iPad App of the Week: Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes

Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes for iPad

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 Healthy Recipes by SparkRecipes for iPad, which I’m going to shorten to Healthy Recipes in the rest of this post to try to keep my wrists healthy. The app’s name lets you know what’s on offer – a great collection of healthy recipes – over 500,000 in fact – from SparkRecipes.com, which is touted as the world’s largest healthy recipes site.

I’m just about the perfect target audience for this app, because I’m continually trying to eat healthier but my cooking skills are pretty much non-existent. There are a huge number of cooking and cookbook apps for the iPad and I’ve looked at and installed quite a few of them. Healthy Recipes has been the one that gave me a good comfort level quickly and didn’t scare me off.

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Things for iPad & iPhone, Great Task Management App: Free for a Week

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Need a great task manager app for your iPad? Well, one of the very best, Things, is available for free right now as Apple’s Free App of the Week. Both Things for iPad and Things for iPhone are free until November 28.

Things is one of the very best iPad (and iPhone and Mac) task management apps around. It sports a gorgeous design and it’s easy to use and full of powerful features. Although it’s well worth the price, it’s also a relatively expensive app on iOS and the Mac – so this a nice opportunity to grab up this top-notch app for zero dollars.

Even the Things Mac app is part of the discount fun this week – on offer at 30% off its standard price.

Here’s more detail on the promotion, straight from the good people who make Things:

    • Apple are promoting both our iOS apps as “Free App of the Week” (normally US$19.99 iPad + $9.99 iPhone).
    • The promotion is global, and will last from November 20-28.
    • Apple have intentionally chosen Things as a great app for Thanksgiving.
    • We have never given Things away for free before, so this is a rare opportunity.
    • To compliment the free iOS apps, we have also dropped the Mac app by 30% during the same time (normally US$49.99, now $34.99).
    • All three apps were recently redesigned for iOS 8 & Yosemite—and they received a bunch of great new features, including an “Add to Things” Extension, Handoff between all devices, Background Refresh on iOS, a new iOS app icon, support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, and a Today Widget on OS X.
    • These free iOS apps are fully functional—there are no in-app purchases.
    • Our Things Cloud sync service is also free.

And here’s an App Store link for Things for iPad.

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PhotInfo for iPad Provides Metadata Within Photos App

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I’ve honestly forgotten where I heard about this app. I found a note in my Drafts app with just one word, “PhotInfo”, and decided to look it up on Google.

Boy, am I glad I did!

PhotInfo and its iOS 8 extension help bring metadata to the Photos app, which is really quite handy for figuring out the resolution of pictures I’ve stored or received on my iPad. Doing this on a Mac or PC is pretty simple, since most desktop photo viewing applications will list the resolution and file size in some sort of dialog window. Apple’s own Photos app, however, can be pretty sparse on those kinds of details. Before PhotInfo, my best way of quickly finding out the file size of a given picture was to insert that photo into an e-mail to myself, and tapping on “Actual Size” in the sizing options. It worked, but it was silly that I even had to do that.

Once enabled, PhotInfo’s extension makes things so much simpler. All I have to do is select a photo in the Photos app, tap on the Share button, and tap on PhotInfo. The resulting dialog box is detailed in the screenshot above, and this added capability was totally worth the $0.99 purchase.

There’s actually an entire interface within PhotInfo that shows EXIF and TIFF metadata, but the extension is really all I need. If you frequently need to check the file sizes and resolutions of images on your iOS device, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of PhotInfo.

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Deals: MIGHTY Speaker – The Waterproof, Sand Proof, Floating Speaker at 55% Off

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Today’s featured iPad deal is the MIGHTY Bluetooth speaker. This little guy is waterproof, sand proof, and is even able to float. Pretty handy to have around when you’re camping or hitting the pool or the beach. It’s available at $35 – 56% off its standard price of $80.

Here’s the intro for the MIGHTY:

MIGHTY is a waterproof, sand proof and even floating bluetooth speaker. No more worrying about whether your audio device can survive the activity of choice, MIGHTY is a tough minimal speaker provides booming sound with all the functionality you desire.

The crystal clear sound is not just for your music, you can also answer and make calls with the built in speakerphone. To make it even better, the removable suction cup lets you stick this durable speaker to nearly any flat surface like shower walls or kayak lids.

And a few of its key features:

  • Easily pairs with any bluetooth enabled device
  • Durable build that is waterproof, sand proof and dust proof, perfect for outdoor activities
  • Can be submerged for up to 30 minutes at 1 meter
  • Added floatation for worry free aquatic activities and listening
  • Suction cup for flat surface application (showers, kayaks and just about any other flat surface)
  • Small and portable design that provides the powerful sound you desire
  • Speakerphone capabilities for answering and making calls
  • 6 hour audio runtime
  • Weighs only 4.8 ounces
  • 33 foot range

You can see more details and place an order on this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How To Manage Which Apps Use Background App Refresh on the iPad

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iOS allows apps to refresh their content in the background. So even when you don’t have your favorite emil or news app open, it is updating its content and ready for your next use. This is a very helpful feature, but perhaps not so much when it’s used by all your installed apps, or by apps that you really don’t need to be refreshed in the background.

Turning off the background refresh feature for some of your apps may also help to preserve battery life on the iPad. And it is very simple to do. Here’s how:

– Open the Settings app

– Select the ‘General’ section on the left sidebar

– Select ‘Background App Refresh’ towards the bottom of the General screen

This will show a listing of all of your installed apps that are set to use background app refresh. You simply tap the button to the right of an individual app to toggle the feature on or off for that app.

So this is a feature that’s very easy to manage, and it’s also interesting just to see some of the apps that show up in the listing that you wouldn’t necessarily expect or want to be making use of it.

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The Sad State of Third Party Keyboards On iOS 8

One of the absolute most exciting things about iOS 8 was its announced support for third-party keyboards in almost all areas of the OS. There are some limitations. Every time you reach a password field, the default Apple keyboard pops up just to make sure users enjoy maximum privacy. Voice dictation through Siri, which got […]

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iPad Art: The Flowers

November isn’t the most flowery time of the year, at least not where I live anyway. So what better time for a lovely bit of flowery iPad art – like today’s featured iPad painting ‘The Flowers’. It’s the work of Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight. Here’s her intro to the painting: And so begins another […]

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Mobile Cloth: Keeping Your iPad Screen Clean

  A gorgeous, big display has always been one of the signature features of the iPad, and it still is today. That display can become an ugly mass of fingerprints and germs with our normal use of the tablet though – just as can happen on any touchscreen device. That’s where Mobile Cloth becomes an […]

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iPad App of the Week: VSCO Cam for iPad

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 […]

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