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Microsoft's visual search is graduating from beta, now rolling out for everyone on iOS.

following a short period of beta testingMicrosoft Edge is now rolling out an intelligent visual search for everyone. The addition brings the iOS version of the app up to par with its Android counterpart, which picked up a visual search in June. But beyond that, there are a few other neat features tagging along in this update as well, including paste-and-search and the option to choose from more default search engines.

As for the highlight feature of this update, visual search lets you quickly snap a photo or choose one from your camera roll, then search the internet for information based on whatever you snapped. Microsoft is talking up the feature's usefulness for shopping, helping to track down items of clothing, for example, that you like. That's also bolstered by a built-in barcode scanner, which can be used to find deals on items. Visual search can be used to find more information on landmarks around you as well.

Here's a full look at all of what's new in this update:

  • Intelligent visual search gives you a cool new way to find contact info, identify landmarks, or find similar images based on a photo
  • Support paste and go/search in address bar
  • Choose from more default search engine options
  • Performance improvements

And if you're signed in with a work or school account, there are a few other goodies to check out:

  • See your organization's home page
  • Securely access intranet sites from home
  • See mobile browser activity on your PC's timeline

If you're giving Microsoft Edge a shot on your iPhone or iPad, you can check out all of these new features by grabbing the latest update from the App Store now.

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The last time I bought an iPad was 2012. It was a good iPad. But increasingly — especially when the iPhone 6 came out with a bigger screen — I found that my iPad started gathering dust.

The bigger iPhone could do all the same things as my iPad, and as my iPad's hardware got older — it still used Apple's old-style charger — I stopped using it.

But Apple's newest iPad reminded me that for iPhone users, a big tablet that does the same things can be a huge luxury. Browsing the web, playing games, and checking social media is all more pleasant with a bigger screen.

So a few weeks ago, I bought Apple's newest iPad. Apple just calls it iPad, but you might have better luck Googling "2017 iPad" or "iPad fifth generation."

Ultimately, it's not that much different than the other iPads sold over the past two years, except for one thing: It's cheap, or at least less expensive than what previous iPads cost. I paid $329 for mine.

But I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It can't do anything new compared with other iPads, but it's a great value, and it's clear Apple has refined the iPad over the past seven years to be a great tablet for most people.

I don't use my new iPad for anything productive. I mostly use it for content consumption, and it almost never leaves my house. And after using it for the past six weeks, I'm confident it's the best couch computer ever.

Here's what I do on my iPad


("Crashlands," the iPad game I've been playing recently.Crashlands) 

  • I surf the web. Mobile Safari, the iPad's built-in browser, is awesome, stable, and fast, and there aren't many websites the iPad can't handle.
  • I play games. I've been exploring a large number of games available on Apple's App Store, and there is a surprising amount of deep games you could pour 20 or more hours into. I've been playing "Crashlands" lately.
  • I watch videos. I've been using my iPad to keep up with Nationals games on MLB At Bat while my roommates watch what they want on TV. I've also watched HBO, Netflix, and other streaming services on the iPad's sharp 9.7-inch screen. It's pretty engrossing, especially with headphones.
  • I check social media. If there's one issue I have with Apple's iPad in general, it's that there isn't Instagram or Snapchat for iPad. That said, it's a perfect device to catch up with most of my social feeds, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • I iMessage my friends. Texting from an iPad is difficult, but if your contacts use iMessage, it's easy to send them notes and stuff from the iPad.

Here's what I don't do on my iPad: anything resembling productivity. I set up my various email accounts on the device, but I turned notifications off, and I don't really check or send emails on the iPad. I can handle quick notes from my iPhone, and if I need to do any word processing or work, I'll boot up my Mac.


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Apple iPad 3

(Hollis Johnson) 

This iPad's design is not going to surprise you. It's a rectangle, centered on a beautiful, dense, high-pixel screen.

I hadn't used a 9.7-inch iPad on a regular basis since 2012, and I immediately noticed two things about this new iPad. First, it's light enough to use for long stretches of time — something I didn't find with my older, heavier iPad.

Second, there's no physical mute switch. You'll have to turn the sound off on the touchscreen or hold the "volume down" rocker until it goes silent.

Finally, all of Apple's new iPads, including the 2017 model, come with a fingerprint sensor. While the sensor is less useful on the iPad than on the iPhone, it can still be handy, especially if you plan to share your tablet with your family — just give everyone a fingerprint password.

Battery life

Apple says this iPad can manage 10 hours of battery life, and I believe it. I haven't timed how long it takes this iPad to run out of battery, but it doesn't seem to lose charge from day to day when I'm not using it, and it can last an entire afternoon gaming. I haven't ever had an issue where the iPad ran out of battery and I needed to charge it.

For my use, the battery life is just good enough — it's unclear whether an improvement would make the iPad significantly better.

Which iPad should I get?

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ipad lineup


I got the $329 model of the new iPad in space gray because I prefer the black border around the tablet's screen. It comes in gold and silver as well, but those come with a white bezel on the front.

The entry-level model has 32 GB of space, which is more than enough for me because I'm not uploading videos or music onto my tablet. So far, it's plenty of storage space for me, and unless you know you use a lot of space, it probably will be for you, too.

After a month of heavy use, I still have over 15 GB available.

I also declined to get the cellular-enabled model. For $459, the iPad comes with a modem so you can get high-speed internet on the iPad without connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Of course, the cell service requires a monthly fee. Since I use my iPad at home, connected to Wi-Fi, I didn't need it — so I saved the money.

Should you buy it?

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Apple iPad 2

(Hollis Johnson) 
For nearly everybody, Apple's newest iPad is the best value if you know you want an iPad.

You might want to upgrade to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro if you like the size and shape but want to be able to use Apple's stylus, the Pencil. The 9.7-inch Pro also has a slightly better screen, speakers, and camera, but for my usage, it's not a huge upgrade, and since it's $599 from the Apple Store, it's not worth the $270 extra for me. The more expensive Pro also works with Apple's keyboard case, but there are plenty of third-party options for the less expensive model.

The bigger Pro is the most expensive and heaviest iPad model. I used a review unit provided by Apple for a few months before I bought my iPad. My advice is that if you use it for media consumption, as I do, it's not the best option. Not only is it more expensive, the ergonomics as a couch computer don't work that well — it's heavy and feels oversized. Only get this one if you're sure you want to use an iPad as a laptop replacement.

The iPad Mini starts at $400, and its screen is the same resolution as the 9.7-inch iPads. It's more expensive than the latest iPad, and it has a slower chip. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're sure you like the smaller tablet size. It doesn't support the Apple Pencil.

If you don't fit into one of these categories, I'd recommend Apple's latest iPad. Apple's pricing the tablet aggressively, and it's a better value for most people than anything else in Apple's tablet lineup.

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In light of the latest news that President Trump has overturned the FCC Internet privacy rules, discussions for and against virtual private networks (VPNs) have resurfaced. One of the biggest complaints with the repeal is that internet service providers are now legally allowed to sell your browsing data, if they’d like. While some ISPs have said that they won’t sell your browsing history for now, that doesn’t bar them from doing so in the future.

Proponents of VPNs believe that by utilizing such a service, you can obfuscate your browsing history so that your ISP won’t be able to build a “catalog” of your browsing habits. Opponents to VPNs dutifully note that by using a VPN service all you’re doing is migrating your browsing history from one ISP’s eyes to another. Browsing history data collection aside, benefits still exist by using VPNs, especially on your iPhone or iPad.

Why should I use a VPN on iOS?

Many iPhone and iPad users have come to believe that iOS as a whole is an incredibly secure platform. That may be true to an extent, but vulnerabilities still exist. More obviously, these vulnerabilities may not exist in iOS themselves but rather third-party apps that implement poor code.

A few months back we reported on how both Experian and myFICO mobile contained security vulnerabilities that potentially leaked user data onto connected networks. Simply put: launching your Experian app on iOS on an unsecured network meant your user credentials could be pulled maliciously. Once pulled, attackers could pull up all your personal and credit data linked to Experian.

In cases where third-party apps are insecure, using a VPN can add an additional layer for obfuscation. Instead of an attacker easily seeing your credentials, your credentials are now being passed through another network entirely.

Which VPN should I use on iOS?

This age-old question continues to be one of the more difficult aspects of VPN discussions. There are literally hundreds of VPN providers out there, but deciphering which to choose is one the most difficult challenges.

To begin, our first recommendation is do not use a free VPN service provider. Maintaining VPN data servers cost real money, so any company willing to offer free VPN servers to its users means it’s most likely selling that user data. Worse still, that “free” VPN provider may even not be actually securing your data but rather sending it out in the open.

The second recommendation is to not start with the App Store. Normally the iOS App Store is a great location to dive in and discover applications to solve problems you may have, but you should be extra careful here. In the case of VPN applications, you want to find one that hs been thoroughly vetted. Sites like That One Privacy Site have set out to build detailed comparisons against as many VPN providers as possible. Keeping in line with the President’s FCC ruling, looking for a VPN provider that doesn’t keep logs on data usage is a great start.

After that, we’d recommend testing out a few different VPNs for a few weeks. Different VPN providers have different experiences with data speeds depending on where their servers are located. In my personal testing, NordVPN has been fantastic for me and served as a companion when I traveled to South America last year. From our readers, we’ve received recommendations on CloakPrivate Internet Access, and Hide My Ass. By trying multiple different providers, you can learn which ones will offer a better overall experience for you.

Note: All four of the listed VPN providers above have well-built, and easy to understand iOS applications that directly integrate into iOS’ own VPN settings. 

What’s next for VPNs and iOS?

Discussions around VPNs will continue to occur so long as security is in the forefront of user’s minds. Until Apple rolls out its own VPN similar to Google, users will have to rely on their own intuitions on which to pick from.

For a list of VPN providers currently offering discounts, check out our 9to5Toys’ Specials page. Remember to cross-check providers with other resources to make sure it fits your personal criteria.

Do you have a personal VPN that you use on iOS that you love? Have any doubts you want answered? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reports suggest that Apple will be introducing a brand new 10.5-inch screen size

Apple is expected to launch three new iPads this year, including a 'bezel-free' model.

It will also release a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with a more affordable 9.7-inch model, according to new reports. 

The mid-range version will be a completely new size for Apple, at 10- to 10.5-inches, with the firm reportedly still experimenting with the exact dimenions.

"The new models will come in 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch and 9.7-inch versions", said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities.

"We note the 12.9-inch model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10-10.5-inch model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7-inch model will be the low-priced option".

The analyst has a good track record with reporting on Apple product releases before they launch, with the latest leak being reported by .

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Apple could be introducing a brand new 10-10/.5-inch model with a drastically reduced bezel (Photo: 9to5mac)

The two larger models are said to feature Apple's A10X processor, while the smaller version will come with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI.

Kuo predicts that the low-priced 9.7-inch iPad will account for around 50-60% of new iPad sales.

Reports suggest that the new iPads could be unveiled as early as March or April.

Last month, it was reported that Apple could mark the 10th anniversary of its smartphone this year by launching the iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

This supposed iPhone 8 is believed to be an even more powerful version of the phone and is being codenamed "Ferrari".

Leaked documents describe a high-powered "Ferrari" handset with wireless charging, an "invisible" home button and an AMOLED screen without any bezels around the side.


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It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. But if the iTunes App Store is anything to go by, all the Christmas-themed apps can mean only one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. From games and stories for the little ones, to recipe and planning apps for the grown ups, there’s something for everyone, to ensure that this Christmas season is a tasty and fun-filled holiday.

To get you in a festive mood, here’s a list of 10 Christmas themed iPhone and iPad apps and games, available for download for free from the iTunes App Store.


Christmas!! [iTunes link] is an iPhone-specific app with all sorts of goodies packed into one little app. With a Christmas countdown, an Advent Calendar filled with surprises that you can unlock each day, including iPhone wallpapers, jokes and a gift list. The app is the perfect companion to get you into the Christmas spirit as you count down the days to Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Tale

An interactive Christmas story for kids of all ages, Christmas Tale is available in both iPad [iTunes link] and iPhone versions [iTunes link]- although it really comes to life on the iPad screen. Have the story read to your kids, or have them read it themselves, while also discovering little gems hidden in the gorgeous pictures on each page of the story from a Christmas wish list to helping Santa get the presents under the tree.

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Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

It may not be entirely Christmasy but the developers behind Amateur Surgeon (the $2.99 iPhone game) have, strangely enough, put together a free Christmas edition [iTunes link] of their popular game. Rather than pull out shards of glass and nails from your patients (starting with an elf), how about Christmas lights, candy canes and crackers instead? You might never have imagined a Christmas take on the grizzly game, but they’ve somehow managed it, and are sharing the cheer for free.

christmas ipad

Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Want to get some Christmas sound effects going? The Christmas sound shelf [iTunes link] has a variety of sound effects that you can play against the background of either Jingle Bells or Silent night. From sleigh bells, to a crackling fire, kids will have fun creating all the sounds that come with Christmas. Unfortunately, recording or continuous playback are features that are sorely missing from the free app.

christmas ipad

Christmas Tree Maker

Decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of the main events for kids in any family. Why not let them practice with the iPhone/iPad app, Christmas Tree Maker [iTunes link] which lets them choose the tree, lights, and decorations. When they’re done, they can share the tree with their friends via email.

christmas iphone

Christmas Snow

ChristmasSnow [iTunes link] is another kid-friendly iPhone/iPad app perfect for holidays. Throw snowballs across the screen to uncover where the presents are hidden. The game is simple, and so is suitable for the much younger children in the family.

christmas iphone

Waitrose Christmas

From the UK supermarket chain comes an app, suitable for mum and dad – Waitrose Christmas [iTunes link]. Jampacked with Christmas recipes, tools, planners and gift guides, the app has left no stone unturned. Avoid any disasters in the kitchen this Christmas with their Turkey Timer and Canape Calculator.

christmas iphone

Fuzzle Christmas

Another developer to release a free version of their paid game, Candy Cane are offering Fuzzle Christmas [iTunes link] for free. The free version does have its limitations – not all levels are available – but if you want to keep your kids busy for a bit with the ornament themed game – it will do the trick. Align five ornaments next to each other to make them disappear, while making sure the board doesn’t fill up.

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Yummy Christmas

If you want to get your kids involved in Christmas cooking, try some of the easy, child-friendly recipes in the free iPad app, Yummy Christmas [iTunes link]. From pineapple christmas trees to ice cream santas, the recipes are easy and will be lots of fun for the children. A word of warning, you may want to mute the music after a while, as the one song playing over and over could easily grate on your nerves.

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Removem Christmas

Removem is yet another iPhone game offering a free Christmas edition [iTunes link], packed with Christmas music and pictures, from snowmen to Christmas tree to ornaments. Play the traditional removem game, removing balls from the screen of the same colour that are side by side. The aim of the game is to clear the screen, or at least get the highest score possible.

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IBM today announced Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad -- an app that can be used along with a free personal or paid enterprise Watson account.

The app can import data from a cloud-based Watson account into a spreadsheet or CSV format, as well as use apps such as OneDrive and Dropbox to import files. In addition, Twitter hashtags can be entered directly into the app for analysis.

Most features are available to free-account users -- except for analyzing Twitter hashtags, although if you're new to Watson, you'll get a 30-day trial of that.

The app "is not a replacement for the Watson Analytics web application," according to an e-mail from Marc Altshuller, general manager of business analytics at IBM Analytics. "As such, the mobile app focuses primarily on the discovery capabilities." Those include answering ad-hoc questions, using natural language queries to discover patterns in data, and asking questions with voice commands.

In a quick test of the new app, it was clear that Web Watson has considerably more power. Like many mobile apps extracting useful information from data, Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad performed well with sample sales data that had well-understood values such as revenues, expenses, and countries. Some data prep might be useful for other types of data before expecting easy natural-language answers to queries, though.

For example, I loaded in a spreadsheet of Massachusetts early-voting data from the Secretary of State's office, hoping to get some sort of histogram or bar chart showing distribution of early voters, but the bar chart needed some manual fiddling in order to get something close to what I wanted.

And when I asked for the relationship between number of registered voters and percent of early voters, only 100 points were shown on the bubble chart. There are more than 300 cities and towns in the state, and it wasn't clear whether those 100 were a representative sample. In the Web version, all points displayed and there were more choices to create a customized data visualization.

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One task the app is clearly designed for is monitoring Twitter hashtag sentiments on the go. For fun, I imported a few hash tags about my favorite NFL team, the New York Giants, to check sentiment about the team. There were few "ambivalent" tweets and a lot of positive ones. Not surprisingly, tweets spiked late Sunday, December 11 into the early morning of December 12, when the Giants played a nationally televised evening game and beat the Cowboys 11-1. (The game was the highest rated primetime  regular seasongame in almost three years, excluding kickoff weekend, so Twitter activity was probably unusually high.)

Author:  Sharon Machlis


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What are the hottest new apps and games on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps and games waiting for you!

Best new apps

This week, find your perfect credit card, get a streamlined Old Navy shopping experience, explore your artistic side, and tune in to AT&T's new streaming service.

New apps

  • NerdWallet - Find the credit card that's right for you based on what matters to you. Do value cash back more, or travel points? NerdWallet will find the perfect card and give you your credit score to help make a match. - Free - Download Now
  • Old Navy - With its latest update, Old Navy's app lets you shop its online store faster and easier than ever. - Free - Download Now
  • Patternshop - Put your own design on products that you buy, including throw pillows, tote bags, and phone cases. You can even use Apple Pay to pay for your customized item right in the app. - Free - Download Now
  • DirecTV Now - AT&T has at last launched its TV streaming service, offering live and on-demand access to over 120 channels. You can sign up now for a free 7-day trial, after which you'll need to pay for a package starting at $35 per month. - Free - Download Now

Best new games

This week, you can fly around the galaxy, command a massive army, take to the boxing ring, and fight to save the internet.

New games

  • Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore - Fly off into the stars once again in the latest Galaxy on Fire title. Get into accept combat contracts, engage in thrilling dogfights, and explore a rich galaxy. - Free - Download Now

  • Dawn of Titans - This strategy game puts you in control not only of massive armies, but giant titan characters can turn the tide of battles. Boasting interesting gameplay and impressive graphics, Dawn of Titans should be on any strategy fan's to-play list. - Free - Download Now

  • Rocky - Take to the ring with the iconic characters of the Rocky franchise, boxing your way to glory with the likes of Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, and Rocky himself. - Free - Download Now

  • Glitch Fixers: The Powerpuff Girls - Save the internet and learn basic programming skills while you solve puzzles and fight off monsters with the Powerpuff Girls. Battle against the creations of the Amoeba Boys, which are trying to take over the web, with all of the skills at your disposal. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

This week on the App Store, Apple is highlighting its favorite apps of the year, including apps for productivity.

Featured apps

  • PDF Viewer - Quickly view, annotate, and sign documents on the go. You can even create and edit PDFs, and easily share them across a number of services. - Free - Download Now

  • Notebook - This simple, yet stylish, notes app lets you take rich notes and sync them across your devices. You can add checklists, photos, and even audio recordings to your notes. - Free - Download Now

  • Scrivener - The popular Mac app for writers made its way to the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, offering a full-featured composition experience for everyone from the beginner to the veteran novelist. - $19.99 - Download Now

Free app of the week


Linia - This puzzle game offers a unique mix of relaxation and challenge. Create a color sequence by tracing a line to connect the various shapes on the screen. The shapes are constantly on the move and changing, though, so you'll need to be able to outsmart them.

Here's what you can expect from Linia:

  • Original gameplay
  • More than 80 unique and colorful levels and...
  • levels released with future updates
  • Game progress saved to the cloud
  • Achievements!
  • A little surprise if you complete all levels

You can get Linia for free from the App Store until December 15.

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How can the iPad be made even better? Can this even be possible? This article endeavors to show you a few tips and tricks which will make your iPad an amazing computing machine, whether you want to use it to take high-quality video to post on Youtube or to surf the web while in the bathtub.

If you want to secure your iPad’s backups, you can do it by opening your iPad in iTunes, going to the summary tab and choosing Encrypt Data. That way, you will have all of your information saves in case something happens, and you lose all the information on your iPad.

Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your iPad. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.


Wait until accessories are on sale until you buy. Your device comes with what you need up front – the iPad and a charging cable – and everything else can wait. If you want a standing charger, case, keyboard, screen protection or any such item, they go on sale frequently online, so keep your eyes peeled and be patient.

If you plan to take your device into the kitchen, you absolutely must have a screen protector, stylus, and stand case. You will accidentally drop goo all over your iPad, and the protector and case will ensure it says of the iPad itself. The stylus keeps sticky fingers off the screen, too.


You can listen to your home iTunes library from your iPad. If you do not want to duplicate your songs, there is an alternative way to listen to them. Just use Home Sharing, enabled on the computer and the iPad. In the iPad’s Music app, click on More and then Shared. The next step is to enjoy your tunes!

All of the satellite navigation applications on the iPad are not free. A good substitute for this is using the Maps instead. Tap on Directions in the upper left of Maps. The iPad will then figure out your location and will direct you on each stage of your travels to your destination.

Google Search

Do you dislike Google Search on your device? It can easily be replaced with another preferred engine! Go to the menu to Settings, pick Safari and then Search Engine. Choose the search engine you want from the list of installed engines. Various search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo are available.

The final row of icons on your device will be locked no matter what page of icons you are on. This should be used for your most accessed apps. Generally, people like to put social applications, email or musical programs here. Play around with these slots to find what is best for you.

Try to use a wallpaper that is not that dark if you are worried about seeing smudges and fingerprints on the screen. They show up more prominently when the background is dark, so it would be a better idea to choose a wallpaper that is a bit lighter in color.

Different Keypad

When typing on an iPad, you have the option of using a different keypad. Typing on a tiny keyboard that is projected on a screen can be quite challenging. You can buy a Bluetooth keyboard and simply attach it to your tablet without a problem. This allows you to type with the same ease that you regularly enjoy on your laptop or desktop computer.

Is an app annoying you with notifications? In the Settings app, click on Notifications and you’ll be able to turn off any obnoxious apps, ensuring they don’t interrupt you in the future. You can set other options here as well, so it’s a good idea to check out what each app allows for.

iPad is a Great Entertainment Tool

The iPad is a great entertainment tool, but it can also be great for education. There are podcasts available for higher learning, as well as dozens of educational games and applications for younger children. There are also great math programs to help elementary children learn their multiplication or division tables.

You can take better pictures by focusing on your subject and improving the metering of the light. All you have to do is tap on your subject and your device will focus on this area and meter the light to make your subject more visible. Experiment with this tool to take some artsy picture!

While you do need to be careful with your device in general, it is surprisingly resistant. Even if you drop it, it should survive. The best way to extend this feature is to purchase an appropriate case that will give an extra layer of cushion to avoid any type of damage.

If you are struggling to see your device under bright sunlight, consider buying a matte screen protector. While the iPad’s glossy screen may look stylish, in bright sunlight, the glossy finish can have a huge amount of glare. A matte screen protector will reduce the glare from your iPad in brightly lit rooms.

Screen Protector

While it may seem like a good idea to place your iPad in a case to protect it, why would you want to hide something that you spent so much money on? It would be best to place a screen protector on it when you want to carry it around instead of concealing it in a nondescript case.

Before you purchase any apps for your device, always read some reviews. There are many iPad apps in the marketplace that are unfit for purpose, but unfortunately, Apple makes it very difficult for you to get refunds on app purchases. Therefore, it always pays to read app reviews before reaching for your credit card.

Anyone can use an iPad successfully, whether they are a baby playing with a number learning app or a senior who wants to play Tetris. Everyone and anyone in-between can find great utility in this tablet. This article has provided tips to make the iPad the best tool for anyone who wishes to own one.

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Very few iPad users have unlocked an iPad’s full potential. Learning how to operate the iPad in the way that it was developed to be used is essential to gain a full understanding of its capabilities. Continue reading to unlock your iPad’s potential through the help of the tips and tricks listed below.

Are you getting too many notifications? If some apps send notifications, you do not need, you should go to your settings and tap on notifications. You will then have access to a complete list of your apps and be able to choose which notifications you want to receive.

The percentage of battery you have left is rarely accurate. You can turn this feature off by going to the general tab in your settings and tapping on usage. You will then be able to turn off the battery percentage feature. Your iPad will display a battery with a certain level of power without calculating a percentage.

Avoid iPhone Charger

If you don’t have a lot of time, avoid using your iPhone charger in order to charge your device. The wattage on the two devices is different. It’ll take a long time for an iPhone charger to totally charge an iPad. For best results, use the charger that came with your iPad.

If your battery is draining fast than you’d like, turn off some notifications and location-based items. Your device is constantly monitoring where you are (as long as it’s on wifi, 3G, or LTE). This monitoring sucks the life out of your battery. If you don’t need the features, then you can extend your battery time with a few flicks of a button.

If you are on the Internet constantly you can use the cloud storage for your iPad. Use the cloud to store things without taking up valuable space on the device itself. Make sure that you save critical documents to both your iPad and the cloud.

Strongest Emotions

You can show the web your strongest emotions by simply turning your caps lock on with new iOS devices, such as the iPad. Rather than fighting the shift key over and over again, you can now double tap the button and enter caps-lock mode. This setting is great for typing an entire sentence or paragraph in a capital font.

Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.

Does your device contain private information that you don’t want other people to access? If so, then your iPad has a feature that will erase all its data whenever the passcode has been incorrectly inputted ten times. Simply go to the Settings tab, go to General, Passcode Lock, and finally Erase Data. Just make sure you don’t forget your passcode!

If you will not be using the Internet for some time while on your device, take advantage of airplane mode. Airplane mode will essentially shut off your Internet, and this helps to reduce your battery usage. The Internet is a large draw on your battery usage, so using airplane mode can mean that you can use your device longer without having to plug it in.

Search Engine

Would you rather use a search engine other than Google on your device? You can easily change the default to your favorite search engine. Under your Safari Settings menu, select Search Engine. Once you are there, you will see options for Yahoo and Bing in addition to the default Google browser.

Do you find yourself using the same phrases over and over? If so, there is an easy way to create shortcuts for your most common phrases. Go to the Keyboard Settings of your iPad and click Add New Shortcut. Type your common phrase in the field named Phrase; then, simply add a shorthand version in the field named Shortcut. For example, if you use the sentence: How are you doing today? Type it in the box and use a shortcut such as haydt. Every time you type “haydt” the iPad will know to type out the complete sentence.

If you only have Wifi, but not 3G, you can still get a lot of use out of your device. Not only can you download songs beforehand, you can also download most of your applications while within wifi range and then use it anywhere. This is also true for podcasts.

PDF Files

Would you like to use the iPad to open PDF files? If so, then email yourself the PDF files so that your iPad will open it via the iBooks function. The iTunes app has a book tab that you can use to synch PDF’s from any computer to you use with your iPad.

You should erase the history if you do not want anyone to see it. Lord knows what the last thing you might have searched is! This browser will load up whatever page you looked at last, so pick out a page that you won’t be ashamed to show someone else.

Keep your iPad’s screen free of smudges and grime with a microfiber lens-cleaning cloth. These lint-free cloths contain no cleaning solutions that can harm the screen. They are also inexpensive, and you can pick them up at any eyewear retailer. Tuck one into your iPad’s case or you pocket for on-the-go cleaning.

Your iPad’s space bar can be used to type a period. When you reach the end of a sentence and want a period, just tap the space bar twice. Your period will be followed by a space. This can be a big time-saving tip, especially if you are typing a large document.

You are now equipped with some of the best tips and tricks are known for using an iPad. Give them each a try and you will soon have the iPad experience you are meant to have. Continue to learn about your iPad and you will see that the possibilities are nearly limitless in what it can do.

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Author : Mustafa ULU

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If you’ve ever been miffed that iOS reveals your “frequently visited” websites whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, good news: that’s one of several Safari options that you can easily change.

Not only can you hide Safari’s “Frequently Visited Sites” feature, you can also change the way newly opened tabs behave, pick a new folder for your Favorites, choose a new Reader mode font, and more.

1. Hide your most-visited websites

When you tap the address bar in Safari for iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a grid of your website Favorites, along with a second grid of “frequently visited” sites—or at least, your most-visited sites according to iOS, given that some sites in the grid seem to appear after just a single visit.

Hide your most-visited websites

Ben Patterson

If you don’t want your “frequently vistied” sites revealed whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, you can hide them by changing a single iOS setting.

If you’d rather Safari keep its reckoning of your oft-visited sites to itself, there’s a setting that’ll disable the “frequently visited” panel altogether.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General section, then switch off the Frequently Visited Sites option.

Bonus tip: To keep the Frequently Visited Sites grid but nix a specific site, simply tap and hold its icon, then tap the Delete bubble.

2. Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

By default, the grid of Favorites in Safari for iOS is based on the bookmarks in Safari’s Favorites folder. If you want to pick a different folder of bookmarks to appear in the Favorites panel, it’s an easy change.

Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

Ben Patterson

You can pick any bookmarks folder you like for your Safari Favorites.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading again, tap Favorites, then choose a new folder from the list of bookmark folders.

The folder of bookmarks you picked will appear whenever you tap the address bar, and any new sites you flag as a favorite (just tap the Action button at the bottom of the screen, then tap Add to Favorites from the second row of buttons) will be added to that folder.

Bonus tip: Not only can you quickly delete sites from the Favorites panel by tapping and holding them, you can also drag icons to rearrange them.

3. Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

If you’re using Safari on an iPad, you get the luxury of a desktop-style Favorites bar sitting just below the address bar. But if you want to make the most of your iPad’s screen real estate or you’re just not a fan of the Favorites bar, there’s a simple way to hide it.

Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Don’t need the Favorites bar in Safari for iPad? There’s an easy way to hide it.

Tap Settings > Safari, then scroll down and switch off the Show Favorites Bar option. Keep in mind that even after the Favorites bar disappears, you can still tap the address bar to reveal your Favorites in grid form.

4. Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Another desktop-like advantage of Safari for iPad is the tabs bar, which shows all your open tabs just below the address bar (or the Favorites bar, if you still have it enabled). As with the Favorites bar, you can hide the tabs bar to make more room for actual webpages.

Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Once you hide the tabs bar in Safari for iPad, you’ll need to tap the tabs button to switch tabs, or you can pinch the page to jump to the tabs overview.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading, then switch off the Show Tab Bar setting.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to tap the Tabs button in the top-right corner of the display to change tabs, or pinch the screen to get to the tabs overview screen.

(Note: In my tests with an iPad Air running iOS 9.3.4, I could have the Safari tabs bar revealed while hiding the Favorites bar, but not the other way around, even with the Show Favorites Bar setting enabled. Hmmm.)

5. Change the way new tabs behave

By default, opening a link as a new tab in Safari for iOS will open the new tab in the foreground, replacing the tab you just had open. If you like, though, you can set Safari to open new tabs in the background, keeping the current tab open while tucking the new tabs behind.

Change the way new tabs behave

Change Safari’s “Open Links” setting to make new tabs open behind the current tab.

For iPhone, tap Settings > Safari > Open Links, then select In Background. For iPad, tap Settings > Safari, then enable the Open New Tabs in Background setting.

Now, when you tap and hold a link in Safari, the pop-up menu will include an Open in Background options. Tap it, and the link you open will disappear behind your currently open tab.

If you’re using an iPad and you have the tabs bar enabled, tapping and holding a link will give you an Open in New Tab option; tap it, and the new tab will open next to but behind the currently open tab.

6. Change the font and background of Reader mode

Safari for iOS’s “Reader” mode does a nice job of taking a web article and reformatting it for easy reading, stripping away all the extraneous elements while leaving the text, headlines, and images intact.

Change the font and background of Reader mode

With the arrival of iOS 9, Safari’s Reader mode now boasts a selection of text fonts and background colors.

Until recently, you couldn’t customize reader mode beyond changing the font size, but all that changed last year with the arrival of iOS 9.

Now, when you’re in Reader mode (which you can enable by tapping the three-line button on the left end of the address bar), not only can you change font sizes, you can also choose between eight fonts and four background colors.

Just tap the font button (“aA”) in the address bar, then tap to pick a new background color (white, beige, gray or black), or select a new font from the list (choices range from Athelas to Times New Roman).

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