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Top 10 daily things to do with your iPad or Tablet Computer
Tablet Computers are so easy to use now!
1. Online Banking
Some people are scared of this, but there is no good reason to be. Your bank has special encrypted software to protect your accounts and a breach is very, very rare.
If you check your account daily, you will know right away if anyone has been tampering with your accounts. Check with your bank to find out what can go wrong and then take the necessary steps to prevent problems.
2. Online Bill Pay
This may or may not come with your online banking account. It's great if it does though. My bank provides a no fee bill pay service so I never have to write checks or buy postage anymore. I also don't have to save receipts. I just chuck them in the 'to be shredded' box.
My Check Free is a free online bill pay service that you can sign up for.
Oh yes, do your taxes online too! Tax Act online offers this service.
3. Check your credit card statements daily
Each of your credit cards come with a free account that you can access to check your statements online as well as pay your bill. They provide other credit card services that you can access like getting an instant rate increase. You still have to call them to ask for a fee reduction. But you can likely dispute charges immediately which is quite helpful.
4. Read the news
I have several news sites that I visit daily and I no longer pay for subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. Why do that when it's free online? Most major news feeds and Magazines are available at no cost to you. They make their money on selling ads.
The local news is available in Austin, TX at the Austin American Statesman website.
Your local city has their news online too, just google it.
I write for a local online news site called Examiner.com Very upbeat and contemporary. Here is the RSS feed to that which you can read right here, right now!
5. Play music
Your computer comes equipped with some sort of music program or even a CD player. You can listen to music while you surf the web. Learn to use two or more open windows at once. This is called multi-tasking!
My favorite photo of the day
6. Organize all of your photos
You've been meaning to do this for years! Learn to use a scanner or have Walgreens put all those shoebox photos on a CD, then copy it to your hard drive and add captions, make albums, organize everything! You can even do scrapbooking on your computer.
Use programs like Photo Shop, Paint Shop Pro, or the free ones at Picassa or Kodak!
7. Check your email
You do have an online email account now, right? If you are still using an email program like Windows Mail, you will lose it all in the event of a hard drive crash. I don't know how many times I had to learn this lesson. Get a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or other account and use it forever. Check your email from any computer anywhere and never lose your contact list again!
If you still think that running around all over town looking for shoes is a great idea, then more power to you. I have hard to fit feet and can actually go to EVERY shoe store in town and NEVER find a good pair of shoes! That goes for just about everything else I shop for.
Online stores offer more variety, hard to find items, and cheaper prices than any brick and mortar store now. If I didn't have to buy fresh veggies, I would never go to a 'real' store again!
I can find just the right pair of shoes in under 10 minutes from my computer! And heavy items are a must buy from Costco or online furniture stores. Delivery charges are equal to the time, effort, and gasoline I would have spent to go buy it in person. Do your research, returning items can be really easy or really hard depending on what you buy.
You can use Google Earth to go anywhere on the planet. Or you can book travel online and find the perfect trip at the perfect price. Even odd stuff like hiking the Himalayas! Whatever you desire.
10. Read, Educate, Entertain yourself!
I don't know about you, but I can spend hours just reading Hubpages! And how many entertainment sites are there? Millions, I bet. You'll never run out of things to do. Some you can even make money at.
11. Two more great uses for iPad or Tablet Computers:
- Play games - Try Spades Plus or Scrabble
- Use your tablet in the kitchen as a cookbook!
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