What are the best cloud storage options available on the iPad?


Yesterday I wrote abut how to upgrade or downgrade the amount of iCloud storage you need for your iPad.  While I suspect that this is the default cloud service used by the majority of iPad owners–it certainly isn’t the only cloud service available to store your data in the cloud.  One of our readers who read my post from yesterday brought up a good point

Why not suggest to open a Hotmail or GMail account and get a free 15 Gig of storage?     –DAN

This got me thinking.  Dan is absolutely right.  There are definitely other viable options out there worth mentioning.  So, after  little research, I thought I’d gather some of the more popular cloud storage  options for iPad owners.  For the sake of this exercise, here are a few basic ground rules I’m applying in my comparison.

  • Only real-time offers available _right now_ are considered
  • No special offers or promotions considered for buying your iPad at any particular retail outlet.
  • No extra incentives to “earn” additional storage (e.g. referring friends, tweeting or sharing on Facebook for additional “free” storage)
  • Personal accounts only–no business or shared accounts
  • New iPad owners only–no bonus deals for having been grand-fathered in to legacy deals.


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Easy controls and good physics make Hello Moto for iPad a dirt-bike side-scroller favorite

IMG_0565While there are plentiful dirt-bike games for your iPad, Hello Moto HD strikes the right balance of fun gameplay, easy controls, and accurate physics to make it worth a spot in your games folder. Hello Moto is a side-scrolling challenge in which you guide your dirt bike over 24 tracks (if you make it that far) with increasing levels of challenges. If games can be judged by frequency of play, then Hello Moto has earned an A+ in my casual-game world.

In Moto HD you’re a dirt-bike rider that must guide his or her bike from left to right across a dirt track containing jumps, flips, and other tricks you have to master in order to reach the checkered flag. As you might expect, the tracks get harder and harder as you go along. Each time you miss a jump, or fall into a chasm, or run into an obstacle, you crash and then start at the beginning of the track again. This process is less tedious than it sounds as you learn each trick fairly quickly as you go. For example, you learn how to time your jumps to make it to the next platform, or how to make low jumps in order to not knock your block off on an overhead obstacle. Each track took me five–ten tries to master though of course your reflexes may be better than mine.

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How to upgrade or downgrade the iCloud storage on your iPad


When you first purchase your iPad you automatically get 5 BG of free iCloud storage to use for things like your email, iCloud backups of your devices, your Photo Library, and iCloud Drive.  However, items you purchase from any of Apple’s stores like movies, music, apps and books do not count against the free storage totals.  If you ever need more iCloud storage you can increase the amount at any time  by selecting a new plan that best suits your needs.  To do this in iOS 8 go to Settings–> iCloud–>Storage

Here, you will get a snap-shot of your current available storage along with a pathway to manage your storage needs.  When you click on manage storage you will see a listing of all your devices that are currently being backed up to iCloud along with how much storage all of your documents and data are currently occupying on your account.  You can reduce the amount of storage that is being used by deleting individual documents and data, or by deleting your iPad back-up from iCloud. If neither of those are viable options for you, then change/upgrade your storage plan.

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Deals: Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker at 50% Off

Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker

Award-Winning Sound. Compact Size. Sound Kick Hits the Perfect Note


Our featured deal today is the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker.An iLounge pick for overall Best of Show at CES and also labeled the best $100 Bluetooth speaker by Gizmodo.  It’s got a sweet set of specs and will even has charging capability for your mobile devices. It’s on offer at 50% off – just $49 rather than its standard $100.

Here’s the quick rundown on the Sound Kick and its notable features:

Sound Kick trumps the competition with its robust sound, compact size, and sleek design—all at a great price point. The go-to travel speaker for Bluetooth audio aficionados, the Sound Kick grants you 7 hours of non-stop full sound on each charge.

  • Enjoy up to 7 hours of playtime with the built-in rechargeable battery
  • Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth
  • Control the volume & playback functions directly from the speaker
  • Quickly connect to any device w/ a simple line-in option that works with a standard headphone jack
  • Enhance your playlist w/ full sound, natural bass response, vocal clarity & UQ3™ spatial enhancement
  • Charge your mobile devices w/ the USB power port even while Sound Kick is running on battery power

To check out more details and specs, or place an order, head over to this iPad Insight Deals page.

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My Biggest iPad Pet Peeve: The Lack of a Home Button Shortcut

This post is all about one of my greatest iOS pet peeves: the lack of a Home button shortcut on Bluetooth keyboards. I’ve got ZAGG’s newest keyboard to test for the iPad; and although I’m only a few hours into using it, I’ve already run into an issue that has plagued many Bluetooth keyboards before it: the lack of a dedicated Home button.

ZAGG should have made it a priority to include a dedicated key to simulate the Home button for iPad and iPhone users, but I also think that Apple shares the blame here as well. Of all the keyboard shortcuts that power users need at the OS level, it would be keyboard shortcut to emulate the Home button. I honestly can’t believe this is still an item on my wishlist with iOS approaching its ninth iteration, but it’s true. Unless hardware keyboard manufacturers specifically include a dedicated Home key, there’s simply no way for users to switch or leave apps without reaching up from the keyboard to tap the Home button.

This is obviously purely a matter of convenience and efficiency, but the solution just feels so tantalizingly close and simple that it bothers me that much more. After all, for the Home button on certain Bluetooth keyboards to work, that must mean that Apple provided a certain way for manufacturers to emulate the Home button. Why not bake a simple shortcut like Cmd + H or Cmd + Escape into iOS? It would save so much hassle and make keyboards — which are items that power users usually buy — that much more efficient.

I very badly want for Apple to address this somehow in iOS 9, or at least make software keyboards stable enough to make them a viable alternative.

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How to set-up iCloud Keychain on your iPad


One of the more useful features in iOS is called iCloud Keychain.  With iCloud Keychain, you can save your passwords and credit card information on all the iOS devices you approve.  Privacy is not a concern as all your confidential information is encrypted–even Apple cannot view what is stored in your iCloud Keychain.  Setting up and configuring iCloud Keychain is easy, and starts in the Settings app.

Open the iCloud Setting and scroll down to the Keychain icon.  If you haven’t already, turn the tab to the on position. Once activated, you can open the Advanced tab to further configure your settings.  The first choice you all tasked with is whether or not you would like your iCloud security code to be used to set-up iCloud Keychain on additional devices.

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Deals: Over 90% off Interactive Coding Bootcamp

Interactive Coding Bootcamp

Earn $75k – $100k in the Next Year, Work Flexible Hours & Love Your Job w/ This 12-Week Online Program

If you fancy getting into the fascinating and potentially lucrative world of coding and developing apps, then today’s featured deal may be right up your alley. It’s the Interactive Coding Bootcamp – serving up  ore than 30 hours of video content – on offer for just $39, a full 92% off its standard price of $499.

Here’s a little intro to this package and some of its key features: 

Become a job-ready developer by building a portfolio of real-world apps and interacting 1-on-1 with the best mentors in the field. This training is as robust as it gets, including live instruction and job-hunting assistance, on top of 33+ hours of top-notch video courses (some from Stanford, Harvard, etc.). Jump into this 12-week curriculum for 92% off!

  • 33+ hours of video content
  • Reference the downloadable ​e-book on how to get hired as a full-time web developer
  • Get live guidance with instructors via live video/screenshare
  • Study front-end development w/ HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery & frameworks like AngularJS
  • Learn back-end development w/ Ruby on Rails, Node.js, e-commerce, databases & more
  • Understand computer science fundamentals, algorithms, git, and test driven development (TDD)
  • Create a portfolio of real-life apps to help you get jobs or start your own business

You can see more detail and place an order for this deal at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: Her Final Dive

Her Final Dive

Our featured iPad painting today is another by a big favorite round here, Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight.

As always, there’s a great back story behind this fun iPad artwork.  I love the journey that this image has taken on its way to being shared here, as described below by the artist herself:

The only one of my digital paintings to go from ZeusDrawMobile on my iPhone 3g. Then to ZDM stretched on the first iPad. That would be Number 1 in 2010.

In 2011 I redid it from the ground up on Sketchbook Pro after it upgraded all those layers. At that time she acquired the diving board rail. And finally using SBP, Brushstroke and Alayer she takes one more bow.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Her Final Dive.

You can enjoy more of Mcmillion’s work and follow her via her Hotel Midnight Flickr stream

And you can enjoy the work of many great iPad artists in our iPad Art section.

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iPad App of the Week: Sunrise Calendar


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 Sunrise Calendar.  Acquired by Microsoft in February, Sunrise has always been one of my favorite calendar apps because of its clean, uncluttered look and simple to use user interface.  Earlier this week, Sunrise received an update with a intriguing new feature called Meet.  The premise of Meet is that you can now schedule one-on-one meetings with people with just a few clicks from within the calendar app.  Available as a free update, the addition of Meet makes Sunrise an even more appealing replacement for Apple’s stock calendar app.  Meet is actually an extension of the Sunrise calendar in the form of a keyboard–hence why your iPad needs to be running iOS 8.  You add the Meet keyboard the same way you would any other 3rd party keyboard from the Settings App.



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My New VSCO Cam iPad Workflow

 I recently wrote about how iOS photo extensions reduce picture resolution when used. That was a really disappointing discovery for me because I loved the simplicity of doing all of my photo editing in one place on iOS. I’d use the controls built into the Photos app to make basic adjustments, and then I’d add my own custom-made filters through apps like Flare Effects. The point was to make browsing and editing photos a seamless experience, but lowering my photo resolution was not a compromise I was willing to make.

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Learning with the iPad

Everything-changes-with-iPadimages: Apple

Last week Apple released a video highlighting the versatility of the iPad under the umbrella title; Everything Changes with iPad.

iPad can change the way you do things every day. Take on a new project, pick up a new skill, or start a new hobby. We put together some of our favorite apps and ideas to help you get started.

There were six sections in all, and they covered topics from cooking to small business–traveling to learning, and even redecorating.  Each section covered one main topic and explored how using apps, accessories and tips & tricks geared toward those topics can enhance the lives of those who use their iPads in these creative ways.  With bright, colorful images and recommended apps with links to download them directly from the App Store, Apple showcased what they do best–present solutions and suggestions to real problems and questions people ask everyday.


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