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 Statement Denying Backdoor Vulnerabilities


Yesterday, the tech world was abuzz with news of security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski’s Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) talk. At the conference, Zdziarski claimed to have discovered undocumented surveillance mechanisms that essentially leave a back door open for Apple, the government, and criminals to access non-diagnostic related personal information.

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Rumor of the Day: Apple Designing 30 Percent Thinner ‘iPad mini Air’

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A very sketchy rumor has filtered through the pipeline today suggesting that Apple is in the process of designing a new version of the iPad mini that will be 30 percent thinner than the current model. The same report also suggests that the iPad Pro is on track to launch in 2015.

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Best Buy Offering More Apple Sales With 15 Percent Off iTunes Gift Card

Best Buy iTunes Gift Card SaleBest Buy might be the most prolific company around when it comes to offering discounts and deals on Apple products, today, as discovered by iDownloadBlog, the retail giant is offering $15 off of $100 iTunes gift card.

The deal is quite simple. Visit the company’s website and add the $100 iTunes gift card to your cart. Upon checkout, you will only be charged $85. This is a physical card that will be mailed to you. The sale does not include digital downloads of gift cards. However, shipping of the item is free with this sale.

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iOS 8 Beta 4 Now Available for Developers


As time ticks closer to the public launch of iOS 8, Apple has just released to fourth beta to developers. About a month ago, we learned that the new mobile software system would include a city tours feature in Maps that works in conjunction with Flyover. Beta 4 appears to mainly be built to focus on bug fixes. However, it may soon be discovered that Apple has tucked away some more cool features for us to get excited about.

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Another Hacker Claims Apple Purposefully Includes Backdoor Vulnerability in iOS


Hackers and security researchers are constantly trying to dig up dirt on Apple and it’s closed in software design. We regularly hear security firms claiming that Apple has vulnerabilities in Messages or location-based services. At this year’s Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski (AKA: NerveGas) claimed to have discovered a number of “undocumented high-value forensic services” running on all iOS devices.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Store Credit Card Info on your iPad Using iCloud Keychain

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If you are excited about iOS 8’s ability to allow apps to use Safari’s AutoFill feature to populate your personal credentials, you may want to get ready for it ahead of time. If you are not already actively using iCloud in Safari to store your credit card information but want to have it handy for the new features coming soon, we’ve got a quick tutorial for how to add the information on your iPad so it is available across all your iOS and OS X devices in the future.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Swords & Poker Adventures

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You may have already figured out that I am a fan of collectable card games and battle card games. Some of you out there may think of the card game genre as a bit too intimidating, what with all the mana, hit points, and magical items involved. If you are intrigued, but don’t want to commit to something so in-depth, KONAMI has just released a game that will bring you into the fantasy gaming world without making you learn all those card game rules. If you know how to play poker, you will win big and destroy your enemy at the same time.

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Apple’s 2014 iTunes Festival Line-Up Announced

iTunes Festival 2014

Apple’s eighth annual music festival is coming back to London’s Roundhouse this September and the line-up is already looking pretty amazing. According to an announcement earlier this morning, the 30-day shebang will feature more than 60 acts that fans can watch for free on iOS, OS X, and Apple TV.

So far, the September lineup includesMaroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde. Of course, this is just a few of the bands that will rock the stage at the month-long event.

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iblazr Lights Up a Room So You Can Take Great Photos and Video with Your iPad

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I’ve mentioned before that I wish Apple would give a little more love to the iPad’s camera functions. The native camera doesn’t have the same specs on the iPad as it does on the iPhone. The iPad’s iSight camera is only capable of 5MP resolution and it doesn’t even come with a flash. The iPhone’s iSight camera can take 8MP pictures and comes with “True Tone” flash, which gives better lighting quality in different low-light situations.

We may not be able to do anything about the low megapixel problem, but thanks to the iblazr, we can now have a flash on the iPad so we can take better pictures and videos in any lighting situation.

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Best iPad Apps to Beat the Heat This Summer


As I sit here, sweat dripping from the back of my knees, trying to withstand turning on the air conditioner for just a little bit longer, I look to my iPad for companionship in the sweltering heat.

Sure, my iPad can get so hot at times that it feels like I’ve got a heating blanket on my lap, but at least my digital companion has everything I need to have fun in the sun this summer. If you are looking for some ideas for your vacation, have plans to build a garden, or just want to see what it looks like on the other side of the globe, we’ve got a list of the best iPad apps to beat the summer heat.

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