iTunes U App 2.0 Update

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iTunes U

Apple has updated iTunes U  to version 2.0. According to Apple, “iTunes U courses let teachers give each class a customized learning experience. Teachers can create and manage their course and students can experience it all from the iTunes U app on iPad…Assignments, materials, and study notes all work together in the iTunes U app to keep students prepared for class and engaged in learning.”

Teachers can create posts, add materials and carry on discussions.

According to Apple, the update includes the following:

• The new iTunes U makes it simple for students participating in private courses to pose questions on the course or any post or assignment.

• Other students in the class can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers
• Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses

Create courses on iPad
• Teachers can now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app on their iPad—getting started is fast, simple, and completely free
• Provide every student a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, easily track participating students, and much more
• Take advantage of the built in camera on iPad to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments
• Create materials using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—or other apps from the App Store—and add them to your course by using “Open in iTunes U” from within each app
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions have the option to publish their courses to the iTunes U Catalog—making them available to everyone for free


WestlawNext Update

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WestlawNext, an app by Thomson Reuters to access and perform legal research has been updated to version 3.1.1. An earlier release 3.1.0, issued 4 days ago, affected the ability to log into the services.

The latest update has the following new items:

  • WestlawNext Alerts enhancements
  • Search for Concourse Matters
  • Favorite Concourse Matters
  • View Concourse Recent and Favorite Matters
  • Improved WLN Accessibility
  • General enhancements and bug fixes


iOS 7.1.2 Released

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Apple has updated iOS 7 to version 7.1.2.

To install the update on your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then click on Download and Install. You may need to provide your password to install.

As part of the process, you may want to back up first to iTunes. Make sure you plug your iOS device in and you use Wi-Fi.

The update contains bug fixes and security updates, including the following:


  • Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
  • Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
  • Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments


Pages Sharing and Collaboration via iCloud

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How can you share, edit and collaborate your Pages document with others from your iPad? Use Apple’s beta iCloud feature to accomplish this useful feature. You will need an iCloud account. The recipients of the link to your document do not require an iCloud account.

1. Open Pages on your iPad or Mac.

2. Create a document or open an existing one.

3. Tap on the Share icon.

Pages Share

4. Tap “Share the Link via iCloud.” A link to a web page unique to your document will be created.

5. Choose a method to send the link. (Email, Message, Twitter, etc.) You may want to add a password or limit options for editing as shown in step 9 to prevent unauthorized changes or viewing.

6. A link will then appear for you to send. (e.g. https://www.icloud.com/iw/#pages/AAA_sdfdfdf)

7. On your iPad, a shared document will show a green shared icon.

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8. Tap the icon to see the share settings that can be adjusted.

Pages Share Settings

9. From here, you can see the document link, copy or send it again. You can control the permissions  that allow others to view only (Read) or Edit (Change) the document. Add a password to limit who can edit or see your document. Tap stop sharing to end the sharing of your document.

The person(s) you shared with can then use the link to open the document on the web using a browser and read or write to the document depending upon the permissions you set. You can read more about the collaboration feature from Apple’s site.





Disabled Device or Forgotten or Lost Passcode

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If you use the passcode feature with your iOS, at some time you may forget your code or someone may try to get into your device and disable the device temporarily. Before this happens, make sure you sync your device with iTunes or iCloud so that all will not be lost.

If you can’t remember your passcode, you may need to erase your device using iTunes, Find My Phone or recovery mode. Then, use a backup to put your data and settings back on your device.

Use iTunes

If you have synced your device with iTunes, you can restore your device.

  1. Connect the device to the computer you normally sync with.
  2. Open iTunes. If iTunes asks you to enter the passcode, try another computer that you’ve synced with. Otherwise, follow the “Use recovery mode” section below.
  3. iTunes will automatically sync your device and create a backup. If it doesn’t, sync the device with iTunes.
  4. After the sync is complete, restore your device.
    Restore iPhone in iTunes
  5. When iOS Setup Assistant asks to set up your device, choose “Restore from iTunes backup.”
  6. Select your device in iTunes and choose the most recent backup.

Use Find My iPhone

If you enabled Find My iPhone, you can use it to erase your device.

  1. Go to icloud.com/#find to see if you enabled Find My iPhone.
  2. Click All Devices at the top of your browser window.
  3. Select your device and click “Erase [device]” to erase your device and its passcode.
  4. Use the Setup Assistant on your device to restore the most recent backup of your device.

Use recovery mode

Follow these steps if you never synced your device with iTunes, if you don’t have Find My iPhone set up, or if you can’t get to your own computer. You’ll need to put your device in recovery mode to erase the device and its passcode. Then you’ll restore your device.

  1. Disconnect all cables from your device.
  2. Turn off your device.
  3. Press and hold the Home button. While holding the Home button, connect your device to iTunes. If your device doesn’t turn on automatically, turn it on.
  4. Continue holding the Home button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  5. iTunes will alert you that it has detected a device in recovery mode. Click OK, then restore the device.

This information comes directly from Apple’s knowledge base article.

Adobe Sketch Mobile App Released

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Adobe Sketch allows you to draw and bring your creative community together in one place. Capture your ideas as sketches and share them on Behance for instant feedback. According to Adobe “Sketch gives you the freedom to find inspiration, explore ideas, and get feedback from trusted peers—wherever you are.”

You can buy up to 20 GB of creative cloud storage for $1.99. You get 2 GB free.

Adobe describes the app as follows:

Discover new art and be inspired by other artists on Behance when you launch Sketch. Combine research for inspiration and sketching for exploring ideas in a new, connected way.

Sketch as much as you want; your ideas are never limited by the number of sketches you can create. Organize your ideas as projects in Sketch with simple touch gestures.

Sketch with tools that behave like the real thing. Create with essential drawing tools that interact naturally with the canvas: a graphite pencil, an ink pen, two blending markers, (brush tip, chisel tip), and an eraser. Draw with your finger or a stylus; the natural drawing tools respond beautifully.

Post a Work in Progress on Behance and get immediate feedback on your ideas directly in Sketch. Share updates as new revisions. And you can share with friends on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Touch Slide is the most elegant precision drawing interface to come to mobile apps.
Draw perfect straight lines, circles, rectangles or triangles with this built-in digital ruler. Easily align shapes using on-screen smart guides and snapping.

Simplify the process of getting sketches off your iPad and into your desktop apps with the ability to Send to Photoshop or Illustrator. At the tap of a button your sketch is saved to Creative Cloud and sent to Photoshop or Illustrator where it will be open and waiting for you when you get back to your desk. Connecting Sketch to your Creative Cloud account also means your projects are automatically backed up, you can import your reference images and color your designs with your favorite Kuler themes.

Designed to integrate beautifully with Adobe Ink and Adonit Jot Touch Pixelpoint™ pens. Maximize your drawing space in full screen by using the Pen Tip menu to change tools, colors and share your work—all with the tap of the pen.


Moleskine Journal Update

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Moleskine Journal app has been updated to version 2.0.2. This app is a digital version of Moleskine notebooks and tools. You can draw or type into your choice of several journals.

The app features several notebook styles to select from and use. You can even password protect your journals.

• Portrait and landscape modes, with double-spread view unique to Moleskine Journal
• Classic Moleskine paper selection—plain, ruled, squared—plus templates from the popular Weekly Planner, Passion Recipe Journal and Storyboard Notebook
• Artist toolset (paintbrush, Moleskine pencil, Moleskine pen, highlighter), all with size control and full-spectrum color picker available on-the-fly
• Fully-featured color picker gives full artistic control, with value slide, opacity slide, custom swatch library and Moleskine’s ivory-color paper background for easier color selection
• Text tools for productivity and creativity with all iOS-available fonts, color picker, opacity and size control on-the-fly
• Classic Moleskine ribbon bookmark
• Multiple undo and redo
• Easy image import from your photo library or take new photos with the built-in camera
• Easy project sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter
• Easy sync to Evernote and backup to Dropbox
• Unlimited page-adding capability—never run out of room.
• View entire journal at once in an editable page thumbnails view
• Fully editable library in thumbnail and list mode
• Unlimited journal creation capability—make as many journals as you like!
• Intuitive Apple iOS gestures such as pinch and spread, 2-finger scroll and page flip

The app works on the iPhone or iPad. If you want to capture thoughts and ideas, try this app.


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