It is really important that your smartphone is secure for many reasons. You may keep data on it and if your phone was lost or stolen, this would be lost. Or perhaps your personal information may be hacked from internet pages you have visited or from the smartphone itself. We’ve put together some tips to help keep your device as secure as possible.
Best way to up your productivity on your tablet? Automate everything. Workflow integrates with a ton of different apps, including Facebook, Dropbox, and the Camera app. Some popular uses are a tip calculator, an action that creates PDF out of Safari webpages, and another that offers walking directions to the nearest coffee shop.
You can create many different workflows or use ones people have already created in the workflow gallery.
If This Then That is great for automating online services like social media apps. Some of the tablet-specific recipes include: marking when you met a new contact in your calendar; logging how much time your spend at school/home/work; or setting up an alarm for emails you’ve starred in Gmail.
This suite includes the iPad versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. The apps, which include many of the features available in desktop versions, are pretty powerful. Viewing, editing, and creating documents are free, but some capabilities (like tracking and reviewing changes in Word) require a $100/year or $10/month subscription.
This app is a must for people who do a lot of writing on their iPad. Clips is *so* good, that my only gripe with the app is that there is no version for Mac. It’s a clipboard manager that lets you save multiple quotes, links, GIFs, and other multimedia in one place. You can then access those saved images or text from the notification shade (as shown on the iPad), or from the special Clips keyboard.
With this app, you don’t have to switch between apps to copy and paste multiple passages or links.
Slack is *the* app for team communication. It’s integrated with many services like Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, and GitHub which makes filesharing painless. Plus, the Slack acts like a browser so you play YouTube videos or SoundCloud audio without having to leave the chatroom.
Digitize documents with your tablet’s camera, and export them to Box, Dropbox, Evernote, and more as JPG or PDF files.
This app offers real-time chat alongside docs, spreadsheets, and lists, allowing you to communicate and collaborate with friends, families, and coworkers without email. It works beautifully offline too.
Trello is like Pinterest for task management. Every project has its own board and to-dos are broken down into interactive cards with checklists or images attached to them. You can assign due dates to each item and delegate different tasks to different members.
Don’t be fooled by this note-taking app’s lightweight interface. It’s got quick hand gestures built-in and other powerful tools. Like in an inbox, you can flag and search notes. The best part about this app is the ability to export text in a million different ways: to Facebook, as an event, as a list in Reminders, etc.
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On your iPhone, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot to enable it. Then on your iPad, go to Settings > WiFi and select your iPhone.
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The standalone keyboard connects wirelessly to any tablet via Bluetooth. It’s spill and dirt resistant, as well as super portable at just over 6 ounces.
If you have an iPad Air 2, consider the backlit Belkin’s QODE Ultimate Pro keyboard case ($150) for nighttime work. It features 3 brightness levels and also serves as a stand in landscape and portrait mode.
Dropping your tablet into this chiseled iPad Mini dock ($50) is ~very~ satisfying. If this is over your budget, there are cheaper stands on Etsy, including this wool felt stand($18) and minimalist bamboo stand ($15).
The attachment is for iPad 1-4, Air, and Mini. It’s an awesome solution for long trips that don’t warrant bringing a laptop.
This accessory is awesome for students. Highlight documents, mark up PDFs on your tablet, then brainstorm on a piece of paper with the old-school pen.
If you’re an illustrator, go with the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($80, compatible with iPad).
It reacts to 2,048 different pressure levels.
The Nyruis Songo ($50) is a very easy to set up, plug-and-play hi-fidelity music receiver that allows you to listen to music without docking your tablet. It connects your speaker system to your tablet via Bluetooth or aux cable.
One Amazon reviewer wrote: “It has a beautiful sound and is capable of producing substantial sound listening levels due to its 6Wx2 amplifier feeding 2 full-range drivers and 2 tuned bass ports. Just awesome sound.”
There’s a Lightning cable dock for iPad and an additional USB port to charge any device. Just plop your wireless keyboard in front of it and your mobile office space is good to go.
Excel has become the tool of choice for accountants and business professionals. Many have been using Excel for years, but most are self-taught and depend on others in their offices for tried and true solutions to common problems. In this article, I have compiled a series of useful excel tools or skills that would make life easier and shave valuable minutes off the work of chattered accountants.
Many spreadsheet pros believe that pivot tables are the most powerful tool in Excel. PivotTables are a great way to summarise a list of data at the click of a button. They are also very easy to do.
ZXing QR Code Generator creates a Quick Response code in various sizes for your contact info, URL, SMS, geo location or other text data. For instance, the QR Code of this page's URL is this, readable by a scanner such as ZXing BarcodeScanner on a mobile device, or using ZXing Decoder Online.
GOQR.ME generates QR codes from any text, url, call number, sms or vCard details, with adjustable sizes and options such as margins, colors and correction code. Its QR-Server supports the API and allows you to send a URL to get a QR Code image such as this example.