iPhone 3G Tethering
You can use your iPhone’s 3G service to connect your ipad to the internet. This is done by tethering (joining) your iPhones 3G data connection to enable the iPad to connect to the internet even if it is only the Wi-Fi model. This is a great way to get online when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available and you don’t have a 3G iPad.
To tether your iPad:
You must add the tethering option for your carrier on the carrier’s website by logging into your account and adding the feature. This isn’t free though so it maybe worth looking into before you decide to use this option.
Set the iPad to accept a tethered connection:
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Tap Wi-Fi.
- Tap the tethering service tab in the choose network setting then enter your carrier details.
Using A Passcode To Secure Your iPad
Keeping your iPad secure is a must due to the iPad’s portability. Where there’s portability there’s the chance of misplacing your ipad or even losing it, because your iPad can store your personal details keeping it secure against unwanted people using it should be your number 1 priority.
The first way would be to use the passcode lock, this asks the user to enter a password after it has been woken or turned on. An alphanumeric passcode will need to be entered to allow you to use your iPad.
To set the passcode simply:
- On the home screen tap Settings > General and then select the Passcode Lock button.
- If you want to set the Passcode to be alphanumeric and not numeric tap the Simple passcode to the off position.
- Next enter the four digit code you wish to use, it will then ask you to re-confirm the Passcode.
Now everytime you wake or turn on the iPad it will prompt you to enter your passcode.
Using A Virtual Private Network
Using your iPad over a public Wi-Fi hotspot can be risky, allowing people to hack into your iPad and see what your doing. The way round his is by using a VPN, this will stop hackers been able to hack their way into your iPador watch what you are doing. You can purchase a VPN (just search VPN service in Google) so that everytime you connect your iPad to a public Wi-Fi hotspot it will establish a secure connection deemed to be un-hackable.
To set up a VPN simply:
- Tap Settings > General > Network
- Tap the Add VPN tab
- Enter your VPN server settings provided by your service providers, then tap save.
- A VPN icon will now appear in the status bar at the top of the iPad telling you that your connection is secure.
Now you will have a secure connection when you log onto a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Just be careful if you let your iPad go into sleep mode as this turns off the VPN and you will have to reconnect to your VPN server.
Sync Photos From Your Computer
you can use iTunes to organize your photos on your iPad. by syncing them with your iTunes account you can upload and keep your photos in a safe place.
You must have iOS 4.0.3 or above to use this facility.
To sync your iPad photos with your iTunes account simply:
- Connect your iPad to your computer,using your usb lead.
- Open iTunes, and select your iPad in the sidebar under my devices.
- Click the Photos tab.
- Enable the Sync Photos From option and choose your photo software from the pop-up menu.
- If you want to choose to sync your entire library, first choose the option “All photos”,(albums, events, and faces).there is a second way of syncing your entire library, this is done by enabling the 2nd radio button and then selecting the check boxes of any albums, events or faces.
- To copy video files located in your library, mark the Include Videos
- Click the Sync button. iTunes optimizes the photos and transfers them to the iPad.
Personalize Your Home screen
Changing your wallpaper either for the home screen or lock screen is a great way to personalize your iPad with either family photos or the stock wallpapers that come pre-installed on the iPad. Changing them is a very easy task, simply:
- Press the settings icon on the home screen, this will bring you to the settings menu.
- Now tap the brightness & wallpaper tab, this will bring up a menu with a picture of 2 iPad’s next to each other.
- Click the arrow on the right hand side of the right hand image of the iPad.
- Press wallpaper to display stock iPad images and click on the desired picture.
- To choose your own picture from your iPad simply click camera roll or choose from your photo library. Tap the desired picture you wish to choose then and a pop up menu should appear. Select either “set lock screen” or “set home screen”.
Using Notes On iPad
If your wanting to make notes on your iPad then there’s no easier way. With the iPad been nearly the same size as a piece of A4 paper it feels normal to jot down notes on the iPad compared with other electronic devices.
How to use notes:
- Simply press the “+” symbol in the top right hand corner, (see below).
- Type the desired message.
That is it, it’s as simple as actually writing on a piece of paper. There is the bonus of been able to send your note by email by simply pressing the envelope symbol at the bottom of the screen.
Make your iPad Your Own
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GelaSkins are made from a thin, laminated film and are designed to form a scratch resistant protection from everyday wear and tear. The 3M adhesive is repositionable, and won’t leave any residue when you choose to remove it. GelaSkins are not cases, they are skins.
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Setting Up a POP3 or IMAP E-mail Account
You can also set up most e-mail accounts, such as those from Windows Live and other major email providers simply by obtaining the host name from the provider. To set up an existing email account other than a Gmail account, Yahoo!, or AOL account , you may need to enter the account settings yourself.
Follow these steps to set up an IMAP or POP3 account:
- First, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.
- In Settings, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then tap Add Account.
- In the next screen tap Other shown below.
- A screen will now appear with “Add Mail Account”. Select this option
- Now a form will appear on the screen, simply enter your name, the account Address, Password, and Description and press Next. iPad will now verify your account and will then return you to the Mail, Contacts, and Calendars page with the details of your new email account displayed. In some cases your iPad will add the outgoing mail server information for you, but if it doesn’t, press SMTP and enter this information (this can be found by going to your email provider and searching for SMTP settings).
- To make sure the Account field is set to On, under Settings tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap the account. In the box that appears, press the On/Off button, and then press Done to save the setting. You can now access the account through Mail.
Email On iPad
Setting up any email account can be an easy experience even on the complex of devices, and the ipad is no different. You can sync practically any email account through the iPad including both Mac in mail for the Macintosh or Windows outlook.
The iPad is primarily designed to be able to add iCloud (formerly MobileMe), Gmail, Yahoo and most other email providers. Other services can be run but if your email sever uses the POP3 protocol then it will not sync with other devices when installed whereas IMAP accounts will.
To set up an email account with Gmail, Yahoo or AOL simply:
- Press Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calenders
- Underneath the Account window at the top of the menu press “Add Account”
- You will now be presented with the screen below:
- Now select the desired email account host you wish to setup and fill in the appropriate fields such as account name passwords etc. and tap the next button. The iPad will verify your account details.
- Once the account has been verified press the save button to complete your setup.
Getting Use To The iPad Reading Screen
The hardest part for most people is actually getting use to not physically holding a book. It does feel very alien the first time you try it and a lot of people, my wife included, just can’t get on with the digital reading scenario, partly because she like to know how much she’s read. But the benefits of reading on your iPad are massive. From font size to holding hundreds of books on one device, it certainly pays off to get use to reading on the iPad.
Here’s a quick look into the reader itself:
- Library – Tap this to see your entire book library
- Table of Contents – Contents at a glance of the book you are currently reading
- Brightness – Adjust brightness of the screen
- Change Font – Change font and font size and also changes the page color
- Search - Search for certain text
- Page Slider – Slide from left to right to find a desired page
There are more settings in the iBooks preferences. Simply tap: Settings> iBook and you will be given more options.