SteelSeries announced today that its Bluetooth Stratus game controller is now available at Apple stores and at Apple.com for only $79.99. Customers who have already pre-ordered the Stratus from the SteelSeries website for $99.99 will also receive the new $79.99 launch price.
The Stratus made news at CES because it is the first wireless iOS 7 controller that supports the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Other iOS 7 controllers, such as the Moga Ace Power and ClamCase GameCase, only work with the iPhone or iPod touch. These controllers also require that you attach them to an iOS device for them to function. The Stratus differs because it connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth 2.1, instead of needing the Lightning connector like the other controllers on the market.
If you haven't embraced third-party iOS controllers, or they're just too expensive for you to make the plunge, Griffin Technology has released an affordable iPad Air case geared towards gamers. The Survivor Play was designed to protect from accidental drops and gamer rage using guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Defense (in MIL-STD-810G) for impact and vibration control.
The Survivor Play features thick sides for "play-all-day" grip and extra silicone padded corners to defend against accidental bumps. The case also includes a stiff ABS plastic skeleton which Griffin describes as a "bulletproof vest for your iPad". Other features include an adjustable shoulder strap and the standard raised button covers and cutouts for access to all the important ports.
Calendar for Lockscreen is a new jailbreak tweak that displays your upcoming calender events on your Lock screen. Unlike notifications, the events will not disappear after you unlock your device, and they will only be removed after they have expired.
The tweak even allows you to customize how your events will be displayed. You can go do this by navigating to Settings > Calendar for Lockscreen. From here you can choose how many events to display, how many days in advance they should display, color / size of text and so on. Calendar for Lockscreen also features the ability to swipe right on an event to open your Calendar app.
A new jailbreak tweak released to Cydia is going to cause iOS accessory makers some major headaches. As you probably already know, Apple added a MFi controller support in iOS 7. This allows developers to create third-party game controllers for the iPhone and iPad. A lot of controllers / gamepads have already been announced and released, but most of them have been met with lukewarm reviews and they can be expensive. But now iOS users with a jailbroken device can use a PlayStation 3 Dual Shock to play any game that features MFi support.
The tweak you'll need is called Controllers for All, and it can be found in Cydia’s ModMyi repo. Once installed you will also need a utility called SixPair and your Mac or PC to pair your PS3 controller to your device (You can download SixPair here). Pairing your iOS device to your controller is as easy as connecting both devices to your Mac or PC and clicking a button. The link above gives instructions for using SixPair with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. You will also have to open Control Center and disable your Bluetooth connection for the tweak to work.
The iPad keyboard is pretty easy to master but there are a few hidden features that can make you look like a typing wizard if your learn how to use them. Here are four quick keyboard tips for new iPad owners:
Split the keyboard: This trick is pretty well known, but new iPad owners will be happy to discover it. Apple added the ability to split the iPad keyboard in half in iOS 5. This makes it easier to hold your iPad and type with your thumbs. You can split the keyboard by placing two fingers in the center and draging them apart. You can also tap the keyboard icon at the bottom right of the keyboard and tap the "split" option from on menu.
A page for a mobile version of Lightroom appeared on Adobe's website before being pulled after an inquiry about the product by 9to5Mac. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a popular photo editing suite for Windows and OS X. A mobile version optimized for tablets will surely be a popular item.
The Adobe website did not specifically list the iPad as a supported device, but a chat representative told 9to5Mac that it is built for Apple's tablet. The representative also noted that the mobile version would be similar to the desktop version.
Bardbarian is a new RPG / tower defense game from the same studio who brought us Soldiers vs. Aliens. The game follows Brad, a barbarian who uses music to inspire his neighbors to defend their town from their attacking enemies.
The game promises to deliver a "unique, hybrid, genre-bending" experience that crosses several genres such as RPG, tower defense, and an arcade shoot-em-up. The game also features hand-drawn original artwork, 12 unlockable characters with over 200 possible party combinations, 4 boss battles and a rock/metal soundtrack by Maximum Satan.
The developer behind the popular iOS keyboard tweak SwipeSelection has launched SwipeSelection Pro. The pro version of the jailbreak tool has been rewritten for iOS 7 and adds a few new features users have been asking for.
As you can see from the screenshot above, SwipeSelection Pro now allows you to select what area of the keyboard you want the tweak to work with. It also adds the ability to set the sensitivity, swipe speed and disable the tweak by using a three tap gesture on the shift key.
The Google Play Movies & TV app is now available in the App Store. The app allows users to watch movies or TV shows they bought or rented from Google Play directly on their iOS devices. Unfortunately you can't buy movies from the app since Google opted not to pay Apple its 30% fee. Google also added Chromecast support so users can "cast" movies from their iPhone or iPad to their TV.
The app is free to download from the Apple App Store. It requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with all iOS devices.
The WSJ reported today that out of 47,000 grand larcenies in New York City last year 8,465 involved Apple products. Since iPhone theft is on the rise, the NYPD created a YouTube video teaching New Yorkers how to activate the Find My iPhone feature on their devices. This is also a good idea for any iOS owner in any part of the country. Here's how to enable Find My iPhone and Activation Lock on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Apple added Activation Lock in iOS 7. The new feature allows you to wipe all the data on your iOS device after it is lost or stolen. You will need to know your Apple ID to wipe your data or recover it, in case your device is found. You can learn how to manage / reset your Apple ID here.