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HOWTO: Create Gmail Labels on Your iPad / iPhone

Lately I have been a bit frustrated when using the iPad / iPhone Mail program with my Gmail account.  I use the Gmail labels feature on all of my important mail or when I just want to file stuff away for later.  The one problem I keep encountering is how to create new labels while in the iPad Mail app with Gmail.

I recently found two ways to solve this problem:

Solution #1 – Make sure you have iOS 5 installed on your iPad or iPhone.  Open the Mail app on your iPad or iPhone, choose your Gmail account from the Accounts section (below the Inboxes).  Then select the Edit button at the top, then select NewMailbox on the very bottom.  Here is where you can create the new label name.  Enter the label name and click Done(keyboard) or Save at the top, and then click Done button at the top.  Voilà! Your new label should now be available for use.

Solution #2 – Use the link to the full Gmail site:  https://mail.google.com/mail/h/  Normally I would never use Safari to read my email while on the iPad or iPhone, but this in theory is the only way to do this if you are still using iOS 4 and earlier.  I would have thought that using mobile Safari and surfing directly on over to mail.google.com would solve this problem but apparently the Google site detects that you are a mobile device and renders it as the mobile Gmail site, which surprisingly also prevents you from creating new labels.

If you have a better solution please let me know in comments section.

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iOS 5 Software Update

Here is the list of features and improvements I captured from the Apple iOS 5 update.  This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

• Notifications

  • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
  • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
  • View notifications from lock screen
  • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app

• iMessage

  • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
  • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
  • Group messaging and secure encryption
  • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*

• Newsstand

  • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Background downloads of new issues

• Reminders for managing to do lists

  • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

• Built-in support for Twitter

  • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • Add location to any tweet
  • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts

• Camera improvements for devices with cameras

  • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Volume Up button to take a picture
  • Optional grid lines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock

• Photo improvements for devices with cameras

  • Crop and rotate
  • Red eye removal
  • One tap enhance
  • Organize photos into albums

• Mail improvements

  • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
  • Indentation control
  • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
  • Flag messages
  • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME

• Calendar improvements

  • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
  • Tap to create an event
  • View and add event attachments

• Game Center improvements

  • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
  • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
  • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
  • Discover new games with custom game recommendations

• AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

• Multitasking Gestures for iPad

  • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
  • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
  • Swipe left or right to switch between apps

• On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

• Software updates available over the air without tethering

• iCloud support

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

• Redesigned Music app for iPad

• Hourly weather forecast

• Real-time stock quotes

• Wireless sync to iTunes

• Keyboard improvements

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Improved autocorrection accuracy
  • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard
  • Personal dictionary for autocorrection
  • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words

• Accessibility improvements

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver

• Exchange ActiveSync improvements

  • Wirelessly sync tasks
  • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Improved offline support
  • Save a new contact from a GAL service

• More than 1,500 new developer APIs

• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

iPad 2 Predictions

source allnewsmac.com

There has been a lot of talk about what the next iPad will be.  The rumors have been flying all over the board for the past six months.  With features such as faster processors to retina display.  Even some reports already point to an iPad 3 rumored for later this Fall 2011.

Apple is set to unveil the new iPad 2 on March 2nd at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts at 10:00 am PST, as reported by Kara Fisher from All Things Digitial.com.  I think we will see some good improvements, and Apple is going to need to keep the inovation going strong to stave off competing products such as the Motorola Xoom.

So with that, here is my  predictions for iPad 2:

  • Faster; likely dual processor A5
  • Slimmer & Lighter
  • One or more cameras
  • More Ram
  • Same resolution

What are your thoughts on possible features?

iPad Missing Videos Fix

I just encountered a weird problem with my iPad (again) and thought I should document this for others.  I performed a sync with iTunes to copy some videos over to my iPad.  All went well in appearance, but after the synch was complete, the movies are all missing in the iPad Videos app.

To fix this:

I forced the iPad to check/repair files by doing a hard restart.  To do a hard restart hold the iPad power switch and home button for about 10 seconds, or enough time until you see the Apple logo appear.  At this point you can let go and the iPad will continue to do the restart process on its own.  The restart may take a bit longer than a normal restart so be patient.  Once the iPad home screen appears you can check to see if the videos are present in the Videos app.  Sometimes this is all it takes for the videos to appear.

Continue with these next steps if you are still have missing videos.

Proceed to connect your iPad back to your Mac/PC and do one more synch in iTunes.  I toggle a few of the main selections off/on for movies, music, podcasts. Then select the Sync button.

After the synch process completes, your movies/videos should now re-appear in in the iPad videos app.  Obviously your results may vary with this work-around, but it seems to work for me whenever I run into this issue on my iPad.

Good luck and let me know if you find a better way to do this.  Hopefully Apple will fix this issue soon.