Well, it’s been 5+ great years of having a blast writing for and running iPad Insight, but now my faithful Deputy Editor Dawg and a I are going to hang up our keyboards.
This site that has been like my little baby for all those years. It kept me busy (sometimes crazy busy) and helped me make a living while fighting and recovering from cancer. It let me work at something I was excited by and passionate about, and let me show my daughter that you can do that kinda thing – you don’t always have to settle for 9to5 in a cubicle. Maybe most importantly of all, it meant I never had to wear long pants to work for all those years.
About a month ago I sold the site, and now it’s in very good hands – with new owners who have exciting plans for it. And with Thomas, Rob, James, Marc, F’reez, and Wesley our developer, cranking out great content and making it a top site to visit.
For a little over 1.5 years now I’ve been strong enough to return to my long-time ‘day job’ as an IT consultant and network engineer – and I have remembered every day how much I love that job.
I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has visited iPad Insight over these years. You made all of the above possible, and I’ll always be enormously grateful for that. Also thanks to all the great writers and guys mentioned above, you’ve all been awesome to work with.
I’ll still be sharing plenty of thoughts on tech and mobile devices and other random nonsense whenever I find time. If any of you are interested, you can find me at my little baby Tech & Nonsense site and on Google+.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all of you fathers out there. Hope you’re all enjoying the heck out of the day, and thought it might be a good time to share some iPad wallpapers themed for the day.
Hit he break for a couple more …
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Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘The bad, the ugly, and the mollo’. It is the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo.
I think it’s a great, dramatic image showing the critical moment in a gunfight. It’s listed as ‘in progress’ so I’ll look forward to seeing the final version as well – though it certainly doesn’t feel like it lacks anything major as is.
You can see more of this artist’s work at his altapor Fickr stream.
And of course you can browse through numerous great iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.
The Featured section of the iPad App Store is jam packed with good stuff this week. One of the featured collections that caught my eye is titled ‘Next-Gen Business Apps’.
It’s a compelling title, and the collection of apps does it justice. This is a strong set of featured apps. The collection is divided into these sections:
Extend Your Apps: Excellen productivity apps in here including Evernote, Workflow, Slack, OmniFocus 2, IF by IFTTT, and more.
Works with Handoff: GoToMeeting, Trello, and Things are among the picks here. Also, Apple’s own Pages app.
Present with AirPlay: From Keynote to Haiku Deck and quite a few more great presentation apps
Secure with Touch ID: 1Password, Box, Dropbox, and PDF Expert are just some of the star apps here that work with the iPad’s fingerprint technology.
Yes, split-screen multitasking will be coming to the iPad in iOS 9.
Here are some words about the iPad that many of us have been waiting a long time to hear:
Do more on the big iPad display – in two apps at once.
That’s how Apple’s iOS 9 page introduces new split-screen multitasking features for the iPad. And in fact, iOS 9 will bring 3 new features that are all in this area. They are:
This one is the core element of new split-screen multitasking on the iPad. – shown in the image at the top of this post. Apple describes it like so:
With Split View on iPad Air 2, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right in front of you, it’s easier to focus.
This may be my new favorite title for an iPad painting. It’s called ‘Selfie, Not’. Here’s why, via the artist’s description of the image:
Before smart phones with turn around cameras there was the self-timer. Spinning and whirring it snapped seconds after you decided to relax.
The iPad artists who created this one, as you might already know if you follow our iPad Art posts, is Deborah McMillion – aka Hotel Midnight. I’ve often said how much I enjoy her short back stories on her iPad paintings – and this one is another great example of why.
I also love the iPad painting itself. Love the spiky hair on the three ladies in the foreground, the photographer’s smile, and all the fun things going on in the background.
To see more of McMillion’s great iPad paintings, and accompanying words, check out her Hotel Midnight Flickr stream.
And of course you can explore and admire lots more great iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.
The AirServer Mirroring Receiver is in the spotlight today as our featured deal. It’s available for $9.99 – 33% off its normal $15 price.
This is a great solution for mirroring content from your iPad or iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC . here’s how and why:
Shouldn’t it be simple to stream content from your smartphone directly to your monitor? It isn’t. With AirServer for Mac, you can receive AirPlay feeds, like with an Apple TV, so you can easily beam content from your iOS devices to your bigger display. Share presentations, stream videos straight from native apps, play mobile-only games, and more with this easy-to-use software.
Watch on-demand videos (AirServer supports 3rd party media players like BBC iPlayer, 4oD & Netflix)
Get ultra-clear quality w/ full 1080p HD support
Mirror your social media interaction to browse profiles & share photos w/ friends
See your favorite apps broadcast on the big screen
Play mobile-only games on your monitor & even play w/ your friends
Record your actions to create demos & tutorials
To see more details and place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.
‘Ameonna’ – or Rain Woman in English – is the title of today’s featured iPad painting.
It was painted on the iPad using the Paper by FiftyThree app, by another old favorite of ours – Michael Acosta. Michael is a member of our iPad Art Google+ community and I haven’t seen him around in a while – so I’m especially glad he shared this iPad painting.
You can enjoy more of Michael Acosta’s artwork at his Google+ page.
And of course there are lots more incredible iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.
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 Fan Duel: One Day Fantasy Sports Leagues. This is of course the official iPad (and iOS) app for the hugely popular Fan Duel daily fantasy sports site.
Here’s a little of the App Store intro, for those who aren’t already with what Fan Duel is all about:
FanDuel brings you one-day fantasy sports leagues for real money. Winners get immediate cash payouts. No season-long commitment. Join public leagues or play with friends. Over $10 million paid out every week! Entry fees start from $1.
Featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! Sports.
Unlike traditional fantasy leagues that run for the entire season, FanDuel leagues last for just one day or one week, so you’ll get to pick new teams on a weekly or daily basis.
Award-Winning Sound. Compact Size. Sound Kick Hits the Perfect Note
Our featured deal today is the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker.An iLounge pick for overall Best of Show at CES and also labeled the best $100 Bluetooth speaker by Gizmodo. It’s got a sweet set of specs and will even has charging capability for your mobile devices. It’s on offer at 50% off – just $49 rather than its standard $100.
Here’s the quick rundown on the Sound Kick and its notable features:
Sound Kick trumps the competition with its robust sound, compact size, and sleek design—all at a great price point. The go-to travel speaker for Bluetooth audio aficionados, the Sound Kick grants you 7 hours of non-stop full sound on each charge.
- Enjoy up to 7 hours of playtime with the built-in rechargeable battery
- Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth
- Control the volume & playback functions directly from the speaker
- Quickly connect to any device w/ a simple line-in option that works with a standard headphone jack
- Enhance your playlist w/ full sound, natural bass response, vocal clarity & UQ3™ spatial enhancement
- Charge your mobile devices w/ the USB power port even while Sound Kick is running on battery power
To check out more details and specs, or place an order, head over to this iPad Insight Deals page.