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Lisa Spangenberg

Five iPad 2 Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 - Set up an iPad without a Credit Card

By Lisa L. SpangenbergJul 20, 2011

When you first set up an iPad, whether with iTunes on a Mac or a PC, your iPad and iTunes will require you to either enter an existing Apple ID, or to immediately create a new free Apple ID. When you create an Apple ID, Apple will require you to link your Apple ID to a payment source. This is typically either PayPal or a credit card. Now, you may not be comfortable with allowing anyone, including Apple, to store your credit card data online. You may not have nor want to have a PayPal account. Or you may be setting up an iPad for an elderly parent, or a child who, while able to benefit from using the iPad in all sorts of ways, doesn't want to or is unable to deal with the various issues that come with online purchasing capability. For example, you probably don't want to give a six-year old child access to your credit card or PayPal account just so she can use her iPad.

Lisa Spangenberg

Five iPad 2 Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 - Stream Your Music and Other Audio with AirPlay

By Lisa L. SpangenbergJul 19, 2011

There's been a fair amount of attention paid to the fact that you can stream video from iPad apps like the CNN app or the TED app to an Apple TV. You probably know that if you have powered Wi-Fi speakers, or an Airport Express, you can stream music from the iPad's iPod app to your stereo or powered speakers via Apple's AirPlay. But what you may not know is that other apps besides the iPod app can use AirPlay to stream audio, and there are a number of nifty apps that do just that.

Lisa Spangenberg

Five iPad 2 Tips in Five Days: Tip 1 - Consolidate Your Apps into Folders

By Lisa L. SpangenbergJul 18, 2011

It doesn't take very long to end up with several iPad screens full of Apps and Web short cuts. Here are a few ways to make find the app you want a little easier.

Dennis Cohen

5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 5 - Print without an HP Printer

By Dennis R. CohenMay 6, 2011

When Apple first announced AirPrint in the summer of 2010, I was really excited and purchased a Canon wireless printer to be ready for the grand day when I could print from my iPad and iPhone directly. In the meantime, I could print wirelessly from my various Macs and my wife’s PC.

Dennis Cohen

5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 4 - Be a VJ

By Dennis R. CohenMay 5, 2011

The release of the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 opened the doors for you to be a video jockey. With the iPad (the iPad 2 is best, but the original iPad will suffice), you can display your iPad video content on a TV in a number of ways.

Dennis Cohen

5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 3 - Video Is a Space Hog

By Dennis R. CohenMay 4, 2011

The iPad’s beautiful screen makes it an ideal venue for watching video. Syncing your video to the iPad makes carrying around a small video library really convenient, especially when taking a long plane trip, commuting to work by bus or train, or just trying to keep the kids in the back seat distracted on a long drive. The downside is that the iPad has a limited amount of memory to hold the operating system, your apps, and all the other content that you are likely to be toting around, such as photos, music, and the documents you create with your other apps.

Dennis Cohen

5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 2 - Clear Out Background Processes

By Dennis R. CohenMay 3, 2011

When Apple introduced multitasking in iOS 4.2, we hailed it as a great boon. Now, apps would continue to run and do their thing so that we could switch back and forth between them with ease. Double-clicking the Home button presented us with a panel along the bottom of the screen showing all the active processes, so it was just “tap and go.” Unfortunately, apps don’t come with a “Quit” (or “Exit”) command, so everything just continues to run, using up memory and eventually slowing our iPad down.

Dennis Cohen

5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 1 - Watch Out for the Camera Lens

By Dennis R. CohenMay 2, 2011

Familiarity breeds assumption, or at least ingrains habits.

Top 10 Reasons I Sleep with My iPad 2

By Michael E. CohenApr 21, 2011

As one of the authors of The iPad 2 Project Book, I am often asked how much I like my iPad. Let me just say that we're more than good friends.

 Robin Williams and John Tollett

iStockphoto, Shutterstock, etc. And, oh yeah, iPhoto

By Robin Williams and John TollettFeb 28, 2011

As designers we’re always looking for visual inspiration. We’ve mentioned before that a great way to do that is to browse stock image web sites such as,,, etc. These sites provide thousands of images on almost any imaginable subject.

Larry Ullman

Maintaining Secure Passwords: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 25, 2011

Many factors go into the security of a Web site, particularly an e-commerce one. While creating a secure Web application in the first place is a key component, there's an easy way to improve the security of a site over time: by maintaining secure passwords. In this post, I'll explain what this means.

Larry Ullman

Securely Handling File Uploads: Five Critical E-Commerce Security Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanFeb 24, 2011

A feature of many of today's Web sites is the ability for users to upload files to the server. While often necessary, this process presents a new type of risk to servers and sites, whether any user can upload a file or just an administrator can. In this post, I explain what steps you can take to limit the risks of allowing for file uploads.

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