Best iPad apps for new users

Did you just get your first iPad? Looking for the top apps to download next? Here they are!

You just got your brand new iPad. You’ve set it up. You tried out all the built-in apps. And now you’re starting at that big, beautiful screen and wondering — what’s next? Well, the App Store! It’s home to hundreds of thousands of iPad apps any of which can transform the screen you’re holding into a new a wondrous tool or toy. Here are some great ones to get started with!

Streaming media
Cloud Storage
Social media
Music creation



No matter what type of device you own, you are always going to need a way to keep track of the dozens of passwords you collect from apps and websites. 1Password makes it incredibly easy to store information across all of your devices so you only have to remember the one you use to unlock the app. It also works with Touch ID(iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later), so you ca…

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What iPad color should you get: Silver, space gray, gold, or rose gold?

Which of the iPad line’s space gray, silver, gold, or rose gold finishes is right for you? Let’s take a look.

When it comes to choosing a color (or, if we’re being honest, metallic finish) for your iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro, there are a few factors worth weighing. Do you want a white bezel around your screen, or a black one? Do you crave the rarest of iPad colors, rose gold? And does color even matter if you plan to hide your iPad in a case?

You may not need a guide to pick the iPad color right for you, and that’s okay. But if you do, we’ve got you covered no matter your coloration concerns.

Fade to black vs bright white

Before you consider your iPad’s rear case color, consider the hue around your screen: The silver, gold, and rose gold iPads have white faceplates, while the space grey iPad models use a black bezel.

Some prefer the look of black — which, like almost all TV sets these days, lets the border practically disappear into the screen. But a black faceplate i…

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Grab the most popular VPN of 2017 for just $29

Using the internet is becoming increasingly risky, and many people aren’t taking the precautions necessary to protect their data and ultimately themselves. Using a VPN to protect yourself is never a bad idea, but free services are often unreliable, slow, and unsafe.

What you need is an affordable VPN service with a proven track record to keep your data private while you browse the internet. You have several devices, so you need it to work on multiple platforms, and you need servers close to you so you don’t suffer from slow speeds.

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How to use Apple Pencil: The Ultimate Guide

Getting started with your Apple Pencil is incredibly easy. Here’s what you need to know!

The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (as well as the older 9.7-inch iPad Pro), and now the 2018 9.7-inch iPad all support Apple Pencil. The Pencil gives you the power to draw and sketch with full pressure sensitivity on your iPad, along with tilt control, side shading, and proper palm rejection. It’s also an incredibly smart tool for hand-lettering and writing, letting you take notes at extremely small sizes without line aberrations or lag.

To take full advantage of the Apple Pencil, however, you need to know how to use it. Here’s our complete guide to making the most out of your stylus, whether you’re a beginning artist, average note-taker, or a total pro.

Meet the Apple Pencil
How to pair the Apple Pencil to your iPad
How to check the battery level on Apple Pencil
How to charge Apple Pencil
How to unpair the Apple Pencil from your iPad
Best Apple Pencil Accessories
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How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and Mac: The ultimate guide

You should really back up all of your data. That day you lose it is the day you’ll wish you had listened. Just back it up.

I’m a huge proponent of backing up all the things — your computer, your phone, you tablet, your laptop, your smart watch. If you store any kind of data on any of your devices, you should be protecting that data by executing a backup plan.

We’ve done the research, gone through the processes, tried the products, and come up with the ultimate guide to backing up everything. Whether you are protecting private information, securing family photos, or just want to keep a log of your daily jog, you’ll find everything you need to know about backing up your iPhone, iPad, and Mac right here.

Backing up: The ultimate guide

Backing up: The ultimate guide
Best backup services and programs for your Mac
Best cloud service apps for your iPhone and iPad
How to back up your Mac
How to back up your iPhone and iPad
How to back up your Apple TV
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How to get everything in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Super Mario Crossover event!

Round 3 of the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Super Mario Crossover event is here. Here’s how you can get all the goodies!

The Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Super Mario Crossover event is here and we have a whole month coming to an end. We have one more round to collect all the Super Mario Bros. related furniture and clothing for our Campsites, so don’t waste time gathering the mushrooms you need to craft your furniture.

March 10 is Mar10 Day!

In honor of our favorite mustachioed man, the Super Mario Crossover event begins today!

The Super Mario Crossover event lasts a full 30 days, but rolls out across three rounds. Though you’ll be able to continue to craft furniture and clothing from the first, second, and third rounds until the event ends on April 9, the Timed Goal event challenges only last 10 days in each round.

All of the furniture and clothing items in the first round are craftable with Super Mushroom materials except the Mario Rug, which costs 120 Leaf Tickets.


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Today’s best deals you won’t want to miss

Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

Today you can get big discounts on various hard drives for World Backup Day, BOGO Dash Buttons, a wireless charger giveaway and more! Don’t pass these up.

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Should you upgrade to the iPad (2018) or iPad mini 4?

Considering upgrading to the 9.7-inch iPad (2018) or iPad mini 4? Here’s what you need to know.

The 2018 iPad is more affordable, powerful, and capable than ever, thanks to Apple’s most recent update to its 9.7-inch base-model: Bringing the A10 processor and the Apple Pencil to the main iPad is a huge win for customers everywhere.

But if you already have an older 9.7-inch iPad or iPad mini, are these latest models worth the upgrade? Let’s take a peek.


If you’re considering buying a 2018 iPad or iPad mini 4 instead of an upgrade to the iPad Pro, chances are it’s at least in part pricing-related: Apple’s two base-model iPads are the cheapest tablets the company has ever sold, and they’re inexpensive without a huge compromise on great features.

The iPads Pro begin at $649; in contrast, the 2018 iPad starts at $329, and the iPad mini 4 starts at $399. If you’re on a budget, the 2018 iPad is hands down the best option when upgrading from a previous iPad or other tablet.

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Celebrate World Backup Day with these discounted hard drives at Amazon

Keep your data safe.

As part of its Gold Box deals of the day, Amazon is offering some big savings on a variety of hard drives to help you keep all your personal data backed up. Being World Backup Day, there’s no better time to have a deal like this than today. Whether you are looking for a 2TB external drive to keep on your desk or an 8TB drive for your NAS, this deal has you covered.

Some of the best deals from this sale include:

WD My Passport 2TB External Drive – $63.99 (Was $90)
Kingston 480GB Internal SSD – $109.99 (Was $155)
Toshiba 3TB Portable External Drive – $70.41 (Was $170)
Toshiba 8TB NAS Drive – $191.19 (Was $265)
Synology 5 Bay Diskless NAS – $479.99 (Was $600)
There are a bunch of other great deals that you’ll want to check out as well. Be sure to grab one before the end of the day, or the sale will disappear and you’ll be stuck paying full price.

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Best Leather Cases for iPhone X

Wrap your sophisticated iPhone X in a sophisticated leather case!

The iPhone X is touted as the best iPhone Apple has ever made, and that’s pretty accurate. Some would also argue that leather cases are the best cases for any phone, because leather. The look of it, the smell of it, the texture.

If you love the feel and look of a nice leather case, then check these out for your iPhone X!

Pad & Quill Bella Fino
Apple iPhone X Leather Case
Amovo 2-in-1
X-Level Vintage Series
Pad & Quill Traveler


Mujjo’s genuine leather cases are crafted to perfectly fit the contours of your iPhone X. These cases are slim and are about as simple as it gets: full leather, with raised button covers and precise cutouts for the camera and Lightning ports.

This full-grain leather case has a microfiber interior to keep your iPhone X looking pristine, and if that’s not enough, Mujjo backs its cases with a 2-year warranty. You have your choice of black, brown, olive, or t…

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