Author Archive for Lory

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

Sequel to Popular ‘Civilization Revolution’ iPad Game Coming July 2

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In 1991, Sid Meier launched a 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) video game that changed the way we play empire-building simulations forever. In 2010, Civilization Revolution became a huge success on the iPad. However, that game was a port of the console version by Firaxis Games. Today, 2K announced that Civilization Revolution 2, the first ever Civilization title to be developed exclusively for mobile platforms, will make its debut in the App Store on July 2.

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Amazon Instant Video App Now Features HBO Shows, ‘First Episode Free’ Content

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Amazon has really been ramping up its services and features lately. The company recently added streaming music to its list of content available to Prime members. In April, the Fire TV became Apple TV’s newest competitor. Just last week, the Fire smartphone was announced, which will bring Amazon’s entire app ecosystem, as well as a few unique features.

Today, Amazon updated its iOS Instant Video app to include HBO shows for Prime members, new video playback controls, and “First Episode Free” content for everyone.

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Intel May be Inside Next generation iPad and iPhone

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Apple and Intel have been working together for years to bring high quality processors to the Mac desktop and laptop line. However, the latter doesn’t seem to be able to make the leap to mobile as rumored talks to supply the next generation of iPad and iPhone processor chip have yet to become a reality.

According to market analyst Timothy Acuri of Cowen and Company, 2015 may be the year of change for Intel. Supposedly, talks between the two companies have “heated up” recently with regards to Apple’s 2015 mobile product launch.

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Leaked Photos Reveal iPad Mini and iPad Air with Touch ID

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It is that time of the year. A time when rumors start to ramp up as we get closer to the traditional fall launch of new Apple products. Throughout the past eight months, we’ve heard rumors of a larger iPad tablet, a 4K display, and the missing Touch ID. As the fall launch approaches, purported image leaks are popping up more and more.

This week, Apple.Club.TW has posted one image that is supposedly a picture of the next generation of iPhone, iPad Air, and iPad mini. While not a whole lot is shown in the picture, it is important to note that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 appears to be outfitted with Touch ID.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Share iCloud Calendars

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I have about a half dozen shared calendars with friends and family through Google Calendars. It is convenient because I can sync my Google Calendars with my Calendar app on iOS and OS X so that all changes are viewable across all devices. Recently, I wanted to start a group calendar with some friends who don’t have Gmail accounts, but they do have iPhones and iPads. We can all view and edit our shared calendar through iCloud and every edit will sync across all our devices no matter where we are.

If you have the need to share calendars with friends or family, and they have an iOS or OS X device, you can do so with just a few simple steps and we’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how.

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Siri Will Lock Your Front Door For You in iOS 8 Thanks to HomeKit

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple told us about HomeKit, which is a developer software kit that will allow companies to create apps that work directly with Siri to activate compatible in-home accessories, like lights, locks, and alarms. Today, AppleInsider has a glimpse into some of the things Siri will be able to do in the connected “smart home” in iOS 8.

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ARCHOS Unveils iOS Ready Connected Solution for Smart Home Fans

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Apparently the term “smart home” is now part of the tech world’s vernacular. I don’t mind, though. It may be silly, but it makes me think of those horror films in the early 1980s where a house would be powered by a computer that would eventually gain sentience and attack everyone. I sure hope Siri doesn’t have a jealous side.

ARCHOS recently announced the launch of its newest smart home kit that provides users with information and controls for their in-home accessories on their iOS device.

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Apple to Begin Production of 2.5″ iWatch in July

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Big news is coming in today regarding the wearable computer that Apple is rumored to be working on. According to both the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the so-called iWatch will begin production this summer with a predicted launch sometime in October.

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Massive Game Sale Going on Today In App Store, SEGA and EA Slash Prices to $0.99

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Is there a holiday this weekend that I don’t know about? For some reason, two major game distributors are having a massive sale today. SEGA has dropped the price of all Sonic titles to just $0.99 and Electronic Arts has dropped the price of all of its paid games to $0.99. Today is a good day to catch up on all those games you’ve wanted, but didn’t want to spend money on.

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Gameloft’s Newest Title ‘Dungeon Gems’ Mixes Matching with RPG Card Battle

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Combining puzzle games with role-playing battles is nothing new to the App Store. Puzzle & Dragons is a hugely successful free-to-play game that mixes match-three with card battle style action. Not to be outdone, Gameloft has just launched their own version of the mashup.

Dungeon Gems is a puzzle game where players must match elemental ruins in order to trigger an attack. Match at least two of the same elements to set your hero against your foes.

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