Archive for the ‘iPod’ Category
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Netflix is pretty great, but unless you’ve picked up a recent smart TV you’re unlikely to be able to watch it directly on your television. Here are some ways to use your Android device or iPhone to play Netflix on your TV instead.
Use a Chromecast
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to get Netflix on your TV is to use Google’s Chromecast dongle. Simply plug the Chromecast to your TV and set it up, following the instructions. Then after you’ve installed the Chromecast app and connected to your Chromecast, go into the Netflix app and press the cast icon . After a few seconds of loading time, your Chromecast will play your Netflix content. You can select new videos or adjust the volume using the in-app controls.
Use an MHL adapter or cable on Android
Many recent Android phones (but not the Galaxy S6) support the MHL standard, letting you mirror your display to a TV, projector or monitor using a simple cable or adapter. Pick up an MHL adapter, then simply plug one end into your TV’s HDMI port and one end into your phone’s micro USB port. You can also plug in a power source to the micro USB port of the adapter, although as of MHL 2.0 this isn’t required. Once plugged in and your TV is set to the correct input, you’ll see your screen mirrored on the TV. Then just open up the Netflix app, sit back and enjoy. An Apple alternative is also available.
Use AirPlay & Apple TV on iPhone or iPad
The Apple TV is another easy way to watch Netflix on your TV using your iOS device. Simply plug in your Apple TV (2nd generation or later) and follow the instructions to set it up. Make sure both the Apple TV and your iOS device is connected to the same wireless network. Then, open the title you want to stream in the Netflix app. Click the AirPlay icon, and the Apple TV will take over playing the content. Your iOS device becomes your remote control.
I hope at least one of these options works well for you. If you have any questions or comments, please share them below or tweet us @mobilefun. Thanks for reading!
Monday, August 11th, 2014
In this article, we’ll share ten of the most fun and addictive iOS games for the iPhone and iPad in 2014. Take a look!
1. Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Blizzard are well known for creating addictive game franchises, from World of WarCraft, to StarCraft, to Diablo. Their latest is a (digital) collectible card game called Hearthstone, which vaguely resembles Magic: the Gathering. Like that game, it’s incredibly deep, with satisfying strategic battles against AIs and online opponents, but here you don’t have to pay a penny for the pleasure.
2. Monument Valley
Monument Valley is probably the most beautiful game on iOS right now, with a brilliant style inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher. Each level is an impossible puzzle with its own rules, and discovering them is an absolute joy.
3. Walking Dead: The Game
Telltale are the best in the business at creating point-and-click adventure games, and The Walking Dead is one of their best efforts. The game is set in the same world as the TV show, but with a different cast of characters. There are puzzles to solve here, but the biggest challenge is making tough decisions under stress with long-reaching consequences. Each episode is punctuated with a few of these really big choices, and your decision will stay with you for some time afterwards – particularly if things don’t go to plan.
Micromon is a Pokémon clone, with the same familiar formula of capturing, training and battling. The game is currently #1 on the App Store with a 4.5/5 rating. While the game doesn’t have the depth or the polish that Pokémon is famous for, it’s still one of the best creature-hunting games created for Apple devices.
5. Hitman GO
Hitman GO is a surprisingly good strategy adaption of the assassination-focussed Hitman series. You take turns positioning your hitman, making your hit through stealth or outright bloodshed. The game’s simple rules are extended through the layout and equipment found in each level, and it becomes increasingly challenging to complete each objective as the game progresses. The game has cool “scale model style” graphics too, like you’re playing with a board game.
6. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
In this game, you attempt to become a major celebrity through fashion, dating, modelling and other such things. While this game looks like it ought to be awful, it’s surprisingly well constructed. Two words of warning, though: in-app purchases. Progressing in the game without spending real money gets increasingly difficult, and the game is making millions of dollars. Don’t get sucked in.
Godus is the latest god game from Peter Molyneux, who created Black & White back in the day. As the name suggests, you act as a god for a growing group of followers, sculpting the landscape, influencing nature and setting an example for your people. The game looks quite beautiful, and developers 22cans have promised more powers to come.
8. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Minecraft is a leviathan in the gaming world, where players build the most fantastic contraptions from harvested wood, stone and metal. The Pocket Edition is a faithful recreation of the full experience you’ll find on PC and consoles, and is a perfect fix for anyone that’s jonesing for a little creative construction on the go.
Hoplite isn’t much to look at, but beneath the simple pixel graphics there’s a game of immense strategic depth. Like other roguelikes, you’ll find elements of randomisation and permanent death, so it’s important to choose each move carefully if you want to survive long. It’s an addictive experience for strategy aficionados.
10. Two Dots
Dots was a simple but brilliant game, tasking you with connecting the dots in a colourful and frantic manner to beat your high score. Two Dots is the sequel, an extension of that basic concept into a deeper game with adorable artwork and more varied objectives.
868-HACK is probably the most challenging game on this list. It’s a roguelike set in a 6×6 grid, where you’re tasked with hacking “precious data while the world sleeps.” Threats like viruses and glitches will seek to distract and destroy you, while you seek siphons to gain cash, energy and abilities – and ultimately to escape to the next level. It’s very hard, and very addictive. Good luck.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful. If you’d like to share your own selections, please do so via the comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading the article and have a good one!
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
The Lightning connector divided opinion upon its release with the iPhone 5. On the one hand, it was a smaller, more convenient connector that was reversible. On the other, it meant that Apple’s long-standing 30 Pin connector was obsolete, a move that sent millions of accessories to the grave – from cheap charging cables to expensive speaker systems. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Lightning is here to stay so you may as well make the most of it! In that spirit, let’s take a look at ten of the best accessories for the now ubiquitous Apple connector.
1. Dexim Universal Dock Station (iPhone & iPad with Lightning Connector)
Our first Lightning accessory is this dock from Dexim. The dock is rare in being outfitted for both iPad and iPhone, allowing you to connect either device as required. The 2.1A output ensures all devices will charge rapidly, and the adjustable connector allows for cases to be kept on while charging.
2. Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver
Qi is a popular wireless charging standard in Android world, but don’t expect it to appear on an iPhone any time soon. Thankfully you can get this wireless charging receiver which plugs into your phone’s lightning port, then can be tucked into a case of your choice. Then you’ll have the convenience of wireless charging when you want it, in a package that’s compatible with all Lightning iPhones and a wide range of cases.
3. Griffin Wired Keyboard for Apple Lightning Devices
If you want to get some work done on an iPad or iPhone, then a full-size keyboard is quite helpful. One option is a Bluetooth keyboard, but these are expensive and require recharging. A good alternative then, is this Griffin Wired Keyboard, which plugs directly into the Lightning port and works immediately.
4. Genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Want to show your iPhone, iPod or iPad content on the biggest screen in the room? This Digital AV adapter lets you easily connect your Lightning device to HDTVs, monitors and projectors. Again, everything is plug-and-play; just connect up the relevant cables and away you go. Perfect for screening HD movies, showing off photos and playing music. Definitely one of the most helpful Lightning adapters for the iPhone 5.
5. KitSound X-Dock 2 Lightning Clock Radio Dock for iPhone 5S / 5C /5
This clock radio dock is a powerful piece of kit, with room for an iPhone 5S, 5C or 5 next to a digital display. This is the ideal accessory for your bedside table or desk, allowing you to keep an eye on the time, charge your iPhone, set alarms and listen to the radio. You can wake up to your favourite FM station, your favourite iTunes songs or even the standard ‘bzzz’ alarm clock sound.
6. Kit: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – White
This simple adapter ensures that you don’t always need a Lightning cable around all the time. Instead, you can use the rather more numerous microUSB cables and accessories to charge and sync. And since the adapter is so small, there’s no excuse not to bring it with you!
7. High Power Lightning Car Charger with USB Port – Black
Car chargers are brilliant, particularly if you’re trying to entertain your kids in the back seat with an iPad or navigate with an iPhone. This one offers 2.4A of charging power, allowing an iPad – or two iPhones – to be charged at full speed. That means even if you’re draining a lot of power from playing movies or using GPS navigation, you’ll still end up with way more battery life than you started with. An integrated USB port allows other devices to be charged too.
8. Kit 4-in-1 Connection Kit
This tiny box is one of the most useful accessories you can own for the iPhone or iPad. Plug the Lightning connector into your device, and then you can plug in a USB device (like a keyboard or flash drive) as well as SD cards. That makes it really easy to get stuff on or off your iPad, or plug in a full-size keyboard for a better typing experience. There’s even a Lightning port, so you can keep charging your device while everything else is connected.
9. Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S
This clever case includes an battery pack which allows you to recharge your phone on the go. The battery is magnetically attached to the rest of the case, and can be used in situ or removed from the case as necessary. With 2800 mAh you’ll have three times the battery life, and that makes a big difference.
10. iMee Sync and Charge Lightning to USB Cable – Gold
Our final Lightning accessory is also the simplest: a stylish Lightning cable in Gold. This is a great fit with the Champagne Gold iPhone 5S, but looks great with other colours as well. Otherwise, this is just the same as your Apple Lightning cable, offering charging and syncing at full speeds.
OK, so these are our selections! We hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments below!
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Here’s a cool new iPhone accessory that’ll appeal to any picture taker, from the most casual selfie snapper to the most serious iPhone photog. It’s called the Impossible Instant Photo Lab, and it’s essentially a Polaroid-style printer for your iPhone.
It works like this – just select a picture on your device, place it on top of the Instant Lab. Pull the shutter slide out, push it back in and hit the eject button – within seconds, your photo will be printed out. Then, you can watch as the photo develops in the palm of your hand. This immediacy is quite spectacular, and feels futuristic and retro at the same time.
It’s not just your own camera photos that work with the Photo Lab either. You can print out screenshots, images downloaded from websites and shots taken by your friends too. In fact, if you can see the image on your device, you can print it out on the Instant Photo Lab.
The Instant Photo Lab is compatible with colour, black-and-white, gold / silver framed and colour framed Polaroid film, so you’re free to experiment and find the best combination for each photo you want to print. These one-of-a-kind tactile and tangible photographs stand out from the crowd, and bring a whole new dimension to your subject.
The Instant Photo Lab a cool gadget that’ll appeal to anyone who enjoys taking and sharing photos – just writing this article has made me want one!
For more information on the Instant Photo Lab – including live price and availability information – check out the product page linked below.
Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think of the Photo Lab in the comments below!
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!
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.
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: