Deals: AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus at 30% off

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to use their iPad, but still desire the control and precision of a stylus.  The AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus is the smooth digital equivalent to drawing with a pen on paper or notepad.  With the AluPen, there is no need to pair with a Bluetooth connection, so you can start sketching or taking notes on the fly.  Now, for a limited time you can purchase an AluPen at 30% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $34.95 – instead of its standard price of $50.  Here’s some info about the AluPen and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Use the AluPen Digital Stylus to write and sketch on any touchscreen with unparalleled precision. The stylus requires no setup, so you won’t have to connect it via Bluetooth or download a proprietary app before getting to work. Just twist the stylus to reveal the nib and use it with painting, note-taking, and other apps. You’ll find yourself knee deep in creativity and productivity like never before.

iLounge ‘The Best iPad Stylus Award’ 2014

  • Write & sketch on your screen w/ ease & precision
  • Write on your device screen as naturally as you would w/ pen & paper
  • Protect the tip w/ a retractable head
  • Twist the body to reveal the nib
  • Use immediately: no Bluetooth pairing or use of proprietary apps required
  • Save battery w/ auto-sleep feature: turns off after 3 minutes on idle

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

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Quick Look: Apple Pencil Pocket from GearCase

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GearCase reached out after my previous post about my storage option for the Apple Pencil, and I’m really glad that they did. As accessible as my co-opted Pencil clip was for usage at a desk, it did feel a little precarious for storage in a full bag. The Pencil usually stayed in place, but it could easily get caught on other objects in my bag during transit because it was only secured to the iPad at one point.

The Pencil Pocket from GearCase is secure and keeps the Pencil snug against the iPad Pro during transit. I don’t have any concerns about the stylus falling out or getting scratched by other items in my bag.

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How to manage ad tracking on your iPad

iAdsAds, a necessary perceived evil that are the compilation  of information collected anonymously about us and our behavior while using our iOS devices.  This information is gathered by countless entities that include everything from search engines, to hardware and software companies, to websites that provide services, often free of charge in exchange for your personal information.  The way in which they gather information about you and your usage habits range from full disclosure to any number of ninja-like behind the scenes farming, to completely anonymous exchanges of information.  Regardless of the tactic or process used to collect your information, it is important to know what options you may have, if any, and how you can best protect yourself and your personal information.

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Deals: Le VPN: Lifetime Subscription at 88% off

LeVPN Deal

Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who would like to navigate the web in complete privacy with the freedom to stream when you want, and have access to a massive VPN network on all your devices.  The Le VPN does just that, keeping all the data sent and received between your device and the host network secure when using the internet. If this sounds like you, we’ve got your solution at a great price. For a limited time you can purchase a Le VPN Lifetime  Subscription at 88% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $69 – instead of its standard price of $597!  Here’s some info about the Le VPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Navigate the Web in complete privacy, and enjoy the security of military-strong encryption with Le VPN. This top service has one of the widest global networks out there with 700+ servers in 114 countries. Switch to any one of them in order to unblock geographically-restricted content. Plus with custom client software for Windows, Mac, and iOS, you can benefit from Le VPN on all your devices.

  • High speed VPN connection & unlimited bandwidth
  • Reliable VPN servers w/ IPs in 114 countries
  • SmartDNS to unblock TV & streaming services on any device
  • Innovative HybridVPN service for fast media streaming with any server
  • Easy to use iOS app and compatibility with Android
  • Guaranteed confidentiality: no traffic logs are kept
  • Top-secret level encryption of your VPN connection (AES-256)

Available to new Le VPN Customers Only

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


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How to manage background activity on your iPad

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When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, one of the easiest ways to chip away at battery drain is to examine background activity–process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t forward facing.  By managing the background activity you will be better prepared to understand how your battery life is adversely affected by what’s going on behind the scenes.  Every time you launch an app on your iPad, you begin the process of draining the battery.  In addition, many apps continue to run in the background.  Luckily, iOS has a process where you can manage this background activity, and selectively reduce the amount each app is allowed to utilize.

No matter how small the activity might seem to be, a reduction is a reduction.  In turn the background activity will ultimately decline as well.  So where do you begin to access this information you can manage the background activity on your iPad?

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Taking It Easy With The iPad Pro

Considering the price of an iPad Pro, there can be an internal pressure to maximize the usage of the device. There’s a compulsion in me to try to do as much as I can on the iPad Pro: to edit more videos, manage photos, watch movies, and browse on the Pro. In order to do all of that, I need to bring the Pro everywhere. Well, I felt I needed to, anyway.

Everywhere was the de facto location of my last iPad, the iPad Air 2. That tablet had a 10–inch screen and weighed just a pound on its own. It was light enough that it was still a viable companion if I was bringing my laptop around for the day. In fact, the iPad Air 2 could really complement my 13–inch MacBook Pro as a great secondary screen for tasks or chats. The iPad Pro is different in this regard because it’s actually as wide as most laptops, which means that it will fill the width of a laptop bag, even though it isn’t very thick. The sheer size does make a discernible difference in how easy it is to carry the iPad Pro alongside my other daily carry items (canvas pouch with cables, camera).
However, a few weeks ago I decided to just relax more when it comes to my iPad usage, and I’ve been enjoying the device more ever since. Relaxing means that I don’t bring the iPad Pro with me everywhere that the Air 2 would have come, and that’s okay. Aside from having a stupendously large iPad, I also own a stupendously large iPhone 6S Plus. That’s more than enough for reading and browsing while I’m on transit, and it’s also great for editing photos on-the-go.

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iPad App of the Week: Calendars 5


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 Calendars 5 – Event and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync by Readdle.  Calendars 5 has been the measuring stick for iOS calendar apps since its introduction.  It’s so powerful and easy to use, it just might be what the iPad should have shipped with as the default calendar app. More than just a calendar app, it also supports and excels at tasks and events, making it an invaluable productivity tool.

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Update on Apple Music vs. Spotify

I’ve been an Apple Music subscriber ever since it was introduced last June. I really like the idea of an all-you-can-eat music subscription for checking out new artists and songs, but I’m not totally happy with Apple Music as it is right now. I did spend some time with Spotify last year and quite enjoyed using it, but I stuck with Apple Music because it was a first-party solution. 

I’m reviewing that decision again now.

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Deals: Monet Stylus at 24% off

Monet Stylus

Today’s featured deal is great for anyone who loves to use their iPad as a canvas.  Whether you’re a professional, or an aspiring artist, the Monet Stylus will help you express your vision using your iPad.  Today we’re offering you the opportunity to purchase this unique, brush-like stylus at a 24% discount. That’s a great deal that will run you only $14.99 – instead of its standard price of $20!  Here’s some info about the Monet Stylus and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

True to its namesake, the Monet Stylus helps you unleash the artistic potential of your tablet or other touchscreen device. It’s designed to feel like a paintbrush in your hand, allowing you to produce sweeping brushstrokes as naturally as you would on a real canvas. With a pressure-sensitive tip and a generous 165° writing angle, you’ll easily capture every nuance of your next digital masterpiece.

  • Digital writing & sketching tool for tablets
  • Paintbrush-like feel in your hand
  • Compatibility w/ writing & sketching apps
  • Pressure-sensitive tip
  • 165° expanded writing angles
  • Brushed aluminum-alloy body
  • Rounded triangle handgrip

Available as part of a stylus 2-pack! See dropdown for more details

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

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Contest Winners Announced for (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters


Time’s up!  If you were one of the lucky ones to leave a comment in the original post by 10 PM EST Wednesday, 04/20/16, then you were entered for a chance to win one of (10) Acrylic Smartphone Coasters.  Our lucky winners are…

  • Matt S
  • Nikita
  • Marcia F
  • Tarek
  • Hindie
  • Nancy
  • Trent B
  • Tony
  • Dan B
  • Alyce

Winners, please make sure to keep your eyes on your inbox over the next couple of days for an email with subject header that reads, “iPad Insight Giveaway Winner” with information on your prize!

I want to extend a Thank-You to all of our readers who joined in on the fun this week.  In addition, I want to extend a special thanks to Michael at newPCgadgets for these awesome Acrylic Smartphone Coasters!

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iOS 10 Wishlist: More Keyboard Shortcuts and Improved Photos Support

  ‘Tis the season: it’s getting closer and closer to June so people are unwrapping their biggest wishlist items. The funny thing is that we’re really close enough to the beta of iOS 10 (usually released just after WWDC in June) that our wishlist items couldn’t actually have any effect on development at this point. They’re either in development now, or they won’t be in iOS 10. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to write up a wishlist anyway.

Better Photos Support

I’ve already talked about the lack of decent RAW support, so I won’t re-hash that. However, as I test Lightroom 2.2 on my iPad, I arm starting to realize what else is missing from the Photos app.

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