Author Archive for Lory

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

Automatic Link’s Driving Assistant Joins the iBeacon Wave

Automatic LinkAutomatic Link is an app and gadget combination that collects data based on your driving habits and tells you how you are performing. You will be able to tell when you are braking too hard, speeding, or accelerating too fast. By altering your driving habits, you will be able to save on gas, car repairs, and peace of mind. Today, the company announced that the driving assistant gadget now supports iBeacon technology so you can get info about your driving habits.

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Apple Still Top Tablet Vendor, But Competition is Growing Fast

IDC Tablet TrackerAt Apple’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook admitted that growth of tablet sales in North America had slowed. More than 60 percent of the company’s record-breaking sales were international. According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, worldwide tablet shipments grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is a 62.4 percent growth from the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth from the same quarter one year ago. According to the report, growth is down significantly, considering it was at 87.1 percent growth in 4Q12 versus the previous year.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Needle Felted iPad Cover for Valentine’s Day

DIY Needle Felt iPad Case 4With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, I thought that now might be a good time to get started with heart-themed iPad projects to get you in the mood. Last Valentine’s Day, I found the cutest iPad cupcake tutorial. I was hoping someone out there would improve on the concept with an iPad Air or mini food-related project. We’ll see. Last week’s DIY cutting board iPad stand project inspired me to spend some time in the kitchen this past weekend making Macarons. Let me just say that, it would have been way easier and less time consuming just to make the iPad stand instead.

This week’s project will put you in the mood for love. With a red heart and a purple sleeve, who wouldn’t love this adorable Valentine’s Day themed needle felted iPad cover?

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New ‘All-You-Can-Read’ Children’s Book Service Debuts on iPad

Epic 1These day you can get monthly subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, streaming movies and television shows, even video games. On the iPad, you can read your periodicals, watch your shows, and play video games until your thumbs are sore. What is sorely missing from subscription-based media is books, books, books. Kids these days need less television and more reading.

Epic! – Books for Kids hopes to do something about that by offering unlimited access to as many books in their children’s book library as you want, all for only $9.99 per month.

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New Apple TV with Apps and Gaming Features Could be Apple’s Next Big Thing

AppleTV2A lot of rumors have been trickling through the tech network lately. Less than a week ago, we heard that Apple TV would soon be supporting Bluetooth controllers. In the lead-up to Apple’s big iPhone 5s announcement, tech writers were speculating that the “One more thing” on Sept. 10 would be a fourth-generation set-top box. Today, Apple updated its online retail store with a special page dedicated to the Apple TV. Does that mean Apple is preparing for a big update later this year that will “wow” us?

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Remote Access ‘Parallels’ Slashes Annual Subscription Cost by $30 for Limited Time

Parallels_Access_1.1_for_iPad_with_Microsoft_Excel_for_WindowsIn August, Parallels, the productivity app that “appifies” your Mac and PC programs was released for the iPad. After five months, the company has reorganized the subscription model, added full support for additional operating systems, and redesigned the user interface for iOS 7 compatibility. To celebrate the update, an annual subscription to Parallels is on sale for $49.99 for a limited time.

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Love is in the Air, Apple Updates Online Store for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Apple StoreWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some love-struck couples out there are frantically searching for the perfect gift. Instead of flowers that die or candy that makes you fat, you could surprise your sweetheart with a new iPad. I know I’d be head-over-heals for someone who knew me well enough to know that I’d love to get an iPad mini with Retina display for V-Day.

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Apple Earnings Call Highlights, the Future of Mobile Payments

Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings call for the first quarter of 2014. Thanks to the holiday shopping season, coupled with the redesigned iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina, the iPhone 5s, and to a lesser degree, the iPhone 5c, Apple had a record-breaking quarter across the board. These conference calls are usually a bit telling. Even though the company’s executives try to keep mum about future products, they eventually let something slip that the rest of the world interprets. This call was nothing new.

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Apple Sells All-Time Record 26 Million iPads in First Fiscal Quarter of 2014

Apple_Headquarters_in_CupertinoLast week, CNN Money released a report based on estimates from 47 amateur and professional analysts. At the time, the pros, who usually get it right, predicted Apple would come in at just over 24 million units sold, while the amateurs marked Apple with 26.6 million.  Today, Apple proved that having a healthy overestimate can pay off sometimes. The iPad maker reported selling 26 million tablets.

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Apple’s A8 Processor Production Being Fought for By Suppliers

A8DigiTimes is back at the rumor mill again. This time, the tech blog is reporting that three different suppliers are on tap to package Apple’s upcoming A8 processor. Additionally, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purportedly been commissioned to take charge of production of the system-on-chip (SoC), which will be used in the next generation of mobile products from Apple.

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