Quick Look: Bear for iPad

The screenshot above should also make it obvious, but if you were wondering if iOS has just received another really good-looking notes app that also sync with the Mac, then the answer is yes. Bear uses simple plain text for all of its formatting, so the notes you type out are easily transferrable — at any time — to any other platform or service. However, just because you’re using plain text, it doesn’t mean your notes have to look plain: Bear also handles rich text formatting with Markdown, and it displays pictures right alongside body text.

The Simple Bear Necessities

Whereas other plain text tools like iA Writer 4 focus more on being plain text writing machines, Bear feels like it focuses specifically on taking great notes in a flexible format. There are extra writing elements like word counts and read times in the right sidebar, but I’ve definitely become a bit of a snob when it comes to writing apps: without some sort of focus mode to keep text centered, I don’t consider Bear a full-fledged writing app for my purposes. That’s fine though, because in my brief testing period, it feels like a fantastic app for notes.

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Deals: pCloud Premium Cloud Storage Lifetime Subscription at 87% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for those of us who are looking for a little extra storage space to help mange all of our accumulated data and files that eat away at our precious computer storage limits.  In addition, it would be great to have secure web access to keep it all safe, and connection speeds that are not only reliable, but also super fast .  Well look no further– now there is an affordable solution that will serve all these needs and more.  You can get your pCloud Premium Cloud Storage Lifetime Subscription at a savings of 87% off.  It’s an awesome deal that will run you only $59.99 – instead of the standard price of $478.80. Here’s some info about pCloud Premium Cloud Storage, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You’ve got too many files in your life to effectively manage on just one device, which is where pCloud comes in handy. A supremely secure web storage space for all of your photos, videos, music, documents, and more, pCloud gives you an easily accessible place to store your valuables without taking up any precious data on your devices. With unrivaled transfer speed and security, pCloud makes saving and sharing memories extremely easy.

  • Get 500GB of cloud storage & 500GB of download link traffic without taking up any space on your computer
  • Download & upload links fast & invite users to shared folders for easy collaboration
  • Enjoy high-level security w/ a 256-bit TLS/SSL connection & client-side encryption through pCloud Crypto
  • Boot up auto upload from your iOS or Android camera to get photos on the cloud fast
  • Sync your data across multiple devices automatically & w/ any folder
  • Access content of unlimited size w/ built-in video & player & HD video streaming
  • Backup your files from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, & OneDrive
  • Stream audio & video on all your devices w/ pCloud’s built-in media players
  • Access on multiple devices, from PC & Mac, tablet, smartphone, & more

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

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How to Filter out Spam Invitations to your iCloud Calendar on your iPad

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Tis the season to get unsolicited calendar invitations to your iOS devices via your iCloud account.  I never knew this was a “thing” until I recently became part of a large spamming exercise to lure unsuspected individuals in to view Black Friday offers.  I’m not sure how long I had the invite in my  Calendar since I use Calendars 5 by Readdle as my daily driver on my iPhone, and therefore have push notifications and icon badges turned off on Apple’s Calendar.  It was when I glanced at my iPad’s “Apple” folder this afternoon that I thought I may have been spammed.

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Using the iPad Pro Without the Smart Keyboard

As an update to my previous post on everyday carry, I have been leaving the Smart Keyboard at home and bringing just the iPad Pro around with me. I thought that I’d get into the habit of bringing a stand around with me, but it had felt like just one more thing to bring around. So for the past few weeks it has been just the 12.9-inch tablet and the Pencil for occasional diagrams and a few handwritten notes.

It still surprises me how much more comfortable I find typing with the iPad Pro flat on a surface, or propped up on my legs. A typing stand like the Smart Cover or TwelveSouth Compass make it easier to view my text when there’s glare from the ceiling lights, but on the typing angle also forces me to tilt my wrists upwards. I can type comfortably for quite a while this way, but I inevitably walk way from the experience with some wrist pain or discomfort. Not being able to rest my fingers on the keys just makes typing on glass that much more fatiguing. Typing with the iPad completely flat isn’t as good as a physical keyboard, but it’s far easier on my wrists, and ultimately more enjoyable.

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Black Friday Deals Worth Checking out

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Black Friday–the antithesis of the giving, thankful holiday season where we break bread with family and friends and let everyone know how thankful we are and how much our loved ones mean to us.  This celebration is so short lived that many Americans partake in the gluttony of commercial indulgence immediately following their Thanksgiving meals.  Never-the-less, Black Friday still provides consumers the best sales and deals of the year, with electronics often receiving the most attention.

The following is a hand picked list of some of our favorite Black Friday deals…

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Quick Look: Amaziograph for iPad

Amaziograph isn’t a pro-level app, but it’s one of those apps that really shines on the iPad Pro. Pick up an Apple Pencil, spend $2 on Amaziograph, and start to re-discover the fun of creating tessellations and mirrored images in just a fraction of the time it takes to create them manually.

The mechanics of Amaziograph are dead-simple to learn. You choose one of 10 initial grid types, each with different kinds of mirror or tiling effects. Then you just start drawing and watch as your strokes are multiplied across your screen. This is one of those apps where the act of creation is really part of the experience. There’s a genuinely soothing effect to seeing how your drawing can come to life as you add a little line here, a circle there, and finish things off with a blast of colour. It can feel like you’re drawing with 10 of your greatest clones, and they’re all perfectly in sync with you.

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Deals: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds at 66% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for those of us who are thinking about jumping on the Bluetooth Earbud wagon but might not have know where to start.  As soon as it was rumored that the with the introduction of the iPhone 7 Apple was foregoing the audio jack, many consumers began to consider life after wired headphones for the first time. Now there is an affordable solution that is also waterproof–the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds.  These Bluetooth earbuds connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth as soon as you pull them apart for use.  For a very limited time (ONLY 24 Hours!) you can purchase a set of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds at a savings of 66% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $39.95 – instead of the standard price of $119.95. Here’s some info about the FRESHeBUDS Bluetooth Earbuds, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The hit FRESHeBUDS earbuds are back and better than ever with the new Pro model. Even more water and sweat resistant to stand up to any outdoor activity, these new buds have enhanced battery life, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. With a smoother fit and better sound quality as well, these are the earbuds of the future.

  • Designed to be sweat & water resistant
  • Features unrivaled sound quality for compact size
  • Includes a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime
  • Fully charges up in just 90 minutes
  • Connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth as soon as you pull apart the earbuds
  • Allows you to answer calls straight from the earbuds w/ a built-in microphone
  • Designed to be comfortably lightweight & secure in your ears
  • Turn off when placed together, turn on when pulled apart

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

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Deals: 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack at 50% off

6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-PackToday’s featured deal is perfect for, well–everyone!  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  You have an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and you need to charge them–everyday.  There’s no getting around it.  When it comes to charging your devices, what’s the one thing that always come to mind?  You always wish you had more charging cables available–right?  I have one for my bedside table, one for my office, one for the car, etc.  But no matter how many you have, they eventually wear down, fray or come apart after heavy use.  For a limited time you can purchase a 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack at a savings of 50% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $21.99 – instead of the standard price of $44. Here’s some info about the Lightning Cable 3-Pack, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 6.5-ft, MFi-certified cables, you’ll have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.

  • Gain extra flexibility w/ 6.5-ft Lightning cables
  • Sync & charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chair
  • Ensure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certification
  • Enjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible design

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

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Review: HiRise 2 Deluxe for iPad

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The HiRise 2 is a simple, elegant and sturdy lightning powered charging stand for the iPad and iPhone.  It’s made by the excellent folks at Twelve South, so you know going in that it will be a quality product.  From my experience, the list of iPad stands that are functional and also something that you would be proud to have on display at your workplace is short.  So when I went looking for a stand that would work for my iPad and iPhone, I was encouraged to see that the HiRise 2 had just been released.  Although I liked the original HiRise Deluxe, the improvements made to the HiRise 2 solidified it as my preferred stand, and here’s why.

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Tapping and Typing

I wrote a few weeks ago that I was going to stop carrying the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard everyday, and I’ve been following through on that. I also carry a laptop to and from work, and the combination of the two devices is more than a 15″ MacBook Pro and charger.

I have been trying to do a better job of just using and not over-thinking the iPad Pro. That definitely happens naturally at home. I hate to repeat it, but it is a fantastic content consumption device. I use it almost daily for Netflix and podcasts, and I have pretty much stopped using my awesome UE Boom speakers because the iPad Pro already sounds good enough for music in the kitchen.

But when I’m out and about and want to handle longer form writing and messaging, this is where the iPad Pro slows me down when compared to my Retina MacBook Pro.

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Deals: Ivacy VPN 2-Yr Subscription at 89% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking to share files via P2P but doesn’t want to sacrifice spend and efficiency in the process.  Now you can have just that and also operate with complete anonymity while enjoying HD streaming video minus the annoying buffering.  With a dedicated VPN you can also protect your privacy from any unwanted peering eyes documenting your movements.  Now with a Ivacy VPN 2-Yr Subscription you will get all this and more at an amazing discounted price of 89% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $29 – instead of its standard price of $286.80.  Here’s some info about Ivacy and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Enjoy P2P file-sharing with complete anonymity and blazing fast speeds with Ivacy VPN. With a 2-year subscription to this highly-reviewed service, you can unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events. Connect to more than 200+ servers in 100+ locations across over 50 countries!

  • Enjoy fast uninterrupted P2P file-sharing with complete anonymity
  • Quick-connect to 250+ servers in 100+ locations across 50+ countries
  • Get a dedicated VPN add-on for Kodi
  • Protect yourself against hackers, spyware, & government surveillance
  • Anonymize your online activity against spammers & identity thieves
  • Overcome ISP speed throttling & Port blocking
  • Enjoy fast uninterrupted P2P file sharing w/ complete anonymity
  • Access region-locked content anywhere in the world
  • Enjoy amazing Ivacy features on a range of compatible devices
  • Log in on 5 devices simultaneously

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

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