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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What To Do When you Forget the Answers to Your Apple ID Security Questions

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What do you do if you’ve forgotten the answers to your Apple ID security questions? You know – the ones you set a long while ago and forgot all about and then get prompted to answer every once in a while when trying to install a new app.

Or better yet, what do you do when you’ve forgotten the answers AND you no longer have access to your recovery email account that you setup for use with these. That’s exactly the situation I see come up terribly often in Apple support forums – and also one that I experienced first-hand when it happened to my 10 year old daughter. She forgot the answer to one particular security question and had deleted the Google account that was her rescue email.

Well, happily the solution is easy and straightforward. You just get in touch with Apple Support and ask for help with Apple ID Account Security. You start by going to this link to find the Apple support page for your country. Then click the link to ‘Start your support request online’.

Then you’ll get a list of Apple ID security related topics and can click the one that’s closest to your issue – including one labeled ‘Forgotten Apple ID security questions’.

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iPad Tips: How To Let Others Add to Your Shared Photo Stream

Shared Photo Streams

Sharing a Photo Stream, which is a hand-picked collection of your photos in the iPad photo library, is on of the coolest features in iOS. With it you can quickly and easily put together a group of photos and instantly share them to family and friends.

This week I’ve learned a nifty new feature that lets you give the people you’ve shared your photo stream with the ability to add to the photo stream – thanks to an article by my friend Chris at everythingiCafe.

Here’s how you do this:

– Start with a shared photo stream if you already have one, or create a new one. To create a new one, go to the Photos app and tap on the Shared button in the bottom nav bar. Then tap on the ‘New Shared Stream’ button. Give your new stream a name and then choose t least one person to share it with and enter their email address where prompted.

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iPad Tips: Faster Way to Unlock the iPad with a Bluetooth Keyboard

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Here’s a simple but handy iPad tip for when you’re using the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. If you’ve got Passcode Lock set on the iPad you do not have to touch the home or power button on the button to wake it from sleep mode. In fact, you can speed up the unlocking process by making use of the Bluetooth keyboard.

To do so, when the iPad is in sleep mode – just hit any key on the Bluetooth keyboard and then start entering your passcode.

Thanks to David Chartier at Finer Things for this one.

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iPad Basics: What to Do When the Space Bar is Missing in Safari

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iPad Safari Search Bar

This is another iPad Basics tip that seems to come up often in forum and support discussion threads: what to do when the space bar key is missing from the iPad’s keyboard in the Safari browser app.

In this case, it’s just as much about what to know as what to do. What you need to know is that at the top of the Safari screen there are both an Address Bar and a Search Bar. In the Address Bar you can only type website addresses, which do not ever have spaces in them – so the iPad removes the space bar key when you place your cursor in the Address Bar.

In the Search Bar – which is farther right at the top of the Safari screen – you type search terms, which can have spaces. So the iPad keyboard includes the space bar when you place your cursor in the Search Bar.

So if you find that the space bar is missing in Safari, it just means that you’re in the Address Bar, not the Search Bar – and you need to move your cursor over to the Search Bar if you need to type in search keywords and use spaces.

In iOS 7, Safari gets a new ‘unified smart search field’ which is just one bar that lets you enter a website address or a search term – as the Chrome web browser does in its omnibox. This is a much easier way to do things and will be a welcome improvement to Safari.

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How to Sync Google Calendar with the iPad

Google has made some changes this year to how Google Calendar syncs with iOS devices. For years I have just setup Google Sync as an Exchange account in Settings on the iPad and iPhone and it has worked beautifully for me. It had been especially good whenever I got a new iPad or iPhone – […]

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