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Son of the Windy City, and proud Father to two awesome boys. Rob is a displaced Chicago Bears fan living in the Orlando Florida area. When not obsessing about everything Apple, he can usually be found outside boating across Florida's natural resources and taking the road less traveled.

Deals: ARMOR-X 2-in-1 Tablet Stand at 40% off

Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking for a “hands-free” option for displaying their iPad or iPhone.  We do so much with our iPad’s these days–from reading recipes to watching movies, to playing games.  Even a newer, lighter iPad can get heavy after holding it for extended periods of time.  Fret no more, because now there is an solution to your problem, and it’s called the ARMOR-X 2-in-1 Tablet Stand.  For a limited time you can pick up a your very own at a discounted price of 40% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $29.99 – instead of its standard price of $49.99.  Here’s some info about the ARMOR-X,  and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Tablets just aren’t the most conducive to multi-tasking. Following recipes, watching an instructional video, reading while you work out – these things just aren’t simple when you have to hold a tablet in one hand. The ARMOR-X 2-in-1 Tablet Stand simplifies it all, giving you a sturdy aluminum stand that can be set up just about anywhere, including on your wall. Easily collapsible for transport to the gym or on extended trips, and completely adjustable for any activity, this stand makes using your tablet hands-free a complete breeze. Stop juggling your tablet while you try to get things done – let this stand do the heavy lifting for you.

  • Adjustable for the perfect viewing angle & compatible w/ most tablets
  • Easily attaches or is removed from a wall mount set up to a stand
  • Rotatable 360 degrees to establish any orientation
  • Folds compact for easy storage & portability

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How to master Dictation on your iPhone

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There are two main methods for capturing text while using your iPhone.  One way is by using Siri to carry out an ever growing variety of commands and tasks.  The other method is through dictation accessed via your keyboard.  While Siri is a perfectly capable dictation tool, and might be the preferred way to capture text by many, I have found that my favorite digital assistant especially shines when asked to answer questions and perform tasks.  Dictation, however, is more of a quick and dirty way to collect your thoughts and have them transposed right onto your iPhone screen whenever you typically would desire to enter text in an app.  Think of it as an alternative to typing.  While a very helpful tool, there are some initial challenges to dictating effectively on your iPhone.  The manner in which we speak doesn’t always translate exactly to how we write–or even how we collect our thoughts.  As a result I’ve collected some tips to help you be the most efficient at using dictation.

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How to use Accessibility to enable Speak Selection on your iPhone

Your iPhone has enhanced accessibility features dating back to iOS 8 that can be very useful for everyone.  My favorite such feature, and the one I use on a regular basis is focused on speech–specifically, reading selected text back to me while I’m driving.  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 certain you’ll find a 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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How to view your Photo library by Geolocation

There are various ways that you can search, organize and view your photo library on your iPhone.  You can choose to view your photos based on when they were taken, or by how you grouped them into albums.  You can even view them based on when and who you shared individual or groups of photos with.  One lesser know use case is viewing your photos based on where the pictures were taken.  For this to be an option on your iPhone in the first place, you need to allow the Photos application to have access to your location.  You can check the setting and/or change it, by launching the Settings App and  selecting –> Privacy–> Location Services–> Photos.  Here you will have two options to choose from–allow the Photos App access only while you are using the app, and never allow.

To view your photos based on their geolocation tag, you must have  the “while using the app” feature selected or your pictures won’t even have a location associated with them to sort into groups .  Once you have the setting updated, all of your photos taken on your iPhone moving forward will now have a geolocation stamped into the metadata stored within the photo.  Armed with this knowledge, you can now sort and search your photos based upon this location.

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iPhone App of the Week: MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing

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Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing, by Hutch Games Ltd.  Sometimes, or most of the time if you’re like me and rarely let loose for some fun iOS gameplay on you iPhone, you just want to play a fun game that allows you to check out for a little while and forget about everything else going on around you.  With MMX Hill Dash you’ll get just that with a sprinkle of physics based racing that will leave you wanting more.

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iPad App of the Week: Quadro

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 picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  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 Quadro by Actions.  Quadro is a advertised as a smart controller for your MAC and WINDOWS computer, something akin to an external Apple Touch Bar.  Kinda, sorta–but much more than that.  I’m not sure if this is good or bad yet.  One thing I do know, is that I had never heard of Quadro and I found the concept to be intriguing enough to give it a try and let you decide if its an app that would work for you.

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How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID on your iPad

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If you’re running the beta for iOS 10.3 on your iPad then you’ve most likely already received a push notification from Apple encouraging you to enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID.  Apple began pushing these persistent notifications sometime yesterday.  Simply opening them and dismissing the notification does not clear it.  In addition, if you have badges activated for your Settings App, it will continue to display a notification even after it is confirmed/read.

Although this may seem a little heavy-handed by Apple, it’s in you best interest to be a safe as you can, and it only take s few minutes to enable two-factor authentication on any of your iOS or macOS devices.  I took the plunge last night and set it up on my iPad, iPhone and Mac–and here’s how I did it.

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Deals: Nifty C PowerPod Battery Pack for USB-C/A Devices

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Today’s featured deal is a multi-use battery back up option for the growing number of USB-C/A devices out in the wild.  Even with a movement toward a universal standard for charging, there are still a variety of charging needs and connections for the most popular mobile devices and laptops.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a little help in situations like these where you didn’t want too have to carry a different cable for each and every device that you might need to top off the battery?  Now you have an option that charges both USB Type A & C devices, as well as fishing the process at an accelerated rate.  For a limited time you can pick up a Nifty C PowerPod Battery Pack for USB-C/A Devices for only $49.99 and start charging your devices with ease.  Here’s some info about the Nifty C PowerPod Battery Pack and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Chargers are included with just about every new tech device these days, but what works for one, won’t necessarily work for another, and nobody wants to carry snakes and snakes of wires around all the time. With the PowerPod from Nifty, you’ll get a high-powered charger with USB Type A and Type C compatibility, allowing you to power most smart phones up to six times faster, and other USB devices like GoPros and vaporizers up to nine times faster. Charge your devices on the commute with the PowerPod, and it’s the only charger you’ll need all day.

  • Qualcomm Fast Charge 2.0 charges iPhone 7 up to 4.5 times faster, Google Pixel up to 3.3 times faster & adds hours of power to laptops
  • Compatible w/ the brand new, USB Type C MacBook Pro
  • Packs up for travel easily

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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New iPads on the horizon–the latest Apple March event rumor roundup

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March is just around the corner, and with it comes the wish lists and rumor-mill pre-game shows leading up to a probable Apple Event. The spring time is when we have come to expect new iPad announcements that often include accessories with with some occasional iPhone goodness sprinkled in for good measure.  This year appears to be no different.  In fact, this year might actually be one of the busiest spring Apple Events in recent memory.

All the usual, mostly reliable suspects are chiming in, and many of them have been predicting very similar announcements.  Tops on the list of predictions is the release of a new iPad screen size in the lineup.  The size reference to this new iPad size varies somewhat, but it is expected to be in the 10.5″ to 10.9″ range, with the latest supply line leaks suggesting more than likely to be 10.5″.

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Deals: iDelete Cleaner Pro for iOS, 3-Yr Subscription at 61% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking for a little piece of mind in keeping their Apple devices running efficiently and smoothly.  You now have the opportunity to safely clean your Apple devices and keep them running like brand new.  The key to this process is removing temporary data files leftover on your devices that can slow hem down.  Now you have an ally in this battle called iDelete Cleaner Pro.  For a limited time you can pick up a 3-year subscription at a discounted price of 61% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $19 – instead of its standard price of $49.  Here’s some info about iDelete Cleaner Pro for iOS. and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Just like a computer, your iPhone slows down with age and use, which is why iDelete Cleaner Pro is important for fine tuning your phone’s performance by cleaning up the excess temporary data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. All of these devices perform their own memory saving functions, but temporary files are not always deleted automatically or correctly. That’s where iDelete Cleaner Pro comes in with its innovative search and collection algorithm to detect and effectively clean up useless junk data, caches, log files, and more to get your Apple device back up to optimum speed.

  • Start the data cleaning process safely w/ just the click of a button
  • Clean junk data, caches, log files, downloads, data of 3rd party apps & more
  • Overwrite temp files by using the ISM 6.2.92 deletion procedure certified by the Australian Ministry of Defense
  • Examine detailed cleaning reports to ensure data was deleted & cleaned
  • Receive 3 years of updates & support

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Deals: Zendure 40W Max A-Series 4-Port USB Travel Wall Charger at 17% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who travels abroad and needs to ensure that they can still charge all their devices no matter what country they are visiting.  Equipped with both UK and EU adapters, you will have the convenience of charging all your electronic devices no matter what your travel pends are.  For a limited time you can pick up your Zendure 40W Max A-Series 4-Port USB Travel Wall Charger at a discounted price of 17% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $32.95 – instead of its standard price of $39.95.  Here’s some info about the Zendure and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Engineered for the world traveler, this wall charger is equipped with UK and EU adapters to plug into just about any wall outlet in the world. With one QC high-speed, and three 5V/2.4A ZEN+ USB ports, this adapter can charge your smartphone, e-reader, tablet, smart watch, camera, or any other 5V USB chargeable device in a jiffy. You’re going to want your devices charged up and healthy while you’re traveling, so travel smart with Zendure.

  • Lightweight & easy to travel w/ & compatible w/ power outlets throughout the world
  • Charges up to four USB-compatible devices at once
  • Delivers Quick Charge 2.0 for all Quick Charge compatible devices
  • Equipped w/ a multi-faceted protection system to reduce the risk of over-powering, overheating, & short-circuiting

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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