Duo Gamer lets you enjoy Gameloft’s iOS titles with console controller

Playing games on the iDevice can be a jolly good time, but the virtual d-pad/controls can on occasion be the weakest link. Sure you can add simple accessories like the Fling joystick or Tactile+Plus, but these just aren’t the real deal. Enter the Duo Gamer, a console-style controller made to work with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This bluetooth controller has two analog joysticks, a d-pad, four buttons and two shoulder trigger buttons. Sadly, the Duo Gamer is only compatible with Gameloft’s iOS games, with several being supported on launch: N.O.V.A. 3Asphalt 7: Heat, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2, and Modern Combat 3. If you can stomach the fact it’ll only work with a limited number of games (and only for 1 publisher no less), the Duo Gamer will be available on Oct 5th for $79.99 through Apple.com, and retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Target.

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Rovio’s Bad Piggies arrives for iPhone, Mac and Android

Rovio’s next big hit has arrived and there are no birds in sight. Rather, the misunderstood pigs from the Angry Birds franchise star in this innovative puzzle game - Bad Piggies.

The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again — but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation!

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iPhone 5 and iOS 6 battery drain issues revisited

As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. With my iPhone 4, it would drain no more than 1 or 2% throughout the night. Not surprisingly, after searching online for similar cases, I soon found that many iPhone 5 users were also experiencing poor battery performance. Furthermore, those who upgraded to iOS 6 with their iPhone 3GS/4/4S were also finding that they weren’t getting nearly as much juice out of their phones. Not wanting to exchange my iPhone 5 a second time unless I really had to (i.e defective battery), I tried a number of “fixes” in hopes of rectifying the issue. Thankfully, they seem to be working and I’m starting to see some improvements.

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Jasmine is a great looking (and free) YouTube client for the iPhone and iPad

Jasmine youtube player on the iPad

Watching YouTube videos on your iDevice has just gotten a whole lot prettier thanks to the recently released Jasmine app. Brought to you by Jason Morrissey, the developer of Alien Blue (a client for Reddit that looks equally clean and well designed), Jasmine is a YouTube client that not only looks great, but is fully featured. It has a day/night theme, supports Playlists/Favourites/Subscriptions (login to your YouTube account), and you can also play audio from music videos in the background while you check your emails/iMessages.

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PDF PROvider for iPad now free for a day

Dar-Soft, developers of several well received printing and PDF apps for iOS has dropped the price of PDF PROvider to FREE. Previously at $6.99, this robust business app lets you convert, view, merge and manage all your PDF files in one place. So whether you’ve found a webpage or have a file in your Dropbox/email that you want converted into a one glorious PDF file, PDF PROvider will do the trick. A recent 2.0 update also added the ability to convert maps (all done from within the app), PDF annotation tools, batch conversions and more. This price drop is only good for today, so if you’ve been looking for a capable PDF manager AND converter for your iPad, be sure to grab it now.

PDF PROvider Dar-Soft, PDF PROvider - Free

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TeleNav offering 1 year subscription to Scout Plus for Free ($24.99)

Now that we know Google won’t be releasing a standalone Google Maps app anytime soon, it maybe time to explore other options on the App Store if you’re adamant against using Apple’s own Maps app. Like this one here: Scout by Telenav. An award winning nav app for mobile devices, Telenav is currently offering a 1 year subscription to Scout Plus absolutely free (normally $24.99). With Plus, you’ll get all these features:

  • Our 3D turn-by-turn navigation with voice
  • Traffic rerouting
  • Offline navigation for when you drive out of cell coverage
  • Lane Assist, which helps you figure out what lane you should be in
  • Speed Traps & Red Light Camera Alerts
  • Search for the cheapest gas near you

It’s even got a little Siri happening as you can use your voice to tell the app what you’re looking for or where you want to go. Additionally, you can download offline maps for in the event you lose cell coverage while driving. Best of all, it appears that Scout’s turn-by-turn navigation even works on the now 3 year old iPhone 3GS. Grab the app via the link or check out the promo videos for Scout below.

Scout by Telenav TeleNav, Inc., Scout by Telenav - Free

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Apple Rolls out four new iPhone 5 ads

As expected with every major product release, Apple has posted 4 new ads highlighting some of the best new features of the iPhone 5. “Physics” (as seen above) shows off the phone’s bigger screen and slimmer build by posing the question “how can something get bigger, and smaller?”; “Cheese” demos the cool new panoramic feature of its 8MP camera; ”Thumb“ emphasizes how the 4-inch display still works great with one hand; and ”Ears” focuses on the redesigned EarPods, which are now “ear-shaped” and can actually fit in your ears. If the narrator sounds familiar, that’s because it’s Jeff Daniels, otherwise known as Harry Dunne in Dumb & Dumber. Hit the gap to check out the rest of the 30 second ads.

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How easy is it to scratch or crack the iPhone 5 screen? [Video]

Wondering how durable your new iPhone 5 is and whether its screen is easy to crack from accidental drops? Repair site iFixYouri has put the just released iPhone 5 to the test by scratching its 4″ screen with a razon blade and keys, as well as dropping it from varying heights. Judging from the video, it appears that the front glass is even more scratch resistant than before, and the screen didn’t break from multiple falls (until it was basically thrown on the ground).

This phone is by far the most durable iPhone we have seen. The strengthened new gorilla glass, paired with the light design is definitely beneficial to the iPhone being able to survive your average drop.

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Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle: Pay what you want for 9 award-winning Mac Apps

We’ve covered a number of Stacksocial deals on TMA before, but their latest offer really is quite fantastic. Following in the footsteps of the Humble Bundle, the The Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle lets you choose how much you want to pay for these great Mac apps, 10% of which will go to a charity of your choice.

That’s right. We’ve partnered with 9 of the world’s finest Mac App developers to bring you the first-ever Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle. You pay what you want for six different Mac Apps that will make you faster and more efficient on your Mac including

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The Humble Indie Bundle 6 is Here

Feeling charitable AND looking for some new games to play on your PC, Mac or Linux? Well the Humble Indie Bundle is back in its 6th iteration and you can once again pay what you want for several quality games.

Six mind-blowing games. Humble Indie Bundle 6 features six fantastic titles and five breathtaking soundtracks. Name your price and dive into the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. Customers who beat the average price will also get the incredible frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce!

Like all H.I.B promos, all games are DRM free and you get to choose how your payment is divided: between the developers and/or charity of your choice. Head over to the Humble Indie Bundle 6 page for the the complete details. Deal ends October 2nd.

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