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Ipad Tips, Tricks And Pointers Everyone Can Use

Posted on 26 December 2013 by yizhan

When you first purchase something as great as an iPad, you may not know how all of the bells and whistles work. This is why it is important that you gather enough knowledge to understand the inner workings of an iPad. The following article will provide you with some tips and tricks to help you discover the wonders of iPad.

Before you purchase an iPad, you should take the time to make a list of the features you need and decide what kind of storage size you want. There are different models of iPads available and there is no point in spending money on features you are never going to use.

Apple iPad manuals only come in electronic form. Most Apple products come with downloadable manuals.

Google does not have to be the only search engine you use. Go to the Settings menu, choose Safari and then choose Search Engine. In addition to Google, you have a choice of using Yahoo and Bing as your search engine.

Did you lose your iPad? If you use the Apple product iCloud, you will be able to located your iPad or your iPhone. Go to the iCloud website, log in and you will be able to locate your lost iPad or phone on a map. You can also access this feature on another iPad.

When checking out any new applications, don’t overlook free options. Many times they are just as good as the paid version, although they may include advertisements. This is also a great way to have a type of trial before purchasing the full version that doesn’t have any obtrusive ads on it.

As you have just read, there are probably a million things you didn’t know about using your iPad. This article has provided you with some simple tips and advice that can make this device more user-friendly. Use the tips from this and any other article to build on your knowledge base for the ultimate user experience!

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iPad Air Review

Posted on 09 December 2013 by yizhan

Also known as Apple iPad 5
LTE carrier support
Available as:
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular with 3G/LTE support
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi only and no GPS support

Numbers are incredibly out dated. Apple’s newest full-sized ipad tablet forgoes them and select for the exquisite ‘Air’. There’s a clear reason for this. Unlike previous designs that were essentially have great  improvements, the iPad Air is a completely redesigned tablet and would prefer to play as to how slim and light it is. Needless to say it uses the exact same amazing 64-bit A7 processor like the iPhone 5S and comes with Apple’s signature Retina display, but it is the redundant on weight and lack thereof that’s the star here.

ipad air

Apple has always had good products, and when they weren’t good, they were still pretty good. The iPad Air is no exception. Overall, it’s a great product that Apple has created. It’s very well balanced in terms of specs. This tablet is the perfect combination of power and design.

ipad air

Exact dimensions are 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm and the overall appearance and feel of the iPad Air is simply soft slick. Apple has once again surpassed itself in the design and finish section. The edging adds in a lick of class and the decreased in weight and narrowed frame mean it is  actually useable in one hand, and that is something no one else is yet to manage with a 10-inch form factor.

The iPad Air is actually a lot lighter than the iPad 4 before it, in fact it’s lighter than all of this other tablets along with its class at just 469g. That’s a drop of almost 200g, or 29%, regarding the porky iPad 4. That’s a major generational leap.

It’s not just the additional weight that has been decreased. The iPad Air is  much thinner and narrower than the iPad 4, while keeping the same screen size. At just 7.5mm thin it truly shouldn’t feel as solid as it does, simply the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is thinner at this screen size.

One of the great things about the iPad Air is that it has 64-bit computing. This new difference really set the iPad Air apart from other tablets and other iPads. There is a lot of power packed inside the sleek and light body of this iPad and it really shows during use. This iPad will run many applications at once and still perform as fast as if it were only running one. Because of this, its performance is amazing. The battery life is also impressive. On stand-by, it lasts a few days, but watching a movie or browsing the web, it lasts about nine hours.

The lightweight measurements of the iPad Air means we shouldn’t look forward to greatness through the speaker systems, however these are typically incredibly good for a tablet. Sound is actually clean and crisp and doesn’t endure through the tinny treble that affected dialogue on earlier iPads. The speakers also provide a mite more bass, which means that voices are deeper and even more accurately portrayed.

There are only a few ‘bad’ things about the iPad Air. One of them is that the storage is too small. The general iPad Air comes with 16GB of storage, which is too little for most people. If you want to increase the storage, the price starts increasing as well, quite a bit. In addition, the camera is only mediocre in comparison to other Apple products.

All in all, the iPad Air is a really great product from Apple. I recommend it for anyone who needs compatibility, versatility, ingenuity, and power in one package.



2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network   HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network   LTE
SIM   Nano-SIM
Announced   2013, October
Status   Available. Released November 2013


Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1536 x 2048 pixels, 9.7 inches (~264 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating


Alert types   N/A
Loudspeaker   Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack   Yes


GPRS   Yes
EDGE   Yes
Speed   DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN   Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth   Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB   Yes, v2.0


Primary   5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus,
Features   Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR
Video   Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization
Secondary   Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular


OS   iOS 7.0.4
Chipset   Apple A7
CPU   Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU   PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors   Accelerometer, gyro, compass
Messaging   iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser   HTML (Safari)
Radio   No
GPS   Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java   No
Colors   Space Gray, Silver
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– AirDrop file sharing
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– TV-out
– Maps
– Audio/video player/editor
– Organizer
– Image viewer/editor
– Document viewer/editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input




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Let’s Talk About Siri

Posted on 03 January 2012 by yizhan

Lots of iPhone fanatics had a big disappointment when Apple didn’t release the iPhone 5. But instead,   Apple released  a more advance version of iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. To eased the disappointment, Apple equipped the iPhone 4S with lots of amazing features and one of them is the “Siri“.

Siri is an AI equipped in to the iPhone 4S. Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. You can Ask Siri to do lots of things just by talking the way you talk to others. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

So what does Siri can realy do? As it was first introduce, Apple claim that Siri can understand what you mean and just how you feel. Besides Siri’s voice recognition, it seems to me that Siri consists of three layers: a speech-to-text analyzer, a grammar analyzer, and a set of service providers.

A speech-to-text analyzer is a piece of software that takes audio and turns it into text. Simple as that. Except it’s not so simple—systems like Dragon Recognition Software have been refining this process for years. It’s really hard to get right, and I’ve never seen an analyzer that didn’t jumble a significant portion of what you say.

Some queston that Siri can Answer:

  • Ask for a reminder.
  • Ask to send a text.
  • Ask about the weather.
  • Ask for information (from Yelp, Wolfram|Alpha, or Wikipedia).
  • Ask to set a meeting.
  • Ask to send an email.
  • Ask for a number.
  • Ask to set an alarm.
  • Ask for directions.
  • Ask about stocks.
  • Ask to set the timer.
  • Ask Siri about Siri.

Siri, however, has a much easier job than Dragon or your Mac’s Speech Recognition system. And that, again, is because its job is limited and focused. It doesn’t have to understand just anything you might say. It only has to understand words and sentences that pertain to appointments, contacts, messages, and maps. This makes it easier for Siri to pick out what you’re saying, because there are only so many things that you’re allowed to talk about.

Another advantage is physical. A phone has a much better chance of hearing your voice up-close than a computer does. Phone microphone technology already incorporates a degree of noise cancellation. So your phone is more likely to be able to hear you clearly, even in the midst of noise, than your computer is.

There is one great feature that Siri can do…. Try ask Siri what she would look like when she was a human being.. Go now ask here and see what she’ll reveal…


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iPhone 4S Finally Announced !

Posted on 05 October 2011 by yizhan

Apple has finally make public its next-generation smartphone and, as imagine in previous leaks, hail it the iPhone 4S. It has the same looks in the outside and all the new advantage are located inside.

The iPhone 4s attributes a faster Apple Dual Core A5 chip that’s already featured on the iPad 2, an 8MP autofocus camera with 1080p video recording efficiency and a dual-core graphics that promises up 7x better performance.

The most intriguing part is that the iPhone 4S supports both GSM and CDMA networks. No more separate versions for different networks.


Battery life is impressive too ranging at 10 hours on video playback same as the iPad.

Well, for the price — it’s $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB.

Apple iPhone 4s specs:

  • 3.5″ display @ 960×640 pixels
  • Apple 1GHz A5 dual-core chip
  • 16GB, 32GB & 64GB internal storage
  • HSDPA, EVDO 14.4Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • GPS w/ aGPS
  • Gyroscope
  • 8MP camera with LED flash
  • 1080p video recording
  • 2nd front-facing camera
  • 2 mics w/ noise-canceling
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • iOS 5


Here in the Philippines, expect the iPhone 4S to be priced just like the same as the iPhone 4 — Php37k for the 16GB and Php42kfor the 32GB mark with the 64GB possibly pricing at Php47k . Pre-order starts on October 7 and release is on October 14 but that’s for the US. It’s still unknown when it will be release in the Philippines but Singapore is getting it on October 28.

It’s now also HSDPA capable  up to 14.4Mbps and EVDO-capable as well so it will definitely be able to maximize the HSPA+ networks of Globe and Smart but my guess is, it will still be exclusive to Globe again.

The bad news is, there is no iPhone 5.

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iPad 2 Gets Official!!!

Posted on 03 March 2011 by yizhan

Its finally announced.  The latest tablet from apple is now official.  Steve Jobs announced in an event by Apple, the iPad2.  Now they made it slimmer,  8.6mm thin, much thinner than the 9.3mm iPhone 4.  Equipped with two camera and powered by a Dual Core A5 processor.



One of the new features of the iPad2 is the Smart Cover.  The cover react to the ipad2 itself, close the cover and your iPad2 turns to sleep, open it and it awakes.  You can also set up the cover to act as a stand when you making a video call and also act as a keyboard stand.  The cover comes in many colors that gives unique style to the iPad 2.

The iPad 2  ship date is March 11 for USA, and March 25 for some international customers.  I hope Philippines is included but i guess it not, just like the first one.

iPad 2 Specification

  • 1GHz dual-core A5 CPU
  • RAM currently unknown, presumably 512MB
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage options
  • Front & Rear Cameras, front is VGA, rear is 720p
  • 9.7″ LED display with 1024×768 screen resolution at 132ppi
  • GPU said to be 9x faster
  • Video output supports up to 1080p
  • Runs iOS 4.3
  • 10 hour battery life
  • White & Black color options
  • 3G models are AT&T and Verizon compatible
  • 1.3 lbs
  • Thinner build

iPad 2 Prices
16GB WiFi – Php23,990
32GB WiFi – Php28,990
64GB WiFi – Php33,990

16GB 3G+WiFi – Php30,990
32GB 3G+WiFi – Php35,990
64GB 3G+WiFi – Php40,990

Prices are not official yet

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iOS 4.2 Now Available

Posted on 15 December 2010 by yizhan

iOS 4.2

The  long wait is over. iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone users can now update their device OS to 4.2.  iOS 4.2 offers a lot of  new features, It’s free. It’s easy. And it lets you do even more with the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.  Updating your device is easy, just connect your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone to your Mac or PC and follow the iTune’s online instruction after download.

Multi-Tasking  Feature

Maximize your work progress and entertain yourself at the same time with the multi-tasking feature of the iOS 4.2.  Yes you can do both nicely and smoothly, no sweat..:)

You can do more applications at the same time hassle free, it will not slow down the foreground of your device and it will not even drain your battery.

Now your iPad has more room for more apps. You can now Move apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity to keep your apps organized for fast access to your favorites.

Another feature of this update and the most I like is the ” Find my iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch” feature, this feature helps you find your missing iPhone, iPad, and your fourth generation iPod Touch  and protect and wipe your data installed in it.  Once installed, you can find your lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.

There are lot of new features in this version, just visit Apple to find out more.

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Rumored Preparation of Apple to Host A Secret Summit for iOS Developers

Posted on 29 October 2010 by yizhan

Apple is going to host a secret summit for iOS developers in California  next week.  Read in the Business insider, the summits starts next Tuesday and and going to last for  three days.  There are no exact detail about the events but there is a leak that this is about the  improvement of  iOS  applications that are available in the Apple Apss Store.

Well it seems that apple is making its move in improving their operating system for more quality features and more advance application to compete with other OS.  What do you  think.?

We’ll be updating this post.. so lets just wait for the event. ^^

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The New MacBook Air by Apple

Posted on 22 October 2010 by yizhan

Apple introduces their latest notebook and to be their smallest one.  It is the MacBook Air available in 11.6 and 13.3 inches with the starting price of $999

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Much lighter and thinner, it has a weight of 2.3 pounds (1.06 kg) for the 11.6 inches and 2.9 pounds (1.32 kg) for the 13.3 inches models.


11.6 inches model

  • 11.6-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache; or optional 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 800MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard (4GB maximum)NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
  • Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
  • Stereo speakers
  • Omnidirectional microphone
  • Headphone minijack
  • Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • USB 2.0AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking4 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • Built-in 35-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

You can get up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model.

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iPad TV remote control by Comcast

Posted on 14 May 2010 by yizhan

Well i think iPad users gonna love this one.  Watch the video while  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, introduces the forthcoming iPad application that  enables you to program and control your TV remotely.

Well this application  gives you a better experience in setting up your cable TV and have the ability to shearch for show  just by typing a search keyword through the  virtual keyboard of the iPad, yah it is the feature that is missing in the cable box. It is very hard to search for thousands of  in demand TV shows when you don’t have this feature.  It also has a nice and cool  looking interface and it is well categorized.  You can just select what shows are on demand and you can also select if you only want to see whats on the news, movie and on sports.

Comcast team also says that they have plans on bring the TV in to the iPad it means the you can pull out TV shows directly to your iPad via the fancast video portal.

I think this would not give any inpact to the cable TV industries as long as subscribers keeps on paying their bill and receive  quality shows.  They can do as much application as  they can put up, but in my own opinion, watching through a wide screen than the small one. what do you think?

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