Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to get videos from GoodReader to your camera roll




A few days I uploaded a video showing you how to download videos onto your iPad using Safari and the GoodReader application. After uploading it to YouTube I had a comment about how to save those videos from the GoodReader application to the iPad, well it can be done but it cannot be done using GoodReader. I am sure the GoodReader developers could easily add the feature to save the videos to your camera roll on your iPad but sadly that option does not exist.

Here is the step by step how-to on getting videos from the GoodReader application to your camera roll or you could just watch the video above. I am assuming you have already downloaded your videos to the GoodReader app? If not see the link below on how to download videos on your iPad.
  1. Locate your video in the GoodReader app
  2. Press and hold down the video until you see the Manage File window appear on the right side of GoodReader
  3. Click on the Open In menu
  4. Select - Open in Box
  5. The Box app will open and your video will begin importing, after import select your video
  6. With your video selected, tap the 3 dot button on the top right
  7. Choose "Save to Library"
  8. Open your camera roll and you should now see your video saved to your iPad
Now that you have your videos saved to your camera roll you can easily launch any video editing application and make edits to your video then upload them to your favorite supported video hosting site such as Vimeo or YouTube.

 

How to download videos onto your iPad: http://totalipad.com/how-to-download-videos-to-your-ipad/

 

Download Box app free in the App Store: Box for iPhone and iPad - Box, Inc.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Do you jailbreak your iOS devices?





This is just a short video on if you Jailbreak your iOS devices or not? I recently did but I am honestly not seeing any compelling reason to have done so. Is it nice to take total control over a device I purchased? Yes. Is it something I would recommend to others? No.

I am interested in hearing why you Jailbreak your devices, what JB apps do you like or recommend?

If you don't Jailbreak I'd like to know why not? Are you against it? Don't want to void a warranty?

Please comment on my YouTube page where I have this video uploaded: LINK HERE.

If you do not use YouTube then let me know on Twitter @iCrizzo.

If you do not use YouTube or Twitter then comment on my Total iPad post.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tetris for iPad




Did you grow up in the NES or Gameboy days? Did you grow up playing Tetris and Dr. Mario? I did and now I can relive some of those memories with Tetris for iPad. Tetris for iPad is from EA Games but it still plays like the original Tetris but with a couple additional gameplay modes.


The game modes are as follows:

  • ONE-TOUCH
  • MARATHON
  • GALAXY

If you grew up playing Tetris then you will probably want to reminisce with the Marathon mode as it reminds me the most of how I played Tetris as a kid. The One-Touch mode seems like it is geared towards either kids or first time Tetris players. Galaxy is like Tetris with a twist.


How the modes play:


  • Marathon: The object of Marathon is the same as the traditional way you might have played Tetris in the past. You need to form horizontal lines in the Matrix. When a line is completed it will disappear, if you clear multiple lines you will earn scoring bonuses. You do not want your Tetrimino (blocks) to reach the top of the Matrix blocking new a new Tetrimino from entering the Matrix. You move blocks left to right or right to left by swiping on the screen, you can rotate blocks by tapping on the screen.
  • One-Touch: This mode is the exact same as the Marathon mode except you do not move the block from right to left or left to right, you are given several choices of where you would like your blocked to be placed before it starts to drop. You can also hold blocks or cycle them for new Tetriminos (blocks). You have a timer that is ticking down that must choose before reaches 0 or the block will fall directly in the middle of the Matrix board. The further you get the faster the clock ticks.
  • Galaxy: The object of the game is to reach the core of the planets by clearing Strata lines. Each time you clear a line you are rewarded with T-Coins. The few Tetriminos (blocks) used to reach the core the higher your Star Rank will be.

Tetris for iPad also features some In-App purchases for T-Coins, these coins can be used to purchase music in the game. As an example the original 8-bit Tetris theme music can be had for 3000 T-Coins. You don't need to purchase coins to buy theme music you can earn the coins in-game, but if you don't want to wait to purchase your theme music you are given the options of In-App purchase for T-Coins. My opinion is to avoid paying real money and just earn the coins in the game!


Overall this is a fantastic game, the controls take a little bit of getting used to, especially when you reach the higher levels. The game play is much faster and sometimes swiping on the iPad is tad more difficult than using the D-Pad of a handheld controller. Maybe not difficult but using a controller seemed much easier! If I had a scoring system I would give this game a 9 out of 10!





You can download Tetris in the App Store for only $2.99:
TETRIS® for iPad - Electronic Arts



Tetris is also available on the iPhone:
TETRIS® - Electronic Arts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How to download videos onto your iPad




This is an iPad video tip on how to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or any HTML5 video online onto your iPad. I seen a post yesterday on Macstories about a YouTube downloader 'hack' that looked like an interesting way to grab videos. In the article Mr. Viticci mentions that he was using GoodReader with this method of downloading videos. Well GoodReader already has the ability to download movies from sites like YouTube built right into the application, well not built into the app but a way to add a Safari shortcut that works similar to what was written on Macstories.

Who knows how long before this stops working or maybe even Apple will force GoodReader to remove this from the app? I hope not as I use all the time but mostly just for my own videos I have uploaded on YouTube. I have a lot of personal family videos videos that I keep private and sometimes I like to mashup those videos using vjay on my iPad.

Don't own GoodReader on your iPad? You can grab it from the iOS App Store for $4.99:
GoodReader for iPad - Good.iWare Ltd.

Works great on the iPhone as well:
GoodReader for iPhone - Good.iWare Ltd.



Have any other cool GoodReader tips? Let me know on Twitter @iCrizzo.

My Nexus 4 Review





This is just my honest review of my Nexus 4. I tried to stick mostly to the hardware even though I know I talked about the software side of things in the end a bit but I felt they went hand in hand with what I bought. The Google Now/Voice Search stuff being baked in with the phone the same as Siri is with the iPhone, I had to mention it because it felt like part of the experience.


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Issues I talked about that are being reported by others:

Speakers being low: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=41034

More speakers issue: http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-4/234178-nexus-4-low-aux-volume-temporary-fix.html

Some of the other issues: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/11/19/android-4-2-gate-here-are-some-of-the-major-issues-plaguing-googles-newest-release/

Camera quality: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50273614



FINAL THOUGHTS:

I know it seemed like I was knocking the hardware, I wasn't. I was just stating some of the issues that I noticed, it could be my phone is a dud? For the most part all my issues seemed to be hardware related and I don't have many gripes on the software side. I like Jelly Bean and I like where android is headed!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Vinyl Tap for iPad





Vinyl Tap 1.5 brings a nice set of new features to an already terrific application. I previously reviewed Vinyl Tap back in June but now I have reviewed it again because it has been updated and includes 7 different turntables, 6 different vinyl colors to choose from, and track details on your albums before you load them onto the turntable.

In the older version of Vinyl Tap you could only choose between 2 turntables: T-800 and the T-1000, both of those are still in the app but now you also can choose between the following:
  • T-64BD-R
  • T-64BD-B
  • T-64BD-C
  • T-64BD-GB (Great Britain)
  • T-64BD-US (USA)
Also included in the update is the ability to choose between 6 different vinyl colors for your albums, the colors include:
  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Purple


Also in the 1.5 update you can access the AirPlay icon in the top right corner of the screen which is a nice added feature if you want to mirror your iPad onto your TV. Some other updates to the app include performance upgrades to the playback, animation, scrolling in the music library, graphics, and turntable selection.

From my original review of Vinyl Tap:
Let me talk about the attention to detail with this application, the animation for flipping the album is superb. If you load an entire album onto the turntable you will see a full 12″ album, if you load a single onto the turntable a 7″ album is displayed. Lift the needle during the middle of a track and hear the scratching noises, place it in the middle of a track and hear the pops like you would on a real turntable.


Features:
  • Full support for the new iPad Retina display
  • Who needs crates when you can browse your albums as a wall of art
  • Select from two beautifully re-imagined turntables
  • Play albums from your iTunes library (DRM files not supported)
  • Authentic vinyl sounds
  • Both LPs and Singles
  • Vinyl Tap LPs and Singles look like their real life counterparts
  • Album art record labels
  • 3D flipping of the records to their other side
Standard turntable:
  • Pivoting tone arm
  • Select between 33RPM and 45RPM
  • Multicolored strobe simulator
  • Linear tracking turntable:
  • Auto detection of LPs and Singles
  • Digital display showing track number, RPM and play status
  • Jog wheel
  • Track scanner
  • Previous/Next track buttons
If you want to experience the awesomeness of Vinyl Tap it is currently on sale for only $1.99 in the iOS App Store. Grab this terrific iPad application today:
Vinyl Tap - andBoom

INFO: If you are using iTunes Match you must download the music you want to play onto your iPad first. Vinyl Tap can not play music stored in iTunes Match. Vinyl Tap 1.5 requires iOS 6.0 or greater. 

Developers Website

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Reeder for iPad




Reeder is a Google Reader client that allows you to read your RSS feeds that you have subscribed to in Google Reader on your iPad. This is a beautifully designed application that allows you manage your starred items and notes, browse your feeds by folder or feed. It offers multiple sharing services such as Twitter, Evernote, Instapaper and many more. This is a great application and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a great RSS reader on your iPad.

Reeder is $4.99 in the app store, you can download it here:

Reeder for iPad - Silvio Rizzi
Reeder for iPad - Silvio Rizzi

Developers Website

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Aerosphere Sleeve for iPad by Cygnett





Today I am reviewing an awesome iPad sleeve called the Aerosphere made by an Australian company named Cygnett. The Aerosphere is a unique iPad sleeve with rubbery bubbles on the outside and faux fur on the inside. With most sleeves you cannot use the iPad while it is in the sleeve, you do not have this problem with the Aerosphere. The Aerosphere features double zippers and will unzip allowing the sleeve to be folded open like a book exposing the iPad stored safely inside.

The outside of the case is a rubber foam material which is known as EVA it features raised bubbles that will help absorb impact. This will help keep your iPad safe from damage all the while featuring a unique look to it. I have a solid black sleeve for review but a quick trip to the Cygnett website shows that they also offer different colors for this particular model. The interior of the case is lined with super-soft fleece material or as Cygnett refers to it “a silky soft layer of plush faux fur”.

The design of the Aerosphere is very unique and the bubbles not only look great but do a terrific job of protecting your iPad. The raised bubbles will protect your iPad from bumps to the case. I feel confident the bubbles with absorb most of the shock if it were to take a moderate blow. I love the fact that I can use this sleeve in what I like to refer to as ‘book mode,' I can open the sleeve leaving the iPad intact and use my iPad. Also when I fold the front of the sleeve back it elevates the iPad a couple of inches and feels more comfortable to type on the soft keys of the iPad.

The iPad fits nicely into the sleeve but the elastic bands are not very tight around the iPad. This is not a huge downside but you will want to be extra careful with lifting the case with the iPad inside. The Aerosphere will easily fold in half and will allow you to use your iPad while it remains in the sleeve. When the iPad is sealed in the Aerosphere it does not add much weight to the actual iPad. Nor does it add much bulk, it is about the height of 2 iPad’s stacked on top of each other.


Pros:

  • You can use the iPad while it is in the sleeve
  • The bubbles on the outside will protect the iPad
  • Sleeve fully unzips

Cons:

  • The elastic bands are not strong

Final Thoughts

This is a really nice iPad sleeve and I love the look of the bubbles. It is a well made iPad sleeve and I would have no problem recommending it to anyone. The retail price of the Aerosphere is only $24.99 and easily worth every penny to protect your iPad while it looks good in the process.

Links:
Purchase the Aerosphere
Cygnett website
Cygnett on YouTube
Cygnett on Twitter
Cygnett on Facebook

Apple's Smart Case





I recently decided to buy an Apple Smart Case for my 3rd generation iPad. To be honest I have no idea why I bought it, I think it was more of an impulse purchase rather than something I needed. Anyway, here is a short review of the Smart Case with my opinions of it and what you can expect out of the Smart Case.

DESIGN

The Smart Case is made of Polyurethane material outside and a microfiber lining on the inside. The Smart Case comes in 6 different colors: light grey, charcoal, sky blue, lime green, light pink, and red. The Smart Case costs $49 and if you buy the Smart Case from the Online Apple Store you can get it laser-engraved with a personalized message. Apple claims the Smart Case will work with both the iPad 2 and the ‘new’ iPad (3rd Generation). The Smart Case reminds me of a hybrid of the 1st generation iPad cases that Apple sold but with the front of a Smart Case. The front cover is magnetic and your iPad will wake from sleep when lifting the cover, it will also put your iPad to “sleep” when closing the cover on the front.

The case will protect the front and back of your iPad from scratches as well as add a vibrant color to your iPad. The case probably will not protect it from drops nor keep the glass from shattering if you were to drop or if your iPad took a hard knock to the screen. This is more of a wear and tear protection cover rather than a keep my iPad safe from rugged usage.

If you fold the Smart Case back the case will double as a stand so if you have an external keyboard you want to use with your iPad or if you want to prop up your iPad so you can watch a movie it will work for that also. Be warned though, using the Smart Case as a stand feels very flimsy to me and the slightest touch to the iPad and it will start rocking back and forth leaving you with the feeling that it is about to crash land! It will also prop up in 2 other directions: Portrait Mode (be very careful) and Landscape Mode with the iPad laying flat but propped up at an angle.

The Smart Case lines up with all the buttons and ports on your iPad. You can easily access the mute switch or rotation lock button on the side of the iPad. The volume buttons are covered but the Smart Case fits over the top of the button and replaces them with rubber like buttons that allow you to adjust the volume the same way as if you didn’t have your iPad in the Smart Case. I did not have any problem plugging my earphones into the earphone jack. The 30-pin cable will fit into the slot perfectly. I did have a problem using my Apple iPad Dock Connector with my iPad while it was in the Smart Case, my iPad would not fit in the slot of the Dock Connector while it was in the Smart Case.

I have noticed that the outside of the case will dirty up fairly easily, if you have owned an Apple Smart Cover then you know what I am talking about. The Smart Case seems very susceptible to smudges and dirt. You can take a damp cloth and wipe it clean though, just remember it is probably a good idea to remove the iPad first.



COMFORT

The iPad will snap into the Smart Case fairly easily and it just wraps around the sides of the iPad. With the iPad in the Smart Case you will not notice any added bulk or weight when carrying your iPad. I have noticed one thing though when carrying the iPad, the edges seem to be “sharp” and if you hold the iPad with the hinge facing up it feels like the edges are digging into your hands. You will also notice this while holding the iPad in your hands while reading a iBook or playing a game.


PROS
  • Protects the front and back from scratches
  • Auto-on
  • Auto-off
  • Lines up with buttons and ports
  • Case is magnetic and will wake on opening
CONS
  • Flimsy
  • Sharp Edges
  • It gets dirty easily


FINAL THOUGHTS

The Smart Case is not the cheapest case on the market nor will it keep your iPad the safest. Apple does not claim either of those statements. What it will do is give you piece of mind from the normal wear and tear your iPad will go through on a day to day basis. Kids playing with your iPad, dropping it in a messenger bag or purses, dirty hands, etc. All those things the Smart Case will protect your iPad from. If you were to ask me if I would recommend this case I would give you a resounding YES. It does what Apple intended this case to do and that is protect the outside of the iPad.

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WebDAV made easy on the iPad




Have you ever wished you could easily share your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers iOS documents to another device without having to email them or share them via iCloud and iTunes? Luckily Apple does allow these applications to be shared via a WebDAV server, but setting up a WebDAV server can be a daunting task. Why not use Box.com? That is what I do! Box.com allows you to easily set up WebDAV access with a Box account, simply register for a box account either on your desktop via the browser or download the app on your iOS device or any other device that supports Box with an app such as Android.


After you set up your Box.com account open any iOS application that supports sharing via WebDAV such the iWorks applications or even GoodReader on the iPad. All you need to do is setup the URL for the WebDAV servers as:
https://box.com/dav
For the username and password use your Box.com email address that you used to sign up for your account and your Box.com password.

That is it. Simple and all this can easily be accomplished in under 5 minutes.


Apps in the video:
Pages - Apple

Keynote - Apple

Numbers - Apple

Box for iPhone and iPad - Box.net, Inc.




If you have any questions contact me via Twitter @iCrizzo.

Customize Spotlight Search on your iPad





A quick iPad tip on customizing Spotlight Search on your iPad. You can adjust what Spotlight will search for and set what order your want your searches to appear in.

To adjust Spotlight on your iPad do the following:

  1. Open the Settings application
  2. Tap on the General tab in the left panel
  3. Scroll down and find 'Spotlight Search'
  4. Remove the check mark from any of the listings you do not want to appear
  5. You can re-order by dragging the 3 prong icon in the order you want searches to appear


Do you have a question or comment? Try me on Twitter @iCrizzo

Increase text size in iPad mail





This is just a quick video tip on how to change the text size in the Mail app on your iPad. A few days ago my mother asked me if there was a way to increase the text size so that she didn't have to 'outward squeeze' each individual email message. Of course there is a way I told her, it is as simple as:
  1. Open the Settings app on your iPad
  2. Tap General in the left panel
  3. Navigate to Accessibility in the right panel
  4. Tap on Large Text
  5. Choose your desired text size
Now when you open your Mail app you should see the enlarged text displayed on your iPad.



Auburn Tigers Ipad Case


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Sync your saved passwords and encrypt your data


When you backup your iPad or any iOS device that has saved passwords you need to make sure you have "encrypt backup" check marked in iTunes. If you restore from that backup your saved passwords will not sync if you do not have that box checked. I backup my iPad to both iCloud and my Mac via iTunes, I figure it can't hurt to have a backup in multiple places. If you are syncing to iCloud you do not need to worry about his as iCloud will encrypt your data for you.



To configure your iPad to backup with encryption turned on you will need to do the following:
  • Connect iPad to your computer
  • Open iTunes
  • Select your iPad in the left panel
  • Select the Summary tab (it is default so it should be selected when you launch iTunes)
  • Scroll down to the Backup section
  • Checkmark 'Encrypt local backup'
  • Create a password and verify that password (you can also store in the Keychain if you are on a Mac)
  • Your iPad will now start backing up with your data encrypted







If you have a question or a comment feel free to ask me on Twitter @iCrizzo

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Nexus 4 unboxed




I got my Nexus 4 in the mail today and I am really excited to give android a run fulltime this go around. I plan on doing a full review of both the N4 and Jelly Bean in the next couple of week. Stay tuned. Please subscribe.