Author Archive for Lory

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

Apple’s Eddy Cue Speaks Out for the First Time About Antitrust Ruling

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Apple was tied to the cross, so to speak, when the ruling came down that the company violated antitrust laws by colluding with book distributors to keep prices high. Apple was called the “ringmaster” of the conspiracy, which resulted in “ill-gotten profits.”

Apple was forced to hire a court-appointed monitor and the original requested restitution was for $840 million. Apple was able to convince the ruling judge, Denise Cote, to agree to $450 million in damages with a stipulation that the iPad maker would only pay $70 million if the Appeals court reversed her decision.

Today, Apple’s Eddy Cue has agreed to speak about the subject to Fortune. In his first press interview on the subject, Cue noted that he believes the ruling is wrong and Apple is forcing the appeal to prove it. “We feel we have to fight for the truth,” said Cue. “You have to fight for your principles no matter what, because it’s just not right,”

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Schools Revert Back to Traditional Computing as Chromebook Outsells iPad in Education

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For some time now, it has been very clear that Apple wants to own the market share in education. Since the launch of the iPad, the company has been working on a variety of specialized software components that make it easy for school districts to implement mass registration of devices and easy access to curriculum programs. Even though the iPad is the ideal device for education with interactive courses, access to teaching tools, and a convenient way to store all of the information kids use while in school, it appears that districts are falling back on familiar instead of blazing the path to new technology.

According to an article in the Financial Times, new data from IDC (the same research firm that noted the iPad dominates the tablet market in education with 95 percent), Google’s Chromebook has surpassed the iPad as the most purchased device for students.

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New Research Shows Apple Will Probably Sell 24 Million Watches in 2015

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With news of Apple’s next big thing on the horizon, analysts are vying for attention by stating their opinion on how well the company’s wearable computer will fair in the market. According to a survey by research firm USB, out of 4,000 respondents from around the world, one-quarter smartphone owners are likely to invest in the Apple Watch.

The survey, which took place across the US, UK, China, and Italy, showed growing interest in wearable computers with the Samsung Gear in the lead across all countries except China and the as-yet-unreleased Apple Watch in second place.

According to the research, as reported by Fortune, 10 percent of smartphone owners said they were “very likely” to buy a smart watch within the next 12 months and 17 percent were “somewhat likely.”

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Just How Big is a 12-Inch iPad? New Concept Video Shows Us

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The rumors surrounding the iPad Pro, iPad Air Plus, or iPad Maxi, whatever you want to call it, has picked up enough momentum that it is like a giant snowball rolling down a mountainside and will soon cause an avalanche. We still don’t have enough evidence to even believe the larger screened tablet really exists. Much like the Apple branded television set, we are frothing at the mouth for a ghost.

Today’s iPad Air Plus (I like this new name) frenzy comes in the form of a concept video created by an Apple Fanboy. YouTuber Canoopsy created a mockup of a 12.2-inch tablet and compared it to a number of different Apple devices, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro. When you put the two together, the iPad Air Plus mockup looks like a removable screen for the MBP.

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Satechi’s 10-Port USB Hub Charges All of Your Everything, All at Once

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Behind my computer, I have a USB hub with four ports. In one of those ports is a second USB hub with four more ports. I leave two of my three direct-to-Mac ports free so I can plug my iPad and iPhone in and actually charge the devices. The rest of the ports in the hubs are used for loading pictures from my DLSR camera, charging my wireless keyboard, Backing up data to an external hard drive. The list goes on. One hub to rule them all is a great idea, but iOS devices also need their own special charging power, not just USB connection access (which is why I reserve two ports on my computer for them).

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DotEmu Launches Month-Long X-Mas Sale, One Game Per Day for 24 Days

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DotEmu, developer of classic PC game ports for iOS, has just launched a holiday campaign ad. From now until Christmas Eve, the company will put one app on sale on either the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Details on the sale are sparse. It is intended to be a surprise in the same way that an Advent Calendar reveals a special gift each day.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Silence Those Prolific Group Messages in iOS 8

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Now that you know how to send and receive non-iOS text messages on your iPad, you may have notice just how many pings you get in a single day. I communicate with multiple groups every day. Some of them are band-related. Some have to do with get-togethers with friends. Sometimes, those text notifications get downright out of hand, especially when I am trying to work or am in the middle of a meeting.

Thanks to iOS 8, you can temporarily turn those notifications off using “Do Not Disturb” for texts and we have a short tutorial to explain how to turn the feature on and off.

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Leaked Schematics Show 12.2-inch iPad Pro, Possible Launch in Spring 2015

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The latest issue of Japan-based Mac Fan magazine shows a copy of a full-scale blueprint of a 12.2-inch Apple tablet with an LCD screen. The so-called “iPad Air Plus” is detailed with size, screen dimensions, features, and processor information. The tablet will supposedly ship between April and June of 2015.

According to the article, as provided by Macotakara, the magazine claims the iPad Pro, or iPad Air Plus (which makes more sense at this point), will measure 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.28 inches. The tablet is slightly smaller than previous rumors of a 12.9-inch screen. However, still fall within the rumored “12-inch tablet” nomenclature and is in-line with Makotakara’s earlier report.

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Apple Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day on Cyber Monday

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Last week, Apple launched a huge campaign to promote its support for World Aids Day and its collaboration with the (RED) campaign. Throughout the past week, Apple featured apps that include special exclusive in-app purchases for (RED) whose proceeds will go directly to the foundation. Today’s big Cyber Monday sale at Apple’s online and retail stores will also support the cause. A portion of every item sold today will be donated to the Global Fund via (RED).

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Domino’s Pizza Launches Cyber Monday Deal, 50 Percent Off Orders through iOS App

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The first Monday following Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Cyber Monday” since the rise in popularity of online shopping. Retailers offer discounts on items exclusively through digital channels. While you are busy ordering those ridiculously cheap Minecraft slippers for Uncle Dave, why not take a break and order yourself a pizza. Domino’s has a 50 percent off special for Cyber Monday.

From now until Sunday, Dec. 7, Domino’s Pizza is offering 50 percent off all menu items (no special orders) that are placed online or through the company’s new iOS and Android apps. Simply log in, pick your pizza, and have dinner at your door in 30 minutes.

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