Apple's Find My Phone app
Apple’s Find My Phone app

If you haven’t activated Apple’s free Find My Phone app on your iOS device, DO IT NOW! Though it’s not totally guaranteed you’ll get your mobile device back, the chances can be pretty good, such as what happened recently to a man who had his iPad stolen by a flight attendant and was able to recover it using the app.

If you’d like to protect your iOS device, follow these instructions: How to use Find my iPhone to track down a lost or stolen iPad.

NOTE: The Find My Phone app not only works on iOS devices, but on Apple iMacs and laptops too!

One of the best features of the iPhone is the ability to capture video. There was a time, not to long ago, when producing a video ment you had to have a lot of expensive equipment and a professional videographer or media specialist to shoot it. While professional video is still an option, we now have the capability to produce good quality videos just using an iPhone.

Karen McKee is a scientist who discovered the value of using video to conduct research, illustrate her methods and explain science concepts. She has created blog “to inspire colleagues and students of science to begin making videos about their work and their science topics.”

In her How to Make a Science Video with Your iPhone: Videolicious blog post, Karen shows a very simple way to make one-minute science videos using an iPhone and the Videolicious app. Watch Karen’s accompanying YouTube video to see how easy it is, and be sure to visit her blog for more information on making your own science videos.

Here’s a great eXtension discussion that happened today as an On Air Google+ Hangout. The talk centered around the development of native mobile apps vs. web apps as they relate to Extension. You might also be interested in the respective chat comments and links related to the discussion.

If you find this conversation helpful, you might want to check out the next discussion in the series – Critical Conversation: BYOD – Smart phones and tablets in the workplace.

From the recent EMDUG survey we did, we found out that most of you consider themselves intermediate level users. However, there are a few who identified themselves as beginners and even some who don’t own or have never used an iPad before (I know, I know… at least they are interested!).

So, for those of you who are still newbies and don’t have a two year old at home to teach you, here’s a video guide on basic iPad use:

Amazon has introduced an 8.9-Inch and 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD priced at $299 and $199 respectively. They’ve also updated their Kindle Fire and lowered it’s price to $159. The new tablets will be available this November and are seen as direct competition to Apple’s iPad.

With rumors Apple will announce a smaller version of their popular iPad next week on September 12, the competition for the tablet market is heating up rapidly.

How The New Amazon Kindle Fire HD Compares To Apple iPad

If you’re like me, keeping track of my Outlook e-mails, contacts and calendars are probably the most important functions of my mobile devices. If you haven’t set this up yet on yours, here are directions on how to do it:

OSU e-mail: Configure Exchange on iPhone, iPad, iPod e-mail: Set Up Microsoft Exchange E-Mail on an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

multi-screen setup
Multi-screen setup - Macbook, iMac, iPad and iPhone

In a prior post, we addressed the similarities and differences between a laptop computer and an iPad, and whether could replace one with the other. While there are people who have gone to one device, most of us use multiple devices and jump back and forth between them.

Recent research from Google has discovered that “90% of people move between devices to accomplish a goal.” So not only are we using different computing devices, but using them in conjunction. That means it’s not really a question of either or, but rather what do I want to do and which tools do I use to do it.

You can read more about Google’s research on there Google Mobile Ads Blog – Navigating the new multi-screen world: Insights show how consumers use different devices together.