iPad Tips – Page 6 – iPad Lessons for Seniors

How To Sign A Document On An iPad (or iPhone)

Most people don’t realise that you can sign a legally binding document directly from the iPad or iPhone Mail App.

In this video you will see how you can store your signature and insert into any document that you are requested to sign. You can also fill out any document emailed to you using the technique shown in this video.

This is something you should share with everyone so please Like and Share this video with all your friends!

How much time and printing will we all save!!

How Many Recipe Books Do You Need?

Find out why Colin Dunkerley – The iPad Man – thinks your iPad makes the perfect kitchen accessory.

 You all love food! So much so that you collect recipes as if you live for 1,000 years! You know I’m right. Most kitchens I visit have a small cupboard filled with recipe books, magazines and those hand written recipes passed around by friends and family members.

 So how many of these recipes have you cooked? The trouble with recipe books and magazines is that you can’t find the recipe you’re looking for when you want it. Which magazine did you see that great recipe in?

 The solution to finding recipes when you want them is to search for them and there is no better way than using you iPad in the kitchen. The internet has thousands of recipe dedicated websites and a quick search of your iPad’s App Store will also reveal thousands of results for recipe Apps. Within those Apps are millions of recipes. In fact the BigOven App has over 350,000 recipes on its own!

 It doesn’t matter if you are a vegetarian, vegan, diabetic or if you are looking for gluten free, Paleo or have any other dietary requirement you can find hundreds of Apps that can cater for your specific needs. Most of the brands you know have a recipe App on the iPad and a lot of them you can control with your voice so your iPad doesn’t get dirty.

 No endless searching through the pages of cookbooks and magazines. Just the simple act of searching your iPad and seconds later making a choice. This can result in less waste and an incredible new world of flavours as you leave your comfort zone and try new and delicious recipes based on the search results and reviews.

 So what do you do with all those recipe books and magazines?. Recently I found it very liberating to throw out all of my old recipe magazines and most of my cookbooks freeing up valuable cupboard space in the kitchen.

 Your new problem is how do you save all these recipes that your friends are now sharing with you through emails and Facebook.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its the Cloud

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its the Cloud

Funny thing about the Cloud, its not actually in the sky.

You have no doubt heard the term Cloud. But what is it?

“The Cloud” is actually tens of thousands of computers connected to each other in a very secure building and it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 of these buildings around the world.

Companies like Amazon, Dropbox, Apple, Microsoft & Google plus too many others to mention build these incredible data centres to provide us with the services we now find on our computers, tablets and smartphones.

The Cloud has been around for a very long time, though in the past it was known as Network Computing. With the proliferation of the internet, especially mobile internet, the term has been replaced with the Cloud. 

“There is a lot of debate about is the cloud safe to use – particularly around security.” Says Colin Dunkerley of iPadLessons.com.au

“However I see more issues with viruses and passwords on our own computers than with the security of these big companies.”

“You are more likely to be burgled or have a hard drive fail than to have your data hacked from these billion dollar companies that have hundreds, if not thousands of dedicated staff protecting our data”

Say Goodbye To The Mouse

When Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, first saw a version of the computer mouse he was amazed. He instantly knew he was looking at the future of computing and no personal computer has shipped without one since.

But how times change. In 2007 Apple launched the iPhone and three years later the iPad. These two devices have changed the way we interact with computers forever.

Six years and seven hundred million devices later there are more touch screen phones and tablets sold than personal computers.

And how do we control them?

As Steve Jobs said “We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. And we are all born with them. We are going to use our fingers.”

This simple decision to forgo the mouse has allowed these devices to be incredibly

portable and powerful. There has never been an easier way to control anything. Its natural to use and by applying simple intuition we instinctively know what to touch.

By combining a few fingers the level of control is absolutely amazing. Spreading two fingers on the screen zooms in on the photo you are looking at. A quick double tap with your finger and the text you are reading magically becomes larger.

The mouse served us well despite the love-hate relationship we have had with it. The mouse brought computers into our homes but now its time to say goodbye.

It’s time to welcome the fast, easy, responsive interaction that comes with touching exactly what you want with your finger.

The best pointing device has always been our fingers.

Colin Dunkerley regularly presents free demonstrations of the iPad to Retirement Villages, Computer Clubs & Probus Clubs throughout the Sunshine Coast. Call 041 44 10 100 to book Colin for your club or retirement village.

It never to late to learn

Never Too Late To Learn

Never Too Late To Learn

Every day someone shares with me a story of how the iPad has made an impact on their quality of life, particularly when it comes to communicating with friends and loved ones. At a time when mobility may be affected, or the relatives may by many miles away, this technology presents you with the magical ability to hold your loved ones in your hands as you communicate with them wherever they are in the world, and you can do it for free.

On the contrary there are also the stories of a friend or child who has told Mum or Dad that they are too old to understand the latest technology. What a load of Bollocks! Unfortunately some people buy into this story and miss out on the opportunity to communicate face to face, the ability to be entertained, the opportunity to play and learn.

Thankfully though most ignore this bad advice and have a go. Its never to late to learn and there are so many ways that this latest technology can contribute to your life in a positive way. Keep exploring, keep communicating, keep sharp and most of all keep having fun.

Reading on the iPad

A few years ago I gave my Mum an iPad for Mother’s Day. I must admit she wasn’t overly excited. My Mum never used computers throughout her life and the one she did end up buying five or six years ago didn’t see much use.

What a difference a few years makes. When Mum and Dad were visiting last year we picked them up from the caravan park and were heading out for the day when I was asked to turn around and go back, you see my Mum had left her iPad behind.

A product that she was barely interested in when given to her as a gift had become an indispensable tool that she liked to have with her. What had changed?

Now before you think that her son gives iPad Lessons for a living, she didn’t want them and besides, Mum and Dad at that stage lived in Sydney, so it wasn’t as though I could call around to help. If Mum was going to use an iPad she wanted to figure it out for herself and that she did!

Of course Mum says she doesn’t use the iPad that often, an opinion that Dad doesn’t share… a message I received from Dad said “Mum doesn’t use the iPad very often, except for reading books, shopping, playing games, sending messages, Facetime, checking out facebook, Googling, finding recipes – apart from that not much!”

I had to laugh!

What really impressed me was Mum reading books on the iPad. Mum and Dad’s house is full of books so I didn’t think Mum would give them up in favour of the iPad.

However Mum pointed out “Sometimes I pick up books where the printed text is so small I just put it back on the shelf. With the iPad I can make the text size whatever size I want and I can be carrying around dozens of books at a time.”

She also said that if she ever runs out of anything to read she can download a new book in around 20 seconds.

You don’t have to convince me Mum!

WARNING! Another scam post doing the rounds again today.

WARNING! Another scam post doing the rounds again today. It’s not “like this page to win a car” this time but it’s “like and share this Jetstar page to win a years free flights.” Please don’t fall for this. It’s a marketing scam from an unrelated party to Jetstar collecting your data for advertising. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is. Usually you can tell if it’s a scam by the number of likes. As an example the real Jetstar page has 400,000 likes and the scammer pretending to be Jetstar has 1,000. Always search for the real site directly if in doubt. Feel free to share this post (and unfortunately you won’t win anything from me either! )

Should You Take Hand Me Down Computers?

Had a client tell me today that their son wanted to give them their old computer. My advice. Say thanks but no. It’s a wonderful gesture but often these computers are very slow so your experience isn’t good. New computers and iPads are really not that expensive and you will enjoy them far more. And please don’t buy a cheap netbook – they are slow when you buy them new let alone a few years down the track!!