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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.

iPad App of the Week: MLB.com at Bat

MLB.com at Bat

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 MLB.com At Bat by MLB.com.  This is one of those apps for all the die-hard baseball fans out there.  October ushers in the most exciting time of year for baseball-the playoffs!  Whether you’re a die-hard Cubs fan (like me) hoping to finally see them break the curse, or you just can’t get enough baseball and want to follow the playoffs in all their entirety, MLB.com at Bat is the app for you.

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Deals: Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station at 28% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who has a a collection of various electronic devices, but who has a hard time seeing track of them and all their various charging cords and plugs.  Now with the   Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station you can charge up to four devices simultaneously via a USB connection.  Available in both black and white, the Power House can charge your devices quickly and also hide the excess cords with a handy hidden compartment that allows you the reduce the amount of exposed cords.  For a limited time you can purchase the Avantree PowerHouse 4 at a savings of 28% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $35.99 – instead of the standard price of $49.99.  Here’s some info about the Powerhouse, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Stop fumbling around your office for open outlets, and just get an Avantree Desktop USB Charging Station. Avantree provides 4 USB charging sockets and a whopping 4.5A/22.5W output for a super fast charge for all of your devices. With a handy velcro system to manage and hide cables, as well, this is the convenient, one-stop charging station for your desk.

  • Compact, space-saving design allows you to charge up to 4 devices simultaneously, w/o making a mess
  • Smartport technology automatically recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each mobile device
  • Smart compatibility auto adapts to iPad, iPhone, Samsung, & all iOS & Android devices
  • Velcro system manages & hides cables to maintain a tidy desk space

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

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Deals: FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones at 18% off

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You can take your music anywhere thanks to your mobile device, but you need the quality headphones to match the limitless library. Listen to your playlist without getting tangled up in the cords, and fold up these Bluetooth headphones to take them—and your soundtrack—with you everywhere. They’re designed to both aesthetic and audio perfection – so they won’t disappoint while playing your favorite song or take up too much space in your bag.

  • Compact & foldable design
  • Connects via w/ Bluetooth (33-foot range)
  • Includes buttons to press play & switch songs
  • Includes a built-in microphone for calls
  • Plays audio for 8-10 hours per charge
  • Includes controls to answer, end, reject & redial calls
  • Allows you to check your battery status on your screen

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

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Popular Email Client Cloud Magic is now Newton, and it’s Packed with Power Features

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One of my favorite email clients, Cloud Magic is now Newton.  Cloud Magic was already a clean, fast reliable way to navigate and triage your email.  With a reliable push notification system, and versions for both iOS and Mac, Newton had developed into a mature ecosystem.  Now that they have built their app into a huge success, the creators of Newton felt that it was time for the next stage of development.  They intend to take this awesome email client/platform, and add even more power features and improvements.  Furthermore, they plan to add support for additional platforms and evolve Newton into a email client that boosts your productivity by making email fun and easy.

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Deals: Mili iData Pro 64GB Lightning & Micro USB Storage Drive at 24% off

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Need some extra storage? Well, the simplest, sleekest, and most efficient flash drive you’ve ever had is right here for the taking. 64 GB of storage are packed into the iData Pro, and are secured with an iTouch ID function so that only you can access your data. Perfect for the mobile user, the iData Pro offers easy file management and quick save functions for email attachments and files from third party apps. This flash drive will give you greater control over your files than you’ve ever had before.

  • Take pictures or video & store them directly to the iData Pro
  • Listen to music or watch videos on your phone, directly from the iData Pro
  • Secure your files w/ the iTouch ID function
  • Save important files w/ the “Favorites” function & access your files quicker
  • Compress & uncompress zip files seamlessly
  • Transfer 2 GB movies to & from your PC in just 100 second, & from your iDevices in just 200 seconds
  • Keep your phone case on while you simultaneously sync & charge your device w/ the extended lightning connector

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

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Apple Releases iOS 10: OTA update bricks devices of some early updaters

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Earlier today Apple released iOS 10 as promised.  Unfortunately for some of those who were “lucky” enough to download the Over-the-Air (OTA) update in the first hour it was available, their devices became unresponsive (bricked) and immediately went into recovery mode.  This then required the user to update/restore their devices via iTunes.  This issue was not specific to any one device, as iPad Pro owners and various iPhone models were all experiencing issues.

Unfortunately a restore isn’t very comforting to those who don’t have a recent, or any, backed up version of their device to restore to.  In addition, if you don’t have a computer running iTunes, you can’t even restore your device.  Lost data and unhappy consumers is definitely not the way Apple wants to kick-off the “biggest release ever” of iOS.  It appears as though only consumers attempting OTA updates were affected–iTunes updates were working fine.

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Apple doubles base iPad storage plans, slashes iPad Pro prices

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Although Apple didn’t talk much about the iPad during the iPhone and Apple Watch announcement last week, they still surprised us by doubling standard storage plans, while also dropping prices on the iPad Pro line.  All iPads had their base storage limits doubled from 16GB to 32GB, without changing their price points. In addition, the iPad Pro line had their 128GB and 256GB models drop by $50 and $100 respectively.  Was Apple just being generous, or is this possibly some foreshadowing ahead of an iPad refresh announcement as early as next month?  It’s still too early to say, but Apple often slices prices prior to new product announcements and storage plan updates.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before getting an answer.

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Deals: TextExpander, 1-Yr Single User Plan at 60% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to save time and keystrokes by creating efficient documents without having to re-enter commonly used phrases and information.  Text Expander, by the folks at Smile Software, is a powerful tool that synchs with iCloud to update to all of your iOS devices.  For a limited time you can purchase Text Expander at a savings of 60% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.98 – instead of the standard price of $49.99.  Here’s some info about Text Expander, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The harsh reality is you waste time typing the same thing over and over, whether you notice it or not– but that’s where TextExpander comes in. This highly popular app allows you to create custom shortcuts that populate any set of text or images you want to save you the time and effort of typing. Whether it’s HTML formatting, a salutation, or even a lengthy email, you’ll find minutes and hours freed up. Your powerful collection of snippets is now available everywhere; wherever you are, on any device, and instantly shareable with friends.

“The single best productivity tool for the Mac, right after Quicksilver.” Leo Laporte, host of MacBreak Weekly

  • Use the powerful fill-in-the-blank tool to add custom fields to frequent communications
  • Save snippets in the Cloud, where they’ll be updated across all your devices & accessible any time
  • Build an email signature library
  • Insert the current date & time in any format you prefer
  • Automatically fix the typos you make most
  • Quickly auto fill out forms by storing your address, email, phone, etc.

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

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Deals: FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker at 59% off

FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower SpeakerToday’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who loves to sing in the shower, but doesn’t want to worry about damaging their expensive iOS device.  Now you can listen to music, podcasts and even answer phone calls, via the controls on your suction cup Splash Shower Tune wall mount.  For a limited time you can purchase a FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker at a savings of 59% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.99 – instead of the standard price of $49.95.  Here’s some info about the FresheTech Splash, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Nothing makes a shower or bath experience complete like your favorite podcast or playlist. With this waterproof speaker, you can hit play, skip songs, adjust the volume, and more. Just suction cup it to any surface and you’ll always have your tunes within arm’s reach.

  • Play music or any other audio right through the high powered built-in speaker
  • Connect almost any smartphone to the device via Bluetooth
  • Use the Skip & Back buttons to change songs
  • Answer calls & have conversations through the Bluetooth microphone
  • Easily stick to any surface via suction cup
  • Made w/ a floating & durable design

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

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Review: Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro

IMG_0070The Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is an exceptional accessory that compliments the already versatile and powerful addition to the iPad Pro lineup.  The original iPad was introduced in 2010, and with every iteration and improvement it has shed the simple content consumption device label, and become a more powerful and effective tool.  However, even with the newest variant, there are still neigh sayers out there on the fence about the the full capabilities of the iPad Pro, whether it be the 9.7 or 12.9 version.  Despite this, the CREATE Keyboard Case makes an undeniable assertion that the iPad Pro will be a more than adequate solution for the majority of users–even the  most demanding power users, and here’s why.

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Deals: Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery (Refurb) at 69% off

Mophie Powerstation XLToday’s featured deal is perfect for those times when you need a little more battery life, and you are no where near an outlet.   When it comes to charging your devices, other than an actual charging cord, the most important resource to own is a reliable battery solution that can charge multiple devices and keep you going throughout the day.  For a limited time you can purchase a refurbished Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery at a savings of 69% off. It’s a great deal that will run you only $39.95 – instead of the standard price of $129.95.  You know it’s going to reliable, because it comes from Mophie.  At 12,000mAh this portable external battery will keep all your devices active when you need them most. Here’s some info about the Powerstation XL, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Going to be away from an outlet for awhile? No problem! Keep all your devices powered up and on the grid with this handy manufacturer-refurbished external charger. Portable, tough, and providing up to 8 complete charges for most smartphones, the Mophie Powerstation XL is the ideal companion for trips, hikes, nights on the town, or any time you’ll be away from an outlet.

  • 12,000mAh provides a high output for fast charging
  • 3 levels of charging–500mAh, 1A, & 2.1A–give you control over how fast you want to charge
  • Provides up to 8 complete battery charges for most smartphones
  • Capable of charging 2 tablets simultaneously
  • Compatible w/ any USB-outfitted cable to charge virtually any device

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

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