Author Archive for Lory

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

WatchKit SDK Announced, Third Party Apps May be Ready for Apple Watch Launch

Apple Watch Fitness

When Apple first announced its upcoming wearable computer, a lot of speculation was made as to which apps would be available right out of the gate and which companies would have to wait until later to be able to design a companion app for the tiny screen. We saw a handful of possibilities flash onto the screen during the Apple Watch demo in September, but nothing was official.

Today, Apple launched a new denveloper page dedicated to the WatchKit software development kit (SDK) that will help app makers get a kick-start on their Apple Watch app.

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Analyst Report Predicts Retailer Apps With Apple Pay Will Boost Holiday Sales


Over the past few years, we’ve come to find that consumers prefer online shopping to in-store buying during the holiday season. Additionally, since the iPad launched in 2010, mobile shopping has grown exponentially. With the addition of Apple Pay available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as for online with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, this year retailers that accept Apple Pay stand to profit more than every before during the holiday shopping season.

According to a new report from Adobe Digital Index (ADI), consumers prefer to make Internet purchases from retailers that accept some form of digital wallet, like Google Wallet, PayPal, and now Apple Pay. Customers are 10 percent more likely to purchase items in their virtual cart if a digital wallet option is available.

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Samsung Supposedly Contracted to Supply 80 Percent of Apple’s A Series Chips in 2016


The question of who will supply Apple with its processor chips is always changing. According to the innumerable rumors, sometimes Samsung wins the bulk. Other times, TMSC takes the lead. Intel has even been known to take part in the bidding war for the coveted spot as top supplier for the A series processor chip. A new rumor has just made its way down the pipeline that, by 2016, Samsung will have garnered 80 percent of Apple’s supply of a 14-nanometer processor chip.

According to Korea Times, an unnamed source told the Korea Times that Samsung and Apple have made an agreement for the former to produce the processors for next year for the iPhone and iPad line of products. If true, this pushes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) back into second place as the largest supplier of A series chips.

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Graphics Heavy MOBA Game Demoed at Apple Media Event Now Available in the App Store

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In early September, Apple brought two indie game developers up on stage to show off their epic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. This player vs. player (PVP)fighting game is practically unheard of in the mobile gaming world, especially with the level of graphics and smooth gameplay that we saw in the demonstration by the team at Super Evil Megacorp. This week, the free-to-play multiplayer three-on-three battle game launched in the app store and it looks as good on the iPad Air as it did in the demo.

Vainglory puts players into a fantasy-themed battle arena against two other real life opponents for 20-minute pickup games that will turn you into a warrior. Choose your character, buy some upgrades, and head out to destroy the enemy’s Vain crystal.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Enable Phone Calls on iPad with iOS 8

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Continuity has been up and running on iOS for a few weeks now. We’ve been digging around in the new operating system, figuring out all of the fun and awesome things we can do with it. First, we figured out how to pick up where we left off using Handoff. Now, we are going to talk about how to send and receive phone calls on the iPad. In order to perform this convenient trick, you’ll need an iPhone using the same iCloud account as the iPad, both devices on the same Wi-Fi network, and both devices running iOS 8.1.

After you’ve checked to make sure that your iPad and iPhone are both running iOS 8.1, are both logged into the same iCloud account, and are both using the same Wi-Fi network, you can begin.

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

iOS 8.1.1

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


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

Apple Store Beijing China

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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