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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.

Location Services on your iPad; what you need to know

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When it comes to electronic devices, especially mobile phones, the big big buzz word these day is privacy.  Makes sense, it’s a big deal.  Almost as important as privacy is how you mange your privacy settings.  Personalizing settings to fit your lifestyle and needs can be cumbersome and consuming.  If users are confused or overwhelmed they are much less likely to reap the benefits of being able to keep their information safe and private.  When privacy is sacrificed at the hands of convenience bad things can happen to good people.

One of  the more configureable settings on your iPad that can impact your privacy is Location Services.  Location based services are a hot topic because they can be very helpful in predicting our needs and preparing us for upcoming events.  However they can also become intrusive if given too much access–it just depends on what your expectations are and how informed you are from the beginning.  To make it easier, let’s walk through his to configure Location Services your iPad.

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How to watch Super Bowl 51 on your iPad

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The most watched sporting event of the year and popular American Tradition–the Super Bowl is back again tomorrow as the Atlanta Falcons get set to take on the New England Patriots.  This is the 51st version of the contest which brings the official branding back to being represented by roman numerals.   The use of LI looks pretty awkward, and is not immediately recognizable by many, but tradition is tradition, no matter how out of place it may seem at times.  If you’re not spending the evening at a sports bar or at a friends house and you’re actively looking for an alternative way to watch the Super Bowl, we’re here to help.  This year the Super Bowl will be aired on FOX.  In addition to the main event FOX will also air all the pre-game build-up and analysis starting at 1:50 pm EST.

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Deals: Plugies Magnetic Charging Cables at 30% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy charging solution for their mobile devices.  Designed for either Lightning or Micro-USB connections, you no longer need to fumble in the dark when you need to plug in your phone or tablet.  With a simple magnetic connection it’s never been easier to start charging your devices.  For a limited time you can pick up your Plugie Magnetic Charging Cable at a discounted price of 30% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $27.99 – instead of its standard price of $40.00.  Here’s some info about the Plugie and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You know the snap-and-charge design on MacBooks that you love (well, loved anyway) so much? Imagine having that convenience with your phone charger, too. Well, you can! Plugies are impressive little adapters that live in your phone’s charging port so you can snap the magnetic cable in whenever you want, no fuss. Don’t tug your phone off the table by accident again, help yourself out with an easily detachable Plugie.

  • Charge your phone in a simple snap
  • Adapt a standard cable into a magnetic cord w/ the included adapter
  • Enjoy your cable for longer thanks to its braided nylon & anodized aluminum casing
  • Eliminate standard cords from your life – Plugies live in your phone
  • Organize your cable w/ the silicone strap

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

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How to remove your device(s) from Find my iPhone

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If the time comes when you want/need to remove your iPhone from Find my iPhone, you have several options available to you.  The quickest, and easiest way is to do it right from your device.  To do this on your iPhone, launch Settings–> Apple iD Tab at the top of the page–> iCloud–> Find My iPhone–> Toggle Find my iPhone to the off position.

However, perhaps your iPhone is not currently in your possession, or maybe you sold it and forgot to delete your data and/or turn this feature off.  No worries, you have additional options available.  There are two more options that are just as effective at removing your iPhone from the list of tracked devices.

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How to create offline Google maps on your iPhone

Google-MapsI don’t know about you, but in my line of work, I often find myself off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere. In times like these it’s super helpful to have maps that I can still reference, even without an active internet connection.  For the most part, if you don’t already have the poor coverage area pre-loaded in your map program, you won’t have the ability to interact with the map.  This can be a huge inconvenience when I am trying to pin-point specific particular lat & long coordinates.

I really wanted to be able to accomplish this in Apple Maps.  However, after some searching around, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it happen, nor could I determine if it is even a possibility.  No worries, though, Google Maps is a perfectly good alternative, and even a preference for many iPhone users.

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An Apple Campaign: One Night on iPhone 7 in Pictures

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Back in November of 2016 professional photographers from all around the world set out to canvass the  globe for one night using only their iPhone 7.  As part of the “Shot on an iPhone” campaign these photographers set out to capture the essence and beauty of life from dusk to dawn showcasing the low-light camera capabilities.   The fruits of their work will be displayed around the world in 25 countries starting today.  The variety and range of their work encompasses Arctic ice caves and Indonesian volcanoes, as well as the clubs of Johannesburg and rooftops of Shanghai.

Photographers ventured out and endured conditions in some extreme climates in an attempt to push the limits of the iPhone 7 and find the perfect shot. From pictures taken with a drone carrying an iPhone 7 over active volcanoes, to the foreboding terrain of the Arctic, photographers pushed the limits of the iPhone armed with just their imaginations.  The final products were stunning and a remarkable tribute to what the iPhone is capable of.

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Quick Look: Zenkit, an alternative Product Management tool to Trello

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The idea of productivity can best be described as a tug of war for me.  What I mean by that is that I strive to be a productive person, but often get caught up in finding the most productive way to be productive–which in turn, isn’t very productive at all.  I’m an early adopter by nature, and love to try new apps, among other things.  So when I read about Zenkit, and the similarities it had with Trello, I immediately became curious.

Self described as a product management tool that grows with you, Zenkit is beautifully designed and easy to use.  So this begs the question–why switch from Trello if it has been working perfectly fine for you?  Just like with any other platform that experiences  great success, and is then purchased and made part of a larger collective–there is real concern that Trello will have one of two eventual outcomes.  Either the application will fall off the radar by its new owners and be left to gather dust–or it will evolve or morph into something very different than what it was originally designed to be.

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Deals: Private Internet Access VPN 2-Yr Subscription at 63% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking to use their  internet connection in complete anonymity, especially when using public Wi-Fi and all the pitfalls associated with security issues and digital advertising.  With a dedicated VPN, you can have the safety you desire and protect up to 5 connected devices at the same time without any restrictions.  For a limited time you can gain access to a Private Internet Access VPN 2-Yr Subscription at an incredible discounted price of 63% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $59.95 – instead of its standard price of $166.00.  Here’s some info about Private Internet Access VPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Block hackers and government spies, even when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi, thanks to Private Internet Access. High-level encryption ensures you’ll put an end to incessant digital advertising, while IP cloaking gives you access to the Internet uncensored from anywhere. With Private Internet Access, the only gateways to the outside Internet are the ones you open.

  • Prevents data mining so you can browse anonymously
  • Blocks ads, trackers & malware w/ the new MACE feature
  • Connects instantly w/ one-click installers
  • Masks your location w/ IP cloaking
  • Allows the use of 5 devices simultaneously w/ unlimited bandwidth
  • Protects your identity w/ several layers of privacy
  • Bypasses censorship filters so you are free from geographic restrictions
  • Stops traffic w/ a kill switch if the VPN connection is unexpectedly terminated

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

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iPhone App of the Week: BADLAND 2

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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 BADLAND 2, by Frogmind.  The app is currently 50% off–what a great reason to give the sequel to Apple’s App of the Year a try!  Game apps on my iPhone are a tricky proposition for me.  For the most part they reside in one of two categories–apps that I would really like to try for one reason or another, or apps that I have played a few times, but have since been forgotten and now just take up space in my extra storage space.  One thing I’ve noticed over the last few weeks, is that I don’t make time in my day for any leisure/fun time–even if just for a 10 minutes at a time.  I haven’t made it a resolution or anything serious like that, but I’d like to allow myself a little more down time.

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iPad App of the Week: Amazon Prime Video

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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 Amazon Prime Video by AMZN Mobile LLC.  I have been an off and on Amazon Prime user for years.  Typically, I start my subscription again when there is a one month free deal incentive and then cancel before the month is over.  However, this year I left it in place for a couple of months through the holiday season to save on gifts for the family.  Last weekend my subscription was set to auto-renew again, and I was prepared to end it for now.

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Deals: Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 iOS/Android Charging Cable 3-Pack at 72% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who has a family that enjoys using iOS as well as devices that might need a micro-USB connection to charge.  With an extra long cable measuring 6ft long, you have additional freedom and the piece of mind associated with using a MFi-Certified charging cable.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up a (3) pack of Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 Charging Cables at 72% off.  It’s an amazing deal that will run you only $21.99 – instead of the standard price of $80. Here’s some info about the Charging Cable, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Finally a gadget to help Android and Apple lovers live in harmony has arrived! This handy 1.8-meter MFi-certified charging cable will keep your trusted devices powered from a distance, so you won’t be stuck slouching over a pesky outlet. This must-have cable is compatible with both Lightning devices and micro USB devices, so a difference in platforms won’t be the difference maker in your relationship.

  • 1.8 meter length allows for convenient charging & use
  • Lighting & micro USB compatibility for use w/ almost any chargeable device
  • Connected tip for easy use & accessibility no matter the device
  • Set of 2 iOS/Android charging cables for the price of one!

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

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