iCade Jr. Arcade Controller Discounted to $9.99.

ThinkGeek has discounted the iCade Jr. Mini Arcade Cabinet for iPhone to only $9.99. That represents 80% off its normal price of $49.99.

The iCade Jr. was originally launched in January 2012 at CES. It represents a smaller iPhone/iPod Touch sized version of the original iPad-sized iCade. Like its big brother, the iCade Jr. connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch using Bluetooth. This model was originally designed to fit the iPhone 4/4S and 4th Generation iPod touch form factors, but is said to work with the iPhone 5 “if you leave the top lid hinged back”.

The controller has an arcade stick, four front and rear buttons and works with existing iCade-compatible games.

Source: Mac Rumors.

Daily iPhone App: Ring in the New Year with the Official Times Square Ball App.

It’s New Year’s Eve, which means there will be a rocking party in Times Square tonight. If you can’t be in New York City for the shindig, you can still participate in the fun using the 2013 edition of the Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App.

The official New Year’s Eve app lets you watch a live stream of the events, including the midnight ball drop, from Times Square and even participate by submitting your own party photos. The top photos will be featured on the Toshiba Vision screen directly beneath the official crystal ball. The app also includes the history of the event as well as the news, photos and event schedule for the 2013 party.

The Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App – 2013 is available for free in the iOS App Store.

Source: TUAW.

Weekend iPad Wallpapers: Apple Logos.

3D Apple Logos

This weekend’s iPad wallpaper choices are from one of my favorite categories – Apple logos. Many of the iPad wallpapers that I’ve kept the longest on my home screens have been from this category.

First up today is the pile of 3D sliver Apple logos on a deep blue background shown above. This one, and all the choices today, are from the Wallpapers HD for iPhone, iPod and iPad app by Stuck Pixel. There are a number of similarly named apps in the App Store so be sure to look for the one with that full title and published by Stuck Pixel. Here’s the App Store link for it.

Next up is this striking 3D feeling image with an Apple logo at its core:

Blue Apple

And finally here’s a slanted Big blue Apple logo with an elegant color scheme:

Slanted Blue 3D Apple

As always, I think all three look great on the iPad home screen. Here they are on my iPad mini:

3D Apple Logos home screen

3D Blue Apple iPad home screen

Big Blue Apple iPad home screen

The Fall Trilogy – Chapter 2: Reconstruction for OS X now available.

The Fall Trilogy - Chapter 2: Reconstruction for Mac OS X

In the first chapter of The Fall Trilogy for OS X, you woke up with no memory in a mysterious temple, and had to make your escape. In the second chapter of The Fall Trilogy, you wake up in a skyscraper and have to find a USB key. Your goals are to find out more about your past and the mysterious voice that is guiding you.

The Fall Trilogy is a point & click adventure game for OS X from the developers of Destination: Treasure Island, Secrets of Da Vinci, and Return to Mysterious Island. You explore and solve puzzles as you learn more about who you are and how to make your way to freedom.

The Fall Trilogy features:

  • Point & Click play
  • Two navigation modes available — fixed and 360° views
  • Photorealistic graphics with widescreen 16/9 support
  • Variety of challenges (e.g., hidden objects and jigsaw puzzle mini-games) with increasing difficulty
  • A tutorial to help the new player
  • A clue system that gets more accurate so you slowly get the amount of help you need
  • The ability to switch a mini-game from normal to easy mode
  • English, French and German localization

The Fall Trilogy needs a Mac with an Intel processor, 512 MB of memory, and running OS X 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8.

You can download a demo for both The Fall Trilogy – Chapter 1: Separation and The Fall Trilogy – Chapter 2: Reconstruction from Coladia’s website, and purchase them for $9.90 each.

Source: AppleTell.

BassNation introduces BlackBox audio system.

BassNation BlackBox

1.) I’ll take BassNation over Rhythm Nation any day of the week, but only because I’m a bigger fan of Chris Squire than I am of Janet Jackson. 2.) If I’m going to be playing my music through an audio system, it may as well be one that can survive a plane crash, right? BassNation Audio’s BlackBox is an all-wood audio speaker system aimed at music enthusiasts, but not quite at a music enthusiast price.

The BlackBox comes with a built-in digital amplifier that turns any music source with an audio output jack into a loud and clear audio system with its simple plug and play set-up. This means no dock for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but you can connect them via their headphone jack. And, of course, it’s also compatible with other MP3 players, computers, gaming consoles/handhelds, and more.

The Electronic Industry Association (EIA), recently reported TV Sound Bars and iPhone docking speakers are the hottest growth category in consumer audio with an estimated 30% annual growth rate. BlackBox fits both applications as it is flexible, compact, portable and can be used everywhere—from dorm rooms, studios, DJ’s, home theater and more!

The BlackBox is available now for $295.00. For more information, visit www.bassnationaudio.com.

Source: AppleTell.

Apple drops prices on refurbished Mac Minis by $50, now start at $469.

Apple has taken an additional $50 off the refurbished 2011 Mac mini this afternoon on its online Certified Refurbished Store. Apple now offers the Intel Core i5 starting at $469 for the 2.3GHz model with 2GB of RAM. As it does with the entire refurb store, a 1 year warranty is applied just like new models.

Source: 9to5Mac.