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’s Second Quarter Analyst Call Scheduled for April 23 – Will iPad Sales Be Soft?

iPad AirToday, Apple announce the official date and time of the company’s second quarter results for 2014. Apple has been reporting record sales, year after year. However, analysts are betting that this quarter, iPad sales will be on the decline. We’ll find out for sure on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

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Is ‘App Store Editor’s Choice’ Really Chosen by the Editor, or Just a Promotion Agreement?

editors-choice-93e46af3Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article relating to mobile operating system makers striking exclusivity deals with game developers that push promotion of certain apps. While it is no surprise that Apple would try to attract game makers to iOS exclusively, it turns out that the “Editor’s Choice” award isn’t necessarily based on a title’s merits alone.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Hitman Go

Hitman Go 3Two months ago, Square Enix Montreal announced that the company was working on a mobile version of its extremely popular Hitman franchise. Last week, the game was finally finished and ready to launch. Later that day, Apple spotlighted it as this week’s Editor’s Choice award, and with good cause. Fans of the series feared that this would be some sort of weak, less capable version of their favorite stealth game. However, it has proven to be a great game that doesn’t try to compete with version, but still satisfies its fans.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web Slings into the App Store

TASM2-screen-2Gameloft has just launched the second installment of the Amazing Spider-Man series of iOS games. Recently announce to launch sometime ahead of the movie premier, this web-slinging sequel is a pleasant surprise for this Friday afternoon.

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iOS 6 Users Cannot Connect to FaceTime, Apple Recommends Updating to iOS 7

facetime_heroApple device owners who have not upgraded their devices to iOS 7 are reporting a shutdown of FaceTime. From the community forums, it appears that iOS 7 is unaffected, while devices running iOS 6 are most affected, no matter which device they are using. According to one forum poster, Apple’s advice is to update your system to iOS 7.

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Could this be the new Front Panel Display for the Next Generation of iPad Air

OMT-iPad21-e1397826255267Dutch site One More Thing recently published supposed leaked photos of the second-generation iPad Air predicted to launch this fall. According to the source, Apple is planning on integrating the LCD layer in the display panel, which is currently not part of the iPad assembly.

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Analysts Predict Decline in iPad Sales for Apple’s Second Quarter of 2014

Fortune analyst prediciton 2q 2014 2Ahead of each of Apple’s fiscal quarters, Fortune publishes a list of predictions from analysts, both professional and amateur. The iPad maker’s second quarter is just about to end, so the news organization has just released its quarterly list of predictions. Not surprisingly, analysts are expecting a decline for Apple’s tablet line. However, this time, an unusually large number of them have forecasted low numbers.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro title Hunter Island isn’t Pokemon, but it is Close Enough

Hunter Island 3A couple of weeks ago, Hunter Island went free as Apple’s App of the Week. I decided to check it out since I had heard it was a pet collecting game similar to PokémonI’ve been playing it fairly regularly and I really enjoy it. It may not be as good as Nintendo’s pocket monster classic, but since we can’t have the original, this is a good substitute.

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Apple Finally Begins Selling Refurbished iPad mini with Retina Display for $339

iPad mini with RetinaLast November, Apple launched the first ever iPad mini with Retina display. Although the company was able to keep up with demand, it was still a difficult task as consumers flocked to purchase the device during the holiday season. Today, refurbished versions of the tablet have started showing up in Apple’s online store. For the first time, you can purchase the iPad mini with Retina display for less than full price.

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City Rush Makes You the Controller in a Traffic-Filled Game

City Rush 2Time management games have been a popular genre of games for about as long as computers have been available in the home. You can play at being a short order cook, candy maker, or traffic controller. Gamers can regulate cars, boats, planes, and trains in a variety of traffic situations.

City Rush is a traffic management game that requires close attention and the ability to predict where cars will go. Tap to change the lights and keep the cars flowing through the downtown city streets.

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