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5 Useful iPad Shortcuts that Will Save You Time

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ipad shorcutsThe iPad is dominating the world tablet market accounting for 68% of all tablet shipments during the second quarter of 2012. Apple’s legendary iPad is immensely popular due to its simplicity and intuitive interface. With that in mind, our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices thought it was appropriate to share with you our top five iPad shortcuts that are sure to save you even more time!  Check out our previous post, iPad Tips and Tricks You Need to Know for even more tips.

1. Did you know that you can Shake to Undo on your iPad? This is a simple shortcut to save you time when editing text messages, writing notes or sending emails.

2. Are you a super texter? If so, you’ll be happy to know you can use your thumbs to split your iPad keyboard so that each half docks on either side of the screen.  You’ll be able to type and hold your iPad at the same time.  It’s easy to un-split the keyboard with your thumbs when needed.  

3 Ways to Keep Your iPhone Hack Free

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how to keep your iPhone hack free CNN recently reported how all your iPhone apps could be hacked at once which quickly led to privacy concerns and Internet buzz about how to keep your iPhone hack free.

This paired with the recent Trojan Loophole has been keeping the Apple engineers up at night working hard to keep your iPhone, iPad and Mac’s hack free. But, as die hard Apple fans, we know that our beloved devices are some of the most secure on the market, and our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wanted to share three ways to keep your iPhones hack-free.

1.  Ensure that you enable the Passcode Lock on your iPhone. This is done by tapping “Settings” and then “General” and swiping the “Passcode Lock” to “ON”.  Enter a four digit code that is easy to remember but hard to figure out. (Don’t pick 1234, 4321 or all the same numbers). Please note from this setting you can also decide if you want to set “Erase Data” to on. Turning this on will cause all your iPhone data t

Which Mac is Right For You?

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how to choose a MacSo you’ve made the big decision. You’re switching from PC to Mac and now you need to decide which model to choose. The great thing about Macs is that unlike PC manufacturers, there aren’t dozens of models to pick from. But, when you walk into your neighborhood Apple store, you’ll be met with a number of options and configurations. Should you buy a tablet, notebook or desktop? Once you make that decision, you’ll need to decide which model. Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are here to make this decision easier by creating the below guide for you!

How To Decide Which Mac is Right For You

MacBook Air

  • Positives: The MacBook Air is extremely portable due to its light weight.  It also has a long battery life and a super fast start-up.  This Mac is perfect for multi-tasking and solid state drive storage comes standard.  All models come with Intel HD Graphics 3000.
  • Negatives: The downside of MacBook Air includes no disc drive, limited memory, smaller storage and limited ports.
  • Type: Laptop
  • Price Range: From $999 – $1499 US
  • Notes:  There are two sizes to choose from: 11″ or 13″, and 128GB or 256GB. We recommend that if you are using your MacBook Air for work you purchase the 256GB.

MacBook Air Product Page

MacBook Pro

  • Positives: The MacBook Pro has an upgraded storage, expendable memory and lots of ports and drives. The best part of the MacBook Pro is that it has a dedicated video memory.
  • Negatives: The MacBook Pro is heavier than the MacBook Air due to its upgraded features. It’s also more expensive and SSD storage doesn’t come standard.
  • Type:  Laptop
  • Price Range: $1199 – $2799 US
  • Notes: You’ll need to choose from a 13″ or 15″ display. The weight also varies from 2.38 pounds to 4.46 pounds. The most expensive version has a Retina display while the others have LED backlit glossy displays. You’ll also need to decide if you’d like CPU, memory and graphic upgrades. If cost is no issue, go for it. If you don’t know, don’t worry, you probably don’t need the upgrades. The MacBook Pro offers you the power of a desktop with the portability of a notebook.

Macbook Pro Product Page

how to pick your MacMac Mini

  • Positives:  The Mac Mini is great for students because of its low cost and tiny size. It also includes ample ports.
  • Negatives: The downside of the Mac mini is also its small

13 Ways the iPhone Will Exceed Your Business Needs

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how to use your iPhone for businessLet’s face it. There aren’t many jobs that don’t require you to have access to a computer anymore.  With that in mind, I bet you are reading this blog post if you are contemplating getting a smartphone to improve your efficiency while on the job and away from work. Here at iHospital, we are avid fans of Apple’s legendary iPhone, and we think it will improve your business efficiency and productivity.

Here are 13 ways the iPhone will exceed your business needs:

1.  Using iPhone’s built-in Voice Memos, you can quickly create record voice notes and business meetings.

2.  Send unlimited messages, pictures, and video clips via iMessage between iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch. Please note this requires iOS 5 or later.

3.  Using the Yammer application, you can converse and collaborate with your colleagues on a secure and private network.

4.  Using Roambi Analytics Visualizer, you can analyze business metrics with intuitive dashboards.

Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion in 3 Simple Steps

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3 simple steps to upgrade to Mountain Lion OS XAre you wondering how to upgrade your Mac to Apple’s latest and greatest, OS X Mountain Lion?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wrote this blog post on how to upgrade to Mountain Lion in 3 simple steps.  As always, if you have any issues at all while upgrading, you can tweet us at @iHospital, drop into one of our locations, or contact us using our website contact form.  It’s important to remember that you can upgrade to Mountain Lion OS X from home.  It costs $20 and you can purchase it directly from the Mac App Store.  This is welcome news as its predecessor, Lion, set us back $50!

[Related: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Mountain Lion OS X Upgrade!]

Here’s How to Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion in 3 Simple Steps

1.)  You must have one of the following Macs to be able to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
If you’re Mac isn’t listed above, head directly to your favorite Apple retailer and start looking for a new computer!

Crackle vs. Netflix vs. Hulu Plus – Which One is Best?

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best movie appsOne of the neatest things you can do on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is watch your favorite TV shows and movies. What is your favorite app? Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices did some research on Crackle, Hulu Plus and Netflix to see which one is best. In the end, they all have good and bad points and the choice is really up to you but here is a breakdown of features of each:

Crackle

  • Free and now with Air Play
  • Watch great movies on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Right now, the most popular movies on Crackle are Big Daddy, Joe Dirt, The Grudge 3, Spun and Quarantine.  They switch movies every month
  • Watch full episodes of TV shows including Seinfeld, Fantasy Island and Marvel’s Iron Man
  • Seinfeld’s new web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is playing exclusive

How To Re-size a Picture on Your Mac

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how to resize an image on your macThere are many reasons you might want to re-size an image. Maybe you’re creating a favicon for a new website which would requires a very small image. Or, perhaps you want to create a customized Twitter background and need a large image. Also, some websites require that images that are small in size as they load faster. As long as you have your beloved Mac computer, you’ll be able to transform your image into any size you wish. No extra software is needed.

Here are instructions on how to re-size an image on a Mac

1.)  Open the  Finder on your Mac by clicking on the Mac icon in the dock and find the picture you wish to re-size.

2.)  Using your mouse, command-click the desired image and move your cursor over “Open With”.  Select “Preview” from the drop down menu that appears.  Your image will now be opened in a new window.  So far pretty easy right?

How to Update Your Mac’s OS X Software

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how to update your Mac's software These are instructions on how to get the latest updates for your Mac OS X software.  

Your Mac gets updates from Apple through a feature called Software Update.  Prior to running Software Update, make sure you have saved all your documents as you are required to reboot your Mac afterwards. It might take a few minutes for this feature to run as well.

By default, your computer will automatically check for Mac OS X software updates on a weekly basis.  If you prefer, you can set the software update checks from weekly to daily to monthly.  You can also turn them off if you wish, but we don’t recommend this.

Mac OS X v10.5 and later versions allow you to set Software Update to automatically download updates.  You will still be notified when the updates are ready to be installed.

How to Add a Screen Protector on your iPhone or iPod without Bubbles

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how to add a screen protector on your iphoneAdding a screen protector to your iPhone or iPod is a must when it comes to keeping your Apple device’s screen free of scratches.  All you have to do is take a look on eBay at all the iPhones and iPads for sale and you’ll see many of them say things like “screen scratched”, “marked screen” or “faint scratches on screen”.  If you decide to go without a screen protector and something happens, you’ll never forgive yourself!  But if you do need an iPhone repair or iPod repair you know where to come!

You must take care when applying a screen protector to your iPhone or iPod otherwise it can gather dirt, get smudges and like the title implies, get bubbles trapped under the surface.  Bubbled are caused when there is lint on the screen or when there is air under the screen protector.

How to Change Your Apple ID on your iPhone

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how to change your Apple ID on your iPhoneIf you want to use an Apple service such as iTunes or the App Store you need to have what is called an Apple ID.  You can use the same Apple ID across all Apple services.

There may be a situation where you want to change your Apple ID by either changing your current ID or switching to another ID.  This article will outline how to do this on your iPhone.

1) The first step is verifying what account you are currently using on your iPhone. Open the App Store on your iPhone and navigate to the bottom of the page.  If you’re already on a page for an app, go back to the main screen.  If you’ve ever purchased an app in the app store, your ID will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

2) After verifying which account you’re in, press the home button and launch Settings.

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