iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone?

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Being a teacher and a die hard geek, I’ve long been searching for a way to take my courses online in a meaningful way where students can engage in their work in Martini fashion (anytime, anywhere, not drunk). There have been lots of, what we might call ‘Virtual Learning Environments’ over the last ten years, some terrible (I’m naming no names here) and some pretty good. There has always, however, been the stumbling block that the student still has to go somewhere to get hold of course materials, ie to a computer. What I have long been after is a medium where the work goes seamlessly to the student, and likewise, the teacher can create courses in an effective, time efficient way. We might just have found this with iTunes U 2.0 which has been recently updated by Apple. [click to continue reading…]

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Still Waiting Patiently For 2Do III for iPad

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I’ve been waiting for the release of 2Do III ever since the release of iOS 7 last Fall, and I’m trying to keep from calling the third version of the app “3Do” (I blame 2Fast2Furious and its ilk for that). 2Do was one of my all-time favourite task management apps on iOS, and even though I don’t use the current version of the app, I can’t help but check the developer blog every now and then to check on the app’s status.

As it turns out, 2Do III is still in active development — no surprise there — but there was a very tasty teaser that I had missed in early June. The post teases the iPhone rewrite, but because the app is a universal one, I’m sure the iPad changes can’t be very far behind.

Info Zooming means extra details can stay hidden until you need them, and 2Do seems to have far fewer “save” and “cancel” buttons than before. It looks like changes to task fields — such as the tags, categories, and due dates — are saved instantly, so you can quickly jump from one field to the next without extra taps. That’s a little detail that saves a lot of time in the long run.

What’s a little shocking is that the 3.0 update — if released before the apocalypse — is coming out for free to all current owners of the app. I joke about the long development time, but if it took the devs this long to really come up with this many great features, I’d be more than happy to pay them another $10 to check their 3.0 app out.

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ZAGG Announces New Rugged Keyboard Case for iPad Air & iPad mini

ZAGG Rugged Folio iPad Keyboard Case

This week ZAGG has announced the new ZAGG Rugged Folio – a rugged and durable iPad keyboard case. ZAGG are a leading maker of iPad keyboard cases and a number of other popular iOS and mobile accessories. Their iPad keyboard cases are among the best I’ve ever used and the keyboards on those cases are always especially good.

The new Rugged Folio looks and sounds quite promising for those who need this sort of durable keyboard case in their work environment. Here’s a little of ZAGG’s intro for the Rugged Folio:

The ZAGG Rugged Folio wireless Bluetooth® keyboard features a tough polycarbonate shell and soft silicone interior that deliver unmatched protection. A unique, magnetic hinge secures the iPad at virtually any angle and converts into multi-function modes, while a lithium polymer battery provides up to two years of typing between charges.

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Deals: MagConnect iPad Seat Bolt Mount at Near 30% Off

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Today’s featured iPad Insight Deal is on the MagConnect Seat Bolt Mount – an iPad in the car accessory. It’s on offer for 29% off – at $119.99, down from its standard price of $170.

This looks useful as long as it’s used safely while on the road. Here’s a little background on it:

The MagConnect Seat Bolt Mount will keep your iPad in the best position for easy access in your car. It can be adjusted to your preferred position, and folds away when not in use.

For those who use mobile apps to navigate while on-the-go, a Seat Bolt mount is the best tool to keep your iPad in view and keep you in the game and on track while driving.

MagConnect mounts are built of high-quality carbon fiber arms. This advanced material is surprisingly lightweight yet incredibly strong. The powerful combination of carbon fiber with carefully designed joints produces mounts that are both easy to maneuver and sturdy to use.

The mount attaches easily to your car’s existing hardware and is compatible with a wide rage of makes and models.

This one is specifically for the iPad 2,3, and 4 – though there’s also a model available for the iPad Air and iPad mini.

You can see more detail and place an order for the MagConnect Seat Bolt Mount at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Quick Tip: Use iTunes to Transfer Files to Compatible Apps On Your iPad

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Here’s a tip we published almost four years ago, but seeing as I used it quite recently at work, I thought I’d give it a refresh. Now that iPads are infiltrating the office space and boardrooms, I see more and more co-workers wanting to take videos and other files into meetings with them. This isn’t a problem on a PC or Mac because they can just use USB drives, but iOS 7 devices like the iPad aren’t as easy to transfer files to (iOS 8 will change this a bit with iCloud Drive, but it’s not here yet).

Fortunately, as long as you have a computer running a recent version of iTunes, it’s fairly easy to transfer files to an iPad using the USB cable (30-pin or Lightning, depending on your device):

  1. Load up iTunes on the computer
  2. Plug the iPad into the computer
  3. Select the iPad from the left-hand side of the iTunes sidebar
    • if the sidebar is hidden, use the View menu at the top to access it again.
  4. If iTunes ever offers to sync with the computer, cancel it.
  5. Head to the Apps tab of the iPad within iTunes, then scroll all the way down to the File Sharing list.
  6. Click on the app you’d like to send your files to, and then drag your files into the right hand side of the window (labelled Documents)

If you’re looking for good candidate apps to transfer files to, VLC can play most any kind of video you throw at it, and Good Reader 4 can display most any other kind of file you’d want to manage on an iPad.

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Review: Sworkit for iPad

Sworkit for iPad Sworkit is a mobile circuit training program. It offers an effective and easy way to do full- or partial- body workouts. The exercises are designed to use bodyweight for resistance, thus no equipment is required. The app comes in a free and “Pro” version ($ 0.99). The differences between the two are […]

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iPad Art: Waiting

The beautiful iPad painting shown above is titled ‘Waiting’. It is the work of another of our long-time favorite iPad artists, Woon Tien David Chong. It’s an original iPad finger painting, done with the Procreate app. The girl in the painting is striking and lovely, and the colors are wonderful in this one. Woon Tien […]

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iPad App of the Week: Alphabeats

Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent […]

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Deals: Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Today’s featured offer at iPad Insight Deals is this Bluetooth Shower Speaker. Here’s the elevator pitch & key features list for this one: GET SHOWERED WITH MUSIC This takes singing in the shower to the next level. Get your tunes blasting and make your shower time an even better part of your day. The speaker […]

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Giving iTunes Match Another Try

iTunes Wi-Fi Sync only seems to work about half the time I try to use it, so a few weeks ago I decided to take another chance on iTunes Match. If you’re unfamiliar with iTunes Match, it’s a $28 annual subscription service that scans your Mac or PC’s iTunes library. Any songs that are matched […]

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