Black iPad Apps – what to do

If you have apps on your ipad that are “black” or “grayed out” or just “won’t work”, here are some things to try:

  1. First, make sure you have a live connection to the internet. Fire up a web browser and visit a website you’ve never visited before. Then plugin your iPad and wait a half-hour to see if anything changes.
  2. If nothing has changed,  then do the “iPad Reboot Dance“:
    Swipe out of all your running apps,
    then press AND HOLD the power button on the top of your iPad.
    Swipe to turn it off.
    Wait 2 minutes, and power it back on.
    THEN plugin your iPad and wait a while, to see if anything changes.
  3. Try clicking on one of the dark apps – sometimes that gets the install process kickstarted.

If NOTHING works, then send an email to IPAD – listing what apps are dark.

 

Airserver – setup and using

To start Airserver on your Windows PC, click on the Caret icon on the bottom right area of your toolbar.
 

Then click on the Airserver icon:

You should be able to start Airserver if it isn’t running and set some options. Options to note:

  • Let Airserver startup automatically when you login to your machine
  • Require a passcode before anyone can broadcast to your machine
  • Show a passcode onscreen – which someone would have to enter before they can project.

Advice:

TRY IT OUT before using in class. You just never know what technical glitches you might encounter!

How do I mirror my iOS device over to a computer running AirServer?

On your iPad running iOS 10 or later: follow these steps to connect to AirServer from your iOS device:
  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center.
  2. The Control Center should show an option called “AirPlay Mirroring”, tap the “AirPlay Mirroring” window.
    If the option “AirPlay Mirroring” is not available, then swipe the control center to the left and the option “AirPlay Mirroring” should be visible.
  3. Now you should have a list of AirPlay receivers on your network from the menu that appeared.
  4. Select the AirPlay destination that has your computer name and the Mirroring should start on your screen.
If you are using iOS 9 or earlier you can connect to AirServer from your iOS device by following these steps:
  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center
  2. Tap the AirPlay icon. You should now see a list of AirPlay enabled receivers available on your network.
  3. Tap the name of your AirPlay receiver you wish to AirPlay to. This would be the name of your computer if you are streaming to.
  4. To begin mirroring, toggle the mirroring switch.

CLICK HERE to see a visual picture tour of the process.

You CAN have multiple iPads on your screen at the same time. CLICK HERE for details.

 

General help: https://support.airserver.com/

Sources for the above information:

https://support.airserver.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1465551-how-do-i-mirror-my-ios-device-over-to-a-computer-running-airserver-

https://support.airserver.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1470556-how-to-connect-an-ios-device-to-your-mac-pc

 

Credit, Security Breaches, and Freezes – Protect Yourself!

While this is not normal subject matter for the MDS Tech site,  this IS a part of the digital life we are living that we all have to deal with.

The recent massive Equifax security breach is a huge example of network breaches that occur just about every day. One of the problems is that the thieves will often sit on the data until things cool down -i.e. people forget about it – THEN they try to use or sell the stolen data to steal people’s identities.

What can they do with it?

  • Buy stuff for themselves, but you get the bill is common.
  • So is getting ID papers using your credentials – opening accounts, not paying for things….ruinng YOUR credit and not theirs.

What can YOU do about it?

Freeze your credit. If you have ANY banking/payments/accounts, you probably have a file at the three credit agencies – which is sometimes true even if you are only 12 years old. Freezing your credit means that no one can open an account in your name with the PIN number – and for heaven’s sake, don’t lose that number [NOR should you carry it in your wallet or purse!]

In Georgia it costs $3 to freeze your credit unless you have been a victim of ID theft. You would unfreeze it if you are applying for credit at a new institution – any place you ALREADY have a financial relationship with already has permission to access your info.

These articles have more [easy to read] information, plus links to get started: