Alexander: She can text from an iPad, but only to a limited audience

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 4:52 PM


Q: My daughter, who is hearing-impaired, has been told that she can text from an iPad. Is this possible?

My daughter also wants to take the iPad outside her building, which doesn’t have Wi-Fi, and somehow still get on the Internet. What would she need to do this?

Maurine Dyrdahl, Mounds View


A: Any iPad using the current iOS 6 operating system, or the previous iOS 5, can send text messages using Apple’s iMessage function. But text messages can be sent only between Apple devices, so your daughter could only text people who have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Macintosh computer using a newer operating system. Your daughter could broaden her reach a bit with iPad apps such as the free Textie, which will work on iPads using an operating systems as old as iOS 3.1; but everyone she texted would need to have the Textie app, too.

There are two ways to get on the Internet with an iPad: Wi-Fi, or, if you’ve bought the more expensive cellular iPad model, via the cellphone system. Using a cellular connection requires setting up a separate cellphone account for the iPad.


Q: I would like to download e-books to my laptop, which runs Windows 7, and to my desktop, which runs Windows XP. How can I do this?

Harold Gabriel, Brooklyn Center


A: You can download the Kindle e-reader software for PC at Kindle software is compatible with Amazon’s online bookstore and with some of the Hennepin County Library’s free e-book lending collection. To get started with the Kindle software in the Amazon bookstore, see To learn about using the Kindle software to borrow Hennepin County Library e-books, see


Q: My HP computer had a problem with a sticking keyboard. Cleaning the keyboard didn’t help, so I bought a new keyboard. But I still had the same problem.

When I hit a key, the letter either does not appear, or else it will appear after I hit the subsequent key. Is there a PC adjustment that can fix this?

Gloria Palmentieri, Margate, Fla.


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