Attending iTunesU in bed with pj


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If you are a student and has a 8:30 am class, I know that “10 more minutes” feeling. However, since you need those credits to graduate, you better haul your behind and get ready!

But for us, “the new 40’s” guys and gals, who still love to learn, we have the luxury to stay in bed, in the couch, in the kitchen,… to attend lectures, and why not, when Apple’s new improved iTunesU delivers seminars to us for free! (We know how expensive these seminars could be! especially, your city is not the hosting city, eh!)

So iTunesU is not a new thing, it used to hide behind Podcasts, and you can access full audio or video lectures by first selecting the course you want to listen or watch. These are not some obscure University’s lectures we talk about, they are from Oxford, Havard, Princeton, UCLA, the Ivy Leagues. Beside from saving a lot of money to attend one of these lectures, some of the professors are well known. When in the old format tugged under iTunes Podcasts, I even indulged watching a few video lectures in French from HEC-Paris! Now, for me it is better than watching a free full-length pop-star world-tour.

[If you don’t have an iPad, iPhone or iTouch, iTunes U materials are still available to iPod, best with classic or video iPod, in that case, donwloads are from iTunes on your computer]

iTunesU is an independent iPad app now, very much like News-stand,which was part of iBooks before. Here are the improvements:

– Each course you subscribe to or download will have its own binder cover sitting on the bookshelf (consistent theme with iBooks, Newsstand). In comparison, in the past it was just an icon with list of clips available to download like iTunes music or podcasts.

– Each binder when open will have four folios: Info,Posts, Notes, Materials. Before, you might have some pdfs, or ppts that needed to be downloaded separately.

– With Notes, you can take notes, of course, but now they are all in the same binder. I used to do it either with OneNote or just a txt document and as such all over the place in my laptop, iPad, etc.

If you are into Psychology, I just watched Martin Seligman talks about positive psychology and Helen Fisher about Why we love+ cheat, and these are under TED Conferences. If I were to pay to attend, we are talking about at least $2,000 US…

Once again, this will appeal more to “the new 40’s, 50’s, 60’s” people in the crowd, who love to learn, but cannot afford physically(time), psychologically (sitting with 20’s something in a classroom), nor financially to go back to University. The best part, there is no limit of what we can learn: Quantum psychics to developing iPhone apps.

See, Bill Gates may donate millions to promote education; Apple, and the late Mr. Steve Jobs, gives people the tools to access free education, and that’s the difference!! Learning, after-all, is from within, and iPad is the right tool!


P.S. I teach accounting, and I just carry my iPad for my lecture notes, instead of stack of  loose papers in a folder that I used to.


Find my iPhone/iPad2 in iCloud

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While I was fuzzing with my Photo Album and Photo Stream trying to delete photos on my iPhone4, I learned something else: Find My iPhone when you log into That’s the place where you can look at the stuff in your iCloud if you have set up to upload your pictures, contacts, backup, etc.

Fig 1.

Once you log in with your Apple ID, you will not miss a mid-size icon “Find My iPhone”.

Fig 2. To get to iCloud settings on iPhone, or iPad

As long as you have turned ON “Find My iPhone” setting on iPhone, the location will be shown on a map, in your browser after you log-in to iCloud, much like any GPS driven application. The coolest part is you can remotely lock your device! and also send a sound message to locate your device, i.e., to scare the guy perhaps, and if he has your device on, or you also have the option to send a message. After you send a sound message, you will also get an email saying that the Find My iPhone has been activated.

Overall, I think this is a good to have, especially for the remote lock feature.  Another way to secure your phone is with the screen lock. In the option, you can select to delete all your information on the phone if after 1o wrong attempts of the passcode. Well, it’s a bit Mission Impossible… perhaps, it should self-destruct with 10 attempts?! LOL.

Of course, if you lost your phone, call your service provider immediately, so that they can de-register your SIM-card. With Rogers, I can do it through My Rogers on the web.

So back to my original fuzzing. I like the photostream feature, where you take a picture with your iPhone and it will display on your iPad, or iPhoto (if you are using Macbook,etc) , but I can’t delete any pictures in the Photostream folder (Now I know they are cached up in iCloud)! So the trick is to log-in to iCloud, on top right , your Apple ID name will show, click and a drop down will give you the setting option, click and select Advance. There you will be able to Reset Photostream. However, make sure that you turn off photostream setting and on again on your device for the change to take effect.

Well, there is always something to learn!



Setting up Photostream on a PC: