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: Typewriter iPad Stand

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Last week, Tom Hanks launched a fun little throwback app called Hanx Writer. It simulates the rhythm and sound of writing with a real typewriter while using the touch screen of your iPad. It reminded me of how people are starting to long for the days of analog technology, like manual typewriters, cassette tapes, and rotary phones (my nephew has one, he love it).

This week’s project uses one of those old analog typewriters as a fancy display for your iPad. The interesting juxtaposition of modern and outdated technology make for an interesting talking piece when friends and family visit.

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Latest iOS 8 Release Points to a Possible 828 x 1472 Large Screen iPhone

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There have been a lot of rumors flying around about a larger screen size for the next generation of iPhone. Some say it will be 4.7 inches. Others say it will be 5.5 inches. Still others claim there will be as many as three different sizes of iPhone devices this fall (four, 4.7, and 5.5).

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

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Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney working for a private law office. In 2001, the suave character found his way into the hearts of gamers on the Game Boy Advance. Since then, he has been the recipient of a handful of spinoffs and ports, including the Dual Destines title, which launched on Nintendo’s 3DS in July of 2013.

This week, Capcom launched the first episode in the game as a freebie for all to play. Like a drug, subsequent episodes will cost you. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

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Own Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue’s Home for only $3.9 Million

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Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President, Internet Software and Services at Apple recently listed his former residence for sale in Los Altos, CA for a reasonable $3,895,000. For your money, you’ll get a four-bedroom, 3,721-square-foot house in a “unassuming” and “quiet” neighborhood.

According to Apple Insider, Cue’s former home was listed by realtor Ethel Green just over a week ago. It is a detached single family home with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The nearly four thousand square-foot home sits on 18,295 square feet of land in the Mountain View district. The house was built in 2004 with additional construction done in 2010.

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Use Your iOS Device To Unlock Your Padlock with Noke

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I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone for a bike ride, arrived at my destination, and discovered that I didn’t bring my bike lock key with me. I have to either have my riding companion lock our bikes together, or ask the business I am patronizing to allow me to store it somewhere inside where I can keep an eye on it. What I almost never forget to bring with me is my iPhone.

FŪZ Designs has created a padlock that uses Bluetooth technology to talk to your iOS device so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your key or your combination. Even if you’ve forgotten your iPad or iPhone, there is a backup way you can unlock the padlock that only you know about.

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Have Your Own Holodeck with Two iPads and $50K

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The research team at HybridLab out of the University of Montreal, Canada is working on an immersive illustration platform that allows users to collaborate on a virtual 3-D plain by using an iPad and $50,000 worth or technology.

The Hyve-3D is a system that allows the user to view projections in a 3-D environment. There is no virtual reality headset. Users see the action in front of their eyes on a giant, concave screen.

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Apple Announces More Artists for Next Month’s iTunes Music Festival in London

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Apple’s eighth annual music festival is starting to fill up. The month-long musical showcase starts on Sept. 1 and the company only has two weeks to finalize the lineup. Today, Apple announced new artists added to the bill and the dates they will play in September.

Featured artists include the likes of Blondie + Chrissie Hynde, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5 and Beck. So far, the opening act has not been scheduled, nor has the last act of the festival. Both days traditionally feature the biggest artists, so we’ve still got some surprises in store before the first of the month.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Set Up Your iPad for AirPrint Printers

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I received another one of those messages from my mom over the weekend, “Do you have time for a Facetime this afternoon?” That usually means one thing; she can’t get some device to work and needs my help. Sure enough, it turns out she was having trouble getting her iPhone and iPad to print to her AirPrint printer.

Today, I’m going to go over the basics of how to print from your (or anyone’s) AirPrint compatible printer. It is much easier than you might think.

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Flappy Bird Creator Unveils Addictive New ‘Swing Copters’ Game

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Boy, Dong Nguyen of dotGears has received more attention for his now-defunct “Flappy Bird” game than PopCap has for the creation of Plants vs. Zombies. Earlier this month, we found out that the addictive arcade game relaunched exclusively on Amazon Fire TV (with a few changes).

Today, Touch Arcade reported on a hands-on review of dotGears’ newest game, soon to be launched on iOS. Swing Copters appears to have all of the elements required for another super addictive arcade game similar to the one that launched Nguyen into the spotlight.

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Apple Discounts Beats Headphone and Speaker Line by 10 Percent


Earlier this month, Apple and Beats officially came together, with each company respectively announcing the merger on their websites. At the time, it was noted that all Beats products would now be sold directly through Apple’s retail stores.

Right now, Apple is having uncharacteristic sale on Beats headphones and speakers, listing all but a handful of products on sale. Right now, you can get the iconic brand over-the-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, or Pill Bluetooth speaker for 10 percent off.

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