Author Archive for Lory

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

TSMC Reportedly Working on A9 Chip for Future Generation iPad and iPhone Devices


Will they? Won’t they? The question continues. Apple has been rumored to be working with Samsung on the A9 processor chip since at least 2013. Even amidst many rumors and speculations that imply Apple has dumped Samsung for the chip-making business, new information points to a continued relationship between the two. Just last month, we heard that Samsung would be making the A9 chip at a manufacturing plant in the U.S., due out in 2015.

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Tickle Will Teach Your Little Ones How To Code, As Easy as Playing With LEGOs

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When I was growing up, it would have been unheard of to think that children could learn how to code computer games. Only anomalies like D.A.R.Y.L. could be capable of such advanced technological knowledge at an early age. It is hard to believe that, within my short lifetime, we’ve gone from computers that take up entire rooms to ones that fit in your pocket. It is also hard to believe that my six-year-old nephew could be more knowledgeable about coding than me.

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King of Fighters Celebrates 20 Years, All SKN Apps On Sale for $0.99

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On Aug. 25, King of Fighters (KOF) will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The popular fighting game first launched on the Neo Geo arcade cabinet in 1994 and spawned a dozen sequels, many of them coming out every year after the first.

To commemorate the landmark anniversary, the game’s developer SKN Playmore is holding a giant sale where every title from the company is only $0.99 for a limited time.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Elevate – Brain Training

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So, just before summer started, or maybe for the New Year, you probably hopped on the exercise bike, renewed your gym membership, or started a regular yoga routine. Why not? Getting fit and staying healthy is important to a long and happy life. But, what about your brain? That mass of gray matter that sits, protected under your thick skull needs regular workouts, too.

Elevate – Brain Training is a training routine for your brain. Users take short tests every day in order to increase their brainpower. Daily training sessions include three challenges that you complete for a boost in activity that feeds your brain.

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Apple in Talks with Insurance Giants UnitedHealth and Humana Regarding HealthKit


Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 8, is well on its way to being finalized and ready for the public. The company recently released beta 5 to developers and there is a possibility it will be the last one before the Gold Master, which is the last beta before it launches publicly.

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Over 90% of Apple Devices Run iOS 7 While only 20% of Android Devices use Latest OS

 iOS 7 Adoption

This July, Apple published another milestone for its current mobile operating system. As of July 26, iOS 7 was running on 90 percent of all iOS devices (currently at 91 percent). A recent report from OpenSignal compares that to Google’s current mobile operating system, Android 4.4, which is only running on 20.9 percent of devices.

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OM/ONE Levitating Speaker Lifts Your Music Listening Experience to a Whole New Level


There are hundreds of Bluetooth enabled speakers on the market these days. They can be small enough to fit in your pocket, loud enough to compete with an in-house sound system, or versatile enough to take with you into the shower. To stand out in the market, developers really have to start getting creative with their products.

The OM/ONE is just such a speaker. Not only does it let you play music from your iOS device more than 30 feet away, but it levitates like the orb in Phantasm, only not so deadly.

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Star Walk 2 is a beautiful Sequel to Popular Astronomy iPad App

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Summertime is the best time of the year for star gazing, especially when you are camping. The night sky lights up with millions of stars when you are far out in the woods with no pollution, congestion, or interference from manmade light sources. My favorite stargazing app has always been Star Walk. It comes with so many amazing features that it is like a planetarium in your pocket.

The app’s creator, Vito Technology just launched a brand new version of their incredible astronomy app and, believe it or not, it has even more amazing features than its predecessor.

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Flashback Friday: DotEmu Launches Summer Sale, Up to 80 Percent Off Classic Games

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DotEmu, the game company that has brought some of our favorite classic games to the iPad, has just announced their summer sale. Starting today, you can download such titles as Raiden Legacy and The Last Express for only $0.99.

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Namco Bandai Launches Brand New PAC-MAN Friends for a New Generation of Fans

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Today, Namco Bandai added a brand new title to the PAC-MAN franchise. This completely new pellet-chomping game was made specifically for touch screen devices and allows players to use tilt controls to get the job done. Help PAC-MAN rescue his pals by maneuvering through nearly 100 stages of complex mazes.

PAC-MAN Friends is based on the “waka-waka-waka” arcade classic, but features a whole new set of rules. Players work their way across various mazes while avoiding the likes of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.

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