Author Archive for Lory

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

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Officially Available in the App Store

Family Guy 1Fans of Seth McFarlane’s cartoon hit “Family Guy” will be happy to know that the worst family since the Simpsons is now appearing on an iPad nearby. Not as an animated series, but as an adventure game. In this true-to-show story, players help the Griffins get back on the air with all the antics that are familiar in the Fox television show.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: DIY Macro Lens for iPad

DIY Macro Lens 1I consider myself to be a photography hobbiest. I love taking pictures with my fancy pants DSLR camera, but I also love snapping shots with my iPhone and, yes, even my iPad. There are hundreds of cool apps in the App Store that will let you twist, texturize, and alter your images to look like just about anything you want.

But no app can recreate the unique, tight focus that comes from using a physical macro lens. Richard V from Make Magazine has a great tutorial for a DIY clip-on macro lens that you can use on your iPhone or iPad.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia Launches AmpliTube Orange

AmpliTube Orange 4Orange Amplification is one of those companies that have stood the test of time and made a name for themselves for having incredible durability and a very unique sound that is heavy, crunchy, and powerful. Classic rock musicians, as well as stoner rock and doom metal musicians all love the sound of Orange. It can be seen on stage with the likes of Geddy Lee, Robert Plant, and Shaun Cooper. The sound of Orange crosses genres and defies boundaries, making it a must-have amp for guitarists of all walks.

IK Multimedia recently launched a new amp package for AmpliTube that features the iconic British tone that Orange amp is so famous for.

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Apple Testing Push Notification for Informing You About Fixed Errors in Maps App

Apple Maps Push Notification 3By now, many of us have already reported problems to Apple from errors relating to the Maps app. Whether the location isn’t where it should be, or directions go the wrong way, or search results end up way off the mark, the Maps app has needed a lot of attention since it launched in 2012. Some users have reported errors in Maps to Apple and never seen the problem get fixed.

According to MacRumors, Apple may be adding a feature that will send you a notification when an error you’ve reported gets fixed. It doesn’t really change much, but it will probably make you feel better knowing that you’ve taken part in improving Apple’s Maps app.

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Google Wants Square, Square Wants Apple, Apple Isn’t Interested

Square HeadquartersRe/code recently spoke with an inside source at financial online payment startup Square. Over the past few years, the company has skyrocketd in popularity and is actively upsetting the credit card industry with its simple, mobile payment services. We’ve reported on a lot of the company’s activities in the past and are interested in the future of Square just as much as the next tech guy. According to the unnamed source that spoke with Re/code, Square is a hot commodity for bigger companies, but isn’t sure it wants to be bought up by just anybody.

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Apple Supposedly Accepting Samples of Flexible Circuit Boards for iWatch

Flexible Printed Circuit Board FPCBYesterday, rumors of Apple’s supposed iWatch began to swirl again. Like a wildfire in the wind, one rumor spreads fast, heating up the forest of tech blogs and starting new rumors that spread even further. Yesterday’s report claimed that Apple had already ordered 65 million units to be made and the wearable computing devices would be ready to launch late this summer. Now, Digitimes is reporting that three circuit board manufacturers have sent samples to Apple for approval with the expectation that the iWatch would be unveiled in September.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to get the iBeacon Bump this Year

iphone_download_300x300Apple’s iBeacon technology is slowly beginning to make its way into a variety of events and locations. Goldenvoice recently updated its official Coachella app with on-site iBeacon notification so attendees can use the location-based data to find out information about events, schedules, and more.

There is very little information at this time as to what kinds of things the iBeacon will produce. The app update is to “Enable On-Site iBeacon notifications by enabling Location and Bluetooth!” and the official website notes, “Use Bluethooth to interact with beacons placed around the grounds.” We’ve contacted Goldenvoice for more information, but they have not yet responded. We will update this post when we find out more.

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Microsoft Biggest Competition in 1990s, ‘WordPerfect,’ Launches on iPad

WordPerfect Office X7 iPad App on iPadWhen I was in school, computers were still fairly new. Students could enroll in a “computer class,” which basically taught us how to use WordPerfect. The word processor software was the biggest program across the US. That is, until Microsoft came into the picture with its fancy Word program. Although never completely removed from existence, WordPerfect has slipped into relative obscurity. Today, however, the company that created the program in the late 1970, Corel, has announced the upcoming launch of an iPad companion app that may just rekindle our love of WordPerfect.

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Apple’s New Your Verse Story Details Bollywood Choreographer’s iPad Inspiration

Your Verse 1Apple recently added a new chapter to the “Your Verse” story. In January, the company launched the iPad campaign by providing us with a wide-sweeping advertisement showing different ways the iPad has been used in arts and entertainment. The original commercial, layered with Robin William’s recitation of Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!” shows a variety of painters, writers, musicians, and filmmakers all using the iPad to help further their work.

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iOS 7 Adoption Rate Inches Upward as Apple Prepares for Rumored iOS 8 Demo at WWDC

iOS 7 Adoption April 6The popularity of iOS 7 has reached a record high. Today, Apple published the most recent data on adoption of the mobile operating system. Within the past two weeks, iOS 7 has grabbed the loyalty of two percent more iPhone and iPad owners, leaving only two percent using an operating system older than iOS 6 and only 11 percent using iOS 6. This news comes as Apple is preparing for the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which takes place June 2 – 6.

Every year at the conference, Apple demonstrates an early version of the next mobile operating system. This year, it is possible that the iPad maker will be able to boast a 90 percent adoption rate of the current mobile operating system as iOS 8 is waiting in the wings.

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