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Add Blank Space to iPhone Home Screen.
Connect wireless keyboard to Mac.
How to connect USB drive to iPad
Add PDF files to iTunes for syncing with iBooks
How to create your own iPhone ringtone
How to connect Your iPad to Wireless Keyboards
How to get flash to work on the iPad



How to get flash to work on the iPad

ipad no flash

As you might remember we recently posted an article about flash for the iPad. Now, Engadget has the download link to the first version of Frash (0.01) which allows you to play games and other Flash content on your jailbroken iPad, unfortunately however it currently doesn’t support video playback. According to sources however the developers are currently working on a future release.

If you are interested in installing Frash on the iPad then here is a quick guide.

You will need the following:
– Jailbroken iPad with Open SSH installed;
– The Frash .deb file. (24MB download);
– An app to access the iPad’s file system

Step 1)Once you’ve downloaded Frash, open the Media folder in /var/root. Go create one if it’s not there.
media root
Step 2) Inside Media, create a Cydia folder. Inside Cydia, create an AutoInstall folder.
Step 3) Copy the .deb file in there.

*Warning*

Watch out – you don’t want to screw up your iPad file system. Don’t mess with system folders and files you don’t know.

Step 4)Once you’ve uploaded Frash, reboot your iPad. You can easily do this using SBSettings, which you can download from Cydia.

Step 5)Once the iPad is rebooted, go open a page with some Flash content on it (but again, no video yet).

The F? means that flash is running on your iPad.

Step 6)To enable it (pretty much like ClickToFlash on Mac OS X) tap on it and Flash will load. Audio and video are in there, controls are pretty smooth and stable even though it’s a first release.

Of course as always we will keep you posted up to date on future updates with video playback support.

ipad flash



How to connect Your iPad to Wireless Keyboards.

One of the reasons why I love using the iPad is the fact that you can connect to and use Bluetooth devices, such as keyboards and mice.

While the iPad does come with a built in keyboard that shows up on the screen as you enter input fields, however sometimes it is just nicer to use the more traditional keyboard, especially if you are writing longer texts, or need to get work done quickly. Therefore we think that if you really want to rely on the iPad for productivity then it would be a good idea to know how to connect an iPad to bluetooth keyboards.

How To Connect the iPad to a Wireless Keyboard

In order to connect the wireless keyboard you will need two things:

– iPad
– Wireless(Bluetooth) Keyboard

Connecting the iPad to bluetooth wireless keyboards is quick and easy:

Step 1)Turn on your iPad and navigate to the settings app on your iPad screen
In Settings select the General option

Step 2)In General you’ll notice the Bluetooth option. If it is off, tap the arrow next to the word “off”
ipad1
Step 3)Slide the Off button on the Bluetooth setting to ON. This will tell the iPad to start looking for devices it can connect to.

ipad2

Step 4)Now that you’ve turned bluetooth on for your iPad, be sure your bluetooth keyboard is set to discoverable mode. Your iPad will look for the device and should successfully connect

Step 5)On the keyboard, enter the number the iPad prompts for after the device has connected successfully
key

To test if you did everything correctly simply open the app you need to type quickly on and start typing away on your iPads bluetooth keyboard.



How to create your own iPhone ringtone

This Guide is mainly copied from ehow.com

Things You’ll Need:

– iTunes
– Mac or Windows computer
– Non-DRM song (i.e., one not bought from the iTunes Store)

STEPS

Step 1)
Open iTunes.

Step 2) Simply find the song that you want to make into a ringtone.

Step 3)
Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use.

Step 4)
Write down the start and stop times of the clip.

Step 5)
Right-click the song and select “Get Info.”

Step 6)
Click the “Options” tab.
options
Step 7)
Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Start Time” in the minutes:seconds (i.e., 2:01) format.

Step 8 ) Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Stop Time.” Make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.

Step 9)
Click “OK.”

Step 10)
Right-click your song again and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.

Step 11)
Right-click the ringtone and select “Delete.”

Step 12)
Click on the “Keep Files” button.

Step 13)
Find the file. It’s usually in your User folder under “Music > iTunes > iTunes Music” and under the band’s name. It will have an extension of m4a.

Step 14) Now replace the ‘m4a’ extension of the ringtone file with “m4r” , so if the file is named test.m4a the new file will be called test.m4r – you’ll get a warning about changing the file extension time but click “OK”

Step 15) Double click to open the ringtone file you just renamed. iTunes will automatically add this new ringtone to the Ringtones folder within the application.

Step 16) Finally, connect your iPhone and sync your new ringtone! You can then select it as any other iPhone ringtone via your iPhone settings.



Add PDF files to iTunes for syncing with iBooks.

If you have tried adding PDF files to iTunes for syncing with iBooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch then you will know that this isn’t as easy as it sounds. However here is a method which should make it easier for you to send any document or even web page straight to the Books section of iTunes for syncing with ease.

To get iTunes ready is simple. All you have to do is open your Applications folder, and make an alias of iTunes by control-clicking its icon and selecting ‘Make Alias’.

Now drag your newly-created alias and drop it in [Your Home folder] → Library → PDF Services. What this does is adds iTunes as an option when you select the PDF button in a Print dialog.

If you did everything correct, then when you click the PDF button under Print, it’s going to say ‘iTunes alias’, which isn’t very informative. So the last thing you will want to do is rename the iTunes alias in the Finder to something along the lines of ‘Send PDF to iTunes’ or ‘Add PDF to iTunes’ and the menu item in the Print dialog should update next time you open it.

Now whenever you have a document or web page open that you’d like to read in iBooks, all you have to do is go to File → Print, then click the PDF button in the lower left and choose your menu item for iTunes. The document will be saved as a PDF and sent straight into the Books section of your iTunes library.

itunes-pdf

To test if it was really added to your Book section, just open iTunes, and check if it was added.



How to connect USB drive to iPad

So far connecting a USB drive has only been possible if you jailbreak the iPad, now since we are not going to post anything on here about jail breaking the iPad here is a way you can transfer files from the USB drive to the iPad without jail breaking it first,

For this to work you will need the following:

– iPad Camera Connection Kit
– USB thumb drives

When you have both of the above, then this is what you need to do in order to import photos and videos onto your iPad.

1. take the thumb drive and create a folder on it named DCIM.
2. Next, copy the photos and video you want to import into the Photos app on your iPad into that particular folder.
3. Finally, plug the USB thumb drive into the Connection Kit.

If you do this correctly The iPad will recognize the thumb drive as if it were a camera and import the photos and videos.


Add blank space to iPhone home screen.

Many users want to keep the home screen free from icons other than then ones Apple pre-installed on the phone, right now you can just move you icons around, however the next time you download a new app these are automatically installed on the blank spots. So how do you prevent this from happening?


This all-black icon can hold a place on your home screen.

All you need to do is place a black icon on the home screen, you can do this by visiting MacLife.com who offers a blank page. Or you can visit this danish site: http://iphoneguide.dk/blank/

1.When you loaded the site simply press the plus sign.
2.In the pop-up menu, select Add to Home Screen, and then in the resulting screen, replace the site’s name with a single period.
3.Click Add, and a black icon will be added to your Home Screen, with a pretty easily ignored period as its name.



Connect Wireless Apple Keyboard with Mac

Set up

To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

You will need:

-Apple wireless Keyboard
– Mac with bluetooth option.

Install the batteries.

Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.
key

Slide two batteries into the battery compartment as shown below. Note: The aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard (2007) uses 3 batteries.
battery
Replace the battery compartment cover and leave the keyboard turned off.

On the Mac

Open Keyboard System Preferences by choosing System Preferences from the Apple () menu, then choosing Keyboard from the View menu.
Click the ‘Setup Bluetooth Keyboard’ button in the lower right-hand corner of the Keyboard Preference pane.
Turn on the keyboard. The light above the power switch should begin to flash.
power

After 15-30 seconds, the keyboard’s name should appear in the preferences Search pane.

Click Continue. The Setup Assistant will try to pair with the keyboard.

When the Setup Assistant prompts you to do so, type the passkey shown in the Setup Assistant on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Press the Return key on the keyboard when you are finished.

Once the computer and keyboard have successfully paired, the Keyboard System Preferences pane will expand showing all configurable options and battery level in the lower left-hand corner.

You should now be able to use your aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard.

For a video walk-through see the video below:

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