Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Case for iPad Gets Thinner and Lighter

Logitech announced an updated version of the Ultrathin Keyboard Case for the iPad Air and iPad mini today. I previously wrote about the Ultrathin which has been a long favorite of reviewers. The new case seems to keep everything that was good with the prior case, while also making it thinner, lighter, and giving you additional viewing angles. Unfortunately the cases also keep the high retail price of $89.99 for the iPad Mini and $99.99 for the iPad Air.

The good news is that the previous models of these cases are now available at reduced rates on Amazon. The Ultrathin for the iPad Air is currently $79.99, the Ultrathin for the iPad mini is on sale for $67.99, and the Ultrathin for the iPad 2 and 3 is available for as inexpensive as $39.99.

Once reviews are available, I’ll update this post. You should start seeing the new Ultrathins on sale in retail locations soon.

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Another Major https Vulnerability in iOS 7.1

It seems that the new update Apple released Tuesday for iOS was more important than originally thought. iOS 7.1.1 patches a vulnerability that would allow a “man-in-the-middle” to intercept encrypted data that is being transmitted using SSL over https connections.

According to Ars Technica, this bug allows a third party to open two connections. One would be the connection to the site you believe you are accessing, while the second connection would also send your data to a third party without your knowledge. This bug effects any device running iOS 7.1 or earlier.

It is recommended that this update be installed on your devices immediately. To install the update open ‘Settings’, then ‘General’, then ‘Software Update’.

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Jail Broke iOS Devices Vulnerable to New Malware Attack

Ars Technica has a report about a new vulnerability (unflod app) that has been discovered to effect certain jail-broken iOS devices.  Currently only 32 bit devices have been found to be infected.  That means that iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina are currently okay. Once the malware is on the device, it intercepts your Apple login and password credentials. 

Although the code has been found, the delivery mechanism has not.  Since it can’t be determined how devices were initially infected with the malware, it is recommended that infected devices be restored to the factory software. 

See the Ars Technica article for more details: Active malware campaign steals Apple passwords from jailbroken iOS devices

Tips and Tricks to Get the Most out of your iPhone or iPad

No matter if you have been using your iPhone for days or for years, there are normally features you haven’t learned yet.  Macworld has an excellent list of 33 tips and tricks for iOS 7 that help you fully take advantage of all the features of your iPhone or iPad. 

http://www.macworld.com/article/2144604/33-great-tips-and-tricks-for-ios-7.html#tk.rss_all

Office 365 Personal Now Available for $6.99 Per Month

Office_Devices-300x207_top-of-postAs previously announced, Microsoft made a less expensive subscription of Office 365 available on April 15, 2014. Office 365 Personal can be purchased for $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.

The major difference between the Personal subscription and the Home subscription is the number of tablets and PCs that the Office products can be used on. Office 365 Home can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs and up to 5 tablets. Office 365 Personal can only be installed on 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet.

I would still recommend that most users consider the Office 365 Home version over the Personal version. Having the ability to install on multiple computers is extremely useful, and you can share this benefit with anyone in your household. This means that up to four additional users can have access to your account, and each user can have their own 20GB of OneDrive storage.

As an added bonus, if you choose to purchase an Office 365 Home Subscription from Amazon, it is currently being sold at a discounted rate of $67.13 for an entire year (cheaper than purchasing the annual subscription from Microsoft for Office 365 Personal).

Once you purchase an Office 365 subscription, you are able to fully utilize all of the Microsoft Office apps for the iPad.

 

WordPerfect X7 for iPad Currently Available

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I previously had posted on a rumor that I had heard that Corel would be releasing a version of WordPerfect for the iPad. My sources had indicated that WordPerfect for the iPad would be released at the end of March 2014 (the same day that Microsoft released Office for the iPad). Although WordPerfect was not released when I expected, it was finally released on April 8, 2014, along with the release of WordPerfect Office X7.

Unfortunately WordPerfect for the iPad cannot be described as a stand-alone application. In reality it is simply a virtualized version of WordPerfect X7. During inactivity, I discovered that Corel is offering their product using a virtual desktop on Microsoft Server 2012. If you have used OnLive Desktop or CloudOn to access Microsoft Office on the iPad, this “app” uses the same type of technology.

This means that you are using an actual full desktop version of WordPerfect on your iPad, and not an app that was created specifically for a touch-interface of the iPad. Although the positive side is that you get to use every feature of WordPerfect, and have 100% format compatibility, the app suffers greatly from usability issues. For example selecting menus sometimes took 3-4 tries with my average size hands, and clicking on the toolbar drop-down menus was nearly impossible without accidentally applying the wrong formatting.

To get to the numbered list options, you have to actually touch that tiny down arrow on the toolbar!

To get to the numbered list options, you have to actually touch that tiny down arrow on the toolbar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, the app will not work without an internet connection. According to the Apple App Store description:

“This virtualized desktop companion requires you to be connected to the Internet. During the trial period we recommend you connect to the internet through Wi-Fi for enhanced performance.”

The reason that Wi-Fi is recommended, is that performance can be an issue over a cellular connection, and you will be using your data allowance if you connect using cellular. This also means that if you do not have internet access, this app is useless, or even worse if you lose a connection while editing a document, you cannot continue to work and can possibly lose your work.

I wish I could say that the disappointment ended there. Since this is a virtualized desktop running WordPerfect, you cannot use the iPad’s “Open In” options to launch WordPerfect from an email or other app. This means that when I have a WordPerfect document as an attachment in email or saved on a cloud service, I was not able to launch that document using WordPerfect for the iPad.

Who am I giving access to my DropBox folders?

Who am I giving access to my DropBox folders?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only method that I could find to get documents into WordPerfect was to associate your DropBox account within the virtualized desktop environment. Since this would establish an instance of my DropBox running within a virtualized desktop on a server that I have no control over, I did not personally feel confident associating my DropBox account with this app. (Documents cannot even be side-loaded into the WordPerfect app using iTunes).

You are warned that this is a cloud-based app, and it will not even always be available.

You are warned that this is a cloud-based app, and it will not even always be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordPerfect X7 for the iPad is listed in the press release as being a free offering alongside the purchase of the new WordPerfect X7 Office suite, however, in the app store description, it is indicated that “Availability is limited”. This means that if you require use of the app, it is important that you download it immediately and register an account to use it. I am assuming that the reason that availability is limited is because a license must be purchased from Microsoft for every user (since it is running on Microsoft Server 2012). Although it is indicated that you must have WordPerfect X7 on your desktop to use this product, when you register to use the iPad app, you are not required to proof that you have a registered copy of WordPerfect Office X7 (this means that as of right now anyone can actually register an account and use this app).

I wish I could say that I recommend this app, but I simply cannot. It was actually painful to use it. None of the iPad keyboard shortcuts work on this app (like double-tapping the space bar for a period), and misspelled words are not auto-corrected. Selecting text was incredibly difficult and I was unable to finish a one page document without several disconnections and a timeout. Since I failed to save before one of the disconnections, I even experienced loss of my work. I also repeatedly noticed keyboard lag even on a high-speed WiFi connection.

I personally find this “app” an embarrassment to Corel. Considering that Microsoft took so long to develop and release Word for the iPad, Corel was given an ideal opportunity to actually become relevant again. Had Corel focused on making a true competitor for Pages and Word on the iPad, it is possible that they could have even converted desktop users by showing how good of a product they had. Instead, I think they have shown those remaining WordPerfect users, the time has finally come to abandon this app.

For now, I recommend that most users consider Microsoft Word for the iPad, even if it does mean purchasing an Office 365 subscription. If you simply cannot justify a subscription to Office 365, Pages is a quality full-featured word processor, just be aware that there will be some compatibility issues if you use Microsoft Word on your desktop.

Download WordPerfect X7 Companion App for iPad.

Dover Delaware iPLUG Meeting Wednesday April 16th

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For those of you that were not able to join the Wilmington Delaware iPLUG meeting earlier today, Richard Herrmann will be in Dover tomorrow morning at 8:30 am for the Dover Delaware iPLUG meeting. The meeting will be held at 34 The Green, Dover, Delaware. The meetings are free and open to all members of the Delaware Legal Community.

Richard will most likely discuss the new Microsoft Office for iPad suite of applications, and also respond to any questions from those joining the meeting. These meetings are a great opportunity for members of the legal community to learn more about using the iPad in the practice of law. We invite all levels of users to attend these free meetings. Even if you have not yet purchased an iPad, these meetings are a great opportunity to learn if your legal practice can be enhanced by using an iPad.

If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting, remember that the Dover section of iPLUG meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 34 The Green. For regular announcements about future meetings, as well as relevant information about the iPhone and iPad, please subscribe for updates to our blog by entering your email address in the subscription section in the right side toolbar of the website.

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