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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.

Sponsor Thanks: Tublet & Toplet iPad Stands

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Thanks to the makers of the Toplet and Tublet iPad stands for being a site sponsor this week.

These are handmade, handsome wooden stands for the iPad with adjustable angles and cutouts for optimizing the iPad’s speakers. They’re compatible with the iPad generations 2, 3, Retina, Air and Air 2.

They’re available on Etsy and iPad Insight readers get a 10% discount by using the coupon code HEISENBERG.

Check them out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TUBLETTOPLET

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New, Free Versions of Office for iOS Apps Allow Creating & Editing Documents, Without Any Subscription

Office for iPad

Microsoft has announced some very good news for iPad and iOS fans of their Office suite – you can now use free versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to create and edit Office documents on iOS devices, with no more requirement to have an Office 365 subscription.

As Apple Insider reports, there are still some substantial benefits for Office 365 users though:

Of course, not all editing functions are available without an Office 365 subscription. Upgrading gives users more advanced functions, including more change tracking features, unlimited OneDrive storage, unlimited paragraph styles, improved chart, table and picture formatting tools, advanced collaboration capabilities, and more.

The updated Office for iOS suite also gives Office 365 subscribers the ability to open, edit and save their documents from popular cloud storage service Dropbox. The basic Office 365 Home subscription costs $9.99 per month.

Apart from being great news for iOS users, I think this a smart move by Microsoft. They were very late in making Office available on the iPad and there are a number of good alternative apps around for working with Office type documents – some of them free or lower-priced than Office for iPad originally was. I like a lot of the moves Microsoft has made since their new CEO, Satya Nadella, took over.

You can see more detail on Microsoft’s plans for Office on mobile devices at this Office Blogs post.

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CNN Puts Surface Pro to Work, as an iPad Stand

CNN iPad with Surface Stand

As Gizmodo and a slew of others have noted on mid-term election night CNN found a special purpose for their Microsoft Surface tablets on their anchor desks:

Last night, CNN wasn’t just covering the mid-term elections. It was also pimping the Surface Pro 3, conspicuously placing a kickstand-ed unit in front of a bunch of its commentators. The catch? They were actually just being used as iPad stands.

You couldn’t make this stuff up. Too funny.

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Sponsor: Adjustable wooden iPad stands: TUBLET for your bathtub – TOPLET for your desk

TUBLET and TOPLET iPad Stands

Fine Craftsmanship from rainy Northern Germany meets modern technology from sunny California. High-grade materials and flawless manufacturing ensure an appealing surface feel. Our elegant iPad holders always offer you an optimum view on your iPad due to the multiple angle feature. Small cutouts within the holding arms of the stand allow for optimum sound from the iPad speakers while in the stands.

TUBLET is a combination of the words bathTUB and tabLET. The neologism illustrates the purpose of the wooden iPad stand as a „bathtub surfboard“. Watch movies on your iPad while taking a relaxing bath, listen to music or read about breaking iPad-news at iPadInsight.com.

If you‘ve guessed that the word TOPLET combines the words deskTOP and tabLET you‘re absolutely right. You can use it for cooking in the kitchen, working in the office or playing online poker in the living room. Do you own a local retail store? Check out TOPLET to enhance your product presentation.

Our attractively designed iPad stands are handmade with love and available for the iPad generations 2, 3, Retina, Air and Air 2. If you‘re looking for something unique or a perfect Christmas present for an enthusiastic iPad user you should definitely visit our Etsy-Shop.

As a friend of iPadInsight.com you save 10% by using the following coupon code: HEISENBERG.


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Deals: The BookMark Battery: The Slimmest Portable Battery Around (Black)

BookMark Battery

On offer today as a featured iPad Insight deal is the BookMark Battery – a super slim 4.7mm backup battery solution that can provide up to 12.5 hours of additional video playback. It has a shockproof soft coating and a hefty 2,500mAh lithium battery.

Here are its key features:

  • All Day Battery Life – With 2500 mAh capacity, the Bookmark gives your device up to 12.5 hours of additional video playback.
  • Slim Design – 4.7mm thin with a flame-resistant housing & battery, High protection against short circuiting, Shockproof casing.
  • Touch Activated – Just like your smartphone, all you need to do is touch the charging indicator to find out how much battery life you have left.
  • Fits Anywhere – Our contoured glossy shockproof housing is designed to fit comfortability in your pants pocket, bag or carrying case.
  • Works with all USB charging devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Galaxy S4, HTC One, GoPro and more.

You can see more details including a demo video, and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: Spotify Music

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 […]

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Deals: Mac Dream Desk Giveaway – Contest

Step Up Your Desk With A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Display, Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse & Laptop Stand Our featured iPad Insight Deal today is a fantastic giveaway contest for Mac users, with these items up for grabs in the contest: A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor An Apple Wireless Keyboard An Apple Magic Mouse An mStand […]

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iPad Art: Bestiario

‘Bestiario’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. I believe the Spanish word refers to a collection of fables about animals, and this painting is part of a series with that same theme. It was painted by iPad artist Albert Viladrosa, using the Paper by 53 app. I love the colors here and the […]

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