Author Archive for Lory

Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

Apple Launches iOS 8.1.1 Update to Fix Stability Issues with iPad 2, iPhone 4s

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We all know that Apple is constantly working on tweaking and improving its operating system with various bug squashes and reliability fixes. Today, the company launched a minor update that will be a major relief for iPad 2 users. This update will bring more stability and performance improvement to those devices running the A5 chipset.

Today’s update is good news for those running iOS 8 on the iPad 2 since the software is technically compatible with the 2011 device, but users have complained of lagging and freezing issues. This update should clear things up for those dealing with such problems.

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All ‘Worms’ Titles on iOS on Sale to Celebrate 19th Anniversary of Original Game

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Back in 1995, a fun little battle game staring a troop of invertebrates with an arsenal that would make the U.S. government envious. Players control their worm units in a battle against a number of different teams. The goal is to kill all enemy worms by using a vast collection of strange and interesting weapons. It became popular for its humorous and witty gameplay.

Today, the game’s development company, Team17, dropped the price of all Worms titles available on iOS to $0.99 to celebrate the 19-year anniversary of the original’s release on Amiga.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: TonalEnergy Chromatic Tuner Does so Much More Than Just Tune

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Every musician knows how important it is to keep an instrument tuned. If your guitar is off by just the slightest pitch, it could ruin the overall sound of a song. You’ll never meet a musician that doesn’t have at least one tuner.

The TonalEnergy Chromatic Tuner is a complex tuner that works with a wide variety of different instruments in pitches ranging from the lowest C to the highest C. The display has an easy-to-read target display that clearly shows the note being played and indicates when it is in tune. There is a dedicated screen just for stringed instruments and an eight-octave keyboard.

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Apple Increases its Bond with China by Connecting Users to UnionPay

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China is quickly becoming the country to woo. Many of the largest tech companies are vying for China’s affection. Apple has not hid the fact that it wants to have a strong and lasting relationship with the country’s growing economy.

This week, Apple announced that China’s most popular payment card company, UnionPay, will be available for customers to link to the App Store, bringing more options to the second largest app download country in the world.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: VSCO Cam, Now Available on iPad

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I’ve been using VSCO Cam since it first launched in the App Store a year and a half ago. It is an excellent photo-editing app with lots of professional looking filters to make your images pop. The level of customizable editing is more than anything I’ve ever seen. It was obviously made by photographers, for photographers.

Today, Visual Supply Company (VSCO) updated its app to version 4.0, which finally brings support for the iPad. Not only that, but you can sync across multiple devices, including Android, you can create photo essays in the new Journal creation tool, and the new web uploader makes it possible for you to import photos from your desktop to your iPad to share to your Grid.

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New Type of Endless Runner, ‘Agent, Run!’ Launches in App Store

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The endless runner genre appears to be about as endless as the games that were created for them. There are hundreds of new titles with the same skin coming out every day. If you love endless runner games, this is a good thing. However, if you are getting tired of the same old, jump, slide, and turn mechanics that practically every one of them employs, maybe it is time for something new.

Agent, Run! is an endless runner that requires you to tap, slash, and activate items within the environment instead of controlling your runner. Set in a James Bond style story of espionage and intrigue, players must out run Professor E. Vil’s lackeys and stop the megalomaniac from using his Doomsday Machine.

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Monument Valley Expansion ‘Forgotten Shores’ Adds Eight New Levels, Available Now

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In April, Apple named Monument Valley the App Store’s Editor’s Choice. The unique perspective path puzzle game has received critical acclaim across the board, a rare feat in this industry. The biggest complaint most people have is that, the 10 levels are just over too fast. We want more.

After more than half a year, the development team at ustwo has created eight brand new puzzles to further the story of Ida and the Totem. The “Forgotten Shores” expansion, available now as an in-app purchase, adds new unique adventures to the story.

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YouTube Updates iOS App, Adds Dedicated Music Tab to Personalized Homepage

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Yesterday, YouTube announced its new music subscription service, “Music Key,” which gives users advertisement free music for playing in the background and offline, which includes a subscription to Google Play Music for $9.99 per month.

Today, the company updated its iOS app to include a dedicated tab under your personalized homepage so you can watch to your favorite music videos, listen to music mixes based on your history, and search for full albums via an artist’s discography.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: 8-Bit Retro Endless Doves

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Some of my fondest memories are of playing Final Fantasy Adventure and Pokemon on my OG Gameboy. There is something about that monochrome four-color 8-bit screen that makes me feel a level of comfort that I can’t explain. The chiptune lullabies, the pixel graphics, and the choppy screen changes all bring back fond memories for me.

That’s why I was immediately drawn to Endless Doves. It looks, and sounds, just like the games I play on my first mobile game device nearly two decades ago. It doesn’t play like a retro game, but it will bring back some memories for you.

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Is Apple Maps Coming to the Web?

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One thing I like to do when planning out my vacations is to check out places to visit using Google Maps on the web. Thanks to Google’s syncing capabilities, I can save locations and access them on my iPad or iPhone later on. I love being able to use my large computer screen to scan a map and check out interesting looking places and then getting directions to those places on my iOS device without having to try to remember names.

Rumor has it that Apple might be working on a web-based Maps service. According to 9to5Mac, Apple recently posted a jobs listing for a Maps Web Developer. The job description notes that Apple is looking for someone with experience in “creating beautiful and responsive user interfaces with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.” The qualified person will work on web implementation of Apple’s mapping technology to “help make maps work seamlessly on the web.”

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