A quick comparison between my Apple iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air

I’ve had my new Apple iPad Mini 3 (64GB, cellular model) for a couple of weeks now and it has become my favourite iOS device (I have an iPhone 5S (16GB) and iPad Air (16GB, wi-fi model)). Compared to the iPad Air the iPad Mini 3 feels better, more balanced when handheld. The iPad Air…More

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 2 (not 3)

Apple this week announced their new iPad (and iMac) lineup. The most significant addition was the thinner top end iPad Air 2 with its new processors (A8X and M8), communications (wi-fi ac supported) and upgraded camera. But the iPad Mini 3 announcement was essentially a name upgrade with no change in form factor and/or hardware…More

Byword – Short Review

This app is great for text-oriented content blog posting. It directly links to WordPress, Tumblr, Evernote, Blogger and Scriptogr.am. You can also export as HTML and PDF to the Cloud, iTunes or share through various means in another app, Twitter or Facebook email and Message as well as copy as HTML. Byword also supports Markdown…More

UX Write – printing troubleshooting

There are two methods which work for printing .docx documents created in UX Write. Method 1: from the Export Menu select ‘Create PDF’ (check your typesetting is set to ‘Webkit’) once the PDF is created from the Export Menu select ‘Open in’, then select your printer app print from within the printer app Method 2:…More

Is it really GoodNotes vs Notability?

I have been using both GoodNotes and Notability for a bit now. Both purchases were made after recommendations and some research. Most people seem to pit these two against each other as if they are rivals. But I beg to differ. I’ll tell you why at the end.More

Using GoodNotes in the classroom

Recently I have been upgrading in the apps department to match my needs for English language teaching. By far the iPad is the best thing for presentation of teaching material on the big screen (the classroom projector screen, that is). Having held back on forking out money for apps which do similar work to free…More

Solution to problem with Japanese input in Apple Pages

Equipment used in this problem: iPad Air, Apple wireless keyboard (MC184J/B), Apple Pages app (2.2.1). This problem occurs when you are using an external keyboard like Apple’s wireless keyboard on an iPad to input Japanese text into Apple’s Pages. When zoomed at greater than the width of the entire page text alternatives for your input…More

Zamurai Mobile Whiteboard – Short Review

Back in the 1990s I was fascinated with electronic whiteboards. These things work like ordinary whiteboards on which you would write then press a button to print the content of the whiteboard for copying and distribution. It was better than taking a photograph, print or nowadays digital. The problem back then and still now is…More

Apple Wireless Keyboard and iPad Air – Hands-on test

The other day I made friends with someone who had a similar approach to technology as me. He had bought an Apple wireless keyboard to go with his iPad. As logic would dictate genuine Apple products should work seamlessly with their other products. But this was not the case. Soon after I bought my keyboard…More