Rovio releases official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars

After posting several video teasers over the past month, Rovio has released the official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars. In partnership with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars themed Angry Birds includes your favorite characters like Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker and more. The classic and beloved catapult gameplay is all there (even the physics from Angry Birds Space), and adding to mix are lightsabres, blasters, jedi powers and so forth. Judging from the video, fans of both Star Wars and Angry Birds should be in for a treat. The game releases for iOS and Android (as well as other platforms) on November 8th and you can check out the official tumblr page for more info.

Borderlands Legends now available for iPhone and iPad

2K Games has finally released the anticipated mobile version of the bestselling Borderlands for iOS - Borderlands Legends. Unlike its console/PC sibling, you won’t find any FPS action, but rather a top-down real time strategy of sorts.

Borderlands Legends is the latest addition to the Borderland franchise, specifically designed for mobile and tablet. Control Mordecai, Lilith, Brick and Roland and take out the oncoming waves of enemies. Collect in-game cash by destroying enemies and purchase new weapons. Earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities! Each character has their own set of unique skills and abilities, use them wisely to survive!

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Google Search app updated with improved voice search functionality

After nearly three months when it was first announced by Google, the Google Search app for iOS has been updated with significantly improved voice search functionality. Like Apple’s Siri, users will now get answers spoken back, along with a page of web results – just as if you had typed the query out yourself. Upon tapping the microphone button at the bottom of the screen and making your voice search, the app quickly displays the query text and results are returned almost instantly. In many cases, I’ve found it faster than Siri. As per Google blog, here are some questions you can ask:

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iPad mini Review Roundup

With just 2 days to go before the iPad mini’s worldwide launch in 26 countries, the reviews have started to hit the web. Tech bloggers from Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky have all found the mini to be beautifully made, light and easy to hold with just one hand. Not surprisingly, the one thing most noted the 7.9″ tablet could use is a Retina display. While it’s still a good display by many accounts, those used to Apple’s high-res screen on the iPhone 5 and newer iPads will no doubt find that text isn’t nearly as sharp. That said, and despite its $329 price tag, the reviews are still calling the iPad mini the best ‘small’ tablet money can buy. The roundup after the break.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – DrawRace 2

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

DrawRace 2 is an award-winning racer that’s packed full of content, including a gymkhana skill game and a single-player campaign that features no fewer than 180 challenges.

In this high-speed racer, you navigate your motor around a series of detailed top-down tracks by drawing your vehicle’s path with your finger. The speed at which you trace the racing line on your device’s screen dictates the acceleration and deceleration of your car. Don’t expect an easy ride, basically. DrawRace 2 and DrawRace 2 HD for the iPad are both currently free for a limited time.

DrawRace 2 Chillingo, DrawRace 2 - Free
DrawRace 2 HD Chillingo, DrawRace 2 HD - Free

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iPad mini Pre-orders have begun, white and silver models to ship in 2 weeks

As revealed during Apple’s recent media event, the iPad mini is now available for pre-orders on Apple.com (in the US and 25 other countries). While the Black & Slate color is showing a November 2nd delivery date in all capacities, the White & Silver appears to be the more popular choice (either that or stock was limited to begin with) as its shipping date has been pushed back to 2 weeks. The 16/32/64GB Wifi only models go for $329/$429/$529, and the Wifi+Cellular have a $130 premium, at $459/$559/$659. If you’re planning on ordering the Wifi+3G/LTE mini, do note that these won’t ship until mid – late November, depending on what country you live in. Apple will also launch the iPad mini in stores on Nov 2nd, so there’s still a chance to line up and grab those shiny white ones sooner rather than later.

 

Languages released for iPhone – a cheap and gorgeous offline translator

Languages, brought to you by Sonico (iTranslate+) and Tapity (Grades 2), may very well be the last translator you’ll ever need on your iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s not only beautifully designed and works offline, but it’s also just $0.99. Twelve complete language dictionaries are included (Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch etc.), so there’s no need for internet access to look up words and phrases – most ideal for when traveling with your iDevice.

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Quick Pick: PDF Cabinet for iPad

Besides using my iPad 3 for surfing the web, working on TMA articles when I’m on the road or watching movies/TV shows, I love my PDF apps for reading ebooks, documents and magazines. For the longest time, my two favorite have been the ever reliable GoodReader and PDF Expert. However, I recently came across a lesser known app in the crowded genre by Com-Tec-Co - PDF Cabinet - and it’s quickly won me over. Not only is it well designed, but it’s also got one of the most intuitive and easy to use annotations interface I’ve come across.

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iBooks app updated with improved social sharing, continuous scrolling and more

The new version of the iBooks app showcased during this afternoon’s Media Event is now live on the App Store. The 3.0 update shows all your ebooks purchases in the cloud right from the bookshelf (iOS 6 only), as well as an all new scroll theme that lets you continously scroll through your ebooks should you wish to ditch the page turns. And sharing quotes is now made possible by highlighting selected text, and sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, Messages or Mail. Here’s the complete list of What’s New:

Introducing iBooks 3

• See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
• Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
• Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
• Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
• Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail

iBooks Apple, iBooks - Free

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iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors, retail for $39

Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of polyurethane material.

The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart.

The iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors and retail for $39. Check out the official Apple video after the break.

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