Author Archive for Lory

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

IBM’s ‘Mobile First’ iPad Apps for Enterprise Set to Launch Next Month

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Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings meeting where the company’s CEO and CFO told investors how things are going. CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri gave additional details as to why the iPad is not a sinking ship and basically said the media should stop making up tales of the apocalypse when it comes to Apple’s tablet line.

In the quarterly earnings call, Cook noted that IBM’s Mobile First iPad apps are on schedule to launch as early as next month. This new line of enterprise apps will be a big boost for Apple’s push to capture the corporate market.

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Hackers May Have Found a Way to Infiltrate Apple’s iCloud in China

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Just as Apple launches their new mobile payment service, a news report comes in that a group of hackers in China may have figured out a way to gain access to personal log in credentials for iCloud. Chinese research firm claims that the “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack comes from the Beijing government.

According to Reuters, recently published information that hackers have put up a false website on China’s Internet that redirects iCloud users to a false page where passwords, messages, photos, and contacts could potentially be accessed and collected without user knowledge. also claims that the government is involved in the attack, stating that it resembles previous attacks on Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

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WritePad for iPad Can Now Be Used as a Default Keyboard for iOS 8

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With the launch of iOS 8, users were finally able to take advantage of third-party keyboard apps as the default on their iPad. I’ve tested about a dozen of them and love all of the special features they come with. The connection is still a bit buggy and needs some polishing, but it is still a lot of fun to use these colorful and unique keyboards.

WritePad is a note-taking app that allows users to scribe notes in their own handwriting. Previously, the handwriting feature was only available when using the app. However, PhatWare has just updated WritePad to allow users to set the handwriting feature as the default keyboard on the iPad in iOS 8.

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Major League Baseball Parks to be First Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay

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Yesterday, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, which included such features as OS X Yosemite Continuity, iCloud Photo Library, and the much talked about Apple Pay. The reviews are trickling in from tech writers that have tested it in the wild. Although there have been a few expected hiccups, the overall consensus is, “wow.”

The next question is, which retailers will participate in Apple Pay? Apple has about a quarter-of-a-million stores on its list of participating retailers, including the likes of Macy’s, McDonnalds, Chevron, Office Depot, and more. We’ve also recently learned that Apple Pay will be available to MasterCard users at the 2014 World Series.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Enable Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite


Apple has added some pretty cool features between its mobile and desktop operating systems. The Continuity category makes it possible for users to access “Handoff,” send and receive text messages from non-iOS devices, and make phone calls on the Mac and iPad.

Until iOS 8.1, I was unable to access the features of Handoff. I wasn’t the only one. There were a lot of users talking about issues with Handoff. For me, and hopefully the hundreds of users with the same problem, iOS 8.1 has fixed the problem and Handoff is now accessible.

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Apple Posts Record Revenue Thanks to iPhone 6, iPad Sales Remains the Same


Apple just finished its quarterly earnings call relating to the fourth quarter 2014. It was no surprise that the company made huge profits over last quarter thanks to record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. At the same time, the Mac market proved to be the most successful quarter on record for Apple with a 25 percent increase in sales from the previous quarter. The iPad is showing a slowdown, as expected. However, the drop was not significant enough to cause concern. Sales from the same time last year only decreased by seven percent, which is lower than the slowdown seen in the third quarter.

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Apple Pay Available Today on Compatible Devices Via iOS 8.1

Apple PayWith the release of iOS 8.1, Apple makes its mobile payment service available on compatible devices. If you already have an iPhone 6 or 6Plus, or if you’ve preordered your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, you’ll be able to take advantage of Apple’s convenient mobile shopping experience.

In the past, research has shown that the iPad is used more than any other tablet for online shopping during the holidays. Plus, the iPad is fast becoming the go-to shopping app over desktops and laptops, as well.

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iOS 8.1 Now Available, Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and the Return of Camera Roll

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At 10:00 a.m. PT, Apple rolled out the next big update for its mobile operating system. After downloading iOS 8.1, users will be able to access iCloud Photo Library as a public beta, continuity features will allow users to send and receive text messages from non-iOS devices on their iPad and Mac, and Apple Pay is officially available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple announced last Thursday that iOS 8.1 would launch today with Apple Pay availability. A few other features were also mentioned. For example, Apple says it has heard consumer complaints about the way iPhoto is set up. So, the Camera Roll and My Photo Stream albums are back for users that do not enable iCloud Photo Library.

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Apple to Reveal Fourth-Quarter Earnings Today, Analysts Predict Stagnation in iPad Sales

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Today at 2:00 p.m. PT, Apple will hold its quarterly earnings meeting with investors and analysts. Traditionally, the company lays out the numbers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer sales, offers a rundown of profits for the quarter, and gives guidance for what to expect in the coming year (finance-wise, not new products). Ahead of today’s meeting, which we will be listening to and provide you with a summary of, Fortune has gathered predictions from professionals and amateurs alike on what Apple will announce later today.

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Apple Has Plans to Drop Beats Subscription Music Service to $5 per Month

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The music industry is in flux right now. For decades, the music-buying world was easy to please. The only way to get you favorite tunes was to buy an album or single. Whether it was vinyl, tape, or CD, record labels were in control. With the advent of downloadable music, things have changed and record companies are having a difficult time figuring out how to make money off of what consumers want.

Subscription-based streaming services are definitely on-track to becoming the new medium for monetizing music. Companies like Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio are successfully solidifying their place in the industry. Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats put the company in the running, as well. However, Apple doesn’t want to keep the status quo.

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