Author Archive for Lory

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

More Evidence of Reversible USB Cable Appears in Apple Patent


Evidence is mounting that Apple is working on a reversible USB cable that can be plugged in either way to your computer or USB port. It is all but confirmed that the technology is going to exist at some point. The question is whether it will show up this fall when Apple launches a new line of iPad and iPhone devices.

Earlier this week, we heard the rumor that Apple might have a universally reversible Lightning cable ready for launch with the next-generation of iPhone and iPad. Sonny Dickson even showed off some fairly convincing pictures on his Twitter feed. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published another patent that goes into more detail about how Apple plans on executing their reversible USB cable.

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All iPad Models Ranked Gold in Electronic Product Environmental Tool Registry

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The Green Electronic Council (GEC) recently announced that tablets and slates are now part of the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT) registry. Based on new computer category specifications, these mobile devices are now considered eligible for Energy Star, which makes them eligible for EPEAT. Now that the new category exists, participating manufacturers can register their products and line up as supporters of the green energy standard.

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Next Gen iPad Air Rumored to be Outfitted with 2GB of RAM


Over the past year, there have been dozens of rumors regarding what Apple will do this fall in terms of the next generation of iPad models. However, in recent weeks, Apple’s tablet has taken a backseat to rumors of the next-generation iPhone. Well, yesterday, the flames were fueled again. According to Taiwanese tech site TechNews, the next generation of iPad Air will include twice the memory as the first-generation.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: NodeBeat HD Makes a Musician Out of Everyone

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Since the existence of computers, developers have been working on ways to make music that is compatible with technology. Combining the digital world with the musical world has opened up many new opportunities. One of them being the ability to create beautiful music without needing to know how to play a single note on an instrument.

NodeBeat HD is one such app that allows users the ability to control and manipulate objects on the screen that will pulse rhythmically and change pitch as you move them around. No music theory necessary.

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Fantasy Flight Games Brings BattleLore to iPad and iPhone

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The epic strategy war-based board game BattleLore is getting remade for the digital gamer, Coming soon, Fantasy Flight Games is launching BattleLore: Command on the iPad and iPhone. Players can experience the excitement of turn-based fighting on impressive battlefields with full animation and tactical combat engagement.

Players can take on the vicious Uthuk Y’llan in single-player campaign mode, or compete against friends in the same room with local Wi-Fi. Whatever your taste for battle, you’ll be deep in the fantasy based trenches.

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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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