Author Archive for Lory

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

Amazon targeting a Q1 Launch for Apple TV Set-Top Box Competitor

AppleTV2I’m one of those kooky kids who doesn’t have cable. Yes, there are some show I’ll never see unless a friend loans me the DVD. Even when shows do make it to Netflix, they are always at least a season behind, so I’m constantly telling people not to spoil things for me.

However, I don’t miss cable. I get enough content from my Apple TV that I feel satisfied with my television watching experience. One thing I’ve always wished for was an Amazon Prime streaming on Apple TV. That way, I don’t have to mirror shows from my laptop to my T.V. set.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday – SCRABBLE for iPad

Scrabble 2When it comes to classic, old-school, or retro games, no arcade game has been around nearly as long as board games. One of the older games out there is SCRABBLE. If you want to flashback to anything, think about when you were just a little tyke and you played the game with your grandmother when you stayed with her for the weekend. EA Games, in collaboration with Hasbro, brought the tradition to iOS and you don’t have to wait for grandma to visit to play with her, either.

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Train Your Eyes to See Better with this Neuroscientist-Developed iPad App

UltimEyes 1What if you could improve your eyesight just by playing around with an app? Or if you could see things from further away than you ever could before just by using your iPad? It may sound like science fiction, but UltimEyes is all science and no fiction. A neuroscientist from the University of California, Riverside created it and based on evidence from his localized study, it effectively improved the vision of some players to 20/7.5.

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Tengami Brings Pop-Up Adventure Books to the iPad

thumbs_tengami_mountain_pagodaHow can a flat surface be turned into a pop-up book? Well, you may not be able to actually make objects protrude from your iPad’s screen, but Tengami will make you feel like you are reading a beautifully crafted pop-up book, complete with movable tags and all.

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Next Generation iPad Could Use Smart Magnets to Connect Accessories

Smart Magnet Patent 3By the time the second-generation iPad came out, Apple had figured out a way to introduce a cover that would protect your tablet without needing snaps or zippers, and would also trigger the Sleep/Wake function on the tablet. The simple solution involved magnets. Apple added magnets to the iPad so that accessories could be attached to it without needing any kind of additional connector. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent for Apple that would make it possible to connect even more accessories using “smart” magnets.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Best of Apple’s Apps For Learning Music Category

Apps for Learning MusicApple recently added a page to iTunes that highlights a few dozen apps for learning how to play music. There is a category for virtual instruments, reading and composing music, music theory, and tools for musicians. Since we’ve been writing a column about apps and accessories for musicians for more than a year now, we thought we’d put in our two cents for which of Apple’s favorites stand out as the best in each category.

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Apple Once Again Tops List of World’s Most Valuable Brands

Brand Finance Global 500For the third year in a row, Apple has been named the world’s most valuable brand by the popular valuation research company Brand Finance. The Brand Finance Global 500 report shows that the iPad maker increased its’ value by nearly $26 billion from the previous year. Catching up quickly is Samsung, who outranked Google this year as second most valuable brand.

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Samsung Taking Pot Shots at Apple in New Commercial… Again

iPad Air PencilSigh. Samsung is at it again with yet another anti-Apple advertisement campaign. This time, the Korean-based company is using Apple’s iconic “Pencil” advertisement to make jabs at the iPad for being… get this… .2mm thicker than the Galaxy Tab Pro. Oh, that iPad Air is just so much thicker than the Galaxy Tab Pro. I just don’t know how anyone could grip it. It might as well be an encyclopedia.

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iTunes Festival Comes to the U.S. for the First Time Via SXSW

iTunes Festival SXSW 1Apple today announced that its hugely popular iTunes Festival would be making an appearance at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. The five-day concert will take place March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater and feature a lineup of global superstars, including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Willie Nelson. If you won’t be attending SXSW this year, you can still watch every night of the iTunes Festival live streaming on Apple TV or iOS through the iTunes Festival app.

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SteelSeries Stratus Bluetooth Wireless Controller: Hands-On Review

Stratus Game Controller 1At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, SteelSeries announced that it would be launching the first-ever wireless gamepad for iOS 7. What makes a controller like this so exciting is that it can be used with any device, including iPad or iPhone, as long as it meets technical requirements and is running iOS 7 or higher.

Most game controllers that are on the market right now cater to the iPhone. Logitech’s Powershell, for example, lets you place your iPhone inside a specially designed controller. No room for upgraded phones and certainly no room for the iPad.

SteelSeries’ new Bluetooth controller, the Stratus, makes it possible for you to game on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and keeps you connected to your Apple devices, no matter what future generation you invest in.

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