Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Techie Tip of the Week: Updating a WordPress Site via a Mobile Device

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Need to update your WordPress site but only have access to your phone or tablet? No problem! (Assuming you’ve configured your WordPress site to allow you to update via a mobile device, that is.)

Option A: Use the web browser

  • One option is to use the device’s browser and point it to your wp-admin login.
  • Note: this is the same method you’d use to update your site using a desktop/laptop computer. (e.g., http://www.stanford.edu/group/widgets/cgi-bin/wordpress/wp-admin)

Option B: Use the WordPress app

  1. Download and install the WordPress app. (Available in the App Store and Google Play).
  2. Configure your WordPress site to allow remote publishing via the XML-RPC method:
    1. Using a web browser, log into your WordPress site as an administrator.
    2. In the Dashboard, click Settings.
    3. In Settings, click Writing.

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    4. In Writing, in Remote Publishing, check the XML-RPC box.

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  3. In the WordPress app, log into your site. You can now update your posts, pages, and other content using the app!

Techie Tip of the Week: Disable Siri Access on a Locked iOS 6 Device

Friday, October 26th, 2012

One of the new “features” of iOS 6 is that you can make phone calls, send emails, compose and send texts, search Google and send the results to a contact — all from a LOCKED iPhone. While this might be a great convenience and useful feature for people on the go, Siri can’t yet distinguish between voices. So if anyone gains physical access to your phone, holds down the Home button, and tells Siri to send a letter of resignation to your boss, your iPhone will happily comply.

To disable Siri access on a locked phone:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Passcode Lock and enter your current passcode.
  4. In Allow Access When Locked, in Siri, slide to Off to prevent Siri from being activated when the phone is locked.

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Techie Tip of the Week: Turn Off Tracking in iOS 6

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You may have heard the news earlier this week that Apple has quietly restarted allowing advertisers and other third parties to track your online behavior as you use apps and browse on your iPhone/iPad/other iOS device. Although it doesn’t identify you as a person, the new technology in iOS 6 does tell advertisers enough information to infer your online behavior.

Today’s tip shows how you can turn off this so-called IDFA (IDentifier For Advertising) technology:

  1. On your iOS 6 device, tap Settings.
  2. Tap General (not Security).
  3. Tap About.
  4. Tap Advertising.

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  5. In Limit Ad Tracking, slide to ON.
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Once set to ON, you’ll no longer be tracked by advertisers, developers and producers of apps and sites.

Techie Tip of the Week: Increase Battery Life on Mobile Devices

Friday, March 30th, 2012

OK, you’ve finally joined everyone else and got yourself a modern mobile device. But it seems like you’re always having to recharge the battery! What to do?

Here are some tips to help increase your phone or tablet’s battery life:

  • Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it (e.g., when using your hands-free microphone). Your phone will constantly be searching and sending a signal out for a Bluetooth device — and if you’re not using it, you’re unnecessarily daring your battery!
  • Turn off wi-fi when you’re not using it. Although using wifi generally drains the battery less than cellular does, it still drains the battery. So, if you’re not actively searching the Web, checking email, or otherwise accessing the Internet, turning off wifi will help stop battery drain.
  • Turn off push notifications. You can set up your phone to constantly check for new email, calendar, sports, news, and other messages. It’s great to be constantly informed, but it also drains your battery. Turn off these notifications and you’ll notice your battery life increases!
  • Turn off location services. You can set your phone to constantly broadcast your location. This makes it easy to tell people where you had the great dinner or wonderful experience in Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and other online tools, but it also eats up your battery. Turning off location services will help increase battery life.
  • Place your device on Airplane mode if you don’t need to make calls or send SMS messages (you can still use Wi-Fi in Airplane mode). This will force your device to not use Bluetooth, cellular, and text messaging.
  • Turn in your device’s auto-brightness tool. Or at least manually reduce the brightness of your screen. This will also help reduce the drain on your battery.

For more tips, check out Apple’s iPhone tips page and Google’s Android tips page.