know what he's saying to appreciate the tricks.

iPad Apps for IT Professionals

11 apps help IT professionals manage systems

The iPad represents a truly unique computer interaction experience for the IT Professional, especially for Network and System Administrators as well as Help Desk Professionals and even programmers. For the adventurous technologists who attempted to control desktops or query and manage servers from their 320x480 resolution iPhones, the iPad’s 1024x768 screen is like moving from an office cubicle to a warehouse. Even so, iPad applications have to be optimally designed to maximize this screen size so that the interactive resources are as available and intuitive to interact with as possible.


Frontier Design and Griffin Release Guitar Rig/App Combo!


I'm going to have to give this cable/app combo from Griffin and Frontier Design a go when I get a chance (called GuitarConnect and iShred respectively). I am spoiled somewhat in that my Line 6 amp already has a robust amount of modelling built into it. I like purer amp sounds, without much experimenting with effects, but then I'm a pretty old school rock player--couldn't hurt to broaden the horizons a bit. I have seen a couple of these guitar rigs out there for iPhone iOS (the Guitarbud, and iRig), and am starting to get curious.

Office Docs on Your iPad

Apps that let you view, edit, and create Office documents on your new mobile computer

In the Fall 2009 issue of iPhone Life magazine, I authored an article that looked at the two major mobile application suites that allowed iPhone users to work with Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets (iphonelife.com/issues/Fall2009/TurningIphoneMobileOffice). With the release of the iPad, developers including Apple, have stepped up to the plate to offer a selection of apps for viewing, editing, and creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go with the iPad. In addition, Apple included support for Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards in the iPad.


iPad Games: Showcasing the Best!

The most addictive and graphically appealing iPad games

When the iPad was first released, the largest category of applications initially available for the device was games. The number of apps in this category has continued to grow in the few months that the iPad has been out. As it does, we're running into the same problem we face with iPhone apps; how do we find the real gems among the pages and pages of iPad games listed in the App Store? This article takes a look at some of the most addictive and graphically appealing games currently available for the iPad.


MiFi keeps you connected



The Chinese word for Challenge also means Opportunity.  I kept this in mind when my cable modem Internet connection stopped working today.  Fortunately, I have a review unit of the Novatel MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.  It's basically a wireless 3G modem.  I was planning to seek out a remote location to test it.  But suddenly not having any Internet here in the suburbs proved to be an opportunity to test out this device in the comfort of my own home, and get some work done!


The Novatel MiFi 2200

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