Author Archive for Lory

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

Drone Captures Images of New Structure Apple is Building for Sept. 9 Event

Flint Center Temporary Structure Apple Event

Next Tuesday, Apple is holding a media event were it is speculated that, not only will the next generation of iPhone will be announced, but also the much-rumored iWatch will be unveiled. Shortly after Apple sent out invitations, it was discovered that Apple was building a separate structure outside of the Flint Center, which is where the event is to be held.

Apple fan Sachin Patel was interested enough in this new building that he sent up a drone to take a snapshot of the impressive structure. The size of this temporary building has led to even more speculation as to what Apple is planning for the Sept. 9 event.

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BeamDog Announces Icewind Dale Coming to iPad, iPhone, and Mac Later This Year

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BeamDog Entertainment, the same game development company that launched two previous classic Dungeons & Dragons based role-playing adventure games for Mac and PC, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, recently announced that the Forgotten Realms adventure will be coming to iOS and OS X later this year.

Icewind Dale, which launched in 2000, came along as the popularity of PC games based on the Dungeons and Dragons world grew. Forgotten Realms is a campaign setting for the D&D world and Icewind Dale, which uses the Advanced D&D Second Edition rule set, takes place in The Realms.

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Analyst Predicts iWatch Will Launch at Later iPad Event Instead of iPhone Event on Sept. 9

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Ever since Re/code announced that Apple plans to unveil a wearable device that features both HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks, the tech world has been buzzing about what to expect. Various news organizations have made their own claims to the predicted launch of the as-yet-unofficial device. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and be the first to be right.

Today, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray laid out his own predictions, which are about as safe as possible. He mostly predicts information that we’ve already heard talked about on tech sites over the past few months regarding a larger iPhone in two sizes, limited runs with Sapphire Glass, and near field communication.

One interesting, albeit non-committal, prediction that Munster told investors seems completely reasonable, and is even followed by supporting opinion that makes a lot of sense.

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Supply Chain Ramps Up Production of Next-Gen iPad Air

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Information coming in from component-makers show that the supply chain is turning up the heat on production as Apple prepares for the launch of the second-generation iPad Air this fall.

According to DigiTimes, Apple has placed orders and various component manufacturers are gearing up. There is no information as to the number of units Apple is ordering. However, unnamed sources claim that non-Apple supply chains expect limited orders due to the conservative outlook on tablets during the second half of 2014.

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Apple Warns Developers not to Store Health Data in iCloud

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This week, hackers were able to gain access to a number of celebrities’ Photo Streams and posted nude photos for the world to see. The iCloud invasion has created much fear regarding Apple’s supposedly secure cloud storage service.

The iPad maker also released an official statement regarding the issue, claiming that the access to iOS user data was not a breach in iCloud, but a targeted attack using brute force on victims’ information.

Brute force or not, the fact that hackers were able to gain access to personal data that we thought was totally secure brings up a lot of questions about just how safe our privacy is, including medical information that Apple hopes we will be tracking in iOS 8.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Travel Mobile Device Charging Station

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When I take a trip, I bring with me my iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. My traveling companions, depending on who they are, will always have at least a cell phone, but will also likely have a tablet on them as well. If we are sharing a hotel room, which I tend to do to save money, the available plugs are quickly filled with various wall chargers. Sometimes, plugs that were already occupied with lamps, alarm clocks, and coffee makers will be taken, as well.

What I really need is a compact charging station that only requires one plug, but will charge multiple devices at once. EurekaFactory came up with the perfect solution with a simple, easy Instructables project.

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Reddit Finally Launches Official iOS App for Popular Ask Me Anything Q&A

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Reddit might be the most popular Internet website aggregate ever. The barebones website lists tens of thousands of articles every day that are user submitted and mostly a complete waste of time, but fun just the same. Reddit has no official iOS app. Maybe that’s because the website is so simplistic that it isn’t difficult to see the same thing on smaller screens without needing any special designs.

Today, the company launched an official app specifically for catching up on the website’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer sessions. Unfortunately, it isn’t optimized for the iPad. However, I’ve been reading it on my 9.7-inch screen in 2X zoom mode, and it doesn’t look half bad. Read More »

New Sources Claim iWatch Will Not be Ready in Time for Sept. 9 Event

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Last week, Re/code made claims that Apple would be unveiling a new device, likely the iWatch, which would support both HealthKit and HomeKit functionality at next week’s media event on Sept. 9. Rumors and speculations have been buzzing around our heads for months as to what we can expect from Apple. Finally getting to see the product would be a huge burden lifted from our minds.

Unfortunately, new rumors have surfaced that Apple won’t be ready to unveil the iWatch until sometime in 2015 because the device is still in the engineering verification testing stages.

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Best Buy Now Selling iPad Mini for only $199

Best Buy iPad mini Sale

This morning, DigiTimes reported that Apple made an arrangement with Best Buy and Amazon to cut the price of the iPad mini. Upon further research, it appears that Amazon has dropped the price of the first generation model, as well as the iPad mini with Retina, by $50. Best Buy is offering $100 off of the first-generation iPad mini and the iPad mini with Retinal Display, WiFi + Cellular model.

According to DigitTimes, unnamed sources noted that Apple sold 16.4 million and 13.28 million tablets in the first and second quarter respectively. The sources believe that, in order to maintain tablet shipment status, Apple is encouraging a sale that might improve the numbers in the third quarter.

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Why Apple Rejects Apps: 11 Common Mistakes Developers Make When Submitting

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Any developer has had an app rejected will tell you that the screening process is quite difficult. You never know how long it will take and you never know whether the reviewer will suddenly decide to reject your app. Apple recently published a new page on its Developer website to make things a bit easier with information on 11 of the most common reasons apps get rejected in the review process.

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