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Son of the Windy City, and proud Father to two awesome boys. Rob is a displaced Chicago Bears fan living in the Orlando Florida area. When not obsessing about everything Apple, he can usually be found outside boating across Florida's natural resources and taking the road less traveled.

How to manage your stored credit card info in your iPad Safari browser

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If you’ve ever signed into an account through your Safari browser on your iPad, you’ve been offered the opportunity to save usernames and passwords before. The same goes for your credit card information when you decide to purchase an item on your iPad.  Did you know that your credit card information is stored in the Settings app?  In addition, you can add, manage or delete credit card information at anytime, in the same location–and here’s how.

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Apple online stores remain offline, iPad purchase requests returned “cannot connect to store” [UPDATE]

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Apple has been experiencing a series of outages this morning to it’s Cloud services and online stores, including the App Store, iTunes, the iBook Store and the Mac App Store.  As of this posting, these stores remain offline, and have been since just before 5 am EST.  In addition, their iCloud services, including Mail and iCloud account management were offline from the same starting time, but were restored 4 hours later.

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iOS 8.2 is available for download–should you update your iPad?

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Apple released iOS 8.2 for the iPhone, iPod and iPad this week.  The release notes indicate the bulk of the update is aimed at support for apple Watch and improvements to the Heath App.  In addition, the new software provides increased stability and bug fixes for your iOS devices.  The software update registers in at 565 MB for the iPhone, but on the iPad it is much smaller–a mere 256 MB.

Obviously with the announcement of the Apple Watch these week, the main focus of the update is the interaction between the iPhone and Apple Watch.  In addition, when you update your iPhone an Apple Watch companion app will also be downloaded with the software update that will make it possible to manipulate settings on the new watch as well as personalize the Home screen from your phone.  The Apple Watch is not compatible with the iPad, though, so this is most likely why 8.2 is half the size on your iPad.  As long as your aren’t still rocking a first gen iPad, this update is compatible on your device.

Other additional enhancements in the update not related to Apple Watch still make this update important for iPad users who value improved stability and everyone’s favorite–bug fixes.  Here are some of the notable highlights that affect iPad owners…

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How to use alternative apps to navigate to an address from Apple Maps

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Apple Maps have come along way since Scott Forestall first introduced them with iOS 6 in 2012.  I prefer them over Google Maps most of the time, especially with regard to navigation.  However, as one might suspect, they still are not on the same playing field with Google Maps when it comes to search results from within the app. This might not be the case for you, and even though you may know that you have countless alternative options when it comes to competing map programs–you do have options.  There is actually a quick and easy way to navigate to an address from within a different mapping app if you already have the address loaded into Apple Maps–here’s how.

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Apple makes it so easy, you don’t even have to have the alternative app downloaded to your iPad prior to starting this process. Like I mentioned previously, you need to have your address, or pin drop (approximate location) already loaded in Apple Maps.  Once entered, the location (address) will show a pin on your iPad screen with a label defaulting to the driving directions and the estimated time it will take to navigate the that location.  When you tap on that label you will see a split screen showing a satellite view of the location and options to drive to that location or to use that location as your starting point.  Selecting either will give you itemized turn-by-turn directions.  You can then select the “Route” button in the top right of the screen to see the full route on a map.

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How to manage app data storage on your iPad

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Ever wonder how much storage space your iPad has available?  How about how many apps you have installed on your device, or how much space those apps occupy?  Ever want to know what apps take up the most space, or how you can manage all of the above in one place?  Look no further–app management doesn’t have to be a mystery.  Here’s how to manage the storage on your iPad.

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First, open your Settings app–> then select General–>Usage–> Manage Storage.  Here you will get a comprehensive list of the available and used storage space on your iPad.  In addition, you also will see a break down of ALL the apps you have installed on your iPad in order from largest to smallest.

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How to pair your iPad with a Bluetooth Keyboard

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Among the most successfully argued benefits of owning an iPad–mobility has always been near the top.  The ability to use your iPad as a replacement device for desktop or bulkier laptop computer definitely has it merits–as Federico Viticci illustrated quite effectively. Unfortunately, though, for this theory to work to it’s fullest potential you undoubtedly need to pair your iPad with your favorite Bluetooth keyboard.  Luckily there are no shortages of keyboards to choose from.  In fact, your toughest challenge for using your iPad as your primary productivity device might actually be in choosing the keyboard to use.

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No matter what you end up going with, the process of pairing your iPad with a wireless keyboard remains the same.  Start by opening the Settings App, then select Bluetooth.  Turn the feature on so that your iPad is discoverable by other compatible devices.  One your Bluetooth Keyboard is turned on and is impairing mode, (follow instructions for your device) it will become visible in the “Devices” list on your iPad.  When this happens, select your device.  You will now be prompted with a pairing code that needs to be entered on the Bluetooth Keyboard.  Key in the code, and press enter.

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Wunderlist for iPad receiving big overhaul in 2015

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I love To-Do lists and Productivity apps in general.  Some may say I love them to a fault.  See if this sounds familiar–you want to find the perfect To-Do / Productivity list app.  You try so hard, and you invest so much time in researching your needs against what is available that you never can decide on just the right one.  This has been a problem form me for years–and I’m sure part of the problem is me and my indecisiveness with regard to this issue.  However, there has to come a time when you decide to either [email protected] or get off the pot.

I always enjoyed using Wunderlist, but it never quite fit my needs with regard to how I _wanted_ to use it, and the support and integration it had with other apps was lacking for me.  So, a few month ago I started using Evernote as a task manager/To-Do list/repository of all things important from my work, my writing and my personal life.  Thomas has already written extensively on the merits of such a move.

Now, again, I’m reconsidering my choice.  Wunderlist CEO Christian Reber announced major changes coming to the Wunderlist platform this year–and they all sound great!

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How to configure your Location Services on your iPad

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Privacy is a big deal–especially these days.  Luckily with iOS 8 you’ve got options when it comes to personalizing your privacy settings.  One of  the more configureable settings within Privacy is Location Services.  Location based services are a hot topic these days, especially as we become more and more dependent on our mobile devices to navigate through our roads and our lives.  As with any service, the more informed we are about our choices the better prepared we will be to make decisions.

Here’s how you configure your own Location Services on your iPad.  First, open Settings–> Privacy–> Location Services.  If not already on, slide the tab over to activate.  Location services use Bluetooth and crowd sourced Wi-fi locations to determine your location, so obviously these settings need to be turned on as well to best determine your location.

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How to set-up and configure Notifications on your iPad

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Notification Center has an all new look in iOS 8.  Configuring how and which notifications you receive from your arsenal of downloaded apps doesn’t have to be rocket science.  If you are new to iOS, are having difficulties setting up notifications on your iPad, or you have no idea what Notification Center is all about–you’ve come to the right place.

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First things’s first–do you know where to find Notification Center on your iPad, and what is it used for?  No matter what page or app your are viewing, you can access Notification Center at any time by swiping down from the top of the screen.  It can be the middle, left or right side–it doesn’t matter it all works the same.  When you swipe down to reveal Notification Center you will notice two viewing options–the “Today” view, which shows you all of your selected widgets, and your collection of system-wide notifications.

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How to set-up and use Do-Not-Disturb on your iPad

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One of the lesser known feature settings in iOS is Do-Not-Disturb.  First introduced in iOS 6, Do-Not-Disturb is a very useful utility that is easy to configure, and provides users with one unique function.  iPad users can choose when and what notifications and calls they receive.  Here’s how to set-upon your iPad.

Open the Settings app, and select Do-Not-Disturb (the icon with the crescent moon).  At this point you can either turn the Manual controls on–which will keep all alerts from coming through, or you can schedule when you would like to have your notifications and FaceTime calls muted.

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Quick Look: Weafo sharing utility for iPad

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We all have the need to transfer files between our devices from time to time.  Sometimes it’s easy, and we have a number of viable options available to us.  Other times, not so much.  Perhaps our files are too large, or too many in number for the usual methods we use.  For times like these we now have a new option available to us, and it’s called Weafo.  Well, actually it’s called Weafo – Transfer voice memos, pages, keynote, csv files and other contents instantly via WiFi, but we’ll just call it Weafo for short.

The premise is simple.  With iOS 8, you now have the ability to share files, pictures, voice memos, etc via Apple’s new extension share feature.  Some of the more notable features in Weafo include…

  •  No need to open any app, just use iOS8 Share Extension to transfer files.
  •  Transfer everything: Excel, pdf, word, power point, link, text, map, image, contacts, notes, sound, video etc…
  •  Easy to Use: No need to install app on your computer(or other devices) just open a browser and enter the IP address Weafo gives you.
  •  LARGE Size Files: Transfer large size files fast and simple
  •  Cable Free: Transfer files to your computer without using USB cable.
  •  Group Transfer: You can transfer files to more than one device simultaneously.
  •  Weafo Compression: If you want more speed, if you want to stay organized, Weafo compresses several files into a single ZIP archive for you.
  •  Safe transfer: You can set a password before start transferring to prevent strangers access your data.

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