(5) ways to keep the data on your iPad more secure

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Security–it’s on our minds more than ever before.  It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by where we don’t hear about some new exploit that allows someone to hack your most personal information.  With our mobile devices containing more of this  information with each new iteration, we need to stand up, take notice and do something about it.  Through our own due diligence we can monitor some of this information.  But what about our devices?  What can we do to keep our iPads, and our data more secure?

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Deals: Blinkist Premium One Year Subscription at 62% off

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Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to read non-fiction books, but might not have the time it takes to invest in reading as much as they would like.  Enter Blinkist Premium–a more convenient way to get insight into what the next book on your reading wish-list is about.  Whether or not you use the convenient “blinks” to get a summary of books curated just for you, there are over a thousand to choose from with options to blink notes across all your devices.  This exclusive Blinkist Premium One Year Subscription is now on sale at 62% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only 29.99 – instead of its standard price of $80.

Here’s some info about the Blinkist Premium subscription, and how you can take advantage of this great offer while it lasts.

Finding time to read isn’t easy. Enter the “blink”: a convenient summary of a nonfiction book’s key ideas. Blinkist Premium offers subscribers a library of nonfiction books each distilled into a series of blinks, making it possible to absorb all of a work’s key points in about 15 minutes. You’ll quickly get caught up on your reading list and be the life of the intellectual party at your next gathering!

“The blinks are curated, so an actual human picked out the good parts, rather than a computer scanning for what it thinks might be important.” LifeHacker

  • Get unlimited access to a collection of 1000+ books
  • Listen to works in audiobooks format for convenience & variety
  • Access 40 new titles each month
  • Highlight & save snippets of text you find interesting
  • Use Evernote to sync & store your snippets
  • Build a private library of works viewable offline
  • Send books to your Kindle & read them from there

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Apple Prevents App Reviews While Using iOS 9 Beta

  
I read some great news from @Ticci of MacStories earlier today. Apple’s latest beta, iOS 9 b4, has solved a problem that has been plaguing developers for a few years now. Many excited tech fans — including yours truly — will flock to each new iOS beta as it’s released over the course of the summer. However, these betas are just that: software that is still undergoing testing. It isn’t ready for primetime yet, even though 80-90% of the features may be working.

The issue has been that people who sign up for the betas don’t always realize this, and they’ll leave a slew of damaging 1-star reviews for apps on the App Store. The developers are unable to address the reported bugs because they can’t issue updates that use beta code until the official release of iOS in the Fall. As a result, the 1-star reviews were left to stand, and there was little that the developers could do about this.

Thankfully, as of iOS 9 b4, whenever you try to leave an app review, you’ll be confronted with the screenshot I’ve included above. This change was almost certainly a result of developer and community feedback, and it’s great to see that Apple has listened. 

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Deals: Exclusive iOS 9 Swift Coding Course at 80% off

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Today’s featured is an amazing deal for those looking to expand on their programming expertise–specifically, Swift for iOS.  For the next 7 days you can sign-up to build 10 apps and get a head start on developing for iOS 9. This exclusive iOS 9 Swift Coding Course is now on sale at 80% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only 59.99 – instead of its standard price of $299.

Here’s some info about the exclusive coding course, and how you can take advantage of this great offer while it lasts.

iOS 9 may be in beta, but you can become an app building pro just in time for the big release with more than 35 hours of premium training. Master the powerful Apple programming language, Swift, by building 10 functioning apps, and be one of the first to take advantage of iOS 9’s amazing new features. This is one of the only iOS 9 preview courses available on the web, so sign up now and stay tech-forward!

  • Dive into the details of building apps for iOS 9 w/ 35 hours of video
  • Be one of the first to build apps for iOS 9 & dominate the App Store’s top downloads
  • Become proficient in Swift & Xcode
  • Create an iCloud app
  • Set up push notifications for your app
  • Work w/ iOS 9 classes like stackView &AVAudioRecorder
  • Implement Swift code in unique ways
  • Follow the easy to understand step-by-step format

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Taking A Chance On Dual USB Port 12W ChargeTech Charger

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I’ve been using the charger that came with my iPad Air 2, but it has only one USB port, whereas I carry four devices on me on a daily basis: my  iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Sony camera. I charge most of my gadgets on a daily basis, and although I have enough power at home, it becomes a bit of a hassle when I’m outside.

I was reading a Wirecutter article on multi-USB Port chargers the other day when I stumbled upon the $20 ChargeTech charger. It’s worth mentioning the ChargeTech was not their top pick (due to price), but they had nothing but good things to say about it otherwise.

It’s just a little bigger than the tiny cube charger that comes with iPhones, but its prongs can fold in. But that alone wouldn’t  be enough reason to buy another charger.

The real draw of the ChargeTech is its dual USB port, both of which feature 2.4A of power. That means this little charger is able to provide enough power for two iPads, simultaneously. That feature, combined with the amazingly small size, has me absolutely sold on this product.

I’m picking up two right now: one for me and another for my dad. Expect a review in the coming weeks, once I’ve had a little time to test.

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Musixmatch Can Provide Lyrics For Apple Music

 

 

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Musixmatch is a great case of a new breed of iOS apps that tend to function more as services than outright applications. Musixmatch does have a UI for when you load it up, but it’s really best used as a widget for the songs you’re already playing. The only setup involved is activating the widget in Notification Center.

Once that’s done, Musixmatch can stream the lyrics for most of the songs in my library and display them right in tune with the audio — kind of like my own personal karaoke machine. Soundhound has a similar feature they call LiveLyrics, but it isn’t available as a convenient widget.

I had previously taken a few hours to tag all of my own songs with lyrics metadata so that I could reference those lyrics at any time within the Music app (one tap on the album art would show me lyrics while a song was playing). However,  anything I add to my collection through Apple Music will not have the benefit of any lyrical metadata, and that’s why Musixmatch is so key to me. The service has a great database of lyrics, and it works with songs that I’m streaming to my iPad through Apple Music.

If you haven’t done so already, I’d highly recommend giving Musixmatch a try on your iOS devices. It’s free to use, and it’s a lot of fun to watch lyrics update as you scrub through a song.

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How to set-up iCloud on your iPad

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One of the more useful ways to get the most out of your iPad is to set-up iCloud during the initial set-up process.  Although if, for whatever reason you don’t, you can always come back to the set-up procedure at anytime in the Settings app on your iPad.

Update your iPad to the latest version of iOS

Making sure your iPad is running the latest version of iOS is the best way to ensure it is running at optimal performance.  With every iOS update, even the incremental ones, Apple increases functionality of the device, by fixing bugs in the OS and making it that much more efficient.  To check that you are running the most recent version of iOS, go to the Settings menu, select General–> Software Update.  If there is a newer version available, follow the directions to complete the process.

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So Long, Hope to See You Around the Interweb

 

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Well, it’s been 5+ great years of having a blast writing for and running iPad Insight, but now my faithful Deputy Editor Dawg and a I are going to hang up our keyboards.

This site that has been like my little baby for all those years. It kept me busy (sometimes crazy busy) and helped me make a living while fighting and recovering from cancer. It let me work at something I was excited by and passionate about, and let me show my daughter that you can do that kinda thing – you don’t always have to settle for 9to5 in a cubicle. Maybe most importantly of all, it meant I never had to wear long pants to work for all those years.

About a month ago I sold the site, and now it’s in very good hands – with new owners who have exciting plans for it. And with Thomas, Rob, James, Marc, F’reez, and Wesley our developer, cranking out great content and making it a top site to visit.

For a little over 1.5 years now I’ve been strong enough to return to my long-time ‘day job’ as an IT consultant and network engineer – and I have remembered every day how much I love that job.

I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has visited iPad Insight over these years. You made all of the above possible, and I’ll always be enormously grateful for that.  Also thanks to all the great writers and guys mentioned above, you’ve all been awesome to work with.

I’ll still be sharing plenty of thoughts on tech and mobile devices and other random nonsense whenever I find time. If any of you are interested, you can find me at my little baby Tech & Nonsense site and on Google+.

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Deals: VPN Land Lifetime Subscription at 74% off

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Today’s featured deal is especially important to those looking to boost their internet security and keep their data safe. VPN Land Lifetime Subscription is now on sale at 74% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you 49.99 – instead of its standard price of $199.

Here’s some info about VPN Land, and how you could benefit from a secure connection and piece of mind while browsing the internet.

There’s no time like the present to start protecting your data from hackers and nosy advertisers. VPN Land is a private piece of Internet where you can browse freely and securely while utilizing over 400 reliable servers. Use VPN Land’s speedy service on desktop and mobile platforms all over the world, and you’ll never browse unprotected again.

  • Avoid geo-location restrictions to watch media content like Hulu & Netflix anywhere
  • Mask your IP address while you surf the Internet
  • Browse the web without risking information or identity theft
  • Access blocked websites
  • Use VoIP applications like Skype
  • Enjoy speedy connections wherever you are
  • Utilize the service on mobile platforms

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: Paper by FiftyThree

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Paper by FiftyThree.  Everyone likes to doodle, but not everyone is an artist.  With Paper you don’t have to be.  Just launch the app and start sketching out your ideas and designs, or formulate a product design.  You can take advantage of all the tools with Paper, as they are all available for free.  There are the five original tools that you can use to Outline, Draw, Sketch and Color, all your ideas as they come to you.  With the recent addition of Think Kit, you can do even more.

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My Favourite Uses for Siri on My iPad

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I tend to use Siri a lot more on my Apple Watch and iPhone 5S, but there are still some great uses for it on the iPad. Apple wasn’t exaggerating those numbers during WWDC either: Siri really has gotten a lot faster over the past year — especially during the last few months. So if you’ve dabbled with Siri before but found the service a little too slow, I suggest you give it another try.

Incidentally, you’ll notice that I reference Siri as a “he”. That’s because I’ve chosen the male British accent for Siri, which makes me feel like I have my own version of Tony Stark’s Jarvis AI.

Now, without further ado, here are a few of my favourite uses for Siri on the iPad:

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