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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.

How to Filter out Spam Invitations to your iCloud Calendar on your iPad

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Tis the season to get unsolicited calendar invitations to your iOS devices via your iCloud account.  I never knew this was a “thing” until I recently became part of a large spamming exercise to lure unsuspected individuals in to view Black Friday offers.  I’m not sure how long I had the invite in my  Calendar since I use Calendars 5 by Readdle as my daily driver on my iPhone, and therefore have push notifications and icon badges turned off on Apple’s Calendar.  It was when I glanced at my iPad’s “Apple” folder this afternoon that I thought I may have been spammed.

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Black Friday Deals Worth Checking out

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Black Friday–the antithesis of the giving, thankful holiday season where we break bread with family and friends and let everyone know how thankful we are and how much our loved ones mean to us.  This celebration is so short lived that many Americans partake in the gluttony of commercial indulgence immediately following their Thanksgiving meals.  Never-the-less, Black Friday still provides consumers the best sales and deals of the year, with electronics often receiving the most attention.

The following is a hand picked list of some of our favorite Black Friday deals…

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Deals: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds at 66% off

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

Today’s featured deal is perfect for those of us who are thinking about jumping on the Bluetooth Earbud wagon but might not have know where to start.  As soon as it was rumored that the with the introduction of the iPhone 7 Apple was foregoing the audio jack, many consumers began to consider life after wired headphones for the first time. Now there is an affordable solution that is also waterproof–the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds.  These Bluetooth earbuds connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth as soon as you pull them apart for use.  For a very limited time (ONLY 24 Hours!) you can purchase a set of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds at a savings of 66% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $39.95 – instead of the standard price of $119.95. Here’s some info about the FRESHeBUDS Bluetooth Earbuds, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The hit FRESHeBUDS earbuds are back and better than ever with the new Pro model. Even more water and sweat resistant to stand up to any outdoor activity, these new buds have enhanced battery life, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. With a smoother fit and better sound quality as well, these are the earbuds of the future.

  • Designed to be sweat & water resistant
  • Features unrivaled sound quality for compact size
  • Includes a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime
  • Fully charges up in just 90 minutes
  • Connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth as soon as you pull apart the earbuds
  • Allows you to answer calls straight from the earbuds w/ a built-in microphone
  • Designed to be comfortably lightweight & secure in your ears
  • Turn off when placed together, turn on when pulled apart

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

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Deals: 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack at 50% off

6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-PackToday’s featured deal is perfect for, well–everyone!  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  You have an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and you need to charge them–everyday.  There’s no getting around it.  When it comes to charging your devices, what’s the one thing that always come to mind?  You always wish you had more charging cables available–right?  I have one for my bedside table, one for my office, one for the car, etc.  But no matter how many you have, they eventually wear down, fray or come apart after heavy use.  For a limited time you can purchase a 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack at a savings of 50% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $21.99 – instead of the standard price of $44. Here’s some info about the Lightning Cable 3-Pack, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 6.5-ft, MFi-certified cables, you’ll have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.

  • Gain extra flexibility w/ 6.5-ft Lightning cables
  • Sync & charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chair
  • Ensure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certification
  • Enjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible design

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

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Review: HiRise 2 Deluxe for iPad

HiRise 2 Deluxe for iPad

The HiRise 2 is a simple, elegant and sturdy lightning powered charging stand for the iPad and iPhone.  It’s made by the excellent folks at Twelve South, so you know going in that it will be a quality product.  From my experience, the list of iPad stands that are functional and also something that you would be proud to have on display at your workplace is short.  So when I went looking for a stand that would work for my iPad and iPhone, I was encouraged to see that the HiRise 2 had just been released.  Although I liked the original HiRise Deluxe, the improvements made to the HiRise 2 solidified it as my preferred stand, and here’s why.

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Deals: Ivacy VPN 2-Yr Subscription at 89% off

Ivacy VPN: 2-Yr Subscription

Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking to share files via P2P but doesn’t want to sacrifice spend and efficiency in the process.  Now you can have just that and also operate with complete anonymity while enjoying HD streaming video minus the annoying buffering.  With a dedicated VPN you can also protect your privacy from any unwanted peering eyes documenting your movements.  Now with a Ivacy VPN 2-Yr Subscription you will get all this and more at an amazing discounted price of 89% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $29 – instead of its standard price of $286.80.  Here’s some info about Ivacy and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Enjoy P2P file-sharing with complete anonymity and blazing fast speeds with Ivacy VPN. With a 2-year subscription to this highly-reviewed service, you can unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events. Connect to more than 200+ servers in 100+ locations across over 50 countries!

  • Enjoy fast uninterrupted P2P file-sharing with complete anonymity
  • Quick-connect to 250+ servers in 100+ locations across 50+ countries
  • Get a dedicated VPN add-on for Kodi
  • Protect yourself against hackers, spyware, & government surveillance
  • Anonymize your online activity against spammers & identity thieves
  • Overcome ISP speed throttling & Port blocking
  • Enjoy fast uninterrupted P2P file sharing w/ complete anonymity
  • Access region-locked content anywhere in the world
  • Enjoy amazing Ivacy features on a range of compatible devices
  • Log in on 5 devices simultaneously

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

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Deals: Martian Notifier Smartwatch at 76% OFF

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking to test the waters in the world of smartwatches, but isn’t ready to make the  $300 commitment.  To be honest, there’s a lot of “junk” out there in the world of smartwatches.  Most are ugly and try to do too much.  In addition, if you really want a more expensive smartwatch, it sure would be nice to try out the basic functionality without having to shell out so much money.  Now with the Martian Notifier Smartwatch you can try your very own, and at a substantial discount of 76% the regular price tag.  Available in red, white or black, it’s a great deal that will run you only $29.99 – instead of its standard price of $129.00.  Here’s some info about the Martian Notifier and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

More than your run-of-the-mill wearable, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch is a next-level timepiece that seamlessly blends technology and style. From receiving app notifications to remotely snapping pictures using your phone camera, you’ll find this watch a boon to your personal productivity–not to mention a sleek addition to your accessory collection.

  • Get push notifications from any of hundreds of apps
  • Assign custom vibration alerts
  • Snap pictures using a remote trigger
  • Set up to 5 individual or recurring alarms
  • Receive alerts when you’re walking away from your phone
  • Easily find your phone by tapping a menu to call it
  • Access a digital world clock
  • Quickly check local weather conditions

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

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Deals: SainSonic Wireless HD Stereo Earphones at 38% off

SainSonic Wireless HD Stereo EarphonesToday’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who is looking to finally cut the cord and dive into the world of wireless headphones.  More and more people are moving to wireless headphones now with the growing list of devices that no longer have audio plugs.  What ever your reason for wanting to go wireless the SainSonic Wireless headphones have a lot to offer.  For a limited time you can purchase your own pair at a 38% discount.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $15.99 – instead of its standard price of $25.99.  Here’s some info about the SainSonic Wireless Earphones and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Cord-cutting is cool, and it’s extending to earphones, as well. These handy, wireless earphones are equipped with advanced Bluetooth 4.1 technology so you can stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device at the office, during a workout, or just walking from A to B.

  • Stream your music on-the-go directly from your smartphone
  • Enjoy up to 6 hours of talk/play time w/o having to recharge
  • Protect against sweat & rain during workouts w/ nano-coating technology
  • Use the Multifunction Button to play/pause, answer/end calls, change volume, & change tracks

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

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How to set up automatic iCloud backups for your iPad

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Many of you already know the importance of backing up your device, whether it be an iPad or an iPhone.  If this is you, I apologize if you’ve heard this before, and I’m happy to hear that you are taking the few minutes it takes to protect your data.  If you’re hearing this for the first time, or if you still haven’t ever backed up your device, pay close attention.  These few easy steps are so painless and important.  Unfortunately,  for some reason many iPad and iPhone owners fail to _ever_ backup their devices.  I have sen this happen time and time again.  Just today I texted a friend of mine who wasn’t sure who I was because he washed his iPhone in the laundry and had lost all his contacts.  I asked him when the last time he backed up his device, and her said never.  Don’t let this happen to you.  It is completely avoidable and only takes a few minutes.

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Deals: KlikR Universal Remote Control at 31% off

KlikR Universal Remote Control

Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants the convenience of being able to control a variety of electronic devices with ease right from their phone.  As long as your fan or tv or blender, etc can be controlled via an infrared signal, you can now transfer all those controls to your phone.  By physically applying a tiny bluetooth enabled device near the infrared viewer of your electronics you open up a plethora of new possibilities.  For a limited time you can purchase a KlikR Universal Remote Control at 31% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.99 – instead of its standard price of $29.00.  Here’s some info about  the KlikR and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

One of the things we seek most in life is control. And that’s what makes KlikR special. This tiny Bluetooth device may be stuck on or next to any infrared remote controlled electronic product, making it almost instantly controllable from your smartphone. Yes, that means even your old remote-controlled ceiling fan can be controlled from your phone. Even better: You can control those remotes with your voice, so you’ll just have to ask the TV to turn on, or the stereo to play Purple Rain, and you’ll be good to go.

  • Use the app to organize all of your devices & navigate between them
  • Share your home’s KlikR setup w/ friends or family by simply sending them a QR code from the app’s home screen
  • Restore your setup after a changed or lost phone thanks to automatic backup
  • Give commands directly to your smartphone w/ voice control
  • Pause or mute any background noise when receiving a phone call

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

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UPDATED: The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

icloud-driveFor me a perfect world in terms of productivity at the office as well as at home would reside exclusively around Apple products. Macs became my computer of choice early on in my life based on their ease of use.  This fineness for Apple products also extended to iPhones and eventually iPads.  Unfortunately, though, I don’t have a choice when it comes to my tech at the office. I have worked for the government for close to twenty years now, and we are even less likely to have new and/or progressive tech at our disposal.  Luckily, with the addition of iCloud Drive a couple of years ago, I’m not as restricted as I once was.  With a simple internet connection I have access to my other iCloud synched devices via my browser window.

There are many options for consumers when it comes to cloud solutions for data storage these days.  Most are affordable, and easy to use.  However, like with many “services”, sometimes there are too many options available that can make the process of settling on a solution stressful and frustrating.

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