iPad – Kiosk Mode

We had to set up some iPads which would be locked to one app – Kiosk Pro

This app was used to display a specific website, and remove all of the usual Safari navigation options, so that only this site was accessed, the iPad was then secured in an enclosure that prevented access to the Home button, which in turn prevented the undoing of this process

 

SO, to start with, you need an iPad

The Kiosk Pro app

 

Then you set them up as follows

 

Kiosk Pro

When you launch Kiosk Pro, you will be presented with the Settings screen, which I set up as follows, you may wish to adjust them to your needs

Settings Menu

Show Settings In App – Never

Passcode – 4 digits of your own choosing

General

Unique iPad ID – set an Identifier on each if you wish (optional)

Homepage – URL of the website you are restricting the iPad to

Display

Show Top iPad Information Bar – Off

Show Address Bar – Off

Show Bottom Navigation Bar – Off

Show Progress Indicator – Off

Text Selection for Accessibility – Off

Fix Window to Viewport – Off

Disable Zoom – Off

Disable Touch – Off

Page Loading Background Colour – left as default

Navigation

Allowed Domains –¬†URL of the website you are restricting the iPad to and any subdomains on the restricted site

Restricted Domains – Not massively necessary, but you could use it to block specific sites, I left this blank

Show Off Domain Alert – On

Off Domain Alert Text – left as default, but can be edited to your needs

Timer Settings

Idle Time Limit – 60 seconds

Refresh Homepage Every – 60 minutes

Page Loading Time Limit – 300 seconds

Visitor Management

Browsing Time Limit – 30 minutes

Good-Bye page – left blank

Custom Navigation Links

Enable Custom Links – Off

PDF Display

Show Thumbnails – On

Show Page Numbers – On

Disable Zoom for PDFs – Off

Page Transition Style – Scroll

Scroll Orientation – Horizontal

Background Image – left as default

Internet Access

Detect Connection Errors – Off

Custom Connection Problem Page – Left blank

Memory and Privacy Settings

Clear Cache – Off

Accept Cookies – Never

Clear Cookies – Off

Printing

AirPrint – Off

Show AirPrint Icon – Off

Remote Settings Control

Enable – Off

Email Notifications

SMTP Server Settings – Configure these to be notified of any change to the Power Supply or Remote Update of Settings

 

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Next you need to configure your iPad to enable Kiosk Mode, you can do that by following these instructions

First, you need to enable ‘Guided Access’

you do this by pressing the home button

then you go into Settings

then General

then Accessibility

then Guided Access

Switch it on

Set a Passcode

 

Now you need to go back to Kiosk Pro, so press the home button

Go to Kiosk Pro

if you set up your app as above then your site will appear this time, rather than the Settings page

Next you press the home button 3 times in quick succession to begin the Guided Access (Kiosk Mode) setup

You can configure the Hardware Buttons options – Sleep/Wake Button and Volume – I leave these off

As we want people to use the site, we leave the Touch and Motion options enabled

Then press Start in the top right hand corner of the screen, and secure your iPad in it’s enclosure, as we opted for enclosures with the home button covered, there is no way for anyone to exit the Kiosk Pro app, and ensures that your Digital Information iPad is not tampered with in any way

 

To exit this mode, you need to remove your iPad from its enclosure and press the home button 3 times in quick succession, and then enter your passcode

 

Enjoy!

 

iPhone Mail – Ghost Mail Count

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Today I had an annoying problem, where the iPhone Mail was claiming I had some unread messages in my inbox, I checked thoroughly, and there wasn’t any unread mail to be found

Thankfully the fix for this is pretty simple, and is detailed below

1. Go to Settings

2. Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars

3. Tap on your account

4. Next to Mail, move the slider to the off position

5. Power off the phone

6. Power on the phone

7. Go to Settings

8. Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars

9. Tap on your account

10. Next to Mail, move the slider to the on position

11. Go back to Mail and once synchronised, you will have no ghost unread mail

job done

Use a Song as an alarm on your iOS device

 

SO, for years I’ve had the Duck as my alarm on my iPhone, and it’s annoying, so it always woke me up, but I thought there must be a better way to wake up, had a little google and found an article showing that I could use a song stored on my iPhone to wake up to
To do this yourself, do the following

Open the Clock app

tap on Alarm

tap the + or Edit buttons at the top of the screen

Press Sound

Then at the top of that menu you have a list of songs that you’ve chosen previously, or you can click on Pick a Song to choose another

Once you’ve picked your song, then tap on Back, then tap on Save

iTunes 10 – Create Ringtones from your Music

Creating ringtones to use on your iPhone from your Music stored in iTunes is really quite simple, and if you follow the instructions below, step by step, then you will be able to do this too

The ringtone track should be no more than 30 seconds in length, so make sure you know the start and finish times of the section of the song that you want to use before proceeding with the following steps.

1. Open iTunes

2. Pick the song you wish to use as a ringtone

3. Right click (or CTRL click) on that song and select ‘Get Info’

4. Select the Options tab

5. Tick the box next to Start time and enter the start time of the section to be used as a ringtone

6. Tick the box next to Stop time and enter the finish time of the section to be used (no more than 30 seconds after the Start time)

7. Click OK

8. Right click (or CTRL click) on the same song again and this time select ‘Create AAC Version’, (iTunes will automatically only select the portion of the song specified in steps 5 & 6 and create a new track with just that portion in it)

9. Right click (CTRL click) on the new shorter version of the song and choose ‘Show In Finder’

10. Rename the extension at the end of the file from .m4a to .m4r

11. Go back into iTunes and choose the shorter version of the song and right click (CTRL click) on it, choose ‘Delete’ from the menu

12. Click ‘Remove’

13. Click ‘Keep File’

14. Go back to the Finder window and double click the .m4r file to import it into iTunes

15. Plug in your iPhone and sync it, if you have followed all the steps then it will show up on your iPhone under Settings>General>Sounds>Ringtone

If the ringtone shows up in iTunes but won’t show up on your phone then there are 2 causes for this, either the ringtone is over 30 seconds in length, or steps 11-13 were not followed
Enjoy!

My iOS device is talking to me

If you have recently set up an iOS device then you may have encountered an issue where the device will keep talking to you, telling you what you are pressing etc.

To disable this, you will need to do the following

Go into Settings

Then go into General

Then Accessibility

You should find that VoiceOver is currently enabled, so switch this off

Problem solved