Author Archive for Lory

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

PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Retro Hit VVVVVV and Mini Game Super Gravitron


Super Hexagon creator, Terry Cavahagh created a unique platformer game back in 2010 for PC that was eventually ported to DS3 and is now available on iOS. Although not an actual flashback, this game is definitely the perfect example of retro gaming done right. In addition to bringing the full game to iOS.

VVVVVV is a 2-D pixelated platformer staring a smiley-faced gravity-flipping guy who is on a mission to save his friends and escape from the space station before it is destroyed. Instead of jumping over dangerous gaps, flip upside down and walk on the ceiling.

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Angry Birds Epic Launches in App Store, Let the Adventure Begin

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am not exactly a fan of Angry Birds. I’m not one of those people who stop liking things once they get popular. I was never particularly interested in the knock-em-down physics based gameplay. I’m more of a fan of role-playing games (RPG). I like to build teams of fighters who go on dangerous quests to find treasure and rescue others.

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Amazon Adds Streaming Music Service, Free for Prime Members

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Amazon is making it harder and harder to be an Apple loyalist. With my $99 annual Prime membership, not only do I get free shipping on most of my online purchases, but I also get to watch a fairly large selection of movies and television shows. The company recently released a set-top box with just enough features to make me split my time between Fire TV and Apple TV. Today, Amazon announced that it is adding streaming music to the list of media content that Prime members have access to.

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Developer Hacks iOS 8 Simulator to Reveal iPads New Split Screen Mode

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In the months leading up to the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), lots of rumors came out regarding what Apple had in store for iOS 8. Some rumors became fact. Others were sadly left off. One of the features we were hoping to see in the next big update was the rumored split screen. On Monday, developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered coding in iOS 8 that points to the split screen feature. With a bit of digging and hacking, Troughton-Smith has managed to get it working on an iPad simulator. Looks like we will see the feature sometime in the future.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iPads Make it Possible for Students With Disabilities to Play in School Band


This morning, I heard an interesting story on NPR that warmed my heart. A high school in Queens, New York is using iPads to help learning disabled children have the opportunity to play in the school band. In PS 177, the “Technology Band” uses iPads alongside traditional instruments for its members, all of whom have disabilities.

The Technology Band consists of 12 disabled students, most of them with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Member Tobi Lakes, 15, plays the keyboard and guitar. Both are played using an iPad. His app of choice is Thumb Jam, which he shreds to Jeff Beck’s version of Puccini’s “Nesun Dorma.” He taps out the notes on his touchscreen as he rocks out to the music.

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Stranded Traveler Uses iOS Device to Make Epic Music Video for ‘All By Myself’

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Canadian Richard Dunn was recently on a 10-day work related trip in Las Vegas. At the McCarran International Airport, he was offered a healthy sum in Delta Airlines vouchers in exchange for giving up his seat on two consecutive flights. While waiting until 6:00 a.m. the next morning in the Vegas airport for the next flight out with his very understanding wife, Dunn decided that he needed a project to pass the time. The result is a five-minute music video, filmed and edited by Dunn, that really shows what kind of things a person can think up when they are alone in a major airport.

The video shows Dunn in various situations, lip-syncing to Celine Dion’s version of Eric Carmen’s ballad, “All By Myself.” He can be seen sitting alone in a ticketing gate, standing in front of the airport sign, and resting below the women’s restroom sign as he belts out the sincere words of a lonely heart.

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iPad and iPhone Ransom Hackers Arrested in Russia


Two weeks ago, word started to spread that a malicious hacker or group of hackers had figured out a way to invade unsuspecting iOS device users’ software systems and were locking people out of access to their devices. The hackers would gain access to a device’s system and would send a notification to the victim’s iPhone or iPad that read, “device hacked by Ogel Plis. For unlock device OK.” The attackers were asking for victims to send money through a PayPal account in exchange for release of the locked system.

Today, Re/code reported that Russia’s Interior Ministry’s cyber crime department, Directorate K, claims to have arrested two of the hackers involved in the incident. One cyber criminal is still a teenager while the other is only in his early 20s. Read More »

Criminal Hackers Attack Feedly, Demand Ransom for Release of Website

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I use Feedly to keep up on all my RSS feed blogs. It works perfectly across all of my iOS devices and is accessible from any computer. Every morning, the first thing I do when I wake up is open Feedly to see what’s been going on. I check it throughout the day, and finish my night with one last overview of the day’s stories from my favorite blogs and news sites.

This morning, when I tried to check Feedly, nothing happened. The page didn’t load on my MacBook Pro. Assuming it was some kind of Wi-Fi issue on my laptop, I tried accessing the RSS service on my iPad. Nothing. Something must be wrong.

A quick search query lead me to Forbes, where I discovered that Feedly had been hacked.

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iOS Suffering from ‘App Overload,’ Study Shows Android Users More Engaged

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A new report from Localytics shows that engagement in app use has increased overall in the mobile market with 20 percent of apps only opened once. That’s down six percent over the past four years. Even though Apple has the market for Web browsing on mobile devices, it turns out iPad and iPhone users are more likely to download and open an app only once compared to Android users, who also appear to be more engaged in the apps they download.

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SurfacePad Case for iPad Air Protects your iPad Air in Style

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Accessory maker Twelve South has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on its newest iPad Air case. Just like the SurfacePad for iPad mini, the larger sized SurfacePad looks great and protects your iPad Air with a look that is sure to impress your boss.

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