Monthly Archives: December 2012
Got a new iPad for Christmas? Get started using your iPad with these 4 tips for new iPad owners.
1. Get an iPad cover.
The first accessory any new iPad owner needs is an iPad cover. The choices range from book-like covers (like Pad & Quill's Graduate Edition iPad case) to sleeves, bags, clear protectors, and skins.
Save money by waiting on other accessory purchases until you figure out how you'll be using your iPad the most. Docking stations, keyboards, stylus pens, and other accessories can all come in handy depending on what you want to do with your iPad.
2. Accident prone? Sign up for AppleCare+.
Accidents happen to the best of us. Be prepared for them with AppleCare+. The standard warranty for a new iPad is 90 days of complimentary support and one year warranty on the hardware. AppleCare+ extends your support and hardware warranty to two years, with up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage (each with a $49 service fee).
Compared with the cost of replacing your iPad twice, the cost of AppleCare+ may be worth it. Keep in mind that once your iPad is damaged, it's too late to sign up for AppleCare+.
3. Set up your iCloud account. First 5GB are free.
iCloud is built in to every new iOS device and Mac that Apple makes. It syncs all your devices so that you can access a photo you uploaded on your iPhone from your MacBook or view a document you created on your Mac on your iPad.
Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage for storing and sharing music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents, and other data.
4. Browse free apps.
Now for the fun part. The iPad has unlimited potential for customizing
We hope you Holiday season is going well! We completely understand last minute shopping here at PQ. Why, because I am one of the worst. Just ask me if I have Mrs. PQ's gift yet. Does having an idea around the concept count? So if your like me, we are now shipping same day on most cases for iPad, iPhone or Kindle. They can still arrive at your home for Christmas!
Speaking of home, our eldest is returning from college this week. I believe it is not just to ask dad for more money either. Seriously, I know she, Mrs.PQ and the rest of the crew can not wait to spend this long weekend together as a family. Although our home dynamics have changed, the traditions around Christmas remain the same. An evening of watching 'A Christmas Story', baking cookies, stuffing stockings and Christmas Eve service are some of the yearly holiday traditions we will be enjoying. For various reasons, they seem to be more precious this year then in the past.
Kari and I are truly wishing your holiday season is filled with Joy and the Hope that this season represents. Have a great Christmas.
This year we have
The data stored on your iPhone 5 makes you an easy target for identity theft. Thieves can find everything from financial information to email accounts to pictures of deposited checks on your iPhone's memory. Don't let data theft happen to you. Keep your iPhone 5 secure with these steps.
1. Secure your iPhone 5 with a password.
Annoying? Maybe. But entering a password every time you use your iPhone can save you from people who don't know how to mind their own business or accidental purchases made by your kid, as well as more deliberate attempts to steal your personal information.
With a passcode in place, no one can snoop through your photos, read old text messages, or download apps without your permission. You wouldn't leave your diary lying open on the coffee table, would you? Don't leave your iPhone available for anyone to snoop through either.
2. Install "Find My iPhone."
One of the first apps you should download on your new iPhone 5 is "Find My iPhone." It's a free app that comes in handy if you lose your iPhone or if someone steals it. You can use the app to locate the missing device on a map, play a sound so that you can find your iPhone under a pile of dirty laundry, erase all of the data on your phone, remotely lock the device, or enable "Lost Mode" to display a contact number on the locked screen.
Assuming you've set up an iCloud account and enabled the Find My iPhone app in your iCloud settings, you'll never have to worry about losing your phone again.
3. Protect your financial information.
With iWallet preloaded on the iPhone 5, you'll need to set up passwords for Apple's new suite of banking and financial apps. Create unique, secure passwords that are longer than four digits and include both numbers and letters. Don't click the "Remember me" button when you log in to a financial website. Although
A naked MacBook might look good when it's new, but you won't be tapping into the full potential of your MacBook Air without adding a few accessories…and you'll be risking damage from scratches and dings. Here are 5 of our top picks for spiffing up your new laptop with MacBook Air accessories.
1. HDMI Adaptor
Want to view photos or watch YouTube videos on your TV? A mini display-port-to-HDMI cable will turn your TV into a larger-than-life monitor for easy viewing. An HDMI adaptor also lets you use your MacBook Air for presentations at work or with a client. For hooking up to an external display VGA monitor, you'll want to pick up a VGA-specific adapter as well.
2. External Storage
Need more space to store your photos, music, and design files? Get an external hard drive, such as a USB drive or a wireless network-attached storage drive. Another option is cloud-based storage on a site such as DropBox. A limited storage amount is free, and subscriptions are available for more storage space.
3. ZAGG InvisibleShield
It's amazing how one little scratch can affect the quality of your screen display. Keep your MacBook Air screen protected with ZAGG InvisibleShield. It's a liquid-applied screen protector that offers full scratch protection without any extra bulk. The InvisibleShield gives you better grip for extra drop protection, reduces glare, and won't show as many fingerprints or smudges.
4. Case for MacBook Air
If you want to keep your device looking like new, you'll need a
We are very excited about our newest addition to the PQ Bookshelf. WOODCHUCKcase. Started by two young Minnesota entrepreneurs who are creating beautiful real wood skins for iPhones, iPad's, laptops and more. Their story is not unlike Mrs.PQ's and myself. Started out of their houses, prototyping and eventually brought these gorgeous USA made products to market.
Their passion is to make beautiful wood products, keeping it local and employing sustainable processes throughout manufacturing. The fit could not be better as we love: Minnesota, wood, keeping it local and really cool devices. PQ always offers FREE domestic shipping so try out a Woodchuck skin for iPhone 5 or 4/4S with one of our cases. 30 Day money back guarantee makes it fairly risk free!
Keep and eye out for more Woodchuck products at PadandQuill.com and a TOP SECRET future collaboration that is stunning. Let's just say aluminum, wood and leather can make something quite stunning.
Posted: December 03, 2012
Making the transition from hardcover books to digital e-books should be fun, not overwhelming. As you learn to navigate your new Kindle device, no doubt you'll find your own list of favorite tips and tricks. To get you started, here are some of our favorites.
1. Save battery life.
The biggest battery killer on your Kindle device is the wireless connection. Most of the time, you don't need reception for more than a few minutes at a time. Turn the Wi-Fi connection on when you need it, and turn it off when you don't. You'll need fewer battery charges in between.
2. Get a Kindle cover.
Part of the fun of owning a Kindle is taking it with you wherever you go. Keep your Kindle from getting damaged by using a Kindle case. It protects your Kindle if you drop it and prevents scratches, nicks, and dents. The more places you bring your Kindle, the more important it is to protect it with a Kindle cover.
A cover also gives you more surface area to grip, and some covers include extra functions, like an automatic on/off feature when you open or close the cover.
3. Sample before you buy.
It's easy to let book lust overtake you, making you want to buy every book you've ever wanted to read. Unfortunately, you only have so much time to read. So make your choices wisely by sampling books before you buy. Download the books that intrigue you the most, and save the rest for later.
4. Enlarge the font.
If you find yourself squinting at the words on your Kindle screen as it gets closer to bedtime, give your eyes a break by enlarging the font size. Click on the "Aa" button to change the size of the font.
5. Secure the device.
Use a password to protect the information stored on your Kindle. If you lose