Author Archive for Lory

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

Siri Will Lock Your Front Door For You in iOS 8 Thanks to HomeKit

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple told us about HomeKit, which is a developer software kit that will allow companies to create apps that work directly with Siri to activate compatible in-home accessories, like lights, locks, and alarms. Today, AppleInsider has a glimpse into some of the things Siri will be able to do in the connected “smart home” in iOS 8.

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ARCHOS Unveils iOS Ready Connected Solution for Smart Home Fans

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Apparently the term “smart home” is now part of the tech world’s vernacular. I don’t mind, though. It may be silly, but it makes me think of those horror films in the early 1980s where a house would be powered by a computer that would eventually gain sentience and attack everyone. I sure hope Siri doesn’t have a jealous side.

ARCHOS recently announced the launch of its newest smart home kit that provides users with information and controls for their in-home accessories on their iOS device.

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Apple to Begin Production of 2.5″ iWatch in July

iWatch Mockup by Eric Huisman

Big news is coming in today regarding the wearable computer that Apple is rumored to be working on. According to both the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the so-called iWatch will begin production this summer with a predicted launch sometime in October.

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Massive Game Sale Going on Today In App Store, SEGA and EA Slash Prices to $0.99

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Is there a holiday this weekend that I don’t know about? For some reason, two major game distributors are having a massive sale today. SEGA has dropped the price of all Sonic titles to just $0.99 and Electronic Arts has dropped the price of all of its paid games to $0.99. Today is a good day to catch up on all those games you’ve wanted, but didn’t want to spend money on.

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Gameloft’s Newest Title ‘Dungeon Gems’ Mixes Matching with RPG Card Battle


Combining puzzle games with role-playing battles is nothing new to the App Store. Puzzle & Dragons is a hugely successful free-to-play game that mixes match-three with card battle style action. Not to be outdone, Gameloft has just launched their own version of the mashup.

Dungeon Gems is a puzzle game where players must match elemental ruins in order to trigger an attack. Match at least two of the same elements to set your hero against your foes.

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iOS Becoming a Fitness Powers House – Health App Use Jumps 62% in Six Months


Since the launch of the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air, health and fitness apps have become more popular than ever. One reason has to do with the M7 motion coprocessor chip that allows apps to track users’ physical activities. It used to be that you’d have to strap a pedometer to your ankle to see how may steps you’ve walked. Now, all you have to do is walk. Most people already carry their iPhone with them. If a fitness app is running in the background, it is tracking.

According to a recent report from Flurry Analytics, health and fitness apps are growing faster than the overall app market. Considering the games category has traditionally been the most popular subject in the App Store, this new trend is really moving.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Knights of Pen and Paper


Fantasy tabletop role-playing adventure games have existed since the 1970s. Dungeons & Dragons, which was published in 1974, certainly popularized the genre. Since the invention of home video game consoles, pen (technically, pencil) and paper style RPGs have become somewhat of an endangered species.

For those looking to get back to their gaming roots, there is Knights of Pen and Paper. This humorous take on the RPG world will give you a laugh while offering a good old-fashioned campaign adventure.

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iOS 8 Beta Reveals Flyover City Tours Coming to New Maps App


In 2013, Apple launched the Flyover feature for iOS 6. Armchair travelers could zoom in to see photorealistic 3-D virtual buildings in specific iconic locations, like Versailles, The Eiffel Tower, and more. You can pan, tilt, and rotate around a city and its landmarks for a bird’s eye view of the landscape.

Recently, app developer Pierre Blazquez uncovered a hidden feature in Apple Maps that shows a pre-defined tour of major points of interest that allow users to simply sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Arcade Action ‘Grub’ brings ‘Snake’ into the 21st Century

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A few weeks ago, we spotlighted Snake ’97 for our Flashback Friday series. The retro game includes a variety of cell phone models to choose from that help make the experience more realistic. The game is still as frustratingly fun as it was 17 years ago. However, the green screen and single square pixels remind us of how much better mobile gaming has gotten in the past decade.

Grub is a modern take on the old school game of Snake, featuring a friendly little worm that loves to eat apples. As he gobbles the goods, he grows longer, making it more difficult to wind around the tiny garden.

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Space Battle Game PlunderNauts Invades the App Store

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What kid hasn’t, at least once in their life, wished they could be a space captain or pirate? I’ve manned many imaginary shuttles and donned an eye patch or two in my day.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the two into one epic adventure? Sort of sounds like the plot of Ice Pirates.

With all the swashbuckling of a pirate ship and all the battle action of a space combat, PlunderNauts lets players explore the universe, destroying enemies and searching for IronBeard’s treasure.

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