iPad Pro Safari Crashing when pressing the address bar??

Its very rare for me to have to create a post these days about an Apple product that is not working as it should! If you have tried to use Safari today with the latest iOS 9.2.1 and press the address bar it crashes instantly. Thankfully there is an easy, if annoying fix!

Go to Settings and then down the the Safari section on the left and TURN OFF Safari Suggestions! Crash fixed!

Safari settings for safari suggestions

Airplay receiver for Windows

Quite possibly one of the greatest pieces of Freeware I have every found. Shairport4w is a simple executable that runs and turns your PC in to an AirPlay receiver – allowing you to play music through your PC speakers directly from your iPad, iPhone, iPod or iTunes on another PC.

Shairport4w.zip

Download and save locally

Extract the .exe file and run! Its that simple!! (NB. the first time it runs it may ask to modify your firewall to allow the airplay content through to it).

If you want the program to run every time your PC starts, simply add it in to your startup folder in the Start Menu.

I have tested it on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. If you run this sucessfully on other set-ups please comment to let others know what it works on.

Apple’s AirPlay feature makes it easy to share and stream your iTunes library to iOS devices, but it lacks the option to stream media in the opposite direction. Shairport4w is a free application that makes it possible to transform your Windows based computer into an AirPort receiver so you can stream media from one machine to another.

The application can be used in conjunction with any computer or device that includes a version of iTunes or iOS that supports AirPlay, and the process of configuring your computer to be a media access point can be completed in just a moment.

Shairport4w is based on the recent Shairport app, but has been designed specifically with Windows users in mind. The program can be used in a variety of ways, but the most obvious benefit is that it makes it possible to have a single iTunes library that can be played anywhere in the home. As the app is portable, it can also be used in other ways.

If you have an extensive music library on your iOS device, you can pop a copy of Shairport44w on a USB drive and take it with you to parties or when visiting friends. Run the app under Windows and your music collection can be played back through computer speakers, and playback controlled from your iPhone or iPod while you sit on the sofa.

Apple iPad 2 – 20 essential apps

Apple says there are more than 65,000 iPad apps in the iTunes App Store. With   that kind of choice, finding the best can be difficult.

Garageband
Apple,   £2.99
Apple’s music creation app has long been popular on the Mac but its iPad   makeover takes it beyond what was possible on a desktop. The touchscreen   allows the iPad to become a whole range of musical instruments, some of   which can do things that a physical instrument can’t. For those who aren’t   musical, smart instruments make it possible to put tracks together without   creating musical horrors.

iMovie
Apple, £2.99
Whether the iPad 2 will see much use as a video camera is debatable given its   size but it can certainly be used to do some complex video editing using   iMovie, the second app that Apple has produced for the launch of the iPad 2.   With a little bit of practice the touchscreen can be used to make   sophisticated clips that can be uploaded to the web from the device.

Real Racing 2 HD
Firemint,   £5.99
The iPad 2’s A5 processor delivers up to nine-times the graphics performance   of the first generation iPad’s A4. Real Racing 2 HD has been updated to take   advantage of the graphics upgrade and looks very impressive as a result.

Infinity Blade
Chair,   £3.49
One of the most impressive games for the iPad and iPhone 4, Infinity Blade has   received an upgrade for the iPad 2 that makes it look even better. The   graphics alone are worth the price but Infinity Blade is also a very clever   game with a well-designed touch control system.

Jenga HD
Natural   Motion, 59p
In addition to improved performance the iPad 2 contains a gyroscope. Jenga HD,   the iPad version of the popular blocks game, shows that off. It requires a   steady hand but it’s addictive once you get the hang of it.

Evernote
Evernote,   Free
This is an essential note-taking app, not just for your iPad but for your   smartphone and computer too. You can save documents, web clippings, audio   files, pictures and of course text notes and then access them from Evernote   on any device. The iPad 2 update allows you to take picture notes with the   iPad.

Word Lens
Quest   Visual, Free (Language pack: £5.99)
This is one of those apps that you just have to show off to your friends.   Point your camera at some text and Word Lens will translate it instantly, on   your screen. The free app erases words and reverses them and for £5.99 you   can get English-Spanish or Spanish-English translation.

Twitter
Twitter, Free
Another app that has been updated to take advantage of the iPad 2’s cameras.   Twitter’s official app is not to everyone’s taste but I think it’s well   designed and easy to use. The ability to take a snapshot from within the app   is a handy tweak.

There will be more apps updating to take advantage of the iPad 2’s   capabilities but in the meantime here are some old favourites that no iPad   should be without.

Instapaper
Marco   Ament, £2.99
You simply have to have this on your iPad. Save articles from your browser and   read them later in Instapaper’s uncluttered app. You can save articles from   your computer, your phone or your iPad and a recent update means there are   now more social options for sharing and finding articles, too.

Flipboard
Flipboard,   Free
Another work of genius, Flipboard takes the activity from your social networks   – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and plenty of others are supported – and   presents it in an attractive magazine-style layout. They say they’re   reinventing the browser for the tablet computer. They could be right.

Dropbox
Dropbox, Free
Being able to move files between your various devices is essential and Dropbox   meets that need perfectly. Upload your files to Dropbox from any device and   you’ll be able to get them on your iPad thanks to this app. It’s free and so   is the basic Dropbox service so it should be impossible to resist.

Kindle
Amazon, Free
Not everything Apple does is better than the competition. Amazon’s Kindle app   gives you access to more titles than Apple’s iBookstore and at better prices   too. The reading experience is a matter of taste but I prefer the Kindle   app’s simplicity to the rather fussy, fake book stylings of Apple’s own   iBooks app.

Reeder for iPad
Silvio   Rizzi, £2.99
There are several RSS readers to choose from on the iPad but Reeder gets my   vote. Is very well designed, simple to use and, as with many of the apps on   this list, has smartphone and desktop versions as well so that everything   stays in sync.

Ladybird Baby Touch: Peekaboo
Penguin   Books, £1.79
Small children love iPads. They pick up the touch controls very quickly and   love playing games and watching videos. This app, from Penguin, has proved a   massive hit with my toddler, despite the slightly bored-sounding narrator.

iA Writer
Information   Architects, 59p
Apple made Pages, its word processor, available for the iPad at launch last   year. However, for simplicity alone, iA Writer is a better choice for   writing. It essentially turns your iPad into a typewriter and lets you save   your work to Dropbox (see above).

1Password for iPad
Agile   Web Soluitions, £5.99
When you move between computers a lot it can be difficult to remember the   logins for all the websites you use. 1Password keeps them all in one place –   and syncs with your other devices – and that in turn means that you can use   more complicated passwords for added security. All you need to remember is,   as the name implies, one password – the one that lets you in to 1Password.

IMDb
IMDb,   Free
If you often find yourself watching a TV programme or a film and obsessing   over a familiar-looking actor, the IMDb app is essential. It optimises the   enormous online movie database for your iPad screen and makes it very easy   to look up a person and find out just where you’ve seen them before.

Spotify
Spotify,   Free app but requires subscription
This isn’t actually an iPad app but the iPhone version works just fine and   lets you browse Spotify’s vast catalogue, access your playlists and store   music to your device. Very handy for loading up on music before a long   journey.

Articles for iPad
Sophiestication   Software, £2.99
Wikipedia is available on the web, obviously, but there are lots of apps that   style the online encyclopedia so that it works better on the iPad.

BBC iPlayer
BBC, Free
Finally, if you want to catch up on some television while using your iPad, the   well-designed BBC iPlayer app is ideal. The playback quality is excellent   and though it’s a shame that you can’t save programmes to watch offline, you   can at least mark favourite shows so that you don’t miss new episodes.

The iPad 2

So after a whole evening of research into the actual specifications of the iPad 2 I’ve decided that the original (the one I am writing this on) is perfectly sufficient! So a faster processor might be nice, but the original is hardly “slow”. It has the same amounts of memory – to a maximum of 64Gb – when will Apple learn that 64Gb is nowhere near enough! If the new iPad had 500gb of space I would be tempted – 1Tb, even better!

The cameras would be nice, however, like the iPhone, they seem to be very very poor quality compared to the competition!

In short – no upgrade to iPad 2 for me until my current one is unusable or there is some new killer-app that only works on v2 – time to wait until version 3 methinks…