iPad Art: Steph Curry Portrait

Steph Cury iPad Painting

This iPad portrait of the presumed MVP and definite MEP (Most Entertaining Player) in the NBA this year, Steph Curry, is our featured iPad painting today.

It was created by Google+ user Devin Booker, using an iPad mini and the Procreate app. I actually cheated a little here and screen captured the final image from Booker’s iPad speed painting video on YouTube.

I hope Booker may decide to provide a final version and then I’ll replace the above image.

In any case, I love this portrait of Steph Curry, who has been my favorite basketball player to watch ever since he was tearing up March Madness with Davidson.

To see lots more excellent iPad paintings, take a look through our iPad Art section.

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How to download apps to your iPad purchased by someone else in your iCloud Family Sharing plan

Restrictions 04-18-15, 10.26.41 PMWhen Apple introduced Family Sharing with iOS 8 they finally provided us with a method to monitor purchases made with our Apple ID from other devices _before_ they are actually purchased.  These “other” devices were typically used by our children.  With Family Sharing we can manipulate purchase settings so that we are true gate-keepers of any service that needs our our Apple ID for authentication.

Personally, I love using Family Sharing with my oldest son who is now 12.  I appreciate that he can still have his own Apple ID and make his own choices on which apps, songs and books he would like to download to his iPhone.  But in the end, I still get to make the final approval.  That perfect mix of independence for my son, and peace of mind for my wife and I, seems to be working well for now.

One unforeseen benefit from having purchases made by different people in the same Family Sharing plan is that these purchases can be sorted by Family members.  To download only purchases made from a specific member if your Family Plan first launch the App Store app on your iPad.

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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 on 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

iPad Insight New Look

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

ibVPN

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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