iPad App of the Week: Flickr

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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 weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. 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 Flickr.  A classic iPad app that recently went through a major update.  With Flickr you can upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device, from anywhere in the world.  Flickr has always had a special place in my heart as I initially used it to share all of our baby photos with family members when our first son was born over 12 years ago.  Since then, there have been so many other resources available to store your photos, especially in the cloud, that I haven’t used it in years–that was until the recent version 4.0 update caught my eye.   The newest update brings with it a welcomed addition of features to an already powerful app.

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• Put your free 1000GB to work like never before – auto-uploadr now grabs all photos and videos on your device, privately storing them in your Flickr camera roll.

• A timeline view with improved browsing, organization and sharing.
• Flickr got a facelift with an all new elegant, approachable look and feel to match your spiffy new camera roll.
• Unleash your creativity with photo edits straight from your Flickr photos.
• New and enhanced photo filters to help get your snaps share-ready.
• Share to Instagram.

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Deals: 74% Off Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription

Blur Premium Privacy Protection

Today’s featured deal is all about getting some online privacy – a hot topic these days with everyone from government agencies to random bad citizens out on the internets look to infringe on it. On offer is the  Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription, at a massive 74% off.  So you can get it for $49.99 instead of its standard price of $195.

Here’s what you need to know about the Blur Premium Privacy Protection: Lifetime Subscription and its notable features:

Blur brings you the ultimate online privacy solution by allowing you to create temporary, masked email addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers so you’ll never have to give your personal data to online merchants again. You won’t just be keeping your data safe from hackers, but avoiding that dreaded, inbox-clogging spam. Also a password manager for desktop and mobile devices, Blur is a powerful, full-service information protector.

“People who are feeling uneasy about using their credit cards (…) might find solace in (Blur),” Hayley Peterson,Business Insider

  • Create disposable email addresses for required email confirmations
  • Make limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers (accepted anywhere credit cards are)
  • Create a masked phone number that forwards calls & texts to your real phone number
  • Auto-fill your real encrypted credit card, billing & address info
  • Create, save, encrypt, and organize your passwords
  • Save login information on mobile & desktop for easy one-click logins
  • Automatically fill out any address or checkout forms
  • Keep hundreds of companies from collecting your personal data as you browse the web
  • Utilize all features on your Android or iOS device

You can check out further details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Contest: Win a Free Promo Code for MLB Manager 2015 for iOS

MLb Manager 2015 for iPad

Contest Deadline: Monday May 11, 4:00PM US Central

3 Free Promo Codes for MLB Manager 2015 To Be Won

Wow, it’s been way too long since we had a giveaway contest here – and today we’ve got a sweet one to make up for some lost time. 3 promo codes for THE baseball management SIM game for iPad and iOS – MLB Manager 2015.  If you love the idea of guiding your favorite MLB team to the playoffs and beyond, this is the game for you. It’s in-depth, officially licensed by MLB, and packed with some great new features in the 2015 version.

Here’s a little about the game and the new 2015 version’s features:

Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for mobile devices.
“With a great menu system driving the entire game, excellent AI, and the ability to micro-manage almost everything you could dream of in a sports game, it’s hard to want anything else of a mobile baseball management sim.” (Touch Arcade)

“The only baseball sim I’ve ever gotten addicted to.” (Curt Schilling)
New features in MLB Manager 2015:
– Each MLB team features its actual 40-man projected Opening Day roster, along with an additional 20-25 top prospects, for a total of 60-65 real players. The player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system today.
– Officially licensed by MLB.com. Featuring authentic logos for all MLB franchises, including historical logos!
– Shop-a-Player feature. What will you get in return for players you want to trade away?
– Player Shortlist. Keep track of your favorite players in a single spot.
– Simulate to Date X allows you to advance in time without interruptions.
– Career Stats Leaderboards, listing the best players of all time in your league.
– Improved trading AI
– Plenty of small tweaks & improvements

Hit the jump to see how easy it is to enter for a chance to win …

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How to set-up Family Sharing on your iPad

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Family Sharing is Apple’s answer to providing a family of up to six people an easy way to share all their purchases from the App Store, iTunes and the iBooks store through one main account. Now, family members can share purchases from each of their own individual accounts without having to use the same username and password. Everyone has access to all the purchases made by each and every member of the family. This provides the family with a one-stop location where they can share all of their photos, app purchases, books and calendar items—as well as their location.

In order to set-up the the Family Sharing account, one person needs to be the main account holder. This person sends out the invites to everyone that will be included in the family. He/she is also responsible for providing the credit card information for all payment arrangements made by the family. The process is initiated with email invites that family members can accept to become part of the Family Sharing account.

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My favorite part of Family Sharing is that I can add my children to the plan—although you will need to create an Apple ID for your child in order to add them.  Children under the age of 13 will automatically be added to your Family Sharing Plan, and the “ask to buy” feature is automatically turned on for purchases made with their device. All purchase requests made with this feature active will have to get approval from the main account holder. This is true for free and paid purchase requests.

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Photo Extensions Lower Picture Resolution on iOS 8

Photo Extensions Limit Resolution iOS 8

I’ve been taking a lot more pictures these past few weeks due to my new camera. I’ll come home with a few hundred shots, cull about two thirds of them, and then edit the rest. I do a fair amount of this on the Mac, but also on the iPad. I thought I could take advantage of Photo Extensions like Flare Effects on iOS to help me edit my shots right from the Photos app, but I discovered something yesterday that has killed my interest in photo extensions for now: using a photo extension to edit a photo will limit its resolution due to memory limitations on iOS 8.

The iPhone generates 8 MP shots and my Sony A6000 generates 24 MP JPEGs. Using photo extensions on pictures taken on those devices results in pictures that are 2 or 3 MP in size. That’s a really significant decrease in resolution, and I’m a little irritated that this detail isn’t included in the Flare Effects app description (at least as a disclaimer). In fact, there isn’t any sort of system warning from iOS that using a photo extension is going to reduce the photo’s resolution…you only notice at the end when your picture suddenly looks a little grainier. The developers at the iconfactory have a support article about this, but it doesn’t detail just how much smaller the resulting picture will be.

I’m really hoping this is addressed in iOS 9 or sooner, at least for devices like the Air 2 which have 2 GB of RAM (and should be able to handle editing a single photo via an extension). For now, however, I’ll return to using VSCO Cam in a way that won’t create duplicates in my photo library. More on this point soon.

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Quick look—Retro bullet-storm fun: Magenta Arcade for iPad

IMG_0561If you like continuous shooters, aka bullet-storm or bullet-hell arcade games, you’ll love Magenta Arcade. The game has all the good stuff you’d expect from the genre: lots of swarming baddies coming down from the top of the screen that you need to shoot before they touch you and blow you up. The App Store has hundreds or of these shooters: you control a plane or a tank or a person or some other avatar who constantly shoots a stream of bullets up-screen at the bad guys. Magenta Arcade has one innovation that sets it apart and makes it a lot easier to control: your finger on the screen determines the source of the bullet storm; there is no avatar per se. You move around the screen easily, aiming and dodging as quickly as you can move your finger around the screen. There’s no controller middle-man between you and the bullet storm.

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iOS 9 Wishlist On MacStories

  
Federico Vitcci of MacStories wrote a really great iOS 9 wishlist piece. It’s easy for most anyone to come up with wishlists, but I trust Viticci’s take the most because of how extensively he works on iOS, and how much he has worked on how to work on iOS.

Viticci does almost everything for MacStories.net on his iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus, so this is a great piece for power users of iOS to see where we’re at, and what Apple will hopefully capitalize on in iOS 9. This is exactly the direction I want iOS to move in for September: bigger, badder extensions; reliable keyboards; a more user-friendly iCloud Drive; and a Siri that you can type to as well as talk to! 

I also think the time is right for a shift in how iOS is presented on the iPad. It does feel like more thinking has gone into how iOS can be presented on the larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus, and I think the iPad needs to be re-approached to take be more advantage of its larger screen. 

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Deals: 50% Off SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank

SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank

 

Our featured deal today is a hefty 50% off the SHARKK 15000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank. This is very handsome, lightweight battery pack to provide that essential extra battery mileage to our iPads and smartphones.  50% off means you can grab it for $29.99, instead of it standard $60 price tag.

Here’s a little of what you need to know about this cool looking battery pack and its key features:

This rock-surface battery pack is just what you need to stay charged no matter what the day brings. TheSHARKK packs tons of power and includes optimized outputs for charging both tablets and phones. With convenient dual-ports for simultaneous charging, the SHARKK is guaranteed to be your rock through thick and thin.

  • Sleek, compact & versatile rock-surface design
  • 15000mAh battery for up to 6 full iPhone charges or 4 charges for Samsung devices
  • LED light indicators display power status & remaining charge level
  • Dual USB ports allow for simultaneous device charging (5V/1A, Port B: 5V/2.1A)
  • To see full specs and details, or to place an order, check out this IPad Insight Deals page.

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    Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?

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    Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall.  This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year.  Some potential rumored hardware features include an Apple supported stylus, support for Force Touch technology in the screen similar to what is now found in the new MacBook, and possibly even a USB-C connection in addition to, or instead of a Lightning connector.

    Most of the tech media has been anticipating a larger iPad form factor for months.  Last weekend, Apple Insider reported that someone familiar with Apple’s future products has indicated that in addition to the afore mentioned features, a larger iPad “Pro” will also include the following

    • 12.5-13″ screen size
    • NFC Radio to be used as an Apple Pay terminal
    • New touchscreen to coincide with pressure sensitive, Bluetooth connected Apple Stylus
    • Upgraded A-Series processor

    So this begs the question–If this limited amount of “rumored” info resembles what Apple releases this fall, are you interested in buying a larger screen iPad?  If so, what would be the appeal for you?  Are you an artist by trade, and are intrigued by the possibility of a pressure sensitive stylus and improved touchscreen that also responds to levels of applied pressure?  What are the advantages of a device that’s as large as a MBA, but isn’t as powerful or versatile? One would expect Apple to bring the same ForceTouch technology to it’s whole iPad line in addition to the iPhone–unless it would be reserved for the top of the line products such as the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S Plus we expect to be announced later this summer.

    I can’t help but think such a device would hover around the $1000 price-point, too.  Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor?  A larger device with a steeper price tag would probably warrant a case of some sort for protection as well–further increasing care and investment costs.  Who is the target consumer here?  Does the Pro label indicate a niche audience like the Mac Pro?  Seems like for the most part it would be too large to be effective as an education/demonstrative tool in schools, too.  Perhaps when/if Apple releases this device they will have a price tag and a use-case scenario that will make sense–but right now, I just don’t see it.  Am I in the minority here?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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    The Apple Watch Has Made Me Hungrier For More Device Awareness

      
    I got an Apple Watch last week and it’s showing me how amazing it is for devices to be more aware of one another. The iPhone is smart enough to stay quiet when I’m wearing the Watch, but the Watch will stay quiet when my iPhone is unlocked (because it knows I’ll see notifications on that screen). 

    The odd man out is the iPad. I’ll get notifications while I’m using the iPad and still get occasional buzzes on my Watch because those two devices aren’t specifically linked at the OS level. I understand why the Watch doesn’t pair with the iPad (it’s not something you carry on your person all the time), but I also think there was a missed opportunity to pair with an iPad when the tablet is present. The Watch shouldn’t buzz while I’m using the iPhone or the iPad. 

    The Watch has almost created a wedge in my family of iOS devices. The iPad and iPhone used to be best pals. I’d write text messages to my mom on the iPad, which I could send via the iPhone’s cellular connection and the Continuity features introduced in iOS 8. My iPhone and iPad were in sync using iCloud, often even more so than the iPad and Mac (because some iOS apps like Drafts just aren’t available on the desktop). However, with the Watch on my wrist, that dynamic has shifted. It’s the synchronization between the Watch and my iPhone that I now trust the most.

    I’m being dramatic here because I still send texts through the iPad (it’s awesome), but the Watch has definitely shown how Apple can step up their game in terms of device awareness. I’d love to see a continuity of the thinking behind Continuity in iOS 9 this summer so that the iPhone, iPad, and Watch start to feel more like a system, and less like a series of devices. 

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