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.

What is Notification Center?

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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How to manage a Microsoft Office document in iCloud on your iPad

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With their latest update to the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word & PowerPoint) Microsoft has finally added the ability to save and interact with your documents in your iCloud Drive.  As long as you are running iOS 8 you can now open, edit and save your work to iCloud Drive, as well as share your documents between multiple apps. This is a welcome addition to the existing locations you could already save your document to, which included a local version on your device, SharePoint locations, and cloud options like OneDrive and recently added Dropbox.

To open and edit a document that is already saved in iCloud, simply launch the app, tap on the Open folder and select from the more option.  When More is selected your iCloud Drive panel screen will open revealing all your current folders.

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How to create and share an iCloud calendar on the iPad

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With iOS 8 Apple introduced Family Sharing.  This feature might not be for everyone, as Thomas demonstrated for us in his early review back in October.  However, for my family it has been an excellent way to track and approve my 12 year old son’s app purchase requests.  In addition, we now have a calendar that was automatically created for our whole family to share.  The Family Sharing Calendar isn’t our default calendar for keeping all of our important appointments and meetings in.  Our personal calendars are ridiculously overloaded with information, so we choose to make use of seperate iCloud calendars for each member of the family for that purpose.  However, if we have a special event, or quick change of plans that the whole family need to be aware of, the Family Calendar serves that purpose well.

While we’re on the subject of the measurable utility of shared calendars, it is important to point out that you can also share your iCloud calendars with other iCloud users–even those not in your Family.  Shared calendars can be seen in their entirety by others, but you can also limit the user’s  access and permissions, too.  Since it is your iCloud calendar, you can decide who can add or change event within the calendar as well as if you want to share a read-only version for reference purpose only.

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How to prepare your iPad for sale or trade in

So, you decided you’re going to get a new iPad.  Maybe you need to sell your current iPad so that you can don’t have to come up with as much money out of your pocket, or maybe you plan on handing it down to your nephew or niece because it’s an older version that won’t bring much […]

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How to remove your device from Find my iPad

If the time comes when you want/need to remove your iPad from Find my iPad, you have several options available to you.  The quickest, and easiest way is to do it right from your device.  To do this on your iPad, launch Settings–> iCloud–> Find My iPad–> Toggle Find my iPad to the off position. […]

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The (5) most useful accessibility features on the iPad

One of the lesser know features of iOS that adds an incredible amount of functionality to the iPad is Accessibility. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the many benefits gained with Accessibility–and even fewer are aware of how to access them on their iPad even if they wanted to.  For the sake of narrowing […]

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How to set-up and use Apple Pay on your iPad

image credit: Apple When Apple Pay was first introduced along side the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the bulk of the attention for the service that allows customers to pay for products at participating stores that support NFC technology, was centered around the two new mobile devices.  After all, the new iPhones are the […]

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How to set-up and use iCloud Drive on the iPad

iCloud Drive was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 & Yosemite last fall.  Once set-up on your iPad it replaces Documents and Data, where, up to this point, you stored your saved iWork documents.  All documents currently stored in iCloud will automatically be moved to iCloud Drive when you decide to upgrade.  One […]

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The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad

The iPad really shines as a powerful media consumption device.  It’s also a great tool for finding and interacting with information on the internet as well as a repository for offline browsing of articles and links saved to your Reading List.  But how well are you really acquainted with all the benefits Safari for the […]

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