Monthly Archives: July 2013

  1. iPod Buying Guide

    iPod Buying Guide

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    Dreading your next workout session at the gym? Pop a couple of earbuds in, crank up your favorite tunes on the iPod, and you'll suddenly have a different outlook on life. That's what music can do...turn mundane activities into something you look forward to.
     
    You can't get a better quality portable music player than Apple's family of iPods. But which one should you buy? Depends on your style and how you plan to use it.
     

    For the minimalist

     
    You can't get smaller than the iPod shuffle. It's so tiny and lightweight that you won't even notice it clipped to your t-shirt or shorts while you work out or clean the house. If you travel a lot, you'll love that the shuffle doesn't take up any room in your luggage. If you're prone to losing things, however, you might want to opt for a larger iPod model.
     
    What's the downside? The iPod shuffle only holds up to 2GB, which limits your music choices. It's also the only version without a visual display.

    ipod models
     

    For the workout buff

     
    While the iPod shuffle gives you the workout tunes you crave, the iPod nano gives you even more—integration with Nike+, built-in Fitness + Walk Support, and a pedometer. You've got all the workout tools you need right in your iPod.
     

    For the best of everything

     
    Want to use your iPod like your iPhone? The iPod Touch lets you integrate with Siri, AirPlay, FaceTime, Safari, Facebook, Maps, and other apps. The 4-inch Retina display gives you bright, sharp images and the largest display available on an iPod. It's the best iPod for travel, too, with 40 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of video time before you need to recharge.

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  2. How to Find Your Lost iPhone

    How to Find Your Lost iPhone

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    I hate losing things. Especially something as important as my smartphone. But if you're like me, it happens sometimes. So all I can say is that if you're going to lose your iPhone, do it right. Be prepared before it actually happens.
     

    Step 1: Enable "Find My iPhone"

     
    Unfortunately, if you've already lost your iPhone without enabling this setting, you're out of luck. Back to the old-fashioned way of checking under the couch cushions, driving back to the restaurant where you ate dinner, and racking your brain to figure out when you last had your iPhone.
     
    One of the first things you should do when you get a new iPhone is to enable the Find My iPhone setting.
     
    Go to the Settings app and choose iCloud.
     
    Scroll all the way down to the bottom until you see "Find My iPhone." Slide the tab to ON to enable the setting.
     
    Click on "Allow" when your phone prompts you to enable Find My iPhone features, such as showing the location of your phone on a map.
     

    Step 2: Locate Your iPhone

    Find my iPhone
     
    Okay, so you've lost your iPhone. Now what? With "Find My iPhone" enabled, you can use any other iOS device or the Internet to locate, lock, or wipe your phone if it's lost or stolen.
     
    From the web, go to www.icloud.com.
     
    Log in to your account and click on the Find My iPhone button.
     
    Choose your iPhone from the list of devices.
     
    Your iPhone's location will automatically pop up on the map. From there, you can choose to play a sound that

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  3. Is the Kindle Worth It?

    Is the Kindle Worth It?

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    If you're a traditional hardcover and paperback lover, it's understandable if you feel torn between the books on your shelves and the convenience of digital ebooks. The first time I read a book on an e-reader, I felt a little lost without physical pages to turn or a concrete sense of how far along I was in the book.
     
    But there was something freeing about it, too. It meant being able to take multiple books with me wherever I went (without carrying the extra weight), being able to look up words in the built-in dictionary, and not worrying about losing my place in the book.
     
    Reading a Kindle vs. reading a traditional book doesn't have to be an "either/or" decision. Picking up a Kindle doesn't mean you'll never pick your favorite book off the shelf again. It just means you have more options for reading whatever you want, wherever you want.
     

    Why a Kindle?

     
    One of the best parts about owning a Kindle is that you can store multiple books on one slim, ultra-portable device. If you're like me and you end up lugging 10 books home every time you set foot in a library or bookstore, you'll appreciate the lighter weight and the ability to switch between books easily.
     
    Another reason to love the Kindle is that you can buy or download a book at home, without driving to the library or the bookstore. Most libraries in the U.S. allow you to borrow ebooks just as you would a traditional book—but without leaving home. There are no late fees, either, since the ebook expires automatically on the due date.
     
    A Kindle gives you access to books that are only available in digital format. Plus you can download as many free ebooks as you can find, including public domain (our of copyright) books—which is especially appealing if you love the classics. Project Gutenberg is one of

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  4. Fireworks, Tans and Pencils

    Fireworks, Tans and Pencils

    A 'PSA' from Mrs. PQ.

     

    There is a certain craziness in the air when retailers begin stocking back to school supplies next to the aisle of clearance red, white and blue bunting, patriotic frosting and leftover fireworks.  There isn’t a kid I know who wants to trade in the sun-tanned, mosquito-bitten, Kool-Aide-smile life of summer for the hard desk chair, homework every night, life of fall on July 5th.   However, retail drives the rhythms of life at least for one mid summer afternoon at the Pad & Quill household because Mrs. PQ knows if you don’t jump on the school supplies in July you will be paying full retail in August.

     

    With four kids to equip with pencils, notepads, and clothes, (god forbid we can’t forget the clothes), there are no greater phrases then “discount” and “sale” when it comes to shopping.  Except perhaps, “Mom, I need a new backpack, can we go to REI?”

     

    At Pad & Quill we feel your back to school purchasing pain, especially for those with kids heading back to the higher institutions of learning.  So we have some “Sale” and “Discount” goodness for you.

     

    Our Cartella case is perfect for protecting that Macbook Air and also will make the college or professional kid of your life look quite amazing.  Our various handcrafted iPad and iPhone cases also fit the bill for protection, practicality and of course beauty.  For a limited time, use this code for a great deal on any of our cases.  BT88

     

    Now if I can just figure out why we have about 6 reams of left over paper from last year...

     

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

     

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  5. Top New Features in Mac OS X Mavericks

    Top New Features in Mac OS X Mavericks

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    With iOS 7 getting most of the attention after Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this year, there hasn't been as much fanfare about the new OS X Mavericks launching in the fall. But for Mac fans around the world, OS X will be a big deal, featuring more than 200 new updates. Here are a few of the ones we're looking forward to the most.
     

    iBooks

     
    For all the book lovers and students out there, this one's for you. iBooks is now available in OS X Mavericks, with books that you've downloaded on other iOS devices automatically available on your Mac. You can easily switch between multiple open books, navigate books just like you would on any other iOS device, and share notes, highlights, and bookmarks with iCloud.
     

    Maps

     
    Searching for directions and local businesses just got easier with the new Maps app on OS X Mavericks. The graphics are gorgeous, Yelp reviews are built in, and you can send directions to your iPhone for voice navigation. Maps are built in to the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps for easy integration. Any address pops up on a map for real-time traffic, step-by-step directions, and alternate routes.
     

    Multi-Display Support

     
    If you're an Apple fanatic, the new multi-display support available in OS X Mavericks is just for you. Working across multiple screens and devices just got easier with the option for multiple app windows on either display, Mission Control for getting a broader view of open apps, and the ability to drag an app across the room to your HDTV with AirPlay and Apple TV.
     

    Finder Tabs

     
    Trouble staying organized? Finder Tabs and Tags can help with that. Finder Tabs combines multiple Finder windows into one, so you can have a tab for All Documents, one for Photos, and one for Homework all in one window. Easily switch between tabs

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  6. No mere reed in the wind

    No mere reed in the wind

    Some thoughts from Mrs PQ.

     

    "Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken by the wind."

    -Johannes Brahms

     

    So, here we've arrived at the end of the 3rd year of our little family company.  Even now it's hard to discern if the inspiration drives the craftsmanship or the craftsmanship drives the inspiration.  Brahms saw his inspiration flowing down as ideas from God that he would see take shape in his mind as harmonies and orchestration.  He then put Quill to parchment and penned some of the most beautiful scores of all time.

     

    At Pad & Quill we are surrounded by inspiration that comes from multiple angles.  Whether it be the beauty of the Baltic Birch and leather we use in our iPad and iPhone cases or the dedicated and diligent work of our employees, or the hours our vendors invest in crafting a prototype for a new product. Our teams and our resources directed with tremendous heart and soul bring our products to you, our customers, who are busy crafting their own masterpiece.  So from our workshop to you, here's to another productive year and CHEERS!

     

    Kari

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  7. Will the iPad Mini Launch with Retina Display in 2013?

    Will the iPad Mini Launch with Retina Display in 2013?

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    I'll be the first to admit it. I hate getting my hopes up just to be disappointed. So when rumors about the new iPad mini coming out with a Retina display later this year suddenly got crushed by the same analyst who predicted it in the first place, I chalked it up to just another case of whiplash Apple rumors.
     
    Truth is, no one really knows for sure whether the iPad mini planned for launch in late 2013 will have a Retina display or not. But the rumors are out there.
     

    The Case for Retina in 2013

     
    Some of the moves Apple has made recently, such as requiring that all screenshots in the App Store be optimized for Retina displays and putting pressure on app developers to only create apps compatible with the Retina display, point to the fact that Retina displays will be a staple across all Apple devices—and soon.
     
    Also pointed out by Zach Epstein of BGR.com is the fact that Apple rarely launches two generations of a device within a narrow time window, as analyst Richard Shim recently changed his prediction to include. Shim, who first predicted the iPad mini Retina display in late 2013, now believes that Apple will launch the second-generation iPad mini in late 2013 without the Retina display, followed by the third-generation iPad mini with Retina in early 2014.
     
    The only feature holding back the iPad mini from being the ultimate mini tablet is the fact that it lacks the sharp Retina display available on the full size iPad. Those who argue in favor of the mini Retina display in 2013 claim that Apple would be foolish to release the iPad mini 2 with the same lower resolution display that it currently features—a drawback that has turned many customers away from buying the first iPad mini.
     

    The Case for No Retina in 2013

     
    Analyst Richard Shim of DisplaySearch retracted his earlier

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  8. iPhone Software Design and iOS 7 Now Led by Jony Ive

    iPhone Software Design and iOS 7 Now Led by Jony Ive

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    If you love the smooth, sleek design of the iPhone 5 and the slim, minimalistic appeal of the MacBook Air, Jony Ive is the one to thank for it. As the leader of industrial design at Apple since 1996, Ive is well regarded for his remarkable design aesthetic. And as the man responsible for determining the look and feel of each Apple product, he's known for the household product that he created more than he's known as a household name.
     

    Apple Leadership Shuffle

     
    After a recent shift in leadership at Apple, Jony Ive is now head of all design, including software and industrial design. What you see physically when you hold an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, or a MacBook in your hands is all the result of Ive's genius. What you see on your iPhone screen or other device when you actually use it is now also his responsibility.
     
    The new iOS 7 platform—coming this fall, according to Apple's website—is the brainchild of Ives and the design team under his leadership. The former head of software design, Scott Forstall, was fired by Apple, apparently as a result of his abrasive management style and sharp clashes with other executive leaders, according to a news update on iDownloadBlog.
     

    Ive Praised by Cook

     
    The new responsibilities for software design are in addition to Ive's current previous responsibilities as head of Industrial Design. Apple described the change in leadership in a memo sent out to their employees from CEO Tim Cook, saying, "Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design." The email praised Ive's accomplishments at Apple, saying that "His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of

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  9. iOS 7 Review: Love It or Not?

    iOS 7 Review: Love It or Not?

    by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
     
    The new iOS 7 is almost here, and there's been plenty of talk from those who love it and those who don't. If you were hoping for a major overhaul to the functionality of Apple's iOS system, prepare to be disappointed. If you were hoping for a fresh design, new functionality, and an intuitive platform, get ready to party.
     

    Design Facelift

     
    Although the new iOS 7 looks significantly different from Apple's older operating systems, how it operates is largely the same. With the new iOS, you'll feel like you have a brand new phone, yet at the same time, it should feel intuitively familiar—like meeting a stranger who reminds you of a long-lost friend.
     
    Probably the first thing you'll notice about iOS 7 is the flat design. Unlike the skeumorphic design Apple held on to for so long, the new iOS 7 is sleek, modern, and flat. The translucent layering of apps and the parallax effect are the most noticeable upgrades in the design department.
     

    What's New? What's Not?

     
    The familiar apps on the home screen, folders, and dock with shortcuts are still there, although now you can swipe anywhere on the screen to unlock the device. One of the new features you'll notice on the home screen is the Control Center. Swipe from the bottom of the screen, and you'll get options for Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, volume control, AirDrop, and other shortcuts. Although you can't customize the Control Center for now, at least it's easily accessible and includes most of the shortcuts you need.
     
    While some features simply got a new redesign (like Messages and Mail), with others you'll notice improvements that go further. The revamped Photos app makes it easier to edit, organize, and share photos. Photo filters are now available, along with multiple ways to organize photos and built-in sharing functionality with AirDrop.

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