Author Archive for Lory

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

This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Broken Age

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When I first heard that Tim Schafer was back in business I couldn’t wait to check out his new game. Schafer was the man behind such games as The Secret of Monkey Island and Brütal Legend. His latest project was crowdfunded, giving the indie development team he leads, Double Fine Productions, the opportunity to make the game the way they want, instead of some corporate giant. The game comes at a premium price, but think about this; If a major company had anything to do with it, the game would be freemium, and we all know how you feel about that.

Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game with a deeply integrated storyline that will have you so engrossed that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the journey.

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Apps Will be able to Automatically Fill in your Personal Credentials in iOS 8


Just yesterday, I opened the Amazon App on my iPad for the first time since I had changed the password a few weeks ago. As usual, I didn’t remember the new password I had set and had to exit the app, open 1Password, copy the password, close that app, reopen the Amazon App, and paste the password. As you can see, it is a pain in the butt, and frankly makes me much less likely to change my passwords on a regular basis.

Today, 9to5Mac is reporting that in iOS 8, Apple will allow the Safari AutoFill iCloud keychain, which I also use, to relay information to native apps. So, I’ll be able to select my passwords from inside native iOS apps, making the whole process much easier.

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Microsoft Considering Bringing Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS

Cortana Windows Phone

Back in April, Microsoft announced a huge update to its Windows 8 platform. Coming later this year, the company’s mobile operating system will get a bunch of new features, one of which is Microsoft’s answer to Siri. The Windows phone personal assistant, Cortana, will provide users with a similar function. Cortana will find out stuff for you, connect you to your contacts, keep track of your schedule, and let you know your flight information. She may even be a better virtual assistant than Siri, but don’t tell her (or him) I said that. My coffee may turn out gross tomorrow.

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Analyst Predicts Apple will Sell at Least 30 Million iWatch Units in 2015

iWatch Mockup by Eric Huisman

The iWatch rumor mill is back in business. We didn’t hear even a whisper of the possibility from Apple that a wearable computer was in the pipeline. However, the tech world is frothing at the mouth for the health and fitness companion watch that is supposedly on the Horizon.

Today, BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman has generated a prediction for iWatch sales in its first year of business. According to AppleInsider, Bachman sent a note to investors claiming that Apple will sell at least 33.5 million iWatch devices in 2015.

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ZooGue Launches Three New iPad Cases for Every Need

ZooGue iPad Air Prodigy Elite

There are different kinds of iPad owners in the world. Some use the Apple tablet for watching movies, browsing the Internet, and checking emails. Others use it for games, games, games. Still others take their iPad with them to the office and on the go as a productivity device. This week, ZooGue announced the launch of three new cases that are the perfect fit for every type of iPad user.

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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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