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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iOS Deals for Halloween

Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD – now Free and perfect for Halloween night

Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out this Halloween. You’ll find a good number of freebies and other sales, including Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD100 TrialsDungeon Story and more. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.

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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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Freebie of the Day: Squids Wild West

Squids, a well crafted turn-based strategy game that first hit iOS back in late 2011, remains one of my favorites in the genre. Now, its equally fun sequel Squids Wild West (TMA review), has gone completely free on the App Store (was $1.99).

SQUIDS Wild West has a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of heroes for challenging turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimp! This sequel is even better than the original, with many surprises in store: devious new enemies, four new playable characters, and nearly twice as many levels. You can even ride seahorses into battle!

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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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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Blosics

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

Looking for another physics-puzzler? If so, Blosics could be for you. In Blosics, you have to clear screenfuls of colourful blocks by firing equally colourful power balls at them. They come in 13 different varieties – each of which features a unique ability.

There are 120 levels to play through in this offering from FDG Entertainment (creators of Blueprint 3D), and plenty of achievements to unlock. Blosics for iPhone is free for a very limited time, while Blosics HD for the iPad is currently on sale for $0.99.

Blosics FDG Entertainment, Blosics - Free

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