A Second Round with OneNote for iPad

I’ve given OneNote another shot over the past few months, using it both at work and at home for tracking receipts and personal thoughts. I’ve written about OneNote before, but I don’t think I really gave it a fair shake, so I moved 2000 notes over to the service to really determine whether or not I could adapt to the service. Unfortunately, the answer is still no, but I have a more detailed idea of why.

In OneNote We Trust

OneNote has been around for years, but it was only in the past few that it became a free product. You don’t have to pay for any monthly plans because the app just uses space in your Microsoft OneDrive, and there’s more than enough space with a free OneDrive account that it’s indistinguishable from unlimited for most users. Microsoft is so large, and OneNote such a core product, that I really do feel like I can trust in the service to stick around for the foreseeable future. That factor is a big deal when thinking about which note app to invest in: with platforms coming and going, where will your cache of notes still be accessible in four or five years? With OneNote, Microsoft has built up enough trust with me that the answer feels like a pretty safe “Yes”.

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Deals: FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones at 18% off

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You can take your music anywhere thanks to your mobile device, but you need the quality headphones to match the limitless library. Listen to your playlist without getting tangled up in the cords, and fold up these Bluetooth headphones to take them—and your soundtrack—with you everywhere. They’re designed to both aesthetic and audio perfection – so they won’t disappoint while playing your favorite song or take up too much space in your bag.

  • Compact & foldable design
  • Connects via w/ Bluetooth (33-foot range)
  • Includes buttons to press play & switch songs
  • Includes a built-in microphone for calls
  • Plays audio for 8-10 hours per charge
  • Includes controls to answer, end, reject & redial calls
  • Allows you to check your battery status on your screen

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

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Popular Email Client Cloud Magic is now Newton, and it’s Packed with Power Features

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One of my favorite email clients, Cloud Magic is now Newton.  Cloud Magic was already a clean, fast reliable way to navigate and triage your email.  With a reliable push notification system, and versions for both iOS and Mac, Newton had developed into a mature ecosystem.  Now that they have built their app into a huge success, the creators of Newton felt that it was time for the next stage of development.  They intend to take this awesome email client/platform, and add even more power features and improvements.  Furthermore, they plan to add support for additional platforms and evolve Newton into a email client that boosts your productivity by making email fun and easy.

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3 Examples of Major Data Breaches and How Your IT Company Can Avoid Falling Victim

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Even though the internet has done a tremendous job with linking many people together, there are also many different things that you also need to think about as well. Just like how roads made travel easier for people hundreds of years ago but then also brought forth enemies on those very roads, you have to be aware of the problems that can come when you transfer more of your information and data online. A few of the major data breaches that have occurred recently should show exactly what you should and what you should not be doing to protect your organization from being next on the list.

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Deals: Mili iData Pro 64GB Lightning & Micro USB Storage Drive at 24% off

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Need some extra storage? Well, the simplest, sleekest, and most efficient flash drive you’ve ever had is right here for the taking. 64 GB of storage are packed into the iData Pro, and are secured with an iTouch ID function so that only you can access your data. Perfect for the mobile user, the iData Pro offers easy file management and quick save functions for email attachments and files from third party apps. This flash drive will give you greater control over your files than you’ve ever had before.

  • Take pictures or video & store them directly to the iData Pro
  • Listen to music or watch videos on your phone, directly from the iData Pro
  • Secure your files w/ the iTouch ID function
  • Save important files w/ the “Favorites” function & access your files quicker
  • Compress & uncompress zip files seamlessly
  • Transfer 2 GB movies to & from your PC in just 100 second, & from your iDevices in just 200 seconds
  • Keep your phone case on while you simultaneously sync & charge your device w/ the extended lightning connector

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

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My Favourite iOS 10 Features

iOS 10 was released this past Tuesday, and although it was a rough start for the earliest of downloaders, the update seems to be going very smoothly now. Many other sites are going to have one of these lists on iOS 10, but there are actually so many little features and changes, that I’m finding most articles worth reading. So I figure that sharing a few of my favourite iOS 10 changes my help some readers re-consider or discover features in this latest major update.

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A Refreshing Forex Trading App from HotForex

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Built in-house by HotForex’s team of developers, the innovative HotForex App puts a wealth of information at the fingertips of traders, on-the-go.

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Multi-award winning online forex broker, HotForex has released the HotForex App – a must-have trading tool for iOS devices. Featuring everything from current Forex news, updated market analysis and upcoming economic events to live currency rates, trading positions, calculators and currency movers, the HotForex App places all that is related to the Forex market in the palm of traders’ hands.

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Apple Releases iOS 10: OTA update bricks devices of some early updaters

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Earlier today Apple released iOS 10 as promised.  Unfortunately for some of those who were “lucky” enough to download the Over-the-Air (OTA) update in the first hour it was available, their devices became unresponsive (bricked) and immediately went into recovery mode.  This then required the user to update/restore their devices via iTunes.  This issue was not specific to any one device, as iPad Pro owners and various iPhone models were all experiencing issues.

Unfortunately a restore isn’t very comforting to those who don’t have a recent, or any, backed up version of their device to restore to.  In addition, if you don’t have a computer running iTunes, you can’t even restore your device.  Lost data and unhappy consumers is definitely not the way Apple wants to kick-off the “biggest release ever” of iOS.  It appears as though only consumers attempting OTA updates were affected–iTunes updates were working fine.

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Apple doubles base iPad storage plans, slashes iPad Pro prices

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Although Apple didn’t talk much about the iPad during the iPhone and Apple Watch announcement last week, they still surprised us by doubling standard storage plans, while also dropping prices on the iPad Pro line.  All iPads had their base storage limits doubled from 16GB to 32GB, without changing their price points. In addition, the iPad Pro line had their 128GB and 256GB models drop by $50 and $100 respectively.  Was Apple just being generous, or is this possibly some foreshadowing ahead of an iPad refresh announcement as early as next month?  It’s still too early to say, but Apple often slices prices prior to new product announcements and storage plan updates.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before getting an answer.

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Deals: TextExpander, 1-Yr Single User Plan at 60% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to save time and keystrokes by creating efficient documents without having to re-enter commonly used phrases and information.  Text Expander, by the folks at Smile Software, is a powerful tool that synchs with iCloud to update to all of your iOS devices.  For a limited time you can purchase Text Expander at a savings of 60% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.98 – instead of the standard price of $49.99.  Here’s some info about Text Expander, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The harsh reality is you waste time typing the same thing over and over, whether you notice it or not– but that’s where TextExpander comes in. This highly popular app allows you to create custom shortcuts that populate any set of text or images you want to save you the time and effort of typing. Whether it’s HTML formatting, a salutation, or even a lengthy email, you’ll find minutes and hours freed up. Your powerful collection of snippets is now available everywhere; wherever you are, on any device, and instantly shareable with friends.

“The single best productivity tool for the Mac, right after Quicksilver.” Leo Laporte, host of MacBreak Weekly

  • Use the powerful fill-in-the-blank tool to add custom fields to frequent communications
  • Save snippets in the Cloud, where they’ll be updated across all your devices & accessible any time
  • Build an email signature library
  • Insert the current date & time in any format you prefer
  • Automatically fix the typos you make most
  • Quickly auto fill out forms by storing your address, email, phone, etc.

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

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Choosing Lightroom Over iCloud Photo Library in iOS 10

Lightroom and iCloud Photo Library

Yesterday was the first time I finally felt confident enough in Lightroom to turn off iCloud Photo Library. I had been jumping between the two services for a while, using Lightroom as my main photo library, but still keeping a few backups in iCloud.

I still love how iCloud Photo Library syncs so beautifully in the background. I liked the ability to just open up my iPad and have all the shots from my iPhone already there, as if by magic. But the major caveat to iCloud Photo Library is that it just doesn’t do a very good job of optimizing a photo library for easy, consistent access.

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