iPad Art: Johnny English

Johnny English iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Johnny English’ – based on the secret agent spoof movie character played by Rowan Atkinson.

This is the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, shared to our iPad Insight Flickr group.

I think this paining captures that deer in the headlights look that Atkinson is so good at.

You can see more of Álvaro Tajada Portalo’s work at his altapor Flickr stream.

And of course you can find plenty more great iPad paintings from a number of excellent iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.

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Great New App Store Collection: Pay Once & Play

Pay Once and Play

The App Store offers a wide range of featured sections and app collections to highlight some of the best and most interesting and useful apps.

One of its newer collections is Pay Once & Play – found in the Explore section this one features iPad games that do not include any In-App purchase options. Just buy the game and play it to its fullest without the need to be nickeled and dimed to get a better experience with it.

This is a great idea for an App Store collection, and one I’m sure many iPad gamers will welcome.

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Deals: Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack at Over 70% Off

Power Vault 18000mAH

Charge 2 USB-Compatible Devices at Once. Don’t Let Your Battery Slow Life Down.

Battery life can be the bane of your existence if you’re a heavy mobile user, so a big ‘ol reserve supply on hand can be a very good thing. That’s what the Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack offers – and it’s our featured deal today at over 70% off its normal price. So you can grab it for $29.99 instead of the standard $109.

Here’s the elevator pitch for this Power Vault powerhouse:

Get the max bang for your buck with this robust, super-slim power bank packed with 18,000mAh of battery juice. Charge your smartphone, tablet, or both at the same time, so you can stay charged on the road.

  • Lightweight & compact
  • Two USB charging stations
  • Rechargeable 18,000mAh battery
  • Sleek aluminum case

To check out more detail or place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: Vesper

Vesper iPad app

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 weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. 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 Vesper, a simple, clean and fun to use note-taking and idea collecting app.

Vesper is the creation of John Gruber, of Daring Fireball and Markdown fame, and his colleagues at Q Branch. It’s been a popular and critically acclaimed app on the iPhone for almost two years and as of yesterday it has a lovely new iPad version.

Here’s the Vesper Intro and sort of mission statement on its App Store page

Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper’s focus is on how it feels to use.

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Game review: Space Marshals for iPad


Space Marshals for iPad is a top-down shooter that pulls you in quickly and will have you surprised when you next look up at the clock. It has great arcade graphics, easy-to-learn controls, and plentiful levels for you to explore while you accomplish missions and avoid the bad guys.

In Space Marshals you play a western-style marshal, complete with six-shooter and ten-gallon hat. You’re on an alien planet, hunting down escapees from a prison break. An AI computer and various human characters show up along the way to help you through a series of missions, each taking place on a different part of the planet. For example, in an early mission, you sneak around a base, trying to disable tracking radar so you and your buddy can make a clean getaway in a stolen ship. A helpful overview map stays in the top right of the screen giving you a condensed view of the level and your goals.

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How to configure your Location Services on your iPad

Privacy is a big deal–especially these days.  Luckily with iOS 8 you’ve got options when it comes to personalizing your privacy settings.  One of  the more configureable settings within Privacy is Location Services.  Location based services are a hot topic these days, especially as we become more and more dependent on our mobile devices to navigate through […]

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WordPress 4.8 for iPad: The WYSIWYG Editor Saves The Day!

After suffering through years and years of an incredibly shoddy interface, I’m really happy to announce that the iOS WordPress app is now fun to use. Not only does the app now have a great what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) post editor, but image uploads and previews are now usable as well! Previous versions of the app required you […]

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How to set-up and configure Notifications on your iPad

Notification Center has an all new look in iOS 8.  Configuring how and which notifications you receive from your arsenal of downloaded apps doesn’t have to be rocket science.  If you are new to iOS, are having difficulties setting up notifications on your iPad, or you have no idea what Notification Center is all about–you’ve […]

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Pixelbite Reckless Racing bundle for iPad

If you like casual/arcade racing games for the iPad like I do, the Reckless Racing titles might be familiar to you. Pixelmate, the makers of the Reckless Racing series is offering all five of their racing games as a $4.99 bundle in the App Store right now, a $7.99 value. Best of all, if you […]

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