RIM has been pushing hard to make sure consumers know that the BlackBerry PlayBook browser has Flash built in, a capability Apple's iPad is lacking. With the capability of Flash in the PlayBook's browser, the door is opened to playing video content that is designed for Flash capable devices. Enter YouTube Movies. This simple guide will show you how you can rent movies from YouTube and watch them on your PlayBook.… Read more
Apple recently released iOS update 4.3.3 (4.2.8 for the Verizon iPhone 4) to ease consumers fear that Apple was tracking their every move. Even though Apple has taken steps to encrypt and decrease the size of the location cache, third-party developers still have the potential of accessing your location information. This simple guide will explain how to manage which apps can access your location info on your iPad and iPhone.
Finally, current subscribers can read The New Yorker on the iPad without spending money on top of their subscription. With yesterday's announcement, subscribers to The New Yorker are no longer required to purchase issues of the magazine for $4.99 a pop on the iPad. Authenticating your subscription on the iPad is a quick, four-step process.
Step 1: Download the The New Yorker Magazine app. Don't worry, it's free.
Step 2: Open the app and tap the red button in the upper-right corner, which will bring you to a page to enter your subscription information. You can … Read more
Odds are, you didn't buy the iPad as a productivity tool. Aside from sending brief e-mails and making the occasional Facebook or Twitter contribution, you likely aren't doing much writing on the iPad. Should the need arise to put your thoughts down in writing, however, there are a number of ways to do so. You could spend $9.99 on a word-processing app such as Documents to Go or Apple's Pages, or you could skip the App Store, open the Safari browser, and use Google Docs. In this brief tutorial, I will show you how to use Google Docs on the iPad.… Read more
Google launched its own cloud music service today, Music Beta, allowing users to access and edit their music collections across multiple Android devices and computers without burdening their storage--everything is stored on Google's servers.
Android users can download and install the Music app on their phones immediately, but won't be able to access all the features, including the Music manager desktop app, until Google grants them an invitation.
Now, what about iOS users?
When Amazon launched Cloud Player, iOS users were also ignored, but the interWebs quickly found workaround. In the same spirit, here's how to use Google Music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Get a Google Music account: To request an invitation, go to music.google.com/music/.
Open Safari: Point your browser to music.google.com/music/ and enter your Google account information. Interestingly, this page is mobile-friendly.
Navigate as usual: Now the interface can be used in the same manner as the desktop browser version. Tapping play will play the music within the browser. (On Amazon Cloud Player, songs would open in the QuickTime Player.) To play a song, tap it, and press "Play" in the navigation bar at the bottom, or click the triangle to the right of a song name and select "Play Song."
Scrolling. To scroll through your music list, drag up or down with two fingers. Be patient--there's some lag.
Google announced today that its Android Market will now begin renting movies in the U.S. Although flicks start as low as $1.99, Google said, most of the "thousands" of titles listed rent for about $3.99 each. The news and onstage demo came from Google I/O in San Francisco this morning.
For now, you can watch these movies online and on Motorola Xoom tablets that run the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb update. Soon, you'll also be able to watch movie rentals on your Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread phones. … Read more
When Apple first released iOS 4.3 to developers, they were let in on a secret feature hidden in the OS, specifically designed for the iPad. Developers now had the capability to enable multitasking gestures, which all but eliminate the need for the home button on the iPad. Apple eventually released iOS 4.3 with the hidden feature still available to developers. The good news is you don't have to be a developer to enable this secret feature, we are going to show you how to enable this feature for yourself, for free!… Read more
There are a number of ways to print from the iPad. The easiest method is to own or purchase an ePrint cloud-connected printer from HP that works with Apple's AirPrint technology to enable wireless printing. If you have an older printer with some miles left on it, however, there's no need to rush out and buy an HP ePrint printer. There's an easy, if limited, way to print documents from an iPad using Google Docs. … Read more
If you are looking to use your iPad as a blogging tool, WordPress is a likely starting point. After all, it's one of--if not the--most popular blog platform in the world. And the app is free. It's very easy to use, but in large part because it's very limited. In this brief tutorial, I will show you how to use WordPress on the iPad.
If you and your significant other have agreed to leave behind your respective laptops to avoid the temptation of keeping up with work while on vacation, there's still the chance that an iPad could find its way into your travel bag. After all, few people can claim the iPad as a productivity machine. The leisurely pursuits it affords--browsing the Web; reading books, newspapers, and magazines; playing games; and viewing and taking photos and videos--make it an excellent travel companion.
But let's say you'd like to update your blog a few times while on vacation, in order to … Read more