Author Archive for Lory

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

This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Skylanders Trap Team

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Activision finally released its new interactive iOS game this week. Young fans of the Skylander series can grab a starter set from Toys ‘R’ Us, connect the portal to their iPad, and go deep into the dragon filled world of adventure.

Skylanders Trap Team is a monster-capture game where players can use a physical Master Trap portal to interact with characters in a digital environment. Connect your Skylander dragon to the portal and see it come to life on your iPad.

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Apple’s Sapphire Glass Supplier Requests to ‘Wind Down’ Operations During Bankruptcy Hearing

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Things just keep getting weirder for Apple’s U.S. sapphire glass supplier, GT Advanced Technology. On Monday, the company unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy, even to Apple’s surprise, plummeting its stock value by 90 percent. On Thursday, during GT’s Chapter 11 court hearing, the company would not disclose information relating to its filing due to a confidentiality agreement it has with an unnamed third-party.

Today, Re/code is reporting that GT has requested permission from the bankruptcy court to close down the Arizona plant, even after the company stated that it planned to remain operational while it reorganized its finances.

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Jony Ive in the Spotlight, Tells Vanity Fair What he Learned From Steve Jobs

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New York’s Fashion Week put Apple in the spotlight in a new category earlier this month. Fashion celebrities were seen fawning over the company’s upcoming Apple Watch, due in early 2015. Thanks to the new wearable computer, Apple’s design guru has overshadowed its CEO as the executive to talk about on the red carpet. Jony Ive has made the rounds with a few media giants in the fashion industry. This week, he sat down for an in-depth interview with Vanity Fair.

In the interview, conducted at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Ive talks about the design process at Apple, where the idea for the Watch came from, and his early days with the company.

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Apple to Live Stream Next Weeks’s iPad Event

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If you were wondering whether you’d get the opportunity to watch Apple’s next media event on Oct. 16, fear not. You’ll be able to live stream the entire affair from the comfort of your living room (or office, depending on what you are doing next Thursday).

Apple just added a link to its main web page directing people to return on Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m. to watch the supposed iPad event in real time with the rest of the tech world. You can even add a reminder to your calendar directly from the page.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Dragon Quest II

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Last month, Square Enix launched the first in the Dragon Quest series for iOS. Today, the company made good on its promise and has released Dragon Quest II for fans of the role-playing adventure game from more than a quarter of a century ago. Continue the saga of Erdrick’s Legend as you fight to save the kingdom and destroy the evil sorcerer.

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iOS 8.1 Beta Hints at Resolution Upgrade for Next-Gen iPad

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In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, Apple was busy getting iOS 8 ready for public release. In the early beta stages of the new operating system update, coding was discovered that pointed to a higher resolution iPhone. As we all know, the iPhone 6 Plus have a higher resolution than the iPhone 5s with the 6 Plus tapping out at 1920 x 1080p resolution at 401 ppi.

Today, Cult of Mac is reporting that similar coding has been discovered in the current beta version of iOS 8.1. App developer Hamza Sood was the first to uncover the assets and posted his opinion on the matter to Twitter. Sood is calling the coding potential proof of “Retina HD iPads.”

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Apple Tops Interbrand’s Best Global Brand List for Second Year in a Row

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Last year, Apple overtook Coca-Cola in the number one spot for Interbrand’s Best Global Brand list. Just in case you thought it was a fluke, this year, the same research company confirmed Apple’s place in the spotlight again.

As smartphones and tablets become more and more popular around the world, tech companies are taking over as most valuable brands. Until 2013, Coca-Cola had held the spot of most popular brand for 13 years in a row. This year, the company slipped to third place behind tech giant Google.

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GT Advanced Won’t Reveal Why It Filed for Bankruptcy Due to Confidentiality Agreement

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This week has been a strange one for Apple as its number one (and possibly, only) supplier of sapphire glass, GT Advanced Technology, announced that it is filing for bankruptcy, much to the surprise of everyone, including Apple.

At today’s first Chapter 11 court hearing, GT requested protection under Chapter 11. However, the company would not reveal why it is filing for bankruptcy due to being “tied up in knots” by a confidentiality agreement.

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Leaked Images of 2GB RAM Chip is Supposedly for iPad Air 2

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On the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, Apple reseller GeekBar posted a picture of what is claimed to be a 2GB RAM chip intended for the second-generation iPad Air. If the rumors are true, the next version of the iPad Air is going to be a whole lot faster.

As reported on MacRumors, the image shows the Elpida RAM chip module. GeekBar is assigning this chipset to the iPad Air. However, I’d be more inclined to believe that it is intended for the supposed iPad Pro.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads Let You Tap Out the Beat

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IK Multimedia recently launched another in its varied line of musical instruments for the iPad. Musicians can now tap out their favorite rhythms and quickly access samples using iRig Pads.

iRig Pads is a portable MIDI controller featuring 16 customizable pads so you can make your own beats, access your favorite loops, and much more. Each velocity sensitive rubber pad lights up with multiple colors depending on how fast you play and how you customize the features.

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