Author Archive for Lory

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

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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Make Your Own Star Wars Movie with ‘Star Wars Scene Maker’ from Disney

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Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and all of the Star Wars empire, the future of the most iconic sci-fi story is open to a lot more possibility. Whatever side you are on in the Disney-owned Star Wars franchise, there is no denying that fans of the original are benefitting from all the cool stuff that is coming out now.

Today, Disney launched a cool app that lets Star Wars fans relive the adventure from their own perspective. With Star Wars Scene Maker, you are the director and will be able to dictate what Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie will do.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Hands on with the iRig Voice from IK Multimedia

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More than two years ago, I got the iRig Mic. I was very impressed with the quality and convenience, not to mention the low cost of the device. I’ve used it for shows, interviews, and all manner of audio-related activities.

So has my nephew. For some reason, my six-year old nephew loves the iRig Mic. It is specifically that microphone, too. I bought him his very own Karaoke machine for Christmas and he still asks me to bring my microphone when I visit.

When I found out that IK Multimedia announced the iRig Mic HD, I knew this would make my nephew happy. However, I worried that it would also take more damage than I wanted it to.

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Amazon Unveils Fire Smartphone, What Does it Mean for iOS Users

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Today was a big day for new product announcements. Not only did Adobe launch the new mobile line of Creative Cloud apps, but now Amazon has slapped us in the face with its big surprise, the Fire smartphone. While the hardware itself may not turn heads, one thing that Amazon has that makes it stand out as a worthy competitor in the market is its integrated ecosystem. Users will be able to access lots of content, some of it included with an Amazon Prime subscription.

The phone has a 4.7-inch 720p display and features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM. It connects to AT&T through Global LTE connectivity. The dual stereo speakers are outfitted with Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound. It has a 13 MP real-facing camera with low-light performance and 2.1 MP front-facing camera, both with 1080p HD video resolution.

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Adobe Unveils Stylus and Ruler for Mobile Devices Alongside New Creative Cloud Apps

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Today, Adobe announced the launch of a new line of hardware and software tools dedicated to its Creative Cloud system. At a special Adobe Creative Cloud Keynote address, the company demonstrated a free form drawing app called Adobe Line, a precision drawing app called Adobe Sketch, a masking app called Photoshop Mix, a stylus for Creative Cloud called Ink, and a digital ruler called Adobe Slide (previously called “Project Mighty” and “Project Napoleon” during development). Read More »

KLab Games Unveils Sneak Preview of Age of Empires: World Domination Gameplay


For those who have been waiting patiently for the summer release of the upcoming summer launch of Microsoft and KLab’s Age of Empires: World Domination (AOEWD), the iOS game’s developer recently posted a gameplay preview trailer to whet your appetite for things to come.

Although still no official release date has been announced, AOEWD is due this summer and the one-minute video clip will show some insight into what to expect.

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