September 22, 2012

Patrick McCarron is an iOS and Mac developer with an avid passion for video games. Patrick set out to make his own MAME arcade cabinet and planned to use an older Mac Mini to power it but came up with the idea to use an iDevice to save time and resources. You can see the entire parts list on his blog, but the main components are the Arcade cabinet, iCade, iDevice (A4 Chip or greater) and the Apple iPad VGA connector. The arcade cabinet and monitor are obviously the most costly parts, the rest can be had for around $100.

Patrick dissected an iCade machine and repurposed it’s control mechanism and battery system. The control was transplanted to the existing control panel on the arcade machine. The iCade battery is used to recharge the iPhone when not in use. The VGA connector and battery charger cannot be plugged in simultaneously so Patrick runs the iPhone off it’s battery and generally gets 2.5 hours of play time. The audio is piped from the iPhone using modified RCA cables with alligator clips.

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August 14, 2012

Update: List of items stolen (and returned)

According to a report from MercuryNews, suspects are now in custody for the recent burglary of the Silicon Valley home of Steve Jobs that contained more than $60,000 worth of computers and personal items:

The deceased Apple co-founder’s home on the 2100 block of Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized July 17, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, a member of the high-technology crimes unit…More than $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” were allegedly stolen, but Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, who died last year at the age of 56, or another family member.

Weeks after the burglary on July 17, police arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, who is currently in jail on $500,000 bail, but other specific details regarding the crime are not available. We know that Laurene Powell Jobs and family were likely not living in the home at the time of the robbery, as during July the property was undergoing renovations with construction barricades and scaffolding surrounding the house. Forbes snapped photos of the property under construction (below) on July 4:

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July 27, 2012


July 6, 2012

April 1, 2012

There are a lot of interesting announcements this Sunday morning.  Here is a rundown, but make sure to hit us with anything else you find in the comments below.

iFixit offers a special tool for opening the new iPad, which is reinforced with extra glue:

From the makers of Doxie comes Shreddie, the portable document shredder.

ThinkGeek —whose previous entry, the iCade, became a real product— introduced us to Hungry Hungry Hippos for iPad:

O2 has a phone  that will last for 1,000 hours of talk time:

Adblock is showing LOLcats today:

Google, which seems to give every department a mission for today, has a bunch of great stuff:

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March 29, 2012

Apple will open its biggest flagship retail store in Dalian, China, according to advertisements spotted in Parkland Mall (via M.I.C Gadget). A translation of the ad claimed, “Apple’s World’s Biggest Flagship Store will be coming soon” to the shopping center.

It appears the initial stages of construction are already underway due to the large Apple barricades outside of the mall, but the report claimed rival shopping center Dalian Department Store sent its security team to “push down the Apple Store banners.” The video below shows the security guards from the Dalian Department Store destroying the barricades after negotiations were unsuccessful.

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December 18, 2011

As we close out the year and approach Christmas, here is a quick review of some stellar items we have reviewed over the past few months.

Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers.  Truth be told, we were interested in the Airplay-enabled Lower East Side Audio Dock Air that seems to have been struck by production delays.  In the meantime, we are in love with the standalone LES powered speakers (right).  Very simple I/Os and almost perfect desktop-level sound makes these incredibly good for the small room or workspace.  Sure, they will fill up a medium sized room, but you will find much larger/expensive setups for that.  $199 Amazon. Bonus: If you want Airplay functionality, throw in a $95 Apple TV and an Optical cable.

Doxie Go Wireless scanner: The magic is putting an Eye-Fi card in the SD card slot that allows automatic Evernote/flickr Cloud synchronizing.  I use this at the front of my house without a computer where mail comes in.  Important stuff is run through the scanner and sent to the Cloud before it hits recycling.  Standalone Cloud scanners are the future.  It also does traditional Desktop scanning via USB. ($150-200 at Amazon.)

Atari Arcade. This little plastic iPad “dock” (does not work with iPhone 4) adds a joystick to the 100 Atari applications for $15 app (at present no other games support this – but more are planned). The quality is good and the gaming is certainly nostalgic.  It was fun to teach my kid the games I played when I was his age (which is probably why this thing is such a hit).  It would have been much better with a pass thru charger and landscape options.  Still, fun. ($59.99 Amazon) iCade is a more expensive option. sent us a review unit after we showed their latest preview of their missile-shooting iHelocopter. After a few weeks of playing with this iOS device controlled (through an earphone dongle) helicopter, I can say it works as expected.  I have only used it inside but it has survived a lot of hard “landings” as well as direct hits on the ceiling and walls. The reason this one is so notable is that it shoots missiles through a spring-loaded system.  Yes, this works and with the gyroscope going, it is easy to hit your target.  ($69 shipped free globally.)

Logitech Tablet speaker.  Initially we were down on this little gadget because, let us face it, it is not a “looker”.  However, after playing with our review unit for a number of weeks, it has come in handy on a number of occasions and it produces impressive sound considering its size and portability. It clips to your iPad, is charged via USB and plugs into the headphone jack. The rechargeable batteries last for 8 hours. (Amazon – as low as $22)

Western Digital TV Live. Sure Apple TV does 90% of what this thing does, but if you want stuff like Hulu Plus, Spotify, Facebook or compatibility with DLNA and non- iOS compatible videos, this little $90 1080P TV works great. It also has a full sized USB port for hooking directly into USB Sticks, wireless keyboards, and hard drives.  ($89.99 – Amazon.) Also, consider Roku devices that start at $45.

November 24, 2011

It’s Black Friday and we’ve got the best deals from around the web on Apple products and accessories. Although most of the Apple Store prices (which we stumbled upon a few days ago) are moderate discounts, some are actually the lowest we could find, especially in iPads and accessories.  We’re updating all day long so come back early and often…and don’t forget to check

s:  Model Retail Apple BF MacMall Amazon BestBuy  Misc.
 MB Airs 11″ Air 2GB/64GBcBook Air $999 $898 $938.99 $954 $849.99
11″ Air 1.6GHz 128GBok Air $1,199 $1,098 $1,139.99 $1,098  $1139.99
13″ Air 1.7GHz 128GBok Air $1,299 $1,198 $1,197.99 $1,230  $1230.00
13″ Air 1.7GHz 256GBok Air $1,599 $1,498 $1,497.99 $1,550  $1550
 MB Pros 13″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1,054.09  $1050  2.3GHz $999
13″ 2.8GHz MB Pro $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1424.99  $1429.99
15″ 2.2GHz MB Pro $1,799 $1,698 $1,697.99 $1709.99  $1709.99
15″ 2.4Ghz MB Pro $2,199 $2,098 $2,058.99 $2059.99  $2059.99
17″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $2,499 $2,398 $2,348.94 $2299.99   $2299
2.3GHz Mac Mini $599 $599 $564.99 $594  $568.95
2.5GHz Mac Mini $799 $799 $759.99 $769  $769
2.0GHz Mac Mini Server $999 $999 $959.99 $972
21″ 2.5GHz iMac $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1156       $1049
21″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1398  $1419
27″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,699 $1,598 $1,597.99 $1598  $1607
27″ 3.1GHz iMac $1,999 $1,898 $1,894.95 $1895  $1895
8GB iPod Touch $199 $178 $189.98 $190  $145*  $184 MC
32GB iPod Touch  $299 $268 $274.95 $275  $275  $260 MC
64GB iPod Touch $399 $358 $364.95 $364  $365  +$40GC
Nano 8GB $129 $118 $121.99 $122  $125
Nano 16GB $149 $138 $139.99 $141  $145
Classic $249 $249 $228.00  $229  $245
16GB Wifi  $499 $458 $454.99  $75 GC 
32GB Wifi $599 $548 $544.99
64GB Wifi $699 $638 $654.99
SmartCover Poly $39 $28  $39
Smartcover Leather $69 $58  $69
Misc: Apple Digital AV adapter  $39  $39  $29
Apple Thunderbolt Display $999 $999  $959  $929 MC
Apple TV $99 $99  $94.99 $89.99  $89.99  $89.9 MC
iTunes Gift Cards ($100) $100 $90  varies $80
Wireless Keyboard $69 $58  $69
Magic Mouse $69 $58  $69
Magic Trackpad $69 $58  $69

Apple Store Refurbished items come with Apple’s one year warranty and are as good as new. AT&T has 64GB iPad 3G for $479. DailySteals has a 16GB iPad for $280 (refurb).  iPhone4 16GB Refurb is $49 with activation, Frys has $25 off of current iPhones


  1. Microsoft Office for Mac is $70 at Amazon or $100 for the Family Pack
  2. Parallels is $35 PLUS you get $40 off Windows when you buy Parallels, VMWare Fusion is $28
  3. Adobe Photoshop Elements $48 at Amazon, Premiere Elements:  $50, Lightroom Student Teacher :$89 Full Version $100 CS5: $289
  4. Quickbooks 2012 is $125
  5. Toast 11 Pro $80

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September 5, 2011

Update: DVICE has a review up with the following notes:

  1. It is a 30 pin dock connector, not Bluetooth. It runs on the iPads battery and gets 8-10 hours of battery life (pretty efficient!). The downside to that: Portrait playing only.
  2. The Atari Arcade is scheduled to drop on October 2 at Target and then in November at Toys “R” Us and Walmart for $60.

Coming soon to DiscoveryBayGames, a new Atari controller that will go head to head with the popular iCade box. The appliance was discovered in the Atari’s Greatest Hits update by MacRumors.

What’s New in Version 1.3

Hello Atari fans! We’ve been paying close attention to your feedback and have made a ton of improvements:

• New and improved control schemes • OpenFeint integration • Optimized iPad layouts with larger playfields • Better multiplayer connectivity • Compatibility with the Discovery Bay Games Duo Controller • Play with the official Atari® Arcade – Duo™ Powered joystick.

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April 6, 2011

“For the price of a movie”, the holding company that bears the name of the classic gaming company, offers 100 classic 2600 and arcade hits for $14.99 or various “Game packs for $.99/ea.  Pong is free with the download.  The App is universal, though you aren’t going to see much improvement with 8-bit graphics on bigger screens.

Atari’s Greatest Hits brings the best of retro gaming to iOS with 100 Classic Atari Games. This suite brings you the hottest Arcade and 2600 titles from Atari. For those who love the classic gaming experience this handheld breakthrough is sure to guarantee hours of fun.

What we feature is: • 18 Classic Atari Arcade Games including PONG • 92 Atari 2600 Games • Bluetooth Mutliplayer for head to head play for titles such as Pong, Warlords, and more! • Original Cabinet and Box Art

If you want the full experience, why not bump yourself up with a Joystick or an iCade iPad enclosure from ThinkGeek.

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June 28, 2010

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