Author Archive for Lory

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

Songza Joins Google, is an iTunes Radio Competition in the Future?

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I love listening to music via Songza. When I’m working, I don’t often have the time to think about a specific band or artist that I want to listen to. Sonza is great for finding something that fits my mood, even when I don’t know what that mood is. After testing Beats Music, which also features mood-based curated playlists, I feel that Songza is better at creating very specific playlists that are ideal for a number of situations.

Yesterday, both Sonza and Google announced that the former would be joining the latter. That’s right, Google is the new, proud owner of Sonza’s entire library of curated playlists and has definite plans to bring the streaming music service to Google Play Music.

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Apple Extends AppleCare+ Support for iPad and iPhone to 60 Days

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I always purchase AppleCare for my desktop and laptop computers. I’ve used the extended warranty with great success and saved hundreds of dollars in repairs. Apple also offers coverage for both the iPhone and iPad with AppleCare+. Device owners used to be required to add the extended warranty within 30 days of the iPhone or iPad purchase date. Apple just made some changes to their coverage and you can now wait up to 60 days from the purchase date to decide if you want the extended warranty.

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Personalization Features of Yahoo Mail Finally Available on iPad

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Yahoo Mail is the company’s official app, which gives users access to content from the company’s main website. Until recently, it was mainly focused on email features. However, in April, the iPhone version received a big update that allowed users to access news and see snapshots of weather, sports scores, stocks, and more. Today, the company has rolled out the personalization features to the iPad with full screen support.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Homemade Slide Ruler for Adobe Creative Apps

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A few weeks ago, Adobe launched a new line of creative iPad apps called Adobe Line and Adobe Sketch. At the same time, the company unveiled two new tools specifically designed for drafting artists called “Ink and Slide,” which are a pen and slide ruler for touch screens. Ink and Slide are available as one package from Adobe for $199. However, one creative DIY guy has figured out a way to create a simplified version at home using hardware supplies that won’t cost you more than a few bucks.

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DotPen Hopes to Redefine What a ‘Fine Tip’ Touch Screen Stylus is

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I’ve not tested a whole lot of styluses in my lifetime. The few I have tried out have left me feeling a bid… mushy. I know it is difficult to make a touch screen pen because the material needs to be capacitive. But you’d think that, by now, someone would have perfected the materials so that tablet styluses would feel more like real pens.

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Samsung Rumored to Produce Apple’s A9 Chips, Made in the U.S.A.

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For a few years now, Apple and Samsung have been battling each other in courts around the world over patent infringement issues. While the lawsuits appear to be winding down, rumors of the strained relationship continue. Every few months or so, we hear that Apple is planning on dumping Samsung as the designer for its processor chip line. Then, shortly after that, we hear that the company is on track to produce Apple’s branded mobile chip for years to come.

Today is no different. A new rumor from Taiwan’s DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung will make Apple’s A9 chip, due out in 2015. Additionally, this rumor notes that the chip will be made at Samsung’s U.S. plant in New York.

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Apple Offers $50 -$100 Gift Cards in Latest Back to School iPad and iPhone Promotion

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Now that the kids have celebrated their last day of school, college students have sold back their textbooks for 10 percent of what they bought them for, and the first day of summer has official passed, Apple is starting its Back to School campaign. Starting today and continuing until Sept. 9, Apple is offering a $50 retail store gift card for qualified students who purchase an iPad or iPhone. If you are investing in a new Mac, Apple will give you a $100 gift card.

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E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Launches ‘Life on Earth’ iBooks Textbook Series

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Apple recently updated iTunes U with new tools for educators and students to better create, edit, and collaborate. While looking into the updates to iTunes U, I noticed a spotlight for a series of books I recall reading when I was in school. As it turns out, Dr. Edward O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” has been completely redesigned as an immersive, interactive textbook series that is now available for free on the iPad.

Thanks to donations from supporters of the author’s Biodiversity Foundation, “Life on Earth” will be presented with animations, videos, and interactive modules in a 41-chapter series that meets the Next Generation Science Standards for high school curriculum.

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Some L.A. Schools Switch to Laptops After Troubled iPad Rollout

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We’ve been following the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) iPad program for quite some time. The reason is that LAUSD is the second largest school district in the U.S. and can be considered a tastemaker when it comes to new programs. When the District’s school board approved a $30 million contract with Apple to provide iPad tablets for every student, it piqued our interest as to whether this would become the new way of classroom learning.

Turns out, no.

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Apple Joins San Francisco Pride Festival, Hands out Free Music to Attendees

Every June, San Francisco plays host to a huge celebration that spans then entire world. The yearly Pride Festival takes place in major cities in the U.S. as well as France, Spain, Mexico, and other international locations. The San Francisco Pride Celebration boasts the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

This year, Apple, along with Facebook and Google, joined the festivities in support of gay pride and human rights equality. Apple employees attended en masse donning the company’s iconic logo with the universally known gay pride rainbow colors. Apple employees handed out playing card style certificates with a promo code for one free song on iTunes. The card, also sporting the rainbow Apple logo, simply reads, “Pride.” Recipients can use the card to add one dollar to their iTunes account and choose one song (or app) of their choice.

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