Australia’s Toffee introduces new iPhone, iPad & MacBook accessories w/ exclusive discount for 9to5 readers

We first introduced Toffee during the holiday season, with its beautifully crafted accessories for Apple devices. The Sydney, Australia-based company offers a wide selection of bags and gear for life on the go, including a 9to5Toys favorite, the Fitzroy Satchel.

Since we last caught up with Toffee, it has introduced a number of new products to complement iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and MacBooks. We’ve spent time with some of its newest gear. Head below for more details and an exclusive discount for 9to5Toys’ readers.

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The AMPL SmartBag carries a USB port in every pocket to charge all your devices

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Admittedly, I am a bit of a bag connoisseur. Hauling around all my gear requires a well thought-out solution that not only keeps my stuff organized but also looks good doing it. There are plenty of bag options out there, but less that offer charging solutions and even fewer that do it well. Today we’ve spotted a new company that is aiming to solve on-the-go charging challenges and device storage. Through Indiegogo, AMPL has raised over $213,000 towards “the worlds smartest backpack”.

The SmartBag has a number of unique and interesting design cues, most notably providing a USB port in every pocket. However, the real question is how many times can it recharge your gadgets?

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Sky Gamblers: Cold War is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)

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IGN is now offering Ayptical Games’ Sky Gamblers: Cold War as its FREE game of the month. Regularly listed at $4.99 and with 4.5/5 stars from 2,257 ratings, you can now download this game for free on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via IGN’s deal page. We’ve seen this game go down as low as $1 a few times before, but never free.

Go back in time and re-write the Cold War with this “extensive” single and multiplayer mode game. With multiple game modes, users can enjoy campaign, survival, team deathmatch, capture the flag and more. Sky Gamblers: Cold War is compatible with Game Center and AirPlay, so you can play along with your friends or on the big screen.

Head below for more details and a trailer.

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WaterField Designs has a new travel pouch for your tech from its San Francisco workshop

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There are many ways to carry the smorgasbord of items we carry on a daily basis while traveling or going to work. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller things that don’t find a home in your bag or suitcase. With many larger offerings already on the market, made-by-hand San Francisco manufacturer Waterfield Designs has introduced a new Padded Gear Pouch specifically for carrying all the smaller items.

Whether it’s for an iPad mini, external hard drive, Apple TV or simple toiletries, this multipurpose bag can carry a number of different items. We’ve got the full details on this new product from Waterfield, a video from its designer and the full press release below.

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Ray’s 4.8-inch touch screen Super Remote takes TV watching out of the dark ages

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While it seems like every week our living room technology evolves, with new curved and 4K UHDTVs, the remote that controls these new devices seems to have hit a wall. Harmony has long dominated the upper-echelon universal remote world, but its solutions haven’t always been the most intuitive.

The good news is a fresh competitor is set to enter the marketplace, taking design cues from Cupertino while putting a highly-visual user experience first. The Ray Super Remote puts all of your devices, programming and functions into one 4.8-inch display that promises to simplify your home entertainment experience. Read more

Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5 Blackout for iOS hits its all-time lowest price: $1 (Reg. $4+)

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Gameloft’s Call of Duty-like military shooter, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, has hit its all-time lowest price ever on the App Store. Usually listed at $3.99 (and regularly as high as $7), you can pick up the game on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for just $1. It has received 4/5 stars from 7,104 ratings and is listed as the “App Store’s Best of 2014 in 28 countries!”

Along with a series of updates over the holidays, Blackout features squad-based multiplayer with 4 customizable classes, chat, leaderboards and “limited time events”. There is also a full single player campaign here with light XP and weapon tier systems that takes you from Tokyo to Venice “to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.”

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 ($2.99 value)

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Apple has chosen Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 as its Free App this week. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can now download the “Best kids app in more than 50 countries” for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. This is the first time the game has gone free since it released on the App Store, where it has garnered a 4.5 star rating from over 500 reviewers.

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Small States: Woodchuck USA complements Apple products w/ USA-sourced wood, 15% off & giveaways

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Throughout Small States you’ll hear stories of people that are making a conscious effort to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Companies that strive to create products in a way that has escaped our country and fled overseas. We are finding that these manufacturers have a great pride in what they do — this week we’re taking a look at Woodchuck USA, a company who’s pride is evident across all aspects of its business.

“Nature back to people. Jobs back to America. Quality back to products.”

With its locally grown hardwood accessories, Woodchuck has managed to create beautiful additions for your Apple devices. All the while doing it with a focus on integrity and creating jobs here in the United States.

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Angry Birds Seasons (up to $2.99 value)

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Apple has selected Angry Birds Seasons (and Angry Birds Season HD) as the Free App of the Week. Typically going for up to $2.99, you can now download both the iPhone and iPad version for free. Outside of a one-time freebie sale sometime ago, this is the only other time both titles have gone free for iOS. Both versions of the app combined have received a 4+ star rating from over 300,000 reviewers

As mentioned in this morning’s game/app roundup, Rovio recently updated the game with 15 new NBA All Star levels, 1 new golden egg level and more. Head below for more details and gameplay footage: Read more

iTunes Free App of the Week: ProCam 2 ($1.99 value)

Apple has selected ProCam 2 – Camera and Photo / Video Editor as the Free App of the Week. Typically going for $1.99, you can now pickup the app for free on iPhone and iPod touch. You can also grab ProCam XL 2 on iPad for free (Reg. $1.99) as well. Based on previous pricing data, this is matching the lowest we’ve have seen the apps go for. Both version combined have received a 4+ star rating from over 1600 reviewers.

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