iPad App of the Week: Amazon Prime Video

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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 Amazon Prime Video by AMZN Mobile LLC.  I have been an off and on Amazon Prime user for years.  Typically, I start my subscription again when there is a one month free deal incentive and then cancel before the month is over.  However, this year I left it in place for a couple of months through the holiday season to save on gifts for the family.  Last weekend my subscription was set to auto-renew again, and I was prepared to end it for now.

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Deals: Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 iOS/Android Charging Cable 3-Pack at 72% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who has a family that enjoys using iOS as well as devices that might need a micro-USB connection to charge.  With an extra long cable measuring 6ft long, you have additional freedom and the piece of mind associated with using a MFi-Certified charging cable.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up a (3) pack of Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 Charging Cables at 72% off.  It’s an amazing deal that will run you only $21.99 – instead of the standard price of $80. Here’s some info about the Charging Cable, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Finally a gadget to help Android and Apple lovers live in harmony has arrived! This handy 1.8-meter MFi-certified charging cable will keep your trusted devices powered from a distance, so you won’t be stuck slouching over a pesky outlet. This must-have cable is compatible with both Lightning devices and micro USB devices, so a difference in platforms won’t be the difference maker in your relationship.

  • 1.8 meter length allows for convenient charging & use
  • Lighting & micro USB compatibility for use w/ almost any chargeable device
  • Connected tip for easy use & accessibility no matter the device
  • Set of 2 iOS/Android charging cables for the price of one!

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

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Reflecting On My iPads Thus Far

I have to admit to feeling a bit like Goldilocks while writing this. I skipped the very first iPad in 2010, but since then I’ve tried iPads of all sizes in an attempt to find the right fit for me.

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How to use Single Sign-On to watch pay-TV on your iPad

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Back at WWDC last June Apple announced a major update to Apple TV that leaned heavily on the use of Siri for search in addition to features like Live tune-in and the ability to manage Home Kit accessories. They also revealed a new single sign-on capability that allowed customers in the US to authenticate all the video channels from their pay-TV providers by only having to sign in one time.  After the initial sign-in/on customers will be able to watch all of their compatible network-TV apps without having to re-authenticate each app as long as they didn’t sign out.

The initial roll-out started last fall.  However, the networks participating have been growing at a slower pace than I had originally expected.  I had all but forgot about the new feature, and wondered after originally being excited, if I would ever really use it.  That being said–I decided to go through the process of setting it up and giving it a go.

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My Take On Evernote in 2017

Evernote has had a rockier time in the public eye in the past year. Last June they increased their pricing and put some harder limits on the free accounts. This opened the service up to a lot of criticism from free users, who were actually getting a very good deal from the service. Previous to that price change, you could use Evernote across as many devices as you wanted, as long as you stayed within the monthly upload limit. That was pretty generous for a company whose income comes from a subset of paying users.

However, I do also understand the backlash to Evernote’s pricing change: it wasn’t announced alongside any significant new features, so it just looked like a price increase on both paid plans, and a sudden limitation of the free plan that so many people were enjoying. I think this move challenged Evernote’s user base, many of whom were suddenly looking at other note apps that they could use for free. Apple Notes had made some big changes to its feature set with iOS 9, and OneNote introduced an Evernote to OneNote importerto make it easier to move large note libraries to Microsoft’s free note-taking service. Late in 2016 also saw the launch of Bear, which featured its own Evernote import (in the Mac app) and its own set of tagging, attachment, and in-line picture support.

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Deals: Zendure A8 26,800mAh QC3.0 Portable Battery Bank at 48% off

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The Zendure A8 is one of the fastest charging power banks on the planet, armed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology. Add in the massive 26,800mAh battery capacity and this behemoth can easily charge your phone 7-9 times without needing a reboot, and maintains up to 95% of its charge after six whole months without use. If you spend any significant amount of time away from an outlet (and you do) then this is the portable power bank to keep you connected at all times.

  • Quick Charge 3.0 port outputs immense, 18W power when connected to a compatible QC3.0 device
  • ZEN+ technology automatically detects your device & fine tunes the output to best suit it
  • Charge-through function allows you to charge external battery while it’s charging other devices
  • Automatically shifts to standby when charging is complete to preserve power

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

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What’s on your iPad Home Screen?

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With the start of a new year, I thought I’d take another look at my iPad home screen page the same way I did with my iPhone, and make some decisions on what I “need” and what apps I have simply accumulated since purchasing my iPad Pro.  The majority of my most used apps live on the first page of my home screen, with my second page consisting of mostly folders and recent downloads that I have yet to decide if I want to keep or not.  Since there is only room for 26 app icons, I have improvised and added my 5 most used folders as well.  These folders are broken down into two sections–my favorite Productivity Apps, and brand based apps such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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Quick Look: ProTube for iPad

I don’t tend to spend very much time on YouTube unless I’m doing some in-depth research on a product. When I’m researching, I’ll voraciously consume all the hands-on and review videos I can get to, in order to see my next <insert lust-worthy object here> from all available angles. One of the things that I find most frustrating about this are the long, unskippable pre-roll ads that will sometimes air before a video. Most of these ads are repeats of something I’ve seen just minutes ago, and they feel like a waste of my time. I don’t mind a five second skippable pre-roll ad that tries to attract my attention, but it’s obnoxious to force someone to watch through 30 seconds of sub-par content.

It’s for this reason that I bought ProTube many moons ago. I’m not sure how the developer does it, but the app features a completely ad-free viewing experience. That’s something that’s difficult to accomplish even on the desktop. With ProTube, what you tap on is what you’re going to be watching, and that’s already a very big reason to pony up $4 for the purchase.

But wait, there’s more!

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Deals: NolimitVPN Premium at 55-70% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their internet connection secure, while also maintaining super fast download speeds.  In this day and age you need to take precautionary steps to ensure that you and your family are safe.  This same approach extends to your browsing security, where your personal information is at its greatest risk.  This is where NoLimitVPN comes in, providing you a safe place to anonymously browse the internet.  For a limited time you can purchase a yearly subscription of NoLimitVPN at an incredible savings based upon a 1, 2 or 3 year agreements.  Your savings will total 55- 70% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.99, $29.99 or $39.99 – instead of the standard price of $45, $90 or $135.00.  Here’s some info about NoLimitVPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The internet is crawling with hackers and government snoops out to harvest your personal information, but there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and ward these prying eyes away. NoLimitVPN qualifies as one of those steps, offering anonymous and secure internet access at ultra high speed. With proactive NAT and antivirus firewalls and a vigorously encrypted VPN service, NoLimitVPN is the complete solution to your online security.

  • Secure your browsing & communications w/ one easy-to-use service operating at 100 mbps
  • The firewall protects you against major cyber threats and prevents the piracy of your data
  • Enjoy anonymous IP address, DNS, & proxy service to keep your personal data extra safe
  • Access the internet from one of 10 servers around the world to hide your location & bypass geo-restrictions to access blocked content
  • Operate on computers, phones, & tablets alike

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

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Review: BookBook for 9.7″ iPad Pro

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The BookBook case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is not only a very functional iPad case, but it’s also one of the best looking I have had the opportunity to review.  If you’re unfamiliar with the BookBook brand, it is the brainchild of the great folks at Twelve South, and it is available for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.  The BookBook is a hardback leader case that wears like an old book.  I have always enjoyed the worn, weathered look that comes with regular usage of leather.  The natural patina that develops on each BookBook gives it a unique character typically reserved for higher-end quality made products.

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Cloud Storage on iOS: iCloud, OneDrive, and Dropbox

Cloud storage services have been an incredibly useful way of working around 128 and 266 GB storage limits on modern iPads, but I’m still feeling torn about which solution is best for me. I know of Google Drive, but I’ve spent most of my testing period jumping between iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive. I haven’t come to a solid conclusion about which solution is perfect for me, but I now have enough to talk about the pros and cons of each service.

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