Deals: The Mac Mastery Bundle – Become a Mac Power User Courses at 90% Off

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Today’s featured iPad Insight deal is a sweet one if you’re looking to get to know your Mac better and become a Mac master. It features 8 video courses from the popular Udemy online learning academy and others. These courses are normally valued at $408. With is deal you get them for just $29 – 92% off.

The video courses in the bundle include Mac Clarity – Master Your Mac, Productivity for Mac Users, One on One Apple Personal Training, Mastering Keynote Presentations, Become a Rocker with GarageBand, and Clean & Organize Your Mac in Under 2 Hours.

Here’s the description of just one of the 8 video courses included in the bundle, the Productivity for Mac Users course:

Sometimes you just feel like you’re spending to much time doing the simple things. That is exactly what this course will change. Now you can learn the tools and shortcuts to 10x your Mac productivity.

These productivity hacks will allow you to write faster, blaze through email, use Microsoft Office at 5x the speed and get more of the normal things done in a much faster timeframe.

This course will help you reclaim your valuable time and be more productive for the rest of your computing life. Even if you have grown up with computers, this course will teach you to use your Mac like a PRO.

You can check out all the details and grab this bundle deal at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: F#%k! Run! No! Fly!

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Here’s today’s featured iPad painting. It’s titled ‘F#%k! Run! No! Fly!’ – which is just perfect for this awesome and hilarious image.

It’s the work of Rafael Co, a big-time favorite iPad artist here – Raffy’s images are always both striking and full of fun and humor.

This one was done with the Procreate app.

To see more of Raffy’s excellent work, visit his Flickr stream.

And of course you can browse through lots more great iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.

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Contest: 3 Free Promo Codes for iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition for iPad To Be Won

iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edtiion for iPad

Contest Deadline: Monday July 28, 2:00PM US Central

3 Free Promo Codes for iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition

iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition is the popular and excellent baseball management simulator game for the iPad for big time baseball fans. It’s a detail and feature-rich game that lets you try your hand at managing a major league team from this year or from a wide range range of historical seasons.

And thanks to a kind offer from the developer, we’ve got 3 free codes for the game to giveaway. It’s easy to get entered for a chance to win a code – here’s how:

– Add a comment to this post and you’re in with once entry for a chance to win.

– For a bonus entry, check out the iOOTP Baseball App Store page and tell us one thing you will love about the game if you win it.

That’s it. Good luck to all, and we’ll announce our winners on Monday evening.

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iPad App of the Week: Madefire Motion Books & Comics

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Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.

This week’s pick is Madefire Motion Books & Comics, an exciting app that offers a powerful combination of traditional comics and a new digital format that promises ‘to take visual storytelling to the next level’.

The app has got a number of rave reviews already and looks well worthy of those. Here’s one way I can tell that’s true: I am not a comics fan at all. Never have been. After spending a good amount of time with Madefire last night and this morning, I just might be a convert now. It’s that good.

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Another Quick Take on Screens VNC for iPad

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Our very own James Potter recently reviewed Screens for iPad and gave a great breakdown of how the iPad can be used to remotely control a Mac or PC. However, I wanted to quickly post on how Screens — and its companion desktop app, Screens Connect — has helped me.

A few months ago, I had invited a really techy friend of mine to help me set up port forwarding on my home router so that I could VNC into my Mac from my iPad. He walked me through how to forward port 5900 for VNC to my Mac, and we also set up port 22 for SSH. I’m still not crystal clear on the specifics, but it’s my understanding that establishing a remote desktop session over VNC is convenient, but doing VNC through an SSH tunnel is even more secure (so the latter was my real goal).

We then set up Remote Login and Screen Sharing within the System Preferences of my MacBook, at which point all was set to go for remotely controlling my MacBook from my iPad. Unlike James, I wasn’t really doing this for productivity’s sake. I just wanted to be able to wake up my Mac so that I could move songs into iTunes Match, or wake the Mac up in order to start streaming videos via AirVideo HD.

I then bought the cheapest and highest-rated VNC app I could find: Remoter VNC. My setup worked nicely when my iPad was on the home network, but I found it confusing when I tried to log in remotely over SSH. There were so many extra settings within the app and a number of in-app purchases that I didn’t totally understand, and so I was stumped for a few weeks. I would tinker with the VNC and SSH settings intermittently after work, but nothing seemed to work.

Then I remembered seeing Screens VNC on a MacStories post, so I reached out to Edovia to see if they could provide a cleaner solution. They got back to me a few days with a code for Screens on my iPad, and I then installed Edovia’s Screens Connect utility on my Mac. James mentioned that Screens makes remote desktop software easy for users without much networking experience, but I wanted to emphasize just how well it does that. All I had to do was make a Screens Connect login, tick a box saying that I wanted to login via an SSH tunnel, and that was it. I logged into Screens Connect on the iPad app, and everything just worked. I was able to login remotely over Wi-Fi from my parents’ house, and even from work while on LTE.

I was previously unsure of Screens and what it really offered for $20, but after seeing how confusing VNC and SSH tunnelling can be for me, I’d now very quickly recommend the Screens as a very big time and hassle saver. Screens is clean and easy to use, and Screens Connect takes all the difficulty out of setting your computers up for remote desktop connection.

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If the iPad Was a Company …

As I mentioned yesterday, iPad sales numbers for the latest quarter were down a bit, and this has been seen to be a very disappoint result for Apple – even though iPad is still the clear tablet market leader. Hard times for the iPad would be great times for others – the 13 million iPads […]

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Revolution 60 Now Available for iPad

Revolution 60, the first title from dev studio Giant Spacekat, is now out on the App Store. Rev 60 is a good example of mobile-first gaming experiences (which is increasingly common thanks to iOS), and also a great example of a video game with strong female protagonists (which is still quite rare). The mix of action and […]

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