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  • nancybcu 6:40 am on August 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Magazine App 

    I like Zite as a personalized magazine app. I can select news topics that interest me. It is very easy to set up and just as easy to make adjustments. It has similarities to Stumble with a like and dislike toggle, allowing Zite to “learn” what the reader “likes” and adjust content feeds accordingly.

    Adding, deleting, customizing personalized lists of content categories is easy. Set up is an easy step by step (tap by tap) process.

  • lsharrington 8:35 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I know whether I’m connected to the wi-fi/internet? It seems as if my email gets updated immediately – but when I try to access something “out there” on the internet, I get ‘can’t connect’ errors.

    There is a small icon in the upper left of the ipad screen — is that an indicator for the strength of the connection? It seems to alternate btwn just the dot being lit and the smallest of the half circle marks being lit

    How is it that email gets updated when I can’t connect to the internet? (I hear beeps from my ipad even before I see new mail in Outlook).

    Could the wi-fi signal in my office be that sporadic? What would make it fluctuate like that?

    • Tom Kleen 9:05 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I know that Heelan’s thick walls cause problems with wi-fi, but I wouldn’t think it would change. You can see if you are connected by going to Settings, General, Network.

    • Sara 10:56 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Linda — yep, the little slice of pie in the upper left corner next to “iPad” indicates the strength of your wifi signal. Since email is usually just tiny little text files, they can slip in with even low bandwidth. Websites, on the other hand, usually require a better signal because there is more involved, especially with image-heavy websites.
      As Tom said, Heelan isn’t really designed to be conducive to wifi and such. The other thing that can affect the signal strength is even small little power surges, which – in a really old building with old wiring – are happening all the time.
      For a really beautiful illustration of wifi signals (nerd alert!) see this awesome video: http://www.nearfield.org/2011/02/wifi-light-painting

  • Sara 11:44 am on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Using Angel on iPads 

    I did some experimenting with Angel on the iPad and found that it worked best when the iPad was in portrait orientation (in other words, holding it so the home button is at the bottom).

    I also found that some of the navigation links had to be tapped twice to open.  I was able to get into a class, view the lesson materials and calendar.  The syllabus, however, came up with black text on a dark blue background – pretty much unreadable.  Holding the iPad in landscape orientation created the problem that Linda mentioned – no ability to scroll up and down on the page.

    Here is a screenshot of my test using Safari – the image links to an album with a few other screenshots.  Atomic could display it in portrait orientation, as well, but tapping any links would open up a new tab.

    Angel LMS in Safari

  • lsharrington 5:45 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Frustrations and questions:
    Apple navigation is not “intuitively obvious to the most casual observer,” at least not for someone like me who has used Microsoft products since the days of DOS – and other operating systems such as Unix and IBM’s mainframe OS. Is there a tutorial/cheat sheet for navigation in the Apple world?

    My “touch” seldom hits the option that I want (could be an eye-hand coordination issue, I know – I’ve ordered a stylus to see if that will help). Is there a secret to the touch?

    Do apps close when you hit the “home” button so you see the main screen? If not, how do you close them?

    How do you go back to a previous display when there is no arrow at the top of the screen? The double tap on that ‘home’ button (is that what it’s called – the round indented botton on the short side of the ipad) will get a row of icons across the bottom – are they all open? or are they just what you’ve got on your main screen? If they’re open, how did they get that way when I haven’t accessed them in the current “session” with the ipad? Do things close automatically if they’re not accessed for a while?

    • Theresa Engle 5:58 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you find that “cheat sheet”, please share!
      I often hit the wrong thing with my fingers, also. I usually “pinch out” the area first to make it larger. I may need to get a stylus, too, because there are some things that will not enlarge.
      In the Monday morning session, Sara showed us how to close the apps, but I forgot what she said 😦 Just hitting the home button doesn’t do it.
      When I am on the internet, I can go back to other screens by touching the small square with the number in it in the upper left hand corner.
      I am sure there are others who can do a better job of answering your questions 🙂 Good luck!

    • toddknealing 6:49 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      They don’t close when you hit the home button. Double-click the home button, that brings up all the open apps at the bottom of your screen. Then, press one and hold until they all start to vibrate. At that point, you’ll see a red circle with a minus sign in the upper corner of each app icon. Tapping that little red circle will close the app.

      For your gravatar, if you go into your my account – profile, you’ll have the option to upload a new image to use, but the site says it could take an hour or more to show up. I changed mine, but it likely won’t show up on this post.

      • Theresa 11:23 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Todd, where is the “my account — profile” you’re talking about for changing the image?

    • Tom Kleen 8:00 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      • Theresa 9:13 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Tom! I’ll check that out. 🙂

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