Author Archive for Lory

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

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Gains iOS 7 Controller Support, Half Off for Limited Time

Star Wars KOTOR 3Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is one of those games that Star Wars fans have thoroughly embraced as part of the universe. When it was ported to iOS, the game retained its original content and was just like playing on a desktop computer, except for the oddity of touch-based movements. This week, Aspyr Media gave the app a major update to now supports MFi controllers. So, that strange sensation of touching and swiping to move won’t take getting used to. Now, you’ll just have to get used to using a D-pad to control things.

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New Recipe App ‘SideChef’ Gives You Hands-Free Step-By-Step Recipes

SideChef 1I’ve mentioned before how much I love using my iPad for cooking and baking. I save recipes from blogs to Evernote Food. I have a board on Pinterest with yummy treats. I have a dozen different recipe apps right on my iPad. Now, a new one will be added to the mix. SideChef is a step-by-step cooking app that makes it easy for amateurs to feel like pros in the kitchen.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday – Game of Watchcraft: Spawn of Squishy

Game of WatchcraftWhen I was a kid, Game & Watch games were incredibly popular. At the time, the only way you could play Donkey Kong was at an arcade, which I had to get permission to go to, or on a handheld electronic device that Nintendo put out. Of course, the Game & Watch games were a pale comparison to the full arcade, but it satisfied the hunger in me.

Thanks to the progression of technology, today, you can play just about any type of game, from arcade to PC to home console, right on your iPad or iPhone. Sometimes, however, I just want to take it back to a simpler time, when handheld games were little more than a painted on screen and a blinking digital ape.

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‘Attack Detection Mode,’ a New Apple Patent for iOS

burglar costumeThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent request from Apple for a mobile device that has the ability to automatically request assistants if a user is in trouble. So, if your being mugged and you’ve got your iPad in your bag, it may just save your life.

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New HTML 5 Game ‘Sam Bogart Files’ Is Free, Funny, and Full of Foxes

Sam Bogart 1Black Moon Design is big on HTML 5 games. They’ve got a decent collection of them available for free online. Today, the company announced the launch of a new HTML 5 game that is available on the iPad and iPhone that is also free to download, free to play, and has no advertisements or in-app purchases. Is this the start of a new trend?

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Popular ComiXology App a Victim of Security Breach

comixologyI received a disturbing email this morning. In my inbox was a letter from ComiXology with an “Important Security Notice.” It turns out that the company found that an “unauthorized individual” accessed the subscriber database that included username, email addresses, and cryptographically protected passwords. If you use ComiXology, it is highly suggested that you reset your password immediately.

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Apple Steps Up iPhone and iPad Advertising Efforts with Full Screen Video Ads

Apple iAds iPadAbout three-and-a-half years ago, Apple launched a new service to allow advertising inside apps, games, magazines, and books. The iAd service has not caught on with advertisers over the past few years and Apple is hoping to do something about it. The company will roll out full-screen video ads that will automatically play at certain times during your in-app activity.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Acoustic Stream 4-in-1 Wireless Companion

Acoustic Stream 3Anyone with a guitar has a tuner. Anyone who writes songs uses some gadget to record their ideas. Anyone with an acoustic guitar (or any wood-based instrument) has to make sure that humidity and temperature don’t mess up the sound. Why not have a gadget that takes care of all three needs at once, plus have the ability to connect your iPad to your amp without the need of additional adapters. That is exactly what the Acoustic Stream promises to do.

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iOS 7.1 Will Roll Out Apple’s New Mass Deployment Initiative for Enterprise and Education Management Tools

IT in the ClassroomLast week, Apple made big changes to its mobile device management (MDM) to make it easier for large-scale deployment of iPads across companies and schools. Unnamed sources are now saying that  iOS 7.1 will incorporate full functionality of Apple’s mass deployment initiative.

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Apple Rumored to be Dumping Samsung in Favor of TSMC for A8 Chip in Next Gen iPhone, iPad

A8Who will be Apple’s next chipmaker? Every time a new iOS device comes out, within months, there are reports that Samsung getting dumped by Apple. Years ago, the tech world started spreading rumors that Apple was looking to sign contracts with Qualcomm, TSMC, and whomever else they could get to produce their system-on-a-chip. Reasons varied, Samsung’s prices were too high, Apple hated Samsung for their patent war antics, Intel offered a better deal, but what has remained constant all of these years is that Apple has never stopped working with Samsung to design and manufacture the mobile device chips that go in our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices.

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