How to manage ad tracking on your iPad

iAdsAds, a necessary perceived evil that are the compilation  of information collected anonymously about us and our behavior while using our iOS devices.  This information is gathered by countless entities that include everything from search engines, to hardware and software companies, to websites that provide services, often free of charge in exchange for your personal information.  The way in which they gather information about you and your usage habits range from full disclosure to any number of ninja-like behind the scenes farming, to completely anonymous exchanges of information.  Regardless of the tactic or process used to collect your information, it is important to know what options you may have, if any, and how you can best protect yourself and your personal information.

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Deals: Le VPN: Lifetime Subscription at 88% off

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Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who would like to navigate the web in complete privacy with the freedom to stream when you want, and have access to a massive VPN network on all your devices.  The Le VPN does just that, keeping all the data sent and received between your device and the host network secure when using the internet. If this sounds like you, we’ve got your solution at a great price. For a limited time you can purchase a Le VPN Lifetime  Subscription at 88% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $69 – instead of its standard price of $597!  Here’s some info about the Le VPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Navigate the Web in complete privacy, and enjoy the security of military-strong encryption with Le VPN. This top service has one of the widest global networks out there with 700+ servers in 114 countries. Switch to any one of them in order to unblock geographically-restricted content. Plus with custom client software for Windows, Mac, and iOS, you can benefit from Le VPN on all your devices.

  • High speed VPN connection & unlimited bandwidth
  • Reliable VPN servers w/ IPs in 114 countries
  • SmartDNS to unblock TV & streaming services on any device
  • Innovative HybridVPN service for fast media streaming with any server
  • Easy to use iOS app and compatibility with Android
  • Guaranteed confidentiality: no traffic logs are kept
  • Top-secret level encryption of your VPN connection (AES-256)

Available to new Le VPN Customers Only

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

 

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How to manage background activity on your iPad

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When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, one of the easiest ways to chip away at battery drain is to examine background activity–process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t forward facing.  By managing the background activity you will be better prepared to understand how your battery life is adversely affected by what’s going on behind the scenes.  Every time you launch an app on your iPad, you begin the process of draining the battery.  In addition, many apps continue to run in the background.  Luckily, iOS has a process where you can manage this background activity, and selectively reduce the amount each app is allowed to utilize.

No matter how small the activity might seem to be, a reduction is a reduction.  In turn the background activity will ultimately decline as well.  So where do you begin to access this information you can manage the background activity on your iPad?

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Taking It Easy With The iPad Pro


Considering the price of an iPad Pro, there can be an internal pressure to maximize the usage of the device. There’s a compulsion in me to try to do as much as I can on the iPad Pro: to edit more videos, manage photos, watch movies, and browse on the Pro. In order to do all of that, I need to bring the Pro everywhere. Well, I felt I needed to, anyway.

Everywhere was the de facto location of my last iPad, the iPad Air 2. That tablet had a 10–inch screen and weighed just a pound on its own. It was light enough that it was still a viable companion if I was bringing my laptop around for the day. In fact, the iPad Air 2 could really complement my 13–inch MacBook Pro as a great secondary screen for tasks or chats. The iPad Pro is different in this regard because it’s actually as wide as most laptops, which means that it will fill the width of a laptop bag, even though it isn’t very thick. The sheer size does make a discernible difference in how easy it is to carry the iPad Pro alongside my other daily carry items (canvas pouch with cables, camera).
However, a few weeks ago I decided to just relax more when it comes to my iPad usage, and I’ve been enjoying the device more ever since. Relaxing means that I don’t bring the iPad Pro with me everywhere that the Air 2 would have come, and that’s okay. Aside from having a stupendously large iPad, I also own a stupendously large iPhone 6S Plus. That’s more than enough for reading and browsing while I’m on transit, and it’s also great for editing photos on-the-go.

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iPad App of the Week: Calendars 5

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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 Calendars 5 – Event and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync by Readdle.  Calendars 5 has been the measuring stick for iOS calendar apps since its introduction.  It’s so powerful and easy to use, it just might be what the iPad should have shipped with as the default calendar app. More than just a calendar app, it also supports and excels at tasks and events, making it an invaluable productivity tool.

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Update on Apple Music vs. Spotify


I’ve been an Apple Music subscriber ever since it was introduced last June. I really like the idea of an all-you-can-eat music subscription for checking out new artists and songs, but I’m not totally happy with Apple Music as it is right now. I did spend some time with Spotify last year and quite enjoyed using it, but I stuck with Apple Music because it was a first-party solution. 

I’m reviewing that decision again now.

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Deals: Monet Stylus at 24% off

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Today’s featured deal is great for anyone who loves to use their iPad as a canvas.  Whether you’re a professional, or an aspiring artist, the Monet Stylus will help you express your vision using your iPad.  Today we’re offering you the opportunity to purchase this unique, brush-like stylus at a 24% discount. That’s a great deal that will run you only $14.99 – instead of its standard price of $20!  Here’s some info about the Monet Stylus and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

True to its namesake, the Monet Stylus helps you unleash the artistic potential of your tablet or other touchscreen device. It’s designed to feel like a paintbrush in your hand, allowing you to produce sweeping brushstrokes as naturally as you would on a real canvas. With a pressure-sensitive tip and a generous 165° writing angle, you’ll easily capture every nuance of your next digital masterpiece.

  • Digital writing & sketching tool for tablets
  • Paintbrush-like feel in your hand
  • Compatibility w/ writing & sketching apps
  • Pressure-sensitive tip
  • 165° expanded writing angles
  • Brushed aluminum-alloy body
  • Rounded triangle handgrip

Available as part of a stylus 2-pack! See dropdown for more details

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

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Contest Winners Announced for (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters

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Time’s up!  If you were one of the lucky ones to leave a comment in the original post by 10 PM EST Wednesday, 04/20/16, then you were entered for a chance to win one of (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters.  Our lucky winners are…

  • Matt S
  • Nikita
  • Marcia F
  • Tarek
  • Hindie
  • Nancy
  • Trent B
  • Tony
  • Dan B
  • Alyce

Winners, please make sure to keep your eyes on your inbox over the next couple of days for an email with subject header that reads, “iPad Insight Giveaway Winner” with information on your prize!

I want to extend a Thank-You to all of our readers who joined in on the fun this week.  In addition, I want to extend a special thanks to Michael at newPCgadgets for these awesome Acrylic Smartphone Coasters!

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iOS 10 Wishlist: More Keyboard Shortcuts and Improved Photos Support

  ‘Tis the season: it’s getting closer and closer to June so people are unwrapping their biggest wishlist items. The funny thing is that we’re really close enough to the beta of iOS 10 (usually released just after WWDC in June) that our wishlist items couldn’t actually have any effect on development at this point. They’re either in development now, or they won’t be in iOS 10. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to write up a wishlist anyway.

Better Photos Support

I’ve already talked about the lack of decent RAW support, so I won’t re-hash that. However, as I test Lightroom 2.2 on my iPad, I arm starting to realize what else is missing from the Photos app.

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How to control which apps and System Services have access to your personal information on your iPad

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One of the most important things we can do to keep us safer in this day and age is to actively take a responsible role in controlling the information we share on our  electronic devices.  Apple has made this somewhat easier for us by adjusting many of the iPad’s default settings to safer modes out of the box.  Safeguards like this force us to have to give permission to apps the first time they require information that would generally be considered private.

The category at the top of the list when it comes to privacy is the often debated, Location Services.  This is because apps that are compatible with Location Services can potentially gather and use your information as data points indicating your location. One way this information can be translated is via local Wi-Fi networks, when activated on your iPad.  However the data collected by Apple is completely anonymous and does not identify you or your location in a way that personally identifies you. Furthermore, you will always be able to tell when an app is currently using your location because there will be an icon of an arrow next to it in the Location Services portion of the Settings App.

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Giveaway: (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters

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(10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters To Be Won

Contest Deadline: Wednesday, April 20th – 10:00 PM US Eastern

Time for an awesome giveaway here on iPad Insight!  Starting today we’re running a contest for (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters.  We all have smartphones these days.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an iPhone, Android or some other brand you’re fond of–most owners typically want to keep their smartphone handy and within reach at all times.  Our phones are an extension of our lives, and as a result, we rely on them to help keep us more productive, informed and on task, as well as entertained.

So whether you’re working at home or at your desk at the office, it’s always handy to have your phone within reach, and viewable with a simple glance. With these recently released Acrylic Smartphone Coasters the folks at newPCgadgets have designed a simple, elegant  coaster, who’s sole purpose is to fulfill that feature–and do it well. The Smartphone Coasters are extremely durable and sturdy, and they even work with many cases, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of taking them off to display your smartphone.

How To Win:

*** Just add ONE comment to this post, making sure to fill out the ‘email address‘ field (don‘t worry, it won’t be displayed and we won‘t use it for any other reason than to contact you if you win) “ and you‘re in with ONE entry for our random drawing of (10) seperate Acrylic Smartphone Coasters on Wednesday.

This contest is open to residents of the continental United States and Canada.  Sorry, no international shipping. We’ll draw our winner on Wednesday (4/20/16) sometime after 10:00 pm US Eastern time.

Special thanks to the folks at newPCgadgets for their generosity!

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