Author Archive for Lory

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

PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Store Credit Card Info on your iPad Using iCloud Keychain

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If you are excited about iOS 8’s ability to allow apps to use Safari’s AutoFill feature to populate your personal credentials, you may want to get ready for it ahead of time. If you are not already actively using iCloud in Safari to store your credit card information but want to have it handy for the new features coming soon, we’ve got a quick tutorial for how to add the information on your iPad so it is available across all your iOS and OS X devices in the future.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Swords & Poker Adventures

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You may have already figured out that I am a fan of collectable card games and battle card games. Some of you out there may think of the card game genre as a bit too intimidating, what with all the mana, hit points, and magical items involved. If you are intrigued, but don’t want to commit to something so in-depth, KONAMI has just released a game that will bring you into the fantasy gaming world without making you learn all those card game rules. If you know how to play poker, you will win big and destroy your enemy at the same time.

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Apple’s 2014 iTunes Festival Line-Up Announced

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Apple’s eighth annual music festival is coming back to London’s Roundhouse this September and the line-up is already looking pretty amazing. According to an announcement earlier this morning, the 30-day shebang will feature more than 60 acts that fans can watch for free on iOS, OS X, and Apple TV.

So far, the September lineup includesMaroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde. Of course, this is just a few of the bands that will rock the stage at the month-long event.

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iblazr Lights Up a Room So You Can Take Great Photos and Video with Your iPad

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I’ve mentioned before that I wish Apple would give a little more love to the iPad’s camera functions. The native camera doesn’t have the same specs on the iPad as it does on the iPhone. The iPad’s iSight camera is only capable of 5MP resolution and it doesn’t even come with a flash. The iPhone’s iSight camera can take 8MP pictures and comes with “True Tone” flash, which gives better lighting quality in different low-light situations.

We may not be able to do anything about the low megapixel problem, but thanks to the iblazr, we can now have a flash on the iPad so we can take better pictures and videos in any lighting situation.

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Best iPad Apps to Beat the Heat This Summer

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As I sit here, sweat dripping from the back of my knees, trying to withstand turning on the air conditioner for just a little bit longer, I look to my iPad for companionship in the sweltering heat.

Sure, my iPad can get so hot at times that it feels like I’ve got a heating blanket on my lap, but at least my digital companion has everything I need to have fun in the sun this summer. If you are looking for some ideas for your vacation, have plans to build a garden, or just want to see what it looks like on the other side of the globe, we’ve got a list of the best iPad apps to beat the summer heat.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Jenga – Now Universal, Free for a Limited Time

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In 1983, a 3-D block un-building game launched a thousand cries of frustration when Jenga hit store shelves. This family favorite party game requires players to remove one block at a time without destroying the tower. Hilarity ensues.

In 2010, Natural Motion (makers of PadGadget favorite Clumsy Ninja) launched a hyper realistic version of the game on the iPad. After many revisions, and the combining of the iPhone and iPad version, the game is now universal, supports multiplayer mode, and is free for a limited time.

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Turn Your Pictures Into A Beautiful Photography Magazine With ‘Photo Book Flip’

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I love showing off pictures of my recent vacations, shows I’ve been to, and cute snapshots of my nephew. I usually break out my iPad whenever I have a captive audience and make them sit through swipe-after-swipe of pictures. What I really need is an attractive way to display my many photos so my friends and family don’t get bored with the same old stuff every time.

Photo Book Flip is a digital picture book that automatically loads images into an attractive looking display so your pictures look like a photo magazine. Your friends won’t even have a chance to get bored.

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Apple’s Cool iTunes Refill Feature Now Available in the US

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Earlier this week, word came down the pipeline that Apple was starting to roll out a new refill service for Passbook. Called “iTunes Pass” the service allows users to walk into an Apple Retail Store and add money to their iTunes account. The service started in Japan, but today it has found its way to the U.S. and Europe.

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Siri May get Much Smarter Thanks to Apple and IBM Partnership

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Yesterday, Apple announced a partnership with IBM that will put the latter’s “renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips.” What exactly will that mean for you and I? For one thing, Siri might get an upgrade to her intellect thanks to IBM’s powerhouse of information.

Businessweek recently reported on IBM’s popular, but as yet unavailable, personal computer, Watson. You may recall a few years ago that the supercomputer managed to beat a human opponent at the game of “Jeopardy.” What makes the program so unique is just how much information is stored in its computer brain.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iKlip Xpand Hands-On Review

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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about IK Multimedia’s newest musician’s accessory for the iPad. The iKlip is one of the first products that the company launched and has since been its most popular accessory. After a few years of tinkering and tweaking, IK Multimedia redesigned the iPad mount to be a universal fit with all tablet, while maintaining the durability and support you know from the original. We’ve got a hands-on review of the iKilp Xpand for you today.

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