Pad & Quill, a St. Paul, Minnesota based maker of top shelf iPad and iPhone cases, has just released their new "Author Series" of cases specifically for the iPad Air. If you're looking for something other than the typical flimsy, solid color case, one that you can customize to look and feel like quality craftsmanship, you should check these out.
The Author Series iPad Air cases, as the title suggests, resemble hardcover books. The case is made from hand finished wood that is covered with satin cloth. You can choose from nine solid colors and five patterns for the outer fabric. A patterned cover adds ten dollars to the $79.99 base price. You also choose
Walmart is offering $100 in rollback savings on Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 for the next 30 days. The retailer is also giving away up to $300 in store credit for older device trade-ins. Older model tablets are bringing in at least $100, which means you could potentially get an iPad 2 for $199. That's not a bad price if you're looking to nab a second-generation iPad, but it seems silly to buy an iPad 2 when you could get a newer iPad mini with Retina display for around the same price. Even the 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD is cheaper at $199.
You can also trade-in your old smartphone and receive store credit towards a 16GB iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c or Samsung Galaxy S3/S4. The amount of credit you will receive depends on the condition of your old device, and the deal requires that you sign a new two-year agreement with AT&T or Verizon.
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VI is now available for the iPad and iPhone. The game is considered one of the best video games ever released and it one of the most popular titles in the Final Fantasy franchise. The mobile version features iCloud support, recreated graphics and the magicites and events from the 2006 remake.
Final Fantasy VI was originally released to the SNES in 1994, and it has also been ported to the PlayStation and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. The game has shipped an estimated 3.48 million copies worldwide, and it has received rave reviews from video game publications such as GamePro (5 out of 5) and Electronic Gaming Monthly (9 out of 10).
Toad Rider is a new iOS game that looks a lot like the 1991 NES title, and popular internet meme, Battletoads. The game is an endless runner where players must use a "hoverbike" to help Zody the Toad escape a group of evil scientists.
Toad Rider not only sounds like Tomb Raider, but it heavily draws on the iconic Turbo Tunnel level of the original Battletoads game. In stage 3 of Battletoads, players are also tasked with navigating dangerous obstacles while riding "speeder bikes". The Turbo Tunnel is so notorious for being impossible to navigate that it was highlighted on its own episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd.
As expected, Apple's latest iOS 7.1 beta, which was seeded to developers earlier today, patches more exploits used by evasi0n7. The creator of the iOS 6.1.3 p0sixspwn jailbreak, iH8sn0w, tweeted that Apple has fixed the ‘chown’ vulnerability used by the evad3rs to jailbreak iOS 7. If he is correct, jailbreakers will want to avoid iOS 7.1 when it is publicly released.
The team behind evasi0n7 hasn't confirmed that iOS 7.1 kills their jailbreak, but they rarely comment on Apple betas. Jailbreakers may still want to take precaution and make sure they're updated to the latest version of iOS 7.0. This is also the time to jailbreak, if you haven't already done so.
As promised, developer Ori Kadosh has added DualShock 4 support to the jailbreak tweak Controllers for All. This means iOS owners can now use a PlayStation 3 or 4 controller to play games on any device running iOS 7.
In case you missed it the first time around, Controllers for All single-handedly made jailbreaking relevant again by giving iOS users an affordable alternative to the expensive third-party iOS controllers on the market. The tweak allows users to save money by adding PlayStation DualShock support to iOS 7 devices. Controllers for All originally only supported PS3 controllers, but Kadosh is slowly making it compatible with other consoles. Hoepfully the Xbox 360 and Xbox One are next in line.
Marvel Entertainment has released Marvel Run Jump Smash for iOS devices. The game is an endless runner title that looks a lot like Jetpack Joyride. Users can play as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow. The official game description says you can unlock additional super heroes such as Spider-man, but according to the customer reviews section they are pretty hard to achieve. There are also a lot of complaints about bugs and crashes, so you may want read a few reviews before deciding to buy the game.
In the game, players must use different super heroes to take down various super villains from the Marvel universe. Each character has a special attack, and users can earn coins to upgrade their characters and buy power-ups. Marvel Run Jump Smash features leader board support, iconic Marvel locations, and the official app description promises more super heroes and locations will be added in future updates.
ESPN has added a 2014 Winter Olympics tab to its SportsCenter app. The new tab allows users to easily keep track of news, scores and the medal count at the Sochi Olympics. Version 4.0.3 of the ESPN SportsCenter app also adds better Twitter integration and other improvements. The SportsCenter app is free to download on the Apple App Store. It is compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later.
Apple has also added a Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics section to the App Store. The new section highlights various 2014 Winter Game apps and Sochi 2014 music. Some of the apps include the official Team USA social media app, NBC Sports Talk and Medal Alert. You can find the new Sochi 2014 section by opening the App Store app on your iOS device and tapping the banner at the top of the page.
The NFL's biggest game of the year is upon us, and if you want to watch the Seahawk's league leading defense take on the Bronco's league leading offense today, but you are away from your TV, you might want to stream it on your iPad. You can do this with the Fox Sports Go app, which is available for free from the App Store.
Like the Fox Sports Go website, the app will provide a high quality stream of the game, plus pre- and post-game content. This is only available for iPad users - unfortunately for iPhone users, the app description states, "DUE TO LEAGUE RESTRICTIONS, NFL GAMES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN FOX SPORTS GO ON PHONES." The free stream will be available to all U.S. viewers beginning at 12AM EST
The Apple Store app is officially ready for Valentine's Day. It now includes a "Love is in the Air" banner featuring the iPad Air and iPad mini, and a Top Valentine's Gift section.
The Top Gift page offers a variety of iPad, iPhone and iPod accessories chosen by Apple. Some of Apple's suggestions include handbags from Michael Kors, Beats headphones and the 94Fifty Sensor Basketball. Prices range from $30 to $400.