Author Archive for Lory

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

Former NSA Official Says Apple, Google More Hostile to Western Intelligence Than China or Russia

Photo Courtesy of The Guardian

Photo Courtesy of The Guardian

More than a year ago, we learned that the NSA and FBI were spying on citizens of the U.S. through a data collection program called PRISM. At the time, companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook were named as participants, knowingly or unknowingly, in the scandal.

Since then, Apple has gone above-and-beyond to make sure that there is no possible way that the government could collect user data. Just a few months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter on customer privacy where he described just how hard it would be for anyone, including the government, to access our personal data on devices running iOS 8. “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” wrote Cook. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.” He also noted in an interview with Charlie Rose in September that Apple literally could not comply with government subpoenas because user data is encrypted and “we don’t have the key.”

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Apple Beats Samsung For Brand Value in China


China Brand Research Center recently published findings of a consumer brand survey and found that Apple was the big winner in the mobile category. Samsung Electronics had previously held the coveted spot in 2012 and 2013. It looks like Apple CEO Tim Cook was right when he said that China was going to be a major player for the company in the future.

According to an article in Business Korea, the China Brand Power Index for this year showed Apple’s placement at number one on the list followed by Samsung, who incidentally did take first place in the TV and monitors category.

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CNN Election Coverage Team Caught Using Microsoft Surface as Stands for iPad

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Yesterday was Midterm Election Day for the US. While not nearly as big as the Presidential elections, it is still a pretty big deal for us. In an effort to generate some free publicity, Microsoft provided CNN newscasters reporting on the election a number of Surface Pro tablets. This made Windows fans very happy, as they were reportedly sending enthusiastic tweets across the Twitterverse. Sentiments like, “Watching CNN because they are using Surfaces. FOX using Macs” found their way into social media. As if the tablet a person uses determines whether news is reported properly or not.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: No-Sew Tweed Tablet Cover

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Fall has finally begun. Daylight ends earlier, leaves have begun turning beautiful shades of red. Urban professionals have dragged their tweed suit collection out of the closet. When the weather turns cold, tweed is in fashion.

If your brightly-colored iPad cover just doesn’t seem to fit the season anymore, we have an easy no-sew project that will make your tablet look professional, and seasonal.

This project comes from Jenna at Everything I Want and Nothing I Don’t. Her project is actually for a Nook. However, it is very easy to change the measurements to fit any sized tablet, whether it is an iPad mini, iPad Air, or one of those other tablets.

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Rumor: Apple Watch Pricing Revealed, Pre-Valentine’s Day Launch Still Possible

Apple Watch

This week, Apple staff leaked information from Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts regarding an estimated launch date for the Apple Watch. So, with the scant information we have about Apple’s new wearable technology, this brought us one step closer to knowing more about its upcoming release.

Today, however, French-language news site is reporting that the Apple Watch is still on track for a possible pre-Valentine’s Day launch in 2015, despite what Ahrendts had previously said. Additionally, unnamed sources gave a few pricing estimates for different models.

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In Light of 13-Inch iPad Pro Rumors, Microsoft Supposedly Developing Larger Surface Pro

iPad Pro

Earlier this week, we heard a rumor that Apple’s supposed iPad Pro is not going to be the full-sized 13-inch screen that we’d been hearing about for nearly two years, but would actually be more akin to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, which measures 12.2 inches.

Only a short time later, new rumors suggest that Microsoft is actually trying to out-size Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch tablet with its own 13 or 14-inch Surface Pro. Is there a such thing as a tablet that is too big?

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iPad mini 3’s Weak Refresh May be Due to Imminent Discontinuance, Replaced by iPad Pro

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When Apple unveiled the new line of tablets this past Oct., all eyes were on the thinner, faster iPad Air 2. Apple had managed to push the iPad’s abilities just a little bit further, enough to make critics stand up and say, “wow.” At the same time, however, the iPad mini was barely changed. It was given a gold coat and Touch ID, but that is it. No faster processor chip. No extra memory. Just the same old device with one new feature and three color options.

Why would Apple spend so much effort getting the second-generation iPad mini up to par with the iPad Air, only to confine the technological growth of the device a year later? According to a new rumor, it is due to Apple’s refocusing on developing the iPad Pro.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

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The Warhammer 40K franchise has been around since the late 1980s. The tabletop miniatures game has seen so much success in the role-playing game community that it is now its own genre. There are a number of Warhammer 40K related titles out in the wild that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the original game, but they do feature the iconic characters that are familiar to fans.

Last week, HeroCraft added its own free-to-play version of a Warhammer 40K title, complete with a growing list of Space Wolves and an epic list of weapons at your command.

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Amazon Launches ‘Prime Photos’ to Compete With Apple’s iCloud Photo Library

Amazon Prime Photos

Just as Apple has launched the massive photo cloud storage beta program with iOS 8.1, Amazon has just announced the release of Prime Photos, which allows Prime members the ability to store an unlimited number of digital images for free. With the iOS Cloud Drive Photos app, users can automatically store any picture taken on their iPad or iPhone directly to Prime Photos, as well.

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library lets you store your pictures in iCloud. By turning on the feature in the Settings app, you can automatically store the original size images in iCloud while recent photos are stored locally and synced across all connected iOS devices.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How To Set Up iCloud Drive After Updating to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

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You may recall the day that Apple dropped iOS 8 into our laps, the company forgot to launch OS X Yosemite at the same time. For most people, this was not an issue and everything went along, business as usual. For some, however, the fact that iCloud Drive was only compatible with other iOS devices basically imprisoned their documents.

We did our best to warn you, but unfortunately, mistakes happen and some people did end up updating to iCloud Drive prematurely and temporarily lost access to files in Apple’s former cloud service, “Documents in the Cloud.”

When iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite finally dropped, we were able to sign up for Apple’s new iCloud Drive service and access it on our mobile devices, Mac computers, and online through If you are ready to make the switch, we have a quick tutorial today to help you move all of your documents into iCloud Drive.

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