Author Archive for Lory

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

Why you Shouldn’t Upgrade to the iPad Air 2

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Now that Apple’s new tablet has been introduced, it is time to decide whether one should upgrade or stick with the current tablet. Of course, your decision to upgrade must be your own. However, for those of you looking for advice on whether to upgrade or not, we’ve got some opinions on the matter.

The main reason to upgrade or not upgrade has a lot to do with which model tablet you are using right now. Basically, if you are still using anything but an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina (now called iPad mini 2) you should buy a new one. For those who purchased a new tablet last October and are thinking about spending the money on the newest model, don’t.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Angry Birds Transformers

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Believe it or not, Rovio is at it again with another Angry Birds mash-up. This time, the famous bird and pig duo is outfitted with giant robot gear. With a bit of a throwback theme, the Angry Birds have been redesigned with a 1980s vibe. Step back in time as Autobirds join forces with Deceptihogs to stop the evil Eggbots from destroying Piggie Island.

Angry Birds Transformers is quite a bit different than previous licensed Angry Bird games. Instead of a new skin on an old game, Rovio has turned Angry Birds into a side-scrolling shooter.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Fiddlewax Pro – One App To Rule Them All

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There are hundreds of different types of music instruments in the App Store. You can pretend to strum a guitar, tap out the beat on a virtual drum kit, and even recreate the sounds of the traditional Indian Shehnai. There are apps for synthesizers, keyboards, and samplers. You can record performances, connect multiple apps to play at once, and plug into MIDI compatible instruments. Why not throw all of those out the window and have one app that does everything?

Fiddlewax Pro is an all-in-one music app that lets you play keyboard, guitar, drums, and nine other instruments. It also lets you create your own custom loops, record M4A files, upload files directly to SoundCloud, and connect with other apps via Audiobus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio.

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Apple Adds New SIM Card to iPad Air 2 that Could be the Great Disruptor of the Cellular Industry

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With all of Apple’s big updates to the iPad Air, the company conspicuously left off a new feature that, if used correctly (or with evil intent, depending on the side you take) could make switching carriers as simple as changing your shoes. Apple added something called an “Apple SIM” to the new line of tablets.

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iPad Air 2’s Anti-Reflective Coating Causing Yield Rate Issues

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At yesterday’s media event, Apple announced a small, but awesome update to the iPad Air 2’s screen. The Retina display will be coated with an anti-reflective process that will make sun glare much less of an issue. Today, reports coming from the supply chain claim that the anti-reflective coating is causing yield rate issues that may affect supplies of the availability of the tablet.

According to DigiTimes, Apple’s display screen touch module maker TPK expects orders to be limited for the fourth quarter due to changes in the supply chain combined with “yield rate issues with the production of the new iPad’s screens with anti-reflective coating.”

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Apple Finally Launches an iMac with Retina Display

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There has been talk for a few years now that Apple was planning on updating its iMac line to support a Retina display screen. Getting all of those pixels onto the oversized screen has got to be hard to do. After much speculation and rumors, Apple has finally made it official. As of today, you can order the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starting at $2,499.

Apple showed off some features of the new display at yesterday’s media event. It looks amazing. The Retina 5K display has a 5120 X 2880 resolution screen for a total of 14.7 million pixels, which is four times as many pixels as the non-Retina 27-inch iMac.

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Apple Online Store Down for Hours, Still No Preorders for iPad Air 2

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Yesterday, Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The 9.7-inch tablet comes with a faster processor, barometer measuring motion coprocessor, and Touch ID. It is 18 percent thinner than its predecessor and now comes in gold. The iPad mini 3 only received one major update in that it also now features Touch ID.

Apple also announced that the new tablets would be available for preorder today. No other information was given. However, many of us assumed that Apple would begin preorders at 12:01 a.m., just like it always does.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Inkognito

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In 1988, Milton Bradley published a complex mystery game that requires players to find out who their masked partner is, get a message from them, and complete a secret spy mission. You can play Inkognito on your iPad with three artificial intelligent computer players so you don’t have to try to round up a party for board game night.

Inkognito is a mystery game of deduction that features a large map of Venice with a variety of locations marked on the map. Players have six different four different game markers, as well as a passport, at their disposal. Your passport reveals who your character is, what your “build” is (your size, tall, medium, short), what your shape is, and what your code is. This information will help you and your partner find each other.

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OS X Yosemite Available Today, Your iPad and Mac are Connected

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Back in June, when Apple first demonstrated the power of OS X Yosemite, I was floored. Not only does the new desktop operating system look amazing, but it also has incredible connectivity with iOS. You can send and receive text messages (not just to iMessage contacts), make phone calls using your computer as a speakerphone, and “handoff” programs from one device to another with one simple tap (or click). Today, Apple announced that OS X Yosemite is available for free in the Mac App Store on all macs from 2009 and newer.


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Apple Unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Available for Preorder Oct. 17

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Apple just unveiled its new line of ipad Air and iPad mini tablets. The big news is the small size. The tablet is now 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air at only 6.1mm. Watch out for “Bendgate” part two. The new mobile device has a few new features, nothing we didn’t already hear about from leaks in the chain. As noted in the “dummy” models we saw earlier. There is no Mute/Rotation Lock button. Probably the best news is that preorders begin just after midnight tonight. Hopefully, you’ve taken the morning off tomorrow, because you’ll be up late tonight.

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