Author Archive for Lory

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

Hand Cut Paper Craft Musical Adventure ‘Ephemerid’ Unfolds in the App Store

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When writing a song, some people like to start with the music and add the lyrics after the basic structure is built. Others start their inspiration with lyrics and add music around the words. When it comes to making games, I didn’t think there was more than one process for creation.

However, Ephemerid started as a soundtrack and the game was built around it. The two-man development team of SuperChop Game that created this musical adventure used the music as the inspiration for making a rhythmic fantastical world for players to immerse themselves in.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Remove Duplicate Songs in iTunes Match

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If you subscribe to iTunes Match, there is a chance that you have experienced an issue with duplicate content on your iPad. The reason is that iTunes Match adds music to your device. It doesn’t replace it. So, if you already had music on your iPad or you sync your music when you connect to iTunes, both versions (iCloud and local) will show up. There is a work around for this situation.

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Apple launches ‘Best New Game Updates’ category for iOS App Store games

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You may have noticed, over the past year or so, that Apple’s “Best New Apps” and “Best New Games” categories are a bit confusing since more than half the titles in each category are not new at all. Previously, Apple listed recently updated apps and games in the same category as new ones. Yesterday, iTunes received a fairly noticeable change that helps clarify things a bit. There is now a “Best New Updates” category.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks

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In 1969, a revolutionary sketch comedy show staring a troupe of British comedians took the world by storm. “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” is still the most popular sketch comedy show around the globe. In 1970, one of the Flying Circus’ most famous sketches made its first appearance. In “The Ministry of Silly Walks,” actor and co-Python John Cleese performs a series of ridiculous walks on his way to work at the Ministry, where he encounters a young upstart seeking government funding to work on his silly walk. Hilarity ensues.

This week, under the title “Boondogle Studios,” the Python troupe launched its first of what will hopefully be many humorous games, The Ministry of Silly Walks. In it, players control the minister, voiced by Cleese, on an endless runner style obstacle course.

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Apple Rumored to be Developing Smart Home Devices to Connect to HomeKit


Apple’s promise to launch a variety of new products throughout 2014 has not yet been fulfilled. When CEO Tim Cook made that statement in a Quarterly Earnings conference call, the tech world speculated as to what the company had in store. A rumored iWatch, iPad Pro, and revamped Apple TV have all been contemplated. Today, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has plans to enter the smart home market with gadgets and gizmos that will link to iOS 8’s HomeKit software developer kit.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is looking into developing hardware for the smart home market and has gathered a team to work on products for the home that will integrate with preexisting devices like the iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

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Civil War 1864 Brings The Battles of Grant Versus Lee to the iPad and iPhone

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Hunted Cow Studios has a long list of war battle games ranging all the way back to Ancient Rome and reaching all the way out to the vast universe. The game maker’s like of Civil war strategy titles have been hugely successful covering 1862, 1863, and now 1864.

Civil War 1864 covers the battles between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee that ultimately led to the surrender of Lee and the Confederacy a year later. Fight as either the North or the South as you command an infantry of troops across the battlefield.

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Opera Redesigns its Mobile Browser With Flat Design and Multiple Modes

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Opera is one of the most popular alternative web browsers around. Back in 2011, the company made Opera Mini available on the iPad. Over the past three years, the iOS version has seen enough changes that it has become one of the most popular mobile web browser alternatives around.

Today, the company launched an update to Opera Mini that completely redesigns the user interface and restructures the way you browse the Internet. Now you have three different choices for exploring the worldwide web with a new flat design compatible with iOS 7.

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MMO Tank Battle Game ‘World of Tanks Blitz’ Rolls into the App Store

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World of Tanks is a massive multiplayer online game where players control a battle ready tank and fight on the streets against groups of others to win supreme dominance over the arena. Today, the game has been released on iOS with specially redesigned features made for mobile play.

World of Tanks Blitz puts you in the driver’s seat of one of 90 different iconic tanks based on US, German, and Soviet vehicles. As you earn experience, you’ll be able to upgrade your tank with better modules, equipment, and consumables. Choose from four different tank classes including light, medium, heavy, and tank destroyers.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Apogee One Microphone and USB Audio Interface

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When it comes to recording audio, there are many options available to iPad users. You can plug in directly using an adapter like the iRig Pro. You can set up a microphone that is connected to the iPad. You can even record right from the tablet’s internal microphone, which I don’t suggest doing.

Apogee has a device that comes with a high-quality built-in microphone, and also features instrument inputs, a headphone output, and a USB connector so you can plug into your computer as well.

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Google Beats Apple to the Punch with Android Wear

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At Google’s I/O Keynote today, the company showed off its new software system Android Wear. The wearable version of the mobile software system can be used on any compatible hardware device and allows users to connect their smartwatch to their phones and tablets. Based on the demonstration given at the keynote address, Apple has some serious competition to deal with.

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