Deals: Plugies Magnetic Charging Cables at 30% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy charging solution for their mobile devices.  Designed for either Lightning or Micro-USB connections, you no longer need to fumble in the dark when you need to plug in your phone or tablet.  With a simple magnetic connection it’s never been easier to start charging your devices.  For a limited time you can pick up your Plugie Magnetic Charging Cable at a discounted price of 30% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $27.99 – instead of its standard price of $40.00.  Here’s some info about the Plugie and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You know the snap-and-charge design on MacBooks that you love (well, loved anyway) so much? Imagine having that convenience with your phone charger, too. Well, you can! Plugies are impressive little adapters that live in your phone’s charging port so you can snap the magnetic cable in whenever you want, no fuss. Don’t tug your phone off the table by accident again, help yourself out with an easily detachable Plugie.

  • Charge your phone in a simple snap
  • Adapt a standard cable into a magnetic cord w/ the included adapter
  • Enjoy your cable for longer thanks to its braided nylon & anodized aluminum casing
  • Eliminate standard cords from your life – Plugies live in your phone
  • Organize your cable w/ the silicone strap

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

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Review: 360 Gripstand by Lynktec


Like so many smartphone and tablet accessory categories, stands have become exceedingly commoditized. If you don’t know what I mean, I dare you to search for “iPad Stand” on eBay or Amazon and see how long you can stand browsing the never ending list. Half of what you will find there probably comes out of no more than 5 factories in East Asia.

For all the difficulty in finding a good device stand that is versatile and stands out from the crowd, it’s an accessory we all find ourselves in need of at one time or another. I’ve had several over the years, but they all had flaws. They didn’t last. They would only work for certain devices, or in certain use conditions. Frankly, I had never owned one that I was really all that happy with. That changed when I got Lynktec’s 360 Gripstand.

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What’s Coming Up at the Next iPad Event?

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As we close the book on January, the rumors of a March Apple event centered on the iPad are coming fast and furious now. There are multiple reports of a new iPad Pro in a different size, an Apple Pencil refresh, and potentially some other Apple device updates, as well. With the iPad line progressively trending away from the Air and Mini and toward the Pro line over the last year, this next event should give us some clarification as Apple’s intentions for the tablet category going forward. This will be especially interesting given the continuing declines in year over year sales and profits for the iPad line that we recently learned about during Apple’s quarterly sales call.

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Quick Look: Zenkit, an alternative Product Management tool to Trello

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The idea of productivity can best be described as a tug of war for me.  What I mean by that is that I strive to be a productive person, but often get caught up in finding the most productive way to be productive–which in turn, isn’t very productive at all.  I’m an early adopter by nature, and love to try new apps, among other things.  So when I read about Zenkit, and the similarities it had with Trello, I immediately became curious.

Self described as a product management tool that grows with you, Zenkit is beautifully designed and easy to use.  So this begs the question–why switch from Trello if it has been working perfectly fine for you?  Just like with any other platform that experiences  great success, and is then purchased and made part of a larger collective–there is real concern that Trello will have one of two eventual outcomes.  Either the application will fall off the radar by its new owners and be left to gather dust–or it will evolve or morph into something very different than what it was originally designed to be.

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Deals: Private Internet Access VPN 2-Yr Subscription at 63% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone looking to use their  internet connection in complete anonymity, especially when using public Wi-Fi and all the pitfalls associated with security issues and digital advertising.  With a dedicated VPN, you can have the safety you desire and protect up to 5 connected devices at the same time without any restrictions.  For a limited time you can gain access to a Private Internet Access VPN 2-Yr Subscription at an incredible discounted price of 63% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $59.95 – instead of its standard price of $166.00.  Here’s some info about Private Internet Access VPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Block hackers and government spies, even when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi, thanks to Private Internet Access. High-level encryption ensures you’ll put an end to incessant digital advertising, while IP cloaking gives you access to the Internet uncensored from anywhere. With Private Internet Access, the only gateways to the outside Internet are the ones you open.

  • Prevents data mining so you can browse anonymously
  • Blocks ads, trackers & malware w/ the new MACE feature
  • Connects instantly w/ one-click installers
  • Masks your location w/ IP cloaking
  • Allows the use of 5 devices simultaneously w/ unlimited bandwidth
  • Protects your identity w/ several layers of privacy
  • Bypasses censorship filters so you are free from geographic restrictions
  • Stops traffic w/ a kill switch if the VPN connection is unexpectedly terminated

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

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Reflecting On The Past Year of Apple Pencil Ownership

When I first bought the Apple Pencil in late 2015, I thought I’d bring it everywhere. It was one of the coolest iPad accessories I’d ever seen, and the low latency and high accuracy for drawing and handwriting was just unbelievable. I’d used a lot of third party stylii — including the Pencil by Fifty Three — before the Apple Pencil’s release, but none of the competitors even came close to Apple’s product.

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iPad App of the Week: Amazon Prime Video

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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 Amazon Prime Video by AMZN Mobile LLC.  I have been an off and on Amazon Prime user for years.  Typically, I start my subscription again when there is a one month free deal incentive and then cancel before the month is over.  However, this year I left it in place for a couple of months through the holiday season to save on gifts for the family.  Last weekend my subscription was set to auto-renew again, and I was prepared to end it for now.

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Deals: Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 iOS/Android Charging Cable 3-Pack at 72% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who has a family that enjoys using iOS as well as devices that might need a micro-USB connection to charge.  With an extra long cable measuring 6ft long, you have additional freedom and the piece of mind associated with using a MFi-Certified charging cable.  Now for a limited time, you can pick up a (3) pack of Extra-Long MFi-Certified 2-in-1 Charging Cables at 72% off.  It’s an amazing deal that will run you only $21.99 – instead of the standard price of $80. Here’s some info about the Charging Cable, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Finally a gadget to help Android and Apple lovers live in harmony has arrived! This handy 1.8-meter MFi-certified charging cable will keep your trusted devices powered from a distance, so you won’t be stuck slouching over a pesky outlet. This must-have cable is compatible with both Lightning devices and micro USB devices, so a difference in platforms won’t be the difference maker in your relationship.

  • 1.8 meter length allows for convenient charging & use
  • Lighting & micro USB compatibility for use w/ almost any chargeable device
  • Connected tip for easy use & accessibility no matter the device
  • Set of 2 iOS/Android charging cables for the price of one!

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

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Reflecting On My iPads Thus Far

I have to admit to feeling a bit like Goldilocks while writing this. I skipped the very first iPad in 2010, but since then I’ve tried iPads of all sizes in an attempt to find the right fit for me.

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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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My Take On Evernote in 2017

Evernote has had a rockier time in the public eye in the past year. Last June they increased their pricing and put some harder limits on the free accounts. This opened the service up to a lot of criticism from free users, who were actually getting a very good deal from the service. Previous to that price change, you could use Evernote across as many devices as you wanted, as long as you stayed within the monthly upload limit. That was pretty generous for a company whose income comes from a subset of paying users.

However, I do also understand the backlash to Evernote’s pricing change: it wasn’t announced alongside any significant new features, so it just looked like a price increase on both paid plans, and a sudden limitation of the free plan that so many people were enjoying. I think this move challenged Evernote’s user base, many of whom were suddenly looking at other note apps that they could use for free. Apple Notes had made some big changes to its feature set with iOS 9, and OneNote introduced an Evernote to OneNote importerto make it easier to move large note libraries to Microsoft’s free note-taking service. Late in 2016 also saw the launch of Bear, which featured its own Evernote import (in the Mac app) and its own set of tagging, attachment, and in-line picture support.

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