Sponsor Thanks: Tublet & Toplet iPad Stands

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Thanks to the makers of the Toplet and Tublet iPad stands for being a site sponsor this week.

These are handmade, handsome wooden stands for the iPad with adjustable angles and cutouts for optimizing the iPad’s speakers. They’re compatible with the iPad generations 2, 3, Retina, Air and Air 2.

They’re available on Etsy and iPad Insight readers get a 10% discount by using the coupon code HEISENBERG.

Check them out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TUBLETTOPLET

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New, Free Versions of Office for iOS Apps Allow Creating & Editing Documents, Without Any Subscription

Office for iPad

Microsoft has announced some very good news for iPad and iOS fans of their Office suite – you can now use free versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to create and edit Office documents on iOS devices, with no more requirement to have an Office 365 subscription.

As Apple Insider reports, there are still some substantial benefits for Office 365 users though:

Of course, not all editing functions are available without an Office 365 subscription. Upgrading gives users more advanced functions, including more change tracking features, unlimited OneDrive storage, unlimited paragraph styles, improved chart, table and picture formatting tools, advanced collaboration capabilities, and more.

The updated Office for iOS suite also gives Office 365 subscribers the ability to open, edit and save their documents from popular cloud storage service Dropbox. The basic Office 365 Home subscription costs $9.99 per month.

Apart from being great news for iOS users, I think this a smart move by Microsoft. They were very late in making Office available on the iPad and there are a number of good alternative apps around for working with Office type documents – some of them free or lower-priced than Office for iPad originally was. I like a lot of the moves Microsoft has made since their new CEO, Satya Nadella, took over.

You can see more detail on Microsoft’s plans for Office on mobile devices at this Office Blogs post.

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CNN Puts Surface Pro to Work, as an iPad Stand

CNN iPad with Surface Stand

As Gizmodo and a slew of others have noted on mid-term election night CNN found a special purpose for their Microsoft Surface tablets on their anchor desks:

Last night, CNN wasn’t just covering the mid-term elections. It was also pimping the Surface Pro 3, conspicuously placing a kickstand-ed unit in front of a bunch of its commentators. The catch? They were actually just being used as iPad stands.

You couldn’t make this stuff up. Too funny.

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The Pencil iPad Stylus Now Supported in Sketchbook Mobile

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Fifty Three announced yesterday that their Pencil stylus now works with the superb Sketchbook Mobile app for iPad. This allows a lot more flexibility for users of the Pencil stylus: the Paper app provides a great place for doodles and sketches, but Sketchbook Mobile takes it a step further by providing layer support for more complex images. I’ve written about the Pencil before and, even though I still don’t own one, I’m  glad to see more apps supporting the interesting hardware that Fifty Three has put together.

However, what I found even more interesting is that we’re almost at the one-year mark of the Pencil’s announcement last November, and Fifty Three is still actively promoting their first-gen hardware. A lot of other companies would have been marketing their second-gen stylus for a few months now, in anticipation of a big Holiday release. It’s unorthodox and actually quite welcome to see that FiftyThree sees their stylus as a device that can and should stick around for more than a year.

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Sponsor: Adjustable wooden iPad stands: TUBLET for your bathtub – TOPLET for your desk

TUBLET and TOPLET iPad Stands

Fine Craftsmanship from rainy Northern Germany meets modern technology from sunny California. High-grade materials and flawless manufacturing ensure an appealing surface feel. Our elegant iPad holders always offer you an optimum view on your iPad due to the multiple angle feature. Small cutouts within the holding arms of the stand allow for optimum sound from the iPad speakers while in the stands.

TUBLET is a combination of the words bathTUB and tabLET. The neologism illustrates the purpose of the wooden iPad stand as a „bathtub surfboard“. Watch movies on your iPad while taking a relaxing bath, listen to music or read about breaking iPad-news at iPadInsight.com.

If you‘ve guessed that the word TOPLET combines the words deskTOP and tabLET you‘re absolutely right. You can use it for cooking in the kitchen, working in the office or playing online poker in the living room. Do you own a local retail store? Check out TOPLET to enhance your product presentation.

Our attractively designed iPad stands are handmade with love and available for the iPad generations 2, 3, Retina, Air and Air 2. If you‘re looking for something unique or a perfect Christmas present for an enthusiastic iPad user you should definitely visit our Etsy-Shop.

As a friend of iPadInsight.com you save 10% by using the following coupon code: HEISENBERG.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TUBLETTOPLET

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My New Favorite News App: Yahoo! News Digest

In today’s busy world it’s hard to find time to keep current on the top news stories. When you do (finally) find time to open your favorite news app, it can be hard to navigate a maze of stories. Yahoo has found a solution to this problem – News Digest. News Digest is a simple app that […]

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The Best iPad Calendar Widget Comes From Fantastical

I’ve only got two widgets active on my iPad right now. The first is the Yahoo! Weather widget, which I use because of its glorious photography and 1.5-day forecast, and the other comes from Fantastical for iPad. Fantastical was a relatively late addition to the widget section, but that’s because the developers really took the […]

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iPad App of the Week: Spotify Music

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 […]

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