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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 use Single Sign-On to watch pay-TV on your iPad

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Back at WWDC last June Apple announced a major update to Apple TV that leaned heavily on the use of Siri for search in addition to features like Live tune-in and the ability to manage Home Kit accessories. They also revealed a new single sign-on capability that allowed customers in the US to authenticate all the video channels from their pay-TV providers by only having to sign in one time.  After the initial sign-in/on customers will be able to watch all of their compatible network-TV apps without having to re-authenticate each app as long as they didn’t sign out.

The initial roll-out started last fall.  However, the networks participating have been growing at a slower pace than I had originally expected.  I had all but forgot about the new feature, and wondered after originally being excited, if I would ever really use it.  That being said–I decided to go through the process of setting it up and giving it a go.

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Deals: Zendure A8 26,800mAh QC3.0 Portable Battery Bank at 48% off

922a0737ccca13a6283e2a44f70c2e70406c7076_main_hero_imageToday’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking to add convenient, multiple fast charging options to their desk, office or home .  With Quick Charge 3.0 Technology, devices like your phone can be topped off 7-9 times faster than previous chargers.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up a Zendure A8 26,800mAh QC3.0 Portable Battery Bank at a savings of 48% off.  It’s an amazing deal that will run you only $64.95 – instead of the standard price of $126.95. Here’s some info about the Zendure A8, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The Zendure A8 is one of the fastest charging power banks on the planet, armed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology. Add in the massive 26,800mAh battery capacity and this behemoth can easily charge your phone 7-9 times without needing a reboot, and maintains up to 95% of its charge after six whole months without use. If you spend any significant amount of time away from an outlet (and you do) then this is the portable power bank to keep you connected at all times.

  • Quick Charge 3.0 port outputs immense, 18W power when connected to a compatible QC3.0 device
  • ZEN+ technology automatically detects your device & fine tunes the output to best suit it
  • Charge-through function allows you to charge external battery while it’s charging other devices
  • Automatically shifts to standby when charging is complete to preserve power

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

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What’s on your iPad Home Screen?

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With the start of a new year, I thought I’d take another look at my iPad home screen page the same way I did with my iPhone, and make some decisions on what I “need” and what apps I have simply accumulated since purchasing my iPad Pro.  The majority of my most used apps live on the first page of my home screen, with my second page consisting of mostly folders and recent downloads that I have yet to decide if I want to keep or not.  Since there is only room for 26 app icons, I have improvised and added my 5 most used folders as well.  These folders are broken down into two sections–my favorite Productivity Apps, and brand based apps such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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What’s on your iPhone Home Screen?

img_0673_iphone6splusspacegrey_portraitWith the start of a new year, I thought I’d take another look at my iPhone home screen, and make some decisions on what I “need” and what apps I have simply accumulated over the last 3.5 months since purchasing my iPhone 7 Plus.  The majority of my most used apps live on the first home screen page, with the next page consisting of mostly folders and recent downloads that I have yet to decide if Im going to keep or not.  Since there is only room for 28 app icons on one screen I have assigned (5) icon slots with my most frequently used folders.  These folders are broken down into two groups–my most used app categories like Social apps and Productivity, and brand based apps such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

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Deals: NolimitVPN Premium at 55-70% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their internet connection secure, while also maintaining super fast download speeds.  In this day and age you need to take precautionary steps to ensure that you and your family are safe.  This same approach extends to your browsing security, where your personal information is at its greatest risk.  This is where NoLimitVPN comes in, providing you a safe place to anonymously browse the internet.  For a limited time you can purchase a yearly subscription of NoLimitVPN at an incredible savings based upon a 1, 2 or 3 year agreements.  Your savings will total 55- 70% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.99, $29.99 or $39.99 – instead of the standard price of $45, $90 or $135.00.  Here’s some info about NoLimitVPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

The internet is crawling with hackers and government snoops out to harvest your personal information, but there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and ward these prying eyes away. NoLimitVPN qualifies as one of those steps, offering anonymous and secure internet access at ultra high speed. With proactive NAT and antivirus firewalls and a vigorously encrypted VPN service, NoLimitVPN is the complete solution to your online security.

  • Secure your browsing & communications w/ one easy-to-use service operating at 100 mbps
  • The firewall protects you against major cyber threats and prevents the piracy of your data
  • Enjoy anonymous IP address, DNS, & proxy service to keep your personal data extra safe
  • Access the internet from one of 10 servers around the world to hide your location & bypass geo-restrictions to access blocked content
  • Operate on computers, phones, & tablets alike

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

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iPhone App of the Week: Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout

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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 Runtastic Results: Strength & Fitness Workout, by Runtastic.  Perhaps on the surface it might seem like a copout to select an exercise app for the App of the week, being that it is the first week in a brand new year.  However, being that losing weight and getting in shape is one of the most reported New Year’s resolutions, I actually think that it’s the perfect choice.  Although many of us try to use a new year to get back on track with a variety of causes in our lives, many just don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise.

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Review: BookBook for 9.7″ iPad Pro

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The BookBook case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is not only a very functional iPad case, but it’s also one of the best looking I have had the opportunity to review.  If you’re unfamiliar with the BookBook brand, it is the brainchild of the great folks at Twelve South, and it is available for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.  The BookBook is a hardback leader case that wears like an old book.  I have always enjoyed the worn, weathered look that comes with regular usage of leather.  The natural patina that develops on each BookBook gives it a unique character typically reserved for higher-end quality made products.

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Deals: Kinkoo 10-Port USB Charging Station at 23% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking to add convenient, fast charging options to their desk, office or home .  With a whopping 10 USB Ports available, you will never have to go without a charging solution for you and your family.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up a Kinkoo 10-Port USB Charging Station at a savings of 23% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $37.99 – instead of the standard price of $49.90. Here’s some info about the Kinkoo, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Turn your desk into a veritable charging powerhouse with this Kinkoo 10-Port USB Charging Station. Pumping out 60W power through ten USB ports, this portable station will get all of your devices powered up in a jiffy. From iPhones to Androids to everything in between, any device with a USB charging cable will be real happy with this station.

  • Charge up to ten devices simultaneously, all from the same station
  • Pack up & take w/ you between home & office or on trips w/ portable ease
  • Power up your devices securely thanks to CE, FCC, & RoHS safety certifications

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

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Duet Display now adds Touch Bar Functionality to Your iPad

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The excellent iPad app, Duet Display has always been one of my favorite apps for adding an extra display to my MacBook at home and PC while at the office.  Screen real estate comes at a premium these days, and to be able to add another interactive display to my workflow is always welcome.  Originally developed by a couple of ex-Apple engineers, so you know the attention to detail is going to be there, never mind their the instant credibility by association.  Luckily for them, Duet Display stands firmly on its own as a multi-tasking go-to for professionals in a variety of fields and careers.

If you haven’t already given Duet Display a try, now is the perfect opportunity to add an extra screen to improve your performance and efficiency.  The app was updated last week and is now on sale at 1/2 off the regular price of $19.99.  That alone is a great opportunity to buy Duet.  However, they have also added an unanticipated caveat–Touch Bar support!

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Deals: GorillaPower 5-Port USB & Power Dock at 33% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to turn their desk into a high-powered charging station.  With 5 USB Ports & 2 AC Power Sockets, you can charge all of your devices at the same time!  In addition, the USB ports support 60W charging that will make quick work of even the most power drained devices.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up your own GorillaPower 5-Port USB & Power Dock at a savings of 33% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $59.99 – instead of the standard price of $89.95. Here’s some info about the GorillaPower, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Power up your desk with the GorillaPower 5-Port USB & Power Dock, packing five 60W USB ports and two two-way AC power sockets into one conveniently sized dock. Charge up to five devices at once with the USB ports, and even power a computer or small electrical appliance right from the dock. No more low battery excuses!

  • Charge your devices fast w/ 60W charging power from each of the USB ports
  • Power computers or small electrical appliances w/ the 1200W two-way power sockets
  • Protect your devices from surges & overheating thanks to built-in security measures

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

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Deals: ActiveInbox the Ultimate Gmail Task Manager at 37% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for those of us who are looking for a way to take back our gmail accounts and make them easier to manage.  By introducing a task oriented prioritization model, your Gmail will will work for you providing the heavy lifting and organizing that we all try to avoid.  Right now there is a better way, and it’s called ActiveInbox.  Touted as the Ultimate Gmail Task Manager, you can pick up your own copy at a savings of 37% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $24.95 – instead of the standard price of $39.95. Here’s some info about ActiveInbox, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Gmail inbox getting a little overwhelming? ActiveInbox reorients Gmail as an elegant task manager, allowing you to take control right from a task’s origin. Easily integrated into Gmail on your browser and mobile, ActiveInbox gives you folders for projects/clients, scheduling to manage due dates, notes on emails, prioritization, it tracks whether you’ve received a reply to important emails, and even lets you schedule emails for sending later. Give yourself a breather – let ActiveInbox get your Gmail more organized and efficient than ever.

  • Organize your inbox more effectively & implement greater prioritization & note-taking on emails
  • Give all your emails & tasks due dates to never miss a deadline
  • Keep track of everything you’ve asked other people to do in the “Waiting On” area
  • Schedule emails to send later so they’ll be opened at the perfect time
  • Notate emails & tasks & add to your calendar, CRM, or project manager
  • Summarize lengthy threads into a series of tasks to highlight the most important points
  • Write emails w/ existing, relevant tasks for each contact in easy view

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

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