Road Trip Time!

Wow it has been a long time since I wrote in here again; I must apologize for that. I had an unexpected death in the family and so we had to turn the misfortune into a somewhat adventure in that I got to use the funeral of my great Aunt as an excuse to pick up the family and take off. You better believe I took the iPad with me. It was a lifesaver in the car over all those miles. My late and Great Aunt lives in Lewisville, Texas. This is where I got to feel pampered and have a limousine chauffeur service take us to her funeral and back to our relatives home.

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iPad Pro

Have you heard about the latest iPad?  Does the cost of Apple products turn you off?  For the 32 GB iPad Pro you will spend over $1,000 with accessories.  This includes the iPad Pro, the pencil and the keyboard.  I have heard that Apple does allow financing on an eighteen month loan or you could always just put it on your credit card.  Either option would work and pretty much be the same deal, depending on the interest on the financing or credit card.  I have never been one to want to pay month to month on a phone, let alone an iPad but a lot of people do it these days, including my wife and I.

Did you know that Apple allows you spread the payments over two years?  Doing this, they will be able to sell more Apple products.  With there upgrade program, which is a lot like their iPhone program, you have to get the whole package:  the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.  Apple wants to ensure that you have the best of the best and just like their iPhone program they would include Apple Care.  It would cost about $55 a month which would bring it to about $1,300.  Apple will have an easier time selling the iPad Pro with the warranty and accessories.

Are you interested in the iPad Pro?  Do you already own an iPad?  I already own an iPad, I think it’s the iPad 2 (if that tells you one thing…it’s how much my wife and I don’t spend on the latest and greatest technology).  I don’t have a need for an iPad Pro right now.  Who’s to say that I won’t change my mind, but for now, my wife and I have Macs and iPhones.  We love apple products but have never been the type of people to line up the day of the release, paying top dollar for brand spanking new Apple products.

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IPAD Accessories…

I was recently asked If I wanted to buy an iPad accessory for the mini van as far as a mount so the kids can watch from the back of the from driver passenger seat? I was confused with eh question as I had always thought that this was reserved for portable tv’s and dvd players. I had no idea this accessory was even available.

This question got me to thinking if there are many more iPad accessories out there that I or the majority of consumers are unaware of? I was able to see that a new completely versatile case has recently come out for iPad and other tablets. Their claim is that you can place the tablet in any position with their revolutionary case. It got me to wondering if this is something I need or just want.

I mean just because something can do something for us…does it necessarily make life better? What would I do with a a versatile viewing angle on my iPad anyways? I really only use or need to use landscape or upright mode. Am I missing something here? Is their truly another viewing angle out there that needs to be known or better appreciated?

I am not coming down on all of these different accessories, just a little confused is all. I am all for free enterprise, but think that practicality and functionality are equally important. So if you have any further comment or questions to add, please feel free to do so! I am especially interested on this topic. More in particular with multiple viewing angles for your iPad or tablet. I

I am truly struggling with this and would like to hear from my reading audience their thoughts. Also, I am curious what other obscure inventions for the iPad are out there? Looking forward to read all of your comments. Have a wonderful day!

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Did you know?

If you know how to set the right settings on your iPad there are many components and capabilities you may not be aware of or know about.  There is a an apple feature called iTeleport which allows you to access your computer at home from where ever you are on your iPad.  You can play music on your computer, email files to yourself or even start and stop downloads.

Did you know you can wake up your computer by having a router to your computer pushed to wake it up?  Another feature is called the four finger swipe which allows you to switch between your applications.  There is also something called the four finger pinch.  It will instantly return you back to your home screen.  In fact, it seems as if the iPad is more receptive to this than just pushing the home button.

If you swipe your four fingers up it gives you faster accessibility to the multitasking bar than tapping the home button twice.  Did you know your iPad can be used as a phone?  You have the ability to set up conference calls with this feature.  Also, your iPad can act as a remote.  You can control your music or video as long as everything is on the same WiFi network with Apple’s Remote app which is actually free.

You can also change the setting to private browsing when surfing Safari under the privacy setting.  This will allow your activity to be off the grid and not traceable.  A feature that seems annoying to me because I’m so used to having the entire keyboard at my disposal, but you may prefer to split your keyboard in half.  All you have to do is tap and hold the keyboard button and then select the split option from the pop up menu.  You can also place the characters on the opposite side in case you prefer to use the opposing hand if you like the split keyboard feature.

If you would rather watch a video on a larger screen than your iPad you have the ability to send the video content to a television with Apple’s digital AV adapter or you can use AirPlay if you own an Apple TV.  This next and last feature which I actually knew about is double tapping the space bar to insert a period.  This allows you to make your typing easier.

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Apple

So iPads are cool, right?  My kids would love to be able to each have their own iPads.  They would love to be able to sit down with an iPad and play games on it forever!  My wife and I don’t let our kids touch our iPhones.  Well, I shouldn’t say that, once in a great while my wife lets our kids hold her iPhone for FaceTime or she will let our oldest play a game on it while at the dentist while waiting to be taken back.

My wife and I have actually been talking about getting our oldest an iPod of sorts to listen to music, play games on, take pictures with, do FaceTime and possibly text.  She been asking for a phone. She has both of our cell phone numbers memorized and loves to call when she’s hanging out at Nana and Papa’s house.  She’ll ask, “guess who called you?”  She hangs up so proud that she was grown up enough to be able to dial our numbers and call us.  Should we get her a phone?  I think she is too young for a phone personally.  But, maybe she can handle an iPod that does a few things.  Or maybe she’s too young to expose to the world of technology.  We really don’t want our seven year old only focusing on  and spending all of her time on her iPod, if we get her one.  But maybe, just maybe we could use it as an incentive or reward program for after she finishes her homework each day.

I’m sure she would absolutely love her own iPod.  But is she too young for it?  How old were your kids when you got them their first Apple product?  My niece got a phone from her father when she was super young and I always thought she was too young.  You see my niece’s parents had divorced years ago and her father wanted a way to communicate with her.  I see the importance of communicating but why couldn’t she just use her mother’s phone?

Anyway, enough of my soap box.  How do you feel about your children having so many opportunities to have technology in their lives.  I grew up without a phone or an iPod and I turned out just fine.  I think it’s good for our kids to get outside and play and be kids.  So we are left with the decision, do we or do we not get our oldest and Apple iPod?

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Children and iPads…they don’t really mix or do they?

Wow! I have been super busy. I deeply apologize not blogging here more often. I have been super busy doing a lot of different things. Mainly with the children  as I am sure you are aware that the school year has started back up. My youngest child is only a two-year old and demands a lot of time and attention as I am sure you are aware with as well with all other two-year olds.

Well, she recently inspired me to write this particular blog due to her borderline obsession or dare I say addiction to the iPad? She is able to sit calmly and patiently and navigate her own way through it at a pretty good rate. She prefers to do this with her father close by her side. One part of me really loves this desire for clones but the other part of me is concerned. Concerned that she is being modeled workaholic behaviors at a very young age. Which consequently means that daddy needs to take a cold hard look at himself and his personal patterns, but that is another story since I am saved by the title of this blog and I am not a child (even though I act like one most of the time).

The other concern I have for my daughter is that she may be developing an addiction that is unhealthy for her natural progression. I am not saying I know this is true, this is more of a thought process and question I am opening up to my audience. So what do you think? She is only two and loves to spend countless hours on the iPad and will cry when it is taken away from her if she is on it too long. At the same time my wife and I are very careful as to what apps she has access to and in fact is usually playing games that are educational in nature.

As you can see, this is a confusing riddle regarding if this is harmful or not for her. She still spends a good amount of time on both playing outdoors as well as reading books. But again, here I am confused again as she has access to some great books for her where the iPad can read it to her and help teach her how to read. I really am constricted here as I never had this level of such awesome technology growing up. Playing outside until the sun went down and then some was a requisite to being a child back in my day.

As I am writing this I realized that I will never truly know what is the best course of action other than to continue moderating and to see the outcome in real-time as it is happening. When I think about it, she cries just as much about having to stop watching television, or from playing outside as when the iPad is taken away from her. In closing, unfortunately I do not believe this particular quandary will ever be resolved. However, I would absolutely love to here back from you all. Please leave a comment and keep us all informed on the potentiality of childhood technology addiction syndrome (CTAS). I just made that up…do you like it? Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

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First of many Blogs…

I wanted to reach out and tell you a little bit about myself and who I am so I am not just a imaginary person behind the wall. I have been in the technology business for the past 25 years. I was their when everyone thought the 8-Track and VHS were amazing technological advances. I was there when the CD and DVD came out. Do you remember the Laser Disc and mini Disc era. That was short lived. Now fast forwarding to today…we have Bluray, Smart phones and iPads galore.

I must be honest, I have never seen such great technology as what Apple puts out! I truly cried when it’s founder passed (Steve Jobs)

On a more serious note, Steve Jobs has done a lot for the world and here is something more appropriate to learn about the impact he had on this world! It is just over 4 minutes long, so no excuses as to why you cannot watch it!

I don’t believe that anyone could really do for us technologically speaking as this great man has, but I do believe we can still do great things to move technology ahead. That is the premise for this website and hope in that we can continue to advance forward in a positive motion. Apple has not shown down as you may well know in regards to their Apple watch.

What are your thoughts about that? I am still mixed in the reviews as I agree that why would you need a watch that only works when nearby your cell phone. Would you not just use your phone to control your functions in a much simpler way? I mean it has a bigger screen and more storage, etc. So I am excited to see what the future holds for the iWatch. Until then, stay tuned for a future blog on the iWatch. For now I will do my due diligence and be prepared to share what I learned about it.

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