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We're a little bit more than one week from the release of Rovio's most high-profile cross-franchise effort to date, Angry Birds Star Wars. There's been some worry that the new game will simply amount to an Angry Birds Space knockoff with Star Wars skins, but a newly released gameplay trailer is here to set you straight on that count.

The new birds we get a peek at are all sorts of Star Wars-y. The Luke Skywalker bird (a fitting surname for a Force-sensitive avian) can swing his lightsaber around in flight, taking out whatever's in its path. Then there's the Leia-bird, which can... shoot pink eyebeams? I don't remember that from any of the Original Trilogy movies. Maybe it was a feature of the Special Edition?

Kidding aside, this game looks badass.

Google Nexus Line Adds New Smartphone, Tablet

The Google Android-powered Nexus line of mobile devices just got a bit bigger, with the newly revealed LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Nexus 10 tablet both set to arrive on November 13, 2012. The tablet is perhaps the most noteworthy, a 10.1-inch beast that bests Apple's iPad in processing power, video resolution, memory, and, most importantly, price. The Nexus 4 falls at $399 for a 16GB, a full $100 less than the iPad.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch screen (larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5) and competes with most high-end smartphones out there on the hardware side, save for one key difference: the Nexus 4 offers no support for 4G LTE networks. The Verge has a pretty detailed explanation from Google's Andry Rubin on the reason for the omission, but it basically boils down to the fact that the company hopes to sell the new phone primarily as an unlocked device. Adding 4G support wouldn't just increase the cost, it would also require playing ball with wireless carriers.

The Nexus 4 will sell at $299 and $349 for 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. T-Mobile will also sell a subsidized $199 version with a two-year contract commitment. In related news, Google also announced that the Nexus 7 tablets from Asus will see their storage capacity doubled, to 16GB and 32GB for $199 and $249 models, respectively.

 

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Coming To iOS, Android

Rockstar Games is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City with a fall 2012 re-release for iOS and Android devices, Rockstar's Newswire confirms. The anniversary falls on October 29, 2012, though the announcement pegs the mobile launch for "later this fall."

Along with the re-release, Rockstar will also celebrate the anniversary with the release of a new trailer for the game, some previously unseen artwork, and a "limited run" of promotional items that will be sold through the studio's online store. I can still remember running out to snag myself an early copy of Vice City from my resident shady game store in Brooklyn, then staring at it wistfully all day as I waited for work to end. My favorite GTA game, as it is for many others.

Stay tuned for more details soon.

Attack of the Show's guest host, Horatio Sanz, spoke with gdgt co-founder Ryan Block about Apple's latest tech announcements. Apple recently revealed a handful of new products including the iPad mini, the new iMac and a 13" MacBook Pro.

Find out what these two tech-gurus think!

Details On Apple's New iPad Mini, iMac & Fusion Drive »


Boost Line Lets You Charge Your Phone

Eton has announced the Boost Line of portable chargers. The first in the series, The BoostTurbine Series will provide on-the-go powers to mobile devices with dead batteries.

The BoostTurbine Series is a portable charger with a hand-turbine generator. Cranking the generator like an old car window will restore life to your mobile device. The BoostTurbine is equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery. Eton estimates about a minute of cranking will result in 30 seconds of call time. Not ideal, but creating power with your hands is pretty cool. Using the hand-turbine as a source of power not only sounds like the perfect way to get in a quick workout, it's also ideal for the zombie apocalypse.

BoostTurbine is expected to retail for about $49. It's available now for pre-order in the Eton store.

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Apple's new iPhone 5 is pretty amazing, but its new map app, Apple iOS Maps, is pretty not. But there are alternatives! If you are getting you lost around town, check out these three apps that will help you find and navigate your way around the world:  Google Maps, Scout and Waze.

Three New Apps To Replace iOS6 Maps »


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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

DEVIL’S ATTORNEY

iOS ($2.99) | Android ($3.00)

Max McMann is a terrible role model, and our new hero. Devil’s Attorney revolves around the dashing, self-centered McMann and his quest to get the dregs of society off scot-free, while simultaneously furnishing his apartment, dressing well, and upgrading his sports car. It’s not always easy to get that “Not Guilty,” though...

If we had to describe the gameplay in Devil’s Attorney, we’d probably say it was like a simple card game, but with hilarious dialogue and a protagonist you hate to love (he reminded us a little of one Sterling Archer). Each case offers a funny intro, and then you’ll spend points over your turn chipping away at the prosecution, who trot out evidence, witnesses, and modifiers to them that complicate your plan to win.

There’s so much to love about Devil’s Attorney, we couldn’t possibly squeeze it into such a short review. It’s a “pure” mobile game, free of IAP and ads, making it a crime not to buy it. The gameplay is so solid and amusing, you’ll end up replaying it just to listen to Max’s banter with each prosecutor. The only thing we’re guilty of is loving this game too much.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it.

This is a special edition, dedicated to our 5 favorite scary mobile games!

DEAD SPACE

iPad ($9.99) iPhone ($6.99) | Android ($6.99) | BlackBerry PlayBook ($6.99)

First, we would like to point out that we’re huge fans of Dead Space’s availability across multiple mobile platforms (shout out to our PlayBook lovers!). That being said, let’s talk Dead Space, and why it’s so damn good. We love the console version of Dead Space, and this is an extension of that title: you play as “Vandal,” and it’s up to you to exact vengeance upon the aliens who’ve slaughtered the space colony “Sprawl.”

In the grand tradition of sci-fi/horror franchises like Alien and Resident Evil, Dead Space crafts a universe that’s both claustrophobic, yet lonely -- a perfect combination for creating uneasiness, bolstered by superb sound mixing. Play this one in the dark with headphones on, and you’re guaranteed a horror experience on par with the best in mobile gaming. Don’t miss the back rooms for additional goodies (and scares). Dead Space is a must-buy for anyone who’s a fan of the genre.

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G4 Extra Life Charity Drive - We Need You!

Extra Life, a charity-drive dedicated to Children's Miracle Network hospitals across North America, begins this Saturday, October 20th.  G4 is proudly participating, and in the spirit of giving, we will run a live-streamed 'telethon'-style event, starting Friday, 12pm Pacific at G4TV.com. We need you to contribute!

We'll play games, and you'll tell us what to play and how to play it. Some games we'll be running through: Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Dance Central 3 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron... and some surprises! If you have some suggestions for us, leave them in the comments.

We'll give you video games, swag, collectibles and more when you donate money to Extra Life. Giveaways will include:

  • Metal Gear 25th Anniversary collectibles, autographed by Hideo Kojima and the Platinum Games team
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Care Package, autographed by the Treyarch team
  • Dance Central 3, includes new game, t-shirt, cap and more plus Dance Central 2, signed by the Harmonix team
  • SEGA's limited edition Sonic collectibles, The Cave puzzle, Jet Set Radio cocktail shaker and more
  • Halo 4 collectible book, t-shirt and a McFarlane Toys' Halo: Reach Warthog
  • An EA Games bundle which includes Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, and Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
  • The Walking Dead season passes, Pinball FX 2 Marvel tables, Microsoft Xbox Summer of Arcade hits and much, much more on the way...

Be sure to donate now to be in the running for all this sweet swag, and definitely stay tuned for Friday, 12pm Pacific to see how you can get your hands on even more exclusive video game merchandise!

Potential Names For Android's Next OS

The FBI has issued a warning to smartphone users, specifically Androids, about possible mobile malware threats. The Internet Crime Complaint Center alerted Android users to be wary of several malware attacks, like FinFisher and Loozfon, which target Android phones. The IC3 added those were just two of the many active viruses that are being used to compromise mobile devices.

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In the video below, Alex Albrecht checks out the new Droid RAZR M smartphone that's all over town, and finds it to be an excellent mid-priced cell. For $100 you get a fast processor, a clear screen, cool styling, and as much RAM as you need. The problem: The camera that comes on the RAZR M is not spectacular.

Check out the in-depth review of the RAZR M below:

Droid RAZR M Review »


 

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

THE LAST EXPRESS

iOS ($4.99)

Dot Emu is the team responsible for the fabulous port of classic Another World, and they’ve really impressed us with their newest effort, a port of the mystery/adventure classic The Last Express. The first time The Last Express was in gamers’ hands, it was back in 1997. Today, it translates well to the iPhone and iPad, offering a rich and intriguing story, hand-drawn animation, and solid voice acting.

The story takes place in 1914, on one of the most famous trains in history, the Orient Express. You play as Robert Cath, a mysterious man who’s boarded the moving train in order to meet up with his friend, Tyler Whitney. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but a few minutes into the game, it’s obvious things aren’t going according to plan.

One thing we love about The Last Express is that it takes place in real time, over a train ride from Paris to Istanbul. And we hope you’re a master sleuth, because events will happen whether you’re there to witness/hear them or not, so you’ll want to be sharp and efficient as you solve the mystery that unfolds around you. The Last Express is a wonderful port of a game; it’s tough, but that makes reaching the end all the more satisfying.

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He-Man, the most powerful man alive, is getting his own awesome iOS game. Check out the gameplay trailer for He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in The Universe. Why this isn't a huge-budget, AAA console game is beyond me.  "I have THE POWER!"

"He was born so manly, his parents had to name him twice... he is He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe!"

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in The Universe Gameplay Trailer »


This week is Healthy Week, meaning we're all about finding ways to help you promote a healthier and happier lifestyle. To make things easier, Attack of the Show!'s Sara Underwood has found the following gadgets, apps, and accessories that will have you climbing walls in your living room, keeping better track of your workout, and getting more restful sleep. How are you going to stay healthy this week?

Gadgets That Keep You Healthy »



 

 

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Football season just isn't complete without Fantasy Football, the biggest mini-game to ever to hit the NFL and its fans. In this video, Blair Herter and Jeff Erickson from Rotowire break down the best Fantasy Football apps to keep your all-star team up-to-date and ready for their big games. My team, My Little Pwnies, is doing well this year but we lost by five points last week and I'm still a bit sour about that.

The Best Fantasy Football Apps »


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