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 Releases the Next Chapter in the ‘Your Verse’ Campaign

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Apple has been releasing a new Your Verse advertisement every month since the campaign launched in January 2014. We’ve seen how the iPad has been used to climb the highest mountain, protect athletes, and create beautifully choreographed dance routines. Today, Apple takes us on a trip around the world with a hearing-impaired travel writer. We also find out how an orchestra conductor writes his music.

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Australian iPads and iPhone are Being Hacked and Held for Ransom

ransom_note_case_for_the_ipad_mini-ra812a80235344c9587dc5cdc9b6f7f42_w9k37_8byvr_324You’ve probably heard all kinds of stories of tourists being kidnapped and held for ransom while on vacation in unfamiliar countries. But, have you heard any stories about technology being stolen and held for ransom? In Australia, hackers have found a way to gain access to iOS devices, lock them, and demand a ransom in return for release of control.

That’s right, according to The Age, hackers have been making the rounds in Queensland, SWN, Western and Southern Australia, and Victoria. Owners of iPhones, iPads, and Macs have reported having their device held hostage.

One victim in Sydney reported that she woke at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of an alarm with a pop up message on her iPhone that read, “Device hacked by Ogel Pliss. For unlock device OK.” After tapping the “OK” button, she was instructed to send $50 to a PayPal account before the device could be unlocked.

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Retro Instagram Viewer for iPad Gets Video Download, Night Mode, and Complete UI Redesign

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Because Instagram doesn’t offer an iPad-optimized version of their service, we are relegated to using the 2X zoom method or finding a third-party app that works. Retro is a third-party iPad app specifically designed to make your Instagram feed look like a million bucks. It was recently rebuilt with a better user interface, video downloads, and a new night theme.

Retro for Instagram lets you connect your Instagram feed so you can view your friends’ posts, “like” pictures, comment, and follow new users. You can view posts by hashtags, see uploads from other users, and discover new Instagramers with the curated trending now section.

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Atom Run Review – Run for the Life of All Humanity in This Platformer

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Last week, Fingerlab launched a new iOS platform game that looks good enough to be a console game. The quality graphics combine with the retro gameplay to bring a solid arcade style game to the iPad.

Atom Run is a platform game that requires skills and timing that push your abilities to their maximum. The game may seem easy on the surface, but if you want to get anywhere, you’ve got to be good.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Rubik’s Cube

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The Rubik’s Cube turned 40 years old this week. It may not have exactly stood the test of time the way some other toys do, but even younger generations know what that colorful cube is and how hard it is to solve. In celebration, we wanted to let you know that there’s an app for that.

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Booq’s Latest Gadget Holder fits Everything You Need to Stay Connected on the Go

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When you know you are going to be on the move for a long time, but want to keep your tech stuff close at hand, Booq has the perfect solution with the latest addition to their Boa collection.

The Boa Flow Graphite is specially designed to store your newest gadgets while maintaining a rugged, but good-looking style. You won’t want to leave the house without the Flow Graphite on your back.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iRing, the First Motion Controller for the iPad and iPhone

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Whoever says you can’t use an iPad as a musical instrument has never heard of the iRing by IK Multimedia. This interesting and unique set of touch less controllers makes it possible for you to mix loops, trigger beats, and set parameters using the special iRing Music Maker app.

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Twelve South Unveils the Rutledge Edition BookBook for iPad Air, iPad mini

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Twelve South’s popular Rutledge Edition BookBook has been a fan favorite of iPad carrying professionals for a few years now. Today, the company announced that, for the first time ever, the Rutledge BookBook has been redesigned for iPad Air and iPad mini.

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Facebook Unveils Music and Video Discovery Feature For Easily Sharing Your Media Activities

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Coming up in the next few weeks, Facebook is going to roll out a new feature on its mobile apps that will let users post status updates that automatically include info on music, movies, and TV shows they are watching and listening to. The media discovery feature is similar to Shazam. It “listens” to audio and identifies the source. Then, you can share it with friends and family to find out what they think.

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Google Knocks Apple from Top Spot as World’s Most Valuable Brand

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In February of this year, valuation research company Brand Finance listed Apple as the most valuable brand in the world for the third year in a row. Only three short months later, another valuation research company, BrandZ, dropped Apple from the top spot it held for three years, replacing the iPad maker with Google as the most valuable brand in the world. Last November, Forbes called Apple the number one valued brand. It just goes to show you that you can make statistics say anything you want them to if you know how to manipulate the numbers right.

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