Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mirroring Your iPad and iPhone via Apple TV

When you want to view your apps from your iPhone or iPad on your HD television via your Apple TV device, you need to set up mirroring on the mobile device. 

Particularly nice to view is Google Maps or your favorite game.

Basically, you need to make sure that you have

* One of the latest Apple devices - iPhone 4S or iPad 2 (and later) with system iOS 5 and later.
* Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software version 5.0 or later
* wifi network that is 802.11a, -g or -n

Make sure your Apple iPhone or iPad and Apple TV connected to the same wifi network.

Double click the home button on your device (iPad or iPhone) until you see the most recently used apps at the bottom of the screen.

Swipe to the right, until the music controls are visible at the bottom of the screen.

Click on the airplay icon that is represented by a box with up arrow.

Select your Apple TV.  Another option labeled "Mirroring" should then appear below "Apple TV." Use the slider to select ON to enable mirroring of your device to your Apple TV.

Now you can run your favorite app and view it on your HDTV.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Fix for Blackbackground Image in Preview for Firefox on Mac

Occasionally, when downloading a .pdf file to Preview while using Firefox browser on Mac, I get a document that has black backgrounds, similar to the one below:

To fix this problem, I selected the Preferences under the Firefox menubar

Select the Applications tab and scrolling down to Document (image/jp2).  A pop-down menu will appear.  Normally the selection is Use Preview (default).  Instead of leaving this as the selected option, click on Use Other.  This will bring up a selection of applications on your Mac, Select the Preview application.  This will now be the default for viewing your documents and should read "Use Preview" instead of "Use Preview (default)."

Now try downloading the same document again.  Whoola!  problem should be resolved.

Edit:  The method described above quit working for me for all pdf files.  Ended up removing all pdf plug-ins and adobe reader plug-ins and reinstalling PDF Viewer 0.6.39 from scratch.  Now my files are viewable from online rather than downloading automatically and opening in Preview.

To remove all previous plug-ins may require that you access Library>Internet Plug-In and look for specific addons that are old and may be causing problems and send to the trash.

How to Save Password for Safari iPad when All Else Fails

For a week now, I have been trying to figure out how to save my password/user ID login for a network site I am using.  I was able to do so on my iPhone without a problem, but my iPad is not saving or asking to save my passwords for my login to my network website.

It appears that the option to remember Passwords and User IDs for some sites does not work consistently on my mobile devices.  I have tried just about everything I can think of to get this option to work.  Here is one of the methods I have tried, which might work for you:

 Under Settings>Safari>Autofill> Names and Passwords set to ON.  Clear All option below the Names and Passwords option, to reset the request for saving password/userid for the site and all others.  If you use the Clear All option, you will have to reenter your passwords and User IDs for all your log in sites. 

I finally got my auto-log in to work with my network login.  Basically, I used the Manual option. From the Setting>WiF>name of network from Choose Network select the right pointing arrow.  Select Manual. Click on Authentication. Enter your username and password.

I tested this by leaving the network area and when I came back within range, it auto-connected to the network without having to enter any userid or password.  To double check this solution, I also powered my iPad totally down and upon powering back on - it also connected automatically to the network.

So, no more having to log in to this site, remembering the weird password and username.

Edit:  This did not work after turning wifi off and back on again.  I lost my auto connection capability and had to reenter my password and username each time from my iPad.  I am beginning to think this is an iPad issue, as I have tried multiple solutions to no avail.

Anyone have a solution for this auto log in problem that is persisting on a private network, similar to a log in at a school or place other than on my own network at residence?