Author Archive for Lory

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

Amazon Avoids Apple’s In-App Purchase Fees By Forcing comiXology Users To Download Titles Through Website

ComiXologycomiXology has been called the “iTunes of comic books.” It was the highest grossing non-game app in 2013. Recently Amazon acquired the popular digital comic app. This weekend, users received an email requesting a new app download that would change the way comics are purchased. Without actually coming out and saying it, Amazon has avoided Apple’s in-app fee by requiring purchased to be made directly from the comiXology website, instead of within the app.

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iBeacon Used to Make New York City Pub Crawl a Social Tech Event

BeaconCrawlI’ve heard of the  “Santa Crawl,” the “Craft Beer Crawl,” and even the “Last Mile,” but until today, I had never heard of the BeaconCrawl. That’s because, until recently, it had never existed. App development company Aurnhammer recently collaborated with the Lower Manhattan business advocacy group, Downtown Alliance, to incorporate iBeacon technology into the pub-crawl experience.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Clear Your Notification Center

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This week’s iPad tip is actually a follow up from our post last week about how to add contact information to your lock screen. One of our readers pointed out that, since iOS 7, the Lock screen is blurred whenever you receive an alert from Notification Center. While you can clear your list of notifications without unlocking your device, thus getting that important image back on your screen, not everyone knows that, which our friendly reader politely pointed out.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Leo’s Fortune

Leo's Fortune 1A quiet, unassuming little puff of stuff recently won the hearts of the App Store editors, as well as fans of platform games. The beautifully crafted, well made game sends you off on an adventure to find Leo’s missing gold. Do you have what it takes to make it through complex traps, complicated puzzles, and all manner of spiked platforms? Don’t worry. If you don’t make it, you can try, try again.

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Touch ID is Almost Definitely Coming to Next-Gen iPads

Touch ID Code iOS 7.1.1Thanks to a bit of sleuthing from an indie iOS developer, we have even more information to back up the possible existence of Touch ID in future iPad generations. According to Pierre Blazquez who tweeted the above photo, Apple has included coding for the iPad within its Touch ID framework for iOS 7.1.1. Although this is not the first time Apple has referenced the iPad within the code, the fact that it has returned after disappearing points to the possibility that the next generation of iPad will include the security feature.

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Report Finds iPad Still Dominates Web Usage with 77% Market Share

Chitika Brand Tablet UsageChitika Insights recently released their second-quarter tablet usage update. While Samsung is picking up speed in the market share of units sold, it still appears that Apple is the dominant player by a significant amount when it comes to Internet usage. Chitika’s research shows that the iPad still generates more than three-quarters of all U.S. and Canadian tablet-based Web traffic.

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Domino’s iPad App Will Help You Build the Perfect Pizza

dominos pizza 1Domino’s Pizza is really trying to change its public image. Not long ago, the company sent out a survey to ask what people thought of Dominos and found out that a large portion of the population didn’t like the pizza. So, the company made some big changes to their menu. With new resolve, Dominos has improved its reputation in the pizza delivery industry. Today, the company announced an update to their iOS app that will allow customers to build their own pizza and order it for delivery on their iPad without even having to pick up the phone.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Snake ’97

Snake 97 4I don’t think I got my first cell phone till sometime in 2002 or 2003. But, what I do remember is that my phone, along with nearly every one else’s, came with a simple pixel game called Snake. The brightly light green screen and long row of moving blocks will be burned into my memory forever. It helped me wile away many bus stop wait times.

Although the game design behind Snake has been around since the 1970s, the Nokia phone version is the one that was so prevalent. Today, we honor the legacy of the pre-smart phone title that started the whole mobile gaming phenomena.

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Kensington’s New iPad Air Cases Let you Customize your Folio With Pictures

Comercio MeYou’ll never have to worry about walking into a room and seeing someone else with the same iPad Air case as your (mortifying!) with Kensington’s new “Me” Folios. The new iPad Air and iPad covers can now be customized with any picture you want. It’s not permanent, either. So, if you have a photo of you and your sweetie on the back of your Comercio Me and you break up, don’t worry. You can replace that two-timer with a picture of you and your pooch.

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Win a Meeting With Tim Cook For Charity Again, This Time It’s A Whole Lunch

Tim CookAbout a year ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook auctioned off an hour of his time to donate to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. While the coffee date had an estimated value of $50,000, the winning donation came to $610,000. This time, Cook is auctioning off a whole lunch date with an estimated value of $100,000. Who knows, maybe the winner will surpass the million-dollar mark in exchange for a chance to bend the ear of the most famous tech CEO in the world.

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