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 DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Gadget Cable Organizer

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Thanks to the kind of work I do, I have dozens of awesome gadgets and accessories for my iPhone and iPad. Whether it is a Bluetooth speaker, a wireless pedal board, or a keyboard case, I’ve got stuff that needs to be charged. Of course, each one has its own special cable, too. Let’s not even get started on older devices.

I used to keep all of my cords stuffed into the top portion of an old blank CD storage container. However, that got out of hand as more and more cables were added to the pile. I had to find a way to organize my cords and keep them tucked away, while still making them easy to get to when I need it.

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Touch ID and Apple Pay Prove to be Useful Accessibility Tool

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Touch ID has made it easier for everyone to conveniently unlock their iOS device. Apple Pay has made purchasing goods as easy as using Touch ID. One additional asset the two features have may be the best technological advancement for disabled users. According to freelance writer Steve Aquino on iMore, they are “inclusive and empowering” for someone with cerebral palsy.

Aquino wrote an article in 2013 about how Touch ID made it easier for him to unlock his iPhone 5S. He noted that, for users with motor skill issues, the feature relieved the hassle of trying to type in a passcode.

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iOS Security Flaw Reported, ‘Masque Attack’ Could Trick Users into Downloading Virus

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Last week, we found out about WireLurker, a malicious virus specifically designed to infect OS X and iOS software. Users in China are being targeted when they download non Mac App Store programs that carry the virus, which then transmits to iOS devices via a USB connection.

This week, a new report has come out that Apple’s enterprise/ad-hoc provisions make it possible for attackers to replace an official app with a Trojan. Dubbed “Masque Attack,” this flaw could potentially “pose much bigger threats than WireLurker.”

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Best Buy Reveals Black Friday Deals, $100 Off iPad Air 2

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You are probably thinking that it is just too soon to start worrying about holiday shopping. Guess what? Black Friday is two-and-a-half weeks away. If you are one of those early birds that is already looking for the best bargains shortly after Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll be happy to know that Best Buy has already released its Black Friday sale preview and the iPad Air 2 is on the list.

Best Buy always offers some of the best deals on Apple products and this year is no exception. In addition to discounts on the iPad line, the electronics retailer is offering reductions for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and even a slight drop in price for iMac desktop computers.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Remove a Trusted Device from Two-Step Verification

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By now, you know just how important I think it is to set up two-step verification on all of your iOS devices. There have been a number of famous attacks that could have easily been avoided had the device owners simply enabled two-step verification.

If you were smart and activated the feature, you’ll know that Apple requires you to set up at least one trusted device that can be used to verify your identity during the second step. But, what do you do when you sell or give away that trusted device? You wouldn’t want to accidentally send your special secret code to the wrong model iPad, which could easily be done by mistake if you set up your new device exactly the same as your old one.

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Dungeons & Dragons Title ‘Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition’ Now Available on iPad

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Back in September, BeamDog announced that it would be bringing the iconic 2000 Dungeons & Dragons adventure game to the iPad. This week, the company made good on its promise and the Icewind Dale story is now available on iOS.

Based in the Forgotten Realms world, Icewind Dale: Special Edition lets players trek deep into the northernmost reaches of the Realms into the Spine of the World mountains to travel across harsh, dangerous mountainsides to battle evil and stop the destruction of Faerûn.

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Apple Retail Now Selling Kickstarter Funded Wireless External Light for Photography

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No matter how fancy Apple gets with its “True Tone” flash and backside illumination sensors, using direct flash to take a picture in the dark pretty much guarantees that a photo will be washed out and kind of weird looking. Professional photographers never rely solely on the direct flash of a camera, no matter how expensive. Most of the time, some additional light source is reflected from some other direction or against a wall to give the effect of diffused ambient light, which greatly improves the effect of flash.

When it comes to iPad photography, the tablet doesn’t even get the pleasure of having a flash at all. You are simply left in the dark when trying to take pictures on your iPad. I’ve always felt that this was unfair.

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Stride Rite Launches New Shoe-Sizing App for Growing Feet on iPad

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When I was a kid, my mom would have to get my feet measured every time we went to buy new shoes. I would place my foot in one of those weird metal measuring tools and have my shoe size determined by the length of my foot. For parents in this technologically advanced age of online shopping, the thought of using such an archaic device to measure a foot seems downright barbaric (O.K., I’m exaggerating).

Shoe retailer Stride Rite just launched an app on the iPad that actually measures your foot and analyzes the information to give you an accurate shoe size recommendation. All you will need is an 8.5 x 11-inch piece of paper and your feet.

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Apple Let’s you Deregister your Phone from iMessage with new Web Tool

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Apple’s iMessages app makes it possible for users to communicate from one iOS device to another without it counting against text messaging. The service registers a user’s Apple ID and iPhone phone number so that messages can be sent and received between all iOS devices, including iPad and iPod touch.

Unfortunately, ever since Apple launched the service in 2011, it has caused a bit of a raucous for people that switch from iOS to Android or Windows-based phones. Some users have experienced lost text messages from contacts that still use iMessages. It appears that messages are rerouted back to Apple’s iMessages service instead of going directly to the person’s new mobile device.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Molecules by Theodore Gray

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This is what the iPad should be used for. Sure, I’ll be the first to admit that I play games on my tablet than I do anything else. I don’t even read books on my iPad very often. But, I’ll also be the first to support the concept that educational books like the ones coming from Touch Press should be part of the standard curriculum for students. If books were interactive like this when I was in school, I might have been a scientist instead of a writer.

Molecules by Theodore Gray is the newest interactive title from the same app development team that made the Elements come to life and brought the entire solar system to the iPad.

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