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 Makes Mobile Ads Available to Anyone with Apple ID

Apple iAds iPadApple has just announced that, starting today, anyone with an Apple ID will be able to create mobile advertisements for iOS using the company’s mobile-ad management took, iAd Workbench. Until today, the service was only available to registered app developers.

This is great news for small businesses and companies looking to advertise, but don’t want to register as an app developer to do so. Now, iAD Workbench will be open to a variety of users.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY iPad Chair Caddy

DIY iPad Char Caddy 1A few months ago, we told you about a very simple project that turns a remote control holder from Ikea that was turned into a couch pocket for your iPad. It is such a clever idea to have something to throw over an armrest that can hold your tablet when you don’t have table or lap space available. Today, we wanted to show you another DIY armrest project, only this one doesn’t require a trip to Ikea.

This fun, spring like sewing project comes from Kathy at Crafty Chica. With some sample-sized swatches of thick, durable fabrics, she was able to make an iPad caddy that you can take with you anywhere you go.

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Comedy Central Aptly Launches Official App on April Fool’s Day

Comedy Central 3Since today is April Fool’s Day, I’m not trusting anything that anyone says or does. Tomorrow, everything will be cleared up and back to normal. But, today I’m just going to assume everyone is lying to me. Comedy Central has just launched a brand new app that allows fans to watch hundreds of hours worth of their favorite episodes in one official app. If this is a prank, the company went to a lot of trouble to get us.

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BBM Adds Stickers to Chat, Why Won’t Apple Make Messaging More Entertaining?

BBM 1Canada-based Blackberry just announced that its cross-platform chat client, BBM, has just received an update. You can finally add a little emotion to those conversations you have with the few remaining people on the planet that still use a Blackberry. So, when you text your boss that you are too sick to come into the office today, you can add a little puking illustration to get the point across.

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Apple Releases TD-LTE Ready iPad Air and mini for Chinese Market

iPad AirToday, Apple announced that its most current model of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display is now compatible on China’s TD-LTE network. China has been selling cellular-compatible models of Apple’s newest tablets for a few months now, but the devices were not yet compatible with the country’s TD-LTE network. Today’s launch makes it possible for users to connect on China Mobile’s 4G network.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Improving Battery Life in iOS 7.1

iPad BatteryBattery power is a source of frustration for many iPad owners, especially those of us who spend a lot of time playing games and watching movies. That whole 10-hour battery life seems like a myth in my household. Since Apple updated to iOS 7.1, I could swear the battery drains even faster than before. While there hasn’t been any official information, I don’t think I’m the only one to notice this problem.

We’ve got a couple of tips and tricks that might help keep your battery a few percent higher than average. We have already shown you how to preserve battery life, but Apple implemented some new features in iOS 7 and 7.1 that may be affecting your power This tutorial is for the new operating system.

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Humor: In Response to Facebook’s Acquisition of Oculus VR, Yelp Launches ‘Yelpulus Rift’ Using iPad

Yelpulus Rift 2The big news this week in the tech world was the discovery that Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion. Not long after the new hit the street, a group of engineers with a sense of humor created the Yelpulus Rift for Yelp’s Hack-a-thon 13. The team who claims to have “augmented augmented reality” shows off their innovative new product using an iPad, a bicycle helmet, a soda can, and some duct tape.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice – Star Wars: Assualt Team

Star Wars Assault Team 1Last September, Konami launched a digital collectable card game (CCG) that featured official characters and sounds from the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars Force Collection was a blast to play, but frankly looked pretty bad. The graphics were subpar and the game mechanics were not up to the standards of what current technology can support.

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Apple Keeps Full-Press on Wearables by Courting Swiss Watchmakers

iWatch Mockup

iWatch Mockup

The so-called “iWatch” is practically an official product in Apple’s future. The company has been rumored to be looking for fitness experts to help develop possible health software for a wearable computer. There have also been reports that Apple is looking into solar power to charge the battery on a watch like device. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that Apple has been headhunting designers at luxury watch companies.

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Foxconn Continues to Ride Profitability on iPhone and iPad Sales

foxconnFoxconn is widely known as the manufacturing building where much of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are born. While the parts may come from a variety of suppliers, the final product is assembled at the Taiwan-based mega plant. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Hon Hai Precision, the parent company of Foxconn, saw a 13 percent increase in profit in 2013, bolster mainly by record iPhone and iPad sales.

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