PowerShell Stories August 24, 2015

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9to5Toys Last Call: MFi iPhone controller $9, Belkin iPad Pro keyboard $75, iPhone 6 Plus battery case $30, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals

Last Call Updates:

Get a free download of the AirPano Travel Book iOS app courtesy of Apple ($3 value)

Logitech Powershell controller 1500mAh battery case for iPhone 5/5S/iPod Touch: $9 Prime shipped

Belkin Ultimate Pro Bluetooth iPad Air 2 Keyboard Case w/ backlit keys: $75 shipped (Reg. $150), more

Snag this iPhone 6 Plus 4000mAh Apple-certified MFi battery case for $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $45), more

Giveaway: Jaybird’s new X2 Bluetooth earbuds are the ultimate workout counterpart ($180 value)

More new gear from today:

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 with free shipping (15% savings)

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 car mount for iPhone 6/Plus and Android devices: $16 shipped (Reg. $25)

More deals still alive:

iPhone 6/Plus Accessories w/ Prime shipping: Anker Screen Protectors $1 (Reg. $4), TechMatte Magnetic Air Vent Mount $6 (Reg. $9)

NRGized Apple Certified MFi 3-foot braided Lightning cable w/ metal connectors $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $14)

Anker 9-foot Apple Certified MFi Lightning to USB cable (black or white): $11 shipped (Orig. $16), more

New products & more:

Samsung SmartThings hub comes next month with Amazon Echo-powered voice control support

Tile announces a new generation of its Bluetooth tracker

Quick Review: The Conway Electric Extō Dual-USB is the envy of all power strips

PowerShell Stories April 6, 2014

9to5Toys Weekend: Logitech PowerShell iPhone controller $50, Toshiba 5TB desktop HDD $190, AirPlay receivers, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Logitech PowerShell MFi iPhone game controller w/ built-in battery $50 shipped (Reg. $100)

 

Toshiba 5TB Canvio Black USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $190 shipped

 

Network A/V Receivers w/ AirPlay: Denon 5.1-Ch. $200 (Reg. $400), Yamaha 7.2-Ch. $450 (Reg. $650)

 

Google Chromecast streaming media player $30 w/ free shipping (Reg. $35)

Other great deals from this weekend:

  • New! Games/Apps: Buy 2 games Get 1 Free at Target, 50% off BADLAND for iOS, Rune Gems FREE, more iOS freebies
  • New!  Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Remote refurb $160, Pyle Bluetooth headphones $35, Griffin smartphone controlled helicopter $24, more
  • New! Logitech M325 (Red) Wireless mouse: $8.49 shipped
  • New! Case Logic Compact Systems Camera Medium Kit Bag: $6 w/free Prime shipping
  • New! 2600mAh USB power bank external battery key chain charger $5 shipped
  • New! Philips AD7000W/37 Fidelio SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay: $62 shipped
  • New! Magazine subs: Bloomberg Businessweek (for 3 yrs.) $20 (Reg. $150 – $749), Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Car & Driver, more
  • New! Infinity Primus P143 Bookshelf speakers: $40/ea shipped
  • New! Monoprice iPhone 5/5s case 5-pack: $10 +$3 shipping
  • New! Foscam Wireless/Wired Pan&Tilt IP/Network Camera w/ 8 meter Night Vision: $50 shipped
  • New! EPOCH.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is IGN’s FREE game of the month (Reg. $5)

More great deals still alive:

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PowerShell Stories January 27, 2014

Price war! Logitech drops iPhone MFi game controller to $70 in response to Steelseries’ $20 cut

It appears that lukewarm reviews and less-than-stellar demand is creating fierce competition amongst early-entrants into the MFi game controller space. Just last week SteelSeries knocked $20 off its Stratus controller, and now Logitech is going even further and slashing $30 off its PowerShell controller. The news follows our in-depth look at the MFi game controller program where we talked to companies about complaints over pricing and the less than stellar reviews of the controllers.

Despite the well-documented shortcomings of the PowerShell, we didn’t hesitate to recommend it for casual gamers. The deal is only scheduled to last until February 1st, but something tells us other discounts and promotions can’t be too far off.

PowerShell Stories December 20, 2013

Following the introduction of Apple’s new MFi game controller frameworks at WWDC in June, well-known accessory makers this month have released some of the first Apple-certified, Made for iPhone gaming controllers. Today I’m taking a look at one of those controllers with the new Logitech PowerShell, followed by some details on exactly how it differs from the new MOGA controller and exactly what to expect from Apple’s new controller experience as we wait for developers to update games with support.  expand full story

PowerShell Stories November 20, 2013

Following the announcement for Moga’s new iOS 7 game controller yesterday, Logitech today officially announced its new MFi controller, the PowerShell. Like Moga’s controller, Logitech’s also doubles as a battery pack with a built-in 1500mAh battery (slightly smaller than Moga’s 1800 mAh) and will sell for the same $99 that Moga is asking.

Both of the new controllers are using Apple’s new MFi iOS 7 game controller program, which offers accessory makers and developers one standard framework for implementing support for iOS compatible game controllers. Apple allows two types of game controllers and two configurations all with pressure sensitive buttons and consistent layouts. The first type of controller is the form-fitting controller (like the Moga and the new Logitech), which allows your iOS device to be docked right into the controller. There will also be standalone controllers that connect over Bluetooth.

Logitech is using Apple’s standard MFi configuration, which gives you a D-Pad, A/B/X/Y face buttons, and left and right shoulder buttons. Moga, on the other hand, is using Apple’s extended layout, which adds an extra set of shoulder buttons and left and right thumbsticks. expand full story

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