Taking A Chance On Dual USB Port 12W ChargeTech Charger

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I’ve been using the charger that came with my iPad Air 2, but it has only one USB port, whereas I carry four devices on me on a daily basis: my  iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Sony camera. I charge most of my gadgets on a daily basis, and although I have enough power at home, it becomes a bit of a hassle when I’m outside.

I was reading a Wirecutter article on multi-USB Port chargers the other day when I stumbled upon the $20 ChargeTech charger. It’s worth mentioning the ChargeTech was not their top pick (due to price), but they had nothing but good things to say about it otherwise.

It’s just a little bigger than the tiny cube charger that comes with iPhones, but its prongs can fold in. But that alone wouldn’t  be enough reason to buy another charger.

The real draw of the ChargeTech is its dual USB port, both of which feature 2.4A of power. That means this little charger is able to provide enough power for two iPads, simultaneously. That feature, combined with the amazingly small size, has me absolutely sold on this product.

I’m picking up two right now: one for me and another for my dad. Expect a review in the coming weeks, once I’ve had a little time to test.

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Musixmatch Can Provide Lyrics For Apple Music

 

 

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Musixmatch is a great case of a new breed of iOS apps that tend to function more as services than outright applications. Musixmatch does have a UI for when you load it up, but it’s really best used as a widget for the songs you’re already playing. The only setup involved is activating the widget in Notification Center.

Once that’s done, Musixmatch can stream the lyrics for most of the songs in my library and display them right in tune with the audio — kind of like my own personal karaoke machine. Soundhound has a similar feature they call LiveLyrics, but it isn’t available as a convenient widget.

I had previously taken a few hours to tag all of my own songs with lyrics metadata so that I could reference those lyrics at any time within the Music app (one tap on the album art would show me lyrics while a song was playing). However,  anything I add to my collection through Apple Music will not have the benefit of any lyrical metadata, and that’s why Musixmatch is so key to me. The service has a great database of lyrics, and it works with songs that I’m streaming to my iPad through Apple Music.

If you haven’t done so already, I’d highly recommend giving Musixmatch a try on your iOS devices. It’s free to use, and it’s a lot of fun to watch lyrics update as you scrub through a song.

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How to set-up iCloud on your iPad

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One of the more useful ways to get the most out of your iPad is to set-up iCloud during the initial set-up process.  Although if, for whatever reason you don’t, you can always come back to the set-up procedure at anytime in the Settings app on your iPad.

Update your iPad to the latest version of iOS

Making sure your iPad is running the latest version of iOS is the best way to ensure it is running at optimal performance.  With every iOS update, even the incremental ones, Apple increases functionality of the device, by fixing bugs in the OS and making it that much more efficient.  To check that you are running the most recent version of iOS, go to the Settings menu, select General–> Software Update.  If there is a newer version available, follow the directions to complete the process.

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So Long, Hope to See You Around the Interweb

 

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Well, it’s been 5+ great years of having a blast writing for and running iPad Insight, but now my faithful Deputy Editor Dawg and a I are going to hang up our keyboards.

This site that has been like my little baby for all those years. It kept me busy (sometimes crazy busy) and helped me make a living while fighting and recovering from cancer. It let me work at something I was excited by and passionate about, and let me show my daughter that you can do that kinda thing – you don’t always have to settle for 9to5 in a cubicle. Maybe most importantly of all, it meant I never had to wear long pants to work for all those years.

About a month ago I sold the site, and now it’s in very good hands – with new owners who have exciting plans for it. And with Thomas, Rob, James, Marc, F’reez, and Wesley our developer, cranking out great content and making it a top site to visit.

For a little over 1.5 years now I’ve been strong enough to return to my long-time ‘day job’ as an IT consultant and network engineer – and I have remembered every day how much I love that job.

I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has visited iPad Insight over these years. You made all of the above possible, and I’ll always be enormously grateful for that.  Also thanks to all the great writers and guys mentioned above, you’ve all been awesome to work with.

I’ll still be sharing plenty of thoughts on tech and mobile devices and other random nonsense whenever I find time. If any of you are interested, you can find me at my little baby Tech & Nonsense site and on Google+.

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Deals: VPN Land Lifetime Subscription at 74% off

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Today’s featured deal is especially important to those looking to boost their internet security and keep their data safe. VPN Land Lifetime Subscription is now on sale at 74% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you 49.99 – instead of its standard price of $199.

Here’s some info about VPN Land, and how you could benefit from a secure connection and piece of mind while browsing the internet.

There’s no time like the present to start protecting your data from hackers and nosy advertisers. VPN Land is a private piece of Internet where you can browse freely and securely while utilizing over 400 reliable servers. Use VPN Land’s speedy service on desktop and mobile platforms all over the world, and you’ll never browse unprotected again.

  • Avoid geo-location restrictions to watch media content like Hulu & Netflix anywhere
  • Mask your IP address while you surf the Internet
  • Browse the web without risking information or identity theft
  • Access blocked websites
  • Use VoIP applications like Skype
  • Enjoy speedy connections wherever you are
  • Utilize the service on mobile platforms

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

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iPad App of the Week: Paper by FiftyThree

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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 Paper by FiftyThree.  Everyone likes to doodle, but not everyone is an artist.  With Paper you don’t have to be.  Just launch the app and start sketching out your ideas and designs, or formulate a product design.  You can take advantage of all the tools with Paper, as they are all available for free.  There are the five original tools that you can use to Outline, Draw, Sketch and Color, all your ideas as they come to you.  With the recent addition of Think Kit, you can do even more.

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My Favourite Uses for Siri on My iPad

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I tend to use Siri a lot more on my Apple Watch and iPhone 5S, but there are still some great uses for it on the iPad. Apple wasn’t exaggerating those numbers during WWDC either: Siri really has gotten a lot faster over the past year — especially during the last few months. So if you’ve dabbled with Siri before but found the service a little too slow, I suggest you give it another try.

Incidentally, you’ll notice that I reference Siri as a “he”. That’s because I’ve chosen the male British accent for Siri, which makes me feel like I have my own version of Tony Stark’s Jarvis AI.

Now, without further ado, here are a few of my favourite uses for Siri on the iPad:

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Deals: Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable at 28% off

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Today’s featured deal is for those looking for a charging solution for their iPad that is virtually indestructible . The Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is on sale at 28% off!  It’s an amazing offer of 24.99 – instead of its standard price of $35

Here’s some info about the Titan, and how it just might be the last charging cable you might ever have to purchase!

Toss your frayed, tangled iPhone charger in the garbage; it’s time for an upgrade. The Titan is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel and packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors that won’t be falling apart in this century, or the next. With an Apple-approved certification, the Titan is tough on all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy.

  • Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel
  • Includes sealed one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place
  • Certified w/ Apple’s MFi program for safe charging
  • Made to last for life
  • Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty

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

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iCloud Photo Library Tip: Don’t AirDrop Imported Camera Shots to Other Devices

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This is a bit more of a niche tip, but it could save a bit of pain for those who import camera photos onto the iPad. As I’ve written before, iCloud Photo Library is a great way to mirror your personal photos and videos across all of your iOS and OS X devices, but it requires Wi-Fi in order to update.

This means that the camera pictures I import to my iPad using the Sony PlayMemories app won’t propagate to other devices until I access Wi-FI network.

In these circumstances it can be tempting to forego the wait and just use AirDrop to transfer pictures to my Mac or iPhone, but I’ve found a pretty annoying issue with this process. iCloud Photo Library doesn’t seem smart enough to realize that the imported photos from the camera are the same photos that I’ve AirDropped to one of my other devices, so I’ve ended up with duplicates in my library: one set that was initially imported from the camera to the iPad, and the other set that I Airdropped from iPad to iPhone. Both sets end up in the library once all uploading is completed.

It takes a while to notice this because iCloud Photo Library needs some time to upload multiple 24 Megapixel JPEGs, but after a few instances of this, I realized that AirDrop was the culprit.

So my current camera workflow is as follows:

  1. Import pics to iPad using PlayMemories
  2. Wait for iCloud Photo Library to transfer the pictures to my other devices

This means I can’t easily preview the photos on other devices while I’m out and about, but it’s a cleaner process in the end.

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iTunes U Update Cannibalizes Other Services

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Apple has just released a big update to iTunes U, which in the process will probably cannibalize similar well established educational classroom management services from Showbie and Edmodo. Apps like these allow communication, feedback and setting and receiving of class assignments.

For the uninitiated, iTunes U is a repository of free educational courses from certified institutions around the world. Previously it had been a rather one way affair, with institutes able to put lectures and class materials for students to consume. The attraction for teachers is that it is a hugely simple process to create a cool looking, accessible course for all the world to see. The new update makes iTunes U more of a proper classroom in that you can now set an assignment as a teacher and you can get your students to do it on their iPad. The best bit is they can turn it in using iTunes U, and you can seamlessly send a grade and a comment back to them, all saved in your and their iTunes U. Continue reading

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Deals: REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones at 28% off

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Today’s featured deal is for those looking for an affordable solution to achieving great stereo sound at an even greater value. The REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are on sale at 28% off!  It’s an amazing offer of 35.99 – instead of its standard price of $50

Here’s some info about the Bluetooth REMAX headphones and how you can achieve the sound quality of a wired accessory, without the hassle of a wire!

Tuck your smartphone or MP3 device away safely, and go about your business to the beat of your own playlist with 33 expansive feet of Bluetooth connectivity. These high-quality, well-designed headphones support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. Enjoy a wire-free, tangle-free, listening experience with the one and only REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones.

  • Enjoy the 33-ft Bluetooth range capability
  • Answer calls, adjust volume or switch songs w/ controls located on the headset
  • Customize the fit w/ the adjustable headset
  • Utilize the simple controls right on the headphones to easily change tracks & set your volume
  • Get 15 hours of listening time or 160 hours of standby time on one charge

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

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