iPad App of the Week: March Madness Live

March Madness Live iPad app

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 March Madness Live, the 2015 version of the official iPad and iOS app for the madness that is the NCAA Mens basketball tournament.

For those of you scoring at home, this is the third year in a row I’m picking this app at around this time of year. Here’s the single feature that justifies the repeat picks and makes this a true must-have app for fans of college basketball:

Watch every game from the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament live on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Boom. This app could have no other features at all and that’s more than enough to make it great. March Madness is arguably the most thrilling annual sporting event anywhere – with its constant stream of underdog heroics, last second buzzer-beating clutch shots, and just great basketball from start to finish.

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Pure Pinball for iPad: everything but the roll of quarters

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I have to confess at the outset that pinball arcades were a frequent venue for a large part of my misspent youth. Fridays would find me and my buddy Dave at Pinball Pete’s. We got good enough to play all night on $2, as if that were something to brag about. Pure Pinball is a pinball simulator done right on the iPad. It’s super-realistic and beautiful to look at. In short, if you like(d) real pinball, you’ll love Pure Pinball for your iPad.

The makers of Pure Pinball went to considerable lengths to make sure all the gameplay, graphics, and physics match what you’d find on a real pinball table. From the way the plunger launches the ball, to the gravity of its descent, to the way the bumpers fire, to the spinning of the targets it all matches the real deal. The layout of the table is as busy as late-model tables became before their almost extinction. There are buzzers, bells, ramps, and chutes of every description. Point-making opportunities come and go, announced by the game’s Mr. Big Voice, and lights on the table. You will do well to pay attention to these specials as they can quickly multiply your score. There are three tables available and you unlock the second and third by doing well on previous tables.

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How to manage your stored credit card info in your iPad Safari browser

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If you’ve ever signed into an account through your Safari browser on your iPad, you’ve been offered the opportunity to save usernames and passwords before. The same goes for your credit card information when you decide to purchase an item on your iPad.  Did you know that your credit card information is stored in the Settings app?  In addition, you can add, manage or delete credit card information at anytime, in the same location–and here’s how.

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iOS 8.2 Improves Third Party Keyboard Stability 

One of the major unmentioned benefits of iOS 8.2 is vastly improved stability for third party keyboards. All previous versions iOS 8 would find a way to crash keyboards within 20–30 minutes of my using them, which would start a frustrating chain of restarting apps in order to get the bloody input method back.

I’m really, really happy to report that this no longer seems to be the case. Third party keyboards are working much more consistently, and I’v only experienced one or two crashes in the last four days.

The only confusing portion for some people might be the way that keyboards switch up as you move between chats in iMessage. However, that seems to be a feature, not a bug.

If you’ve been intrigued by third party keyboards but couldn’t stand all the instability, now is the time to try them again. I would highly suggest Fleksy and Nintype as particularly good iPad-friendly options.

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Apple online stores remain offline, iPad purchase requests returned “cannot connect to store” [UPDATE]

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Apple has been experiencing a series of outages this morning to it’s Cloud services and online stores, including the App Store, iTunes, the iBook Store and the Mac App Store.  As of this posting, these stores remain offline, and have been since just before 5 am EST.  In addition, their iCloud services, including Mail and iCloud account management were offline from the same starting time, but were restored 4 hours later.

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Quick Look: Vesper for iPad

Patrick already picked Vesper as last week’s iPad App of the Week, but call me greedy: I wanted to write about it as well. If you look at Vesper bullet point by pullet point, it’s hard to see why you’d use it as an alternative to apps like Drafts or Evernote. Evernote has apps on […]

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iPad Art: Chill Zen

Our featured iPad painting this weekend is ‘Chill Zen’, created by nini_nini. I’m always a sucker for a painting of a handsome dog, and this one absolutely fits the bill. I love the colors of the dog’s fur and how well he or she evokes the Chill Zen feeling. It gives me a peaceful feeling […]

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