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If You’re Planning To Just Sell Away Your Outdated iPad, Read This First

If You’re Planning To Just Sell Away Your Outdated iPad, Read This First

The new iPads from Apple are better than ever, but just because you have a new model doesn’t mean that you can’t do something with the old one that still works perfectly well. After all, you spent enough money on it, so you may as well get as much out of it as you can. Here are some things you can do with your old Apple tablet.

1. Make it a Radio

You can turn your old iPad into a radio system by only using it to play music. If you have guests, they can play all of their music through your new radio system that didn’t cost you anything. All you need is a set of speakers, and you can get a pretty decent set for a reasonable price. An added bonus is that you get loads of great music, without having to find a place in your home for a bulky stereo system.

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2. Home Security

When you use your old iPad with AtHome Camera Free or a similar app, it becomes a video surveillance system. Just point the iPad at a specific spot, such as the front door. As soon as any movements at the area are detected, you will be notified by the iPad.

3. Your New Recipe Book

Recipe books or loose papers with recipes written on them can be a real pain, and they get lost easily. Your old iPad can hold all kinds of recipes, shopping lists, etc. You can attach the iPad to a wall, and it is always there when you need it. Big Oven organizes your recipes, automatically generates shopping lists, and offers 200,000 additional cooking projects online.

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4. Music Effects

If you are a musician, an old iPad can be an extremely useful tool. Use it with a MIDI interface and your favorite amp emulation app, and you will have all kinds of fun guitar effects to play with.

5. A New Clock

If you get the QLockTwo app, which only costs $0.99, you can turn your iPad into a clock. The fun part is you don’t even have to look at the time, because it will speak the time to you in words.

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6. Give it to Your Kids

Take any adult-oriented apps off and add kid-friendly apps, books, etc., and turn the old iPhone into a way to entertain your kids. Make sure that you put it in a strong, durable case. Also, make sure that you set the parental controls so the kids don’t see anything they shouldn’t, and that they don’t accidentally buy anything online.

7. Television Remote

You can get iOS apps from many television firms such as Sony that will allow you to control your television, using your old iPad as a remote control. Or, you can use an S-video, VGA cable, or Apple TV to watch programs from the iPad on your television.

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8. Donate It

There are many charities that would love to receive your old iPad. The devices are donated to veterans, seniors, special needs children, etc. who can make good use of them.

9. Keep it in Your Car

There are many ways you can use your old iPad in your car. It can be a navigation system, a messaging system, or even entertainment for the kids. Get a mount such as a RAM Mount or a ModulR to keep it in a handy location.

Featured photo credit: Leon Lee via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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