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That Siri gal is certainly making the rounds these days. When she’s not answering your questions on a 4S, she’s showing up on iPads and elder iPhones. Not one to play favorites, Siri’s now lending her considerable talents to an iPod touch. Two enterprising young hackers, euwars and rud0lf77, are the ones who put Siri on the iPod, and you can see the results of their labor in the video after the break. Of course, Apple’s servers still aren’t as friendly as the virtual voice assistant, so Siri’s latest cameo remains a silent one – but some Siri’s better than none, right?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cNOc9Xzb3k

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For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. Call of Mini: Zombies () – This undead action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Hotel Dash Deluxe () – This insanely popular time-management game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Capzule PHR – Your Personal Health Record. () – This healthcare records keeping app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Newsify RSS Reader (Google Reader Client) () – This very popular news app reader has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. Pencil Camera HD () – This photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  4. PhotoPhrase: add amazing typography and text on photos () – This photography app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  5. The Brainstormer () – This brainstorming iPad app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  6. The World Clock () – This very popular world clock app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  7. True HDR () – This very popular HDR photography app is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

evasi0n

evad3rs Dev team has just released evasi0n 1.4 to jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 that was released few hours back.

In this tutorial, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 6.1.2 with evasi0n.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • evasi0n 1.4 can jailbreak the following iOS devices:
    • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
    • iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2
    • iPod touch 5G, iPod touch 4G
  • evasion performs an untethered jailbreak.
  • evasion supports iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.0.2, iOS 6.1, iOS 6.1.1 and iOS 6.1.2.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes before you proceed. Please also take a manual backup of your iOS device using iTunes.
  • Please ensure you’ve updated iTunes to the latest version.
  • Warning: If you depend on Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, then do not update to iOS 6.1.2. You should wait for the dev teams to release Redsn0w or PwnageTool that adds support for iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak, which will allow you to create a custom iOS firmware file, which will allow you to update to iOS 6.1.2 while preserving the baseband
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPhone may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk
  • Please do not jailbreak your iPhone to pirate apps from the App Store

Step 1: Download the latest version of evasion jailreak from this link and save it in a folder named “evasi0n” on your desktop.

Step 2: Double click the evasi0n zip file and extract the application to the evasi0n folder (Windows users). Navigate to the evasion application and launch it.

Windows users: Please launch the application as an Administrator. Right Click on the evasion exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

Step 3: After launching evasi0n, you will be prompted to connect your iOS device.

Step 4: Please disable the passcode as the jailbreak may fail, if the passcode is enabled (Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock On -> Turn Passcode Off).

Step 5: After the passcode is disabled, connect your iOS device to the computer. evasi0n should detect your iOS device and also confirm that iOS 6.1.2 is running on it. Click on the Jailbreak button.

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After clicking on the Jailbreak button the tool will give a progress update on the various stages of the jailbreak process such as:

  • Retrieving information from the device to general jailbreak data
  • Preparing stage 1 jailbreak data
  • Injecting stage 1 jailbreak data
  • Waiting for device reboot… (do not touch your device)
  • Waiting for device to be ready… (do not touch your device)
  • Preparing stage 2 jailbreak data… (do not touch your device)
  • Injecting stage 2 jailbreak data (Step 1/3)… (do not touch your device)
  • Injecting stage 2 jailbreak data (Step 2/3)… (do not touch your device)
  • Injecting stage 2 jailbreak data (Step 3/3)… (do not touch your device)
  • Uploading Cydia… (do not touch your device)
  • Uploading Cydia packages list… (do not touch your device)

Please wait patiently while the jailbreaking process is running, don’t start iTunes or Xcode in the meanwhile. The process may take 5 minutes.

Step 6: Once the process is complete, you will get a message informing you to unlock your iPhone. Do not close the evasi0n application.

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Step 7: Unlock your iOS device and then tap on the Jailbreak app (the one with the evasi0n icon).

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Step 8: When you launch the evasi0n app, the screen will go black for a second and exit. Don’t worry, this will start the next stage of the jailbreak process.

Step 9: The tool will again give you progress update on the next stage of the jailbreak process such as:

  • Alright! Remounting will start now. DO NOT tap the icon again — just wait.
  • Injecting remount payload…
  • Root filesystem successfully remounted!
  • Preparing final jailbreak data…
  • Injecting final jailbreak data…

Step 10: Once it is done, it will give a message informing you that the “Jailbreak complete! The device may restart a few times as it completes the process”.

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Step 11: The rest of the jailbreak process will now take place on your iOS device. After you iPhone reboots, you will see a large evasi0n logo with messages informing you on the status of the jailbreak process such as:

  • Setting up fstab and AFC2
  • Setting up Cydia
  • Setting up Cydia packages
  • Clearing SpringBoard Cache
  • Rebooting

Note: These messages will flash on the screen so quickly that you may not see them.

Your iPhone will reboot and you will again see the large evasion logo on your iOS device with messages informing you on the status of the jailbreak process such as:

  • Initializing offsets…
  • Finding offsets…
  • Patching kernel…
  • Cleaning up!
  • Done! Continuing boot

Note: The Patching kernel and Initializing offsets steps can take a long time. Some readers have reported it taking as much as 18 minutes, so please be patient.

Step 12: Your iOS device will reboot for the final time. After it has rebooted, you’re done. It has been successfully jailbroken and you should be able to find the Cydia icon on your iPhone’s home screen (it may not be on the first page so search for it to locate it).

Please note if the process gets stuck in the middle, it’s safe to restart the process, hardware reset your iOS device (if necessary by holding down Hold and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process.

Note: evad3rs dev team had strongly recommended upgrading to iOS 6.1.2 doing a full restore using iTunes. So if you had upgraded to iOS 6.1.2 using the OTA option or using iTunes and are having problems jailbreaking your iOS device with evasi0n, then try doing a full restore using iTunes and then try jailbreaking again to see if it works.

After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iOS device secure.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iOS device, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPhone using the Cydia app.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.

If you want to show your appreciation for evad3rs dev team’s hard work, then don’t forget to give them a donation via PayPal using this link or using the Support Us link on the evasi0n application.

ios_6_1_2

As expected, Apple has just released iOS 6.1.2 (build 10B147) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It fixes the Exchange Calendar bug that was reported few days back.

From the release notes:

Fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life

It is currently available via OTA. It is 12.8MB in size.

Jailbreakers should avoid upgrading your iOS device to iOS 6.1.2, until the evad3rs dev team confirm it is safe to do so. Jailbreakers should also take a backup of the SHSB blobs for iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.1.1 using TinyUmbrella before Apple stops signing iOS 6.1 and iOS 6.1.1 firmware file, if you haven’t jailbroken your iOS device with evasi0n yet.

Update 1:

You can also download iOS 6.1.2 using the direct download links available in our iOS download pages:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch

Update 2:

iOS developer and hacker, Neal has just tweeted that Apple has stopped signing iOS 6.1.1 and iOS 6.1.

Update 3:

MuscleNerd and planetbeing have just tweeted that they’re testing whether iOS 6.1.2 fixes the evasi0n jailbreak:

Apple’s getting quicker!6.1.2 is out (JBers: don’t update!), 6.1 signing window is closed.May or may not fix evasi0n exploits (TBD)

— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) February 19, 2013

We’re currently in the process of testing 6.1.2.

— planetbeing (@planetbeing) February 19, 2013

Update 4:

It looks like Apple is still signing iOS 6.1 firmware for some iOS devices:

Only iPad2,6 and iPod4,1 are left now.

— Neal (@iNeal) February 19, 2013

Update 5:

iOS 6.1.2 has been jailbroken using evasi0n, check out this post for more details.

Update 6:

iOS 6.1.2 doesn’t seem to fix the passcode security flaw, if you concerned about it, find out the workaround here to prevent it.

Update 7:

evasi0n 1.4 to Jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 Will Be Released Today

We’ll update the post with more details shortly.

Welcome back to my gaming reviews as I try out some of the best new iOS games! This week’s roundup includes: 1. ShaqDown, in which basketball-superman Shaq puts a smack down on post-apocalyptic zombies 2. Top Bot, the fun, socially adept racer, which takes advantage of “time-shifted” racing, and 3. After Burner: Climax,  SEGA’s brand new, fast-paced airplane shooter.

1. Shaqdown 

Siva's Game Reviews: ShaqDown

ShaqDown is a zombie game unlike any other. After all, how many zombie games can claim to have one of the NBA’s most recognizable superstars in the role of a post-apocalyptic, Zombie smashing superhero? ShaqDown is a fun, animated romp through a world where zombie-mutants have taken over the world and it’s up to Shaq to set things right. You control the man as he bowls over the undead with his charging tactics and uses his magical basketball to blast the zombie hordes while shouting “Free Throw!”

Siva's Game Reviews: ShaqDown

ShaqDown is a lighthearted, endless runner style game suitable for both young and old gamers. The violence is mild and non-graphic, and gameplay is pretty simple and straightforward, though the boss mutants do pose quite the challenge! This campy game is available in the App Store now, for only $1. It’s certainly a worthwhile game to check out for fans of basketball, zombies, and endless runner fans alike!

 

2. Top Bot

Siva's Game Reviews: Top Bot

You may not have heard of time-shifted racing yet as it’s a relatively new technology. Time-shifted racing allows you to race against friends and opponents seemingly in real-time, even if you’re not racing one another at the same time. So while I may be a night owl, completing my laps at 3 a.m., you may not get to your laps in until the next day at 6 p.m. Yet you’ll see us interacting in the same race, at the same time. Pretty neat!

Siva's Game Reviews: Top Bot

When the popular racing game Real Racing 3 lights up the App Store at the end of February, I bet people will become more familiar with the concept. But a lesser known game already has arrived, which is not only a lot of fun, but also gives you the same multiplayer capability to race against other gamers in time-shifted, asynchronous “real-time.”

Top Bot is an animated racing game that is super easy to get the hang of, with controls that are both simple and intuitive. However, depending who you’re racing against, it can be a very challenging game to win (I never won and I used to think I was halfway decent at racing games!). You control your customizable “bot” as it speeds through the course, made up of tunnels and numerous obstacles, with various power-ups and boosts scattered throughout.

Siva's Game Reviews: Top Bot

Siva's Game Reviews: Top Bot

Of course, your goal is to win, but Top Bot also introduces a heavily social element to this racer. It allows you to not only compete directly against friends and acquaintances (aka: “frenemies”), but also to do a little trash talking via in-game chat, to make things that much more interesting. Top Bot is an original game, one of the first time-shifted racers to become available in the App Store and it’s a game that’s suitable for most ages. Available for free in the App Store, I’d highly recommend you check it out to get a taste of the latest in modern racing gameplay.

 

3. SEGA’s After Burner: Climax

Siva's Game Reviews: After Burner Climax

Siva's Game Reviews: After Burner Climax

SEGA’s latest game to hit the App Store is a thrilling and frenetic combination of endless flyer and high-flying aerial combat. Once you make it through the brief tutorial, it’s game on as you maneuver through wave after wave of progressively challenging combat flight. Hooya! This is a good one!

Siva's Game Reviews: After Burner Climax

You’ll find yourself in intense, high-speed dogfights over cities and seas, as well as in narrow canyons and perilous tunnels. This game will hone your reflexes while keeping your fingers tapping away furiously at your touchscreen as you fight to stay alive in this exhilarating hybrid game. Available for $3 in the App Store, After Burner: Climax is an addictive game that will definitely appeal to fans of endless running games and also the high-flying, aerial combat genre.

 

 

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 8 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. Jewel Frenzy () – This match-3 puzzle game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $1.99.
  2. Jump and Fly () – This fun iPad game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. NBA 2K13 () – This very popular hoops game is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $7.99. This app is a whopper, it weighs in at 1.21 GB so be sure that you have enough space on your iPad and that you are on a speedy network before purchasing.
  4. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad – This top racing game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 432 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  5. Nuts! () – This popular arcade game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  6. Toy Physics HD – This fun physics puzzler is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  7. Trainz Simulator – This train simulator has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $3.99 instead of $6.99.
  8. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad – This great fighting game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Big Lens () – This popular photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure by Kidoodle – This top rated kids drawing app has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

PadGadget Daily App Deal - 44 iPad Apps on Sale

As they have done previously, Apple has shutdown developer access to iTunes Connect from December 21 – 28. This means developers will be unable to release any new apps or updates to the App Store and they will not be able to change the pricing of their apps. For the next week, all prices in the App Store will remain unchanged.

Since many developers dropped their prices before the shutdown, we’ll be featuring some of the best deals currently available. Be sure to check back each day to discover great savings on top apps.

Merry Christmas! For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 44 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 25 productivity / entertainment apps and 19 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 86% off so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. 2K Sports NHL 2K11 for iPad – This hockey game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  2. Alpha Zero () – This top rated space blaster has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99. This app weighs in at 272 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  3. Back to the Future Ep 1 HD – This fun game based on the classic 80′s movie has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 366 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  4. Bridge Constructor () – This fun building game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  5. Civilization Revolution for iPad – This great strategy game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99.
  6. Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale HD (Full) – This very popular adventure game has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $6.99. This app weighs in at 392 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  7. F-Sim Space Shuttle () – This very popular space shuttle flight simulator has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  8. Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots HD – This cool fruit-slasher game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  9. Hanging With Friends HD – This puzzle game is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  10. Iron Man 2 for iPad – This great Iron Man iPad game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  11. Jet Set Radio () – This fun action game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99. This app weighs in at 523 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  12. Ms. PAC-MAN for iPad – This classic arcade game is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  13. Puzzle Agent HD – This iPad game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  14. San Juan () – This strategy game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $7.99.
  15. Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad – This very popular adventure game from Sid Meier has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 436 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  16. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II () – This fun Sega game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99. This app weighs in at 415 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  17. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP () – This very popular role playing game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  18. The Dark Knight Rises () – This action-packed Batman game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99. This app weighs in at 820 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  19. The World Ends with You: Solo Remix for iPad – This popular anime-styled action game from Square Enix has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $13.99 instead of $19.99. This app weighs in at 625 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. 100 Cameras in 1 HD – This popular photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  2. Audubon Mammals – A Field Guide to North American Mammals () – This handy reference app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
  3. Bobbleshop – Bobble Head Avatar Maker () – This convenient entertainment app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 319 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  4. Coach’s Eye () – This coaching app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  5. Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds () – This kids education app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  6. Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words HD – This Dora app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  7. Dora’s Ballet Adventure HD – This fun storybook app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  8. EasyBeats 2 Pro Drum Machine – Beat or Program Drums! () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  9. Even Monsters Get Sick – This storybook app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  10. Filtatron () – This audio effects app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $4.99 instead of $7.99.
  11. Horton Hears a Who! – Dr. Seuss () – This Dr. Seuss book app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
  12. Jack and the Beanstalk Children’s Interactive Storybook () – This kids book app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  13. Maps + Street View () – This mapping and navigation app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  14. Midnight HD – This iPad app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  15. Money Smart HD – This personal finance app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  16. My Measures & Dimensions () – This useful measuring app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $5.99.
  17. SkySafari 3 () – This very popular star-watching app has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  18. SoundPrism Pro () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $9.99 instead of $15.99.
  19. The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss () – This Dr. Seuss storybook app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  20. The Sneetches – Dr. Seuss () – This fun storybook app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  21. The Tale of the Missing Acorns HD – Mystery Theme Studybook – This app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99. This app weighs in at 353 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  22. Track 8 () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  23. xPlan – This timeline app is now available for $4.99. That’s a savings of 83% off the apps’ normal price of $29.99.
  24. Yertle the Turtle – Dr. Seuss () – This playful story has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  25. Zoo Train – by Busy Bee Studios () – This popular education app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

House of Marley: specializing in gear for the iLife.  

 

I can’t talk about House of Marley without taking a moment to acknowledge the man who started it all. A man whose principles and messages of love, and “inity” continue to inspire and shape the course of countless lives in so many ways. In fact as testimony to his longevity and influence, Forbes lists Robert Nesta Marley as number 5 on the list of top-earning deceased celebrities.  

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

Bob Marley was indeed a man with a message and on a mission, who took the fullest advantage of his fame and stature to spread songs of equality, human rights and love of god and each other throughout the world. I was fortunate as a child, to have seen him in person once, as he sat amongst a small group of people gathered around him by the Sunday Morning Well on the island where I grew up. I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8, but I remember it like it were yesterday, and what I remember most was his smile. A genuine smile, that came from his eyes and shaped his mouth and shone from his heart. It’s been over 30 years since that day and I am happy to see how his legacy has lingered on and continues to shape the world we live in, in so many ways. And House of Marley is one of those ways.

 

House of Marley exists under the larger umbrella of the Marley family name, with profits from House of Marley’s revenue going into the Marley family’s 1Love Foundation and with various Marley offspring showing up at House of Marley events to support the line.

 

The Marley’s are known for, among other things, music and lifestyle. And House of Marley continues in those genres by offering products to support both our love of music and our choices to live a more conscious modern mobile lifestyle, taking into consideration the environment and world we live in when deciding which products we choose to buy, endorse and support.

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

House of Marley’s guiding principles reflect those of Bob Marley, and all the products they make are crafted with both love and awareness of our ecosystem. Their products feature a variety of recycled materials; including their patented REWIND fabric made with 30% Hemp / 30% Organic Cotton / 40% Recycled Plastic Bottles (RPET) as well as incorporating recycled woods, plastics and aluminum. House of Marley is a trailblazer leading the way when it comes to incorporating recycled goods back into new, high-quality lifestyle gear and iDevice accessories.

 

Their line up is diverse, and I would certainly suggest that anyone interested visit the House of Marley website to see all the variety and options they offer. As you’ll notice if you visit the site, much of their tech is geared towards Apple products, and you may also notice that some items are only available at the Apple Store online as part of an ongoing charity donation event where Apple doubles the amount House of Marley raises and the proceeds go to the Little Kids Rock charity which gets instruments and music education into “under served” school systems.

 

For now though, here are a few of my favorite goodies from House of Marley that I would expect to be of special interest to iDevice users:


 

Revolution On-Ear Headphones

 

 

The Revolution On-Ear headphones deliver an incredibly dynamic and responsive sound quality at a very affordable price. In fact, it’s easy to assume that the Revolution headphones cost much more than they do once you take a listen! The sound quality is pristine and rivals that of headphones typically priced at $100 or more.

 

The House of Marley Revolutions, like all House of Marley gear is crafted from recycled fabrics, aluminum and plastics and that approach also includes the packaging. Presentation is everything they say, and House of Marley has also nailed that aspect of their gear. The “natural” aesthetic element of House of Marley products can’t be overstated.

 

When I tried on a pair of the Revolution on-ear headphones I was truly blown away by what a rich and layered soundscape opened up before me. With a full range of clear tones the Revolution delivered a near-studio quality listening experience. Their powerful bass was much appreciated as I cranked up some Roots reggae and when it came to one of my favorite pastimes, video gaming, they reminded me that as good as the speakers on my iPad may be, they just can capture the subtle complexities and layers of some of my favorite games; like Bastion and Infinity Blade II.

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

The Revolutions are lightweight and fold up compactly to slip into the included cloth rasta-colored storage bag. The Revolutions, like all of House of Marley gear that incorporate in-line volume controls, also feature a mic and call control button that works specifically and seamlessly with Apple iDevices. Everything about these great Marley headphones is inspiring and high quality. If you are looking for a great pair of headphones that will deliver a professional grade sound at a bargain price, look no further. Check out the House of Marley Revolutions HERE for just $90.00.


 

The Chant portable Bluetooth speaker

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

I think Chant is the perfect name for the House of Marley portable Bluetooth speaker. Chanting to Bob Marley meant to sing praises, to sing praises to whatever higher power you sing praises too. In its name we are reminded to give thanks and praise, and with it we are able to bring our songs of freedom with us wherever we may roam, with a sound that is loud and ready for a celebration and a design that has a very organic feel to it while reflecting its reggae roots. The Chant is encased in a REWIND fabric shell that has cutaways to expose the charging port and 3.5 mm jack. With its slick bamboo wood trim, Rasta-color accents and plush padded construction the Chant is a beautiful hybrid of style and practical durability.

 

House of Marley’s Chant rocks! The sound quality is great! What would you expect from the Marleys though? This tiny, lightweight portable boom box is all speaker, and packs its punch. The Chant has one full-range driver and one passive radiator for bass reinforcement providing an expansive soundscape for indoor or outdoor media broadcasting.

 

The House of Marley chant is small and light enough to be clipped on a belt loop or the outside of a pack, and it also has a built in microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone. Additionally, the Chant comes with a short 3.5 mm cord to connect to any device that has that size jack. The Chant mini boom box has a 6-hour rechargeable battery so that you are good to go for a fair stretch without having to plug back in a power up.

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

The Chant would make a perfect gift for teens on the go, student’s and writer’s desktops, iDevice gamers, hikers, anyone who likes to stream music or movies on their iPad or iPhone… maybe even for yourself! The Chant is available in the Apple Store online for $100.00.


 

Zion In-ear headphones

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

The Zion earbuds are the top-of-the-line in-ear headphones that House of Marley offers. These noise-canceling earphones will shatter your concepts of what a quality pair of earphones can be. Everything about the Zion exudes quality and attention to detail. With their fabric wrapped cords, finished wood speaker shells, custom fit earpieces and even their carry case made out of House of Marley’s patented REWIND fabric, the House of Marley Zion earphones will not disappoint!

 

The House of Marley Zion earphones are the best that House of Marley has to offer, and that’s saying something. I tested a pair extensively, with everything from FLAC audio files of live Further shows to AAC and WAV files of Bob Marley and Dr. Dre. All I can say is look out Dre, there’s some serious competition on the block when it comes to the best earphones and headphones at a reasonable price.

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

The Zion in-ear headphones are tough and durable and I can t speak highly enough about their sound quality. The accuracy with which they reproduce sound is uncanny, especially for 11mm speakers! The multi-tonal clarity is crisp and precise; delivering every note and nuance with an accuracy and richness that has to be experienced to believe. The Zion are some of the best in-ears I have had the pleasure of reviewing and when all things are considered: cost, appearance, speaker sound and microphone quality, not to mention Eco-friendliness, indeed, the Zion are hard to beat. The House of Marley Zion earbuds are available HERE for $100.


 

Lively Up Backpack

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

This military-inspired, lightweight backpack is simply but well made. I’d consider it their iPad daypack option, made sturdily with 13oz REWIND fabric.

 

The Lively Up pack pays homage to Bob Marley’s oft used expression and song by the same name: Lively Up Yourself. You don’t have to be an expert in Rastafarian dialect to figure out what that sentiment is encouraging us to do. In the spirit of “lively-ing up” House of Marley introduces their Lively Up pack line up. The Lively Up backpack is the perfect accessory for you when you feel the spirit move you and the time to get lively is at hand. This backpack is the perfect size and fit for anyone (student, teacher, urban professional or outdoor adventurer) who wants to carry their iPad or small laptop plus a days worth of gear around with them.

 

The Lively Up backpack has a padded back with 4 compartments. There is a large main compartment, within which is a piece of fabric dividing the compartment into two separate sleeves. It also has a zippered front compartment ideal for a 10″ iPad or small MacBook or of course, an iPad mini. Lastly it has a mini pocket, accessible by a rear/side zipper that opens up a discreet sleeve set into the backside panel of the pack. With hook closures and adjustable lightly padded straps the Lively Up backpack is a perfect companion for carrying your iDevices and a day’s heavy load.

 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

Available in 3 natural and earthy tones, the House of Marley backpack is available HERE for $100.00.

 


 

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

 

As always, thank you for reading. Stay tuned to iPhone Life for more tips and reviews to help you with your holiday gift shopping.

Magnet Boy App Review

Magnet boy is a fun puzzle arcade adventure game that challenges you to fly from magnet to magnet picking up various parts to build a robot.  The story of the game starts when a professor who has been building incredible robots is attacked by an evil villain.  The villain destroys the professor’s robots and crashes them into many pieces.  As the hero of this story, Magnet Boy has to search high and low to find the parts of every destroyed robot, and put them back together.

Using the very popular ‘point and pull’ method of aiming you will send Magnet Boy flying through the screen to get from one magnet to another until you find the parts he needs.  Simply running into these parts will pick them up while you travel to the safety of the next magnet.  While this may seem like just another simple point and shoot type of game, there is actually an interesting twist.  While flying through the air you can alter Magnet Boy’s trajectory by using ensuring his magnets are positive while going toward a negative magnet and vice verse.

This added twist seems simple at first, but it really adds a whole new dimension to this great type of game which will not only make it more fun, but also more challenging as well.  The game is designed very well which makes this fun new addition to the game simple to learn, and with just a few minutes of play you’ll be flying through the air from magnet to magnet with little trouble at all.

The game comes with a free level pack of 20 full and unique levels.  For those who want to keep the fun going even longer there are three unique level packs available for in game purchase (with more to come in the future).  There are three difficulties to choose from which make this game enjoyable for a wide range of people from beginner to very advanced.

The music, graphics and physics of this game are very well designed with fast loading times and no obvious bugs or problems.  Whether you’re playing an early level with a simple set up or you’ve advanced to more difficult levels which have fun portals, black holes and much more, this game is plays smoothly from beginning to end.

One of the best things about this game is that it was designed with the user in mind.  All the controls are very intuitive and don’t take long at all to figure out.  It’s fun to play for a few minutes here and there, or sit down and enjoy it for a few hours at a time.  Given that it is free to play the first 20 levels, this game should be tried by everyone.  Just be careful, you’ll be hooked before you know it!

Download from App Store

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Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Technically, according to my credit card company, I already own an iPad mini. But that doesn’t mean I have it in my clean little hands yet. In fact, (cue the sad violin) mine isn’t due to arrive until around Thanksgiving since I went ahead and ordered the Cellular capable model. Nonetheless, some of my colleagues have been fortunate enough to have gotten their mitts on an early release of the highly anticipated iPad mini. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite tidbits from the first crop of reviews of the new Apple iPad mini: As a preface, one of my favorite observations right off the bat, comes from an astute reader at the Endgadget site. In the wake of a rather ironic public outcry for mediocrity, a commenter had this to say in the forum: “Apple is a premium brand. Their products will always come at a premium. That’s why it’s expensive, like any other premium brand. They charge more because their goal isn’t to make the best cheap tablet, it’s to make the best small tablet. And that comes at a premium. It’s for customers who want that. Apple fills that market. So don’t be shocked when their products’ prices don’t compare to their competitors who have lesser build quality and lesser customer service. If you don’t want to pay BMW prices, you can buy a Ford.” Now, with that in mind, let’s move forward. One of the most impressive things I found with these reviews is their consensus that the iPad mini has immediately raised the bar, instantly becoming the best small tablet (despite Apple’s omission of a Retina display) in a category where other companies have had time to make a dent and gain a foothold. Read on for snippets of expert’s hand-on analysis of the game-changing iPad mini.


 

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Jim Dalrymple of The Loop had this to say about his time spent with his new mini: “In addition to using the iPad mini in my normal daily tasks, I also found that I would pick up the mini and use it where I normally wouldn’t use the iPad. For instance, if I’m on a phone call, I would typically use my iPhone to look things up while I walk around or type notes, look at Web sites and things like that. Now, I’m using the iPad mini because it’s compact enough to carry around, but not so large that it’s cumbersome. With the iPad mini in portrait, I can type with two thumbs, much the same way I do with my iPhone. I don’t know if everyone will be able to do this as comfortably as I can, but I suspect they will. My hands are not abnormally large, so it should work fine. If there was one thing I was surprised with, it would be that the iPad mini doesn’t have a Retina display. It surely gives Apple some room to upgrade the device if they want to next year, but that’s the only thing I would really add to the mini. I suppose the decision makes sense if it keeps the cost down. It’s not like you are shocked looking at the existing screen, it is very nice. About those other tablets: I went to a local big box retailer and used every tablet they had in the store, including Microsoft’s new Surface. The difference was immediately clear. The quality of these other tablets is so inferior to what Apple manufactures that they felt like plastic toys in your hands. All of the tablets, all of them, bend when you hold them. They are made of cheap plastic parts and the casing felt like it would snap. Until now, these were the only mid-sized tablets I have ever used and they were awful. That’s what I was basing my opinion on. I tapped on a link four times on the surface before it would do anything. After it finally went to the page, I only had to tap the back arrow three times to get back. I am a firm believer in “you get what you pay for.” The iPad mini is a perfect example of that. If you want to save $50 and buy a cheap-ass tablet, go ahead. If you want quality the iPad mini will be waiting for you when you come to your senses. Bottom Line: I was really surprised with how much I used the iPad mini in my daily routine – more than the 10-inch iPad. There are a couple of things you have to remember with the iPad mini. First, it isn’t just a smaller iPad, but rather it feels like its own device. The second thing is that what seems like a little bit of extra screen real estate on the iPad mini makes a huge difference. Everything just works on the mini – all of your old apps, iCloud, everything. It works.” 


 

 

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 While Endgadget’s Tim Stevens had this to say about this revolutionary small tablet: “As we put this one through its paces it quickly became clear that this is far more than a cheaper, smaller iPad. This is a thinner, lighter device that deserves independent consideration. In many ways, it’s actually better than the 10-inch slate from which it was born. The iPad mini looks a lot more like a blown-up iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad.Apple wanted to be very clear at its product-packed iPad mini launch event that this isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. And, indeed, that starts with a very different case design. While the second, third and fourth generations of iPads have all been more or less indistinguishable, the iPad mini’s anodized aluminum back looks entirely different. In fact, the whole thing looks a lot more like a blown-up fifth-generation iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad. This isn’t just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn’t match Apple’s latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting. At $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple’s more expensive tablets. The iPad mini is well worth considering for anybody currently in the market for a tablet. Its cost is compelling, its design superb and it of course gives access to the best selection of tablet-optimized apps on the market. To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.” 


   

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Scott Stein with CNET gave us this review:  “What’s unique about the Mini? Without a doubt, it’s the design. It’s cute, it’s discreet, and it’s very, very light. It feels like a whole new device for Apple. It’s light enough to hold in one hand, something the iPad was never really able to achieve for extended periods of time. It’s bedroom-cozy. Other full-fledged 7-inch tablets feel heavier and bulging by comparison. This is a new standard for little-tablet design. It makes the iPad feel fresh. After a week of using the iPad Mini, it seems to find a way to follow me everywhere. It’s extremely addicting, and fun to use. The Mini truly feels like a large iPod Touch, which is exactly what we used to call the iPad back in 2010. It’s far more apt now. You probably won’t think that, though, because the iPad Mini won’t fit in your pocket, or even your jacket pocket. It’s more of a purse, small bag, or large-jacket pocket device. It’ll fit wherever you’d fit a softcover book. The construction feels solid, stellar, fun to hold. The home button clicks crisply. It doesn’t feel like a lower-priced product in your hands. It might be, in terms of form, the most addictive iOS product in existence. And it’s perfectly sized for kid hands. It’s a far easier car device and travel device.” 


 

 

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

John Gruber from Daring Fireball had this praise for the iPad mini: “It’s really light and easy to hold one-handed. The hardware design – chamfered edges, less tapered back, metal rather than plastic buttons – strikes me as better, more elegant, than that of the full-size iPad 3/4. But it’s disappointing to go non-retina after using the retina iPad for the last seven months. All of the accolades and advantages of retina displays work in reverse. I adore the size and form factor of the iPad Mini, but I also adore the retina display on my full-size iPad. My ideal iPad would be a Mini with a retina display. The actual iPad Mini display is not terrible. It’s exactly what you think: it feels like an iPhone 3GS display cut to iPad size, including the fact that the pixels seem deeper from the surface of the glass. (It does seem brighter and more vibrant than a 3GS display, perhaps because it uses an IPS panel.) And after a week of using it as my main iPad, the individually discernible pixels are no longer jarring to my eyes. The non-retina resolution is the one and only significant complaint I have with the iPad Mini, and it’s an issue that is only apparent to those of us who already own a nearly-new iPad. If the Mini had a retina display, I’d switch from the iPad 3 in a heartbeat. As it stands, I’m going to switch anyway. Going non-retina is a particularly bitter pill for me, but I like the iPad Mini’s size and weight so much that I’m going to swallow it. My guess is that this is going to play out much like the iPod and iPod Mini back in 2004: the full-size model will continue to sell strongly, but the Mini is going to become the bestselling model.” 


 

 

 

David Pogue at the New York Times put it succinctly:

 

“Over all, the Mini gives you all the iPad goodness in a more manageable size, and it’s awesome. You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.”

 


 

 

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD/The Wall Street Journal had this to share after spending a week with the iPad mini: 

 “In shrinking the iconic iPad, Apple has pulled off an impressive feat. It has managed to create a tablet that’s notably thinner and lighter than the leading small competitors with 7-inch screens, while squeezing in a significantly roomier 7.9-inch display. And it has shunned the plastic construction used in its smaller rivals to retain the iPad’s sturdier aluminum and glass body. I’ve been testing the iPad mini for several days and found it does exactly what it promises: It brings the iPad experience to a smaller device. Every app that ran on my larger iPad ran perfectly on the mini. I was able to use it one-handed and hold it for long periods of time without tiring. My only complaints were that it’s a tad too wide to fit in most of my pockets, and the screen resolution is a big step backwards from the Retina display on the current large iPad. But it’s about 30 percent thinner than the leading 7-inch competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire 7. And it’s about 9 percent lighter than the Nexus and about 22 percent lighter than the Fire HD. It’s very slightly narrower across than the Fire HD, but about 11 percent wider than the Nexus. I found it easy to hold with one hand, though the width might be a bit too much for some people with smaller hands. Even though the mini is thinner and lighter than the leading 7-inch tablets, its larger screen provides about 35 percent more room for viewing content like books and Web pages. I found it easy to see and read material on the screen and to tap and swipe.” 


 

 

Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 And finally, these words from Joshua Topolsky of The Verge: “Moments after I held the iPad mini at Apple’s event in San Jose, I hurriedly wrote that it made other tablets in this class feel like toys. Perhaps I was a bit hard on the competition in the heat of the moment, but I will say that there isn’t a single product in the 7-inch tablet market that comes close to the look, feel, or build quality of the new iPad. It is absolutely gorgeous to see, and in your hand has the reassuring solidness of a product that’s built to last. The iPad mini is an excellent tablet – but it’s not a very cheap one. Whether that’s by design, or due to market forces beyond Apple’s control, I can’t say for sure. I can’t think of another company that cares as much about how its products are designed and built – or one that knows how to maximize a supply chain as skillfully – so something tells me it’s no accident that this tablet isn’t selling for $200. It doesn’t feel like Apple is racing to some lowest-price bottom – rather it seems to be trying to raise the floor. And it does raise the floor here. There’s no tablet in this size range that’s as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection. Would I prefer a higher-res display? Certainly. Would I trade it for the app selection or hardware design? For the consistency and smoothness of its software, or reliability of its battery? Absolutely not. And as someone who’s been living with (and loving) Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for a few months, I don’t say that lightly. The iPad mini hasn’t wrapped up the “cheapest tablet” market by any stretch of the imagination. But the “best small tablet” market? Consider it captured.” 



 

The full reviews are very detailed and informative and if these snippets weren’t enough to satisfy your eager curiosity, I encourage you to follow the links above to their respective sites for the full run downs. And stay tuned; as you might imagine, once my iPad mini arrives I’ll be joining in the fray with my own hands-on reviews, field tests and feedback!

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