Kickstarter has given birth to some really innovative products in the past and the iKit NuCharge is no exemption. Dubbed the most “advanced iPhone battery case ever made”, it’s also the world’s first interchangeable battery and case cover for the iPhone 5. With such a design, users can decide whether to go with a light and minimal case, or pop on the battery for slightly more bulk to juice up the iPhone. I was recently sent a pre-production unti for testing and so far I’m really liking the iKit for its versatility, lightweight and slim 1900mAh battery pack.
This was another week of well rounded releases in the iOS gaming world. Folks that like a little more spice to their fishing simulations should give Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption a try. Sure you cast your line and haul up the fish like any other simulation, but once you them above the surface the big guns come out… quite literally. If you’re more of a golfing nut there’s Super Stickman Golf 2. 180 holes, 60 achievements and 28 hats will keep you quite busy, and then there are the two multiplayer modes. If you’d rather just take out your frustrations on loads of unnamed villains, Brotherhood of Violence might be right up your alley. It looks like it could have the makings of a modern day Streets Of Rage, which would suit me just fine.
The lastest iOS update – version 6.1.3 – is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This primarily fixes the security hole that was found in 6.1, one that allowed access to the phone module right from the locked screen without entering the correct passcode. The update also brings improvements to Maps for users in Japan. As for jailbreakers, you may want to stay away from 6.1.3 for the time being, as David Wang (one of the devs for the evasi0n and their untethered iOS 6.x jailbreak) told Forbes several weeks ago that the 6.1.3 beta 2 update patched one of the bugs that the Jailbreak exploits. This means that 6.1.3 isn’t likely to work with the only untethered jailbreak solution at this time. For the rest of you though, you can grab the latest iOS update right from within Settings –> General –> Software Update or on your desktop via iTunes.
An app called Awesome Baby Names has made it through Apple’s approval process and it’s not what you think. Through a series of taps in just the right spots, a hidden Game Boy Advance emulator will be revealed, thus allowing you to play all your favorite GBA roms you might have kept somewhere on an external hard drive. The app costs $1.99 and likely won’t last much longer on the App Store, so if your phone’s not jailbroken and you’d like to play some Mario on your iPhone, you may want to grab it before it’s pulled. Screenshots on how to unlock the emulator from within the app after the break.
Update: It appears the app’s been pulled from the App Store.
About all I knew of LIBERATION MAIDEN going into it was that the game was a shooter and that it was a port from another system. This is definitely a game that has been under-promoted in my opinion. As much as I love scrolling shooters, I’ve realized that my iOS experience with the genre has never lived up to its potential until now. Liberation Maiden certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s unlike any shooter you’ve played on your iPad to this point. The final boss battle alone almost makes the whole game worth it, as it was one of the most intense experiences I’ve had with this genre on a mobile device. The price tag is a bit hefty relatively speaking, but if you’re a die hard scrolling shooter fan you should seriously consider this one. Continue reading…
For many, the iPad has replaced their laptops while away from the office/home or when processor intensive tasks are not required. This is especially true when the bulk of the work involves writing reports or filling out numbers and data in spreadsheets. What better accessory to go with the iPad than an external keyboard case to help you be more productive AND provide your tablet with some form of protection at the same time? I’ve covered keyboard cases in the past, like the ZAGGfolio, and today we’re going to take a closer look at ZAGG’s other product – the ZAGGkeys PROplus, a dandy backlit keyboard that’s both slim and fun to use.
Last week was a great week for iOS gamers. In addition to Mini Ninjas, endless runner fans could enjoy Sonic’s spin on the genre with Sonic Dash. It seems natural to bring Sonic’s “speed” to this genre, and you’ll also get the chance to play as Tails, Knuckles or Amy. There were a lot of interesting puzzle games this week as well, including the quirky sounding Monster Meltdown. This game has you playing a janitor that must round up escaped monsters by teleporting to switch places with them. If you’re looking for a bit of action you should check out Zombie Master World War. This pseudo-sequel to Zombie Master takes the action multi-player and global as you not only have to clean up a zombie apocalypse but you’ll have to take on other players as well.
Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated album The 20/20 Experience drops next week on March 19th and if you simply can’t wait to hear JT’s falsetto vocals, iTunes is now streaming the album in its entirety.
Justin Timberlake rekindles his love affair with music on The 20/20 Experience. JT brings back the sexy synergy with production gurus Timbaland and J-Roc — “Tunnel Vision,” “Spaceship Coupe” and “Don’t Hold the Wall” are at once primal and futuristic pop excursions. He pours his falsetto into soul (“That Girl”) and over Latin beats (“Let the Groove In”). The 20/20 Experience shows Justin in full focus, reunited with his first love and it feels so good.
Darsoft specializes in productivity/business apps for iOS (PDF PROvider, Print Utility) and chief among them is PDF Forms, which has dropped in price to Free for the very first time. Previously priced at $8.99, PDF Forms is stacked with features like fillable forms, annotations, multiple signature support, stamps, Dropbox/Google Drive and documents management (split/duplicate/re-order/zip forms). While its interface may not be as attractive as apps like PDF Expert or even PDF Cabinet, PDF Forms is a more than capable PDF reader and annotator that doubles as a form filler and more. For the price of free, this is certainly worth checking out on your iPad.
So you’re thinking about buying a Mac app or two for your iMac/Macbook in the coming days. But before you do, you could potentially save yourself some money by checking out some of the Mac Bundles being offered at this time. For instance, with the MacUpdate Bundle, you get Parallels 8 Desktop ($79.99 on its own) and 9 other great Mac apps for just $49.99. Or the MacLegion Bundle for the same price and number of apps, which includes Roxio Toast 11 Titanium, Launcher and others. Then there’s the Pick a Bundle (choose 10 apps you want) we covered previously. There are several more featured in this roundup we’ve put together, so take a look within and see if there’s a bundle that tickles your fancy.