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Protecting Your Investment with a Case

Did you know when you protect your device with a case, it maintains its value better than if left unprotected?  When our technicians value a computer or any device for trade in, we run a lot of tests on it, but we also look at the condition of the device. The better it looks, the more it's worth.  Let's be honest, no one wants to buy anything used that looks like it's been through the ringer. If you're going to spend your hard-earned dollars on a MacBook or an iPad 2 or keep track of your whole life on your iPhone, you really should protect it.

That's why we offer cases for your devices, from see thru Speck cases to the Moshi Overture wallet cases.

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Training Sale until 12/24/15

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Training on Mac OS X  and iOS

Don't feel like a child on your computer, iPad or iPhone again.  Training with a MacExperience specialist is... special. Our team of trainers work with you in a non-intimidating, one on one atmosphere. Have a specific question or problem, our team will help you get things sorted out.  Maybe you want to be more proficient with your device, or understand iCloud, or maybe how to make a book from photos.  Let us help you impress your friends and colleagues.

Take advantage of our 20% off sale from December 11th through December 24th, 2015.

Safari Reader Fonts

What do you spend the most amount of time doing on your Mac or iPhone? The real answer might be play games, text, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, but let's pretend that it's surf the web.  You might even find yourself reading blogs like this one, or catching up on the news. And because you spend so much time on the internet reading, you might like the Safari Reader Fonts option. If you're not familiar with Reader in Safari, it's allows you to view news stories and other articles in a layout that’s optimized for easy reading. Reader lets you focus on the text without being distracted by ads. Reader is available where there is a 4 line icon on the left side of the search bar.

And now you can customize your view by selecting your font size and style, and choose Sepia and Night themes.  Simply select "Reader" and then select the "AA" on the right side of the search bar.

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We're So Busy, We're Moving

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We're relocating our downtown location to our existing Castleton location, on November 1st.

We're also bringing back someone you might remember from our past. No, it’s not Steve Jobs. We can’t bring back the dead, but we are bringing back a powerhouse of a player. One of the originals: Tom Egan. Boom!

Thank you for your continued support.

On November 1st, downtown customers will be able to find us at:

 6609 E 82 St Indianapolis, IN 46250

Located near Castleton Mall, at the intersection of 82nd and Craig.

Mon—Fri: 9am to 6pm; Sat: 10am to 5pm

(317) 217-1610

Quick Access to Draft Emails on iOS

Have you ever been interrupted while composing and email on your iPhone or iPad. You hit cancel, and then propted with “Delete Draft or Save Draft” But getting to that draft can be overwhelming.  

Step 1: Hold down the compose button.  You will be prompted with "New Message" and PREVIOUS DRAFTS.

 

That's it.  Lesson over.

 

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Share a list in Reminders

Share Reminders 1 Not only is it easy to create and edit reminders, but you can also share and collaborate on lists with anyone else in the world, even if they don’t have an Apple Device with them. All they need is an iCloud account.

To be clear, you cant invite others to share your Reminders lists from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You have use your Reminders app on the OSX version 10.8.2 or later. If you don’t use a Mac computer, you can access Reminders from iCloud.com. Just log in using your iCloud account information. Most people’s iCloud account is the same as their Apple ID (the account info and password used to buy music and apps).

The steps:

1. Launch Reminders app on OSX or iCloud.com

2. Create a list you want to share with others.

3. Hover over the right side of the list you want to share and select the broadcast icon that appears

4. Enter the iCloud connected email address for anyone you want to invite to the list.

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Once you’ve shared a list, the person or people you are sharing with can see all of your archived items, plus the current list. They can also edit the list. So, if you share a grocery list with your spouse, the two of you can add or remove any items. It is as if you are sitting in the kitchen together while making the list.

When a person accepts your invitation to share a Reminder list, you will receive an alert on all devices that feature the Reminders app.

All changes that are made to your list will be immediately viewable in our iOS Reminders app. So, if your spouse makes a note on one of your items, you’ll know about it before putting it in the cart.

You can remove someone just as easily as you invited them. Hover over the broadcast icon again and click on their name. Select “Remove” and you're done. They will no longer have access to your list. However, all of their changes will remain on your list.

 

Bump Your Apple TV

Did you know that you can setup an Apple TV by simply bumping your iPhone to your Apple TV? It's true. If your iPhone is already connected to your home wifi network and logged in to your Apple ID, you can simply bump your iPhone to your Apple TV during the setup process on the language select screen and the Apple TV will automatically import your wifi and Apple ID settings from your iPhone.

What is required?

A WiFi network Apple TV 3rd Gen using Apple TV software 6.0 or later One of the following iOS devices running iOS 7 or later:

  •    iPhone 4s or later
  •    iPad 3rd gen or later
  •    iPad mini
  •    iPod touch 5th gen

The steps:

  1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until you Apple TV displays the setup screen.
  2. Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.
  3. Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
  5. Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple.
Note: This does not change your iOS device preferences.
  6. Your Apple TV will start the configuration process, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network, activating Apple TV, and setting up your iTunes Store account.
  7. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

Note: While configuring your Apple TV, keep your iOS device within 10 to 15 feet of your Apple TV until the configuration process completes.

Families and Apple ID's

Dear Dad, Mom, and children, Do you ever get frustrated with your Apple Devices sharing content, pictures, texts, and apps with other family members? We examine a few scenarios and give some sound advice to solve these conundrums.

[quote author="Mom" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]Every time my daughter downloads an app, it shows up on my phone too.  How do I prevent that?[/quote]

[quote author="Dad, Mom, and Teens" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]I have a warning on my phone that says there is not enough space to back up.  What does this mean? How do I take care of it?[/quote]

I get questions like these quite often from families that visit our stores.  I almost always reply with a question, “Do you share the same apple id”?  Usually the answer is yes.

I’m a husband of one and a father of three.  We’ve gone through this headache as well.  I’ve discovered, along the way, a 3 simple steps that can be done to keep everything easy and uncomplicated.

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[toggle title="1. New ID for Jr."] Create an Apple ID for each person in the house.  In order to do this, each person will also need an email address. [/toggle]

[toggle title="2. Protect the Password"] Do not tell your child the password to the apple ID. This does a few things. First, it forces them to have to come to you for approval of purchase. This is really nice if you have your credit card attached to the Apple ID. Secondly you know what they are viewing, listening to, and playing.  Some of you may not want to have your credit card associated with your child’s Apple ID. That’s fine, set them up with an iTunes gift card.  You can even pay your children for work performed or reward them, with iTunes gift cards. Then, when they run out of money on that gift card, but want to purchase something, you have an opportunity to teach them something that even the government should learn.  That you can’t spend what you don’t have. [/toggle]

[toggle title="3. Take it With You"] When your child grows up and leaves the house, they can take their music, apps, books and a financial understanding with them, and there is no arguing over who owns what. [/toggle]

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I know that to some this may seem like a hassle, but when you set this up early, you can avoid headaches later.  Each person has their own iCloud backup so you wont be trying to connect 5 devices to one iCloud that would eat up the 5GB of free space extremely fast.

[quote author="Husband and Wife" bar="true" align="left" width="full"] I don't want to separate our Apple ID's, it's just the two of us. [/quote]

Some of you just don’t want to go that route, perhaps there is only two of you in the house and that’s fine.  The question still remains though, how do you separate who gets what on which device?  There are some steps that actually work.

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[toggle title="Scenario #1 My wife or child gets all of my text."]

Let’s clear the air just a bit so there is no confusion.  Text Message and iMessage are not the same thing.  The typical text message is sent through a cellular data service provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whoever), and is transferred to the recipient. Depending on your cell phone plan, you could be charged for the text message. But then there is iMessage, when you send a text message to someone that has an Apple ID, the Messages app automatically recognizes that person’s Apple ID and routes the message through Apple’s servers instead of using the cell phone carrier and avoids texting charges from the carrier.

To be clear, your wife or child is not intercepting all text messages, just the iMessages.  To prevent that from continuing, we need to make an adjustment.

On your device go to

Settings > Messages > Send & Receive

Then select or deselect how that device can receive iMessages.  You can choose the phone number associated with the phone, the Apple ID, or any email address you choose.  If you do decide to use a different email follow the instructions on our Alternate iMessage Email guide.

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[toggle title="Scenario #2 When my child/husband downloads an app, it appears on my device."]

Simply turn off automatic downloads option. On your device select

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads

This section has the option to have Automatic Downloads turned on for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.itunesAppstore-iconibooksAppstore-icon[/toggle]

[toggle title="Scenario #3 We want to share music, but not all of it."]

Like Scenario 2, you need to turn off automatic downloads first. There are two ways to go about this.  First you can stream via the cloud. Your music will not actually be on your device, but is available to stream if you have a wifi connection or a cellular connection.  Remember though, rates may apply.  The second choice is to sync the music you want through itunes on your computer.  See our Syncing via iTunes blog for further instructions.

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[toggle title="Scenario #4 (Almost Explicit Content) My 7-year-old son has seen questionable pictures of us. What do we do?"]

First, flush your sons eyes out with water. Second, explain that this is what married couples only do. Third. Turn off photo stream on his iPad.  Then set up a shared stream for only you and your wife.

Select

Settings > iCloud > Photos

Make sure that photos are turned off here on the device you do not want your Almost Explicit Content to go to.

To create a shared stream for you and you spouse go to your photos on your device.  Then select Shared at the bottom followed by the + new shared stream… Name the stream and select next.  You will be prompted to invite someone to view these photos.  Note that in order for them to participate, they must have an apple ID.

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Alternate iMessage Email

How to set up an alternate iMessage email address. From an iOS device:

1. Select the device you wish to change.

2. Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > add another email

3. type the email you want to add.

4. Wait for a verification email from Apple.  In the verification email you will need to follow the Link.

 

If you are wanting to change the email address for messages on your computer...

1. Launch Messages.

2. choose messages from the menu bar.

3. Select Preferences

4. select accounts

Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup is how users have backed up their iOS devices before iCloud was available.  It is still a method that many users continue to use and serves them well. Let’s see if this is the best way for you.

  • Do you regularly use the computer that has your iTunes Backups?
  • Do you not have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud?
  • Do your photos and videos on your device’s camera roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size?
  • Do you tend to have very large backups?
  • Would you like a manual or secondary backup solution to use with your iCloud back up?

iCloud and iTunes Backup together

For those of you who want that extra level of backup for your data, we suggest that you use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.

When you use iCloud backup, it doesn’t disable iTunes backup completely, it just stops the automatic backup via iTunes.  You can manually backup via iTunes yourself whenever you want to create a new one.

The Steps for Manual iTunes Backup 

1. Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the cable provided.

2. Open iTunes

3a. For iTunes 11, click the iOS device button on the right, then in the backups section, click back up now under “manually backup and restore”

3b. For iTunes 10.7, right-click or control click on your iOS device in the iTunes source list, then choose back up from the itunes device shortcut menu.

4. Allow the backup to complete.

We recommend backing up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more often if there is important data.  If your going to use the two backups together, and you want to speed up your iCloud Backup and Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off very large data types. Example: You have a 7 GB Camera roll on you iPhone, and you already have it manually backed up to iTunes.  Disabling the backup of any items can be done on your iOS devices.

Settings > iCould > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options

These items, after doing so, will only be backed up manually to itunes.

Automatic iTunes Backup.

1. Open iTunes

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable.

3. Select the iOS device in the upper right corner. If your don't see your device, choose View > Hide Sidebar.

4. In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi"

5. When the computer and the iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes. The automatic syncing will commence when the following conditions are true:

  • The iOS device is charging
  • iTunes is open on the computer
  • The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network.

 You can also backup via iCloud

Weather Apps

  Punxsutawney Phil might be a weather forecasting groundhog but who has time to wait on him.  Lets look as some great iPad apps that will keep you informed of what to wear when you go outside.

 

 

Magical Weather

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Magical Weather gives a balance between beautiful presentation and informative content.  Displaying a week’s worth of temperatures in a transparent pane over an animated background and users can swipe to reveal an hourly forecast. Magical Weather focuses on the important information, like highs, lows, chance of rain, wind, humidity, pressure, and UV index.  A top pick for an app that shows you the weather and still offers something lovely to look at.

 

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Intellicast HD includes a lot of impressive information and features for a free app, with only a small advertisement to mar the display.  This app display a full forecast for the next 10 days, charts, graphs, and hourly forecast for the current day, sunrise/set time, moonrise/set time, moon phase, a dada, storm cell tracking, wind direction, and a wether blog making it an app you can’t afford to miss.

 

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Weather Live can be used on iphone and ipad and should appeal to users with basic and more advanced weather needs. Open the app to a single customizable screen with basic weather info such as temperature, feels like temperature, weekly forecast, humidity, precipitation, pressure, visibility, etc. An animated background relevant to current conditions is displayed behind the “widgets” with the temperature information.  The app also includes a section with maps displaying clouds, radar, satellite, and rain.  Making this the app to beat.

 

A Guide to Guided Access

If you're the parent of a toddler who just loves to get his grubby little paws on your iPad, Guided Access can become one of your best friends. Let's find out why. Let's pretend your family is on a roadtrip, and your toddler needs some entertainment on that long trip. He just loves to watch his favorite movie. You've purchased several movies from iTunes and have loaded them on your iPad for him to enjoy. But toddlers love to press buttons to see what they do.

How can you keep him from getting access to everything, all you really need is for him to enjoy the movie.  Enter Guided Access! Tweak  a few settings, and you can set up your iPad so that the only thing he can do is watch his favorite movie!

To activate Guided Access, navigate to: Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access

Find in Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access

 

 

Flip the switch to 'On' and then tap on Set Passcode. This will be a secret, 4-digit code that you'll use to disable Guided Access when it's in use. Pick something you can remember, but don't let your toddler see.

Now that it is set up, it's time to put it to use. Here's what to do: get a video started, then triple-click on the home button. This activates Guided Access for the application.  (note: you can use this on any application, and draw "circles" around which part of the screen you don't want them to touch)

Guided Access activated with available settings

From here, there are a couple of settings that are available to choose... the hardware buttons are set to Always OFF. You can turn off Touch and leave Motion ON. Turning off Touch disables the entire touch screen, which prevents your little guy from ending his video to early.

Another option is to turn Touch on, and then select areas of the screen that you'd like to be disabled. Leaving Motion turned on still allows for the screen to orient itself based on how the iPad is being held. Once you're happy with the settings you've chosen, tap on Start in the upper right corner.

To exit out of Guided Access, triple-click the home button, and then tap in your secret 4-digit passcode. You'll be taken back to the Guided Access settings screen, where you can tap on the End button in the upper left corner, or you can tap on Resume in the upper right corner.

Triple Click home button and put secret code in to disable.

Now you can safely hand your iPad over to your child, and he's off and running, without being able to access anything else on the iPad.

iOS Guides

iOS 7 is here and we will be starting to bring you tips on what it does.  Stick around because this list will be growing. METip iOS Backup and Restore

Erase and Restore

Families and Apple ID's - end the madness

Alternate iMessage Email

Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

Backup via iCloud

Swiping Back - No more thumb stretches

A Guide to Guided Access - Keep your toddler on one program

Control Center

Notifications in iOS 7

 

A Toddler Toilet Trainer Built for iPads?

Gadget Show iPottyThe annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the largest and most exciting tech shows in the world. Companies show off their latest gadgets and home theater equipment and demo what will be coming down the line in the future. While Apple typically holds their own events and doesn’t make a splash at CES, other companies will still show off their products made for Apple devices.

Which brings us to one of the more, shall we say, "intriguing" products at the 2013 show, the iPotty.

Every child learns potty training their own way. Some get it quickly, while some may struggle with the concept (and who can blame them, we all should be so lucky to relieve ourselves whenever we want).

But one thing that just about every toddler has in common is a love of an iPad. The iPotty is a potty training device that lets your young one “gape and paw at the iPad while taking care of business in the old-fashioned part of the plastic potty.”

There are existing potty training apps that encourage children, even one featuring Elmo.

Or maybe they just want to play their favorite game while doing the deed. Either way, the iPotty is a wacky option for parents who think their tech-saavy child needs a bit of digital encouragement to say goodbye to diapers once and for all.

Pediatricians recommend that children under 2 have no screen time on TVs, computers or mobile devices and limit to just a few hours per day for children over than that. So just allow your child to enjoy the iPad limited amounts per day and keep offer time as a reward for good behavior.

The company says the iPotty is going to be released on Amazon in March for $39.99. While we we won’t be carrying it at MacExperience, we’ll be interested to reviews from parents and kids alike.

Photo courtesy of the AP.

Customizable Skins and Cases For Your Apple Products

SkinIt for Apple DevicesApple cases for mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone come in all shapes and sizes. There are minimal ones that don’t hide that beloved Apple logo. There are large, rugged ones for the more clumsy users among us. All colors, all sizes are available and there are even ones that combine your wallet and an iPhone case so if you’re the kind of person who likes to put ALL of their eggs in one basket you have a case too.

But for those who can never quite seem to find the cas

e they’re looking for, may we suggest going the customizable route? There are a couple places out there that can turn any picture or design into cases and skins for your Apple devices, but one we’ve found is particularly simple to use.

SkinIt let’s you choose your device - everything from the iPhone 3G to iPhone 5, every Apple iPad including the new Mini, and nearly every generation of MacBooks - and upload your own photos to create a completely unique and customized attachable skin (like a sticker) or case.

Want a picture of your dog on your iPad, or maybe your family on the case of the iPhone you just got for Christmas? All easily done.Group Skin copy

We’re not trying to sell short our amazing collection of cases and bags for iPhone, iPads andMacBooks at our retail locations. We’re just saying that sometimes people want to customize their Apple gear, and we’re okay with that.

So make your Apple products shine with your personal style and interests and show it off to your friends and family.

College curriculum: From textbooks to tablets

Can you imagine the Indiana University campus completely devoid of textbooks? If so, you’re not alone. Book pagesMany college students nationwide think traditional textbooks could be a thing of the past as soon as the year 2017, new survey results show.

This news comes as tablet ownerships on college campuses jumped from 7 percent of college students in 2011, to 25 percent in 2012, according to new information from ecampusnews.com.

What are the benefits of converting from traditional textbooks to e-textbooks viewed on a tablet?

  • Savings. While a tablet can be a pretty major investment up front, e-textbooks typically cost less than half the price of traditional textbooks. With each passing semester, savings add up for students.
  • Convenience. Think about this: Instead of lugging around multiple textbooks, notebooks and binders, and a laptop, a student with e-textbooks can consolidate all of his or her classroom and study-session needs on one device. In addition, Hoosiers who use the IU Mobile app will have access to an even greater number of resources, all on one gadget that fits nicely into a backpack.
  • Sustainability. Can you imagine how many trees will be saved if all college students start using digital textbooks!?!

While textbook-free classrooms sound cutting edge to many, we’d like to note that the idea has been in the works for some time at IU. Three years ago, IU was the first college to pilot a program in which e-textbooks were mandatory curriculum for certain courses, according to USA Today.

With that progressive approach, it’s only a matter of time before the campus goes completely digital.