iPad Funnies: Jimmy Kimmel Gives Us First Video of the Big new 13-inch iPad in Action

Oh well. I was a little on the fence about whether the (much) larger iPad would work for me. Now I’m thinking it’s a big NO.

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Deals: X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter: Run Your Presentation Right from Your Smartphone – at 50% Off

X-Presenter Smart

Today’s featured deal is a very slick looking presentation add-on to use with an iPhone or Android smartphone – the Satechi X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter at 52 off. So its on offer for just $23.99, rather than its standard price of $50.

Here’s some detail on the X-Presenter and its top features:

PRESENT LIKE A BOSS

The Satechi X-Presenter Smart Mobile Presenter converts your iPhone into a complete presentation controller. Now you can start and stop presentations, forward and backtrack slides, or even turn the screen black to focus attention back on the speaker.

X-Presenter SMART is a free and complete presentation app that allows you to control onscreen presentation programs including PowerPoint and Keynote.

With amazing app features like Mouse Mode, the smartphone screen acts as a touchpad to move the mouse cursor, click on links, right-click, and scroll up and down.

TOP FEATURES
  • X-Presenter app allows you to control onscreen presentation software including PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Control your computer’s mouse with the app’s Mouse Mode function
  • Built-in red laser pointer to help your audience focus on key points of your presentation
  • Stylus touch pen doubles as a storage compartment for the X-Pointer laser
  • Pen also includes a rubber phone jack plug to attach the laser to your iPhone when not in use

To see lots more detail including a demo video, and to place an order check out this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: Dark Side

Dark Side iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting for this end of summer Sunday is titled ‘Dark Side’ – and it’s definitely a striking image that evokes those words.

It’s the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, created with the ArtStudio for iPad app.

I’ve only just discovered the iPad artwork of Álvaro Tajada Portalo,as he’s shared several powerful war and battle themed images to our iPad Insight Flickr group.

You can see more of Tajada Portalo’s artwork at his Flickr stream.

And if you’re at all curious about the amazing paintings that are being created on the iPad, take a look at our own iPad Art section too.

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iPad App of the Week: Quora

Quora for iPad

Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

This week’s pick is Quora, the brand new iPad version of the iOS app for one of the web’s best question and answer sites. Quora is a place where you’ll see answers to in-depth questions on just about any topic under the sun answered by real experts and members of the Quora community.

The folks who run Quora are obviously excited about this new iPad version – they’ve even called it ‘the best reading experience on Quora’ in their blog post announcing Quora for iPad.

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Evernote As My iPad Task Manager

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I use Evernote quite a lot for my own notes, but I also use it at work. I’ve got two notebooks for each of the positions I’ve held at work, and I’ve got a few tags associated with notes depending on which coworkers I need to consult for a given project. However, as of three weeks ago, I’ve taken it one step further: I’m trying to use Evernote as my main task manager as well.

That means all of the work tasks and personal items on my to-do lists also reside in Evernote, alongside my notes about bags and cool iPad apps. It’s been a pretty big change, and Evernote’s UI isn’t exactly fun or efficient for task management, but it works and provides a very unique advantage.

First up, the basics. You don’t create Evernote reminders like you do in other task management apps, but rather reminders are attached to existing notes. Evernote notes consist of a plain text title and a main body (which can contain rich text, links, and files). Turning a note into a reminder gives you the option to add a notification at a given time, and it also keeps the note in a special reminders section of the Evernote app.

Simple task lists

Each note in Evernote is assigned to a specific notebook, which ends up acting like the category for that set of notes. So if I set up a “groceries” notebook and fill it with notes that had titles like “buy milk” or “buy eggs”, that could work as a basic to-do list.

Sub tasks

Evernote also supports sub-tasks, in a manner of speaking. Each note can support a set of checkboxes, so you can break down larger tasks into smaller chunks. For example, making bacon pancakes is a more complicated endeavour than simply buying eggs, so it can help to create a set of sub-tasks that I can cross off.

These sub-tasks are really helpful for tracking my progress through more involved projects. The only weakness of this system is that sub-tasks cannot be assigned any notifications — you can only set a single notification for any given Evernote note.

Context right beside your tasks

The main reason I decided to try Evernote out as a task manager is its ability to show a lot of context for a given task. When I have to “finish my expense report” it’s really helpful to be able to keep all of my PDF receipts and the expense report Excel sheet right inside of that note. That way, once the notification pops up to remind me, all I have to do is tap on the note, and all the files I need are gathered in one place for me to get right to work.

I was finding a disconnect while using other task managers because, although they would remind me and help me triage tasks, it was too easy to lose my place as I juggled all of the open windows on my work PC. It was also hard to find a task manager other than Evernote that was natively cross platform across the Mac, PC, and iOS.

Evernote isn’t the most fun program to use for task management. It lacks satisfying animations or sound effects, and it doesn’t have the clever natural language parsing of Due or Fantastical, but it’s hands-down the most efficient task management system I’ve used at work.

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Dropbox Simplifies Pro Pricing: $10 Per Month for 1TB

Dropbox announced a few pretty major changes to their Dropbox Pro accounts today, but the change I found most interesting was the simplification of the pricing and storage options. There’s now just one $10/month Dropbox Pro account that offers 1TB of storage, which is 10x more storage than was previously offered at that price point. […]

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Deals: The Rebel Photographer Giveaway – Win A Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera & The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle

Featured this weekend in iPad Insight Deals is a giveaway contest that should grab the attention of any photography buffs here, or even just any of you who fancy a camera that’s a big step up from your iPhone or Android smartphone. It’s the Rebel Photographer Giveaway, it’s free to enter the contest, and here’s […]

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iPad Art: Voice of Night

Today’s featured iPad painting is yet another instant favorite from Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight. This one is titled ‘Voice of Night’ and is accompanied by these words: Why look to the dark as a sinister thing. Why look at sinister as anything more than just left. A day without sunshine is just the night! […]

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