Quick Tips for Better iPad Usage

1. Access the Hidden Keys in the Split Keyboard

Typing on the iPad’s split keyboard can be a bit of a challenge particularly if you are accustomed to typing on a traditional computer keyboard.  One tip towards enhancing this experience is to extend the split keyboard to include the hidden keys that normally only exist on the other keyboard half’s side.  Hold down the “toggle keyboard” button to access the options menu to enable this feature.

2. Turn off Programs Running in the Background

Is your iPad running slower than normal?  Curious what’s dragging down your processing power?  Open the Multi-Task bar by twice tapping the Home button.  This will bring up a list of running applications.  Holding down any one of the app icons will allow for further options including stopping it from running.   Note: works for iPhones too!  This tip involves a few more steps than the others because Apple designed these devices under the assumption that users should not access the system tray.  Apparently the bad app designers didn’t get the memo.

3. Adjust Auto-Brightness

In almost every mobile device, it is the display screen that soaks up the majority of power.  The iPad manages this power consumption through the auto-brightness feature.  This feature will dynamically adjust screen brightness (and, hence, how long your charge will last) based on the brightness of the environment.  On the other hand, perhaps you want to over-ride this function and adjust visibility on your own.  If you find yourself in a situation where charge length is at a premium (a long trip for example), drop the brightness manually to conserve power .  The auto-brightness feature can be toggled via the settings menu.

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Daily Links – June 28, 2012

Each business day we post links to our favorite news items related to the digital distribution trade, as well as a few tidbits about the assets being distributed. We categorize them accordingly. This is… Pushing Content:

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Daily Links – June 13, 2012

Each business day we post links to our favorite news items related to the digital distribution trade, as well as a few tidbits about the assets being distributed.  We categorize them accordingly.  This is… Pushing Content:

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  • The method to successfully getting your app accepted by Apple.
  • Fantastic infographic on the business impact of the digital revolution.
  • Time magazine has a good piece on the online high school experience.
  • Some great tips here on how (and when) to best implement responsive design.
  • Taking public radio into the digital distribution era.
  • The US Justice Department is investigating if cable companies are unfairly stifling streaming video initiatives…
  • …but hopes for an outcome in favor of the consumer are limited.

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  • The Dallas television series reboot debuted to warm reviews.
  • The showrunner provided some additional details behind the decision to continue the story rather than reboot it.
  • The Diablo III Real-Money Auction launched in the US and is predicted to launch in the EU this Friday.
  • This year’s Tony Awards hit a historically low number of viewers.

Daily Links – June 11, 2012

Each day we post links to our favorite news items related to the digital distribution trade, as well as a few tidbits about the assets being distributed.  We categorize them accordingly.  This is… Pushing Content:

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  • The potential of Twitter’s new Hashtag pages.
  • Rumors swell regarding Apple TV hardware and software.
  • Speaking of Apple’s software, the company recently announced an incredible milestone: 30 billion apps downloaded to date.
  • Probing the trendy nature of programming languages.
  • From the file marked ‘Things I Wish I Didn’t Know’: Sexting, your parents do it too.

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  • Vimeo’s best digital videos of the year.
  • Bill Murray will still consider doing another Ghost Busters sequel (but at this rate will probably have to play the ghost).

Daily Links- June 1, 2012

Each day we post links to our favorite news items related to the digital distribution trade, as well as a few tidbits about the assets being distributed.  We categorize them accordingly.  This is… Pushing Content:

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  • The relationship between Netflix and television studios continues to grow in complexity.
  • Five excellent points about the current state of television.
  • Mary Meeker, a Silicon Valley VC and industry expert, recently gave a thoroughly researched presentation on the state of mobile and the web.  For those of you seeking the highlights, Business Insider provided an extract of some of the most impactful slides as well as a mobile summary.  If you have the time, the full presentation is a bit lengthy but worth the investment.
  • Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher have curated and released free fantastic podcasts of the collected appearances of Steve Jobs at the annual All Things Digital conference.

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  • Stephen King is going strictly analog with his next novel.
  • No Doubt will get their day in court- A jury will hear the interesting case the band is bringing against the developer behind the Band Hero game in which the band’s likeness and music was used.  The band is accusing of having been misled, with the resulting software tarnishing their image.  Specifically, the lawsuit states that the band was reduced to appearing as a “virtual karaoke circus act”…but isn’t that one of the key features of the “Rock Band” genre of video games?
  • The Humble Indie Bundle V, a collection of digitally distributed games from some of the most respected independent game development studios, was recently released and initial sales are strong.  Even if you don’t intend to purchase the bundle, the site is worth checking out as an example of successful user-selected pricing, complete transparency and ease of ordering.