Friday, September 11, 2020

Top 5 Pro Tips for iPad Users

 Top 5 Pro Tips & Tricks for iPad Users

1. Mirror iPad Display With USB-C

Although plenty big, sometimes users need a bit larger of a screen to work with than what the iPad Pro offers. Thanks to iPad Pro switching to the USB-C cable, you no longer need a dongle, or an Apple TV to mirror your iPad's display. All you need is a USB-C to HDMI cable, plug it into the iPad Pro, and the device you want to mirror to and screen mirroring will instantly begin. By utilizing your Smart Keyboard Folio, you now have a fully functioning desktop computer!

2. Charge Devices Using iPad

Gone are the days of being stuck out and about with a dying piece of technology and no way to charge it. Turn your iPad Pro into a portable charger with a USB-C to Lightning cable! This cable will allow you to charge pretty much any device; from your iPhone, Apple Watch, Airpods and even your Nintendo Switch! If you're looking for an accessory that will really turn your iPad Pro into a charging machine, invest in the Anker 7-in-1 USB-C adapter. Perfect for airport travel, where chargers are often harder to find than a seat.

3. Scan, Sign and Send Documents

Everyone knows how downright annoying and time consuming it is to sign documents. You have to print, sign, scan, then send. You're even more out of luck if you don't own a printer/scanner, having to trudge down to a print shop or the library to complete the task. With the iPad Pro, this task can now be done in a fraction of the time it used to take. All you need to do is open the Notes app, tap the plus sign in the bottom-right corner, select Scan Documents, and take a photo of the document. Your iPad then converts it into a PDF that you can quickly sign with your Apple Pencil. How slick is that?

4. Hide Private Photos From View

When families get together and trade photos, they often pass around an iPad. But We might not want everyone to see all of our business in one place. Thankfully, there’s a way to instantly hide your private photos by default into an album that’s separate from your current camera roll. To hide photos, open your Photos app and tap Select in the upper right-hand corner. Next, tap the photos you want to hide and select the Share button from the bottom left of the screen (it looks like a box with an arrow coming out). Select Hide from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.

5. Scroll Faster and Easier

Editing text can be tedious on the iPad, but with the help of “trackpad mode” things become easier. With trackpad mode, you can quickly scroll through text that you’ve typed and instantly jump from the top to the bottom of a page (or vice versa). To enable trackpad mode, hold the space bar down on the keyboard until all the keys go grey. As long as you don’t remove your finger, you can quickly scroll through the entirety of your content.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Best iPad 2020 : iPad Air , Mini , Pro .

 Best iPad 2020: iPad Air, Mini, Pro

The iPad Pro is the larger, beefier sibling of the standard 10.2-inch iPad, featuring more powerful hardware and a larger display similar to a laptop or many Chromebooks. Apple also just revealed the new 2020 iPad Pro line, which will, like the 2018 Pro, come in two sizes: One with an 11-inch screen and one with a 12.9-inch display. With more power and more screen, many opt to add a stylus, keyboard, or some other accessory into the mix to get the most out of their new iPad. The new Pro is also being rolled out alongside the Magic Keyboard accessory, which effectively turns the iPad Pro into a laptop (it even has a touchpad).

That’s not the only iPad that might soon make on an appearance on our list though, as while it’s the newest one that’s currently available, there’s a good chance that Apple will unveil the iPad Air 4 before the year is through, and then the iPad Mini 6 might land early next year. There’s also new software to look forward to even if you opt for an older model, with iPad OS 14 fast approaching.

There are already different iPads available to choose from, whether you want something big like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018), small like the iPad Mini (2019), affordable like the iPad 10.2, or high-end (and expensive) like the iPad Pro 11 (2018).

Best iPads at a glance:

  1. iPad Pro 11
  2. iPad Pro 12.9
  3. iPad 10.2
  4. iPad Air 10.5
  5. iPad Mini (2019)
  6. iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
  7. iPad 9.7 (2018)
  8. iPad 9.7 (2017)
  9. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
  10. iPad Mini 4  

     1. iPad Pro 11

IPad Pro 11 is the best iPad you can buy right now. It may be expensive, but it's Apple's most powerful tablet and furthers the 2-in-1 design ethos if you spring for the pricey new keyboard cover folio. 

It has a laptop-like experience in design and performance, and the new Apple Pencil magnetically clips onto the frame of the new iPad Pro. With superb speakers and a great new screen-to-body ratio, it's hard not to fall in love with the finely crafted hardware design. 

And with the arrival of iPad OS, its software has been transformed, making it even better than it was at launch.

Everything about the iPad Pro 11 makes it the best experience if you're looking for the best Apple tablet - you'll just need to swallow the high price - but it's no MacBook replacement.   

     2. iPad Pro 12.9

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is a big monster – a monster in the good kind of way, as it effortlessly crushes half the things you need in your life – goodbye mobile phone, laptop, colouring pad, music mixing table, games console. It's the ultimate creativity and workflow tool, with its huge screen, useful peripherals and snappy iOS.

It has the fastest processing power we've ever seen in a mobile device, four powerful speakers and a vibrant screen and, depending on which model you get, more storage power than you'd ever need.

It doesn't have the best battery life though, so it's not going to last you too long. You might not be able to use it for long periods watching films on a journey or mixing your music, and it charges rather slowly too.

    3. iPad 10.2

The iPad 10.2 brings Apple’s basic tablet range a step closer to the iPad Pro line – or at least the latest iPad Air - with the addition of Smart Keyboard support and a slightly larger screen, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches.

The iPad 10.2 also got a power boost, with an extra gigabyte of RAM compared to the iPad 9.7 (2018), though it’s stuck with the same A10 chipset.

It also has broadly the same design, meaning big bezels and a home button. So if you want one of Apple’s sleekest slates, this isn’t it.

But with strong battery life, decent performance, and a fairly low price – at least by Apple standards – there’s a lot to like here, especially if you want some of Apple’s best iPad features on a more limited budget.

   4. iPad Air 10.5

The iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen, is the ultimate compromise between the entry-level iPads and the more powerful, but more expensive iPad Pro 11. It sits at the original iPad price in most countries, so it's cheaper than the iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) that it replaces, and although it isn't a 'Pro' tablet in name, it has several high-end features that make it a convincing laptop supplement.

It's one of the cheaper iPad models that are compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard Cover, meaning you don't need to deal with tricky Bluetooth keyboard connections to get real work done on this thing.

It also has Apple's A12 chipset, borrowed from the iPhone XS. It's incredibly fast. Students will be able to take notes and respond to email on this tablet, but artists will hate the first-generation Apple Pencil.

    5. iPad Mini (2019)

Sometimes with a tablet, you just want a slightly plus-sized phone, and the iPad Mini (2019) fits that bill. It's a dinky device with some impressive specs, boasting Apple's most recent processor and decent battery life.

What makes the iPad Mini (2019) great is the fact you can use the Apple Pencil alongside it, turning the iPad Mini into a tiny notebook in your pocket.

The iPad Mini is one of the best small tablets you can get at its price point, so if you're looking for an easily portable pocket powerhouse, you can't get much better than this little monster.

6. iPad Pro 10.5

The iPad Pro 10.5-inch version is an all-star tablet which has since been superseded by the iPad Pro 11. There's good news for the Pro 10.5 though, as this means it's now cheaper - though it's also no longer sold directly from Apple.

Its bright ProMotion Retina HD screen is its best selling point. It adds an impressive layer of fluidity to daily use - if not strictly necessary - and the smaller bezels mean you're getting far more display in a footprint not much bigger than 2016's 9.7. 

It's an iPad for the professionals - but also one that media munchers will adore using.

It takes advantage of the Apple Pencil and several tablet-focused features like the dock, Control Center and Instant Markup with the stylus. If you invest in the recommended Smart Keyboard, you can attach it to a Pro-level iPad without jumping through all of the hoops of Bluetooth.

    7. iPad 9.7

This is a good Apple iPad for the average consumer and for education, even if it isn't the most powerful one available. It's still a great value. That said, the newer iPad 10.2 has it beat for most users and has the advantage of still being sold directly from Apple, which this model isn't.

The iPad (2018) replaces the very similar 2017 model, slotting in below the Pro and Air ranges with a dependable tablet that hasn't changed much in years - but Apple clearly feels it doesn't need to mess with success.

The basic iPad works with the Apple Pencil, offering you the cheapest way to doodle on the 9.7-inch glass - though you can't get the Smart Keyboard with this non-Pro model, for that you'll need the newer 10.2-inch one.

It also has the same luxurious metal unibody as the rest of Apple's iPad range, though notably, it's ever-so-slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro at 7.5mm.

With the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included, iPadOS 13 under the hood and up to 10 hours of battery life when web browsing or watching videos, it's a great media player and a strong tablet choice if you're not planning to use it heavily for productivity.

    8. iPad 9.7 (2017)

The iPad (2017) marked a name shift for Apple's tablets, as the Cupertino, California firm dropped 'Air' in favour of the cleaner moniker. 

The iPad from 2017 has since been replaced by the iPad (2018) and iPad 10.2, but it's still a solid buy if you're looking for a more affordable Apple slate.

The only real problem is the newer iPads aren't that much more, so unless you're on a really tight budget, the newer versions are a better buy, especially as this model isn't still sold by Apple.

    9. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

We really like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) for its large size and - other than the newer iPad Pro 12.9 model - it's the closest thing we have to a 2-in-1 touchscreen MacBook. It just happens to run iPadOS 13 instead of macOS. 

It's one of the best productivity and entertainment tablets around thanks to its 12.9-inch screen, four speakers and the dock and multitasking interface. Apple has redesigned its Control Center interface to make app switching even easier, and this tablet is compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

It's the biggest weakness? The iPad Pro 12.9-inch price and the size isn't a good fit for everyone. But If you can afford it and want the largest-sized iPad available, you're going to love this – it's a laptop-replacement for a lot of people out there.

   10. iPad Mini 4

Big screens aren't for everyone, and that's where the 7.9-inch iPad Mini 4 comes in. The screen size means it's far more portable than Apple's larger tablets, especially as it's light at 299g. It's not quite small enough that you can use it one-handed, but you can comfortably hold it for a lot longer than most of Apple's slates, or throw it in a bag and forget about it.

It's also big enough to enjoyably browse the net or watch videos on when you're away from home and bigger screens, but it's obviously not quite as strong an experience for most visual media as Apple's larger 9.7, 10.2, 10.5, 11 and 12.9-inch slates. 

The small size and lack of Smart Connector also make it worse for productivity than the iPad Pro range, but this isn't designed as a laptop replacement.

It's still fairly powerful thanks to 2GB of RAM and the ageing but still impressive Apple A8 chip, while the screen is sharp, rich and easy to see even in bright sunlight.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Top Free Dictionary Apps

Top Free "Dictionary Apps" for students

"Every time I have to look up a word in the dictionary, I am delighted. "        -Vivienne Westwood

Dictionary Apps are the world's best online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, etymologies, audio pronunciations, example sentences.

It's almost impossible to spend your academic career without a heavy physical Dictionary book. Nowadays, people prefer dictionary apps over heavy physical dictionary books. There are so many digital dictionary apps available to decode the difficult words that you are not even heard of.

There are plenty of dictionary apps available in Google Playstore, Apple App Store and many other platforms. 

But which one to select and which is worth downloading. Let me highlight the top 5 most popular free dictionary apps for students.

1.Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary of English : Free - Apps on Google Play

The best feature of this app is that it allows you to look up definitions of words you don’t know, even as you’re reading things in other apps on your device. Simply highlight the word, and tap the “look up” button. This opens the app, which will take you directly to the word’s meaning. The benefit of this app over others is that you can sort your saved words into folders or categories.

There are some drawbacks as well as there is no thesaurus or offline dictionary. There is an option to listen to how a word is pronounced – if you’re willing to shell out real money for the premium version. There are also plenty of adverts, and the in-app word scanner isn’t all that great or effective, either.

2. | Meanings and Definitions of Words at

What you see is what you get with this app, and we love it. The interface is clean and simple, and the word explainers range from simple to very detailed. The app has plenty of functions, including a dictionary, a thesaurus, a “Learners” function, and an “Origins” page. The “Learners” function is very useful for students of the language, as it provides info on how the meaning of a word can change in different contexts, or with other words.

The app also contains quizzes, articles about how language is used, word trends, and literature – and a “Word of the Day” section on the app’s homepage.

3. U-Dictionary

u-dictionary – Why Surf Swim

Beginners can look up translations of a word in their mother tongue, while more advanced speakers can learn different ways to speak English like a native. The app also has a fast and accurate word scanner – scan a word with your phone’s camera and the definition will pop up.

U-Dictionary provides a word’s synonyms and antonyms, and will also suggest ways that you can combine it with others to form terms and phrases. The app also contains quizzes, and listening and writing exercises to help you master English.

If you accept all permissions for the app to access your phone, you can also see saved vocabulary on your phone’s lock screen, too. This will help you to keep all your newly learned words and their meanings fresh in your mind.

4. Merriam Webster

Dictionary - M-W Premium - Apps on Google Play

This Dictionary works with or without data on your device.You can easily look back over previously searched-for words by swiping left, and the layout of the app means you’ll always be able to see the simplest definition of any given word at the top of the page. There is also an option to toggle between dictionary and thesaurus mode. Sadly, because this app has so much to offer, the drawback is a few adverts, which pop up occasionally.

5. Dictionary- WordWeb

Chambers Dictionary - Apps on Google Play

WordWeb is a comprehensive international English thesaurus and dictionary, with definitions, synonyms and many related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, and has helpful spelling and sounds-like links. Wordweb does much more than a paper dictionary or thesaurus: WordWeb is truly a Word Web - each definition is linked to sets other related words. Just click on a word to explore the network of meanings.

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