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: More Help from Siri, Connect with Twitter

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Siri used to be somewhat useless as a personal assistant. When she first arrived on the iPhone, she was able to make appointments, call friends, and set reminders, but it has taken a few years for her to get good at her job. Now, Siri can be male or female, can open Google Maps for you, can direct you to buy movie tickets, and has access to your emails messages and can even dictate responses for you.

Siri also has access to Twitter so you can see what is trending or check your friends’ feed without having to open the app. We’ve got a short tutorial for how to access Twitter from your virtual personal assistant.

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Facebook Begins Testing Game Discovery Features in Updated iPad App

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When you are using the desktop version of Facebook, you’ve probably noticed some interesting content in your sidebar. Most of the content is related to advertisements, but there are also some suggestions for pages you may like or trending stories. Today, the social networking company announced that game discovery and trending videos would soon be added to the iPad app’s sidebar for our convenience.

According to TechCrunch, more than 70 percent of people who use Facebook on their iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days. So, the company is looking to make the two more integrated with the new homepage sidebar, only available on iPad.

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Rovio Teams up with Hasbro to Bring Angry Birds Transformers to iPhone and iPad

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The Autobots and Decepticons are about to get a facelift that will put the robotic races in a fowl mood. No, I didn’t misspell the word. Today, Rovio announced that it is teaming up with Hasbro to bring a bit of birdie fun to the Transformer line. Coming soon, Angry Birds Transformers will flood our lives with games, toys, and all manner of related merchandise.

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Steve Jobs Didn’t Believe there was a Market for iPad Mini, Thank Goodness for Tim Cook

Tim Cook by Minh Uong, courtesy of the New York Times

Tim Cook by Minh Uong, courtesy of the New York Times

On Sunday, the New York Times published a profile piece about Apple CEO Tim Cook. In it, the author describes Cook as an environmentalist and humanitarian who has been building Apple into a well-rounded tech company with a team of leaders, instead of the one-man-at-the-helm company it was under former CEO Steve Jobs. Both methods have proven successful, but investors and analysts are still comparing Cook’s methods to Jobs’ methods and coming out disappointed.

One thing Cook did differently than Jobs was to recognize the market desire for a smaller, low-cost tablet. Without Cook, the iPad mini would never have existed.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Broken Age

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When I first heard that Tim Schafer was back in business I couldn’t wait to check out his new game. Schafer was the man behind such games as The Secret of Monkey Island and Brütal Legend. His latest project was crowdfunded, giving the indie development team he leads, Double Fine Productions, the opportunity to make the game the way they want, instead of some corporate giant. The game comes at a premium price, but think about this; If a major company had anything to do with it, the game would be freemium, and we all know how you feel about that.

Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game with a deeply integrated storyline that will have you so engrossed that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the journey.

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Apps Will be able to Automatically Fill in your Personal Credentials in iOS 8

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Just yesterday, I opened the Amazon App on my iPad for the first time since I had changed the password a few weeks ago. As usual, I didn’t remember the new password I had set and had to exit the app, open 1Password, copy the password, close that app, reopen the Amazon App, and paste the password. As you can see, it is a pain in the butt, and frankly makes me much less likely to change my passwords on a regular basis.

Today, 9to5Mac is reporting that in iOS 8, Apple will allow the Safari AutoFill iCloud keychain, which I also use, to relay information to native apps. So, I’ll be able to select my passwords from inside native iOS apps, making the whole process much easier.

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Microsoft Considering Bringing Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS

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Back in April, Microsoft announced a huge update to its Windows 8 platform. Coming later this year, the company’s mobile operating system will get a bunch of new features, one of which is Microsoft’s answer to Siri. The Windows phone personal assistant, Cortana, will provide users with a similar function. Cortana will find out stuff for you, connect you to your contacts, keep track of your schedule, and let you know your flight information. She may even be a better virtual assistant than Siri, but don’t tell her (or him) I said that. My coffee may turn out gross tomorrow.

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Analyst Predicts Apple will Sell at Least 30 Million iWatch Units in 2015

iWatch Mockup by Eric Huisman

The iWatch rumor mill is back in business. We didn’t hear even a whisper of the possibility from Apple that a wearable computer was in the pipeline. However, the tech world is frothing at the mouth for the health and fitness companion watch that is supposedly on the Horizon.

Today, BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman has generated a prediction for iWatch sales in its first year of business. According to AppleInsider, Bachman sent a note to investors claiming that Apple will sell at least 33.5 million iWatch devices in 2015.

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ZooGue Launches Three New iPad Cases for Every Need

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There are different kinds of iPad owners in the world. Some use the Apple tablet for watching movies, browsing the Internet, and checking emails. Others use it for games, games, games. Still others take their iPad with them to the office and on the go as a productivity device. This week, ZooGue announced the launch of three new cases that are the perfect fit for every type of iPad user.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Hit VVVVVV and Mini Game Super Gravitron

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Super Hexagon creator, Terry Cavahagh created a unique platformer game back in 2010 for PC that was eventually ported to DS3 and is now available on iOS. Although not an actual flashback, this game is definitely the perfect example of retro gaming done right. In addition to bringing the full game to iOS.

VVVVVV is a 2-D pixelated platformer staring a smiley-faced gravity-flipping guy who is on a mission to save his friends and escape from the space station before it is destroyed. Instead of jumping over dangerous gaps, flip upside down and walk on the ceiling.

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