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Use iCloud to locate a lost or stolen iPad

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The controls for iCloud are located in the iPad’s main Settings app.

iCloud is a free data service from Apple that offers a variety of features for iPhone and iPad users. Here we’ll take a look at how to set up an iCloud account and take advantage of a useful feature that can help you track down a lost iPad or iPhone.

What is iCloud?

The cloud-computing concept refers to storing your data and files on remote computers and servers, and includes the ability to access this data 24/7 over an internet connection. The main benefit here is that all your PCs, Macs and iOS devices can access the same data, and automatically backup and sync settings, preferences, email, music, web bookmarks, etc. in near real-time. The data is very secure, meaning the the cloud-computing providers go to great lengths to protect the privacy of your data. The storage method is also secure so you don’t have to worry about the system losing or corrupting your files.

iCloud is the name of Apple’s brand of cloud-computing service, and in typical Apple fashion provides a very intuitive and user-friendly interface. Here’s a brief list of the features the free iCloud service provides to iPhone and iPad owners:

  • Automatic data backups (eliminating the need to connect to a computer with iTunes to backup)
  • Address book contact syncing between devices
  • Calendar syncing
  • Note syncing
  • Mail syncing
  • Photo syncing
  • Lost device location tracking (Find my iPad)

If you use Apple’s Mail, Web, Address Book or Notes programs on a Mac or PC, iCloud will also sync your data to your desktop applications as well.

Setting up iCloud on iPad

Signing up for an account is very straightforward and takes less than a minute:

  1. On your iPad, go to Settings, and then scroll down to iCloud. There’s a good chance you signed up for an iCloud account when you first initialized your device, but if not this is the place to do it.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID, which is the same username and password you use to purchase apps from the App Store.

And that’s all there is to it. You’ll now see a list of iCloud features, with the ability to toggle each on or off.

Using the ‘Find My iPad’ feature

One of the most useful features included with iCloud is the ability to track a lost or stolen iPad or iPhone from a computer. To test the feature, go to on a computer or second iOS device, and log in with your iCloud username and password. Next select the ‘Find iPhone’ button (the iPhone button brings up the location service for both iPhone and iPad), and the system will begin locating your device.

The one caveat here is that your iPad must be turned on (standby mode is OK), and be connected to a WiFi or a have cellular data service enabled. If your device cannot be located, you can select an option to have the service send you an email if the device connects to the internet again. There’s also an option in the Find my iPad settings that will automatically send the location of the device to iCloud when the battery is critically low, which could be useful in locating the device if the battery runs out of power during the search.

Once your device is located, you’re presented with a Google map and will see a green dot representing your device’s location. You have several options here. First you can have it play a sound to help you track it down if you know it’s nearby in the house or office. The next option is called Lost Mode, which allows you to type in a phone number. This number will be displayed on the screen of the lost device with instructions to call you. And for the ultimate in security you can remote wipe the device, erasing all your data and apps from the device’s memory.

It’s also worth noting that Apple has a dedicated Find My iPhone app that provides the same tracking functionality directly from an app. This is only useful for those that have 2 iPads, or an iPad or iPhone, but will help you quickly track down a missing device without having to go to the web. You can download the app here: Find My iPhone app.

For more information on iCloud and instructions on setup, check out Apple’s instructions: Setting up Apple iCloud.

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Source: Ipad appsUse iCloud to locate a lost or stolen iPad

Part 107: The Winners and Losers Nobody’s Talking About

Part 107, the Small UAS Rule, has been praised as a huge step forward for the drone industry and criticized for not going far enough to support industrial applications.  While the new regulations will benefit some, there are both winners and losers as a result of the law. The drone industry has been vocal in […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsPart 107: The Winners and Losers Nobody’s Talking About

Powervision Announces Global Design Contest for the PowerEgg

Sponsored by PowerVision — PowerVision, a leader in robotics and big data, today announced a new global design contest kicking off this summer. The “PowerEgg Design Challenge” aims to inspire both professional and amateur designers to submit outstanding external designs for the pioneering and elegant PowerEgg flying robot, PowerVision’s first consumer drone. The PowerEgg boasts a […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsPowervision Announces Global Design Contest for the PowerEgg

NextGen Benefits at Los Angeles International

June 24– NextGen is bringing new benefits to Los Angeles International Airport through a technology called Data Comm. Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges like texting versus talking over the phone.

Voice communication is labor intensive, time consuming and can lead to miscommunications known as talk back, read back errors. Data Comm, by contrast, enables streamlined, two-way data exchanges between controllers and flight crews for clearances, instructions, advisories, flight crew requests and reports.

By exchanging digital messages, air traffic controllers, pilots and airline operations centers can communicate more clearly and efficiently.Better communication improves controller and pilot productivity, improves safety, can reduce flight delays and can help aircraft fly more direct routes, saving time and fuel and reducing aviations impact on the environment. Both U.S. and international carriers are benefiting from Data Comm capabilities at LAX. These include Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, AirBridge, American, British Airways, Cargolux, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Executive Jet, FedEx, Hawaiian, Korean, Qatar, Scandinavian, Singapore, Southwest, Sunset, United, UPS and Virgin America, in addition to some general aviation operators.

The FAA began testing Data Comm capabilities and benefits in 2014 at Newark and Memphis with UPS, FedEx and United Airlines along with select international operators. The FAA started deploying Data Comm in air traffic control towers in the fall of 2015 and plans to be using it in more than 50 towers by the end of 2016. The technology will be installed in air traffic control facilities that manage high altitude traffic beginning in 2019.

For more information, visit our NextGen page or follow #FlyNextGen on Social Media.

Source: FAANextGen Benefits at Los Angeles International

NextGen seminar July 13 in Minnesota

Duncan Aviation will host a free NextGen seminar July 13 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

From 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. central time, Regional Avionics Sales Manager Mark Francetic and partners Universal Avionics, Satcom Direct, L-3 Aviation Products, Garmin, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell and ARINC Direct will present information about the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Future Air Navigation Systems 1A (FANS 1A) mandates.

Discussion includes information about the FAA’s plan to roll out Controller Pilot Data Link Communications-Departure Clearance (CPDLC-DCL) at 56 more airports throughout 2016 and what that means for FANS-equipped business jets.

Presenters will also talk about the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and certified equipment currently available for business jets.

The seminar will be held at the Hilton Mall of America. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided, but seminar space quickly fills to capacity, so company officials advise those interested to RSVP.

contact Mark Francetic for more information and to RSVP.

To see the schedule for Duncan Aviation’s 2016 NextGen seminars, go to

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNextGen seminar July 13 in Minnesota

EASA Proposes Amendment To CS-23 Rule For Small Aircraft

GAMA Welcomes The Measure That Is Similar To U.S. Part 23 NPRM EASA has issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) on the CS-23 rulemaking for the light end of the general aviation market. The proposed rule will make it easier for the general aviation community in Europe to design, develop, and deploy safety-enhancing technologies and products for the current fleet as well as future small aeroplanes.
Source: aero newsEASA Proposes Amendment To CS-23 Rule For Small Aircraft

Doc's Friends To Test B-29 At McConnell AFB

The restoration team for the B-29 “Doc” received approval this week from the Pentagon to use McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for completing ground tests and future flight tests. The authorization allows Doc’s flight crew to make arrangements with officials at the base for high-speed taxi tests, followed by the highly anticipated first flight.
Source: avwebDoc's Friends To Test B-29 At McConnell AFB