All posts by Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

iPad Art: Her Final Dive

Her Final Dive

Our featured iPad painting today is another by a big favorite round here, Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight.

As always, there’s a great back story behind this fun iPad artwork.  I love the journey that this image has taken on its way to being shared here, as described below by the artist herself:

The only one of my digital paintings to go from ZeusDrawMobile on my iPhone 3g. Then to ZDM stretched on the first iPad. That would be Number 1 in 2010.

In 2011 I redid it from the ground up on Sketchbook Pro after it upgraded all those layers. At that time she acquired the diving board rail. And finally using SBP, Brushstroke and Alayer she takes one more bow.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Her Final Dive.

You can enjoy more of Mcmillion’s work and follow her via her Hotel Midnight Flickr stream

And you can enjoy the work of many great iPad artists in our iPad Art section.

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Deals: 14% Off the FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand

Flote Orbit Universal Tablet Stand

iPad stands are one of my favorite (and most used) types of iPad accessory. And the Flote Orbit is my favorite iPad stand – the one that’s used every day at my home office desk and elsewhere around my house.

Today it’s our featured deal – available for $119.99 – 14% off its standard price of $140.

Here’s a little of what you need to know about the Flote Orbit universal tablet stand, and some of its top features:

The ORBIT FLOTE is designed to hold your tablet just where you want it, so you can go about your business hands-free. Use it in the kitchen to display a recipe, around the house to stream Netflix, or in the office to share a presentation. With its sleek design and durable build, the ORBIT is a reliable accessory for any environment.

Named to the Forbes Magazine’s “Gadgets We Love List”

  • Allows for hours of hands-free, discomfort-free ergonomic use of tablets & e-readers
  • Orients your tablet in virtually any position freely & easily w/ magnetic ball joint
  • Includes a round weighted base & reversible clamp 
  • Designed cleanly & elegantly to compliment any setting
  • Crafted with all-metal components for durability
  • Compatible with virtually all tablets on the market (with or without a case)

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

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MLB Manager 2015 Promo Codes Contest: Winners

MLB Manager 2015

Here are our winners for the recent MLB Manager 2015 Promo Codes contest:

Grady, Dave Busch, and James

Winners – please keep an eye on your Inbox and spam folders, as we’ll be emailing you your promo codes very soon.

Thanks to all who took part.

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iPad Art: Mis extraños amigos – Mascara

Mis Extranos Amigos Mascara iPad painting

 

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Mis extraños amigos. “Mascara”. 2015’. ‘My Strange Friends: Mask’ in English.

It’s part of the excellent My Strange Friends series, and the second iPad painting we’ve featured from the series, by Alberto Viladrosa. It was created on his iPad using the Paper by FiftyThree app.

I love the colors and shading on this one, and also all the non-expressive but somehow still gripping facial expressions in this image and in the series as a whole.

To see more of this artist’s lovely work, check out his Alberto Viladrosa Flickr stream.

Our own iPad Art section showcases incredible  iPad paintings from  a number of great iPad artists.

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Mobile Cloth: Removing Germs & Fingerprints On Your iPad Screen

Mobile Cloth

My thanks to Mobile Cloth for being a site sponsor this week. These are still my favorite iPad accessory, and still keeping my iPad and my smartphones free of fingerprints and smudges, not to mention some nasty germs.

I discovered Mobile Cloth way back in 2010. I’ve tried a bunch of other cleaning cloths since then, and Mobile Cloth still does a better job for me than any of the others.

Check out the video below to see it in action.  And don’t forget the exclusive offer for iPad Insight readers – receive a Free slim metal case, 25% Off  and Free Shipping with the purchase of any purchase of $15 or more.

mobilecloth.com use promo code: CASE

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Deals: 74% Off Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription

Blur Premium Privacy Protection

Today’s featured deal is all about getting some online privacy – a hot topic these days with everyone from government agencies to random bad citizens out on the internets look to infringe on it. On offer is the  Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription, at a massive 74% off.  So you can get it for $49.99 instead of its standard price of $195.

Here’s what you need to know about the Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription and its notable features:

Blur brings you the ultimate online privacy solution by allowing you to create temporary, masked email addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers so you’ll never have to give your personal data to online merchants again. You won’t just be keeping your data safe from hackers, but avoiding that dreaded, inbox-clogging spam. Also a password manager for desktop and mobile devices, Blur is a powerful, full-service information protector.

“People who are feeling uneasy about using their credit cards (…) might find solace in (Blur),” Hayley Peterson,Business Insider

  • Create disposable email addresses for required email confirmations
  • Make limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers (accepted anywhere credit cards are)
  • Create a masked phone number that forwards calls & texts to your real phone number
  • Auto-fill your real encrypted credit card, billing & address info
  • Create, save, encrypt, and organize your passwords
  • Save login information on mobile & desktop for easy one-click logins
  • Automatically fill out any address or checkout forms
  • Keep hundreds of companies from collecting your personal data as you browse the web
  • Utilize all features on your Android or iOS device

You can check out further details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Contest: Win a Free Promo Code for MLB Manager 2015 for iOS

MLb Manager 2015 for iPad

Contest Deadline: Monday May 11, 4:00PM US Central

3 Free Promo Codes for MLB Manager 2015 To Be Won

Wow, it’s been way too long since we had a giveaway contest here – and today we’ve got a sweet one to make up for some lost time. 3 promo codes for THE baseball management SIM game for iPad and iOS – MLB Manager 2015.  If you love the idea of guiding your favorite MLB team to the playoffs and beyond, this is the game for you. It’s in-depth, officially licensed by MLB, and packed with some great new features in the 2015 version.

Here’s a little about the game and the new 2015 version’s features:

Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for mobile devices.
“With a great menu system driving the entire game, excellent AI, and the ability to micro-manage almost everything you could dream of in a sports game, it’s hard to want anything else of a mobile baseball management sim.” (Touch Arcade)

“The only baseball sim I’ve ever gotten addicted to.” (Curt Schilling)
New features in MLB Manager 2015:
– Each MLB team features its actual 40-man projected Opening Day roster, along with an additional 20-25 top prospects, for a total of 60-65 real players. The player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system today.
– Officially licensed by MLB.com. Featuring authentic logos for all MLB franchises, including historical logos!
– Shop-a-Player feature. What will you get in return for players you want to trade away?
– Player Shortlist. Keep track of your favorite players in a single spot.
– Simulate to Date X allows you to advance in time without interruptions.
– Career Stats Leaderboards, listing the best players of all time in your league.
– Improved trading AI
– Plenty of small tweaks & improvements

Hit the jump to see how easy it is to enter for a chance to win …

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Deals: 50% Off SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank

SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank

 

Our featured deal today is a hefty 50% off the SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank. This is very handsome, lightweight battery pack to provide that essential extra battery mileage to our iPads and smartphones.  50% off means you can grab it for $29.99, instead of it standard $60 price tag.

Here’s a little of what you need to know about this cool looking battery pack and its key features:

This rock-surface battery pack is just what you need to stay charged no matter what the day brings. TheSHARKK packs tons of power and includes optimized outputs for charging both tablets and phones. With convenient dual-ports for simultaneous charging, the SHARKK is guaranteed to be your rock through thick and thin.

  • Sleek, compact & versatile rock-surface design
  • 15000mAh battery for up to 6 full iPhone charges or 4 charges for Samsung devices
  • LED light indicators display power status & remaining charge level
  • Dual USB ports allow for simultaneous device charging (5V/1A, Port B: 5V/2.1A)
  • To see full specs and details, or to place an order, check out this IPad Insight Deals page.

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    (Sponsor) If your iPad looks like this, please read on…

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    iPads are fingerprint and germ magnets. There is a safe, fast, durable solution. With a few swipes of MOBiLE CLOTH, dry or damp you will see your retina display in all it’s glory again. Did you know that MC removes up to 98% of germs with no chemicals? That’s right, your touchscreen harbors more germs than a toilet seat but MOBiLE CLOTH cleans your display thoroughly every time helping to prevent the spread of germs in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Mobile Cloth is washable, durable, and will last for years!

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    An Exclusive offer for iPadinsight readers: receive a Free slim metal case, 25% Off  and Free Shipping with the purchase of any purchase of $15 or more.

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    *Note case will be automatically added to each qualifying order, Free shipping applies to the USA only  (PayPal users if 25% discount does not carry through to payment page, it will be refunded in 24-48 hours, as occasionally this issue has occurred)

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    iPad Art: The Dragon vs. The Bavarians

    The Dragon vs The Bavarians iPad painting

    Here’s our featured iPad painting for this weekend. It’s titled ‘The Dragon vs. The Bavarians’ and is the work of José António Fundo.

    Here is the artist’s own little back story for this iPad painting:

    Adonit, Sketchbook Ink and Sketchbook Pro on iPad.

    Celebrating the 3-1 victory of FCPorto over Bayern München.

    I think it’s a great, fun bit of celebrating your favorite team’s victory. Too bad about that second leg though, where the Bavarians triumphed.

    You can see more of this artist’s work at his José António Fundo Flickr stream.

    To enjoy even more great iPad paintings, check out our own iPad Art section.

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    Bushel: Manage and protect your Apple devices anytime from anywhere

    Bushel MDM

    Thanks to Bushel for being a site sponsor this week. Their MDM (mobile device management) service looks excellent. I’ll definitely be keeping it in mind for any of my day job clients who are deploying Apple devices.

    The service’s key features include  tracking of device inventory, easy distribution of apps, device security management, corporate email configuration, and more.

    It’s aimed at letting business owners focus on their business, while making device management easy.

    Check out the Bushel site for lots more detail on their features, advantages, and pricing.

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