Quick Look: Belkin Travel Power Pack 9000 for iPad

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This beast of a battery is the Belkin Travel Power Pack 9000. It’s a 9000 mAh battery, translates to about three or four charges for my iPhone 5S, or 60–70% of my iPad Air’s battery in real life charging situations. The Power Pack isn’t one of those tiny batteries that you use in an emergency to provide a bit of a charge. No, having a Power Pack in your bag is more like bringing the kitchen sink with you (well, if the kitchen sink provided power, and not water).

The Power Pack has two USB ports on it for charging — a 1.0A for smartphones and 2.5A port for tablets — but I really only ever used one of them at a time because I only carry one Lightning cable around with me. The shiny black plastic shell looks good, if a little non-descript, and it does pick up fingerprints easily.

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Deals: The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) at 90% Off

Complete iOS 8 Plus Swift Developer Course

If you’re looking to learn or improve iOS 8 app development skills, the today’s featured iPad Insight deal might be a very good fit. It’s The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) – which offers the opportunity to build 14 iOS 8 Apps Using Xcode 6 & Apple’s New Programming Language – 36+ Hours of Elite Training.  And it’s available right now at 92% off – at just $79 instead of its standard price of $998.

Here’s a more of the deal’s description and notable features:

JUMPSTART YOUR iOS 8 APP DEVELOPMENT

Once released, this iOS 8 Bootcamp teaches you the tools needed to develop iPhone and iPad applications for iOS 8.

You’ll learn the syntax of Swift, the language used to develop for iOS, as well as important design patterns and best practices. By the conclusion of the course, you’ll have an understanding of, and the ability to recreate many popular iOS app features in apps of your own.

And it’s the ultimate learning by doing experience: build 14 apps during the course, with the final app being a full featured dating app: A Tinder Clone.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

The release of iOS 8 is right around the corner, don’t you want to be ready?

If you want to create a new app for Apple’s latest mobile platform as soon as it’s released this fall, this is the course to get you there.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
  • No Coding Experience Necessary
  • Over 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content
  • Swift: Learn the language used to develop all native iOS and Mac apps
  • iOS 8 and Xcode 6: Learn the latest technology platforms from Apple
  • API Integration: Connect with third party APIs like Facebook and more with NSURLSession
  • Storyboard: Learn how to create beautiful interfaces using Apple’s graphical interface builder
  • Designing responsive interfaces for the myriad of iOS device screen sizes
  • Core Data: Store data on your device with the core data database
  • Git: Learn how to use Git for version control and collaboration
  • CloudKit: A revolutionary new tool from Apple that allows iOS developers to create database in the cloud right from the iOS client app
  • Intro to the Metal Framework. Harness the full power of the A7 chip in your iPhone 5s
  • In-app analytics
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later

Please Note: Due to an Apple NDA, you will not receive full access to this iOS 8 course until Apple releases iOS 8 to the public. Bitfountain will release this course to all purchasers as soon as iOS 8 is available to the general public in August/September.

Check out all the details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: The Zombie Banker

The Zombie Banker

‘The Zombie Banker’ is the title of today’s featured iPad artwork. This image is the creation of José António Fundo.

Here’s the artist’s own overview of the piece:

Part of the Zombie Economists collection, “The Zombie Banker” is a caricature of Ricardo Salgado, former CEO of Banco Espírito Santo, fallen in disgrace after leaving the financial institution with major debt and serious allegations of fraud.

Adonit Jot Touch, Sketchbook Ink, Sketchbook Pro and Pixlromatic on iPad.

I have to admit, that’s pretty much how I picture all those horribly corrupt bankers from Wall Street and around the world who have done so much harm to so many individuals and national economies.

You can see more of José António Fundo’s work at his Flickr stream.

And of course you can enjoy lots more beautiful iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.

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iPad App of the Week: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies

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Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

I was surprised and delighted to find Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies available on the App Store yesterday. I really loved the series of Phoenix Wright games on the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Yes, the series is a bit formulaic and the basic gameplay of questioning witnesses and finding evidence at crime scenes hasn’t changed much, but the dialogue is always spot-on and the storyline would usually keep me up for hours.

The game feels like it snuck onto the front page carousel, and the iTunes reviews say that it’s the very best port yet. The older Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD is a functional set of games, but they feel like literal cut-and-paste jobs of the Nintendo DS versions. Dual Destinies, on the other hand, looks right at home on the iPad.

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Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term.

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Back to School. The phrase that strikes horror into students (and teachers) of all ages up and down the land. Back in the day, there was the excitement of writing neatly on the first page of your new exercise book, and then slightly less so on the second page which was not quite so nicely padded on all those leaves of fresh paper. Now, many students are just as likely to walk into the classroom with a piece of tech as they are with a pencil case. Here are the top 5 cost effective, paper busting productivity apps for a student going back to school in 2014 armed with an iPad, in no particular order. [click to continue reading…]

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Latest iPad Rumors: Next Gen Already in Production

Well, it’s around that time of year, when we can expect new iPad rumors to heat up and, eventually, Apple announcements to come. The latest news / rumor, via Bloomberg news, is that production for the next-gen full-size iPad is already underway: Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under […]

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