Category : iPad

Low Profile iPad Pro Mechanical Keyboard Case

At $169 a pop this mechanical keyboard case for the iPad Pro resembles a briefcase with a handle. The keyboard employs a new switch called the “Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch” with true actuation, reset, and 70 grams of forced needed per key. The keyboard/case combo comes with a metal kickstand, a detachable poly-carbonate case, and connectivity via Bluetooth. In addition with the maximum brightness glowing the device still has 10 hours of battery life or 600 hours with the back-lighting off. This tech exists for those looking for a laptop like typing experience rather than the touchscreen option. However, if you change your mind Razer gave this keyboard a full range of motion so you can keep the case on and use your iPad as usual. It’s pretty cool if you use your iPad for many different functions.

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The verdict is in…2-in-1 vs. tablet

Just the other day I tried relentlessly to convince my mother than a PC with tablet capabilities would significantly improve her work flow. She brought up the usual restrictions associated with tablet use, “does it have enough power to accomplish what I need?”. Most iPads and tablets just can’t compare to the power behind a PC or laptop. Doing research can be a pain, as it isn’t always easy to switch between applications on a tablet device. Multitasking for the work day is exponentially better on a machine that can allow multiple applications to be open and running so that the user can easily shift gears without creating a giant mess. However, tablets have their perks, the machine is much lighter and easier to carry and the hands on capabilities are great. The riddle here is finding a machine that can take from both a PC and a tablet and combine efforts to create a better machine.

Windows 2-in-1 systems combine power, ease, and the Windows operating system, to create better raw usability. Apple iOS and Android can’t compare to the usability of Microsoft Windows even with continuous improvement. With a 2-in-1 system you can run full applications, several of them, side-by-side, switching without problem. The Windows platform was designed for this. I love Apple products and I own quite a few myself, but I know needs and Apple products cannot match the needs of the consumer that wishes to work from a tablet. I know this from experience as I tried to brave my first year of college on only an iPad. I lost a lot of sleep that year.

A Windows 10 powered 2-in-1 PC is not only less expensive, but easier to use for ‘real’ work. Here are a few guidelines to help you make a 2-in-1 purchase.

Choose your Size – 2-in-1 devices range in size from 10 inch models that are ideal for those that are always on the go and need something light that travels well, to 11 and 13 inch models such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the Lenovo Yoga 900. If you are simply not impressed with 13 inches, the HP 15 inch Spectre x360 should do the trick.

Detachable or Rotating Hinge? – Typically you can opt for bendable or detachable. If you prefer the touch-based experience similar to using a tablet but again with better power and management, choose a detachable model. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, HP Spectre x2 and the Dell XPS 12 are all great detachable models with tablet bodies and magnetic keyboards. In comparison, if you write a significant amount for your job then a bendable 2-in-1 is a better match for you. The Lenovo Yoga 900 and HP Spectre x360 have hinges that bend 360 degrees, and also offer tent and presentation positions.

Processor Specs – The highest power systems will feature an Intel Core i7 or m7 chip. Midrange models will have Core i3, i5 and m5 CPUs, which will support productivity as a good middle range between price and performance. Those on a budget are going to find Intel Celeron and Atom CPUs in their hybrids. If you want a device for browsing the web, answering emails, and watching Netflix a lower budget spec should work just fine.

Storage– The standard for 2-in-1 machines is 4GB of RAM, but 8GB is better if you can afford the increase. I would not advise 16GB of RAM unless you are going to be answering some serious work demands. For most people the extra memory and performance is not needed, not to mention it is more expensive.

Screen Resolution– Screen resolution is very important! A higher resolution screen makes a huge difference throughout the day. Affordable 2-in-1 models have 13366 x 768 pixel displays, but if you can you should look for a sharper 1920 x 1080 full-HD screen. Better image quality and side by side window viewing. The higher end resolutions are so beautiful it is hard not to pay the price for higher resolution. But these can suck up a lot of power, so be mindful of what is really important.

Budget – You can spend anywhere from $150 to $3,000 on a 2-in-1 device. Prices escalate as you increase size, specs, storage, and resolution. Look to our next post to find the perfect 2-in-1 for you!

Apple Removes Infected Malware from App Store

appsApple continues to preserve its reputation of preventing malicious intrusions from iPhones and iPads. However, there was a substantial outbreak of malware in the App Store, and Apple is persistent in its efforts to clean up the attacks. Reports have shown that 344 infected apps were removed from the store.  The said apps were carrying Xcode Ghost, a compromised copy of Apple’s Xcode that was injected prior to sending apps to the App Store, some of which were highly popular apps with iOS users. WeChat, China’s largest messaging app, was among those that had been hit.

Up until now, it is believed that only five infected apps reached the App Store. Thankfully, no real damage has been detected thus far. However, despite the fact that this intrusion didn’t have devastating effects, it does illustrate that the iOS public is not completely invulnerable to malware.

Updated Microsoft Office Apple Compatibility – New Microsoft Office Software Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Microsoft is showing off its new updated Office software and its surprising capabilities of working well with Apple. The Office team at Microsoft have updated its features for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Translator for you to benefit from Apple products. This is great news for Apple lovers as now you can take advantage of these refined Microsoft applications on the iPad Pro, iOS 9, and WatchOS 2.

split viewFeatures include multi-tasking functions such as the Slide Over and Split View in iOS9, which will easily allow you to toggle between Office apps on your iPad. You can work on a PowerPoint presentation as well as check your email without leaving an application by simply sliding over. As for split view, you can have two apps open at the same time. This will give you the ability to copy numbers down from an Excel Spreadsheet, for example, to a Word document.  Another helpful feature is Microsoft’s intelligent search, which will now include OneNote notes and Outlook messages in iPhone and iPad searches.

For Apple Watch users, you can literally get your incoming email directly on the watch face as well as check upcoming appointments. The newly introduced Translator service allows recent translations to be played back through the watch Office-updates-watchOS2speakers, so travelers can take advantage of the devices ability to articulate common phrases in a local language.

All the updated Office apps will be accessible along with the arrival of the new iPad Pro, iOS9, and WatchOS 2.

New Apple iPad Pro Announcement – iPad Pro With Larger Screen and Apple Pencil Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Chief executive of Apple Tim Cook unveils the new 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” at its special event in San Francisco. The new and larger model features a faster processor as well as two major accessories-the “apple pencil”, the first Apple stylus-like device utilized for writing and drawing, and the “Smart Keyboard,” an attachable keyboard.  Not only is the new iPad Pro larger, it is more powerful and dyiPad Pronamic as it is the third size iPad that Apple has produced with a new A9 chip that Apple has said made it 1.8 times more stronger than the most recent iPad Air.

The new iPad Pro features a 10-hour battery life and also includes four speakers.  It is marginally thicker than the iPad Air and weighs approximately as much the original 9.7-inch iPad.

The 32GB model will cost $799 when it is released in November.

 

 

Bluetooth Enabled Stylus

My search for a stylus for my iPad is finally over!  I have owned at least a dozen different models of stylus over the years, and have not been thrilled with any of them.  Usually, they would tap on the screen without trouble, but dragging things across the screen was a total fail!  Now I am using a Bluetooth enabled “Pencil” by 53 and I couldn’t be happier!  There are currently 2 models available ranging in price from $59.95 – $74.95 plus you get full access to their app…appropriately called “Paper.”  This stylus is great for the creative types who want to draw or paint on their iPad or for the techie who just wants to have the best option currently available! 

LogMeIn App for the iPhone

LogMeIn is an application many of use to remotely access our computers either home or at work. Did you know that there’s an app for that as well that you can use on your iPhone or iPad? The app works the same way as the desktop application. You can use the free version called LogMeIn or the paid version called Ignition.

Key features of LogMeIn:• Access your home and work computers on the go.
• Control your Mac or PC as if you’re sitting right in front of it.
• Get to your computer files and edit them from your iPad or iPhone.
• Remotely run any application on your computer from your iPad or iPhone.
• Fix computer problems remotely for business or personal IT.

Key features of Ignition:
• Remote access to all your computers, files and applications
• File manager for transferring files remotely and saving files to your device
• Wake-On-Lan for waking a sleeping computer remotely
• Print to AirPrint-compatible printers
• Attach files to emails directly from Ignition
• Photo management for transferring photos from/to photo library
• HD video and sound streaming from your remote computer to your mobile device (available for Windows, Mac coming soon)
• My Cloud Bank integration that links Ignition with popular cloud services

iPad Mini vs iPad 4

If your in the market for an ipad and aren’t sure what to buy, your choice really comes down to what you want to do with it on a daily basis. I have both models. I use the iPad 4 for work as it has a bigger screen and is a bit faster. I have a bluetooth keyboard that I use with it. For work this is an excellant mobile device to remote into computers, write emails and a few other things I do for work. I also have the iPad mini. You may wonder why I have both, well simple, the mini was a birthday present and I mainly use it when I travel, its smaller, fits in my purse easily (that is when I carry a purse) and for reading books (this is what I use it mostly for) it its in they hand nicely. Bottom line, there is a pretty good cost difference so you but in the end you need to decide if it its for work or play. Below are just basic difference that might help you decide.

iPad Mini
1. Cheaper
2. Smaller
3. Works the same as the larger model.
iPad 4
1. Bigger
2. Faster
3. Better display.

Siri – Creating Notes

Siri can easily create new notes, modify your existing notes, and find old ones. This is tied to the native Notes app.

Creating New Notes
– Make a note about (topic)
– Create a note about (phrase or topic)
– Note that (some event happened)

Add to Existing Notes
– Add (item) to (topic) note
– Add (item) to my notes about (subject)

Searching Notes
– Find my notes from (day, month, year)
– Find notes about (topic, subject, phrase)

Hide Apps on the iPhone and iPad

Have you ever wanted to hide an app from appearing from your iOS home screen? Below are simple steps to do this.

Hide Apple Default Apps on the iPhone & iPad
You can use this to hide Safari, Camera (which also disables the camera completely), FaceTime, and iTunes apps:

– Open Settings and tap on “General”
– Go to “Restrictions” and tap “Enable Restrictions”, set a passcode for restrictions if you haven’t yet
– Under “Allow” toggle the apps you want to hide to OFF, i.e. flip the switch next to “Safari” to OFF if you want to hide Safari
– Exit out of Restrictions when satisfied

Hide All Downloaded Apps from the iOS Home Screen
This is a simple way to hide every single app that has been downloaded to iOS from the App Store, removing them from the home screen:

– Open Settings and tap on “General”
– Go to “Restrictions” and make sure they are enabled
– Scroll down under “Allowed Content” and look for “Apps”
– Tap “Don’t Allow Apps” to instantly hide all downloaded apps

Hide Apps in a Folder
This is the age-old traditional method that has been around as long as Folders, and it’s probably best for unused apps, though it’s more like hiding something from view rather than truly hiding it. Nonetheless, it’s a valid solution in many cases and is extremely simple:

– Tap and hold on any app icon until it starts to jiggle
– Drag that app icon onto another app you want to hide to create a folder, name it whatever you want like “Unused”
– Drag other apps to hide into that folder as necessary