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.

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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Deals: 10% Off WatchStand Apple Watch Charging Dock

WatchStand

Today’s featured deal is for a handy looking Apple Watch companion from Griffin Technology. It’s the WatchStand Apple Watch Charging Dock, available for $26.99 – 10% off its standard $30 price. Here’s the quick intro to the WatchStand and its feature list:

We can’t predict the future, but you and your Apple Watch are bound to be inseparable. Keep it close while it charges thanks to this sleek, convenient charging dock and stand. WatchStand seamlessly holds the magnetic Apple charging cord in place, so you can simply lay your watch against the cradle and get charging.

  • Holds your Apple Watch at an easily viewable angle as it charges
  • Keeps the charging cable in place & ready to charge
  • Hides excess cable length inside its post
  • Stays in place on a desk or tabletop w/ non-slip base & no-scratch padding
  • Holds iPhone on its molded base

You can see more detail (including a product video) and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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(Sponsor) Bushel: Simple, Cloud-based Management for Apple Devices in the Workplace

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For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. If a device is ever lost or stolen, you can remotely lock it or wipe company data completely.

All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device is just $2 per month with no contracts or commitments. Learn more at www.bushel.com.

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iPad Art: Round Midnight

Round Midnight iPad Painting

“Round Midnight’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting.  It was created by Helene Goldberg using the ArtRage iPad painting app.

I think this one makes you think about jazz or blues and late nights and music at midnight – and those are some fine things to think about.

You can see more of Helene Goldberg’s excellent artwork at her hgberk Flickr stream.

And of course you can check out lots more incredible iPad paintings in our iPad Art section.

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Deals: 30% off the Tego 3-in-1 MFi-Certified Cable

Tego 3 in 1 MFi Certified Cable

This ‘Power Trio’ Cord Charges Your Micro-USB, Lightning & Apple 30-Pin Devices

Today’s featured deal is a versatile 3-in-1 charging cord that should work with the vast majority of popular mobile devices. It’s the Tego 3-in-1 MFi-Certified Cable – on offer for $20.99 – 30% off its normal price of $30.

Here’s the skinny on what this handy cord brings to the table and some of its standout features:

Do you always have your smartphone, e-reader, and trusty iPod on hand? Now you can easily power them all with one simple cord. The Tego includes USB to micro USB, Lighting, and 30-pin adapters; i.e. you’ll have a hard time finding a device from the past 5 years this handy cable won’t charge.

  • Certified through Apple’s MFi program for guaranteed safe charging
  • Includes:
    • USB to micro USB tip
    • USB to Apple 30-pin adapter (older Apple devices)
    • USB to Lightning adapter
  • Cut down on cluttered cables

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

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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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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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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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iPad Art: Mis extraños amigos

iPad painting My Strange Friends

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Mis extraños amigos’ – or My Strange Friends in English.

It was created by Albert Viladrosa, one of our big favorite iPad artists, using the Paper by FiftyThree app.

This iPad painting grabbed my attention and kept it as soon as I saw it in our Flickr group. I’m gripped by the angles in the strange friend’s face, the orange hat, and the colors throughout the image.

You can see lots more of the prolific iPad painting work by Albert Viladrosa by visiting his Flickr stream.

If you want to browse a broad selection of incredible iPad paintings by a number of great iPad artists, check out our own iPad Art section.

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MLB At Bat iPad App Updated for Opening Day

MLB At Bat iPad app

MLB At Bat, the official Major League Baseball app for iPad and iOS, has been updated right on time for Opening Day of the 2015 season.

The app was updated to Version 8.1.1 yesterday and is looking great and all set with previews of tonight’s opening matchup of the Cardinals vs the Cubs and all the rest of the slate for tomorrow’s games too.

Here’s the change list for the 8.1.1 update:

• General Performance Improvements
Version 8.0.0
AT BAT OPENING DAY UPDATE
• Apple Watch: Introducing support for At Bat on Apple Watch, beginning April 24, 2015, to get live scores, statistics, pitch tracking, player cards, notifications and news
• Pre-Game Lineup (iPhone)
• Up-to-the-moment game analysis feed with play tracking data, game tweets and inline video highlights (iPhone, requires Premium subscription)
• General Performance Improvements

And here’s an App Store link for MLB At Bat; it’s a free app with subscription options starting at $2.99 per month, and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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