Author Archive for Lory

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

Apple Watch a Surprise Hit at Paris Fashion Week

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As we inch closer to the launch of Apple’s next big thing, fashionistas were given the chance to get a special glimpse of the Apple Watch during the Annual Fashion week in Paris. Upscale fashion boutique Colette announced a one-day only event in collaboration with Apple and the night before, snapshots were coming in from Twitter of a window display that would turn heads on the runway.

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Apple Applies for Touch-Based Interactive Holographic Display in Latest iPhone and iPad Patent

Apple 3D Hologram Patent

Apple is always looking for new ways to make our lives easier and impress the world with new innovations. If you look at patents that the company has applied for within the last decade, you’ll see that Apple has a lot of irons in the fire and a lot of ideas for future technological advancements. The company’s patent list reads like science fiction.

Today, Patently Apple discovered a new patent for an interactive three-dimensional holographic display that does not require any glasses or other reflective medium and works along side Mac computers and mobile devices like the iPhone or iPad. The images would be displayed using beams of light emitted from multiple micro lenses.

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iOS 8.1 Beta Includes Features for Upcoming iPad’s with Touch ID and Apple Pay

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Apple has already begun seeding the first beta version of iOS 8.1 to developers. Of course, with big updates to an operating system comes tech info on what those updates will be. Acccording to developer Hamza Sood, iOS 8.1 includes Apple Pay content and shows evidence of Touch ID support for the next generation of iPad.

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Waze Version 3.9 ‘Places’ Adds Up-To-Date Info on Businesses

Waze

Whenever I’m about to go someplace I’ve never been, I try to get as much info ahead of time as possible. I’ll use Google Earth to try to get a visual description of a building. I’ll look up Yelp reviews to see what is good or bad. I’ll even try to find out what the parking situation is like, just in case I need to plan ahead for a long walk.

This week, Waze updated their social networking map app to include the ability to add and edit current pictures and information about businesses and residences. Now, you can take a picture of a restaurant that recently closed down and post it to Waze to let others know not to waste their time.

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Still Palin’ Around, Samsung to Supply iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro Display for Apple

iPad Pro

Apple is supposedly working on a 12.9-inch iPad model. Rumors have been bubbling up recently that the larger sized tablet will be ready sometime in early 2015, will sport the, slightly better, A8X processor chip, and might even come with 2GB of RAM. Today’s rumor is that Samsung will be on deck to supply the display screens for the so-called “iPad Pro.”

According to Korea-based news site inews24, Samsung will supply Apple with display panels for both the second-generation iPad Air and the iPad Pro. Samsung will supposedly begin manufacturing the panels, which are said to feature IPS technology, in the coming months.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Post-It Plus

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Even though I have all the world’s technology at my fingertips, I still reach for my Post-It notes on occasion for scribbling down reminders. Sometimes, they are stuck to my computer screen. Sometimes, I fold them in half and stuff them into my wallet. No matter how advanced the digital age becomes, it seems like the Post-It note will never be obsolete.

Now, with Post-It Plus, you can transform your physical sheets of colorful sticky paper into digital ones. Plus, you can organize and categorize your notes and share them with others.

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Apple HealthKit Apps Begin Appearing in App Store

HealthKit

After a tumultuous couple of days, Apple was finally able to push an update to iOS 8 that fixed the fairly egregious error with causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to lose cell service and Touch ID. By this morning, you were probably already prompted to update.

Within a few hours of the update going live HealthKit created apps have started to appear in the App Store. Now, apps that use the HealthKit software development kit (SDK) can send information to Apple’s Health app so you can track such things as diet and exercise without having to open multiple apps.

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Apple Makes iPhone More Secure, Police Claim it is now the Tool of Choice for Criminals

iOS 8

To add to the poor publicity Apple has been dealing with for the past week, Chicago Police’s chief of detectives is speculating that Apple’s new extra-secure mobile operating system, iOS 8, is like a magnet for pedophiles. First people are accusing Apple of collaborating with the NSA to give away user information. Now people are complaining because iOS 8 is too secure. This company can’t seem to get a break.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Speedball 2 Evolution

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In the late 1980s, cyberpunk was all the rage. Movies like RoboCop, The Running Man, and Total Recall graced the big screen. Around that same time, a sports-based video game called Speedball made its way onto gaming consoles. The game takes parts of ice hockey and handball and mixes it with hand-to-hand combat against opposing teams.

Speedball 2 Evolution is an iOS version of the popular sequel, which originally launched in 1990. Players can dive into a full career campaign season or spend a few minutes on a quick match.

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Create Your Own Galaxy on the iPad with Intersteller

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Christopher Nolan’s next blockbuster hit, “Intersteller,” is set to hit the big screen on Nov. 7. To get fans excited about the sci-fi adventure, Paramount has just released a simulation game that lets players create and customize an entire galaxy.

Intersteller (the game) is a multi mode adventure that lets players create any type of solar system with dozens of different options. Plus, you can head out into the greater galaxies to explore the known and unknown universe. Collect research data from other players’ solar systems, stay on course to avoid black holes, and upgrade your ship to reach further into space.

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