Author Archive for Lory

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

Apple Updates WWDC App for 2014, Keynote Confirmed for June 2


This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just around the corner. At the conference, Apple is rumored to show off the next version of iOS and OS X. There is also hope that the rumored iWatch and the next generation of Apple TV will be unveiled. Now that Apple has finally updated the WWDC app to reflect 2014, the one thing we know for sure is that the conference keynote will take place at the Presidio on opening day, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Articulating Tablet Mount Ikea Hack

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Around here, we are fans of Ikea Hack projects. Those do-it-yourselfers come up with some amazing ideas for turning one Ikea object into something entirely different. Whether it’s a stand out of a wall bracket or an iPad holder out of a remote caddy, there are many things you can do with pre-existing Ikea accessories.

Today, we’ve got a great project that uses an articulating desk lamp, a tripod mount, and an iPad case with a tripod mount connector. It is easy enough to build and makes it possible for you to display your iPad at any angle, even above your head.

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Samsung Lawyers Call Apple’s Patent Efforts ‘jihadist’ – Settlement Outlook Now in Question

Samsung-vs-AppleEarlier this week, Apple and Samsung decided to have a sit-down to discuss a potential settlement on current patent lawsuits around the world. At the behest of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, the two companies agreed to meet. The hope for cooperation is waning fasts as both Apple and Samsung have submitted updates to their talks that show a bitter dislike that is sure to stymie any possible settlement that might have been reached.

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Microsoft Beats Apple to the Punch With 12-Inch Surface Pro 3


While more than a years worth of rumors have bubbled up regarding Apple’s 13-inch screen so-called iPad Pro, Microsoft has actually been building one. Today, the company unveiled its newest addition to the tablet line with the 12-inch Surface Pro 3.

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Jimmy Iovine Rumored to Head Apple’s Content Business

jimmy-iovineThis has been an interesting month, to say the least. Last week, rumors spread like wildfire that Apple was in the market to buy Beats Electronics, including the hardware and software departments, for the bargain price of $3.2 billion. Yes, billion. Hours after the rumor started, Beats co-founder Andre Young (Dr. Dre) was seen celebrating becoming “the first billionaire in hip-hop” with actor Tyrese Gibson on YouTube.

Nothing official has been announced, but the rumor is strong enough that it has since spawned a number of predictions from the tech community, including one from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson told Billboard Magazine that believes that Apple hopes to place Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine in charge of the company’s content business to shake hands with media moguls in the music and television industries.

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SEGA Bringing Super Monkey Ball Bounce to iOS

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The Super Monkey Ball series is a big hit for SEGA. It may not be as popular as Sonic the Hedgehog, but those game makers really know how to anthropomorphize things and the cute little monkey with big ears and a backpack is no exception. Ai Ai is headed back to iOS in an all-new adventure. Similar to Sonic Pinball, this adventure drops you onto an obstacle course that will bounce you to a big win.

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Kickstarter Project – Acme Made’s ‘Ergo Book’ iPad Case Provides 360 Viewability

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Sure, there are times when you need extra rugged protection, an external keyboard, or the ability to mount your iPad off the countertop. Other times, you want your case to be as thin as your iPad, but still offer more functionality than just a sleeve would. The Acme Made Ergo Book is just the right fit and functionality for the minimalist in you.

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Groupon to Roll Out iPad POS Service to Compete with Square


I am a Groupon user. You might even say I am a reformed Groupon-a-holic. I spent many a-dollar on many a-deal when the website first launched. I can’t count the number of deals I let expire before using, simply because I forgot I had them. I’ve gotten better about it, but the deals are so good that it is hard to pass up. Today, the flash deal company announced that it is growing its business to offer point-of-sale services to retailers who run Groupon promotions. This new iPad program will make it easier for customers and businesses to seamlessly work with deals they have promoted through Groupon.

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Apple Celebrates 13 Years of Retail Store Growth with 400 Locations in a Dozen Years

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It was 13 years ago today that Apple launched its first retail stores in McLean, Virginia and Glendale, California. Since then, the iPad maker has managed to grow its brick-and-mortar stores to more than 400. During a decade when the U.S. has suffered a financial slow down, it is incredible to see what Apple has accomplished in just over a dozen years.

Retale created a time-lapse infograph of the development of Apple Retail Stores across the U.S. from 2001 to 2014. The map shows the growth of the company’s stores and the milestones that took place each year.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Table Tennis Touch

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Some call it Ping-Pong. Others call it table tennis. No matter what name you give it, the game is pretty darn fun. Players of all abilities can enjoy a friendly game of table tennis, too. Young can compete against old. Sports fans and video gamers are able to compete with each other on the waist high court. The game is an equalizer. The only thing that makes one player better than another is practice.

Table Tennis Touch is a tournament style realistic game of Ping-Pong that will put you in league with some of the best. The best part is, if you lose the ball, you don’t have to go chasing after it under the couch.

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