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 CEO Tim Cook Pulls in $74 million in 2013 Compensation

lucrative-revenue-sharing1Have you ever wondered what the CEO of a major corporation makes? Well, if you just look at there salaries, it’s not that much. Who am I kidding, more than one million dollars is definitely not the average income. My point is that, in addition to CEO salary, the big wigs oftentimes get compensation in other ways, increasing their year’s income significantly. Apple CEO Tim Cook, for example, made about $4.3 million in salary and bonuses. However, his cash cow came in when he was the recipient of a portion of the restricted stock grant he received in 2011 to the tune of $69.9 million.

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‘Robots Love Ice Cream’ Coming Soon, Who Knew That Saving the Galaxy Could Be So Sweet?

Robots Love Ice Cream 1Ayopa games, the distributor of the recent hit game Words & Cards, has just announced the upcoming launch of a new arcade style game that looks like a redesigned version of Galaga, only with weaponized ice cream. That’s right, ice cream.

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XTouch Technology Could Make Any iPad Activity Hands-Free

tapFrogsPlayI’ve mentioned before in my review of cooking apps that include hands-free actions how much I love the feature. I use my iPad to cook and bake a lot. I always get ingredients on the screen when I have to scroll up or down or from one page to another. So, any app that makes it possible to perform an action without actually touching the screen is a big plus for me. XTouch is a new technology that makes it possible for you to tap a flat surface near your iPad or iPhone to activate a control. No more sticky cookie dough on the Home button.

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Kodak Launches First iPad App for Odering Prints with Same-Day Pickup

Kodak Moments HD 2It’s funny how the world works. It was less than a decade ago that digital photography picked up speed to become the prominent way of taking pictures. Now, film cameras are all but extinct. Trends come and go like the seasons and physical copies of digital photos are now the new hotness. Kodak Alaris has just launched their first iPad app to include the ability to order photo books, high-quality prints, and custom enlargements for same-day pick up at a local Kodak retailer.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Street Flapper Pays Homage to Both Street Fighter and Flappy Bird

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When is the line drawn in the sand to show that a trend has gone over the top? Cat memes went over the line when poor helpless felines were being “breaded.” I don’t even know what “twerking” is and don’t want to find out. What about the Flappy Bird phenomenon? Since its demise, the strangely popular casual game has spawned hundreds of knockoff titles from Flappy Duck to Bouncy Pig. About 98 percent of them show no creativity or innovation and are simply a waste of space in the App Store.

However, some app makers have used the popularity of Flappy Bird to create something interesting, even if it is merely a clone of the original.

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IFTTT Now Available on iPad

IFTTTIFTTT is a really cool app that lets you create “recipes” that create certain triggers when specific actions take place. IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” Users can create formulas or browse premade ones to help keep them connected to other apps and events. Today, the company updated the app with some very useful channels. Plus, IFTTT is no supported on the iPad.

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Greenpeace Applauds Apple’s Commitment to Renewable Energy

Dai SuganoGreenpeace recently released a report on tech companies and their role in creating a “Green Internet.” Companies across the globe are turning to renewable energy. Apple was spotlighted in the company’s report for being the “most innovative and aggressive in pursuing its commitment to be 100% renewable powered.”

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Apple’s iPad Turns Four Today, Things Have Changed A Lot Since 2010

Happy BirthdayEvery year on this date, we wish the iPad a Happy Birthday. Sure, it is silly to send birthday greetings to an inanimate object. The iPad doesn’t even eat cake. Wishing Happy Birthday to Apple’s best invention is more of a way to reflect on the things we love about the tablet and how it has changed our lives than anything else.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Tabular Mobile Lets You Write Music for Guitar on Your iPad

Tabular 1There are a lot of sheet music apps out there that let you write music for piano, woodwinds, and keyboards. Guitar tab writing apps are much fewer and farther between. You can use basic sheet music apps, but it would be nice if there were an app dedicated to creating song structure for guitar, bass, banjo, and other fingerpicking instruments.

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It’s Here, Amazon’s Apple TV Competition Just Announced, Gaming Included

Amazon Fire TV 1We’ve been hearing rumors for a few months now that Amazon had plans to add its own set-top box into the market. Speculations ranged from it being a Chromecast-like stick to including a game controller. The company recently increased the cost of Amazon Prime, which includes instant streaming of T.V. shows and movies, further fueling the spread of rumors that the company would be launching a set-top box. Today, Amazon officially announced the launch of Android-powered Fire TV, which is available as of now from the online retail giant’s website.

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