Author Archive for Lory

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

Kensington’s New ‘Trapper Keeper’ Case Brings High School Style to the iPad

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I was a Trapper Keeper user when I was a kid. If I remember correctly, mine was rainbow themed and was designed by Lisa Frank. When I got into high school, I had one of those splashed paint designed ones. I thought I was so Mod.  There were many other designs in my locker throughout my school years. However, one thing remained the same across 13 years of learning. I always had a Trapper Keeper.

Kensington has just announced a new line of Mead inspired universal cases for 10 and 8-inch tablets. You may not be able to choose from the long list of licensed designs, but the fold-over front flap will certainly remind you of first period History.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Subscribe to iTunes Match

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Last week, we told you how to remove duplicate tracks in iTunes Match. In the process of writing the guide, it came to my attention that we never actually explained to our users just how to subscribe to iTunes Match in the first place. By now, most of our readers would have already joined the service or decided not to. However, Apple is always gaining new users to iOS, and hopefully we are always gaining new readers to PadGadget.

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As Apple Acquires Beats Music, Data Shows Digital Downloads Down, Streaming Music Up

Nielsen Music Report

Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS recently published a report regarding music consumption for the first six months of 2014. While sales of digital music have dropped since Dec. 2013, activities related to music streaming services have increased. SoundScan measures point-of-sale purchases of recorded music while BDS tracks radio airplay and music streams.

According to the report, for the first six months of 2014, sales of digital albums are down 11.6 percent compared to the same time period a year ago. Overall on-demand streaming has increased by 42 percent. Specifically, on-demand audio is up 50.1 percent and on-demand video is up 35.2 percent.

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New Purported Images of iPad Air 2 Shows Touch ID, No Rotation Lock Switch

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As we get closer to the hopeful fall launch of the next generation of iPad Air, we are hearing new rumors as to what Apple has in store for us. Although not official, it is practically fact that the iPad Air will feature Touch ID. Last week, we saw a comparison video of the first and second-generation iPad Air side by side. In it, we saw that the new model sports the iPad Air. We also saw that there was no lock screen/mute switch.

At the time, we assumed that this prototype may have been shipped before the button was added. However, new images from a different media organization show the same configuration, sans the lock screen/mute switch.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Civilization Revolution 2

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Just as promised, this week, 2K Games in collaboration with Firaxis released the long-awaited follow up to the hugely popular real-time strategy empire building game, Civilization Revolution 2. The game was specially designed and exclusively launched on iOS so mobile gamers can enjoy this new title and make their friends jealous at the same time.

The game is fairly similar to its predecessor when it comes to overall content. However, Civ Rev 2 has been completely redesigned from the ground up for the new generation of iPad and iPhone. It takes advantage of the high quality Retina display with clear detailed 3-D graphics. The game runs smoothly at all levels. The user interface was designed with touch screen controls in mind.

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Warhammer Themed ‘Blood Bowl’ Coming to iPad this July

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Fans of the Warhammer franchise will already know that Blood Bowl is a board game from more than 25 years ago that is based on the game of American football and themed with characters from Warhammer. It is the perfect combination of sports and role-playing games. This is the ultimate definition of “fantasy football.”

Game developers Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studio recently announced that a digital version of Blood Bowl would be available on the iPad in “early July.”

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Facebook Finally Updates Messenger for iPad

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Facebook is known for launching apps on the iPhone and then waiting much longer than necessary to optimize them for the iPad. Messenger is the next in line to have been around for a year-and-a-half before finally getting the iPad update. Today, with no advanced warning, Facebook Messenger has been optimized for the larger screen.

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Apple Patent for iOS Security Feature Lets Users Set Location-Based Level of Protection

Location Based Security Apple Patent

When I’m sitting around at home, I don’t feel the need to use extra security measures to protect my information from prying eyes. I don’t need a passcode. I don’t need Touch ID. I don’t even care if anyone sees my browser history. However, when I leave the house, I want all the double-extra-super protection that exists to ensure that strangers can’t access my content. I keep my iPad and iPhone protected at all times because it’s kind of a pain to switch back and forth between secure and unsecure.

There is a chance that, in the future, Apple will make it possible for users to have different security settings based on location. So, when I’m at home, I can leave my device completely open. When I’m at work, I can have a basic level of security. When I’m at a dive bar downtown, I can set the double-extra-super protection.

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Rumor of the Day: Apple to Launch Little Buddy to iPad Air, a Smartphone Dubbed ‘iPhone Air’

iPhone 6 Concept

There have been a lot of rumors in the past few weeks regarding the next generation of iPhone. The belief is that Apple is making a larger screen smartphone measuring 4.7 inches. There have been a number of supposed leaked images and purported specification descriptions of the large handset. However today, rumors from the supply chain are claiming Apple is making an even larger “phablet” and have given the new device a name, the iPhone Air.

According to Chinese language site China.com, unnamed sources in the supply chain have reported that Apple will start selling the next generation of iPhone on Sept. 25 after a Sept. 15 product event.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Updates Stage Mount with ‘iKlip Xpand’

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This past week, IK Multimedia announced the surprise launch of a redesigned version of the company’s most popular iPad accessory. The iKlip is a mount that attaches to your microphone stand, making it possible for you to have your tablet right in front of you without needing a separate holder. The iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini are universal models that are designed for a wide range of tablets and smartphones, as well as a wide range of updated versions. We all know how much Apple loves to change the size of their gadgets.

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