iPad Tips: Using Smart Mailboxes on iOS 7

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One of the killer additions to the Mail app in iOS 7 are Smart Mailboxes, which help organize all sent messages, messages with attachments, and more. The VIP mailbox is displayed by default, but you’ll want to tap on the Edit button on the top-right corner of the Mail app to reveal the other Smart Mailboxes.

What Do They Do?

If you’re familiar with the unified inbox (the inbox that shows mail from all of your inboxes), then you’re already familiar with what a Smart Mailbox can do. Standard mail folders tend to act like physical folders do: mail that you put into a standard folder isn’t available in any other folder. So if I put Patrick’s email with the lyrics of “O, Canada” into my “Patrick” folder, I won’t find it anywhere else.

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How to Turn On & Use the Safari Favorites Bar on the iPad

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Safari has been a leading mobile browser ever since the first iPhone hit the streets in 2007. It brought us the internet on a mobile device with no compromises and a striking set of new features to enjoy the mobile web with.

On the iPad’s bigger screen Safari is an even more compelling experience. It’s clearly one of the most used apps on the iPad and has lead to the iPad dominating among tablets in web browsing share. One of the cool features of Safari that’s not turned on by default is the Favorites Bar – a handy area for one-tap access to your favorite websites, just below the top address bar.

Here’s how to enable and use the Favorites Bar on the iPad:

– Open the Settings app and scroll down the left sidebar and tap on Safari.

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How To: Use Private Browsing on the iPad

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Private browsing is a very useful feature for the Safari browser app on the iPad and iOS. In private browsing mode your browsing history is not recorded. So, for example, if you’re secretly browsing around for a perfect birthday gift for your partner (who shares your iPad) and you don’t want them to see your searches you can just switch to private browsing to cover your tracks.

And it’s very easy to turn on private browsing and then swap back to normal browsing whenever you want.

Here’s how:

– Open the Safari browser app

– Tap the + button near the top right of the screen, just to the right of the cloud icon.

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Parent’s Guide: Make your iPad Kid safe

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I love the iPad. Especially when I can palm it off to my daughter at 7am on a Saturday morning to catch a few more moments of shut eye before I have to face the day. However, in the back of my sleep fuddled mind, I’m worrying. What if she stumbles upon a scene from RoboCop (the original) on YouTube? What if she finds Infinity Blade? What if she downloads ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’ on iBooks (the horror!).

As anyone will know, unfiltered, unrestricted access to the internet and other features of the iPad is not a good idea for children of a variety of ages. Thankfully, the iPad makes it easy for us, as parents to take the lead in securing the device, whilst still keeping it functional for our children. There is also no need to tinker around under the hood of your router. [click to continue reading…]

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iPad Tips: iOS 7 Gesture Guide

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Let’s be honest, sometimes it can look a bit weird to the uninitiated outsider when they see you magically waving your fingers in different ways all over your shiny iPad (things look even weirder if you start talking to it via Siri too). However, from a user’s point of view, gestures on the iPad can really speed things up on a productivity level. Here is a guide to all of the major gestures in iOS 7. Practice makes perfect here and the more you use these gestures, the more you will find yourself flying through your iPad.

 

The five fingered grab

5 finger grab If you are in an app and you want to get back to the home screen quickly, put all five fingers on the screen and ‘grab’ your fingers together to a point. Graphically, you will see the app shrink and then disappear into the home screen.

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A Quicker Way To Close All Tabs in iOS Safari

  Ever find yourself with too many tabs open in Safari on your iPad or another iOS device? They do seem to accumulate pretty quickly for me over the course of a couple days of browsing. Well, here’s a very handy reader’s tip for closing all open tabs more quickly, without even leaving the Safari [...]

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How To Get To Spotlight Search in iOS 7

Here’s a quick, basic tip for those of you who have updated to iOS 7 on your iPads. I’ve seen a good number of people puzzled by this after updating: how to bring up the Spotlight Search bar in iOS 7. And it’s very easy of course, once you know how. Here’s how you bring [...]

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