With the holiday season starting in just a few weeks, there is already a big holiday buzz about the Apple iPad. The iPad is bound to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this season. Whether you are looking for an electronic book reader, the latest apps, a portable media player, or just a fun new gadget, the iPad will be making its debut in many households this December.
Now that you have gone through your ceremonial “unboxing”, it is time to use iPad. If you aren’t familiar with Apple iPods, iPhones, or most technologies, this could be a very frustrating task. Fear not as I am here to help show you how to set up your Apple iPad and jump right in on some Apple app fun!
The first thing you want to do after your iPad unboxing is to connect your new baby directly to your computer with the USB cable. Open your iTunes software once you are connected to the computer. If you don’t have iTunes, you will want to download it from Apple’s website before you connect your iPad. iTunes is free fairly easy to set up.
Once your iPad is connected to your iTunes you will be asked to register. This may be where you experience your first hiccup in the process. If the iPad is not connected properly it is likely your version of iTunes is out of date. Just go ahead and update your iTunes and you should be fine upon restart.
You will be asked to register your iPad once iTunes recognizes it. Make sure you register because if something goes wrong with your iPad, you may be delayed in receiving a remedy from Apple if it isn’t registered. So go ahead and register your iPad.
Next you will be asked to restore your iPad to its original state or set up your iPad as new. Obviously this is a brand new iPad so you want to choose the option which lets you “Set up a new iPad.” Keep in mind if you do want to restore the iPad it could take quite awhile. So in the future if you do have to do a restore, make sure you set up your restore at a time where you don’t need immediate access to your iPad.
The next step will be to sync your media. You will be asked to set up iTunes so it automatically syncs. I choose not to do this with any of my Apple devices. If there is one fault with the iPad it is that the iPad apps are huge and you will fill up your iPad fast. So choose carefully when it comes to syncing your media. If you have a ton of movies in your iTunes, you may want to only sync the movies or videos that you intend to watch right away. Otherwise you are going to fill up your iPad quick with a bunch of files you won’t be using in the immediate future. My recommendation is to sync your media manually so you can pick and choose what you want on your iPad.
Email set up is one of the easiest things to set up on the iPad. It is as simple as selecting your email program, entering your login information, and then you are good to go.
I would also recommend taking some time and searching the Internet for Apple iPad tricks and tips. There are a ton of really cool things that some iPad users have done with the device. There are things you would never dream of that some people have figured out and posted step by step tutorials online for new iPad owners like you.
Now you are set up to receive email, download apps, and watch your favorite media on your new toy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful world of this amazing piece of technology. It will change your life and before you know it, it will be time to make a race to the store for Apple’s next version of the iPad.
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The technology behind the visual navigation is known as “internet direct navigation” and is best described as a portal of other web sites, visually similar to the Safari “Top Sites” home page feature or Firefox plug-ins such as “Speed Dial”. While the official iPad app will more than likely be a redesigned UI to best suit the device’s multi touch and display, the website provides rows of sites with app sized icons providing suggestions based on your most visited sites as well as lists of recommendations such as “News”, “Music”, “Sports”, etc.
The developers of the app do not claim the technology will replace traditional search services such as Google, but says the visual search tool will act as a complimentary tool to provide visual results for traditional search queries.
What makes the Springo technology different from Google? Developer Refuah explains, “We have no plans to give Webmasters the power through back links, similar to Google,” Refuah says. “This is a problem because they influence ranking results. We will continue to sort the Web sites based on traffic volume and popularity of users.”
Until the official iPad app is released, owners of Apple’s new device can check out the functionality of Springo by making it their homepage in the Safari.app.
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The good news? Skype has officially announced that they are working to bring an official Skype for iPad app to the App Store this summer. Skype promises the app will provide a whole new UI designed specifically for the larger iPad display.
During the announcement, Skype’s Asia Pacific Vice President also mentioned hopes that future iPad hardware would integrate a front facing camera, much like the rumored next generation iPhone expected to launch at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference next month. Skype VP Dan Neary said, “We believe that video is part of the Skype experience,” says the VP, “and we believe that video is moving aggressively into the mobile environment, so stay tuned on an announcement on that.”
Neary clearly knows the iPad has some catching up to do however, “I think the iPad is an incredibly exciting product but it is clearly not the same communications device in its current form that the iPhone is,” he continues. “So we’re looking forward to further advancements in the iPad and where that can go in the future.”
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