Fitbit announced today at CES that its MobileTrack feature is now available for iPhone 5s owners. The new addition to the free Fitbit iOS app allows iPhone 5s users to their track basic health and fitness activity.
MobileTrack taps into the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s and helps owners keep track of their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, plus more. The app also allows users to take advantage of Fitbit's in-app social and motivational features by allowing them to see their personal achievements with easy to use graphs and charts.
“We know there are many ways consumers like to track their fitness and want to enable as many people as possible to get the benefits of Fitbit activity tracking – and now anyone with an iPhone 5s can also download and use the Fitbit app,” said James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit.
SteelSeries announced today the first iOS 7 wireless controller for all mobile Apple devices. Unlike the previously released MFi controllers, which only support the iPhone, the SteelSeries Stratus is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod. The wireless controller connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth 2.1 instead of attaching itself to a Lightning connector.
The Stratus is specifically designed for console-style gameplay and can even be used with an HD TV via AppleTV using AirPlay Mirroring.
“The Stratus Wireless Controller, the first wireless gamepad controller ever to be supported in iOS 7, forever alters the mobile gaming landscape,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “With Stratus, gamers have easy and direct access to a growing roster of great games on iPad that were intended for an immersive, controller-enabled experience."
Apple has include a host of Springboard settings in iOS 7 that are not accesible to the un-jailbroken user. If you want to enable these hidden settings and start customizing your iOS device, you'll need the new free jailbreak tweak HiddenSettings7, from develper deVbug. You can find the tweak in Cydia's BigBoss repository.
Once you have installed it you will see a new button in your Control Center labeled "SpringBoard Settings" right under the "AirDrop" button (note: You won't see it if
Fox Sports has announced that it will be live-streaming Super Bowl XLVIII and all of the NFC playoff games online, though according to Variety, only the Super Bowl will be available for free. iOS users will be able to stream the game with the FOX Sports GO app.
Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, which is being played at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, will begin at 6:30 PM EST on Sunday February 2nd. The broadcast will include the half time show featuring Bruno Mars, and will be freely available at
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 now features a GIF creation tool for sports fans. Users can create their own animated GIFs or "Yahoo Loops" by adding their own captions, effects and comments to memorable sports moments. The Loops can then be shared with family, friends or other sports fans via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, text and email.
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 also brings a new "clean" iOS 7 redesign, new team / player pages, a new football scores, plus more. Yahoo Sports is free to download for all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later, but the new Loop feature is only available on the iPhone.
The Apple App Store was still a little hungover from the holidays which made for a slow week of new app and game releases. Meanwhile the jailbreaking community was really busy creating new tweaks after the Cydia Substrate was updated for iOS 7 devices. Here's a quick look at some of the new apps, games and jailbreak tweaks released this week (12/29/13 to 01/04/14).
Jet Car Stunts 2: Free for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad (Requires iOS 6 or later) Rated 4+
The sequel to the popular racing game that challenges you to complete outlandish tracks and impossible jumps with different jet powered cars. Highly recommended! Very challenging and fun. Jet Car Stunts 2 includes 120 levels, 3 difficulties each, (available through IAP), 7 cars with varied handling, 4 game modes and level creation and sharing.
Looking to bring some of the best features of iOS 7 to older devices, such as the original iPhone or the iPhone 3G? For those iPhone fans who are still rocking these Apple-unsupported devices, Whited00r provides a custom firmware option to modernize their look and feel. Whited00r is fully optimized for the older hardware, and completely customizable by the user.
The latest version of Whited00r supports both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G, as well as the iPod touch first and second generation. Besides replicating the design and features of iOS 7, Whited00r is engineered for speed. Should the look of iOS 4.2.1 or iOS 3.1.3 be missed, reversing a Whited00r installation is achieved by simply restoring to original Apple firmware via iTunes.
Whenever popular products or brands are in competition people inevitably try to draw correlations and make assumptions about the consumers of one product versus those of the other. The subject of comparison can range from economic status to obesity to age or gender, and just about anything else you can think of. Sometimes the conclusions are drawn from serious academic study, but most are drawn from simple, biased observation. A recent not-so-scientific test carried out by UK bookmaker Ladbrokes concluded that iPhone users are more intelligent than Google, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Blackberry owners.
Ladbrokes chose 1,000 participants from a list of smartphone owners that had downloaded their mobile app. The participants' mental acuity was then challenged by seven brainteasers designed to test pattern recognition and problem solving ability. Each question had to be answered (and they were multiple choice) before
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now available for iOS devices. The game allows users to race as Sonic and 10 legendary racers from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe or other SEGA games. The official app description doesn't list which characters are available in the mobile version, but players could originally play as characters such as Gilius Thunderhead from Golden Axe and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick on the console version. The "transformed" part comes into play when racers turn their cars into other vehicles like a boat. The game was originally launched for consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as a sequel Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has been modified for mobile devices and it allows users to choose between touch or tilt controls or use a third-party iOS controller. The mobile version features a brand new World Tour, 4-player online mode, Facebook integration plus daily and weekly challenges.
It didn't take long for the first Touch ID tweak to land in the Cydia app store. Virtual Home allows you to use your Home button to access the app switcher or return to the Home screen without actually pressing down on the physical button. The tweak basically transforms your Touch ID sensor into a virtual Home button, hence the name.
Once installed, Virtual Home users can tap their Home button once to return to their Home screen, or tap and hold their Home button to open the app switcher in iOS 7. These gestures replace the need to press the Home button which gives it a much needed break from all your finger poking.