Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get on Facebook at School

Alright, kids. You are clearly here because you want to know how to access facebook from school. I've been there, and I'm going to give you several ways that you can get on Facebook at school if you are bored in study hall or while you are doing work in the library.

Web Proxy

The most well known method to bypass any filter that your school may have is using a web proxy. Web proxies are websites that act as an intermediary between your computer and your desired website.  You tell the proxy what site you want to visit and it makes the request for you, then once it receives the page it transfers that to your web browser.  Since the proxy server does not have any restrictions you will be able to get on Facebook at school. Below is a list of multiple proxy sites that you can use to unblock Facebook.

Use Facebook's IP Address

This is a work-around that may or may not work for you, but it's easy and worth a try if you want to access Facebook from school.  Instead of typing in '' in your browser's URL bar, type in the IP address which can be found as follows:

  1. Open command prompt by going to Start Button > Run > Type 'cmd.exe' and press Enter.
  2. When command prompt is open, type 'ping' (without quotes) and you should see that packets are being delivered to indicate a connection exists between your computer and the web server.
  3. Take note of the IP address that is being displayed, and type this into your browser's URL bar to see if Facebook can be accessed now

Remote Control Your Home Computer

If the first two options fail, there may be a third way which you can get on Facebook at school.  If you are a bit more advanced with your understanding of technology, you can install a program called LogMeIn on your home computer, whether it's a Windows or a Mac.

With LogMeIn installed on your home device, you can now access and remotely control your home computer from any web browser with an internet connection via the LogMeIn website!  Depending on the version of the software and which browser you use, you may need to install a plug-in, but they do have an option to run a Java applet which should alleviate the need to download anything on a school computer.

So there you have it, I gave you a handful of methods on how to unblock Facebook while at school.  Even though you may want to ignore your teachers with this new found information, I recommend that you continue learning and paying attention like a good student - only get on facebook at school if you truly have time to kill!

Friday, June 17, 2011

How to Access Router Configuration

Despite the prevalence of wireless routers, very few computer users know how to access router settings should they find themselves with networking issues. I'll show you how to easily find out the information necessary to do this.

For Windows users:

Open the command prompt by clicking the Start button, typing 'cmd' into the search box and pressing enter.

With command prompt open, type 'ipconfig' to display your network settings and IP configuration. Here you can find information such as your IP address and your router's IP address. The router IP address is listed as the default gateway - Linksys and Netgear routers will generally have an IP address of or This is not the case with all routers, however, so please double check your specific default gateway before proceeding.

Skip past the Mac users section of this tutorial to continue...

For Mac Users:

Open system preferences by clicking on the Apple icon at the top left of the menu bar.

Navigate to the network preferences and locate the IP address of your router as shown in the image below.

For BOTH Windows & Mac:

Once you know your router's IP address, copy and paste this value into your default browser's (Internet Explorer/Mozilla Firefox/Google Chrome) URL bar. If you are connected, the router configuration web page should be displayed and you will be prompted to login.

Only you may know the login credentials that you setup when your router was installed, however it is common that if you did not choose a password, the router is given a default username and password to access this configuration. You will have to consult with your router's instructions in order to determine what this might be. It is common that the username and password are both set to 'admin', or may be left blank.

Once you've reached the router configuration web page, you may tinker with some options, but don't mess around if you are not experienced or don't know what you are doing. Some of the more common applications are port forwarding, security restrictions, and setting a wireless key for guests to access wi-fi.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to Move Apps to SD Card for Android

After having my Droid for about a year, I was hit with the message "phone storage space is getting low". I subsequently ignored this thinking that it may have been an error. I was unaware of the amount of apps that I had installed and how much space it was taking up on my internal memory.

Within a few days my text messages were not being delivered because I did not have enough space. As you might imagine, this went from a minor problem to a major complication. I knew I had to move apps to the SD card to free up internal memory.

The good news is that it forced me to put my thinking cap on and I found multiple solutions that I wish to share with everyone today. Hopefully this will save you a couple of headaches when trying to rid your phone of this issue!

  1. The first step is to check how much memory you have available. I have read on forums that this message can pop up in error so this is a good way to determine whether you need to fix the problem. Go to Settings -> SD Card & Phone Storage, and you will see the screen below. Your internal phone storage is listed at the bottom. As you can see I have a bit cleared out from when I performed the upcoming steps. If you are in the range of 20MB to 40MB, it's time to start thinking about clearing up space.

  2. The easiest way to free internal memory on your Droid is to delete any apps that you don't use or need. You may not want to resort to this, but it's a good way to keep your phone a little bit cleaner. If you really don't want to delete anything, then it's time to move apps to your SD card. If you only want to move a few, you can do this manually. Go to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications. Once there, click on the 'All' tab to reveal all of your applications. They should be sorted alphabetically by default, but if you want to sort by size (which is more useful for freeing up space!) press the info button (next to the home button) as shown below:

  3. With the new Froyo operating system update, you are now allowed to move certain programs to the SD card. Click on the app that you want to move and either select to uninstall or move to SD card. You will find that the 'Move to SD Card' may be grayed out on some applications - don't despair, they can be moved, more on that later....

  4. If you have multiple programs to move, there is a great app called App 2 SD Free. When you open the program it will build your application list and organize them to let you know which can be moved to the SD card. It will also prompt you to delete cached data from all apps - this is another trick to clear up some space, although when you begin to run apps again this space will be filled back up so you still will want to move your apps to the SD card.

  5. Now for the meat of this tutorial - how to unlock the ability to move all apps to the SD card. And most importantly, you can do this without root access to your phone.

    First, download and install the Android SDK. If you don't have a technical background, this stands for Software Development Kit, and it is used for users who like to tinker with and write apps for Android. Don't worry, you don't need to have a degree to figure this out, though :)

    When the installer is finished running it will prompt you for which packages to install. You can leave the default components and select 'Install'.

    You may also need to install Java SE Development Kit (JDK) in order to run the Android SDK - the link for that download can be found here - Download JDK.

    If the Android SDK installer still does not find Java SE Development Kit after you have installed it, there is a simple bug that has an easy fix - press the back button on the installation, and then click the next button. You should be able to move forward now.

  6. Once the Android SDK is setup, it's time to connect your phone to your computer via USB. Do not turn on USB storage, instead navigate to Settings -> Applications -> Development and check 'USB Debugging'. You may have to confirm that you want to do this - go ahead and click the OK button.

  7. Next, you will need to download USB drivers to your phone. If you have the T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile myTouch G3, Verizon Droid, Nexus One or Nexus S you can download the Google USB driver. If you do not own one of these smartphones, you will need to download your OEM USB driver.

  8. Once your drivers are successfully installed, open Command Prompt - you can do this by clicking the Windows Start Menu and search for 'cmd' in the search box. It should be the only program to come up, so you can press enter to run command prompt.

    Type cd "C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools" and hit enter to change directories. Double check this is where your copy of Android SDK was installed. If you have a 64-bit computer, but the software is 32-bit, you will need to replace Program Files with Program Files (x86) - Thanks Daagor!

    Type adb shell, hit enter and you will see a dollar sign ($) prompt appear.

    Type pm setInstallLocation 2 and hit enter. You will get this same message echoed back, and another dollar sign prompt will appear. This is what switches your install location to your SD card - you can now exit from the command prompt.

  9. Return to Settings -> Applications -> Development and uncheck USB debugging before you disconnect. Reboot your phone and you are ready to rock!

  10. When your phone restarts, open up App 2 SD Free and you will find that several more apps can now be moved to the SD card!!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep apps that require services running in the background on your internal memory. For me, this includes all Google apps that sync with my account, apps where I use a homepage widget, and other important apps.

    Every other app can be moved to the SD card to recover your internal storage space.

Monday, May 2, 2011

iPhone 5 Pictures

As with each product from Apple, there is a ton of anticipation for the release of the new iPhone 5. The expected date of arrival is fall of 2011, however the forums are currently buzzing with iPhone 5 pictures and rumors of what features may be included with the new edition.

Keep in mind that nothing has been officially released by Apple, so this is all conjecture up to this point. However there is no lack of excitement which has prompted many people to post photos of potential prototypes with changes ranging from a larger screen area to a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

The following iPhone 5 pics comes from a video on YouTube from a parts manufacturer that may have a hint as to what the contents of the iPhone 5 will consist of. Also included is a close up of the aluminum frame which will house the device. The full video can be found below the following two pictures.

The following photos are a prototype that will most likely not come to fruition, but hey they should at least make their rounds and further inspire the Apple developers. This particular iPhone 5 pic includes an updated SMS display and a neat way to display your contact list.

I think this image of the iPhone 5 display could be very real, and when compared to the previous version it gives the user a bigger area to work with for an improved experience.

The infographic below is a terrific round-up of all iPhone 5 rumors to date, including photographs and specs. This picture can be seen in it's full resolution at

As always, if you are not one to partake in rumors you can find the latest information about official iPhone 5 pictures straight for the source - iPhone by Apple

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Short Throw Projector

If you have had any involvement with a brick and mortar business or organization, chances are you've been to your fair share of meetings. In today's technological environment, almost every presentation is created with slide-show software and displayed via a projector. However, many projectors are designed to accommodate larger halls where they are placed very far back in comparison to where the screen is positioned. Often times, these will not function properly in a very small area such as a confined conference room. Don't despair though, because there is a specific device for this problem which is the short throw projector.

Short throw projectors are unique in that they can display full quality images and videos onto a large screen from a very short distance. This is beneficial because it can be used without worry of a shadow being cast from the projector light bulb and the person at the front of the room.

When buying a short throw projector, read the specification sheet for the particular model and you will generally see a feature known as the throw ratio. This number is a ratio of the distance from the projector lens to the screen to the actual screen width. A big throw ratio will equate to a longer distance from the projector to the screen, however these optical systems tend to be more focused than their shorter throw counterparts. The convenience of a short throw project should not go unnoticed, because they can be used in a wider variety of situations, such as the home theater or aforementioned business meeting room.

The throw distance (distance from the lens to the screen) for a short throw projector can be as low as 0.5 feet, or as high as 8 feet. With this in mind, it's best to do a little math before hand and take a few measurements around the room where the projector will be placed.

If you already own a projector but need to upgrade to a short throw projector lens, that is also a viable alternative to buying a new system. These can cost anywhere from $500 to a few thousand, however they will give you the flexibility to move your projector to several locations should you want to transfer it from room to room. Many brands do come with a short throw attachment when you purchase them, including Casio, Hitachi, InFocus, Panasonic, Sanyo and NEC to name a few.

Whether you want your own home theater or you are a business owner looking to upgrade presentation quality, you can benefit from adding a short throw projector to any room of your house or office.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Slate PC Reviews

Portability and mobile computing are truly the wave of the future when it comes to technology and the PC consumer market. People are demanding more power, speed and updates at a fascinating rate which has led to multiple improvements and a healthy dose of competition between the companies who are building these computers. First it was laptops, then a few years ago the netbook was introduced. Today people can carry a smart phone in their pocket and have nearly all the capabilities of a PC. But recently there has been a huge shift in popularity from the smaller computing device to a slate PC tablet.

Slate computers have the advantage of a larger, more vibrant display that can properly render full web pages in amazing detail. In addition, the majority of slate tablets have capacitive touch screen where you can swipe the screen with your fingers.

However with so many options out there it can get confusing when deciding which brand to go with. A byproduct of the rapid rate of improvement in these devices is the lack of consumer knowledge each time a new model is released. I want to clear the air about some misconceptions and give you more details so you can choose the correct slate tablet PC to buy.

  • Dell Streak - Dell has released it's version of a tablet PC with the Streak. Although this is more of a phone sized tablet, it has received some very positive reviews from its users. The Dell Streak comes equipped with the Android OS, 512 MB of RAM, built in GPS, a 5 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, two cameras and the ability to expand storage with a MicroSD card. They have announced an upcoming 7" model and may have plans in the works to release a full sized 10" model in the future.

  • Asus Eee Slate - Asus has a history with tablets and slate PCs, but they are preparing to release one of the first Windows 7 tablets that is officially endorsed by Microsoft. The Asus Eee Slate EP121 boasts a much larger amount of RAM capacity, either 2GB or 4GB, a large high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel screen and even an HDMI output port so you can connect to your HDTV. They may not be the most powerful name out there but they have vast experience with tablet design and their newest model has already caused a buzz in 2011 at the CES convention. Check out the cool ad at the end of this bulleted list. They are also releasing two Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablets around the spring of 2011 which will be a notch below the specs of the EP121, but at a lower cost.

  • Advent Vega - This slate PC was released in late 2010 in the UK, but it has many cool features, most notably a very reasonable price. The Vega runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo Operating System and has the computing power of a dual-core processor. The front facing camera is a decent 1.3 MegaPixels, but the screen size is better at a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

  • Motorola Xoom - Because of the popularity of the Droid, which propelled the Android OS into significance, many folks believe that the Motorola Xoom will be the closest competitor to that fruit company's slate computer that we've all heard of! In fact they won the 'Best of CES' award this year at the biggest electronic convention in the world. The specs are pretty impressive, with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 1080p video playback and a 2 MP and 5 MP camera, facing the front and rear, respectively.

  • Blackberry Playbook- As one of the major smart phone providers today, there was little doubt that blackberry would enter into the slate PC game. The screen resolution is a notch below the Xoom, however the Playbook's front facing camera is actually 3MP, a bit of an improvement over many other tablets. In addition to 1080p HD video playback, it also has expansion ports for micro USB and micro HDMI. The screen is 7" and the processor is a dual core for maximum performance. The other added bonus is that the Blackberry 4G network will come with the Playbook if you decide to upgrade from the WiFi only model. As always, BlackBerry will remain corporate friendly with their seamless compatibility options.

  • HP TouchPad- HP is beginning to focus on the tablet market and will release their version of the TouchPad which will run on the proprietary webOS operating system which they purchased from Palm a few years ago. With specs that will rival any slate tablet PC on the market. The Palm derived OS become prominent with the release of the Palm Pre and it was widely known for it's impressive multi-tasking capabilites when compared to other tablet operating systems. While more details are upcoming, if you wait until summer this may be the latest and greatest in the slate PC world.

  • HP Slate 500 - If you don't want to wait for the TouchPad, or simply want a better deal another good option is the HP Slate 500. The main difference between this model and the upcoming TouchPad is that the Slate 500 runs Windows 7 instead of webOS. The initial design started as an e-reader, but blossomed into a more full fledged media experience, hence the tablet design. The specs include an 8.9" LCD screen with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 64 GB of storage with a solid-state hard drive, and 2GB of RAM to speed things up. You may also use the touch screen with a stylus for more pen-like functionality, including hand written notes.

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung's first big tablet release has come with the 7" Galaxy tab. It is definitely worthy, but it does have a few inferior specs when compared with newer and upcoming tablets that have yet to hit the market. It has only a single-core processor and runs off the popular Android 2.2 Froyo OS. Another noteworthy feature is that the slate computer is encased in plastic, not metal. Due to this it isn't as sturdy, however this does make it lightweight.

  • Fujitsu Stylistic- This model of tablet PC is made for people on the go, working both indoors and outdoors. The case is semi-rugged with a 12" display, has a solid-state 64GB hard drive, comes with a stylus and supports multiple pen-based functions including a digital notebook where you can write without the use of a real or virtual keyboard. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo, providing multi-threading when running several programs at once. It also has quite a bit of security built within, such as a finger print scanning sensor. This might not be ideal for the casual consumer but for a business man or contractor who is on the go and outside often, it is an impressive device.

  • Panasonic Toughbook Tablet - If there were ever a blue-collar slate pc, the Toughbook series would fit the bill. They already have released laptop versions, but Panasonic is venturing into the tablet world. As a true outdoor computer, the 10"+ screen is still viewable in the sunlight and the casing is completely sealed for usability in every weather condition. If you are looking for a top of the line field slate tablet, look no further because you've found one of the best.

  • LG G-Slate - The G-Slate tablet PC which will be released later this March is sure to be a hit due to the strong brand of LG. Not all specifications are currently known but what we do know is that it should be around 9" with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. I'm sure this variety will be comparable with the other new slate tablet releases over the Summer.

  • ExoPC Slate - This company hails from Canada and they have released quite a powerful tablet computer with their ExoPC Slate. It is a Windows 7 based slate PC with 2GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 resolution on its 11.6" LCD screen. It comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports and a mini HDMI port if you want to connect your slate to an HDTV. Given the better specifications compared to most other tablets, it comes with a higher price tag. You can expect to pay somewhere between $700-900 for this model.

  • ViewSonic G Tablet - Here is another Google Android based tablet, although it was initially released with the previous version, Android 2.2 Froyo. The LCD screen is a wide 10.1" with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The processor is a 1GHz dual core with 512 MB of DDR RAM, and 16GB of internal memory, however this can be expanded with the use of an SD card. The best part about this tablet is the price - you can probably find one around the $300 range, so what it lacks in pure processing power it makes up for with affordability.

  • Acer Iconia A500 - This bad boy is shipping out to hit the market beginning in late April, and it carries an introductory price tag of $449 - a very competitive starting point indeed. The Acer Iconia tablet will feature Android's Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and it's specifications are eerily similar to the Motorola Xoom tablet. The main difference comes in the hard drive size and graphics capability. The hard drive will start at 16GB, however there will be an SD expansion slot if you should need to bump up the storage space. As for the graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce can output 1080p HD quality video via the HDMI output port, and can display 720p HD video on the tablet itself.

Hopefully you aren't completely overwhelmed after reading that list! I know it can be tedious but the fact of the matter is that most of these tablets are built with a lot of similarities. What it ultimately comes down to is how much you want to spend, how powerful a slate PC you want, and how comfortable you are with certain operating systems. For example, if you already own an Android based device, it will be very easy for you to get an Android based tablet. Do a little research, read a few customer reviews and you'll find something that fits your needs. With that, I'll leave you with this great commercial below for the new Asus slate tablet.

Monday, March 7, 2011

iPad 2 For Verizon

On Friday, March 11th Apple will release it latest and seemingly greatest invention to date - the iPad 2. The iPad 2 for Verizon will be unveiled on the same day, but considering that pre-ordering is not an option this time around, the supply will almost certainly be thwarted by the immense demand.

So why do so many Verizon customers want the new iPad 2? The new IOS4 operating system for one is a perfect reason. IOS4 is an operating system that is considered leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Known as stable and secure IOS4 allows users to multi-task using any of the sixty thousands apps that are available for your iPad 2, including, but not limited to, standard apple apps such iBook and Garageband. Apps can now be organized using folders creating a more efficient streamlined setup.

A new feature that the iPad 2 provides is the use of two cameras; one on the front and one on the back. These two cameras make using Apple's Facetime App easy. The app allows to video call with anyone anywhere and still have another camera at your disposal. So those care about near and far can see more than simply your face they can experience your surroundings and vice versa.

Simply put the latest iPad 2 for Verizon, which will start at half a grand ($499 to be exact), is/will be the best most technologically advanced mobile device on the open market with enough bells and whistles to wake up the neighbors or at least make them envy your latest toy. Not only that, but much like that new and improved new year's resolved body of yours the iPad 2 is smaller roughly 9.5 x 7 inches and weighs a minuscule 1.35 pounds. Yet this iPad is still equipped with a 25-watt hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery capable of sustaining for 10 hours before charging and 9 hour sojourns via the internet.

Verizon will offer a variety of data plans on its 3G network ranging from 1GB for $20/month to 10GB for $80/month.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

iPad Price Drop

The iPad is quickly approaching it's anticipated 1st birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by an iPad price drop to the already stellar value that Apple has provided technology consumers.

The phenomenon caused by the iPad's release last year has shocked the computer buying market because people are starting to desire the slim and portable nature of the device, along with the 'cool' factor that you just cannot get from your standard laptop, not even the Macbook. The apps make it a breeze to do things like reading news articles, playing video games, checking updated sports scores or even transferring money from your bank account to your credit card bill. People love the ease of use and since most computer users don't need excessive processing power, they are not limited without a keyboard or enterprise level software such as Adobe Photoshop.

The iPad is rapidly becoming a worthy competitor to other computers, dramatically cutting into their sales figures. And even with more tablets entering the market in the coming months, it looks like the landscape is still going to be dominated by Apple for some time to come.

On March 2nd, 2011 Apple announced that it was going to be releasing a newer sibling to the original iPad - the iPad 2. This is great news for consumers for a variety of reasons. Firstly the iPad has been without a doubt the hottest selling item on the technology market in the past year. The base price was initially set to $499, but now with the coming of the next tablet, they have authorized a price cut of $100, bringing the new starting price to a very reasonable $399. If you are the type of person who enjoys having the newest gadget and aren't concerned with the money you should go for the iPad 2. However if you want to save some cash and still get your hands on a fabulous piece of technology, this new iPad deal is perfect for you.

Now is your best opportunity to take advantage of the iPad price cut - with Christmas over and the summer approaching, there is no better time to grab this wonderful gadget at a reduced rate. While the new iPad 2 has various features that you might be interested in, I tend to believe that most users don't utilize the power enough to pay the difference in price for the newer version. The first version of the iPad is more than capable enough for the average buyer in terms of extensibility and diversity on the app market. If you own a Macbook, I recommend it even more because syncing your iTunes and media library will be a snap and the iPad makes a wonderful entertainment device when you are on the road.

All in all, I think every consumer should look into the 2011 iPad price drop. I'm sure there are several buyers who are on the fence but if you use the machine on a daily basis you will undoubtedly get your money's worth and be pleased with your purchase. Go ahead, you will be glad you did.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Flash Player For iPad

NOTE: If you are viewing this post from an iPad, you will want to switch to your Mac or PC to view the embedded video tutorials (yes, they are flash based). If you follow these and move forward with this updated solution, you will have your very own flash player for iPad!

Apple has been in a lengthy and very public struggle with Adobe regarding new web technologies. As most of you may know, Adobe Flash content is not supported on any Apple devices such as the iPad and iPhone. Steve Jobs has been outwardly negative, and even downright scathing when it comes to third party technologies and software that come between the platform and the developer. The reason behind his motive is that that developers would not be able to take advantage of system enhancements unless the third party applications were using them - in this way, the developer's application performance was inherently tied to the underlying software and not the platform itself. Yup, it's unlikely there will ever be a native flash player for iPad.

Now, a few critics of Steve Jobs might say that this is a foolish decision because Adobe is one of the major software companies around and they do not release sub-par products. However, when you look at their track record as it pertains to Mac support you may sympathize with his reluctance to support Flash player. As it turns out, Adobe was the last major third-party software developer to fully support the Mac operating system, doing so with their recent CS5 Suite release.

As much as I may agree with Steve Jobs thought process, the bottom line is that users are the ones who see the detrimental effect. So many websites are developed in Adobe Flash due to the rich media you can create, and many folks now-a-days are using their iPad as a full-time computer. Put 2 and 2 together and you can see that people are not getting the complete web experience.


The battle between Apple and Adobe Flash is ongoing, but there is surprisingly great news when it comes to an iPad Flash player update. If you have a jailbroken iPad, you can install the software package known as Frash (developed by Comex), which ports Flash support. Frash is still in the beta stages of development so it may have a few bugs here and there, but it provides a fix that many users had been looking for.

Frash has become a go-to option for breaking this barrier despite Apple's negligence. As I mentioned previously, in order to install Frash on your iPad, you must jailbreak it first. Spirit Jailbreak is a simple and easy option for accomplishing this first.

Once that is in place, here is how you install Frash (You are doing this AT YOUR OWN RISK - I'm not responsible if you perform these tasks incorrectly or otherwise damage your device while trying to install this iPad Flash player):
  1. Search the internet to find and download Frash.deb. I believe these are currently located on GitHub, however they may be available on other servers around the web.
  2. You must ensure you have file access capability on your iPad. If you have a Mac, you simply need to install Netatalk. If you are a Windows XP/Vista/7 user you will most likely need a bash shell program such as OpenSSH, in conjuction with WinSCP. Again do a quick Google search to find out more information regarding these methods. Keep in mind that you can erase or move system files if you have a jailbroke iPad (read: I can damage my device pretty easily if I don't know what I'm doing) so be careful.
  3. With your iPad connected to your Mac or PC, open Finder and goto /var/root/Media
  4. Create a folder name "Cydia"
  5. Create a sub-directory folder within "Cydia" and call this "AutoInstall"
  6. Upload the Frash package that you downloaded in the first step, and restart your iPad
Below is a YouTube video detailing the process of installing Flash on iPad.

Once installed you can now view Flash content on any website. To test it out, open Safari and go to your favorite Adobe Flash based site to test it out. What you will notice is that the Flash content is initially grayed-out and you must tap it to active Frash. If this does not work on your first trial, restart the iPad again - sometimes it is not recognized immediately.

It's important not to forget that this flash upgrade is meant as a work around and is still in beta development. What that means for you is that you probably don't want to abuse it or use it for any performance intensive tasks (such as gaming) where it will be more likely to kill your battery or crash your iPad. Frash is not really an app like the rest of the programs on your phone - instead it is a background process that ports flash compatibility to your iPad.


You may not know this but you can actually download different types of browsers to peruse the internet on your iPad. Luckily for you the developers at Skyfire have included a Flash alternative with their latest and greatest version of their browser app for you to use. This does not involve jailbreaking your iPad so it's surely a safer option that the majority of people can handle. However it doesn't work with all flash content - instead what it does is renders any videos that it finds in the flash file and outputs the audio/video using HTML5.

You can download Skyfire at the app store for $2.99. Check out some other cool features of the Skyfire browser in this video below:

Puffin for iOS

Puffin is another web browser for both the iPhone and iPad which uses cloud acceleration to give you a more speedy experience on the go.

At the affordable price of $0.99 you get a browser with Flash capability, albeit with a few limitations.  It does not load flash by default when a web page is loaded, but instead you control whether you need to download the content by tapping the frame with the Adobe Flash icon.  It is also integrated to stream YouTube videos directly to your iPad.

However, don't expect to play any graphics-heavy games with this browser because audio is not supported and it is not optimized for that type of application.

Photon Flash Web Browser

Photon Web Browser is similar to Puffin in that it utilizes cloud technology to do the bulk of the flash processing on remote servers, streaming the content directly to your iPad.  Just tap the lightning icon in the browser toolbar to load Flash games or apps, and the browser will remember that you want to load Flash in the future.

Another cool feature of Photon is that it comes equipped with a tabbed browsing experience for the multi-tasker in all of us.  Along with an immersive full-screen mode, this can easily turn into your full-time browser for business and pleasure on the iPad.


iSwifter is browser-like app that gives you a more complete Flash player for iPad solution when compared to SkyFire. They use a cloud-based Flash game streaming service to process all Flash content on their servers and deliver it seamlessly to your mobile tablet.

Like most third-party software, you can expect a bug here and there, but it has received generally positive reviews on it's ability to render Flash games and other web based applications.

This video gives you a brief introduction on some of it's capabilities.

As with nearly all of these options, the performance and speed at which Flash content is streamed to your iPad is completely dependent on the strength of your connection. You may experience latency from playing Cityville on Facebook if you are using a 3G connection in the city, however with a solid WiFi signal and an updated version of your favorite flash enabled browser, you should get by just fine enjoying the full web experience.

The future of rich mobile media probably lies within HTML5 and CSS3, and not so much Adobe Flash updates that are compatible with the iPad. The reasoning is that while Flash is great for content, it is too performance heavy for devices that are made to be portable, quiet and cool with a long lasting battery, such as handheld tablet and other gadgets. Open web standards have been coming for a long time and mobile devices will surely use them to their fullest extent to ensure standardized and optimized performance across all mobile platforms. For now, we'll have to settle for a third party flash player for iPad!

Monday, January 3, 2011

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