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The first iOS 7 gamepad is the Moga Ace Power

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The best thing about iOS 7 for gamers is that it finally offers a universal standard for game controllers. The first gamepad to support that new standard is the Moga Ace Power, which comes from the same guys who made the well-received Moga Pro controller for Android phones.

The form factor of the Ace Power is quite cool – your iPhone sits inside the controller, with controls on either side of the screen. You get a pair of thumbsticks, four face buttons, a D-pad and a pair of triggers, so console-style gaming is within your grasp!

I think that the Moga Ace Power is essential for iOS 7 gamers: you get the tactile feedback and comfortable style of a true controller and even more battery life for your phone. If you’re not convinced, read on!

Improved controls

Touch-screen gaming has come a long way, but everyone agrees that using a physical controller just feels better. Buttons, thumbsticks and triggers give tactile feedback that just isn’t possible when you’re tapping on glass, and you’re able to be a lot more accurate as well. Whether you’re racing supercars, jumping from platform to platform or gunning down zombies, you’ll be able to do with comfort and precision using the Moga Ace Power.

More battery life

The second big feature of the Moga Ace Power is its integrated battery pack. At 1800 mAh, you’ll be able to more than double your iPhone’s battery life and keep gaming for longer. That’s great, because with the Ace Power you’re definitely going to be spending more time gaming!

An ergonomic, portable experience

The Ace Power has a contoured design with a tactile grip, so you can keep gaming comfortably for as long as you like. The extending design that allows the iPhone to sit inside the controller also keeps the Ace Power small when it’s out of use. In fact, it’s compact and portable enough to fit in your pocket, making it convenient to bring with you whenever you want to try gaming on the go.

Conclusion

The Moga Ace Power controller is brilliant for gamers on iOS, and should definitely be worth a look! It’s compatible with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G, so if you’ve got any of those then check out the product page below:

Make your home a little bit smarter with the WeMo Home Automation Switch

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could control your house from your phone? Turn on your air conditioner before you got home? Turn on your coffee machine from bed? Turn off your oven without turning around?

With the Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch, you can do just that. All it takes is one of these magic switches and an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just plug your Belkin between your appliance and the plug socket, connect to your wireless network and you’re ready to go. Download the free WeMo app to your phone, and identify what’s plugged into the Belkin. Then you can turn the appliance on and off from the comfort of your iPhone.

What’s more, this app doesn’t just work when you’re at home. The Belkin uses your home internet connection to get online, so you can control your appliances using your mobile internet or WiFi no matter where you are in the world.

You can also take things a step further by setting schedules – turn on your radiators at the same time each day, or ensure that your iron is off before you go to bed.

The app supports an unlimited number of switches too, so you can control multiple appliances separately – you could have an entire smart home!

With its easy setup procedure, one touch operation and perfect results you’ll definitely be pleased with your Belkin WeMo.

For more information, check out the product page linked below or this review of the product by 9to5Mac!

Thanks for reading the article and be sure to share your results with us in the comments below. You can also reach us on all of the normal social media outlets, including on Twitter @mobilefun and on Facebook at Love Your Mobile. Thanks again and have a great day!

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The OneCable to rule them all… now with Lightning!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

It’s easy to forget to bring a charging cable with you, and it gets harder the more different devices you need to charge. That’s why we introduced the OneCable, a cable that packs three common connectors into one tiny USB charger. Now, we’re introducing a more modern OneCable that offers the latest Apple connector: Lightning.

So on the older OneCable we had Mini USB, Micro USB and Apple 30 Pin connectors. Mini USB has all but disappeared from modern smartphones – whether Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone – so we decided to remove the Mini USB connector and replace it with Apple’s new Lightning connector, which will be used on all iOS devices going forward – including the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G.

As well as providing connectivity for pretty much any smartphone or tablet you can imagine, this cable has a few other tricks up its sleeve. The bulk of the 70 cm cable is wound around a spool near the USB connector, ensuring you never have to deal with tangles ever again. It also means you can adjust its length to suit, so you don’t have wires dangling all over the place unnecessarily. The cable’s made flat too, which reduces its tangling potential even further.

So if you’re looking for one USB charger to rule them all – including new Apple Lightning products! – then this is the OneCable for you.

For more information on the handy-dandy OneCable, in both Lightning and Mini USB varieties (with Micro USB and Apple 30 Pin on both cables!) then check out the product pages below:

Thanks for reading the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the new and improved OneCable!

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Apple WWDC 2013: iOS 7, Mac OS X Mavericks, MacBook Air & Mac Pro

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Yesterday was one of the biggest news nights of the year for Apple fans as Apple kicked off their WorldWide Developers Conference. The Californian company unveiled new versions of iOS and Mac OS X, as well as upgraded MacBook Air models and a radical redesign of the Mac Pro. Take a look!

iOS 7

iOS 7 sports an entirely new look, with redesigned icons and an overall “flatter” feel that makes for the biggest visual overhaul of the OS since its release. Skeumorphic elements like green felt in the game center and leather stitching in the calendar have been removed, giving way to a much more grown-up and clean look. Apps look much more consistent, with white backgrounds and narrow Helvetica typography almost everywhere.

Multitasking has been vastly improved too, on the same level as Windows Phone, with nice big thumbnails. A new control panel is accessed by swiping up, giving you access to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, music controls and oft-used app shortcuts. The Notification Center have also been tuned up, with a new Google-Now-style ‘Today’ tab and synchronised notifications across devices. Finally, iOS 7′s Music app includes a new Spotify-style music streaming service called iRadio.

iOS 7 is available in beta form for developers now, but will be released for the iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini and iPod Tough 5G or later in the autumn.

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

The new version of Mac OS X, 10.9, is called Mavericks. Apple have ditched the cat naming scheme in favour of Californian themed names; Mavericks is reportedly a surfing destination. The new OS is similarly flatter with less skeumorphic elements, and includes upgrades to a load of system apps including the Calendar, Maps, Safari and more. Performance has been improved in some rather clever ways and there are now iOS-style notifications.

MacBook Air & Mac Pro

There were a few new pieces of hardware too. While the keynote kicked off with some cool new intelligent driving cars – that serve as iPhone accessories that can be influenced remotely – we quickly got into the more exciting stuff.

The popular MacBook Air has been equipped with Intel’s new Haswell processors, keeping performance about the same but boosting battery life to 9 hours on the 11-inch Air and a whopping 12 hours on the 13-inch model. There’s no Retina display, sadly. The new Air models have already started shipping.

Mac Pro was also updated, with powerful new internals stuffed inside a case shaped like a drinks can and one-eighth the size of the previous Mac Pro. The Mac Pro was billed as just a preview, and won’t be released to the world until this Autumn.

Conclusion

All in all, it was a fairly riveting press conference and I’m thrilled to see a new modern look for iOS. What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ubooly is a fun and friendly iPhone toy for your kids

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Want a cool way to make use of that old iPhone or iPod Touch and keep your kids occupied at the same time? Ubooly is a cuddly orange bear that is designed to play and teach children using its iPhone heart. You just install the free Ubooly app and put the iPhone or iPod Touch inside the bear, then the iPhone’s display shows the character’s face.

Ubooly can interact with children in a few different ways – it can play games, offer choose your own adventure stories and tell jokes. Each month, the app is updated with new content so you won’t hear the same story too many times.

Check out the video below for a nice little shot of Ubooly in action:

The Ubooly app can also be used without the plush body – there are mini-games to play and rooms that can be decorated using in-app purchases. It goes without saying that you’d want to make sure your child can’t spend money without your knowledge by locking out store access!

Ubooly has got some favourable reviews so far, and looks to be a hit with its four to nine years old target audience. It’s compatible with the iPhone 3GS and up, and the iPod Touch 4G and up. As well as good critical reviews, investors seem to believe in it too – after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $28,000, the team behind the furry toy received a further $1.5 million in seed funding!

We’re thinking of stocking this soft and squishy iPhone accessory here at Mobile Fun. What do you make of the creature – should we carry it? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll make our decision. Thanks for the feedback!

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