6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

2:29 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · iPad

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.

iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures

11:29 AM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.

Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

11:32 AM, Dec. 17th, 2014 · · iPad

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

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This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.

iPhoneography 101: Photo Post Processing on Your iPhone

10:30 AM, Dec. 13th, 2014 · · iPad

iPhoneography 101: Photo Post Processing on Your iPhone

Add interest to your photos with these post processing techniques in this week's iPhonegraphy 101. Vern Seward runs through several techniques and apps you can use to take your photos to the next level, after you click the shutter.

Octa Lynx Grips iPads and Clamps to Just About Anything

12:30 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · · iPad

Octa  Lynx iPad Stand

The Lynx iPad stand from Octa clamps to any number of irregular surfaces while also providing close-up and personal access to your tablet. It works equally well with large iPads and the iPad mini. Soft rubber clamps prevent scratches. Plus, it breaks down into three easy pieces for transport.

How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · · iPad

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.

Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and iPad

7:10 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · · iPad

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad—until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.

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There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.

iOS: Save Web Pages to a PDF File Without Using an App

4:55 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · · iPad

One of the features that OS X has but is missing in iOS is the facility to print a document page to PDF. With some limitations, John Martellaro shows you how to print web pages in iOS Safari to a PDF file and drop it into iBooks or some other app.

LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

10:54 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.

7 Great Christmas Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

5:15 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · · iPad

7 Great IOS apps for Christmas

There are lots of fun things to do at Christmas. Celebrate, do a countdown timer, read about Charlie Brown's Christmas, track Santa's progress in flight and bake cookies, to name a few. John Martellaro has put together a nice collection of iOS apps to help you get organized, celebrate and eat!