iPad Tip of the Week: Emailing Photos and Videos

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off

For this Tip of the Week, I will show you how to easily add photos and videos to email messages. This video is 1 minute and 20 seconds long.

iPad tip of the week: Emailing Photos and Videos:

With the release of iOS 6 it is now easier than ever to add photos/videos to emails. You can now add them from within the email itself. Here is how:

  1. Open the mail app
  2. Create a new email message by tapping the new mail icon in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Tap and hold anywhere in the body of the message to bring up a list of options.
  4. Locate the option that is labeled “Insert Photo or Video” and tap that option
  5. You will now be presented with a box labeled photos, which will give you access to your media. Choose camera roll or photo stream depending on where your attachment is located.
  6. After taping either camera roll or photo stream, tap the item that you want to attach to the email.
  7. Tap the use button located in the top right corner to attach the item to the mail message.
  8. Complete your email and then send.

-Jason Miller

Passbook . . . close to being interesting

September 26th, 2012 Comments off

I’ll admit to being underwhelmed by Passbook, the new electronic wallet app for iOS 6 on the iPhone. But it’s clear that when the individual developers get around to tweaking their apps so that they work with Passbook, it should be pretty swell. Evidently ZDnet thinks so too. And how nice that the only store app I use, Starbucks, will work with Passbook by the end of this week. Oh, and as far as I know, it’s only available on the iPhone.

–Rebecca Johnson

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Changes to Find My iPhone (iPad)

September 20th, 2012 Comments off

With the flurry of updates that have been pushed out with the new iOS, you may have missed the update to the Find My iPhone app. It’s now a little easier to send a tone to your misplaced iPad. See this link that Jason Miller found at idownloadblog.com.

–Rebecca Johnson

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iOS 6.0 arrives today! Here’s a summary of what’s up.

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

Don’t procrastinate about updating your iPad’s operating system. Many quirky little problems that we see are due to users still running 4.3.3.* Today, Apple releases iOS 6.0, the most recent update of its operating system for mobile devices. From Jason Miller, these two links provide you with information on what features are available in 6.0: from techcrunch.com, what you need to know to update to the new iOS; and from cultofmac.com, a summary of the new features in the update.

If you have any questions about updating your iOS or would like help updating from 4.3.3 to 6.0, please don’t hesitate to call or email eTech at 8-4832 or etech[at]as.ua.edu.

*How do you know what operating system is running on your iPad? Go to the Settings app and check under the General settings. Look for “About” in the list on the right and select that. Then you’ll need to look for “Version,” which will tell you what iOS you are running on your iPad.

–Rebecca Johnson

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iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

September 17th, 2012 Comments off

For our first Tip of the Week, Jason Miller will show you how to improve your iPad’s performance by closing apps that are running in the background. This video is 45 seconds long.

iPad Tip of the Week: The Multitasking Bar

Here is the transcript of the video:

Welcome to the iPad Tip of the Week: Using the Multitasking Bar

The multitasking bar displays all of the apps that you have recently used and that are currently running in the background. If too many apps are running in the background, this can slow down your iPad or cause apps to crash. You can solve this problem with the following steps:

  1. Quickly press the Home button twice to bring up the multitasking bar.
  2. Tap and hold any of the app icons that appear on the bar until they start to jiggle and red minus signs appear on the corner of each app.
  3. Tap the red minus sign on each of the apps until all apps in the multitasking bar are closed.
  4. Close the multitasking bar by pressing the Home button once.

Editing Excel on an iPad

September 5th, 2012 Comments off

I rarely use Excel and so don’t have much experience with which Office compatible suite on the iPad offers what sort of functionality with those files. Jason Miller sent me an excellent overview of a couple of different apps for viewing Excel files and eight more for editing them. Enjoy!

Editing Excel files on an iPad from Macworld, September 5, 2012.

–Rebecca Johnson

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Complete Class Organizer

September 4th, 2012 Comments off

This is a guest post by Yolanda Barnes–

One of my favorite apps is Complete Class Organizer – Student Version ($4.99) by AnimalBrainz, Inc. The app has a lot of functionality. You can record lectures and any notes you take will be synchronized with the recording. You can also take notes by typing or drawing, send notes to classmates via Bluetooth, calculate and store your class grades with the feature calculator, import PDF/PPT and other files, and generate, print, and email your weekly class schedule. You can also integrate with Dropbox and Google docs. The list goes on and on because new versions and updates are being produced weekly.

I came across the app because I was in need of something that could help me get organized for graduate school. This app seemed to have everything that I needed for only $4.99, which is a wonderful price for all of the features that it has to offer.

Yolanda D. Barnes is a 2011 Ronald E. McNair Scholar with published research in the area of juvenile delinquency and parenting practices. She received her BA in criminal justice with a minor in social work and is currently a first-year graduate student in the MSW program at the University of Alabama.

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It’s not impossible when you know the right app . . .

August 29th, 2012 Comments off

This is a guest post by Dr. Carmen Burkhalter–

I have often told my friends and family I hope I never have to live without an iPad. iPad technology seems to hide the nuts and bolts of coding and makes working so simple. Even modern computers don’t have the same level of simplicity I find myself enjoying these days. My only complaint has been that I can’t do all my work on the iPad. Well, the outstanding employees of eTech have listened to me complain about this until they were fed up.  They then countered by challenging me to create problems for them to solve. My first complaint was that although the remote desktop app LogMeIn is a great program, it’s completely dependent upon my computer being on and having power. This drives me crazy especially when I am trying to find a work file at odd hours of the day, or if I would need to access files after a storm had knocked out power to our building. Today, Jason Miller in eTech showed me the app Files Connect. This app is fabulous. I can now access all of my H-drive or S-drive files even if my office computer is powered off. I am thrilled. All I can say is eTech 1 – Carmen Burkhalter 0.  Stay tuned. I’ll update you on the score as we go on.

Carmen Burkhalter, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama, is also a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders, where she specializes in pediatric audiology.

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Working on the Go–ProfHacker iPad column

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

From today’s Profhacker column. Grad student Stephanie Hedge talks about the tools and apps that help her get work done on her iPad. Note the first comment on her column that mentions the lack of sufficient security in Dropbox to satisfy FERPA. Just something to keep in mind.

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How to Share an iPhone (or iPad) Screen Live on the Internet

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Sharing your iPad or iPhone screen on the internet. Potentially interesting for those with iPhone 4S or iPad 2 or newer. Thanks for the tip, Jason.

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