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148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Health Nuts

Posted by Rob Rich on December 8th, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Today marks the first of five guides for iOS-related holiday gifts we'll be sharing with you all every day, over the course of the week. Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for the health nuts. Those people who get up inhumanly early to exercise, bike and/or jog with regularity, or otherwise make athletic activities a significant part of their day. If you’d like to help the health-conscious iOS users in your life with some handy gizmos, or maybe nab a useful app or two they may not have heard of, check out our list below for some ideas.

Logitech Protection + Power iPhone5/5S Case Hardware Review

By Jade Walker on October 31st, 2014
While this case has a great fit and is easy to get on and off, the battery is borderline non-functional.
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Misfit Wearables Reveals a New Misfit Shine in Coca-Cola Red

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2014

It seems like it was just last week that we reviewed the Misfit Shine Activity Tracker. Wait a minute, it was last week!

Well if our review has you pondering getting one of these alien watch-looking things for yourself, you might want to take a minute to refresh the web page. Misfit Wearables has just made a new Coca-Cola Red edition available. I dunno about you, but I think the red looks mighty sleek - regardless of the softdrink association.

The new Misfit Shine in Coca-Cola Red is available on the official website now for $99.99.

Misfit Shine Activity Tracker Hardware Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on June 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
The Misfit Shine is a great fitness tracker that only suffers from minor design issues.
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CES 2014 - The RP One from SIGNAL Wants to Deliver Console Quality Game Controls to iOS 7 Devices

Posted by Rob Rich on January 7th, 2014

SIGNAL's RP One is designed to be a standalone game controller that connects wirelessly to all current iOS 7 devices. It's meant to evoke the feeling of a console controller - with an ergonomic design and size that should be comfortable to a variety of hand sizes and a number of controller inputs like dual sticks, a digital pad, face buttons, and triggers.

The RP One also comes with a universal stand/charging dock meant to accommodate iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches as well as many of the cases they might be nestled in. Combine that with the option to use both the RP One and an iOS device while they charge and it's essentially like a home console. Of course it can still be used on-the-go and allows for up to 10 hours of continuous play.

The RP One will be available some time within the fist half of 2014 and will sell for $99.99.

Stratus an MFi Bluetooth Controller from Steel Series Review

By Jeff Scott on January 6th, 2014
A great MFi controller, it has all of the controls one would want. Perhaps it's the best available right now. It's hampered only by it's small size and large price.
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Griffin Moto TC Rally - App Controlled RC Car Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on December 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
A fun gift for the kid of any age. Who doesn't like a remote controlled car?
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Sandisk Connect Wireless Media Drive and Flash Drive Review - Portable Wireless Media Storage for iOS Devices

By Jeff Scott on November 22nd, 2013
These little devices help alleviate the problem of having an always-full iPad. Offloading large movies to this device, they can then be shared amongst multiple devices.
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Logitech Releases New $100 Logitech PowerShell Controller for iOS, Supported Games Include Bastion, Asphalt 8, and More

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 21st, 2013

Logitech has announced a new iOS controller called the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery, which works with the iPhone 5, 5s, and iPod Touch 5th gen and is now available for $99.99. It features a D-pad, two shoulder buttons, and 4 action buttons. Yes, that means that there are no dual analog sticks with this one.

The controller does feature powering capabilities that increases the length of time users can enjoy their game playing, though. It also lets users power the controller and phone while both are still connected. Current games that support the controller include Bastion, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, Limbo, Lego Lord of the Rings, Asphalt 8, and more.

“We designed this controller to deliver a true console-gaming experience on an iOS 7 mobile device,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business, in a press release. “With gaming so pervasive on the mobile platform – our research shows that 87% of iPhone and iPod touch users play games on their device – it’s time to revolutionize the experience.”

First Supported iOS Controller Announced - MOGA Ace Power Available for Pre-order This Week

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 19th, 2013

MOGA's new MFi controller, the MOGA Ace Power, is set to offer full console-style controls for your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, and iPod 5th generation. It comes with dual analog sticks, a d-pad, action buttons, and L1/R1 L2/R2 shoulder buttons. It also features MOGA Boost: an internal battery which helps power your phone while you play, extending the battery life so you can enjoy all your favorite games for a longer period of time. Pretty nifty, yes?

The early reviews are good, but not great. CNET mentions that it "feels more like a $50 device than a $100 one." Don't be too excited yet, even the developers that have added support for controllers haven't had time to test their games with an actual controller. Pocket Gamer reports "Judging by games like Trouserheart and Into the Dead, which are supposed to have controller support but barely even work in practice, it's clear that developers need more time with the actual hardware to get their games feeling good."

The MOGA Power Ace should be available for pre-order this week at mogaanywhere.com and will reportedly cost $99.

Ultimate Ears Mini Boom Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
The UE MINI BOOM is a great upgrade to one of the best Bluetooth speakers. Adding speaker mirror and right/left support is a great way to double the sound.
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iFrogz Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

By Jeff Scott on October 8th, 2013
A nice, affordable pair of Bluetooth stereo over-the-ear headphones. With great battery life and sound, the looks are the only thing that could be improved. Highly Recommended.
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Intuos Creative Stylus by Wacom Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jeff Scott on October 7th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
The first touch sensitive stylus for iOS from Wacom shows all of the quality and attention to detail one would expect from a company with their many years of experience.
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ZaggKeys Cover Keyboard Case for iPad mini Review

By Jeff Scott on October 2nd, 2013
The best iPad mini keyboard case I've ever tried. There are still problems, but this case gets so many things right they are easy to ignore.
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Intuos Creative Stylus - Wacom Announced New Stylus Accessory For iPads, Has 2,048 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 21st, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad only
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: :: Read Review »

Wacom announced a new accessory for iPads, the Intuos Creative Stylus which allows users to draw the things they know best on the device they already own.

Engadget reports that the stylus offers a realistic pen-on-paper feel for tablet drawing and painting, and has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. This also comes alongside a new version of Wacom's Bamboo Paper app that adds new features, such as being able to share work on Tumblr and Dropbox, premium notebooks, new tools, and expanded color palettes.

The stylus will be available in October for $99.