The best games money can't buy The days when you had to buy a dedicated gaming rig and spend a load of cash for a quality gaming experience are long gone. Thanks to the iPhone (and iPod touch) and the App Store, you can get an excellent mobile gaming experience for just a few bucks (or quid, for that matter), or even less.In fact, a lot of the games out there are free. But can you get great games for nothing at all, or is the 'free' section of the App Store just a shoddy excuse to bombard you with in-app purchases?The answer is, of course, both. The trick is finding the gems amongst the dross, and what follows are our picks of the bunch: our top free iPhone games, presented in no particular order, including both long-time classics and brilliant cutting-edge recent releases. We've even included a VR game for you... aren't you lucky?New this week: Amazing Katamari DamacyAmazing Katamari Damacy is a deeply weird endless runner. It’s based on a popular PlayStation 2 game, where a … [Read more...] about The best free iPhone games on the planet
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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:40 7 1. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Jan 2012) I've a doubt. Apple has higher number of "Smartphone features" than HTC. How so? Which features we are considering here?? posted on 16 Mar 2012, 05:08 4 3. uzairkhan1994 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2012) ios!! posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:13 4 18. JunitoNH (Posts: 1941; Member since: 15 Feb 2012) No sense to argue, they just don't get it. I hope they didn't think Android was going to receive the highest scores. Android saving grace is the slew of device manufactured; everyone from Casio to ZTE manufactures one. Anyway, hope the ICS tastes good. :) posted on 16 Mar 2012, 05:35 4 4. rudlie (Posts: 205; Member since: 13 Mar 2012) reading all the content first then u can shout. it's not talk about features but it's talk about the customer satisfaction. posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:39 0 24. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012) isn't smartphone … [Read more...] about Comments for : iPhone tops user satisfaction study for seventh consecutive time
The United States established its national standard for terrestrial broadcasts of high-definition digital television, known as ATSC (for Advanced Television Systems Committee), in 1996. The European Union settled on its standard, Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial, or DVB-T, in 1997. Japan developed its Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) in the 1980s and adopted it in 2003. But China just finalized its digital television standard in late 2006, beginning transmission with last summer’s Beijing Olympics. Being late in this particular game is not necessarily a bad thing. It allowed China to take advantage of advances in information-coding technologies that make digital television in China—unlike that in the rest of the world—work well even in bad weather. These technologies mean that China’s digital television can be viewed on the go; it won’t break up even at 200 kilometers per hour—you can watch a broadcast on a cellphone … [Read more...] about Does China Have the Best Digital Television Standard on the Planet?
Editor’s Note: We’d hoped to get this story up on 4 April, the day the X Prize Foundation released its draft rules for the Auto X Prize. Unwisely, we even promised to do so in a blog entry by our automotive editor John Voelcker . But even John couldn’t get a peek at the draft rules until just two days beforehand, so he chose to write a more thorough piece—at the cost of breaking his promise. We hope you’ll think it’s worth the wait. The windowless, fluorescent-lit conference room exists for a single purpose: to provide a dedicated venue in which people from all over the world can gather to listen, learn, and debate. Even in the nicest locales, the focus is on the subject, not the surroundings. On 9 February, two dozen world experts filed into one such room in otherwise-sunny Pasadena, Calif. Organizers of the Automotive X Prize (AXP) held the full-day session to help them craft rules for an upcoming race among ultra-high-efficiency, low-emission … [Read more...] about Eyes on the Prize
On more than one occasion in recent weeks, President Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, has said that he supports research into geo-engineering, a controversial approach to addressing climate change that would involve large-scale engineering projects designed to cool the earth in the event that efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions fail to curb global warming. It’s not clear whether Holdren’s personal views will prevail at the White House, but coordinated federal research on geo-engineering would be a marked change from current policy. Very little money is currently spent on this kind of research, and there is no coordinated effort to assess the potential benefits or risks of the various approaches that have been proposed. In part, this is because so many experts have ruled out geo-engineering entirely, citing the potential for unforeseen side effects. Holdren’s position, however, reflects that of a growing number of researchers who say that a continued … [Read more...] about Does Anyone Understand Geo-Engineering?
Voters are still reeling from tax day in a tough recession, and taking to the streets in protest, but state governments and their allies aren't listening. In fact, they are gearing up to squeeze more money out of the nation's workers. Their target is online shopping, and if the pro-tax coalition gets its way, embattled Americans will soon be shouldering higher tax burdens.Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Representative Bill Delahunt, a D-Mass., are set to introduce a bill that will allow states to collect more sales taxes online, according to recent reports. State claims on Internet sales are not new -- the debate has been going on for about a decade. The key issue surrounds whether or not states should be allowed to impose taxes outside their borders -- an idea that sounds a lot like taxation without representation.States complain that they are "losing" revenue because their residents are shopping electronically in other states, but such a claim is an assault on important American … [Read more...] about OPINION Congress Should Say ‘No’ to Internet Tax Hike
Can e-textbooks and accompanying rental services change the college publishing market? They can certainly try. Students are becoming more and more familiar with electronics and comfortable using a variety of OS platforms, and manufacturers know this. Amazon is the latest to offer an e-book rental service catering to students, but it’s hardly the first and has plenty of competitors vying for college kids’ hard-to-come-by dollars. Promises of savings and instant-accessibility are just a few of the temptations e-readers are throwing at academics, but here’s a breakdown of how a handful of these services compare. Kindle Textbook RentalSavings: According to Amazon, you can save up to 80-percent off the list price of a print textbook (hardcover, new edition).Timing constraints: Anywhere between 30 and 360 days. You pay for the exact amount of time you need a book, and you can always add more time or purchase the text.Database: Amazon claims that it has “tens of … [Read more...] about Saving cash on college textbooks: E-book rental services compared
Charge from home, sweet homeAs we have pointed out, there are a couple different ways of charging your shiny new EV. What works best will really come down to you. But if you’re serious about getting in on the EV scene, we strongly recommend getting a Level 2 charger installed in your home. While it’s possible to get by on a Level 1 charger (basically a wall outlet) or even using public charging stations, it’s not as convenient as having a Level 2 fast charger nestled inside your garage. Level 2 chargers run on 220/240 systems just like a household appliance, so most any electrician can install it.Of course it’s not free, but thankfully the government is here again to help offset the cost by providing a 30 percent tax credit off the total cost of purchase and installation — up to $1,000. Typically, a Level 2 charging station can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,000 to install, depending on the manufacturer.Know your (car’s) limitsFor those who want … [Read more...] about Electric car buying guide: What you need to know before you buy
Andreessen Horowitz announced that it has raised US$1.5 billion for a fund aimed at investing in technology startups. The new fund is launching just as one of the firm's well-known bets, Facebook, prepares to go public. Andreessen Horowitz has an unspecified stake in the social network. Indeed, among the many reasons tech investors will be scouring Facebook's S-1 will be to learn the extent of Andreessen Horowitz's ownership.The firm, founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, launched to great interest in Silicon Valley in 2009, given its founders' tech pedigrees. Andreessen was a cofounder of Netscape Communications, and both he and his long-time business partner, Horowitz, have been angel investors since 2004, funding more than 45 companies, including Aliph (Jawbone), ExtraHop, LinkedIn and Twitter. Andreessen and Horowitz started their venture capital firm with a fund of $300 million and have never looked back. Last year, the duo launched Fund II, and brought on two more … [Read more...] about Andreessen Horowitz Waters Silicon Valley’s Money Tree
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week sounded an alarm warning retailers of a family of malicious programs aimed at compromising point-of-sale systems. Attackers used such software last year in massive data breaches that nicked millions of consumer records at Target and Nieman Marcus.Variants of the Backoff family -- capable of scraping memory for data such as credit card information, as well as logging keystrokes and establishing command-and-control communication with an intruder -- have turned up in at least three forensic investigations, according to the department's Computer Emergency Response Team.Backoff also injects malicious code into Windows Explorer so the malware can be relaunched if it crashes or is forcibly stopped on a system."The Backoff point-of-sale malware has multiple components which aren't overly sophisticated, but it does try to hide itself on affected systems and also maintain persistence if a machine is restarted," Jerome Segura, a senior security … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Retailers Harassed by Backoff Malware