An interesting story hit the web this week. After their mother succumbed to her battle with cancer, son Josh Grant from London, England requested Apple give him the password to her account so he could unlock her passcode-locked iPad. And Apple refused.
And rightly so.
Look, she probably didn't have anything on the iPad that she wouldn't gladly let her sons see. Probably. But the iPad is used for a lot of things these days, including as a personal journal. There's nothing to say she didn't have things stored on the iPad that she'd never want her family to see.
In this, the proper route for Apple is to allow the iPad to be restored to factory settings, which according to the Daily Mail, is what Apple did after getting clarification the family just wanted it restored.
Maybe. But for security sake, Apple needs to be cold. We live in a very public world with social media urging everyone to share the most private details. For those who want to keep those details private, big companies need to respect things like passwords and passcode locks.
In the end, everyone got what they wanted out of this situation. But we shouldn't paint Apple as the big bad company for doing things the right way. After all, if it was the CIA rather than her sons asking for that information, we'd be all up in arms about it, right?More About the iPad:
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Ultima. Wizardry. Might and Magic. The "Gold Box" AD&D games. The 1980s were definitely a golden era for role-playing games, which makes sense considering they often relied as much on the imagination as the video screen to power the visuals.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to wander the streets of Skara Brae once again, look no further than The Bard's Tale for the iPad. Hidden inside of this iPad port of the action-rpg remake of The Bard's Tale -- try saying that one three times really fast -- is the real deal. The game includes the original Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II and the Bard's Tale III, though if memory serves, it's okay to stop playing after the second one.
The remake is... well.. do you know those movies that take the name of an old classic but really aren't that similar at all? That's true in this case. It isn't a bad game, but it really doesn't have anything in common with the classic.
At times, the iPad's auto correct feature can be extremely frustrating. Anyone who has ever tried to type in a strange name only to have the auto correct demand the name be changed or who typed in full sentence only to notice that auto correct decided to change a key word knows the frustration of auto correct.
But auto correct can be put to good use.
One of the coolest tricks is to stop using the apostrophe when typing in a contraction. If you type "Im", auto correct will change it to "I'm", which means you don't need to hunt down where the apostrophe is located in the on-screen keyboard. This trick won't work if eliminating the apostrophe correctly spells a totally different word (we'll -> well), but it does work about 95% of the time.
Don't like Auto-Correct? Did you know you can turn it off?
Apple pushed out iOS 7.0.6 over the weekend to fix a security flaw, but the big update to the operating system is still a few more weeks away, with the best guess estimate being the middle of March for iOS 7.1. So, is there anything to be excited about?
Not much. Most of the changes will be under the hood, tweaking performance and squashing pesky bugs. The two biggest changes will be more options in Mobile Device Management, which will benefit school districts hoping to keep student iPads locked down, and iOS in the Car, which is a new feature for better interaction with compatible cars. Neither of these features will be of much use for the vast majority of users.
There will be a few other tweaks in the update, such as new animations for the slide-to-unlock and slide-to-power-off screens. The on-screen keyboard and the iPhone dialer also have some minor changes. And if you are one of those who've found the new UI makes you a little nauseous, you will be able to turn off the Parallax animation feature.
Parents in Waukesha, Wisconsin were in a state of shock on Thursday after it was revealed that a group of second graders were able to view pornagraphic images on an iPad issued by the school. Hadfield Elementary School had locked out sites deemed inappropriate for the children, but one enterprising student found a website they missed: Google.
Yes, you can view porn on Google. In fact, it is rather easy. Simply do an image search for "porn" with SafeSearch turned off. And even if SafeSeach is turned on, it is easy enough for anyone -- including a second grader -- to turn it off. And Google isn't alone. Bing will not only allow you to browse pornagraphic images and video, it will even put the pornagraphic material into categories for you.
If you are trying to lock down the iPad, you may want to disable Safari in the iPad restriction settings. And if you think the Google and Bing apps are safe alternatives, think again. They are simply portals to the websites, and their search restrictions are just as easy to circumvent.
The game console wars kicked into high gear last year with the release of the PS4 and Xbox One, with the PS4 being declared the early winner and the Xbox One... well, let's just say that while the notion of Microsoft giving the Xbox One to Nintendo is well beyond far-fetched, Microsoft might wish it could do just that.
But could there be a new entry into the console wars?
Smart devices have taken a big chunk out of the casual gaming market, and Android has already made the jump to the game console with OUYA. Might Apple be next?
Apple TV could be a nice ace in the hole if Apple decides to expand its hold on the casual game market. The device already runs iOS, and if it were to receive the same A5 chip that powers the original iPad Mini, it could utilize iOS 7's MFi initiative to pair it with third-party game controllers. This would turn Apple TV into an equivalent of OUYA.
And it doesn't have to stop there. Apple TV already works well with the iPad, and with a little more work, it could become a Smartglass-type interface for games. And with Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense, they have their hands on some Kinect-like technology.
The game console market may not have the high profit margins that drive Apple's other products, but with Apple looking for new avenues into our homes, a new push with Apple TV could be the answer.How to Play Flash on the iPad
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The two big tidbits going around the iPad rumor mill concern a delay to the iPad Pro and a Microsoft Office that might be coming sooner than we think.
It's hard for an unreleased Apple product to be 'delayed' when it never had an actual release date. This rumor is somewhat expected. No matter how much analysts may drool over the prospect of a bigger, more powerful iPad, it doesn't change the fact that iOS needs to be expanded in order to actually make use of a more powerful iPad. Otherwise, you just have a big, fast iPad Air.
iPad Mini 3 Delayed?
In addition to the "delayed" iPad Pro, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will skip on the iPad Mini 3 this year, focusing their efforts on the iPad Pro. Apple has been pretty consistent releasing an upgraded iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini each year. Don't hold your breath that a sequel to the Retina Display iPad Mini will be delayed.
Microsoft Office Un-Delayed?
The Microsoft Office for iPad rumors have flip-flopped more than a gymnast for the past two years. The latest rumor has Office coming to the iPad before it hits Microsoft tablets.
It'd be a nice addition to the iPad lineup,but how much do we really need it? The iPad now comes with Apple's iWork suite, and while it's not as fully-functional as Microsoft Office, it also doesn't have a $100 per year subscription price.
Personally, I'd prefer a native version of OpenOffice be released for the iPad. I switched to OpenOffice on my PC and Mac years ago and haven't looked back. And while rollApp offers the ability to use OpenOffice in the cloud, it may not be ready for prime time quite yet.
The latest Apple rumor isn't about a bigger iPhone or an iPad/MacBook hybrid. In fact, it's not about a new product at all, rather, the twilight of an older product. AppleInsider reports that Apple is reducing iPad 2 production in preparation for stopping production on the device.
It's about time.
The iPad 2 served a great purpose as a cheaper entry point to the world of iPad, but it has become more of a distraction since the introduction of the iPad Mini. The original Mini is basically an iPad 2 with better cameras and 4G support, which made it a better buy even back when they shared the same price. With the introduction of the iPad Mini 2, which is a smaller iPad Air with the price tag of an iPad 2, and the subsequent price break on the original Mini, the iPad 2 simply has no place in Apple's lineup.
The iPad Mini will now serve as the entry point, and since it is both a better and cheaper tablet than the iPad 2, it only makes sense to wave a fond farewell to the second generation iPad.
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"America. A place for Americans."
From the Statue of Liberty to Jazz, Baseball to Prohibition, the Civil War to the expansion of The West, Ken Burns has spent a career delving into the history of America. Using archival footage to string together a narrative, Burns breathes new life into history. Now, he's taking his show to the iPad.
The Ken Burns iPad app isn't just a new avenue to his documentaries. It is a brand new way of looking at them. Burns presents the ever-present patterns of human history by weaving together the same basic theme with different points in our history. There are six different themes presented ranging from Art to War, each filled with scenes from different documentaries, demonstrating how the same basic theme has existed throughout our history.
The result is a fun way to look at history. The Ken Burns app includes Innovation as a free theme to explore, with the other themes unlocked by buying the full version for $9.99. The Ken Burns app is available for download on the App Store.
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In a poll that might show the British to be the most practical people in the world, the iPad edged out flowers and jewelry as the number one most wanted gift for Valentine's Day. When it comes to wishlists for birthdays and Christmas, the iPad coming out on top is no surprise. But is it really a gift that spells romance? (And the answer to that question is yes, if you ask Siri.)
What's perhaps even more impressive is the PlayStation 4 coming in at number five on the list. The Brits know how to have fun! You can read more about the most wanted Valentine's Day gifts on The Telegraph.
My wife and I celebrate the most romantic day of the year by staying home and watching television, perhaps binging on old Law and Order episodes. I know. I know. We're just old school romantics.
Would you be happy with an iPad for Valentine's Day? Or are you hoping for an Xbox ONE?
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