How to Set Up Your New iPad, iPad Mini

Did you get an iPad for the holidays?! You did?!? Well, somebody must really appreciate YOU! The latest additions to Cupertino’s flat family are the iPad Air 2and iPad mini 3 , but whichever model you’re rocking under the Christmas tree, you can be assured that it is, without a doubt, among the best slates out there.

Not only do Apple’s line of tablets feature top-notch hardware specs, but the interface is extremely intuitive. If you’ve never interacted with an Apple product—or even a tablet—before, you should be able to figure things out, right out of the box.

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Here, we would like to provide a basic primer on the set-up process for your sexy new slate. Any iPad model produced in the latter half of this year will come running the latest software, iOS 8 (and if it’s not, it’s free and easy to upgrade). These 12 steps are based on using this latest software’s setup, however if your machine happens to be running an earlier generation (perhaps your gifter got an early start on the holiday season), the setup will still be extremely similar.

Before you get started, you may have to charge your device up. After about 20 minutes of juicing, you should have enough to get started (but probably shouldn’t unhook from the charger quite yet). Then all you have to do is hit the power button on the top right or the home button in the bottom front center and we are ready to get started!

1. Opening Screen

Just place your finger on the screen and slide from left-to-right.

2. Choose Language

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You know what language you speak, right?

3. Select Country or Region

Where you at?

4. Network Settings

On the next screen you will be asked to choose a Wi-Fi network and/or wireless connection if you have an associated data plan (if you happen to be in a congested area, your screen may be overrun with available Wi-Fi networks and you will have to scroll all the way to the bottom to initiate the wireless plan).

If you have a Wi-Fi-only model, then there’s no need to worry about the wireless data option. All you have to do is choose your preferred Wi-Fi network and enter a password if it is protected.

5. Set Up iPad

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Here you will find three options: 1) Set Up as New iPad, 2) Restore from iCloud Backup, and 3) Restore from iTunes Backup.

If you’ve never owned a mobile device from Apple, then select “Set Up as New iPad.” This will ask you to sign-in with your Apple ID (the same one you use in iTunes). If you don’t have an Apple ID, you will be able to create one from here. Or, if you just want to get into your brand new device, you can just skip this step and log in with your Apple ID (or create a new one) at a later point via Settings.

If you have an iCloud account with all your data and preferences, choose “Restore from iCloud.” (Note: you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to enable this option.) This way, if you’re upgrading from an iPad 2 to the new iPad Air 2, for example, iCloud will automatically transfer all the apps from your old iPad to your new one. Just make sure to back up your old iPad first, so you have the most recent version of your app library (Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now).

If you have your media and preferences stored in your local iTunes, you can restore them with the “Restore from iTunes Backup” option. In order to do this, you will have to connect directly to the computer running iTunes. (If you didn’t notice, you can disconnect the wire from the adaptor on the power cord to reveal a USB connector, which can then be connected to just about any desktop/laptop).

6. Terms and Conditions

Bla bla bliddity bla bla. Unfortunately, this is the one part in the setup you can’t skip. You won’t be able to get into your device unless you agree to Apple’s “Terms and Conditions,” which you can do by tapping “Agree” at the bottom right-side of the screen. (If you have the gall to click “Disagree,” your iPad will send you back a step and not allow you to continue until you agree. Free choice is an illusion.)

7. Touch ID

(This feature is only available on the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.) You can skip setting up the Touch ID for now, if you choose. You can add a Touch ID fingerprint later (or even add other fingers) via Settings. If you want to do it now, the process should take about three minutes. Just follow the directions as it tells you to lift your finger off and on the home button/sensor (you’ll have to do it multiple times). Be sure not to press the home button, just lay your finger on the surface.

8. Create a Password

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This is the four-digit code you can use to unlock your password in lieu (or in addition to) the Touch ID. This is also a skippable step for now—you can always add or change a passcode later (but it’s a good thing to have).

9. Siri

Simple yes/no answer. Do you want to use it or not? I think it’s stupid and unhelpful personally. But different strokes for different folks. You will have the ability to turn Siri on/off later via Settings > General.

10. Diagnostics

Do you want to help Apple make products better? Just say yeah. Or don’t. Doesn’t really matter.

11. App Analytics

Want to help third-party app developers make better apps? Just say yeah. Or don’t. Whatevs.

12. Welcome to iPad

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Just click “Get Started” and you are good to go, my friend.

Once You’re In…

Apple products are fairly instinctual and also forgiving. Most things can be done/undone/altered via the Settings app which you can find on the homepage. Here, you will also find the ability to log in with iCloud, iTunes, Passbook, and Apple Pay via the left-hand column.

If something doesn’t seem right, remember you can always just start all over. Just go to Settings > General > Reset. If you want to reset your settings, but keep all the data/media, choose “Reset All Settings.” If you start the slate entirely clean and erase all the settings and data/media, choose “Erase All Content and Settings.” (Note: this cannot be undone). Then you can start all over at step one above.

Intel, Google Team Up With TAG Heuer for Luxury Smartwatch

Intel and Google are joining Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer to design and launch a luxury smartwatch by the end of the year, the three companies announced on Thursday at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland.

“Silicon Valley is Switzerland, Switzerland is Silicon Valley,” TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver said at the start of a rollicking press conference that outlined how the new partners would create a watch that is “both luxurious, and seamlessly connected to its wearer’s daily life” and finished with the ceremonial cutting of a 37-kilogram wheel of cheese from Biver’s own farm.

“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous,” Biver said in a statement.

The future, unnamed smartwatch will be powered by an Intel-designed chipset and run Android Wear, Google’s modified version of its Android mobile operating system which is optimized for wearables. Pricing and availability were not announced, but Biver said the device could arrive any time between October and December.

TAG Heuer will design the watch itself, bringing the prestige and skill of Swiss watchmaking to the venture, but Biver noted that factors like where the future smartwatch is assembled and manufactured will likely mean it won’t be certified as a “Swiss-made” timepiece.

Intel Tag Heuer Google Watch CheeseFor Intel and Google, the partnership will ideally give a needed boost to the two tech firms’ early efforts to break into the wearables market.

Google has thrown its considerable promotional weight behind Android Wear in recent months—even debuting an Android Wear ad on the day of Apple’s big Apple Watch unveiling earlier this month.

But Canalys recently reported that only 720,000 wearable devices running the Web giant’s software made it to market in 2014, a year that saw a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands shipped, according to the research firm.

Perhaps a Swiss-crafted Android Wear device matched up against Apple’s opulent $10,000 smartwatch will boost Google’s standing in the wearables world.

“By fusing beauty with technology, the Swiss watch has inspired generations of artists and engineers alike—including us at Google,” David Singleton, director of engineering for Android Wear, said on Thursday. “So we’re thrilled to be working with TAG Heuer and Intel to bring a unique blend of emotion and innovation to the luxury market. Together, and using the Android Wear platform, we can imagine a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”

Intel, meanwhile, has already dipped its toes in the luxury pool in its efforts to gain traction for its own hardware platform for wearable devices based on stripped-down, ultra-low power x86 processors branded Quark. The chip giant teamed up with fashion house Opening Ceremony at New York’s Fashion Week last September to showcase MICA, an Opening Ceremony-designed smart bracelet built on Intel technology that was billed as a “feminine fashion accessory with communications capabilities.”

What Intel hasn’t done yet is sell a whole lot of Quark processors to makers of smart bands, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and the like. What’s more, Intel’s wearable platform currently incorporates a fair bit of circuitry based on rival ARM’s technology, which surely rankles in a company famously committed to populating every corner of the computing world with its x86 architecture.

Parity: An App Designed to Measure Gender Bias in Workplaces

The Meera Kaul Foundation has announced the launch of of a Gender Bias Ranking App and web portal. The Foundation claims that ‘Parity’ measures gender bias in workspaces across the globe, evaluates companies based on their history to exclude women in leadership positions, records real data about sexual harassment in the workplace and also measures the responsiveness of the company towards incidents of gender bias and harassment reported over time.

The Foundation also claims that Parity works as a tool to help build awareness while making the workplace a safer and friendlier environment for women. Parity offers women insight to the history of companies while helping them gain an understanding of a woman’s experience working there.

It taps on the major issues faced by women in the corporate world; from gender bias to unacknowledged discriminatory barriers preventing women from rising to positions of power or responsibility. Incidents of sexual harassment or verbal abuse can be reported through this app and web portal.

The app doesn’t publish data about a company based on the comments of one person, maintaining fairness to both the individual and the company so that the gender bias rank makes sense.

Parity’s unique feature rates companies based on the responsive actions management takes when complaints have been filed and brought to their attention. The companies are also ranked on how these swift actions bring change into the workspace to promote a gender friendly work environment.

This enables other women to decide whether a company is gender friendly and has the right environment for them to contribute and grow in their career. “I encourage women to download the app or web portal and use it to benefit themselves and other women. When the power shifts in the hands of women, employers and colleagues will have to conform. We are more than just a statistic,” said Meera Kaul, Chairperson of The Meera Kaul Foundation.

Calendar App Fantastical 2 Arrives on Mac

If you use the much-loved calendar app Fantastical on your Mac, Version 2 is now available, and it promises to be better than ever.

“We’ve taken the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years and made what we think is the best version of Fantastical yet,” app maker Flexibits wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Today, we’re introducing the next generation of Fantastical as we replace the app that started it all.”

The new Mac version comes after Flexibits last year first releasedFantastical 2 for iPad.

“We hope you’ll enjoy our next generation of Fantastical and more importantly, we hope it makes you even more productive than the original Fantastical did,” Flexibits said.

The original version was just a menu bar window, but Fantastical 2 is now a full-blown Mac app. Built exclusively for OS X Yosemite, the app is powered by a “natural language engine,” which promises to save you some time when creating events and setting alerts. Simply write “Deliver reports at 9 a.m.,” for instance, and the app will do the rest. It can even automatically recognize the location of your event, and invite people from your Contacts.

You can also quickly toggle between multiple calendars, such as home and work, with a single click. Another super-handy feature: The app will automatically switch calendar sets based on your location.

Meanwhile, the Mini Window, which lets you quickly create, edit, and view your events and reminders, is “back, better than ever,” Flexibits said. With Fantastical 2, the Mini Window is no longer fixed to your menu bar — you can now drag it wherever you like on the screen.

The new version also lets you add calendar accounts from iCloud, Google, Yahoo, and other services directly into Fantastical. The app now supports Japanese for the first time ever, in addition to English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Head over to the Flexibits Store or Mac App Store to pick up Fantastical 2 for Mac. It will set you back $39.99, but Flexibits is offering 20 percent off as a thank you to those who currently use Fantastical for Mac. New users can get a 14-day free trial, so you can see for yourself if it’s worth the hype.

Biostar Reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard

Biostar has announced its newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is ready for a work out with 4 channel DDR3 slots for maximum memory support of up to 32GB.

Biostar’s Hi-Fi B85Z5 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 features Biostar’s innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology.

The Biostar Hi-Fi B85Z5 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85Z5 is the first to embed the “Double Hi-Fi” integrated AMP which allows users to enjoy the same high quality of sound; whether the sound source output is set to the front or rear of the PC, both out puts produce extra high quality sound.

The Hi-Fi B85Z5 boasts 100% solid capacitors and Super Durable Ferrite Chokes bringing you the benefits of higher current capacity, lower energy loss and better power stability. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 is Windows 8 ready, and supports BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update features for easy management as well as Charger Booster function for fast charging of cell-phones. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 is priced at $89.