iPad App of the Week: Afterlight

 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 Afterlight…although I’m not really talking about the base app, but isn’t actually the app per se, but its excellent extension. Afterlight fulfills the promise of iOS 8 for me: the ability to use the Photos app for photo management, viewing, and editing.

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How to monitor and restrict cellular data usage on your iPad

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If you have an iPad with cellular data/LTE capabilities it can be a real life saver at times.  I know I use my iPad as a personal hotspot more often then I ever thought I would.  Sometimes I just want to save my iPhone battery for the rest of the day.  Sometimes I might rather have that larger screen to view videos, or check email or surf the internet–or whatever else I’m in the mood for on any given day.  If you have a shared family data plan, like many of us do now-a-days, then the device you use to consume the data isn’t as big of a concern as it once was.

However, one thing I have noticed as of late, is that I have been using my iPad to tether to my computer much more often that I thought I was.  What’s even more concerning is that sometimes I’m tethering without even realizing it at first.   When I’m away from home, or working at my day job, I often have my laptop with me.  In addition, I never turn Wi-Fi off in the computer settings.  If I forget to turn my personal hot-spot off on my iPad my computer automatically connects and begins sharing the cellular connection.  I might not be aware of this at first since I am using the computer and not looking at the iPad.  Tethering is a great convenience.  However, in times like these I need to be more aware and sensible about how I use it.  If I’m not careful I will end up exceeding my monthly data limits and incur additional data charges.

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The Benefits Of Reading List On My iPad

  

I used to be a really loyal Instapaper user because I loved the reading experience inside of the app. I still do, 

and it’s still great, but I find myself slowly preferring Safari’s Reading List more. If you’re not familiar with Instapaper, it’s a read-later service for storing articles (like this one) for reading later on, at your leisure. Throwing something into Instapaper is different than just bookmarking, because each article has a read status, and you can archive articles you’ve already read. In addition, Instapaper crawls the page for just the content, and strips it away from the website’s UI, providing a clean and consistent reading experience. Instapaper can also intelligently save your content intermittently in the background, so it’s available for reading even without an Internet connection.

In comparison, Reading List is a feature that lives within the Safari browser. A quick tap on the bookmark icon and another tap on the glasses icon will get you to your Reading List. Adding links is as easy as tapping and holding them within any app that detects hyperlinks.

I find myself using fewer and fewer apps these days, and one of the reasons that Reading List is appealing is because it lives right inside of Safari. It also mimics (Sherlocked?) many of Instapaper’s features, right down to the offline reading, “Reader view”, and read vs. unread status. The big difference is that Reading List can cache an entire webpage for offline reading, which means that I can see a 1:1 version of the article in the way that the author wanted me to see it — pictures, themes, and all. I like this because it’s a great way to see sites I don’t normally follow, and I know the article layout is as it should be. Instapaper has refined its text crawling over the years, but it still has occasional hiccups with captions. Some image captions can read like they’re paragraphs, and some sites (like the New York Times) actively work against serviceslike Instapaper.

I haven’t had to change my habits much in adjusting to Reading List. It’s available most anywhere that I can tap and hold on a link, and it’s available on all of my iOS and OS X devices, just like Instapaper. One of the noticeable tradeoffs has been that Instapaper remembers where you left off in a longer article, whereas Reading List does not. However, seeing as I don’t read long form New Yorker articles every week, this hasn’t affected me too much.

Instapaper is still awesome, but I’m really surprised how useful Reading List has turned out to be. I’d recommend it as a great, lightweight alternative to the dedicated Read-Later apps on the App Store.

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How to connect to and use your iPad as a personal hotspot

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There are more and more free Wi-Fi hot spots available to us than ever before.  However, for the most part, coverage is generally spotty and/or intermittent on free public Wi-Fi networks.  In addition, there can be privacy concerns, not to mention overloaded networks that easily become more trouble than they’re worth in the first place.  In situations like these what options do you have if you want to surf the internet on your iPad and you’re away from your fast, secure and reliable home network?  For the sake of argument, we are going to assume that your iPad is a Wi-Fi only version, but the process is the same regardless which iPad you own.

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Deals: KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer at 26% Off

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Keep Up To 10 Keys Organized in One Slim, Sleek Place

Today’s featured deal promises to let you say goodbye to bulky key rings. It’s the KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer that lets you carry two times the keys in half the space. And it’s on offer for $16.99 – 26% off its normal $23 price.

Here are some of the notable features of the KeySmart 2.0:

    • Frame crafted from quality aluminum for lightweight body
    • Hardware milled from stainless steal for durability
    • Design made to fit 2x the keys in half the space
    • Size accommodates most sizes of key
    • Made in the USA

To see more details, watch a product demo, and place an order, check out this iPad Insight Deals page

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How to make and receive phone calls on your iPad

Now with Continuity on iOS 8 you can actually make and receive phone calls on your iPad.  Want to hear more? It’s actually pretty simple, and it can be very helpful and convenient for those times when you hear your iPhone ringing, but realize it is in the other room.  Maybe you can’t answer the […]

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Review: Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro for iPad Air 2

  I wouldn’t fault you for making fun of Belkin’s naming convention with the QODE Ultimate Pro keyboard case. After all, why does an “Ultimate” accessory need to also be described as “Pro”? In Belkin’s case, it’s actually because they already have a QODE Ultimate case, and so they added the Pro moniker to let […]

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iPad Art: Breaking Bad

Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Breaking Bad’ and it’s a powerful portrait if Walter White, aka Heisenberg. Here’s the brief background detail on it from the artist himself, Jon Cappuccino: original ipad painting , created freehand using artrage on ipad 2 It’s great to see he’s still getting good use out of an iPad […]

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