Deals: 50% Off the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot

MiFi 2 Unlocked Hotspot

Today’s featured deal is the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot, at a lovely 50% off.  It’s on offer for $99, down from is normal $199 price point.

Here’s the quick Intro for the MiFi 2 and some of its key features:

Stay connected 24/7 with MiFi, the world’s leading brand for portable hotspots. MiFi’s high-speed Internet is the essential gadget for all you jet-setters out there, providing easy-to-use connectivity for up to 10 devices in over 150 countries.

  • Connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices including laptops, tablets & smartphones
  • Keep your activity secure w/ VPN pass-through & Wi-Fi protected set up
  • Easily check data usage & block unrecognized devices
  • View battery life & signal strength
  • Stay connected for up to 16 hours
  • Choose your carrier— it’s unlocked!
  • Share files & GPS data
  • Provide instant access from your devices to up to 32GB of data on a microSD card

Check out more details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How to enable and set-up Speak Selection your iPad

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With iOS 8 your iPad has enhanced accessibility features that can be very useful for everyone.  One such feature that I find myself using on a regular basis is centered around speech–specifically, reading selected text back to me.  There are countless benefits from such a feature, from reading a how-to aloud while you actively participate in making or fixing something, to catching you up on your RSS reader feed while you wade through your backlog of emails.  I find it particularly helpful to finish reading a post when I need to redirect some of my attention to another task.  Whatever the reason, I’m sure you can find scenario that is beneficial for you, too.

Start with opening the Settings App on your iPad, and select General.  Next, open the Accessibility tab and locate Speech at the bottom of the Vision section.  Here you have three options–Speak Selection, Speak Screen and Speak Auto-text.

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Review: Pencil Stylus for iPad

 

I’ve had about four months to use the Pencil Stylus from FiftyThree, and I think it’s now safe enough to call this purchase a success. I was initially worried by reviews I’ve seen on Amazon that suggest that the Pencil can’t hold up for very long before breaking, but I’ve been taking the stylus around everywhere with me for a few months now, and it’s handling everyday wear and tear just fine. The rubber tip and eraser require a bit of a wipe down every few days, but that has been the extent of the upkeep.

I bought the Pencil because I wanted a solid stylus to help me draw more accurately within the Paper app. Pencil nails that with its great build quality and interesting material choices. I like that this stylus is made out of wood, yet still feels right at home alongside my aluminum iPad.

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How to set-up parental controls on your iPad

Restrictions 04-15-15, 6.44.10 PMNow-a-days, kids are far more technologically advanced than most of their parents were at the same age much less now. This is both a blessing and a curse for us as parents, though. I think it’s great that my 7 year old can pick up an iPad and get his reading and math homework done using a touch interface that he is already very comfortable and proficient with. I find it helpful and thoughtful that his school supports a paperless initiative when it comes to the tools he uses for learning.

As a parent, the flip-side of this story is that there will come a time in the very near future—sooner than I probably would like to admit, that he will begin to explore the cyber-world outside of his academic bubble. This scare the hell out of me at times. The internet can be a wonderful learning tool, but it can also be a window to so much more—much of which can be very damaging to children—especially young ones.

I have already experienced a taste of this world with my oldest son who is 12. He is a very trustworthy young man, but he is also at an age of maturity and discovery and is naturally curious about everything else that goes along with growing up.

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Deals: Izon View Security Camera at 46% Off

Izon View Security Camera

Day & Night Surveillance That Streams to Your iOS or Android Device

Our featured deal today is a nifty looking security camera that streams to iOS and Android devices.  It’s the Izon View Security Camera, and it’s on offer for $79.95 – a full 46% off its standard price of $150.

Here’s the short Intro to the Izon View Security Camera:

A new generation of security has arrived—it’s now easier and cheaper than ever to keep an eye on your home. Use the Izon View as a baby monitor, pet monitor, home monitor, or to protect your small business with live streaming. The Izon View will alert you of any motion or sound so you can rest easy day and night, home and away.

And the rundown on its notable features:

  • Simple and sleek design
  • Receive notifications from motion and sound detectors
  • Monitor 24/7 with night vision functionality
  • Secure live streaming to your device anytime and anywhere
  • Control camera functions via the free downloadable app
  • Review playbacks of security footage
  • Record w/ free cloud video recording

You can see more details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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The New MacBook As An iPad Alternative 

 

The reviews of the new MacBook are out and they’re a little divided. Everyone seems to like the body and the lightness and the Retina Display, but opinions differ on the quality of the keyboard and the single port design.

But why am I talking about reviews of a new MacBook on an iPad website? That’s because there’s something that a few writers, like John Gruber at Daring Fireball or Christina Warren at Mashable, have picked up on: the new MacBook could function as an iPad-like device.

After all, at just two pounds, the new laptop is only slightly heavier than an iPad Air 2 and accompanying keyboard case. Then there’s the portability in terms of physical dimensions. This new MacBook is actually a little slimmer than the existing 11-inch MacBook Air, which means it’s about as bag-friendly as an iPad Air.

I’m actually entering a newfound era of iPad appreciation lately, and yet I admit I still find the new MacBook tempting as a possible iPad replacement. I’d be able to carry the computer everywhere just like I do with the iPad, but I could do so with the full power of OS X with me, without sacrificing the Retina Display.

The one majorly prohibitive aspect of the new laptop is its price: it’s over $1500 Canadian for the base model with 128 GB of storage. It does have the requisite 8GB of RAM I would want from a serious computer, but that amount of money is just too much to fork over for a device that could compete with the iPad for similar tasks and portability. I’ll stick to my current combo of a Retina MacBook Pro and iPad Air 2 for now.

All that said, I’m now even more excited to see how Apple refreshes the iPad lineup this fall. Force Touch looks so promising on the Apple Watch and MacBook, but I think it could really come into its own on the iPad.

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iPad Insight: New Look

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As some of you may have already noticed, iPad Insight has a fresh new look today.  The site’s design hadn’t changed in a number of years and it was time for a refresh.

The new theme we’ve chosen highlights more featured posts, consolidates our site logo and navigation bar areas, and works beautifully on the iPad and mobile devices in general (as you’ll see any time you switch to the desktop theme on your devices). It also offers a cleaner look all round.

We’ve only just made the final theme changeover late last night – so please bear with us as we iron out some kinks with it over the next few days.

I hope you’ll like the new theme and that it will help you to continue enjoying our insight on all things iPad.

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iPad Art: Insouciance

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Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Insouciance’. It was created by Flickr member nini_nini using the Zen Brush app.

It reminds me of long ago black and white movie star actresses, someone like Bette Davis. Though I’ve never actually watched one of the movies she starred in, this portrait and the title word seem to evoke her or some of her contemporaries.

Seeing this iPad painting was also a great reason to look up the word insouciance and improve my vocabulary a little today. In case you’re wondering, here’s what the Webster dictionary has for it:

a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything – lighthearted unconcern : nonchalance

If you’d like to browse more of nini_nini’s work check out her Flickr stream.

To see more great iPad paintings from a number of wonderful iPad artists take a look at our own iPad Art section.

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Deals: ibVPN Total Plan: 4-Yr Subscription, at 84% Off

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Looking for a VPN service to stay secure when browsing the web on the iPad and all your mobile and desktop devices? Today’s deal is all about that. It’s the iBVPN Total Plan – a 4 year subscription to the premium quality VPN service at a whopping 84% off. It’s on offer for just $59, instead of its standard price of $381.

Here’s the elevator pitch and key features list for iBVPN:

ibVPN is a trusted, premium-quality VPN service for mobile and desktop. Safeguard your Internet privacy, bypass geo-restrictions, and supercharge your connection speed while streaming your favorite flicks, all thanks to ibVPN.

  • Block web surveillance & hackers
  • Choose from 75+ VPN servers in 39 countries, including P2P servers
  • Stream media w/ no speed loss using SmartDNS solution
  • Unblock 165+ TV & radio channels worldwide
  • Enjoy 256-bit encrypted P2P file-sharing & torrent download
  • Unblock your VOIP apps (like Skype)
  • Access blocked social media sites, anywhere
  • Use w/ Windows, Mac, iOS & Android

To see more detail, including a product video, or place an order check out this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate iPad app

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 Adobe Slate, which promises to ‘Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story that delights readers on any device.’.

And the app does a good job of living up to that promise. It makes it super easy to create a slate with a simple interface that’s completely intuitive. There’s zero learning curve and you can dive in and start making a magazine-style slate right away.

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How to sort and report junk iMessages with iOS 8.3 on your iPad

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Apple update iOS software to version 8.3 yesterday in advance of the Apple Watch launch.  To update your iPad open the Settings app and go to General–> Software Update.  The list of enhancements and updates is quite extensive.  Highlighted by improved performance for

  • App Launch
  • App responsiveness
  • Messages
  • Wi-Fi
  •  Control Center
  • Safari Tabs
  • 3rd-party keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Simplified Chinese keyboard

and fixes for the following

  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Orientation and rotation
  • Family Sharing
  • CarPlay
  • Enterprise
  • Accessibility

Followed up by an extensive number of additional improvements and bug fixes too long to list.

As with most iOS updates, there are always less talked about improvements that are welcomed changes. Sometimes we’re really lucky, and these improvements solve nagging issue that have existed longer than they should have.  This is one of them.  Now we can sort and report junk Messages thanks to iOS 8.3–here’s how.

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