iPad

How can I help my mother read books with technology?

Episode 1122

Roy from Orange County, CA
iPad Air

Roy's old mother has been looking at an electronic magnifying device to look at documents and photos. She won't use a tablet, though. Leo says that's a shame because they're very useful and she could reset the type to any size she wants. Plus she just wants to read the books she has. Leo says that's understandable. Leo says there's a program called Big Magnify for the iPad and iPhone will allow her to read a book by magnifying the image with the photo app.

How can I print from my iPad?

Episode 1121

Ed from Delaware
Canon Pixma Printer

Ed has an iPad 4 and he can't print to his Pixma printer. Apple says he can't. Leo says that Apple uses "AirPrint" to print via WiFi, and if the printer doesn't support it, then he'd have to add additional hardware to give it that support. But there may be software that Apple offers for free. Otherwise, Leo recommends xPrintServer. It'll take any USB printer and make it an AirPrint compatible printer.

How can I get Assistive Touch to take screenshots in iOS 8?

Walter from Huntington, WV

Episode 1120

Walter can't take a screenshot anymore using Assistive Touch in iOS 8. Something had been changed from iOS 7. He wants to take a screenshot of photos that he has zoomed in on to get rid of the black borders around them.

Since the camera roll in iOS is accessible from other apps, Leo suggests trying SnapSeed. It's a free Google product, and it's a photo editor that has cropping. This is a great photo editor that does a lot of things, so it's worth a try.

What computer should I buy for my mom?

Wendy from Yorba Linda, CA

Episode 1117

Wendy is considering getting a computer for her Mom. Leo says that computers are too complicated for most people, especially seniors. He recommends an iPad. It's a lot easier, and you can use SIRI to open apps, dictate email, and surf the net. And there's a 12.9" iPad rumored to be coming next month. Leo also says that Wendy will have to get one with LTE and that will be an additional monthly cost.

How can I get Safari to stop crashing on my iPad?

Episode 1110

Eleanor from Pasadena, CA
Apple iPad

Eleanor has a 1st generation iPad and she doesn't use it for anything other than email and browsing the web. But Safari is constantly crashing on her. Leo says that since it's over 4 years old now, it's a good idea to just start over. She should sync it up to iTunes, back up and then restore it. But it may be that today's websites are just too hard on its limited power and memory. It's worth trying the reset, though.

Why am I getting an error message that my iPad doesn't support the charger?

Episode 1109

Dave from Victorville, CA
Tablet

Dave has a generation 1 iPad and he's getting a message that the iPad doesn't support the charger that came with it. Leo says that it could be a short in the cable, so he should try another one. Or it could also be the connector itself. Connectors take a lot of wear and tear and it may be starting to wear out. Since it's an iPad 1, the battery is likely about to fail as well since they only have a life of 500 recharges. It's past time to upgrade. The chatroom says that Costco has some great deals on iPad Airs.

What smartphone and tablet should I buy with my Mac?

Marie from Covina, CA

Episode 1107

Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.

What's a good budget tablet for me?

Sondra from San Diego, CA

Episode 1105

Sondra needs two tablets. One for browsing and email for her husband, and one for more advanced options. Leo says that you have the choice of Windows, Android, and Apple's iOS. Leo says all three work just fine, but very careful about "deals" for under $100. That's a false economy because they're woefully underpowered. You're going to want to spend at least $250-300. Leo says that a detachable bluetooth keyboard will add another $100 to the price as well. So if you need that, you're looking at $400. Android is going to be the best option for that budget. The Google Nexus 10 16GB is $400.