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  • A better, yet more cumbersome iOS 7 gamepad: hands-on with the MOGA Ace Power

    Two sticks, four face buttons, a pair of shoulder paddles and a d-pad: the formula for a modern gamepad and the layout of MOGA’s Ace Power controller. It’s a pretty standard assortment of inputs, but this controller happens to be the first fully featured peripheral to support Apple’s new iOS 7 gamepad protocols. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to put the pad through its paces.

    The MOGA Ace may have the normal assortment of buttons and triggers, but it has one trick most gamepads can’t emulate: it telescopes. Taken out of the box, the Ace is hardly longer than an iPhone 5s, but pulling on either end stretches the peripheral to fit your iDevice. The Gamepad’s left side retains enough tension to hold a device in place on its own, but our iPod had trouble identifying the controller unless we made a point of pushing the controller’s edges inward to secure the connection. Once we had a compatible iOS 7 device locked in place, however, the Ace worked like a dream.

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  • Singapore 21: a farewell trip on the world's longest flight

    As of tomorrow, the longest flight in the world will shuttle passengers on a 747-400 from Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia. That 15-hour, 25-minute hop on board Qantas 7 may not be the lengthiest in duration, but at 8,578 miles gate to gate, it’ll lead the industry in miles flown. For a few more hours, however, Singapore Airlines’ decade-long run from Newark, N.J., to Singapore remains the record holder for both time (more than 18 hours) and distance (9,534 miles). It’s a journey that’s been on the bucket lists of the world’s most ambitious aviation enthusiasts since the city-state’s namesake airline first launched the service in 2004, and following tonight’s final jaunt, this record-setting A340-500 will touch down at Changi Airport for the very last time.

    Despite this cheerless loss, it’s a spectacular time in the world of aviation. Sure, we don’t have our supersonic Concorde replacement just yet, and the Dreamliner rollout was not without significant heartbreak, but the past few years have represented a tremendous period, with banner launches from both Airbus and Boeing that will change the way we fly forever. But as with any category, aircraft manufacturing and design advances also serve to highlight the shortcomings of previous-generation products.

    The Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 make massive efficiency boosts a reality, leading gas-guzzling greats like the aging A340-500 to a premature retirement. In this case, the A345’s departure from Singapore’s fleet represents not only better things to come, but also the loss of a landmark route — it’s an unavoidable compromise, and with the end in sight, I drained my frequent flier account in order to score a ticket, and set out to discover the significance of Singapore Flight 21’s retirement.%Gallery-slideshow123017%

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  • B&O's dishy BeoPlay A9 speaker nabs Spotify Connect

    Granted, $2,700 is still a pretty steep price to pay, but if you’ve already bit the hi-fi bullet and picked up Bang & Olufsen’s satellite dish-inspired BeoPlay A9, you’ll probably be happy to learn that the speaker just got Spotify Connect. If you’re a premium subscriber to the streaming service (more money, we know), you can hit play on the speaker to stream your music from the cloud, the minute you get home. You can control the music from your mobile device, but you don’t have to worry about pairing it with the speaker. Hey, no one ever said convenience was cheap.

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    Source: Spotify

  • Fisker files for Bankruptcy, hopes selling company will restart Karma sales

    The writing has been on the walls for awhile, but now the scrawlings read true: Fisker Automotive has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For almost a year, the company’s been sliding down a slope of financial ruin. Production was halted, workers were furloughed, then laid off and the Department of Energy even seized $21 million from the company after becoming concerned it wouldn’t be able to pay of its $192 million federal loan.

    The bankruptcy filing will help facilitate the company’s sale to Hybrid Technology, an investor group that has agreed to buy the remainder of the DOE’s original loan, now valued at $25 million. Hybrid says the deal is the first step to putting the Karma back into production (and back on the market), but notes that it still has a lot of work to do. “As we continue to examine Fisker’s opportunities, we will be making decisions about the structure and footprint of the new business,” a Hybrid spokeswoman told the Reuters. It’ll likely take some time for the hybrid sports sedan to make it back to the showroom. Hopefully, it’ll give the firm time to work out some of the original Karma’s faults.

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    Via: Autoblog

    Source: Reuters

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