New iPad? These Are The Top 10 Things You Should Do

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Getting a new iPad is so exciting, isn’t it?

You’re like a kid with a new toy, desperate to start playing with your new gadget as soon as possible.

But before you launch into it, there are a few things you should do.

About.com have put together a list of the first 10 things you should do with your iPad. We found the list so useful, we’ve created a summary of it for you here.

Ready?

Let’s get started.

Software updates for your iPad

Yes, we know this is boring, but it’s important to make sure your iPad is running the latest software version because it will make sure it runs smoothly, avoids bugs and saves battery life.

The good news is that there are no known viruses that attack iPads, but that’s no reason to be complacent. Always better to be safe than sorry.

Keep your home screen clean and tidy

Once you start playing it’s really tempting to start downloading apps like there’s no tomorrow, but before you know it you’ve got umpteen screens full of apps making it really difficult to find the one you want.

The answer? Create folders.

To move an app, hold your finger on it until it starts jiggling, then drop it onto another app, which creates a folder that you can name. That way you can easily group together your social media apps, shopping apps etc.

Download the free stuff

Why wouldn’t you?

Apple is giving away the iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and iLife (Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie) software suites to anyone who buys a new iPad or iPhone.

The first time you open the App Store, you’ll be given the opportunity to download these apps.

Stop in-app purchasing

This one is essential if you have a child who is likely to use your iPad. You hear so many horror stories of huge bills being accidentally run up by kids so it’s wise to set a passcode and disable in-app purchasing.

You can set the passcode when initialising your iPad, or if you skipped that step, you can go it by going to Settings > General Settings > Passcode Lock.

Restrictions are just under Passcode Lock.

Hooking up to Facebook

Like most people Facebook is probably a bit part of your life, so now’s the time to connect your iPad to your Facebook account to help you quickly share photos and web pages.

Dropbox

This app is essential if you want to get around storage constraints – especially if you only have 16GB to play with.

Not only does this cloud storage app offer additional space, it’s always a great way to access files across multiple devices. You get the first 2GB free, but can buy more should you need it. Plus, if you set Dropbox up on your PC or Mac, you can transfer files and photos between them.

Get on the radio

If you love music, you’ll love the Pandora Radio app. Download it from the App Store and you’ll be able to create a custom radio station just by inputting a song or artist that you like.

Customise your background

You can set a custom background for your home screen and locked screen. Just go to Settings > Wallpapers (may also be Wallpapers & Brightness) and either choose a photo from your photo stream or pick one of Apple’s default wallpapers.

Backup

It’s just as important to backup your iPad to the iCloud as it is your PC/Mac files. Your iPad should automatically backup to iCloud when it’s charging, but if you want to do it manually all you have to do is launch Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Backup Now.

Go app hunting

There are squillions of apps out there just waiting to be discovered, so now you’ve got all the boring stuff out the way it’s time to start finding new apps to play with.

Hopefully that will help you get your iPad ready for hours of safe productivity or fun – whichever you prefer.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Source: About.com

Childproofing Your iPad

Childproof your iPad

One the most annoying things in life is that although it might take you a few weeks or months to master a new piece of technology, your kid can just pick it up and start using it without a second thought.

Growing up in the technical age, our children have a huge advantage over us, which is why it’s essential you protect your files and bank balance.

You’ve probably heard the horror stories of parents having their bank balances severely depleted by their kids who were just ‘playing’ on their iPad, well now’s the time to take action (if you haven’t already done so) to make sure you’re not the next victim.

From toddler to teenage years, it’s important to make sure your iPad has the right parental restrictions activated. Thankfully, Apple has made it easy for you.

Restrictions on 

Turning on restrictions allows you to control which applications are permitted on your iPad.

You can do this by going to Settings > General Settings > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions. You will then be asked for a four digit passcode, which can be different from the passcode you use to unlock the iPad.

Switch off app downloads

By default, when you download an app, iTunes will prompt for a password, even if it’s a free app or game. But if you have recently typed in your password, there is a grace period where apps can be downloaded without being verified.

To prevent your child merrily downloading God knows what to your iPad it might be a good idea to turn off the App Store.

If you decide on this course of action, it might me wise to turn off the ability to delete apps.   Remember, it takes the intervention of a parent to download apps to the iPad, so if your kid deletes a game because they are tired of it or simply by accident, you will need to reenable the App Store, download the app or game, and then restrict the App Store again.

Age restrictions

If you don’t want to disable the App store you can restrict apps based on an age range instead.

The categories in the age-based restrictions are 4+, 9+, 12+ and 17+, with that last one including apps such as web browsers that give full access to the web, and thus, full access to websites you would rather your 12-year old not see.

Many kids, even six-year-olds and seven-year-olds, will be perfectly fine on the 9+ setting.  This is the rating given to the LEGO games and applies to apps that have cartoon violence but no “realistic” violence.

The same can be done for movies, TV shows, books and websites.

Switch off in-app purchases

Have you heard of freemium games?

These are the ones that are free but stacked with in-app purchases – usually currency or food within the game that can easily add up to a rather high price tag.

This is why it’s so important to turn off in-app purchases.

When you turn off in-app purchases, the option to buy these extras within games and apps will be disabled. This means no surprises when your iTunes bill comes in your email.

The setting for this is towards the bottom of Allowed Content, right above the time interval for requiring a password (see navigation path above).

 

Congratulations, you now have a childproof iPad – so now you have the relevant restrictions in place, how do you download apps?

First, you can simply turn on app downloads in the restrictions page, download the app or game, and turn app downloads back off again. Or, you can download the app or game on your PC using iTunes and then sync your iPad to your PC.

Another options for making sure your child doesn’t run up a huge iTunes bill is to remove your credit card from your iTunes account, or set an allowance to limit their spending.

Whichever course of action you take, it’s important to make sure your iPad (or other tablet) is childproofed – unless of course you want a hefty bill to land in your inbox.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

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