Author Archive for Lory

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

Classy iPad Stand Options for your iPad Air and iPad Mini

Apple Store iPad BaseWe’ve had our eye on newMacgadgets for a few years now. The company regularly updates its acrylic line of iPad displays with new designs to keep up with changes to the tablet and changes in Apple’s retail stores. Recently the accessory maker launched a new “Apple Store iPad/iPhone Acrylic Base” that replicates the Apple retail Store display so your device will look great in any room.

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Apple Agrees to Sign FTC Consent Decree and Pay $32.5 Million Fine for Handling of In-App Purchases

ned-game-of-thronesThis morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to all employees, letting them know that the company has agreed to sign a decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding in-app purchases in the App Store. You may recall that Apple came under fire a few years ago when it was discovered that children were making unauthorized purchases during the 15-minute window in which an account password was still active.

Cook explained that, even though Federal courts had already approved of the actions that Apple took to compensate customers and keep children from making in-app purchases without their parents’ consent, the FTC decided to get involved. Instead of taking the FTC to court and spending time and money on lengthy trials in order to clear their name, Apple decided to sign their decree, since it pertained to actions the company was already going to take anyway.

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Latest Display Trends Point to Larger iPad and iPhone Screen and Possible iWatch

iPad ProFor the past few months, the rumored 13-inch iPad has been on the minds of tech writers. For at least a year, Apple fans have been chomping at the bit for the supposed iWatch. Ever since the iPhone 5 came out, naysayers have been complaining that the screen is still too small. Today, DisplaySearch published a report on their prediction for display panel sizes in 2014. If their forecast is correct, we will see all three devices in the coming year.

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in China Ahead of ‘Watershed’ Event

Photo courtesy of CNBC

Photo courtesy of CNBC

On Jan. 17, Apple’s latest line of iPhones will finally be made available on the world’s largest cellular carrier. While it doesn’t guarantee that Apple’s share of the smartphone market will increase, it is likely to have a huge impact on worldwide adoption of the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down alongside China Mobile’s chairman Xi Gouhau in Beijing for an interview with CNBC. Cook praised China Mobile called this week’s launch a “watershed moment” for the iPhone.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY iPad Collage Cover Using Magazines

DIY iPad Case out of Magazines 4Welcome to another edition of our weekly spotlight on DIY accessories for your iPad. Each week, we rummage around the Internet, looking for fun and interesting projects you can do at home. Most of the time, we like to spotlight projects that can be made using stuff you have lying around your house. Last week, we showed you how to make a custom photo case out of your Instagram pictures. The best of 2013 never looked so good.

This week, we found a fun project that takes very little effort, but requires you to be creative and ready to experiment. With some scissors, old magazines, and a love of abstract design, you can make a cool-looking iPad cover out of magazine pages.

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Looks Like Apple had a Holly Jolly Christmas – Analyst Estimates 80+ Million iPads and iPhones Sold Last Quarter

iPad Christmas ShoppingAnalyst T. Michael Walkley wrote a note to investors today that included information on estimated sales of Apple’s iOS devices over the past holiday season. Walkley’s company, Canaccord Genuity, uses proprietary survey information to collect data regarding sales. The report suggests that sales of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air showed high growth during the Christmas shopping season.

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Discover New Elements and Give Them a Name in Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider

Atomic Fusion 4If you thought Quantum Physics was boring and complicated, think again. With the recent launch of a new science-friendly arcade game, not only can you learn about the Periodic Table, but you can also smash together atoms to make new elements. That doesn’t sound too geeky. Does it?

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iPad Users Are A Bunch of Comic Book Nerds, comiXology Highest Grossing Non-Game App in 2013


The comic book industry is thriving in the digital world. That’s great news for distributors, but not so great news for comic book storeowners. While die-hard collectors will still show up at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday morning for their weekly saver stash, it is getting harder to bring new readers into the fold. That is, it is getting harder to convince potential comic book collectors to leave the comfort of their living room to venture out to their local brick and mortar shop to buy physical copies of their favorite titles.

That’s because digital comics have found a home in the App Store. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the most popular digital comic distribution app, comiXology’s Comics app, was the top-grossing non-gaming iPad app for the third year in a row.

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WinZip Adds AirDrop and Dropbox File Sharing Support in Latest iPad App Update

WinZip 1WinZip, the default compression and decompression file software for Mac computers just updated its mobile app with a complete redesign for iOS 7. Plus, the program now supports Dropbox and AirDrop integration so sharing massive files across iPad devices is easier than ever.

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ClamCase Pro Now Available for iPad mini

ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 1ClamCase was one of the first companies to offer a keyboard case for the iPad. When it first launched, the case was fairly heavy and added too much bulk to an otherwise mobile device. I still loved my Star Wars-inspired ClamCase and toted it around, proudly showing it off to everyone. Even after lighter, thinner keyboard cases hit the market, I still used my ClamCase from time to time. It looked so good with that stark white and black trimmed design.

This year, the company completely redesigned the ClamCase to be much thinner and lighter than its predecessor, making your iPad look a lot like a MacBook Air. Today, the company announced the first ever ClamCase for iPad mini. Now, you can have the protection and functionality that the larger tablet gets, but for the 7.9-inch screen instead.

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