Author Archive for Lory

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

Temple Run Hits One Billion Downloads as Gaming Grows on iOS

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Today, game maker Imangi Studios announced that its popular mobile game Temple Run and the sequel Temple Run 2 have been downloaded more than one billion times since the launch of the original in 2011. It just goes to show that dreams can come true for independent game developers. Imangi Studios started as a husband and wife team working out of their apartment. Not bad for only three years later.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Case from Upcycled Shorts

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I have a stack of t-shirts, jeans, skirts, and other items of clothing that I’ve grown out of, or maybe they never fit to begin with. Who knows? I’m always looking for clever sewing projects that I can use my unwearable clothes for. This week’s do-it-yourself project is for an iPad case made out of an old pair of shorts, which I have a few pairs of in my stack. Guess I’d better start sewing.

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AirPlay Doesn’t Need Wi-Fi Network in iOS 8 Thanks to New Peer-to-Peer Feature

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Apple talked about a lot of new features coming this fall to iOS and OS X. However, there was also a lot of stuff they left off. One such feature that is coming to iOS 8 is the ability to share data from your device to Apple TV without needing to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Your device doesn’t even need to be online at all in order to share your screen with others through the set-top box.

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Five Features We Wish Apple Had Added to iOS 8

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With this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple showed of a bunch of new features that, believe it or not, will actually make iOS better than it already is. Over the past few months, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about things that Apple was supposedly working on adding in iOS 8. However, some of those features never came into reality. To honor their memory, we’ve got a list of features we wish Apple would have added to iOS 8.

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Photos App Changes in iOS 8 – A Closer Look at iCloud Photo Library, In-App Editing, and More

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One of the new iOS 8 features that Apple demonstrated at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) was the upcoming changes to the native Photos app. One of the biggest changes involves the ability to keep all of your photos from iCloud available anywhere, anytime using iCloud Photo Library. Plus, Apple has added some basic editing tools and filters to the app and even made it possible for you to edit with third-party apps directly in Photos.

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Instagram 6.0 Adds New Photo Editing Tools, Where is the iPad Support?

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Today, Instagram added 10 new photo-editing tools to make those pictures of your food, pets, and shoes even more attractive than before. You’ll be able to reduce filter strength, adjust brightness and contrast, and sharpen up those lines. What you won’t be able to do is use the official app on the iPad without the 2X zoom.

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iOS and OS X are Becoming More Integrated with Yosemite and iOS 8

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple demonstrated new features that are coming this fall for both iOS and OS X. While both platforms are getting a serious overhaul, one thing that stands out is just how integrated the two operating systems are becoming. Not only is the new Mac OS X, Yosemite, looking more and more like the flatter design of the current iOS, but also the next generation of mobile and desktop operating systems will support features that will literally let you work between devices with just a click or tap.

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OtterBox Unveils Low Cost iPad Air Cases for Educators

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I was talking to a 10-year-old the other day and he told me a story about a friend of his who accidentally threw his iPhone across the room after getting a fright from a prankster of an older sister. “Oh, no!” I exclaimed. He quickly noted that the iPhone was protected with an Otterbox case. It’s funny how some companies are so well known for their products that you don’t even have to get further explanation. I knew immediately that the iPhone was fine because it was safely enclosed in the toughest case on the market.

Today, Otterbox announced the launch of a line of iPad Air cases that are designed to meet the unique needs of K – 12 education. So, that 10-year-old kid who gets frightened enough to throw an iPad across the room won’t have to worry about breaking it.

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Apple to Release Several Cool New App Store Features this Fall

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Along with demonstrating the next version of OS X and iOS at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple went into a bit of detail regarding some changes we will see in the App Store in the fall. The features are intended to help app developers get their wares noticed, but really, it’s going to be a huge benefit to those of us looking for the next great app.

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Apple Unveils iOS 8 – Top New Features We Can’t Wait to Use

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Today, Apple followed tradition by showing off new features for iOS and OS X that we can expect to see this fall. Sure, we were hoping to find out more about the new iWatch, and maybe get a glimpse at the next generation of Apple TV, but we are happy with what we found out about iOS 8, as well as its upcoming integration with OS X Yosemite. We’ve got a list of some of our favorite features coming this fall to iOS below.

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