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iPad User Magazine Issue 17

iPad User Magazine is the complete companion guide for owners of any iPad model, including the new iPad mini. Published every six weeks you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest things to do on your iPad.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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read and send email

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes YOU’LL NEED iPad, iOS 8 Even in this age of instant updates, Facebook, Twitter and texting, email is still king when it comes to communication, particularly in a business context, or if you’ve got a fair bit to get across. So if you’re out and about but need to stay in touch, the ability to read and send email is one of the most important functions your iPad can provide. These days, many of us have more than one email account and receive dozens of email messages every day. Fortunately the iPad makes it easy to manage and handle your email. It supports multiple email accounts and is easy to set up. The Mail app works with all the big names (including Google Mail, Outlook and…

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Bluesound Pulse £599 Bluesound, bluesound.com This wireless speaker doesn’t offer any support for AirPlay, and there’s no Bluetooth, but it does something clever. It uses Bluesound’s app to stream music over Wi-Fi, from services including Spotify, TuneIn Radio and many more. The smart thing is that it takes over the streaming from your phone, so your battery isn’t getting hammered. It sounds excellent, too – rich and detailed. The problem is that the app is really confusing in places, and some of the services don’t tie up well with your accounts. Spotify is the best option, because you can use the regular app and send music to the Pulse with its Connect feature. This is a great-sounding speaker, it’s just a bit fiddly. Matt Bolton SteelSeries Stratus XL £60 SteelSeries, steelseries.com The original Stratus gamepad…

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settings & signatures

By default, your iPad will append the phrase ‘Sent from my iPad’ to the end of each email. If you want to turn this off or change it to something a little more personal, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down to Signature. Tap Sent From my iPad and either delete the text or add your own personal message. If you have several accounts, tap Per Account to reveal separate boxes in which you can set different signatures for each one. The Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings screen also has a range of other options. It’s worth taking time to tailor them to your own preferences.…

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Apple has always been associated with creativity. And deservedly so. But the iPad has long come with excellent tools (with more provided by app developers) to help you be productive – and we don’t just mean in a businessy way. The iPad is the ultimate personal assistant. Thanks to Reminders, you always remember the little things, from taking out the rubbish to picking up your kids. With Calendar, your schedule is always to hand. The Mail app allows for staying on top of your communication with friends (and colleagues), with useful features such as VIP lists and Flagged messages. Freed from cumbersome desktop computers, you can use apps to keep organised wherever you are. Evernote is a truly useful and usable note-taking app with great sharing features. And saving Mail attachments…

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using the calendar app

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes YOU’LL NEED iPad, iOS 8 The iPad’s built-in Calendar app is a complete digital assistant that will sync with your different calendars and other apps, keeping you on top of your life no matter where you may be. Once you link your Facebook account – we’ll show you how to do this below – your Facebook Events and Birthdays can be synced to your Calendar, which means that your business commitments and personal events will all be viewable on the same calendar. With luck, this should mean that you never have to miss a birthday, party or important meeting ever again. In addition, in iOS 8 the Calendar app is more closely linked with Notification Centre (so you never have to arrive late for an appointment…

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maximise ipad battery life

We’ve all been there: you’re out on the road with only your iPad for company, when the battery runs out. Well, next time you see it getting low, there are several things you can do to squeeze out some extra battery life. The principle is to reduce the drain on your battery – the less you make it do, the longer it’ll last. There are various apps available on the App Store – some of them free, some paid-for – that claim to improve battery life, sometimes with astonishing claims of ‘magical’ boosts and the like. While many doubtless work up to a point, they all pretty much automate the tips we share below rather than doing anything clever with the iPad’s hardware or somehow tapping into any ‘hidden’ power. And…