Guide on how to use iPhone and iPad for home automation

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There are so many incredible things you can do with your iPhone or iPad including being able to use it for home automation. While home automation has been around for years, adoption has been hampered by poor user experience and the expense associated with controllers and devices. The iPhone doesn’t solve all the woes, but it can now play an integral part in controlling devices including lights, door locks and more. Systems and devices can vary, making it a personal decision on what direction you use for your set-up. As with any major technology purchase, I did a fair amount of research, deciding to opt for Z-Wave technology. What follows is our authoritative guide on to how to setup and use iPhone and iPad for home automation.What … [Read more...]

How to use FaceTime on iPad, iPhone or Mac

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There have been many of services that allow you to video chat, including the popular Skype, but none have been as easy and fun to use as Apple's FaceTime. You can make video calls to anyone with a compatible iOS or Mac. Here’s how to use FaceTime on iPad, iPhone or Mac, along with everything you need to start making video calls today.Compatible iOS Devices You’ll need one of the following iOS devices running iOS 5 or later:iPad 2 new iPad iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPod touch (fourth generation)and/orA Mac running Snow Leopard with a video camera. This can be either a built-in FaceTime camera, iSight Camera or a third party accessory. If you are in the market for a good video camera for your Mac for FaceTime, I’d … [Read more...]

Solar Walk for iPad Review

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Solar Walk is a magnificently created app from Vito Technology Inc. We expected no less after using and reviewing another popular Vito Technology Inc. App, Star Walk.  Unlike Star Walk, where the sky is viewable, albeit impressively from a single vantage point, Solar Walk will allow you to zoom into various celestial objects, changing the rest of the sky as you go.  Join us as we take you through a detailed look at all the features in our Solar Walk for iPad review. … [Read more...]

Tiny Wings HD for iPad Review

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We did a review of Tiny Wings back in April of 2011 soon after it was initially released.  Though this version is not named ‘Tiny Wings 2’, it is the first version available natively to the iPad and does pack a host of new gameplay features and modes.  Read on to learn more about them in our Tiny Wings HD for iPad review. … [Read more...]

Living Earth HD for iPad Review

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The first time I saw Google Earth was a bit of a wow moment.  This was merely for the fact that I was able to interact with the globe as a three dimensional image within a two dimensional space.  Sure it had been done before, but for some reason when it’s a globe, it’s all the more impactful.  Living Earth HD is an Alarm Clock iPad app which will allow you to have this same interaction with a globe that has cloud cover updated every three hours as well as real time weather, time, and sun lines.   Read on for the full review. … [Read more...]

iOS 6 Features and Compatibility Chart

iOS 6 features compatibility matrix

With the release of iOS 6 later this fall, users of the iPhone 3GS or later, iPad 2 or later and iPod touch (4th generation) will receive the free update. Previous generation models are not supported. Some devices will not receive all of the features of iOS 6. To help guide you through the maze of features and supported devices, we present you with this handy iOS 6 compatibility matrix. iOS 6 is currently in beta, so it is entirely possible that a final release will offer increased support for older models. We'll update this regularly, should we hear any changes. … [Read more...]

the show: 63 – “I’m kind of a big deal” iPad and iPhone podcast

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Join your hosts Marianne Schultz and myself for The Show: 63 - "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal". You can subscribe to our show on iTunes, grab our RSS feed, listen now or download directly. We broadcast our iPad and iPhone podcast live each week.  Follow @everythingicafe on Twitter for updates on timing. If you'd like to be included on a future broadcast, please call 646-820-3431 and leave your name along with your question. If you'd like to provide us with feedback, we've set up a topic in our forums. … [Read more...]

How to use Photos on iPad

How to use photos ipad

Whether you use the new iPad with its stunning retina display or the first or second generation models, the iPad is a natural for viewing, managing and editing your photos. Central to this function is the ‘Photos’ app, which provides you with all the necessary tools needed for beginner to intermediate users. Our comprehensive guide on how to use Photos on iPad will cover everything you need to get the most from enjoyment from your photos.How to get photos on your iPad (Mac or PC) For Mac users, it couldn’t be easier to get your photos on your iPad. You’ll continue to manage photos on your Mac as you have in the past. If you use iPhoto to organize events, you’ll still create albums and place photos within that folder. The actually … [Read more...]

the show: 61 – “Skeuomorphism” iPad and iPhone Podcast

Join your hosts Marianne Schultz and myself for The Show: 61 - "Skeuomorphism". You can subscribe to our show on iTunes, grab our RSS feed, listen now or download directly. We broadcast our iPad and iPhone podcast live each week.  Follow @everythingicafe on Twitter for updates on timing. If you'd like to be included on a future broadcast, please call 646-820-3431 and leave your name along with your question. If you'd like to provide us with feedback, we've set up a topic in our forums. … [Read more...]

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader for iPad Review

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Topping the Free iPad charts this week is Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.   Based on the popular game show, this app promises hours of fun while testing your elementary school memory.  The premise is simple; you are asked a series of questions from a variety of topics that span grades 1 through 5.  Of course the questions are painfully simple, though you will need to search the smallest crevices of your memory to find the answers.  … [Read more...]