If you are planning to give away your iPad, you would obviously need to delete all of your personal information. You might also like to use this process if your iPad is running slowly and you would like to back up your information, erase the iPad, restore the software and restore your personal information.
Download and install the most current version of iTunes onto your computer.
On the iPad screen, click on “back up now”. Depending on how much data you have on your iPad, this may take some time.
When it finishes backing up, unplug it and go to the Settings menu.
Click on “General” and scroll down to “reset”.
Click it and select “erase all content and settings”. You will be prompted a couple of times asking if you want to continue. Do this only if you are sure you backed it up.
After the iPad is finished being wiped off, you will need to enter your Wi-Fi network, and then it will ask if it is a new iPad or if you would like to restore information from a backup.
If you are choosing to restore it, plug it back into your computer. Follow the prompts to restore the data from an iTunes backup.
StumbleUpon: cost:Free- Select general topics that interest you – food, travel, exercise – and this app will find the best, most talked about articles for you. Stop trying to find them by yourself!
Movies by Flixster– cost: free -Great app for movie lovers. Submit your favorite theaters and it will give you movie times, ratings by Rotten Tomatoes and trailers. Find the next movie to put on your Netflix queue from their listing of upcoming releases on DVDs.
Google Maps – cost: free– Offers traffic data, turn by turn voice navigation, etc… The best map app for iOS. Even after opening e-mail or other apps on your phone, you will continue to hear the voice directions until you reach your destination.
Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP
In just under a year, Microsoft will be ending its support for the Windows XP operating system. According to howtogeek.com, Windows XP is the second most popular operating system after Windows 7. It has double the market share of all Macs combined.
What does “ending support” mean to you? First of all, the operating system will work on your computer. What you won’t have are Microsoft security patches, for one. Many don’t bother to install the security patches, but for the most part, they are beneficial to keep you system and data safe. Existing patches will still be available, but new ones will not be released. If you decide not to upgrade your operating system, PLEASE make sure you are using good antivirus software and that it runs regularly. Without the security patches, your system will be much more vulnerable.
Another major reason why you should consider upgrading your operating system if you are still using Windows XP, will be because hardware and software vendors will stop creating software compatible for XP. So if you need to replace your printer or other hardware, there probably won’t be the correct software in which to install it.
Windows 7 will have support until 2020. The Windows 8 operating system is a little more controversial because of its radical user interface change but of course being the newest operating system offered by Microsoft, at this point it will be supported past 2020.