UPDATED: The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

icloud-driveFor me a perfect world in terms of productivity at the office as well as at home would reside exclusively around Apple products. Macs became my computer of choice early on in my life based on their ease of use.  This fineness for Apple products also extended to iPhones and eventually iPads.  Unfortunately, though, I don’t have a choice when it comes to my tech at the office. I have worked for the government for close to twenty years now, and we are even less likely to have new and/or progressive tech at our disposal.  Luckily, with the addition of iCloud Drive a couple of years ago, I’m not as restricted as I once was.  With a simple internet connection I have access to my other iCloud synched devices via my browser window.

There are many options for consumers when it comes to cloud solutions for data storage these days.  Most are affordable, and easy to use.  However, like with many “services”, sometimes there are too many options available that can make the process of settling on a solution stressful and frustrating.

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My Cross Platform (and Apple-only) iPad Apps in 2016

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Every once in a while I like to take stock of the number of cross-platform apps I’m using. On the one hand, this overview helps me look at how ready I’d be to move platforms, but it’s also a very pragmatic peek at how much I really rely on Apple’s ecosystem of apps and services. I’ve split this list into two parts, the cross platforms apps, and the apps that are still iOS / macOS only.

Cross Platform Apps

Evernote (iOS, Mac, Windows, Android)

For the umpteenth time, I’m back on Evernote, and I find I’ve been able to think more clearly because of this. I don’t like how they keep trying to up-sell me on Premium when I’m already a Plus member, but having my notes accessible on most any smart device or computer is really amazing. This is a huge selling point for Evernote, and their apps across each platform are improving.

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Deals: OneVPN Lifetime Subscription at 75% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their internet connection protected and secure. It’s important to be able to keep your identity safe from hackers who’s only intention is to do you harm by invading your privacy and monitoring your activity. You need to take steps to protect you and your family from becoming a statistic. That’s where OneVPN comes in, providing you a safe place to anonymously browse the internet.  For a limited time you can purchase a lifetime subscription of OneVPN at an incredible savings of 75% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $29 – instead of its standard price of $120.00.  Here’s some info about OneVPN and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

VPNs offer an invaluable service, cleaning up your internet experience, while keeping you anonymous from hackers and government snoops who may be monitoring your activity. OneVPN provides this secure browsing service on a budget, while maintaining high speeds and offering a variety of features. You’ll be able to use the internet safely, through 30 servers based in 18 countries.

  • Adblocker makes ads disappear as if they had never even existed
  • Up to 256-bit encryption ensures your personal information is always safe from prying eyes
  • Anti-malware protects your data & operating system from harmful malware
  • NAT firewall stops third parties from connecting to your device
  • One-Stream lets you access the streaming content you want from anywhere you want w/ ultra-fast streaming speed

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

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iPad App of the Week: MLB.com at Bat

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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 MLB.com At Bat by MLB.com.  This is one of those apps for all the die-hard baseball fans out there.  October ushers in the most exciting time of year for baseball-the playoffs!  Whether you’re a die-hard Cubs fan (like me) hoping to finally see them break the curse, or you just can’t get enough baseball and want to follow the playoffs in all their entirety, MLB.com at Bat is the app for you.

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What If The iPad Pro Supported A Mouse

Last week’s post about the 12.9-inch vs. 9.7-inch form factor got me thinking about the what would make the iPad more comfortable for long term work. I came back to the idea of a mouse and how it enables me to use more complex sets of on-screen controls, without all the overhead of remembering a ton of keyboard shortcuts. I do love my keyboard shortcuts, but they’re not a do-all replacement for controlling apps.

It struck me the other day that one (seemingly) simple change to the iPad, especially the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, could be the addition of a pointer. Mouse or trackpad support would be fine.

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Deals: Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station at 28% off

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Today’s featured deal is perfect for anyone who has a a collection of various electronic devices, but who has a hard time seeing track of them and all their various charging cords and plugs.  Now with the   Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station you can charge up to four devices simultaneously via a USB connection.  Available in both black and white, the Power House can charge your devices quickly and also hide the excess cords with a handy hidden compartment that allows you the reduce the amount of exposed cords.  For a limited time you can purchase the Avantree PowerHouse 4 at a savings of 28% off.  It’s a great deal that will run you only $35.99 – instead of the standard price of $49.99.  Here’s some info about the Powerhouse, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Stop fumbling around your office for open outlets, and just get an Avantree Desktop USB Charging Station. Avantree provides 4 USB charging sockets and a whopping 4.5A/22.5W output for a super fast charge for all of your devices. With a handy velcro system to manage and hide cables, as well, this is the convenient, one-stop charging station for your desk.

  • Compact, space-saving design allows you to charge up to 4 devices simultaneously, w/o making a mess
  • Smartport technology automatically recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each mobile device
  • Smart compatibility auto adapts to iPad, iPhone, Samsung, & all iOS & Android devices
  • Velcro system manages & hides cables to maintain a tidy desk space

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

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Reflecting on the 12.9-inch vs 9.7-inch Form Factor

Every once in a while, I’ll read a post about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and wonder what could have been. I’ll look at my gargantuan 12.9-inch tablet and wonder if I’ve made the right choice (it would be 10 months too late, if so). Ben Brooks, who works exclusively off of iOS devices, just penned one of these kinds of posts about how the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the ideal size for most activities. I’d tend to agree with him.

More Space

I was really excited about the larger iPad Pro last year because I was curious to see — just as with the 6S Plus — what iOS could be if it had more room to play with. The answer, as it turns out, is simply more comfortable. Not necessarily more powerful.

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A Second Round with OneNote for iPad

I’ve given OneNote another shot over the past few months, using it both at work and at home for tracking receipts and personal thoughts. I’ve written about OneNote before, but I don’t think I really gave it a fair shake, so I moved 2000 notes over to the service to really determine whether or not I could adapt to the service. Unfortunately, the answer is still no, but I have a more detailed idea of why.

In OneNote We Trust

OneNote has been around for years, but it was only in the past few that it became a free product. You don’t have to pay for any monthly plans because the app just uses space in your Microsoft OneDrive, and there’s more than enough space with a free OneDrive account that it’s indistinguishable from unlimited for most users. Microsoft is so large, and OneNote such a core product, that I really do feel like I can trust in the service to stick around for the foreseeable future. That factor is a big deal when thinking about which note app to invest in: with platforms coming and going, where will your cache of notes still be accessible in four or five years? With OneNote, Microsoft has built up enough trust with me that the answer feels like a pretty safe “Yes”.

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Deals: FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones at 18% off

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You can take your music anywhere thanks to your mobile device, but you need the quality headphones to match the limitless library. Listen to your playlist without getting tangled up in the cords, and fold up these Bluetooth headphones to take them—and your soundtrack—with you everywhere. They’re designed to both aesthetic and audio perfection – so they won’t disappoint while playing your favorite song or take up too much space in your bag.

  • Compact & foldable design
  • Connects via w/ Bluetooth (33-foot range)
  • Includes buttons to press play & switch songs
  • Includes a built-in microphone for calls
  • Plays audio for 8-10 hours per charge
  • Includes controls to answer, end, reject & redial calls
  • Allows you to check your battery status on your screen

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

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Popular Email Client Cloud Magic is now Newton, and it’s Packed with Power Features

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One of my favorite email clients, Cloud Magic is now Newton.  Cloud Magic was already a clean, fast reliable way to navigate and triage your email.  With a reliable push notification system, and versions for both iOS and Mac, Newton had developed into a mature ecosystem.  Now that they have built their app into a huge success, the creators of Newton felt that it was time for the next stage of development.  They intend to take this awesome email client/platform, and add even more power features and improvements.  Furthermore, they plan to add support for additional platforms and evolve Newton into a email client that boosts your productivity by making email fun and easy.

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3 Examples of Major Data Breaches and How Your IT Company Can Avoid Falling Victim

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Even though the internet has done a tremendous job with linking many people together, there are also many different things that you also need to think about as well. Just like how roads made travel easier for people hundreds of years ago but then also brought forth enemies on those very roads, you have to be aware of the problems that can come when you transfer more of your information and data online. A few of the major data breaches that have occurred recently should show exactly what you should and what you should not be doing to protect your organization from being next on the list.

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