• Crazed Gorilla Glass enthusiast uses his HTC One X as a hammer

    There are few things that make us cringe here at Geek.com, but one of them is witnessing people abusing their electronics in ways that defy logic. Here’s a particularly egregious one: a Russian gentleman who is showing off the strength of the Gorilla Glass that his HTC One X phone uses. While it’s incredible that […]

    Crazed Gorilla Glass enthusiast uses his HTC One X as a hammer

     
  • Be part of the geek culinary revolution with Modernist Cuisine at Home

    For the past decade, there’s been a not-so-quiet revolution taking place in the culinary world. Where once French chefs dominated the scene with their high cuisine, the old guard has started to give way to a number of food geeks whose passion for cooking burns as bright as their Bunsen burners. Out of this movement has […]

    Be part of the geek culinary revolution with Modernist Cuisine at Home

     
  • Is this the new iPhone’s taller screen?

    With the iRumor mill heating up ahead of a projected Fall 2012 iPhone 6 release, it’s little surprise that we’re hearing a lot about what Apple’s next phone could be like. One of the most credible rumors came from the Wall Street Journal who noted that the new iPhone would have at least a 4-inch […]

    Is this the new iPhone’s taller screen?

     
  • Publishers Deny Claim of E-Book Price Fixing with Apple

    Several book publishers, including Penguin and Macmillan, were sued by the Justice Department alongside Apple for alleged price fixing after Apple implemented its agency pricing model with the release of the iBookstore, allowing publishers to set the price of their own titles rather then selling at wholesale prices. The DoJ says this cost consumers tens […]
    Publishers Deny Claim of E-Book Price Fixing with Apple

     
  • Flip The Switch Adds New Characters, Levels In Major Update

    Flip The Switch Adds New Characters, Levels In Major Update

    Thanks to feedback from players, character-slinging game Flip the Switch has updated today with a number of new features.

    Highlighted by unique rope physics and skill-based gameplay, version 1.2.5 of the game, from developer Tribal City Interactive, now has 180 levels with the addition of 40 more levels with completely new puzzles.

    There are also two new worlds with game mechanics – Long Chain and Bouncy Blocks.

    And along with new worlds, there are three more characters to swing around that join the original panda, pig, and bird.

    Also, in a very nice touch, the game has improved its tutorials. Every world and feature in the game now has its own tutorial and players can access every world in the game right from the start.

    The app has also added support for six additional languages: French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

    The title was originally released earlier this year. Here’s a trailer that shows some of the gameplay. Click here if you can’t see the video.

    Flip the Switch is a universal game for the both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. It can be purchased in the App Store for $0.99. If you want to try the game out before purchase, you can download Flip the Switch Free from the App Store as well.

    Flip The Switch Adds New Characters, Levels In Major Update

     
  • Sony launches waterproof Xperia advance and Acro S

    Sony has taken the wraps off two more Android smartphones, the Xperia Advance and the Xperia Acro S. There’s plenty to like about both phones — but sadly they’re both launching with Android Gingerbread installed. The pint-sized Xperia Advance (which will sell outside the U.S. as the Xperia Go) features at 3.5-inch display that runs […]

    Sony launches waterproof Xperia advance and Acro S

     
  • New Humble Indie Bundle includes Bastion, Limbo, Psychonauts

    The Humble Indie Bundle V has gone live today and it contains 4 games everyone should own, as well as a fifth must-have title that unlocks if you donate more than the average. The games on offer this time around include: Amnesia: The Dark Descent Limbo Psychonauts Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery Bastion Bastion is the […]

    New Humble Indie Bundle includes Bastion, Limbo, Psychonauts

     
  • Bounty Racer Drives Into App Store This Summer

    Bounty Racer Drives Into App Store This Summer

    The Quadsphere, developer behind Icarus-X and FMX Riders, has announced that its next title will hit the App Store sometime this summer.

    Bounty Racer is a Mario Kart-inspired off-road racing game that features a single-player mode along with multiplayer challenges.

    With a unique DriftJump and Bounce gameplay, Bounty Racer is designed for players of various skills. With four leagues, players can start out in an area with forgiving gameplay while progressing up to the top level with furious races against experienced foes.

    The title will also feature Game Center integration so players across the globe can battle for bounties while beating their friends and the best times from across the world.

    Bounty Racer has five game modes with 72 unique racing events allowing players to use tilt and touch controls.

    If you like to record your gaming exploits, the title will allow for shareable replays via Game Center and the ability to encode and upload replays to YouTube from directly inside the game.

    The game will be a universal title for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Bounty Racer will also be optimized for new iPad’s Retina display.

    Here’s a quick trailer for the game. Click here if you can’t see the video.

    Icarus-X and FMX Riders are both universal games and can be purchased in the App Store now for $2.99 each.

    Bounty Racer Drives Into App Store This Summer

     
  • Windows 8 Release Preview available for download

    This morning, an errant blog post seemed to indicate that the Windows 8 Release Preview was going to drop today — contrary to earlier reports that it would arrive in June. It’s now official: you can now head over to Microsoft’s website and download it right now. Microsoft has listed several tweaks from the Consumer […]

    Windows 8 Release Preview available for download

     
  • AppAdvice Game Of The Week For May 31, 2012

    AppAdvice Game Of The Week For May 31, 2012

    Every week, our staff will handpick a game from the past seven days that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These games will always be from a wide variety of genres, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and can’t quite put it down. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy, and happy gaming!

    Subway Surfers

    Hit the tracks in our Game of the Week!

    It’s endless runner meets 3-D train tracks in our game pick this week! In Subway Surfers, you’ll be playing as a graffiti artist named Jake, who is vandalizing a train. Soon enough, a policeman and his dog catches him, and Jake must make a daring escape on the train tracks! The gameplay here is similar to Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride.

    The graphics are extremely polished and look great on your iPhone and iPad. Another great thing about them is that they just pop with personality.

    As you escape, you’ll encounter obstacles while collecting coins and power-ups. Coins can be used to purchase other power-ups and upgrades — such as coin magnets, bouncy boots, or hoverboards — in the shop, or even four other characters. The great thing about buying new characters in this game, though, is the fact that each character will have something unique about them, making the game a bit different. So there is definitely a reason to get different characters, unlike other games, where they were all the same. You can even purchase a “Mystery Box,” which contains a random item from the shop; it’s a gamble, but you could get something really good for less than what it’s worth.

    To keep things fresh, every game will be randomized. There is also a mission system, similar to that found in Jetpack Joyride. There will be three goals at once for you to try and complete. A Daily Challenge awaits you as well, where you must collect all the letters of a word on the track — doing so will get you a free Mystery Box. Plenty of incentive there, right?

    This is definitely a game that will make you want to brag about your score, and there are plenty of options for doing just that. It’s a competitive game, but still remains very fun at the same time.

    So what are you waiting for? Hit the train tracks and make your great escape!

    Check out our original review here.

    Honorable Mention

    Air Mail

    Air Mail is a beautiful flight adventure.

    If you’re looking for a flight adventure, or just like flying planes, then Air Mail is for you.

    You will take the role of Scoop, who is the youngest pilot, and savior, of the island of Domeeka. You’ll be handed various missions to complete, or you can just explore the land freely from the air.

    One of the best things about this title is the great-looking graphics. It all looks great on your Retina iPhones, and for those that have the new iPad, there are enhancements to the game that make it even better on the latest tablet.

    As stated earlier, there are 26 missions in the game (over seven chapters). Each chapter takes place in a new area, so there is plenty of scenery to gaze at. For each mission, you will perform tasks, such as dousing flames, disarming warships, or maybe you will be delivering some mail. No matter what the case, there’s always something to do.

    Controls are highly customizable in the game, with three options: tilt, touch, and advanced. The touch controls will give you two sticks, one for movement and one for speed. Advanced will have a speed slider on the bottom, and two sliders on the side for movement — it’s a tricky configuration that will definitely take some time to get used to.

    There are three game modes available as well, so things don’t get stale: Mission Mode, Express Delivery, and Explore Mode. Mission is the basic story mode, Express Delivery is like a job board, and Explore Mode allows players to explore at their own pace.

    If you’re a perfectionist, there are plenty of achievements to earn. Some of them will take you a long time to earn, since you will have to find all of the certain items in such a vast world, such as scrolls or golden monkey statues. However, collecting them all and earning the achievement will also get you cool pain jobs for your plane, so it’s really worth the time and effort.

    Air Mail is great for gamers of all kinds and ages, and it looks great.

    Check out our original review here.

    AppAdvice Game Of The Week For May 31, 2012