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Top 10 daily things to do with your iPad or Tablet Computer

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Tablet Computers are so easy to use now!

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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

Wedding Photo
Wedding Photo

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!

8. Shopping!

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.

9. Travel

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:

  1. Play games - Try Spades Plus or Scrabble
  2. Use your tablet in the kitchen as a cookbook!

© 2010 Lela

Comments - What do YOU do with your computer?

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  • Kristen Howe profile image

    Kristen Howe 

    3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Great hub. I do the same thing daily on my laptop and a bit more. I rarely do online shopping, unless I can't find it at a store. Very useful. Voted up!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Life was a lot more isolated, that's for sure. I feel like I can communicate with anyone from home now. Remember when once we only had the telephone?

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    Anastasia Kingsley 

    6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

    Great Hub! Bookmarked for future reference. I also order as much stuff online as I can. Shoes are a problem because overseas shipping can be a pain, but I am working on it. :/ Can't imagine life without the internet!

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    Joanna McKenna 

    7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    One of my daughters was so addicted to doing everything online that she even found a local grocery store that would deliver the order she put in at their website. Was on a first name basis with the UPS guy, the FedEx gal and the DHL guy...plus she knew the personal life histories of every pizza and other food delivery kid. Got invitations to their high and college graduations, weddings and baby showers. Gifts for which, naturally, she ordered online. Tried to convince her husband that she was really saving money on the gas she wasn't using. He didn't buy it, but what the heck...whatever kept her happy. What a saint!

    I'm not *quite* that bad, but do hate it if I can't pay a bill online. Get into the 21st century, people! Am with you on the veggies...until a store in my area offers ordering online with "free" delivery!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Thanks! I used to love going to the movies when I was young. But now, not so much. I would rather be able to get up and pee during the movie and not miss anything! Also fix a snack, special additions, blu-ray and high def! We're getting a whole new system tomorrow!

    Bob got a nice check from the sale of his mother's house and we are using it to remodel our own house. The first thing we wanted was a home theater!

    We got the ps3, a 55" LED LG with 5 speakers and a wireless modem so we can run the internet through the TV. They're coming tomorrow! Which is why I may call in because I'm still "adjusting my new meds".

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I love Netfix! I use the PS3 so they go right to my television now! I took the girls to see Rango a week ago - spent probably $50! crazy!

    I'm still afraid to let them go to the movies alone, too many strangers in a dark place and all that;)!

    I hope your feeling better and you have a great day!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I think #10 is my favorite. And now with Netflix streaming to your computer, there is no need to go to the movies! Well, if you like overpriced snacks and drinks and no pause button, then yes, go ahead and leave your house!

    Of course, the movie theater is a good place to dump the kids for a few hours. Peace.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Austinstar - you are seriously hysterical. I'm great with 1 & 2, #3 really?!, good idea tho - I rarely resort to credit - cash on the barrel or no can do!, and hopefully no one else is using mine either! #4 - yep! News addict, online also free, but my very fav is in #5 - This is called multi-tasking! Now that - you snuck in there didn't you? Lol!

    #10 - I'm doing that now - here I am!

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