Author Archive for Lory

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

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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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Magnetic Cable Organizer

DIY cable catcher 4At this moment, I’ve got three stray cables plugged into my USB extender. They get used every day so I need to keep them at the ready. But, they are an unsightly mess on my desktop. They sometimes end up falling toward the back of the desk where I can barely reach. Even worse, every once in a while, a cord will fall between the cracks and behind my desk. Ugh.

There are cable organizers out there to help you keep your dangling doodads from ending up at the dust bunny party under your feet. But, they can be expensive. Especially when you can make one on your own.

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Check out Lightning Around The World With WeatherBug’s New Global Lightning Feature

Weatherbug 2Earth Networks, Inc. just announced the launch of an update to its WeatherBug app for iPhone and iPad. The app has been given a user interface refresh, a redesigned Spark lightening alerts and map, and 64-bit support. With this update, Spark makes it possible for users to see real-time information regarding lightning proximity for current and saved locations. You’ll always know how far away the lightning strike is.

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Next Generation Apple Headphones May Monitor your Health

Fitness headphonesAppleInsider recently discovered US patent No. 8,655,004 for a “Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds, and/or headsets.” The system would be used to monitor fitness activities and could also be used to sense biometric data. The patent also covers the user control of the electronic device using head gestures.

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Apple’s Latest ‘Your Verse’ Story Shows iPad Can Climb any Mountain

expedition_heroApple recently started a new advertising campaign to remind the world what their tablet can do. The “Your Verse” ad shows a number of different creative ways in which the iPad has been used. From video shoots to live music performances, the iPad has been a lot of places and done a lot of things.

When the campaign first started, Apple went in-depth with one of the many activities highlighted in the “Your Verse” advertisement. The underwater exploration showed how a group of marine biologists recorded their findings using iPad tablets housed in a special pressure-controlled waterproof device.

Today, Apple added a second in-depth story showing the iPad at the opposite end of the elevation spectrum. The tablet has been used by two world-class mountaineers to climb some of the highest peaks in the world.

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Major League Baseball Parks Begin Rollout of Apple’s iBeacon Technology

Dodger_StadiumLast year, news of Apple’s iBeacon technology began to hit the street. With iOS 7, the iPad maker included the ability for third-party tech companies to make devices that would connect wirelessly to iOS devices from localized transmitters. The transmitters work using Bluetooth LE (low energy) to conserve energy. It can be used in retail stores to offer discounts to shoppers, large-indoor complexes to track your whereabouts inside, and baseball stadiums to beam relevant information directly to you. Today, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that two of its ballparks are fully equipped with iBeacon technology and are ready for Opening Day.

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