The 2013 iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's flagship tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip-flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates. Unfortunately, it's still extremely difficult to disassemble and repair.… Read more
Taking the DMV written exam to obtain a driver license can be nerve-wracking, especially if you're a new driver. Drivers who are upgrading to a different class should already be familiar with many of the traffic signs and laws, but newer drivers will need to study them to pass the written portion of the DMV driver test.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has had a mobile app called "DMV Now" for the iPhone and Android, but until recently, didn't have anything available for tablets. Now, you can download the 2013 California Driver Handbook to your … Read more
iPad owners tired of waiting for Microsoft to launch a version of Office for the tablet now have yet another option.
Released Thursday, HopTo is a free iPad app that lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. The ability to edit a PowerPoint file is slated for an upcoming version.
You can view PDFs and a wide array of image files, including JPGs, PNGs, TIFs, and animated GIFs. You can listen to MP3s, iTunes M4A files, and other music formats. I was also able to play QuickTime video clips.
You can access … Read more
The iPad Mini Retina with Wi-Fi + Cellular is now flowing into Apple stores.
What had been barely a trickle now seems to be a veritable stream. Models, such as the 32GB Verizon version, are now popping up for customer pickup all over Los Angeles -- where the cellular model had been absent.
The Verizon and AT&T models are now available for pickup at Los Angeles area stores like The Grove, Beverly Center, Pasadena, and Century City -- just to name a few.
Ditto on the Sprint and T-Mobile versions in the Los Angeles area. Sprint and T-Mobile are … Read more
That's one of the details from "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products," a new unauthorized biography about Apple's designer in chief that hit stores today. It's chock-full of tidbits about the designer, but many of the interesting insights revolve around the details and personality of Apple's notoriously secretive industrial design group.
Instagram is the current king of the photo-sharing hill, but it's no longer ad-free and there is still no iPad version of the app. If an Instagram feed interrupted by ads has you headed for the exits, or if you like to view and share photos on a tablet, then I suggest you give EyeEm a whirl. It's a free app whose most recent update for iOS introduced iPad support, and it's also available for Android.
Launch EyeEm and after signing up via Facebook or email, you'll find yourself staring at a grid of nine subject … Read more
The reason behind iOS 7 defaulting to minute increments for calendar appointments is beyond me. Have you ever scheduled a meeting for 8:03? I know I haven't.
In previous versions of iOS, the calendar would increment by 5 minutes, which makes a lot more sense. As it turns out, iOS 7 offers the same functionality, you just need to change a simple -- but hidden -- setting.
As WonderHowTo pointed out, a quick double-tap on the minute column when adding an appointment will change it from 1 to 5 minutes.
Sadly, the change doesn't remain in place; … Read more
Owners of the Wi-Fi-only iPad and iPod Touch will be able to download and use BlackBerry Messenger before the end of the day.
BlackBerry confirmed Thursday that updates to BBM for Android and iOS will start to roll out as free downloads during the day.
Available through the Apple App Store, the iOS edition of BBM will offer several enhancements. Tops on the list is support for the Wi-Fi-only iPad and iPod Touch. But there's more in store.
You'll also be able to invite a BBM contact to your BBM groups via e-mail, a handy option if you … Read more
A new iPad Mini tracker has been launched by a surprising source.SeaTurtle.org, which devotes most of its pages to the protection of sea turtles, can now tell you where to find one of the new iPad Minis. The site's iDevice Availability Notifier displays a grid of Apple stores listed alphabetically by state. The grid reveals which model Minis are available in which stores.
The page shows all of the Retina iPad Mini models from all carriers and in all capacities. A green cell means the tablet was in stock as of the last check, while a red … Read more
Verizon and AT&T are both backordered on the cellular versions of the iPad Mini Retina, possibly another indication of the supply constraints for the new Apple tablet.Verizon says the Mini Retina with "wireless and cellular" is on "back-order" and "will ship by 11/25." AT&T says the iPad Mini Retina "with Wi-Fi + Cellular will ship in 21-28 business days."
In contrast, Apple's Web page shows five to 10 days for cellular versions from those two carriers.
That said, cellular models are typically not available for personal … Read more