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 Sues Chinese Government Over Siri Patent

SiriIn an unusual turn of events, Apple is purportedly suing the Chinese government, as well as a China-based technology company, over patent rights for Siri. According to the State-run news agency in Xinhua, the iPad maker is striking back at Zhizhen Network Technology after being accused by that company of infringing on their personal assistant software.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life

Wonders of Life 3Brian Cox is back with another three-dimensional adventure to take you on. Last time, the British physicist took to the stars to share his vast, enthusiastic, but surprisingly easy to understand knowledge with the world. This time, he is reining it in a little by bringing us back to Earth to discover the Wonders of Life.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Getting Siri to Get Directions for Your Through Google Maps

Siri Google Maps Transit 2It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Apple’s Maps app. When it first launched with iOS 6 in September of 2012, users were complaining about it not working correctly. I brushed off the notion as just a bunch of complainers looking for something to whine about. That is, until I tried using it to get to my best friend’s wedding and it failed to properly navigate me to where I needed to go (I still burn with rage over that incident). I’ve never purposefully used the app since then, unless I’m testing something for an article.

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Get Your Bacon On With Open Air’s Cookbook ‘Better Bacon’

Better Bacon 4Bacon, that wonderfully delicious breakfast meat, has become the darling of professional chefs and home cooks alike. It is no longer relegated to breakfast time and unhealthy burgers. Now, it pops up in our sweet treats, like maple bars with bacon, or bacon infused chocolate.

Everyone has a different idea of how to properly cook the processed pig, too. Some like it burnt to a crisp. Others prefer the ends to maintain the chewy fat that bursts with flavor when you bite into it. Expert butcher Tom Mylan wants to give you some industry tips on the best way to cut, prepare, and cook bacon like a pro in Open Air Publishing’s Better Bacon: Chef Recipes & How to Make Your Own app.

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Tower Defense and Card Game Combine in Caveman Wars

Caveman Wars 2In tower defense games, players lay down turrets and other weapons in strategic places as hordes of enemies approach and try to destroy a building or break through a barrier. In typical stats-based card games, players lay down cards with certain attack and armor points to try to defeat their opponent directly. How would one play a game that involves both tower defense and cards? We are about to find out.

Caveman Wars is a strategy tower defense game that uses cards as weapons against the onslaught of enemies. Defend your food storage against invasions from cavemen, saber-toothed tigers, and more.

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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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