October 7, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 70% off PNY memory products, Sony noise-canceling headphones $16, iCade controller, games, more

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Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Up to 70% off PNY SD Cards, USB sticks and batteries: 32GB starting at $16, 64GB: $29, 128GB: $54

Sony noise-canceling headphones w/ foldable design Black: $16, Silver: $20 (Reg. $50)

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New product announcements & reviews:

December 11, 2012

Toys Deal: iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone 4/4S: $20 shipped

From 9to5Toys.com:

Perfect for any iPhone toting gamer, ThinkGeek offers the iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone 4/4S for just $19.99 with free shipping. That’s $30 off the $50 list price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this awesome little game controller. From the manufacturer:

Miss the days of hours long marathons of Tetris, Pac-Man, or Space Invaders? Nostalgic for feeding your hard-earned quarters into arcade games as your friends gathered around to watch you try for a new record? Remember those sweaty, cramping, aching hands frozen in position on that shiny red joystick? We bet you 50 cents you do.

Ion Audio and ThinkGeek have collaborated to adapt their popular iCade, designed for the iPad, to fit your iPhone. With the iCade Jr., you can take your newest most favorite-est toy, your iPhone, and turn it into your oldest most favorite-est toy, an arcade game. Designed specifically to fit your iPhone or iPod Touch, the iCade Jr., allows arcade-like game play of hundreds of games using that shiny red joystick and buttons. No quarters needed.

Product Specifications

  • Miniature playable arcade cabinet for your desk. Just add iPhone!
  • It’s the iCade, scaled down!
  • Sized for safe, secure fit for iPhone 4/4S or iPod touch 4th Generation
  • Fits iPhone 5 if you leave the top lid hinged back
  • Features arcade-style joystick, four front and rear buttons
  • Works with hundreds of game including iCade Jr. compatible games from the App Store
  • Rotating cradle allows for landscape and portrait viewing
  • Connects using wireless Bluetooth technology (set up once and you’re good to go!)
  • True control with eight action buttons and two-axis directional pad
  • Safety & Warranty Manual and Quickstart Guide included
  • Batteries: 2 x AA (included)

 

Games!

Numerous iOS developers have built in iCADE support. In all, over 150 apps have announced support for the iCADE standard.

Here is a list of some of the best iCade games. Search keyword “iCade” in the app store to find more. [ iCADE Games List ]

 

Developer Support

 

MAME Support

iOS: If you’ve taken the step of Jailbreaking your iPhone, the iMAME4all app adds MAME awesomeness to your iCADE gaming stack. While we can’t recommend jailbreaking or unlicensed ROMs, we can certainly confirm that it does indeed work and it works quite well. :)

Android: By popular demand, Seleuco added iCADE support to MAME4droid

 

International Support

The iCADE uses the U.S. Hardware Keyboard Layout. International Users can switch their iPhone to this layout by following thee steps:

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Select ‘General’
  3. Select ‘Keyboard’
  4. Select ‘International Keyboards’
  5. Select (your keyboard language)
  6. Select ‘English’
  7. Close Settings app
  8. The Hardware Keyboard can be switched back to your language of choice by following these directions and choosing your language in Step 6.

 

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July 3, 2012

Are you still walking around with an old, grayscale Nintendo Game Boy just because you like to touch actual buttons while playing one of your favorite games? Well, there is no need for that any more. The iCade Mobile gaming system for iPhone is now available for purchase.

Its older and larger sibling, the iCade iPad enclosure, started as an April Fools joke in 2010 by resembling an old-school arcade cabinet. Manufacturer of consumer electronics ION teamed with Atari to actually create the product. Retro gamers could play classics like Asteroids on their iPads ever since, and it is now possible to do the same while waiting at the bus stop.

The iCade Mobile connects to the iPhone (3G and up) or iPod Touch (third-generation and fourth-generation) by Bluetooth, supports both landscape and portrait mode, runs on two AA batteries, and you can finally bash buttons again after the 11th game over in a row. The mobile gaming system currently works with over a hundred games, including Pac-Man and AirAttack, as well as other classics.

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February 13, 2012

ThinkGeek gave us a glimpse at an upcoming iCADE controller mimicking the classic Nintendo controller layout and decorated with a retro 8-bit themed graphics. The “8-Bitty” is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, connects over Bluetooth (two AAA batteries required), and is compatible with all iCADE supported games, including the Atari Classics collection. Unfortunately, you are going to have to wait until later this year when ThinkGeek starts selling them for $25. You can sign up now to be notified by email when it does become available.

You will also want to keep your eyes out for three new iCade models we recently told you about during CES 2012. One of which is the iCade Mobile ($79.99) that is iPhone and iPod touch compatible, and it allows you to dock your device for a PSP-like handheld experience. That model and updated iPad arcade cabinets are expected to launch in the coming months.

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January 8, 2012

The iCade is an attachable accessory for the Apple iPad that functions as a portable arcade cabinet, but now the device’s manufacturer unveiled three new products under the popular line that toggle the iPhone and iPod Touch.

ION Audio showcased the products at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The manufacturer recreated the original arcade setup by ditching the cabinet exterior in favor of landscape support.

The first product is the iCade Mobile for iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch. According to Engadget, it is a handheld with gaming buttons and a D-pad, which subsequently adds 1.5-inches onto each side of the iOS mobile device. The iCade Mobile also allows users to switch between portrait and landscape mode. ION said it expects about 100 games to be compatible with the product, and the retail price is currently set at $79.99 USD.

Pictures for each new iCade product are displayed after the break.

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April 13, 2011

The April Fool’s Day joke turned real product by Ion is making its way through all of the electronic channels including this stop at the FCC.  Interestingly, if you look at all the guts, it is little more than a Bluetooth adapter connected to that joystick above, with the 80’s retro arcade facade wrapped around it.

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January 8, 2011

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Remember that Thinkgeek iCade Arcade box that was ‘demo’ed on April Fools’ Day last year?? Well, it got such a warm reception, and frankly isn’t rocket science to create.

ION has partnered with Atari®, the first name in classic arcade games, to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids® to market with iCade support built right in. Grab hold of iCADE’s full-sized joystick and smash the arcade buttons for commanding control of iPad’s on-screen action. This truly unique arcade cabinet and game-controller for iPad will provide hours of action and nostalgia for years to come. Enter the iCADE and go back to the future

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June 29

AAPL: 143.68

-2.15

We learned earlier this month that Apple’s first ever retail store in Taiwan would be located in the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper, with the opening date later confirmed to be July 1st.

A couple of days before the official opening, Apple has shared a few photos of the store, which of course features the redesigned interior that is now standard for new and refurbished stores …

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May 4

AAPL: 146.53

-0.53

Apple’s first retail store in Singapore has been partially unveiled, providing the first official confirmation of the long-rumored Orchard Road location.

It was back in 2015 that Apple confirmed that it was opening a store on the island. At that point, the location wasn’t known, though there were strong signs pointing to the location on Orchard Road, the main upmarket retail area in the country …

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December 4, 2016

AAPL: 109.90

0.41

Palo Alto Apple Store hit and run leaves glass front damaged [Photos]

The Apple Store on University Avenue in Palo Alto, California, was damaged early Sunday morning from an overnight hit and run burglary. Photos from the scene below show the damage…

September 24, 2016

AAPL: 112.71

-1.91

Apple today officially opened its first retail store in Mexico. The store is located in Vía Santa Fe and marks the “first time customers in Mexico City can experience all of Apple’s products and services in one place.” Apple shared images from the grand opening experience this evening in a news release

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September 1, 2016

AAPL: 106.73

0.63

Apple prepares to open first Mexico store & new Cologne Schildergasse location

Apple is preparing for upcoming openings of two new notable retail stores including its first in Mexico and its second store in Cologne, Germany.

March 27, 2015

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We reported last month that Apple was creating Apple Watch displays inside department stores in London and Paris, adding earlier this month that Tokyo was joining the party. All three stores-within-a-store are now official, with entries on Apple’s website. As we previously noted, the locations are Selfridges in LondonGaleries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo.

All three are opening on April 10th, the same day Apple Watchs are available for preview and pre-orders in Apple’s own retail stores, and are being given a high-profile presence in each department store …  expand full story

September 2, 2014

New Apple Store in Atlanta scheduled to open this weekend, new Toledo store under construction

Apple has announced that the grand opening for its new Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia will take place this Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM. The store will be the sixth Apple retail location in the state.

It looks like construction is ready to get underway at the Franklin Park Mall location in Toledo as well, which will become the eighth store in Ohio. The iconic black barricades that usually precede the appearance of an Apple Store have been put up in front of the upcoming location (as seen in the photo above from Ed Hunter on Twitter).

February 5, 2014

Phonejoy app provides complete list of App Store games compatible w/ MFi controllers

One of the complaints about Apple’s new MFi game controllers has been the lack of an App Store section that lists games updated with support. Some of the manufacturers are maintaining lists of their own online, but it would be nice to be able to browse the App Store and easily find games that work with the controllers. That’s why I’m pleased about a new app called Phonejoy that offers a slick UI to browse around 100 iOS 7 games and counting that are compatible with the MFi game controllers. It’s also listing games that support the popular iCade controllers and other gamepads released before Apple’s new MFi program.

Over the last month we’ve seen the first few Apple authorized game controllers released by manufacturers through Apple’s new MFi program hitting the market. While the program’s aim to implement a standardized controller framework brings a lot of potential for gaming on iOS, we’ve covered in detail how the first few controllers have had a bit of a rough start. On top of lack of support from developers and users not being able to easily find content, consumers also rebelled against the $99 price point leading several manufacturers to drop launch prices as low as $70.

We’ve covered some of the issues with Apple’s new MFi game controller program and also reviewed the first few to hit the market from Logitech, Moga, and SteelSeries.

The Phonejoy app is available on the App Store for free now and the company also has a Kickstarter project for its own controller that it plans to ship in March.

January 10, 2014

Apple has announced on its retail website that the forthcoming flagship Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia will have its grand opening on Friday, January 17th. The store will open at 10 AM on that date, with regular business hours beginning at 9 AM Monday through Saturday. The store will always open up at 10 AM on Sundays. The closing hours are shown in the image above from the store’s official website. Late last year, Apple teased the opening of this store with a Twitter hashtag and colorful barricades.

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October 15, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Free Sonos bridge w/ Play speaker, Angry Birds Go!, Lenmar iPhone 5 battery case $40, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Get a free Sonos wireless bridge ($49 value) w/ the purchase of any Sonos Play wireless streaming speaker

Game/App Deals: Andry Birds Go! gameplay trailer, Dictionary.com Premium: $2, iOS freebiesmore

Lenmar Meridian 2300mAh Apple certified battery case for iPhone 5/5s: $40 (Reg. $80)

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Mac software bundles:

  • The SuperStacked Mac Bundle: Over $3,000 Worth Of Premium Developer & Designer Tools – $40 today, but price increases everyday it’s on sale.
  • Design Bundler #2 with Premium Photoshop Layer Styles and 4 other Mac apps – Name your own price (ends in 1 day)
  • The Mac Freebie Bundle 2.0: 10 Apps To Enhance Your Design, Photography & Productivity

New product announcements & reviews:

  • Synology introduces new, faster SOHO NAS w/ hot-swappable drives for $330
  • LaCie’s new Porsche designed USB 3.0 key drive available now
  • OtterBox begins shipping new Commuter Series Wallet case for iPhone 5/5s and Galaxy S4

June 17, 2013

We already know that Apple has added support for game controllers in iOS7, but it appears that these plans are further along than first thought.  According to Kotaku, the above image shows an early  iOS gaming controller prototype made specifically for the iPhone 5 by gaming giant Logitech. While they weren’t forthcoming with details of where the device was seen or who showed it to them, Kotaku is standing firm that they believe this photo to be absolutely authentic.  The decision to support integrated gaming accessories is in stark contrast to Steve Jobs’ stance that such products would ruin the “elegance” of Apple devices (even though he got his start at Atari).

A reader reached out with this image from one of Apple’s WWDC sessions, which appears to show the same Logitech controller.

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Bluetooth gaming devices have existed for iOS devices for quite some time but most have had limited compatibility and fragmented compatibility.  An integrated, Apple authorized (MFi) gaming controller is going to be a welcomed addition for the iOS gaming community.

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.13.24 AM3rd party gaming accessories like the iCade Mobile (Above) have existed for years

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June 12, 2013

In what seems to be an announcement lost within the buzz of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks (amongst other WWDC news), Apple will finally open up the iOS SDK to fully support hardware game controllers, enabling handheld-esque gaming experiences akin to the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

As with background apps downloads and new Directions APIs, Apple announced hardware controller support during Monday’s keynote address in one of those ‘things we added but didn’t have time to talk about’ slides (pictured above). The slide indicates that the iOS 7 SDK will support ‘MFi game controllers,’ which is a reference to Apple’s licensing program for third-party hardware accessories. Additionally, Touch Arcade points us to images from Apple’s iOS 7 Developer Guide showing a graphic of two controllers, strikingly similar to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii Classic Controller (from left to right), showing new methods of interacting with iOS via hardware buttons and joysticks. Moreover, we can’t help but notice that this announcement comes right off the heals of Tim Cook’s pledge at D11 to be ‘more open’ than before.

There are also a few other enhancements for gamers coming in iOS 7….Here’s how Apple explains the new Game Controller framework:

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February 16, 2013

Weekend deals roundup: $1349 Retina MacBook Pro, 50% off ZAGG iPad keyboards, 99 cent apps galore & more

From 9to5Toys.com:

While you’ve been enjoying your weekend we have been scouring the net for the best deals in consumer electronics.  Most of these deals are only for a limited time so be sure to cash in on these savings if you find a deal you like.  Due to Presidents’ Day weekend, we expect to be adding a lot of deals throughout the next two days so be sure to check back.

Also bookmark 9to5Toys.com/Daily-deals for 25+ of the top daily deals across most of the biggest shopping sites in the US including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and many more.

The best deals this weekend:

13″ Retina MacBook Pro to $1349 ($150 off)

Accessories

BodyGuardz 15% off sitewide discount; iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac accessories Western Digital Elements 3TB External Hard Drive for $115 + free shipping 50% off refurb. Genuine Apple iPad Smart Cover $19, (PRODUCT) Red Leather only $29 + free shipping Scosche Lightning cable accessories now available, 10% off for a limited time iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet $79 (Reg. $99) 50% off select ZAGGfolio & ZAGGkeys for iPad and iPad mini (Check our review) ZAGGkeys FLEX Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone / iPad for $35 + free shipping Lightning power bundle including cable, wall and lighter charger: $8 22″ 1080P AOC monitor from Best Buy: $99.99 You can still get an External portable USB BluRay Player with software for less than the price of a Superdrive.

Apps

Gameloft 99 cent iPad & iPhone game sale: Amazing Spider-Man, Silent Ops & Avatar iPad app, Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop, temporarily 99 cents (Reg. $4.99) EA Games iOS Presidents’ Day sale, 50 titles up to 90% off iPhone & iPad game, Infinity Blade, free for the first time ever (Reg. $5.99) iPhone & iPad productivity app, Smart Office 2, temporarily free (reg. $10)

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