Author Archive for Lory

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

‘Camera Plus’ Now with iPad Support, Use iPhone as Remote with AirSnap

Camera Plus 14Camera Plus is one of those popular photography apps that has been around for years. It had a rough start, but has since improved in quality, design, and features. The most recent update brings with it two major features that lets you take pictures on your iPad remotely using your iPhone as the trigger.

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HEXBUG Fans Can Now Race Electronic Insect on their iPads With ‘HEXBUG Havoc’

HEXBUG HavocI have to admit, every time I go to my local toy store, I see those cute little creepy-crawly micro robots and think, “I’m gonna get one of those.” So far, I’ve talked myself out of it. I am, after all, a grown adult with no kids of my own. What would my peers think? Today, the toy’s creator, Innovation First International, announced the imminent launch of a new racing game that lets fans of HEXBUG race their favorite mechanical creature.

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Rovio Releases Frost New ‘Angry Birds Go!’ Sub-Zero Episode

Angry Birds Go Sub ZeroYesterday was the first day of spring. For some, it means the icy streets will finally begin to thaw. For others (like Californians) it means the drought will be sticking around for a while longer. For Rovio, it means “winter is coming.”

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iDog Clinics Use iPad to Teach Dogs to Read

iDog ClinicWe all know someone like it. That person who buys Halloween costumes for their dog or brings their pet with them literally everywhere they go (literally). Maybe it is a friend. Maybe it is a family member. Maybe it is you. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that there is such a thing as a course on teaching your dog how to use an iPad. Because there is.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Oceanhorn Gets iCloud Support

screen568x568OK, so Oceanhorn is not a classic game. It only came out about five months ago. But, it is a retro game themed after the hugely popular Legend of Zelda series of games. Games that will never be officially allowed on iOS. Instead of crying over the lack of Link, Oceanhorn’s creators decided to make their own tale, complete with breakable flowerpots, tall grass that hid gems, and secret passageways that can’t be opened until you’ve discovered something else in another place.

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iTunes Radio May Be a Major Competitor, But Pandora Still Rules the Roost

iTunes Radio 5The big news this week is how Pandora won its fight against major record labels for royalty fees for streaming music. What the court hearing revealed is that 40 percent of Pandora users are accessing the service on their iPhones and iPads. Apple’s iTunes Radio may have made a splash when it launched a few months ago, but over coming a 40 percent loyal user base will be an uphill battle for the contender.

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Biffy Buttler: A Bidet with a Mount for your iPad, and No, It’s Not a Joke

Biffy ButtlerAround here, we giggle like school children over potty humor, especially when it has to do with the iPad and, well, the potty. We all know where the average person spends most of their time using their iPad. Why not have a stand that makes toilet time more convenient? We’ve introduced you to the classy Pedestal Stand and shown you a great way to potty train the little ones. Now, there is an iPad stand that helps you clean your nether regions while you play Angry Birds (or Flappy Bird, if you are lucky).

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Apple’s Newly Patented Power Management System Could Predict How You Use Your iPad and iPhone

Apple Battery Management PatentMaybe its just me, but it seems like my iPad’s battery power gets used up a lot faster since iOS 7.1. It used to be that I could keep my iPad above 50 percent every day and not need to plug it in for a charge until I went to bed. Lately, I run down the battery to 25 percent almost every night. Sure, I use my iPad a lot. But, my activities haven’t changed since iOS 7.1. Or have they?

I’d love to be able to keep my iPad mostly charged for most of the day and not have to plug it in every single night. Apple may have come up with a solution for battery drain based on a recently published patent application from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: unrealBook for iPad Now Compatible with iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoardMusician Aron Nelson created a songbook app way back in 2010. Of course, one of the first thing a musician would do with this type of technology is figure out a way to make it work with an instrument. His app, unrealBook, makes it possible for stage musicians to import their entire collection of PDF songbook files into a single app. The app has recently been updated for compatibility with IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard to offer hands-free page turning of your sheet music.

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Flappy Bird Creator Says Über-Addictive Game Will Return to App Store

Flappy Bird Dong NguyenFor some of you out there, Flappy Bird was the be-all, end-all of casual games. Not only did this fan favorite make its developer, Dong Nguyen, a reported $50,000 per day, but it also spawned dozens of knockoffs, ridiculously high eBay listings for iPhones with it installed, and even a robot that could play the game to a score of 155.

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