Screens VNC for iPad review: Ideal for Productivity and Pranking!

Mac on your iPad

Mac on your iPad

In my first teaching job, my school at the time had a remote desktop system going where I could use my dodgy old computer at home to remotely connect to a desktop at school which gave me access to all of the programs I needed to prepare my lessons. I remember thinking it was almost like witchcraft – having more than one computer on your computer! It actually worked pretty well in the early days of broadband (despite having to set it to 16 colour mode!). This was a feature that I sorely missed when I moved schools. Jump in the DeLoren and get to 88.8 mph and fast forward to today. Fast connectivity and mobility everywhere means that we don’t have to rely on a meaty central server at a place of work to provide these connections, you can do it yourself at a fraction of the price. This is where Edovia’s Screens software comes in. [click to continue reading…]

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My Incredible Body iPad Review: Like Innerspace but Educational!

If only Dennis Quad had this app in 1987.

If only Dennis Quaid had this app in 1987.

Back in primary school I remember learning about the internals of the human body by constructing a digestive system out of toilet rolls. Needless to say, that summer I probably used more toilet tissue than I needed too in an effort to get enough toilet rolls together. The results were awesome though. I plonked a marble through the cardboard oesophagus and proudly demonstrated to my parents the wonders of the human digestive system. I’m assuming my model had the equivalent of the runs as my marble got through in about 5 seconds. Now, the days of such eco-unfriendly learning are behind us and Zybright have released a great app called My Incredible Body, which I would say is aimed at ages 4-13. [click to continue reading…]

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iPad Art: Celebrity Portrait of Maurice from Planet of the Apes

Maurice iPad painting

OK, this just became my favorite ever celebrity portrait created on an iPad – and that’s saying something because there are some incredible ones out there. But how you can resist this one of Maurice, one of the stars of the new ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ movie (and the previous Rise of the Planet of the Apes)?

This is the work of Michael Acosta, shared to our Google+ iPad Art community – created using the Paper by 53 app and the new Adonit Jot Touch.

It’s been shown that Orangutans are able to get a lot of joy from iPads, so perhaps some of them would enjoy this piece as well. In any case, I love this one.

If you’re up for seeing lots more lovely iPad paintings, check out more of our iPad Art section.

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Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit: an Event Focused on All Aspects of Mobile Creativity

Cellist by Claire Iris Schencke

I’m a long-time and big-time admirer of art created on iPads, as many of you will know if you’ve been a reader of iPad Insight for any length of time. So right about now I’m wishing I lived somewhere near Palo Alto, California – so that I could go and enjoy this Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit.

It strikes me as both a celebration of the wonderful work done by iPad artists and also a chance for those artists, and aspiring digital artists, to collaborate and learn. That’s just my quick take though – here’s a far better introduction via the organizers of this event:

Three days of FUN, ART and CREATIVITY!
The 3-day weekend kicks off on Friday, August 1st with the Grand Opening of the 2nd Annual Mobile Digital Art Exhibition, displaying the work of over 100 artists and, once again, attracting major media attention.
The Grand Opening is followed by a two-day Summit with a packed program of workshops, seminars and masterclasses attracting artists and educators from across the country.

Silicon Valley’s Creative Hub!
The Exhibition and Summit will be held in the Pacific Art League’s newly renovated historic building at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Even though I can’t go to the event, I can still enjoy some of the beautiful artwork that’s going to be on display – via the gorgeous slideshow of submitted works here. The image at the top of this post is one I’ll call ‘Cellist’ and is the work of Claire Iris Schencke

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Deals: SmartPlane, Smartphone Controlled Gadget Airplane at 28% Off


Today’s high-flying (cough, sorry) featured iPad Insight Deal is this very cool looking SmartPlane, Smartphone Controlled Gadget Airplane. It can actually be controlled by an iPad, an iPhone, and a number of mobile devices. It’s on offer right now at 28% off – $49..99, down from standard price of $70.

Stack Social’s introduction to it is like so:

The SmartPlane is ultra light and with its slow flying speed, it is designed specifically for indoor areas such as hallways, large living rooms or spacious meeting rooms. Even outside in calm conditions, there are no limits to the fun of flying!

As the pilot, you control the SmartPlane intuitively with your mobile device. The SmartPlane responds to the hand movements of the pilot in realtime. It’s so simple you only need one hand to control it. Flying always seems to be a fascination of man and now you can take to the skies with a exciting and fun new toy.

SmartPlane is not just a dumb toy, it understands your every command by analyzing the situation and making slight adjustments to keep your flight smooth. If your plane does take on some turbulence, you won’t have to worry about crashing. Its durable EPPmaterial flexes and moves so crashing is just an afterthought.

Its bluetooth wireless technology lets you fly longer distances and for a longer time, giving you a true flying experience. No more gliding and crashing! It also has quick touch and go pairing so you can play whenever you need. No long pairing sequence required.

It’s compatible with iOS: iphone 4S or newer; iPod touch 5th Gen or newer; iPad 3rd Gen or newer; iPad mini, and Android devices with Bluetooth Smart and running Android 4.3 or newer

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

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Quick Thoughts On Facebook Messenger For iPad

I don’t use Facebook Messenger often, but I think it’s great that it was released for iPad. Facebook seems like one of the de facto messaging services for a lot of my friends at work and from university, and bringing the Messenger app to the iPad does show some forward thinking on Facebook’s part. Just […]

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iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone?

Being a teacher and a die hard geek, I’ve long been searching for a way to take my courses online in a meaningful way where students can engage in their work in Martini fashion (anytime, anywhere, not drunk). There have been lots of, what we might call ‘Virtual Learning Environments’ over the last ten years, […]

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Still Waiting Patiently For 2Do III for iPad

I’ve been waiting for the release of 2Do III ever since the release of iOS 7 last Fall, and I’m trying to keep from calling the third version of the app “3Do” (I blame 2Fast2Furious and its ilk for that). 2Do was one of my all-time favourite task management apps on iOS, and even though […]

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