I have an iPhone5 and an original iPad, which I back up to my PC (running iTunes on Windows XP). However, now when I plug in either device to the PC and start iTunes, all the data is listed as "Other" (in an orange bar across the bottom of the window). Further, when I click "Back Up Now" the sync begins, then stops after a second or two with no error message. Can I recover from this without losing my data? [more inside]
posted by logopetria
on Apr 5, 2013 -
The original promise of the data plans for an iPad was that they were not a long term contract, but rather something you could use for a month or two, disable / cancel for a few months and then activate again as you needed it. You also would not have overage charges as running into the limit would just disable your account until you upped the plan. Is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by ridogi
on Apr 4, 2013 -
I use an app on my iPhone and iPad called AppShopper to keep a list of iOS apps I'd like to buy. It tracks them and sends a push notification when their price changes (or when there's an update to the app). Is there another app like that out there that tracks movies, music and TV shows (and maybe apps) on the iTunes Store? If there's no app, is there a website that does this?
posted by jroybal
on Mar 30, 2013 -
I inherited an old, first-generation iPad. I'd love to get a portable keyboard for it so I don't have to lug my ridiculously huge laptop everywhere. I've been doing some Googling, but it's hard to sift out keyboards that will work with the old, obsolete first-generation devices now that it's 2013. I want actual hard keys. Is an Apple wireless keyboard my only option?
posted by topoisomerase
on Mar 26, 2013 -
I recently started using Onlive Plus and like it a lot. But I'm stuck on one thing. Once I have downloaded and edited a Dropbox file in Onlive, how do I get the file back to Dropbox?
The Onlive FAQ says, "After you edit a file, save it and upload it to Dropbox," but I can't figure out how to accomplish the upload from within Onlive. And my google-fu is failing me.
Thanks in advance.
posted by Short Attention Sp
on Mar 19, 2013 -
I have to be at work earlier than usual for the foreseeable future, and I am not much of a morning person. Still, I have had considerable success by breaking my routine down and gamifying it by giving myself points for hitting different markers (e.g. 2 points for getting up without hitting the snooze button, 1 point for hitting it only once, 1 point for heading out the door with the dogs at a certain time, 1 point for arriving at the office on time, 2 points for 5 minutes early, 5 points for more than 5 minutes, etc.). I then give myself little rewards for certain numbers of points (e.g. two days' worth of on-time arrivals equals a latte at my favourite coffee place).
I think it would be fun to be able to track this on my iPad, and am looking for something that will allow me to re-use the same checklists and will count points as items are completed. I've looked at the various checklist and "to-do" apps, but none of them seem to fit the bill, especially the point-tracking aspect.
posted by rpfields
on Mar 16, 2013 -
I'm looking for something sleek and simple, that will allow people to check themselves in when they arrive (2 contexts, gym members, and youth in an after school program). [more inside]
posted by peripatew
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I'd like to find some examples of apps which use a "card" interface, with each card being a piece of information. Purpose: design inspiration. [more inside]
posted by nevan
on Mar 13, 2013 -
Are there any iPad file management apps that will allow a file folder (complete with nested folders and files) to be dragged into it? [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause
on Mar 12, 2013 -
A friend's iPad has a screen protector that is slightly micro-bumpy and rubbery. I call it "nurbly." It breaks up reflections but doesn't dull the display the way matte screen protectors do, since it is shiny, but bumpy. Another friend has the same thing on his iPhone. Neither of them can remember where they got it. Does anyone have this and know the name of it? I want to put one on my iPad mini.
posted by MonsieurBon
on Mar 4, 2013 -
My wedding is this week. I'm terrible with names. I am looking for some way to have a guestbook that allows pictures of guests (or even audio and/or video) along with their names and addresses (and any other message). [more inside]
posted by jef
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I just bought an iPad 4, and (since I rarely spend this much on myself) I'm really paranoid about taking care of it. All the special snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Feb 21, 2013 -
I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't
connect to router!
DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally)
. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I'm trying to find an app for organizing my PDFs on my iPad mini. Ideally, this app would enable me to sort my PDFs into folders *and* allow me to open the PDFs either within the app or in another application (such as Note Taker HD), *and* I'd like there to be a companion desktop application (for Mac) or website or whatever so I can organize things on my computer when I want. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks
on Feb 6, 2013 -
My wife's iphone is sending SMS (sometimes) to my ipad's "imessage" app instead of to my phone! Please halp! [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk
on Feb 4, 2013 -
I work for a small literary magazine. The incoming managing editor wants us to have a magazine app for tablets that appears on those virtual magazine racks. Is this a good idea, and if so what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy
on Feb 1, 2013 -
I find that cheap iPad styluses get squishy-tipped quickly and stop working nearly as well. How can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Is there a better printing app for the iPad than HP eprint or Apple Airprint? One that allows you to print directly to a printer over wifi (i.e., without having another computer running and connected to the network), offers legal size printing and photo print sizes other than 4x6? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize
on Jan 22, 2013 -
I love the 1990's neverhood claymation game. Can the green recommend anything similar for iPads? [more inside]
posted by insomniax
on Jan 20, 2013 -
I am finally going to stop using a paper calendar and start using my laptop/iPhone/iPad instead. However, having used ol' reliable paper for so many years, I'm a bit paranoid about using Google calendar (or an app) and then losing all my data somehow... Is there an iPhone/iPad calendar app that would make me feel more "secure," or is there a service like Backupify that doesn't
require a Google Apps account? I'd love to back up my Gmail too, if possible. (Am I just worrying too much? Is using iCloud enough? I am clearly clueless.)
posted by trillian
on Jan 15, 2013 -
So I did a time-lapse and set the frame rate way too high. Now it will only export around 700 pictures to the camera roll and I can't figure out how to get the rest. Every time I get the photos from camera roll to iPhoto, iLapse just starts from the beginning again. So I can get the first 700 just fine, but not the rest. This sucks. Please tell me there's a solution! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Jan 14, 2013 -
I am looking to get my Mom and iPad sleeve or carrier, to protect it from kicks, drops, scratches and whatnot while it is in her purse. There seem to be about a zillion of these around, in so many styles that my head spins, but I think what I want is along the lines of this
. The problem is it also needs to fit a Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard Cover as well as the iPad, and I can't read that from the specs page. Does anyone have experience using a similar Bluetooth keyboard/cover with a sleeve and can recommend one that works? I'd like something small, and not aesthetically unpleasing, because Mom is going to be much more concerned about if it is light and looks nice then if she can throw it off a building. That said, I am buying it to protect the iPad. [more inside]
posted by Canageek
on Jan 7, 2013 -
I need to find a tablet and a good mobile data plan for my road-trippin' grandmother. [more inside]
posted by HostBryan
on Jan 5, 2013 -
I am looking for a drag and drop photo app for the ipad. Something that will let me import to ipad via drag and dropping while allowing me view and share photos on my ipad without having to sync through Iphoto.
posted by citybuddha
on Jan 3, 2013 -
I just bought a new iPad 4 in Japan (along with a logitech keyboard case), and I frikkin love it! It unfortunately, however, tends to crash at the most inopportune times - I do not want this to turn into a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Jan 2, 2013 -
Flipboard for grandparents: Is there a simple way for my grandparents to browse multiple social media feeds on their new iPad? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Does anyone have experience with the bookbook iPad cover? I desire something both beautiful and durable. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown
on Dec 27, 2012 -
Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu
on Dec 26, 2012 -
A friend wants an iPad app to help learn Kanji, there appear to be many and was wondering if anyone has a recommendation?
thanks and happy holidays!
posted by silsurf
on Dec 24, 2012 -
Android phone user considering a tablet purchase. Considering iPad mini or Nexus 7 and trying to determine pros and cons of staying with android or having access to the Apple realm. [more inside]
posted by sinical
on Dec 19, 2012 -
As an aspiring artist, I've recently acquired a habit of saving to Dropbox every image I find particularly inspiring or useful as an artistic reference. This is fun and motivating, except I'm realizing that my Finder-based 'folder > subfolder' organizational structure is doing a poor job of keeping up with my needs. I'm looking for software recommendations (Mac OS X) or general tips re: sorting a frequently-accessed image collection that will eventually number into the thousands. The catch: the system needs to sync with an iPhone/iPad. [more inside]
posted by brieche
on Dec 17, 2012 -
I am writing some documentation for an app that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I need a consistant way to refer to these devices and am looking for something better than "iPhone/iPod/iPad". For example:
"Hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad's camera so that the QR code is centered in the brackets."
I've come up with either
"... iPhone/iPod/iPad (referred to as iPhone from here on)"
Anyone have a better idea?
posted by cosmac
on Dec 16, 2012 -
I know this is well trodden ground, but I have a question about tablets. I want a tablet that will mainly be for reading/annotating pdfs (academic papers). My main worries are eye strain and stylus integration. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote
on Dec 10, 2012 -
What are your favorite iPad apps ... that will operate and run without an Internet connection? [more inside]
posted by jferg
on Dec 9, 2012 -
I have a retina iPad and need help with a workflow that will allow me to use video clips in coaching a sports performance. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek
on Dec 6, 2012 -
Hubby says we should get an iPad for Christmas and share it. How many couples do this and find that it works out ok? My first thought was that a mobile device is usually personalized. What if I put my books and tons of apps on and he thinks its too much and gets in the way of his finding stuff? Can we each have different "home pages" or am I just being selfish? I'm more techie and experimental than he is. How do we decide who gets custody of the iPad and when? I dunno maybe I'm over thinking this.
posted by sandra194
on Dec 6, 2012 -
I'm trying to send notes from my iDevice to my Mac, and I'm wondering if such software exists. I don't mean 'Note'-notes. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth
on Dec 4, 2012 -
You guys are always supersmart and up-to-date with this kinda stuff. Help this semi-retired print designer understand the tablet/mobile magazine biz! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Dec 3, 2012 -
Please help! I saw an iPad stand that was portable and sort of in the kickstand or easel style - but the parts that grip the iPad looked like little hands. So from the front, it looks like little hands are holding the thing. [more inside]
posted by agentmitten
on Dec 3, 2012 -
I'll shortly be leaving my job for a new opportunity, and will have to return the company supplied iPad. I have a good chunk of content and some useful apps that I'd like to migrate to a personal device cheaply. [more inside]
posted by krisak
on Dec 2, 2012 -
I have an iPad 2, a Sandisk mp3 player and about three ipods floating around my house. I also have a Sony ICF-m1000 table radio. When I plug my iPad into the AUX input on the table radio, it's not nearly loud enough.
How can I cheaply amplify the audio from my I-devices so they sound good on the Sony radio? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Dec 1, 2012 -
What are the best or most notable iOS apps and games that are only available on iPad, and not on iPhone?
posted by IndigoRain
on Dec 1, 2012 -
My parents own a WiFi only iPad and their internet connection isn't always on. Basically, they turn on the internet only when they want to use their iPad. Is there an app that can alert me (preferably via a push notification on my own iPad or iPhone) when they've gotten online?
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 30, 2012 -