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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 »


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 »


Tags: iPhone, Mobile

Borderlands Legends Release Date Announced -- Coming To iOS In October

Borderlands Legends, a new iOS game set in the Borderlands universe has been officially announced by 2K Games. Borderlands Legends will put players back in the shoes of vault hunters Brick, Lilith, Mordecai, or Roland, and they'll have to shoot familiar foes like Skags, Bandits, and other baddies in a wave-based survival shooter in order to level up and get loot.

"The Borderlands universe is no longer just a console experience," said 2K Games. "With intuitive, touch-based commands and slick UI, Borderlands Legends combines the inventory and skill tree management that gamers already love about the franchise with a layer of strategy that is popular on mobile devices."

Borderlands Legends will include randomized missions, 36 powers and abilities to unlock, a cover system, Fight for your Life mode, and thousands of weapons to unlock. The game will be available on October 31 for $4.99 on iPhone and $6.99 for iPad.

MOGA: The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming Controllers

PowerA aims to make Android gaming more appealing with its newly released MOGA Mobile Gaming Controller. Look at any app reviews resource, and you'll invariably see a caveat in nearly every game write-up panning the use of touch-based virtual controls. The MOGA turns those fake buttons into real ones, syncing via Bluetooth to put an actual gamepad in your hands.

The $49.99 peripheral doesn't work with every game out there, but it doesn't need to. As long as the top developers include support for their console-style gaming experiences, the MOGA is doing what it's supposed to. The good news is that Gameloft, Namco, Sega, and a handful of others are already stepping up to patch in support.

I spent much of the past week tooling around with a MOGA and paired Samsung Galaxy SIII during commutes and such, and I've been very satisfied with the performance. It's a well-designed peripheral that fits snugly into your two hands. You notice immediately when you hold the thing that you're dealing with a much smaller gamepad than you would for a full-blown gaming console, but there's no awkward feeling as you reach for the two analog nubs, two shoulder triggers, and four face buttons.

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Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

Star Citizen

Kickstarter has seen more than its fair share of space sims, thanks to the ever increasing demand of gamers to head out into space with blasters ready and cargo in tow. One of the biggest names in the genre, Chris Roberts – the creator of the Wing Commander franchise, returns with a new game that’s looking to be the new benchmark for space sims. The team launched their own site to raise money for the new game, Star Citizen, but they’re turning to Kickstarter to get the word out and raise a few bucks in the process.

From the footage shown, it looks beautiful. Everything is set in a large-scale environment that has you launching your small ships from huge space command ships. You don’t even need to be a part of these space battles, you can decide to take your ship and just be a merchant throughout the galaxy, and it’s all up to the player with how the game takes shape.

Reward: For $30, players can get a digital copy of the final game, 1,000 Galactic Credits, and exclusive access to the Alpha and Beta.

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Borderlands Legends iOS Game Outed For October Release

The fan-requested Borderlands 2 release for PlayStation Vita may never arrive, but it looks like you'll soon be able to take your looting and shooting on the road with the iOS-exclusive Borderlands Legends. The game's existence is outed in an ad found in the Borderlands 2 digital strategy guide, a Gearbox forums post reveals (via Eurogamer).

The ad reveals that players will be able to step into the dusty boots of the first game's four Vault Hunters -- Brick, Lilith, Mordecai, or Roland -- in a wave-based survival shooter. Bullet points tout the inclusion of randomized missions, 36 powers and abilities, a cover system, Fight for Your Life mode, and "thousands of different weapons." No bajillions? Blasphemy!

In all seriousness though, sweet. I will play this.

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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Sure, the "internet hype" has been all about the iPhone 5 since Apple announced it last month, but the company also put out a revamped iPhone Touch too. Attack of the Show! put the device on the block, and delved deepily into its features and secrets.

Apple iPod Touch Review »


 What You Need To Know

  • The new iPod Touch looks just like an iPhone but lighter, coming in at 3.1 ounces.
  • This back aluminum case is red but the Touch is available in a number of different colors.
  • The case has a nice contoured edge to it.

 

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Tags: Apple, iPhone, Tech

Epic Games Welcomes Infinity Blade: Dungeons Dev Impossible Studios

Impossible Studios' hack-and-slash Infinity Blade spin-off game, Infinity Blade: Dungeons, won't be available for iOS devices until 2013, Epic Games confirms (via AllThingsD). There was much fanfare in March 2012 when the game was first announced alongside the latest version of the iPad, but we've heard little more than whispers since then.

Epic spokesperson Wes Phillips confirms the 2013 release plan, explaining that the new studio first needed to be assembled before development could begin. He doesn't offer a more specific release timeframe than 2013, so don't start marking off the calendar just year. I hear that we've still got a few big games coming out over the next several months, so maybe you'll be able to occupy yourself with one of those in the meantime.

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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Angry Birds Star Wars Release Date Announced

Angry Birds Star Wars, a new edition of Rovio's irked avian saga, will be out November 8 for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

In Angry Birds Star Wars, the birds and pigs we all know and love (or tolerate) from previous Angry Birds games, have taken on the guises and personalities of the iconic characters from Star Wars. As you might have guessed, the pigs will be represented by Darth Vader, his stormtroopers and other evil Star Wars characters, where the flying birds will look like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and other iconic Star Wars characters.

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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

BAD PIGGIES

iPhone ($0.99) | iPad ($5.95) | Android (FREE) | WP8 (TBA)

We’ve been subjected to every type of Angry Birds theme and spinoff, but now, Rovio’s released Bad Piggies. It’s time to play for the other team, and instead of re-hashing the Angry Birds pull-to-slingshot formula, Rovio presents a fun, full title that compliments everything you love about Angry Birds and still manages to retain its own personality.

The pigs you’ve come to know and loathe in Angry Birds hatch a plan to (once again) steal eggs. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows their blueprint into a sharply-bladed fan, ripping it up and blowing it all over the land. Instead of destroying pre-built constructs, Bad Piggies requires you build wacky contraptions for the pigs so they can collect plan fragments. As you progress, the grid of potential components widens, and you unlock all kinds of parts (propellors, balloons, fans, bottle rockets) to add to your little cars.

We’ll admit, we were skeptical seeing another game from this franchise (franchises sometimes burn out long before the installments stop), but we’re majorly impressed with Bad Piggies. It’s creative, funny, and a must-have in your mobile gaming library.

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Duo Pinball

The device you see above is the The Duo Pinball iPad Controller, an iPad controller that converts your tablet into pinball machine, complete with an angled presentation, flipper buttons and spring-loaded plunger. There's even a bump mechanism that lets you nudge a ball where you want it to go, and, yes, the machine will TILT if you bump it too hard.

It works with Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps, probably the most-popular silver-ball games in the app store, and is blue tooth compatible, so you could play it on your phone, too.

The Duo Pinball iPad controller is $59.99 and available now.

IndieCade 2010 Finalists Announced

One of the biggest nights for indie gaming is about to hit when the curtains rise on the IndieCade 2012 Awards this Thursday hosted by Felicia Day. All of the developers from some of the best games you should be playing right now will be there in their finest attire. I will just be looking for the shirt with the fewest wrinkles.

This year, like every year, I try my hand at playing judge to some of the top awards being handed out Thursday night. And honestly, I’m terrible at this. Looking over the list of nominees this year, we have some major games that deserve more than one of these awards. I also have this nasty habit of spreading the love so no game gets more than one award.

The IndieCade Awards is one of the few nights where we all come out as winners. You get to play great games, indie developers get the recognition that they deserve, and I get to meet Felicia Day. Somehow I think Felicia loses on this deal.

And without further ado, here are my 110% accurate predictions for this year’s IndieCade 2012.

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