The predicament of managing digital assets after death

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Apple was in the news in a big way last week surrounding a highly publicized media storm regarding a widow’s attempt to access an iPad belonging to her deceased husband. Access to digital assets after the death of a loved one has been a contentious topic for years. Wth the rapid growth of Cloud computing and storage, the problem will continue to present challenges for all those involved.  Unfortunately, we won’t see a solution until there exists a formal policy addressing  how to handle what many see as a no brainer.

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iPad App of the Week: FOX NOW

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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 FOX NOW by FOX Broadcasting Company, Inc. On the night the X-Files returns to FOX as a mini-series, this was an easy pick for iPad App of the week. For those of you like myself, the X-Files was a special TV series when it launched in 1993. With the FOX NOW iPad app you can watch full episodes of your favorite FOX shows when you want the day after they air.

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Deals: Pay What You Want, The 2016 Mac Bundle

2016 PWYW Mac Bundle

Today’s featured deal is a little different than the typical deals we run here on iPad Insight. With the Pay What You Want Bundle, you get upwards of 12 apps for your Mac with capabilities that include clearing your hard drive, enhancing your audio experience, and even tracking your device activity. If you beat the average price, you’ll unlock additional products and take home the entire bundle! If you make it onto the Leaderboard at any point during the sale you will gain 1 entry to our exclusive giveaway–reach the top, and gain 5 entries total. In addition, 10% of the profit from your purchase goes to support charity!

With each Pay What You Want Bundle, you get something incredible for the price of your choosing. If you beat the average price, you’ll unlock additional products and take home the entire bundle!

Plus, make it onto the Leaderboard at ANY point during the sale and gain 1 entry to our exclusive giveaway! Reach the TOP, and gain 5 entries!

Best of all, 10% of the profit from your purchase goes to support charity! Pay what you want, while making the world a better place.

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

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Quick Look: Autodesk Graphic for iPad

  
One of the apps that the iPad Pro has really unlocked for me has been Autodesk Graphic (previously iDraw), an incredibly powerful vector illustrating app on iOS. I picked Graphic up late last year while it was on sale, and I’ve been playing around with the app over the past few weeks.

I’m pretty new to vectors, but I’ve used Pixelmator for a few years now, so the toolset isn’t completely foreign to me. The left toolbar features move tools, brushes, pens, pencils, basic shape tools, and even shape libraries to insert specific pre-made objects onto the canvas. There’s also a great RGB colour picker, complete with hex values. I love Pixelmator on the iPad, but having used Graphic for a few weeks now, I think the Pixelmator team could have afforded to be a little more traditional (read: desktop-like) with its UI, especially on the iPad Pro.

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Deals: Adobe Ink & Slide at 85% off

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Today’s featured deal is great for all those aspiring artists who love to use their iPad as a canvas for their creativity. Now with the Adobe Ink & Slide you can combine Adobe’s advanced technology with your iPad.  When you add the Slide ruler to the mix, the resulting combo will add precision to any project big or small.  With today’s special offer you can sign up now and receive an amazing 85% discount! This is  a great deal that will run you only $29.99 – instead of its standard price of $200!  Here’s some info about the Adobe Ink & Slide, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

When it comes to the Adobe name, there’s a reputation to uphold. And the Adobe Ink & Slide does not disappoint. Whether you’re a budding artist or serious professional, this creative tool will turn your iPad into a digital canvas like you’ve never imagined. Draw smoothly and seamlessly with the Ink stylus, and craft lines and curves with pinpoint precision using the Slide ruler. With this power combo in hand, you’ll be empowered to create more prolifically than ever before.

  • Naturally & fluidly sketch on your iPad while on-the-go
  • Easily draw any shape: straight lines, circles, French curves, etc.
  • Draw w/ precision & control using stylus’s fine tip and pressure sensitivity
  • Utilize alongside specially designed Adobe apps to seamlessly work on projects in the cloud
  • Use the LED light to discern when stylus is on, connected to an iPad, etc.
  • Take advantage of quick & easy setup
  • Enjoy a sleek, aluminum-encased design
  • Boost your creativity & knock your projects out of the park

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

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iPad Apps with Night Mode / Dark Theme Support

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Before the release of the iOS 9.3 beta and Apple’s Night Shift feature (which warms the screen’s colour temperature at night), I had spent months looking to re-haul the apps I used on a daily basis. I wanted to optimize my home screen for apps that worked just as well in the day time as at night. This meant the inclusion of some sort of night mode or dark theme, which is a strangely under-served feature on the App Store. I have a lot of wonderful apps in my App Store account, but I’d reckon that only about 10-20% of them have thought about how the apps appear at different times of day.

If you aren’t familiar with night mode, it usually involves switching up the colour scheme and contrast levels in apps, turning whites into blacks, and vice versa. Many times this simply involves inverting all of the colours on the screen, but the best apps choose colours that suit light and dark themes equally.

A lot of this was inspired by my experience with iBooks and the dark theme in that app. I like to do an hour of reading when I get into bed, and iBooks is my main app for devouring ePub files. The default theme tends to blind me when the lights are low (or off), whereas the black theme feels easier on my eyes. It’s not so dim that I have to struggle to read, but it isn’t so bright that I’m being blasted by light as I’m trying to go to sleep.

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Deals: Build 20 Apps, iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide at 90% off

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Today’s featured deal is great for anyone who is interested in User Interface Design, building their own iOS 9 Apps, or writing code in Swift, Objective-C and Xcode. The meat & potatoes of this course provides users with real hands-on experience building 20 apps, while learning how to code. You can develop the skills needed to become a developer and publish your very own apps to the App Store. With today’s special offer you can sign up now and receive a 90% discount! This is  a great deal that will run you only $19.99 – instead of its standard price of $199!  Here’s some info about the iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You can spend all the time in the world learning the theory behind coding apps, but the most effective path towards mastery? Getting your hands dirty building real, working apps. This course walks you through the essentials: programming in Objective-C and Swift, using the Xcode IDE, and much more. You’ll apply those lessons in creating 20 iOS 9 apps throughout the course—a giant step towards building the next hot app to light up the iTunes Store leaderboard.

  • Build 20 iOS apps using Objective-C & Swift 2
  • Create a wide range of apps: simple games, random value generators, etc.
  • Develop your apps within the Xcode IDE
  • Purchase a developer’s license, create an app ID, build on the iOS simulator & more
  • Master all objects, actions & outlets possible in app development: displaying text, using if statements, detecting shake gestures, etc.
  • Customize apps w/ visuals, audio, social media integration & more
  • Effectively monetize through ad integration
  • Publish your app to the App Store

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

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The current status of the iOS 9 Jailbreak

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Mention the word Jailbreak, and you’ll typically receive a very polarizing response from readers. Those in favor of Jailbreaking their iOS devices are generally very supportive. Those who are unfamiliar with the process, or think that the need for Jailbreaking no longer exists, generally could care less or are worried it will void their iPad or iPhone warranty.  Of course, there are those in the middle, like myself, who used to Jailbreak their iPhones and iPads, but are no longer interested. Apple has added enough features to iOS to dilute some of the excitement for me.  In addition, I’m typically an early adopter and/or beta tester, and as a result, I’m compelled to update to the newest available version of iOS. Regardless of how I feel about Jailbreaking my iOS device, if you’re reading this post, you’re obviously interested in learning when we might see an updated tool.

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Quick Look: Outlook 2.0 for iPad

  

I used Outlook full-time in early 2015 and liked the Exchange integration, but the Mail app got so much better in iOS 9 that I just went right back to it. However, with the recent Outlook 2.0 overhaul, I decided to give the app another shot. I’ve been really impressed with how quickly Microsoft iterates on their iOS offerings, and although the app doesn’t quite have feature parity with Mail app, I do believe it’s only a matter of time until it mirrors and supersedes Mail’s feature set.

I’ve mainly used Outlook as a mail app, but I’ve dabbled with it as a calendar as well. I’ve written about it as a Gmail user, but you could also add any other Yahoo!, iCloud, IMAP, or Exchange account to the app. Here are a few rapid-fire thoughts on the past few weeks of use:

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Deals: NES30 Pro Bluetooth Game Controller at 26% off

NES30 Pro Bluetooth Game Controller

Today’s featured deal is great for anyone who loves to game on their desktop as well as their mobile devices. With the Universal NES Controller you can play all your games on any device and still have full button use. You can pick up one of these awesome NES inspired bluetooth controllers with today’s special offer and receive a 26% discount! This is  a great deal that will run you only $36.99 – instead of its standard price of $50!  Here’s some info about the NES30 Pro, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

This sleek, powerful, and portable controller is your ticket to crushing through games on any platform like you once did on the original Nintendo. Don’t let the retro design fool you: from its compatibility with iOS and Android games alike to its ergonomic construction and lightning-fast CPU, the NES30 packs quite the punch.

  • Play your favorite games on different platforms: iOS, Android, PC, etc.
  • Connect & use multiple controllers in multi-player mode for iOS/Mac
  • Use w/ 3rd-party game platforms on Baidu, KO Gaming City, etc.
  • Take advantage of the high-speed CPU & zero lag time
  • Add expansions in the future using the upgradeable firmware
  • Enjoy the retro, NES-inspired design
  • Take anywhere due to its sleek, slim construction

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

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How to delete unwanted stock apps from your iPad

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all got them–those annoying stock apps that we never intend on using that come pre-installed on our iPads.  Each of us have our preferred way to deal with them.  Some of us seclude them on the last of our Home screen pages, while others cram them all in one folder so you don’t have to look at them again.  While these are perfectly acceptable solutions for many of us, there is a large percentage of iOS users who would rather get rid of them, or at least out of site, forever.  We’ve got the solution for you–sorta…

There currently exists a method to hide these undesirable apps.  It’s more of a stop-gap for now, since Apple currently doesn’t let you remove stock apps from the iPhone, but it works none-the-less. First, if you don’t have one already, create a folder with 2 or more apps you would like to remove. This was easy since I already had created such a folder.  Next, hold down one of the apps until it begins to wiggle just like you would if you were going to delete it.

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