Author Archive for Lory

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

Tech Media Gets Tricked, Biometric EarPods a Fake, Creator Comes Clean about His Bathroom Antics

EarPod Rumor Fake

Last week, a very shaky rumor began to swirl in the tech world. An anonymous poster to a website called “Secret” made an announcement that Apple’s next generation of EarPods would come equipped with heart rate and blood pressure sensors, as well as iBeacon transmitters.

Yesterday, the original author of the rumor came clean with another anonymously created Tumblr blog expressing his apology for letting the rumor get out of hand. It was just a joke that got out of hand. “I made it up. I wrote it 5 minutes after I woke up on the 1st of may. I was blurry eyed, I had a headache, I was using the toilet and worrying about my blood pressure.”

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Jury Finds Samsung Infringed on Three More Patents from Apple, Apple Infringed on One of Samsung’s

Samsung-vs-AppleThe battle goes on. After years of spending millions (if not billions) of dollars and thousands of hours in court, Apple and Samsung are still waging the patent war. This time, the conflict is over software instead of hardware. Apple took Samsung to court in the U.S., again, with the trial ending last Friday. The jury found that, of the five patent infringement claims that Apple had, three of them were legitimate. At the same time, Samsung accused Apple of infringing on two of their software patents. The jury found in favor of Samsung on one of them.

According to a synopsis of the ruling by Re/code, the jury found that all of Samsung’s phones infringed on patent 647, the “quick-links” patent. Additionally, some of Samsungs products infringed on patent 721, the “slide-to-unlock” patent, while others did not. The jury also found that Samsung “willfully infringed” on a third, unnamed patent.

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iOS 7.1.1 Has an Email Attachment Security Flaw, Apple Working on a Fix

EMail Attachment

Last week, ZDNet discovered that there is a bug in iOS 7.1.1 that does not encrypt email attachments, making it possible for anyone to read what you send and receive though your iPad or iPhone. Apple has known about the issue for at least a month now and, although the problem has not yet been remedied, a fix is presumably on its way.

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Apple Rumored to be Working on App Store Inspired Health and Fitness Platform

Health & Fitness Apps

Although Apple may be trying to keep it under wraps, it is no secret that the iPad maker is working on something relating to fitness. Rumors abound that Apple is focusing on a fitness-based wearable computing device. Today, Reuters is reporting that Apple is “building a team of senior medical technology executives,” which hints at the likelihood that the company is working on something big relating to the health and fitness and medical industry.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Turn off that Annoying Keyboard Clicking Sound


Keyboard Clicks

The first thing my friend taught me when I got my first iPhone was how to disable the keyboard click sound. At the time, I just thought he was showing me a cool trick. In hindsight, however, I realize that he was doing it for himself as much as he was doing it for me. I recently had to get a loaner iPhone from Apple while my Sleep/Wake button is being repaired. Before I took it home and synced it with my computer, the device was set with the keyboard clicks on. Man, that is annoying.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace


I love this time of the year. Since “May the Fourth be With You” was popularized, anything and everything related to the best sci-fi trilogy gets some kind of recognition in the days leading up to the unofficial Star Wars day. Thank goodness, because I can’t get enough of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and my favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca.

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Virgin Atlantic Rolls Out iBeacon Test at Heathrow Airport

Virgin-Atlantic-Heathrow-Clubhouse-05Apple’s iBeacon technology is growing faster than ever with new organizations adding the proximity transmitter to more events and facilities all the time. Recently Virgin Atlantic Airlines began testing iBeacon technology at London’s Heathrow Airport to see how travelers take to the notification experience.

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Much Anticipated Jungle Rumble Now Available in the App Store

Jungle Rumble 4

A couple of months ago, we spotlighted Jungle Rumble for our Sound Stage column. The unique strategy-based rhythm tapping game sparked our interest because players must drum on the screen to the beat in order to send monkeys to attack the invaders. Today, Disco Pixel announced that the game has finally launched in the App Store for the iPad and iPhone.

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Apple Adds New Spotlight Category to the App Store – Best of the Month

Best of April Banner

Apple has been spotlighting new apps on a weekly basis for the Editor’s Choice award. Each week, Apple spotlights a brand new game or app (or both) for both the iPhone and iPad. The selected titles remain at the top of the home screen of the App Store for the entire week. Yesterday, Apple started a new campaign to highlight extra special apps with the Best of the Month.

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Angela Ahrendts Starts Her New Job as Apple’s Chief of Retail and Online Stores

Angela Ahrendts

Apple has been without a leader of its retail and online stores since October of 2012 when John Browett was ousted for his antics with cutting staff and freezing new hires at the company’s nearly 400 retail stores. In November of 2013, Apple announced that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts would take the reigns after her six-month transition period ended. Today, the changeover is official as Ahrendts is now listed as Apple’s Senior Vice President of retail and online stores.

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