How to Add a Webpage to Your iPad Home Screen (with video)

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My how-to video shows you how easy it is to add a link to a Webpage to the Home Screen of your iPad (or iPhone). For example, I’ve added links to the following:

  • All of my Websites so I don’t have to go to Safari first to get to them. They’re together inside a group.
  • A YouTube playlist I’d created on hula hooping (I’m learning how and love it).
  • My local library Website.

NOTE: In the video instructions, if you don’t see “Add to Home Screen” right away, tap the and/or look for “Open in Browser” and continue with the instructions. I had to do this when adding the icon link to my Pulse page.

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This is an easy thing to do, and will save you time going forward.

PEACE.

 

Using a Tripod with my iPad to Save My Neck

I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.

Using tripod with iPadHere, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.

Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.

  • Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
  • Tripod mount for the iPad. Slip the iPad into this unit so it screws into the tripod. Be sure to get one to fit your model.
  • Desk clamp tripod (optional). I use this unit when I’m recording videos at my desk. It saves on floor space because I don’t have to accommodate the wide legs of a typical tripod.
  • Bluetooth keyboard. (This link is to my next keyboard that has a mousepad. Otherwise, it’s very similar to the one I currently have.)

I know I’ve already done a lot of arthritic damage to my neck over the years, but this is definitely making a difference. Just wish I’d thought of it earlier.

Have you set up something similar? Leave your ideas in comments.

PEACE.

 

Equipment to Use to Record Videos Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

iRig mic is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack
This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone.

If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).

If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely.

Logitech Webcam. You’re going to look better with a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.

 

Now Is a Good Time to Get New Surge Protectors. They Don’t Last Forever

surge protectorI recently purchased an all digital washing machine. Before it was delivered, I bought a surge protector to use with it.

I refreshed my knowledge of surge protectors and discovered that surge protectors do not last forever. Who knew? Every time it takes a hit, it loses juice and its effectiveness. And it’s important to note that the indicator light on it is no guarantee that it’s still doing its job.

I’ve replaced all the surge protectors in my home. Everything electrical is plugged into one, including kitchen appliances. Here are links to the ones I chose.

Learn more about surge protection. Here’s an article with more details. And here’s another good one.

One last thing: I unplug everything when I travel, during lightning storms, and when the power goes out while I’m home.

Don’t procrastinate and replace all your surge protectors today!

PEACE.

I Came Close to Getting a New iPhone. I Did This Instead

iPhone 4/4s CaseI had a momentary lapse of sanity and considered purchasing a new iPhone. By the time I’d get all the adapters, etc., that I needed and wanted, I’d be out of close to $1000.00. For a phone!
 
I decided to purchase this new case to upgrade how my iPhone 4 looks. Works for me. The case is good-looking, nice quality, and a perfect fit, all for $8. 
I’m not a big phone person and communicate mostly via email for business. And I spend way more time on my iPad. Going this route just made more sense to me.
PEACE.

Desktop Tripod Mount Reduces Needed Floor Space for Home Video Studio

I’m setting up a video “studio” in my small home office. No matter the setup, having a traditional tripod with those wide legs just wasn’t working. This gadget just arrived, and it’s perfect. It’s a desktop tripod mount.

desktop tripod mount for iPhone, iPad, Android, camerasIt clamps onto my desk, and has a tripod mount that works with my iPhone case (it has a tripod connector).

I still haven’t decided on my video platform, but with one more problem solved, I’ll figure it out soon.

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PEACE.

My Bluetooth Headset Makes Being Mobile Easier

I love gadgets that make my life easier or more fun. I have a full category on this blog for them. But I don’t just buy technology unless I need it, and need it right then. My latest is a Bluetooth headset.

Why I Wanted It

The three main reasons I wanted this device: Listen to music or watch a video on my iPad, but not be wired to it; hear my iPhone ring when it’s in another part of the house (especially since I don’t have a landline); enjoy being in the same room with a football game but not have to hear it.

The Gadget

Bluetooth headset for iPhone, iPadI didn’t want one of those tiny earpieces because they’re too easy to lose. I ended up buying an unbranded headset on Amazon. In addition to having great sound, it also has these great features.

  • Comfortable. This smooth earpiece fits around my neck and is forgotten.
  • Easy storage. It’s easy to pack and go because the entire piece folds into three sections.
  • Retractable wires. Push a button on each side, and the wires slide right back into place.
  • Volume control. Up and down buttons right at your fingertips.
  • Phone control. Answer, end, reject calls. You can also call the last number dialed.
  • Music control. Adjust volume, change songs, and pause.
  • Siri integration. Double-tap the Up volume control and Siri is activated.

This Bluetooth headset is a winner! Check it out on Amazon and read the reviews.

PEACE.

 

Record TV Shows Without a DVR Using the iView Converter Box

I dumped cable several years ago and use a digital antenna with my Panasonic Smart TV to watch all local channels (ABC, NBC, MeTV, etc.). I also have a subscription to Netflix. Everything was going great until MeTV moved Perry Mason to 9:00AM Eastern (from 10:00AM). That threw me off my morning schedule.

Due to a momentary lapse in sanity, I considered getting basic cable with a DVR, which would have given me a $30 monthly bill. Fortunately, I found a solution for a one-time payment of $29. It works perfectly with equipment I already had.

At this writing, this solution did not work on my Smart TV, but commenters on Amazon said they were able to make it work.

iView Converter Box records TV shows

Here’s How

Test the Signal. Based on your home’s location such as the proximity to the towers, trees around, etc., you may get lots of channels, a few, or none. This site supposedly allows you to find out, but it didn’t work for me. It said no channels were available in my Zip Code, but I have plenty. My advice is to buy a good antenna, run the scan, and test it yourself.

iView Digital Converter Box. This converter box is designed to record programs that it receives through an HD antenna. I thought I’d be able to use the converter box on my Smart TV, but that didn’t work (others have reported that they’ve been able to get it to work on a Smart TV). Fortunately, I have an old analog color TV that works great. (This unit also works on HDTVs, but I wasn’t able to get it to work on my Smart TV. Others reported success with that, however.)

Here is a newer version of this converter box, but it still doesn’t offer the weekday recording option, and it costs a little more (I unplug my external hard drive on the weekends so it won’t record). Reading through the reviews, the only improvement is the layout of the remote control (which needed that!).

Digital Antenna. The above image shows an antenna plugged into the iView Digital Converter. I also connected an external hard drive to the converter since it doesn’t provide storage. I have two antennas, and here is a link to the newest one.

External Hard Drive. I’ve scheduled the recordings of Perry Mason at 9:00-10:00AM and again at 11:30PM-12:30AM. There is no option to choose weekdays, so I had to choose daily (I hope a future software update will add weekday option). I have the 1TB hard drive, and here is a link to the newer 2 TB unit.)

Extra USB Cable. I like watching the show on the big screen (my Smart TV) so I have to unplug the external hard drive from the iView and plug it into a USB port on the side of the Smart TV. My TV is mounted, so this isn’t convenient. I bought the extra USB cable that works with my hard drive and leave one in the iView and one in the Smart TV. No more fumbling to reach the USB port.

On my Smart TV, I simply plug the external hard drive into the USB cable that I leave in the TV, open the Media Center, go to Videos, and click to play any scheduled recording.

The iView Digital Converter box has other functions such as pause when playing. Check out all the details and reviews on Amazon.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Or if you have alternate solutions, let us know.

PEACE.

 

 

 

iPad/iPhone – Take Photos/Videos from the Lock Screen

 

Customized iPad training with Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expertYou’ve probably set a password to access your iPhone or iPad (Settings/Passcode), and also have Auto-Lock set to kick in after so many minutes of non-use (Settings/General/Auto-Lock). This can be inconvenient when you have someone using your device to take photos (or record videos) of you while you’re speaking.

Instead of turning off Auto-Lock, do this. From the Lock screen (not the Home screen), look in the lower-right corner. You’ll see an almost transparent icon of the Camera app. Put a finger on it and flick up (not slide) to access the camera and video functions. They will not be able to access your other photos.

PEACE.

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