How to set-up an Apple ID for your iPad

Apple-IDTo use Apple services you need to start with an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is based on an email address you would like to associate with your account.  Your Apple ID is your gateway to adding all kinds of content to your iPad, including Music, Apps, Movies, and Books.   When you set-up your Apple ID you have the option to also use the same ID for your iCloud  services account.  However, this isn’t a requirement.  You can also choose to set-up one Apple ID for for iCloud services, and a separate account for your iTunes, App Store, and iBook Store purchases.

Confused yet?  Apple recommends creating one ID for both services to eliminate some of the confusion.  They caution that using multiple Apple IDs might be confusing and might cause issues with accessing purchased content or using some services.  However, in the event that you still want to keep your services separate, he is a quick and dirty how-to.

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Searching for Instagram Apps for iPad…

I’m now responsible for a number of Instagram accounts at my day job, and so I’ve been the lookout for apps that can manage multiple accounts, simultaneously. Given the popularity of the service, I’m surprised how difficult this task has actually been.
Hootsuite would have been my first choice because it can handle Twitter and Facebook. I can customize each brand into a tab, and each tab can have several panes for tweets, direct messages, or searches for specific hashtags. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that Hootsuite has no access to Instagram.

The next app I decided to try was Grab for Instagram. It’s a free download with no in-app purchases, and although it won’t let me post images or video due to API restrictions, it does support multiple logins. I can use the sidebar to switch between accounts, check on engagement rates, and repost images that are deemed on-brand.

So far I’m liking Grab for Instagram, but not loving it. I’d really like for the app to save my logged accounts through iCloud so that my iPhone and iPad stayed nicely in sync. Having to log in to the corporate accounts twice — once on my iPhone and once again on the iPad — just feels pointless when I’m using the same app on both devices. However, until I find something better, Grab for Instagram will have to do.

[If anyone has any recommendations for great Instagram-compatible apps on the iPad, I’d be all ears.]

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Deals: iFixIt Pro Tech Screwdriver & Jimmy Tool Bundle at 39% off


Today’s featured deal is especially useful for the DIY individuals in your life who love to tinker with their electronic devices and perform their own repairs.  When it comes to repairs on our mobile devices, most people don’t think they are qualified to do it themselves.  While that’s true for some, one of the best ways to gain confidence and be successful is to have a great set of tools.  The iFixIt Pro Tech Screwdriver & Jimmy Tool Bundle is now on sale at 39% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only 59.95 – instead of its standard price of $100.

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2Do for iPad Is Getting Push Sync In The Next Two Weeks

Background App Refresh was introduced with iOS 7 two years ago, but I’ve found that it only seems to work about 50% of the time for me. I still see many of my apps — e.g. Reeder, 2Do, Evernote — syncing upon startup, when they should have already loaded most of the data in the background. The issue here is the way iOS asks users to simply trust how it will balance the load of background tasks, when it should really allow us to prioritize specific apps that we always want to keep up-to-date.  

That’s why the latest blog post from 2Do has me excited. Push Sync is promising faster syncing that pushes changes from my iPad straight to the iPhone, moments after I’ve made a change, and regardless of what syncing service I use for my tasks. You can bet I’ll be testing this new feature out when it hits the App Store in two weeks.

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(5) ways to keep the data on your iPad more secure


Security–it’s on our minds more than ever before.  It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by where we don’t hear about some new exploit that allows someone to hack your most personal information.  With our mobile devices containing more of this  information with each new iteration, we need to stand up, take notice and do something about it.  Through our own due diligence we can monitor some of this information.  But what about our devices?  What can we do to keep our iPads, and our data more secure?

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Deals: Blinkist Premium One Year Subscription at 62% off


Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to read non-fiction books, but might not have the time it takes to invest in reading as much as they would like.  Enter Blinkist Premium–a more convenient way to get insight into what the next book on your reading wish-list is about.  Whether or not you use the convenient “blinks” to get a summary of books curated just for you, there are over a thousand to choose from with options to blink notes across all your devices.  This exclusive Blinkist Premium One Year Subscription is now on sale at 62% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only 29.99 – instead of its standard price of $80.

Here’s some info about the Blinkist Premium subscription, and how you can take advantage of this great offer while it lasts.

Finding time to read isn’t easy. Enter the “blink”: a convenient summary of a nonfiction book’s key ideas. Blinkist Premium offers subscribers a library of nonfiction books each distilled into a series of blinks, making it possible to absorb all of a work’s key points in about 15 minutes. You’ll quickly get caught up on your reading list and be the life of the intellectual party at your next gathering!

“The blinks are curated, so an actual human picked out the good parts, rather than a computer scanning for what it thinks might be important.” LifeHacker

  • Get unlimited access to a collection of 1000+ books
  • Listen to works in audiobooks format for convenience & variety
  • Access 40 new titles each month
  • Highlight & save snippets of text you find interesting
  • Use Evernote to sync & store your snippets
  • Build a private library of works viewable offline
  • Send books to your Kindle & read them from there

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

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Apple Prevents App Reviews While Using iOS 9 Beta

I read some great news from @Ticci of MacStories earlier today. Apple’s latest beta, iOS 9 b4, has solved a problem that has been plaguing developers for a few years now. Many excited tech fans — including yours truly — will flock to each new iOS beta as it’s released over the course of the summer. However, these betas are just that: software that is still undergoing testing. It isn’t ready for primetime yet, even though 80-90% of the features may be working.

The issue has been that people who sign up for the betas don’t always realize this, and they’ll leave a slew of damaging 1-star reviews for apps on the App Store. The developers are unable to address the reported bugs because they can’t issue updates that use beta code until the official release of iOS in the Fall. As a result, the 1-star reviews were left to stand, and there was little that the developers could do about this.

Thankfully, as of iOS 9 b4, whenever you try to leave an app review, you’ll be confronted with the screenshot I’ve included above. This change was almost certainly a result of developer and community feedback, and it’s great to see that Apple has listened. 

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Deals: Exclusive iOS 9 Swift Coding Course at 80% off


Today’s featured is an amazing deal for those looking to expand on their programming expertise–specifically, Swift for iOS.  For the next 7 days you can sign-up to build 10 apps and get a head start on developing for iOS 9. This exclusive iOS 9 Swift Coding Course is now on sale at 80% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only 59.99 – instead of its standard price of $299.

Here’s some info about the exclusive coding course, and how you can take advantage of this great offer while it lasts.

iOS 9 may be in beta, but you can become an app building pro just in time for the big release with more than 35 hours of premium training. Master the powerful Apple programming language, Swift, by building 10 functioning apps, and be one of the first to take advantage of iOS 9’s amazing new features. This is one of the only iOS 9 preview courses available on the web, so sign up now and stay tech-forward!

  • Dive into the details of building apps for iOS 9 w/ 35 hours of video
  • Be one of the first to build apps for iOS 9 & dominate the App Store’s top downloads
  • Become proficient in Swift & Xcode
  • Create an iCloud app
  • Set up push notifications for your app
  • Work w/ iOS 9 classes like stackView &AVAudioRecorder
  • Implement Swift code in unique ways
  • Follow the easy to understand step-by-step format

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

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Taking A Chance On Dual USB Port 12W ChargeTech Charger

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I’ve been using the charger that came with my iPad Air 2, but it has only one USB port, whereas I carry four devices on me on a daily basis: my  iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Sony camera. I charge most of my gadgets on a daily basis, and although I have enough power at home, it becomes a bit of a hassle when I’m outside.

I was reading a Wirecutter article on multi-USB Port chargers the other day when I stumbled upon the $20 ChargeTech charger. It’s worth mentioning the ChargeTech was not their top pick (due to price), but they had nothing but good things to say about it otherwise.

It’s just a little bigger than the tiny cube charger that comes with iPhones, but its prongs can fold in. But that alone wouldn’t  be enough reason to buy another charger.

The real draw of the ChargeTech is its dual USB port, both of which feature 2.4A of power. That means this little charger is able to provide enough power for two iPads, simultaneously. That feature, combined with the amazingly small size, has me absolutely sold on this product.

I’m picking up two right now: one for me and another for my dad. Expect a review in the coming weeks, once I’ve had a little time to test.

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Musixmatch Can Provide Lyrics For Apple Music




Musixmatch is a great case of a new breed of iOS apps that tend to function more as services than outright applications. Musixmatch does have a UI for when you load it up, but it’s really best used as a widget for the songs you’re already playing. The only setup involved is activating the widget in Notification Center.

Once that’s done, Musixmatch can stream the lyrics for most of the songs in my library and display them right in tune with the audio — kind of like my own personal karaoke machine. Soundhound has a similar feature they call LiveLyrics, but it isn’t available as a convenient widget.

I had previously taken a few hours to tag all of my own songs with lyrics metadata so that I could reference those lyrics at any time within the Music app (one tap on the album art would show me lyrics while a song was playing). However,  anything I add to my collection through Apple Music will not have the benefit of any lyrical metadata, and that’s why Musixmatch is so key to me. The service has a great database of lyrics, and it works with songs that I’m streaming to my iPad through Apple Music.

If you haven’t done so already, I’d highly recommend giving Musixmatch a try on your iOS devices. It’s free to use, and it’s a lot of fun to watch lyrics update as you scrub through a song.

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How to set-up iCloud on your iPad


One of the more useful ways to get the most out of your iPad is to set-up iCloud during the initial set-up process.  Although if, for whatever reason you don’t, you can always come back to the set-up procedure at anytime in the Settings app on your iPad.

Update your iPad to the latest version of iOS

Making sure your iPad is running the latest version of iOS is the best way to ensure it is running at optimal performance.  With every iOS update, even the incremental ones, Apple increases functionality of the device, by fixing bugs in the OS and making it that much more efficient.  To check that you are running the most recent version of iOS, go to the Settings menu, select General–> Software Update.  If there is a newer version available, follow the directions to complete the process.

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