Author Archive for Lory

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

Velvetwire Announces New Powerslayer Blu HomeKit-Enabled USB Charger

Powerslayer Blu

Velvetwire is a company known for creating fast-acting, environmentally beneficial power chargers. The original version included technology that would detect when your device was fully charged and then switch off in order to cut electricity trickles that happen with traditional chargers.

This week, the company announced the launch of the Powerslayer Blu, which is a Bluetooth-compatible charger that works with HomeKit-controlled devices so you can reduce energy consumption even more.

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New Apple Tool Lets You Ensure Resale iPad or iPhone Activation Lock is off

Activation Lock

When Apple launched iOS 7, it added a security feature called Activation Lock that would prevent someone from erasing or activating a device without first entering the user’s Apple ID. It is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPad or iPhone. Because of this new feature, a device is rendered useless if it is resold while still activated. That’s why companies like Gazelle and NextWorth estimate your device’s value at “worthless” if you haven’t deactivated the feature.

Yesterday, Apple released a web-based tool that will allow you to check the status of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and ensure that Activation Lock is not on.

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ZAGG Releases Damage Report to Remind Device Owners to Get a Case

ZAGG Damage Report

ZAGG has just released a report titled “ZAGG Device Damage Study: 2014.” The data is made up of 768 US residents 18 years or older that were surveyed regarding damaged mobile devices. Not only are consumers worried about breaking their devices, but about half of all smartphone users and a quarter of all tablet users are currently using a damaged device.

Many of my friends have a smart phone with a cracked screen. It is practically inevitable, especially if you don’t have a protective case. I’ve dropped my iPhone from standing height about four times and never even got a scratch on the screen thanks to the case I’ve always kept it in. However, I have watched multiple friends do the same without a case and end up with damage.

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Angry Birds Developer Rovio Announces Lay-off of up to 16 Percent of Employees

Rovio

Rovio blew up on the mobile gaming scene in late 2009 when the independent company launched a simple little title called Angry Birds. Five years and more than a dozen Angry Bird spinoffs later, the company has grown exponentially bigger than anyone could have imagined, except Rovio.

Today, the company announced that it had higher expectations than the market needed and will be downsizing by as much as 130 employees over the coming months.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Make and Apple ‘piPad’

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Autumn has begun and it won’t be long before apple season begins. That is to say the fruit, not the tech company. In honor of the beginning of fall and a (hopefully) apple filled season, we’ve got a clever baking project for an Apple “piPad.”

This delicious looking recipe comes from Instructables user Beanie10. It makes one 11 x 16-inch apple pie with a white chocolate topping. You will need to head to the grocery store for some white chocolate, powdered food coloring, baking supplies (like a cookie sheet and a double boiler), and a variety of pie ingredients.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iProphet Brings the Sound of the Prophet VS to iPad

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Vector synthesis is a type of audio synthesis that creates movement in sound using crossfading between four sound sources. It was big in the mid 1980s after it was developed by Sequential Circuits for the Prophet VS. Today, you can get the sound of the original vector synthesizer right on your iPad thanks to music company Arturia.

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Pokémon TCG Online Now Available on iPad

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My nephew just recently got into the Pokémon trading card game (TCG). Like, less than a month ago. Apparently, it is all the rage in his first grade class and he feels that it is necessary to participate in order to maintain his social standing. Lucky for him, his birthday was last week and he received hundreds of cards as presents. He will be overjoyed to find out that the online game is now available on the iPad. So, now, whenever he visits, he can play Pokémon TCG instead of Minecraft for hours at a time.

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Apple Makes it Possible to Donate to ‘City of Hope’ From Your iPad

City of Hope

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of the important occasion, Apple has added a special page to iTunes that will allow users to donate to cancer research and treatment center City of Hope on the iPad with one tap.

City of Hope is a research and treatment facility that specializes in cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. The organization has been designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute and is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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Apple’s Jony Ive in Vogue, Fashion Trendsetter Thanks to the Apple Watch

Jony Ive Vogue

This week, Paris is playing host to the annual Fashion week. On Tuesday, high-end boutique Colette held a special event to show off the Apple Watch. Today, Vogue published an in-depth profile piece with Apple’s senior vice president of Design, Jony Ive, proving that Apple is more than just a tech company. It is also a fashion trendsetter thanks to Ive’s eye for design.

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Next-Gen iPad Air Purportedly Available in Gold

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Within the next couple of weeks, Apple will likely announce a media event where the company will unveil the next generation of iPad Air and iPad mini, as well as unleash OS X Yosemite on the public and make Apple Pay available for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

With a new iPad Air looming in our future, rumors are peaking. Today, Bloomberg reported that Apple will finally add a gold option to the tablet line-up, something that has been available since 2013 on the iPhone.

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