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 Adds New Spotlight Category to the App Store – Best of the Month

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Apple has been spotlighting new apps on a weekly basis for the Editor’s Choice award. Each week, Apple spotlights a brand new game or app (or both) for both the iPhone and iPad. The selected titles remain at the top of the home screen of the App Store for the entire week. Yesterday, Apple started a new campaign to highlight extra special apps with the Best of the Month.

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Angela Ahrendts Starts Her New Job as Apple’s Chief of Retail and Online Stores

Angela Ahrendts

Apple has been without a leader of its retail and online stores since October of 2012 when John Browett was ousted for his antics with cutting staff and freezing new hires at the company’s nearly 400 retail stores. In November of 2013, Apple announced that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts would take the reigns after her six-month transition period ended. Today, the changeover is official as Ahrendts is now listed as Apple’s Senior Vice President of retail and online stores.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 on Sale for $0.99

sonic the hedgehog

I still remember the first time I played Sonic the Hedgehog. The beautiful chime every time you grab the rings and the boisterous noise when you lose them are burned into my brain. I loved how fast-paced the game seemed. Sonic dashed way faster than any other platform character I’d ever played. I was hooked from the start.

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Beats Music Update adds iPad Support

Beats Music

When Beats Music launched their hugely hyped streaming music service in January, the biggest missing feature was iPad support. Why would the company work so hard to design a beautiful app, only to launch it exclusively for screens that are four-inches or smaller? After enough outcries from the public, Beats has finally updated their music app to support the larger landscape of Apple tablets.

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Google Launches Productivity Suite to Compete with Microsoft Office, Apple iWork

Google Docs

Apple has iWork, Microsoft has Office, and now Google has its own line of productivity apps that are available on the iPad. I guess Google was feeling a bit left out and wanted its own version of Word/Pages, Excel/Numbers, and PowerPoint/Keynote.

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Flow, the Missing Instagram App for iPad Gets Major Update, Now Supports Portrait Mode

Flow for Instagram 1I’ve always wondered why Instagram isn’t optimized for the iPad. Even if tablet photography isn’t as popular as smart phone photography, we still love looking at photos on our iPad. Luckily, third-party developers have come in to fill the void by offering clean, sleek, good looking Instagram clients that make you forget the official one is not supported on the iPad. Flow for Instagram is one such app. Today, the app’s developer announced a major update that, among other things, brings the most requested feature – portrait mode.

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Apple Reportedly Considering Shifting Some iOS 8 Feature to a Later Release

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Traditionally, at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple demonstrates the next generation of mobile operating system. It is a big to-do as Apple shows off new features, lists spec improvements, and gets us giddy for the imminent launch. This year, however, there is a chance that Apple will postpone the adding some rumored features for iOS 8, as well as postponing the demo that normally would take place at WWDC in June. Instead, we’ll be seeing what the future of OS X has in store.

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May the Fourth Be With You – Star Wars Pinball 3 Gets Four New Tables for Star Wars Day

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This coming May 4 is considered “Star Wars Day.” The phenomenon only started a few years ago, but spread like wildfire thanks to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. It has since become more than just a play on words used by Star Wars fans. Today, Zen Studios has updated Star Wars Pinball 3 with four new tables in celebration of Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with You.

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Apple Fixes Maps Issues by Rearranging the Earth, According to the Onion

The Onion Maps AppApple’s Maps app is famously fraught with issues, most of them relating to incorrect locations, and some areas missing altogether. While the world has moved on to Google, and Apple seems to be quietly trying to forget the whole thing ever happened, humorists at The Onion have decided to remind everyone what makes Apple so special.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Be Truly Happy With Metalcore Breakdown Composer

Metalcore Breakdown Composer 2I am a fan of the metal genre. I regularly have arguments with my friends about which of the “Big Four” had the best album. I’ve seen my share of patch-covered sleeveless jean jackets, and I love the sound of a shredding guitar. So, when I first noticed Metalcore Breakdown Composer, I thought, “you had me at metal.”

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