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Top 4 iOS Game Controllers Introduced at E3 2014

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Mobile games usually come in second behind console and PC titles at E3. Fortunately, iOS gamers weren't completely forgotten. And while the focus of this year's expo still didn't rely heavily on the iOS platform, there were a few gaming accessories on display that may be of interest to iOS gamers, including several MFi controllers. Companies like Mad Catz and Razer had styles that fit the iPhone, while others had controllers large enough for the iPad. Here's a look at a few of them:



Fleksy Releases iOS 8 Beta Program for 3rd-Party Keyboard

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If you've been hoping for an iOS keyboard alternative, your wait is finally over. At this year's WWDC, system-wide, third-party keyboard support was unveiled for iOS 8.



Foursquare Launches the Friend-Focused Swarm App

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The Foursquare team hinted at impending changes to their check-in app back in early May. The resulting app, called Swarm, provides a quick and easy way to check in with friends who are nearby.



Runkeeper's Breeze App Tracks Your Every Step

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Runkeeper is one of the more notable fitness tracking apps for iPhone. Their latest app, Breeze (Free) keeps track of all of your movements throughout the day, giving you real-time status updates. Using the M7 co-processor found on the iPhone 5s, Breeze monitors daily activity, rather than a specific training session. Not only does it track all of your steps, it also provides personal goals, an analysis of your movements, and notifications for when achievements are reached.



Adobe Brings Lightroom to iPad

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Adobe announced the release of Lightroom for iPad, joining some of Adobe's other mobile products like Photoshop Express and Adobe Air. However, Lightroom for mobile will function as an extension of the desktop version rather than a standalone app.



Wello is a Health Tracker that Doubles as an iPhone case

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Wello, the iPhone case from Azoi Inc., is not your ordinary health tracker. The case itself uses hidden sensors for quick health readings, without the need for a wearable device.



GBA4iOS Version 2.0 includes iPad Support and iOS 7 Redesign

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The popular Game Boy Advance emulator GBA4iOS has been updated to 2.0, bringing a host of new features and improvements. Unlike the previous release, GBA4iOS can be downloaded from the official website without the need for a jailbroken iPad or iPhone.

The latest update comes with a brand new design scheme for iOS 7, along with a built-in web browser for downloading games. Version 2.0 was designed “with the goal of making everything not only look better, but simpler to use.”



Help Beat Cancer by Playing "Genes in Space"

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Mobile gamers will have a chance to help in the cancer research process by playing Play to Cure: Genes In Space (Free), developed by the researchers at Cancer Research UK. While you collect a fictional substance named “Element Alpha,” you’ll also be identifying faults in real genetic data. The data that would normally take scientists hours to analyze can now be compiled by simply playing the game.



Noted is a Simple Gesture-Based Note-Taking App for iOS

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The Tack Mobile team wanted to create an app with effortless note-taking capabilities. The final product is Noted (Free), a straightforward, gesture-based note app that derives inspiration from the simplicity of sticky notes.

You can find several note-taking apps on iTunes, but Noted tries to keep distracting interface elements to a minimum. Instead, gestures are used as shortcuts, with most of the actions only involving a finger swipe or two.



This Escher-inspired iPad Game is a 'Beautiful Impossibility'

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Described as an interactive M.C. Escher artwork, Monument Valley may change the way you play puzzle games. It's currently being developed by London-based design studio ustwo, specifically for iPad.

The ustwo team established the game as a "surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry." Designer Ken Wong adds: "Monument Valley is a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toy shop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."



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