Author Archive for Lory

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

New ‘All-You-Can-Read’ Children’s Book Service Debuts on iPad

Epic 1These day you can get monthly subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, streaming movies and television shows, even video games. On the iPad, you can read your periodicals, watch your shows, and play video games until your thumbs are sore. What is sorely missing from subscription-based media is books, books, books. Kids these days need less television and more reading.

Epic! – Books for Kids hopes to do something about that by offering unlimited access to as many books in their children’s book library as you want, all for only $9.99 per month.

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New Apple TV with Apps and Gaming Features Could be Apple’s Next Big Thing

AppleTV2A lot of rumors have been trickling through the tech network lately. Less than a week ago, we heard that Apple TV would soon be supporting Bluetooth controllers. In the lead-up to Apple’s big iPhone 5s announcement, tech writers were speculating that the “One more thing” on Sept. 10 would be a fourth-generation set-top box. Today, Apple updated its online retail store with a special page dedicated to the Apple TV. Does that mean Apple is preparing for a big update later this year that will “wow” us?

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Remote Access ‘Parallels’ Slashes Annual Subscription Cost by $30 for Limited Time

Parallels_Access_1.1_for_iPad_with_Microsoft_Excel_for_WindowsIn August, Parallels, the productivity app that “appifies” your Mac and PC programs was released for the iPad. After five months, the company has reorganized the subscription model, added full support for additional operating systems, and redesigned the user interface for iOS 7 compatibility. To celebrate the update, an annual subscription to Parallels is on sale for $49.99 for a limited time.

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Love is in the Air, Apple Updates Online Store for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Apple StoreWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some love-struck couples out there are frantically searching for the perfect gift. Instead of flowers that die or candy that makes you fat, you could surprise your sweetheart with a new iPad. I know I’d be head-over-heals for someone who knew me well enough to know that I’d love to get an iPad mini with Retina display for V-Day.

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Apple Earnings Call Highlights, the Future of Mobile Payments

Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings call for the first quarter of 2014. Thanks to the holiday shopping season, coupled with the redesigned iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina, the iPhone 5s, and to a lesser degree, the iPhone 5c, Apple had a record-breaking quarter across the board. These conference calls are usually a bit telling. Even though the company’s executives try to keep mum about future products, they eventually let something slip that the rest of the world interprets. This call was nothing new.

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Apple Sells All-Time Record 26 Million iPads in First Fiscal Quarter of 2014

Apple_Headquarters_in_CupertinoLast week, CNN Money released a report based on estimates from 47 amateur and professional analysts. At the time, the pros, who usually get it right, predicted Apple would come in at just over 24 million units sold, while the amateurs marked Apple with 26.6 million.  Today, Apple proved that having a healthy overestimate can pay off sometimes. The iPad maker reported selling 26 million tablets.

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Apple’s A8 Processor Production Being Fought for By Suppliers

A8DigiTimes is back at the rumor mill again. This time, the tech blog is reporting that three different suppliers are on tap to package Apple’s upcoming A8 processor. Additionally, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has purportedly been commissioned to take charge of production of the system-on-chip (SoC), which will be used in the next generation of mobile products from Apple.

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Apple Set to Release First Quarter 2014 Results

CNN Money Q1 2014 1Apple has just released information regarding their quarterly earnings call to be held today at 2:00 p.m. PT. During this conference call, Apple CEO, Tim Cook and CFO, Peter Oppenheimer are scheduled to report on sales of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch units for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, which just ended and includes the holiday shopping season.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Buy and Use Ringtones From iTunes

How to Ringtones 2As another week sneaks by, 2014 is in full swing and I’ve already broken at least two New Years resolutions. That’s O.K. I will keep working on it. One of my resolutions is to find out more about what my iPad is capable of. I do this for myself, so I can act like an expert to my family. But, I also do it for our readers. If my mom doesn’t know how to do something on her iPad, you can be sure I’ll talk about it in a future post. Last week, we showed you how to get Siri to check and read your email for you. Your productivity will increase significantly when you don’t have to put down your pen to check your messages.

This week, we are going to show you how to download ringtones from iTunes and set them as alerts for iMessages, mail, reminders, and more.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: In Fear I Trust

In Fear I Trust MainIt is time for another posting of our weekly installment of the App Store’s Editor’s Choice. Every Thursday, Apple publishes new lists, the App of The Week, and the Editor’s Choice. Oftentimes, there are multiple apps on the Editor’s Choice list, some for the iPhone and some for the iPad. Last week, one of the iPad app nods went to Storehouse. Have you told your story in photographs yet?

This week, Apple decided to get scary with a room escape game that will have you on the edge of your seat. We told you about the upcoming launch of In Fear I Trust last week. You might find yourself afraid of the dark if you let your guard down playing this game.

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