Wallpaper of the Week: stars and moons.

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Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch.

Today, there is a pack of wallpaper posts highlighting a whimsical approach to the starry sky. From creatively placed moons, to clouds and even space ships, if you are into galaxies, possibly far, far away, step inside for your downloads…

Stars and moons wallpapers for iPhone

The collection below was gathered by @iDeviceGFX, operated by @CenixNova. The iDevice twitter account shares wallpapers on a daily basis and I recommend checking out the timeline for some other excellent walls.

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AT&T slashes $200 off iPad if you buy an iPhone.

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Apple is about to make the iPhone 5s and 5c obsolete, but if you’re in the market for a brand new iPhone and need an iPad to go with it, then AT&T is ready to lure you in with a $200 discount on any iPad you want, as long as it has 4G.

To score the deal you must be willing to venture into an AT&T retail store to buy your iPhone 5s or 5c, but like any carrier deal, there are a few strings attached.

Customers will have to purchase their iPhone upgrade on AT&T’s NEXT installment plans, instead of just a two-year contract and subsidy. You also have to sign a two-year cellular contract for the iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G to get the discount. That makes the savings really more like $100-$130.

How much money you really stand to save depends on which type of plans you’re on, but for those eyeing the non-retina iPad mini, you can grab the 16GB cellular model for only $200, thanks to an additional discount from AT&T. The 16GB iPad Air will run you $329.

If you’ve been eying a new iPhone 5c the deal could be worth it, but with the iPhone 6 so close on the horizon, unless you’re really desperate you might want to at least wait and see what Apple announces on September 9th.

Personal iMessages going to a shared iPad? Heres how to fix it!

How to stop your personal iMessages from going to a shared iPad

Shared iPads are commonplace in many households. While the kids use it to play games, the adults may use it to store recipes, check sports scores, and more. Depending on whose Apple ID was used to set up the iPad initially, you may find that someone’s iMessages are showing up on the shared iPad, which may not be desirable for many. Depending on your particular situation, there are a few ways to solve this problem. So you can choose what’s best for you and your family, we’ll walk you through each one!

Option 1: Deactivate iMessage on the iPad

The easiest solution to stopping private iMessages from showing up on a shared iPad is to completely deactivate iMessage. This means messages will stop altogether and none of the addresses you use for iMessage will be able to be used. The down side to this is that you won’t be able to send messages at all from the shared iPad. If that’s okay with you, complete the steps below and you’re done. If you’d rather be able to send messages, just not intertwine them with someone else’s personal account, continue on for more options.

  1. Launch the Settings app on the shared iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Turn Off iMessage.

Option 2: Exclude your phone number from iMessage

If you want to be able to send and receive iMessages on the iPad, you can always choose to exclude messages that are specifically sent to someone’s phone number, presumably their iPhone. You’ll need to complete two steps in order to do this, and also consider that if someone sends that person an iMessage to their email, it will show up on the shared iPad too. This is something you can’t currently stop from happening. But you can help prevent it with the following steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app on the shared iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Tap on Send & Receive.
  4. Uncheck the person’s phone number under the first section.
  5. Now be sure that under the Start New Conversations From section, one of the email addresses listed are selected, not the phone number associated with that Apple ID.
  6. Launch the Settings app on that particular person’s iPhone now.
  7. Tap on Messages.
  8. Tap on Send & Receive.
  9. Make sure only the phone number is selected in both sections.

While the above method isn’t completely foolproof, it should result in you only creating and receiving iMessages associated with your actual phone number. It should work for most folks but for those who want an even more foolproof method, check out option 3.

Option 3: Add an email alias for iMessage use

If you want to be sure that the shared iPad only receives messages that are specifically intended for it, you can always add an email alias to your existing Apple ID that you’ll only use specifically for the shared iPad. This is a good option if you want to be able to send messages inside your family and don’t mind using someone’s existing ID to make that possible without too much effort.

In order to add another email to your Apple ID, you can follow our guide on adding additional email addresses.

Just like other methods, if someone outside your family knows that particular email, it won’t keep them from sending messages to it. If you want a completely foolproof way to be able to send messages on the shared iPad without invading anyone’sprivacy, continue on to option 4.

4. Create a new Apple ID

The only way to be sure that no one’s privacy is invaded on a shared iPad is to create an Apple ID just for that iPad that everyone has access to. Only share that Apple ID with the people that you want to be able to send messages with from the shared iPad. It’s also a good idea to make sure that they know it’s on a shared device.

There are also other benefits of creating an Apple ID for use on a shared device. One of the biggest ones is that if you use iCloud to back up your shared iPad, you won’t be eating into anyone’s storage plan and the iPad will get its own. For some folks, that may be reason enough to create a new Apple ID.

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: Access your Mac or PC from anywhere!

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: Access your desktop computer from anywhere!

In search of the best iPad apps that let you access your desktop PC or Mac from anywhere? Let’s face it, sometimes as humans we can be forgetful. Ever walked into a meeting and realized that you didn’t remember to transfer a document or presentation you needed to your iPad? Or perhaps you forgot to email your finished lab assignment to yourself before leaving your dorm. Remote desktop apps for iPad let you take control of your computer, or someone else’s if given permission, in order to view and transfer files while on the go. If you get work done both behind a desk and on your iPad, it’s not a bad idea to have a remote desktop app handy. These are currently the best remote desktop apps available in the App Store for iPad!

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Best remote desktop apps for iPad: Screens VNC

Screens VNC is dead simple to set up and start using. Just install Screens on your iPad and on your desktop computer and you’re ready to fire up connections. Screens VNC has native apps for both iOS and Mac, but you can still create connections with Linux and Windows machines. Screens supports multiple displays too so if you have more than one hooked up to your Mac, it’s not a problem. There’s also support for shortcut keys, touch and trackpad modes, hot corners, AirPlay mirroring support, and more. Since Screens supports iCloud syncing, set up your computers on one of your iOS devices and you’ve got access from every device your iCloud account is linked to without any additional setup.

If you want a streamlined remote desktop experience, it doesn’t get much better than Screens VNC.

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TeamViewer: Remote Control

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: TeamViewer

TeamViewer is available on virtually any desktop platform you can think of including Mac, PC, and Linux. Once TeamViewer is running on your desktop computer, you can easily access your files on the go. TeamViewer also has support for multiple displays as well as wake-on-LAN functionality so you can access your desktop remotely even if it’s asleep. Since anyone can go to TeamViewer on the web, it’s a great tool for remote support too. Just direct someone to the website and they can give you an access code to quickly and easily take control of their desktop. The best part is that TeamViewer is completely free for private and personal use.

If you provide remote support to friends and family now and again, or only need sporadic access to your own desktop computers on the go, TeamViewer is a great choice.

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: Splashscreen

Splashtop 2 is one of the more flexible remote desktop apps available for iPad. If you just want to access your files from your iPad, you should be good to go with a one time purchase. However, if you want more than that such as the ability to annotate on the screen, play games with a built-in game pad, and much more, Splashtop 2 gives you those options as additional in-app purchases. Without them you can still access your remote desktop anywhere, view files, and use any application installed on your computer just as you would on your desktop.

Splashtop 2 is a great option for those that need advanced features such as annotation and full support for gaming with a dedicated gamepad.

Currently on sale for a limited time for $4.99

iTeleport Remote Desktop

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: iTeleport

iTeleport is an incredibly powerful remote desktop app that gives you complete control over as many desktops as you’d like. Need support for international keyboards or Bluetooth keyboards? iTeleport supports them all and also offers SSH encryption for all platforms. There’s also wake-on-LAN support, multiple display capabilities, and tons more. And if you plan on using iTeleport for education, there’s even discounts available by contacting them directly. iTeleport also uses Google accounts for login which means there’s one less username and password for you to remember.

If you have multiple computers to access and manage, iTeleport gives you truly unlimited access to all of them.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop

Best remote desktop apps for iPad: Microsoft Remote Desktop

Microsoft Remote Desktop is Microsoft’s official remote desktop app for iPad. It’s been built from the ground up using the remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX to ensure that Windows users have access to all gestures and functions that Windows offers. Any Microsoft apps that you have installed or use through Windows Live are also fully accessible in just a tap. There is also support for the Microsoft RemoteApp built right in.

If you’re workflow is heavily Windows based and don’t need a ton of advanced features, Microsoft Remote Desktop gets the job done.

Wallpaper of the Week: Game of Thrones.

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Today, assorted Game of Thrones wallpapers grace the section with cunning avarice. The sombre collection captures the series’ emotional depth and unpredictable plot turns…

 

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Below is a parallax ready collection of wallpapers for the Game of Thrones lover in all of us. These images will satisfy both your Lock and Home screens.

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Turn Your iPad into a Full-Fledged Desktop with the myKeyO.

ncreasingly, iPads are replacing laptops and even desktops as the computing platform of choice, especially in schools. But the onscreen keyboard is often the weak link. There are a plethora of Bluetooth keyboards, notably Apple’s own pricey Wireless Keyboard. It could get expensive to outfit each student with one.

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Enter the myKeyO. This is a unique combination of a Bluetooth keyboard with something I haven’t seen before. Indeed I was skeptical of this item when the vendor first emailed me about it, but now that I’ve had a chance to use it, I totally get it.

First, there is a base station, made of heavy duty silicone. There are cutouts to hold an iPad (or other tablet) in portrait or landscape mode. More cutouts can hold a variety of things, like a pen or stylus, business cards, paperclips, and more.

The most important slot is for either the official Apple Wireless Keyboard, or their own keyboard. They have designed a lower cost, tough plastic keyboard that shares the exact same dimensions as Apple’s version. In some ways, this keyboard is better because it has iPad-specific buttons like the Home button. It also could work with Microsoft Windows computers or tablets, as it has labels for Windows.

I could easily see the myKeyO units being placed throughout a school or office, so students could set down their tablets and get to work. Ideally, each student would work at the same spot, so the Bluetooth keyboard would already be paired, but if not, pairing is an easy process with the Connect button on the bottom of the keyboard.

The base station is really heavy and should stay put on most desks. It’s also available in assorted colors, so students can have some customization. It’s one of those accessories you didn’t know you needed until you see it. But now it’s earned a dedicated spot on my desk.

Tinkering Monkeys WoodFlip stand secures iPad and credit card reader.

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Tinkering Monkey — has announce a great looking product called the WoodFlip. It’s made specifically for businesses that use an iPad in combination with a credit card reader.

The WoodFlip stand comes in two models; one works with an iPad and the Square card reader while the other works with the uDynamo reader. Both models cost $200 each. The company offers the WoodFlip in three wood versions; Natural Light, Dark Walnut Stain or Black Stain. The stand words with any large iPad except the first generation model; it will not work with the iPad mini.

Tinkering Monkey even offers a free laser engraving of a company’s logo for each WoodFlip and the nine inch tall stand can be tilted while also offering an integrated but discreet charging port for the iPad.