Author Archive for Lory

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

Leaked Schematics Show 12.2-inch iPad Pro, Possible Launch in Spring 2015

Mac Fan iPad Air Plus Schematics

The latest issue of Japan-based Mac Fan magazine shows a copy of a full-scale blueprint of a 12.2-inch Apple tablet with an LCD screen. The so-called “iPad Air Plus” is detailed with size, screen dimensions, features, and processor information. The tablet will supposedly ship between April and June of 2015.

According to the article, as provided by Macotakara, the magazine claims the iPad Pro, or iPad Air Plus (which makes more sense at this point), will measure 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.28 inches. The tablet is slightly smaller than previous rumors of a 12.9-inch screen. However, still fall within the rumored “12-inch tablet” nomenclature and is in-line with Makotakara’s earlier report.

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Apple Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day on Cyber Monday

Apple RED World Aids Day Campaign

Last week, Apple launched a huge campaign to promote its support for World Aids Day and its collaboration with the (RED) campaign. Throughout the past week, Apple featured apps that include special exclusive in-app purchases for (RED) whose proceeds will go directly to the foundation. Today’s big Cyber Monday sale at Apple’s online and retail stores will also support the cause. A portion of every item sold today will be donated to the Global Fund via (RED).

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Domino’s Pizza Launches Cyber Monday Deal, 50 Percent Off Orders through iOS App

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The first Monday following Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Cyber Monday” since the rise in popularity of online shopping. Retailers offer discounts on items exclusively through digital channels. While you are busy ordering those ridiculously cheap Minecraft slippers for Uncle Dave, why not take a break and order yourself a pizza. Domino’s has a 50 percent off special for Cyber Monday.

From now until Sunday, Dec. 7, Domino’s Pizza is offering 50 percent off all menu items (no special orders) that are placed online or through the company’s new iOS and Android apps. Simply log in, pick your pizza, and have dinner at your door in 30 minutes.

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Study Finds iPhone 6 Plus Taking Readers Away From iPad

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When it first launched, the iPad was hoped to be the savior of the magazine industry. Industry speculator predicted that people would start reading again thanks to the new tablet market. They were right, for the most part. The iPad may not have exactly saved the magazine industry, but people are definitely reading a lot on tablets.

This week, Read It Later, makers of Pocket, released data from its users that shows a trend leading away from iPad reading and toward iPhone reading instead. The data was culled from more than two million articles and videos that were opened from Pocket. Researchers studied data from users that upgraded from an iPhone 5 or 5s to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, as well as an iPad device.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Send and Receive Non-Apple Text Messages on iPad with iOS 8

How to Text on iPad

Most of my favorite additions to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite involve the Continuity features. You can pick up where you left off in emails, documents, and web browsing with Handoff, send and receive phone calls on the iPad and your Mac, and even send and receive text messages from friends and family that are not using an Apple device.

Apple has made iMessages available on the iPad, iPod touch, and OS X devices since 2011. It is basically a chat feature for Apple devices. Whether on your iPhone, iPad, or desktop computer, you can send and receive iMessages.

With iOS 8, Apple made it possible to enable non-Apple device text messaging with a function called “Text Message Forwarding.” We’ve got a tutorial to help you set it up and use it.

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SteelSeries Launches Larger ‘Stratus XL’ MFi Controller – Hands-on Review

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You may recall back in February that I was lucky enough to review the SteelSeries Stratus Mfi controller. You may also recall my first impression being, “Wow, it’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be.” Of course, I quickly changed my tune once I realized that, after playing for two hours straight, my fingers and thumbs didn’t cramp up at all, so size did not matter for that controller.

Just the same, SteelSeries received enough feedback regarding the size of the controller that they decided to make a bigger one. So now, you can take your first-generation Stratus controller with you on the go for supreme mobile fun and keep your Stratus XL on your coffee table at home for the maximum living room gaming experience.

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Judge Uses 1789 ‘All Writs’ Act to Force Manufacturer (Read: Apple) to Figure Out How To Unlock Cellphone

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Things have really started to heat up in regards to Apple’s user encryption technology. Now that there is no way Apple can access our private data, even if the company is served a warrant, judges are pushing the limits of what they can do to force tech companies to give into law enforcement demands.

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that a federal Judge in New York cited a 200-year-old law to force an unnamed cell phone company to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to help law enforcement unlock a suspect’s smartphone.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Mega Man X Goes On Sale for Thanksgiving Weekend

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The original Mega Man series by Capcom first debuted in 1987. Since then, it has spawned 10 sequels, dozens of spinoffs, a handful of remakes, and ports across the gaming industry. By the time Capcom had published its fifth installment of the original series, the company decided to introduce a sub-series called Mega Man X (not 10) in 1993. The Super Nintendo game was a big hit and more than 20 years later, it is available on iOS.

This week, Capcom dropped the price of Mega Man X to $0.99 to celebrate Thanksgiving. So, pick up your copy this weekend before Mega Man X goes back to its original price of $4.99.

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Square is Figuring Out How to Make Apple Pay Available With Its Service

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News coming from Square is blowing up right now. Recently, the company announced it would begin taking orders for an EMV compatible card reader. Then, international support was added to Square register. Now, Square’s founder Jack Dorsey told CNN Money that the company has plans to begin accepting Apple Pay sometime in 2015.

“Our mindset has always been around the seller and enabling the seller to accept every form of payment that comes across a counter” said Dorsey in the interview. “Apple Pay is something that makes the credit card a little bit more convenient.”

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X-Doria Drops the Price of All iPad Cases by 50 Percent For Black Friday through Cyber Monday

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X-Doria is taking advantage of the fact that consumers want an iPad for Christmas. While Apple is offering $50 gift cards for every iPad purchased on Black Friday, you can also hop over to X-Doria for an Engage Folio or SmartJacket for your tablet.

Every iPad case the company has will be on sale for 50 percent off. Check out the deals on all X-Doria cases.

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