Author Archive for Lory

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

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Revive the Apple Fanboy Phenomenon

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As of yesterday at 3:00 p.m. PDT, lines outside of Apple retail stores around the world had reached epic proportions. It has been a while since a new iPhone has created such a frenzy. It appears that Apple is back in business as über fans are participating in the line-sitting experience again.

As a member of “geek culture,” I’ve sat in my fair share of lines for premiers of “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” movie premiers. I’ve also been up at the wee hours of twilight to stand in hours-long lines for various iOS devices.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Snake Rewind

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Back in April, we told you about Snake ’97, which was a lovingly recreated version of the game that was made hugely popular for appearing on millions of Nokia phones in the late 1990 and up. That game was made by a fan that simply wanted to play Snake on his iOS device.

Earlier this month, Rumilus Design announced that the game’s creator, Taneli Armanto, would be on board to collaborate on an all-new iOS game based on the original Nokia Snake we loved so much.

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How to Enable Third-Party Keyboard Apps as the iOS Default Keyboard

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Within the first 24-hours of the release of iOS 8, the most popular new feature appears to be the ability to customize the keyboard. Currently, Swype – Keyboard is the top paid app in the App Store and SwiftKey Keyboard is in second place for the top free apps. I have already downloaded Fleksy Keyboard within the first hour after updating my iPad and iPhone to iOS 8. I love the colors.

If you are thinking about adding a third-party app as your default keyboard, there are a few things you should know before you make it official and a few steps you must take after you download the app.

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1Password is Now a Freemium App

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Yesterday, amidts all the hubbub surrounding iOS 8, a few incredible things happened. One of them is that 1Password for iOS, formerly $9.99, is now a freemium title with extra features available as an in-app purchase. If you’ve always thought about getting the top-quality app, but were intimidated by the cost, you can now have the most important features of 1Password for free.

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Apple and U2 Secretly Collaborating on New Digital Music Format

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The way we listen to music is ever changing. Less than 30 years ago, vinyl was the main medium for albums, then it was cassette tapes. The CD took over by the 1990s, but didn’t really last because digital music took over, thanks in part to Apple’s iTunes. What format will music be delivered to us in the future? Will we eat it like a cupcake? Will it be injected into our blood stream? I doubt it, but these are the things that U2 and Apple are thinking about right now as they brainstorm on the digital music format of the future.

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Apple Adds New ‘Tips’ App in iOS 8 for iPad and iPhone, Publishes Official User Guide for iBooks

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Every week, we offer how-tos and advice on how to get the most out of your iPad with our iPad Tips column. It appears that Apple feels its users might need a little extra help when it comes to some of the new features in iOS 8 (as well as older features we may not have known about). The company added a convenient “Tips” app that comes stock in iOS 8, plus, an official user guide for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are now available for free in the iBookstore.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Announces iRig Mic Field Ready for Preorder

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As much as I love IK Multimedia’s many versions of their iOS compatible microphones, they are not quite as convenient as Blue Microphone’s Mikey Digital when it comes to recording live bands at shows, which I do all of the time. The latter is more compact and connects directly to the headphone port of my iPad, so I don’t have to hold it in my hand or set up a separate mic stand.

As if they heard my thoughts, IK Multimedia recently announced a “field” microphone similar to the Mikey Digital that you can take with you to concerts and get the best possible audio for your video recording.

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Two-Step Verification Officially Protects iCloud Ahead of iOS 8 Update

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Early this morning, Apple sent out notifications to users of two-step verification for iOS. The email provided users with information regarding updates to the double-security feature. Starting today, two-step verification protects all data stored in iCloud. If you haven’t already, now is the time to activate the feature.

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Warning: iCloud Drive for iOS 8 May Cause Document Syncing to Fail on OS X Until Yosemite Release


Read this article before you download the iOS 8 update. According to a handful of developers, and detailed by The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), iCloud Drive is not compatible with OS X Mavericks and earlier desktop operating systems. So, basically, if you upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8 installation, you may lose the ability to sync all of your iCloud documents on your Mac.

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Apple iPad Launch Event Rumored to Happen in Late October

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Big surprise. An unnamed source familiar with Apple’ plans told AppleInsider that the company is planning another media event in mid-October. I could have guessed that. Apple’s previous two iPad announcements have taken place at the same time. The fourth-generation iPad was announced on Oct. 23, 2012 and the iPad Air was announced on Oct. 22, 2013. I’ll go one step further and predict that Apple’s iPad event will be on Oct. 21 this year.

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