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Danny Stieben

/ Joined 23 March, 2011

Danny is a senior at the University of North Texas who enjoys all aspects of open source software and Linux. You can check out his personal website or follow him on Twitter.

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Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]

Jetpack Joyride is a game from the creators of Fruit Ninja, and is available for Android and iOS devices in which the player attempts to “escape” from a lab and last as long as possible before hitting some sort of obstacle. It’s impossible to literally escape from the lab, as the scoring is based on the distance you’ve gone. There are plenty of customizations which you can add to your in-game character, as well as other items which can become useful during gameplay.

26-11-2012
Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]
Kill Windows Viruses With An Ubuntu Live CD

Windows

Kill Windows Viruses With An Ubuntu Live CD

Today’s anti-virus solutions are pretty reliable, protecting you from most of the common threats out there in the world. With safe browsing habits, there’s a rare chance that you’d ever get infected with malware. However, there’s never a guarantee that you’ll be completely safe if you are simply careful and run your anti-virus software. Especially when it comes to zero-day threats, sometimes things just happen to you that you can’t blame on yourself.

22-11-2012
Kill Windows Viruses With An Ubuntu Live CD
Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]

Music is one of the great forces that can bring people from all walks of life together. Most of us love at least one genre of music, and we tend to get along with those who like the same genre(s). Such groups will respect your love for a genre of music if you’re knowledgeable in it, but it’s sad if you can’t even name a song that you want to share with others.

19-11-2012
Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]
How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

Linux

How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

Whenever you’re happily setting up your new Ubuntu system, one of the things you’ll probably think about the least is getting the correct fonts installed. If you’re a bit confused about why I mentioned fonts, it’s because most distributions (or at least those who’d like to remain legal) only use free, or “libre”, fonts. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using these fonts, there will most likely be multiple cases where you’ll be required to have certain fonts.

17-11-2012
How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]
Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]

Android

Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]

We are also out and about most of the time with our busy lives, using our mobile devices as our true personal assistants. But our mobile devices only work the way we want them to if we have the right apps installed on them. One of the top app choices in managing social networks is TweetDeck.

15-11-2012
Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]
Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]

During the last couple of years, one of the most popular games ever created for mobile devices has seen many improvements and plenty of new releases, each with their own twist to the original goal of the game. The game series is now arguably the most popular one for mobile devices (and much more). From plush toys to virtually every item you can think of with its branding, the Angry Birds series has made an impact on the entire world.

12-11-2012
Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

Linux

Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

If the title made you think of Evernote, I don’t blame you. It’s a great tool which is capable of a lot, plus it syncs with whatever devices it can run on. However, Evernote is still a proprietary tool, and some Linux users may not wish to use it simply because of this reason. It’s also possible that they don’t want all of their notes stored on a different server, where they don’t own their data.

03-11-2012
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]
Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Android

Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Anyone who even remotely enjoys music – and I believe that’s most of us – will absolutely love it when they discover new music that they like. We have a number of highly popular music services which allow us to do just that, including Spotify and Pandora. However, those definitely aren’t the only names in the music discovery business. In fact, some have existed for quite a while, including Slacker Radio.

01-11-2012
Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Android

Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Don’t you just hate it when you’re bored? Whether you’re waiting for something and have nothing to do during that time or if you don’t have anything planned, a good game for your mobile device can save you from such misery. If you’re in such a situation, and you like Tower Defense or other similar games, you may want to look at a game which combines Tower Defense with war machinery.

29-10-2012
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

There are a large number of great time wasters out in the world, including Angry Birds and Air Control, an app for Android which I reviewed very recently. However, while Air Control might be a fairly challenging game, it still isn’t quite as challenging for your brain. For a better challenge which could frustrate you because of the simplicity of some of the puzzles, you may want to check out the increasingly popular “100 Floors” game!

22-10-2012
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

Product Reviews

System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

As an avid user of Linux, I’ve been very interested in laptops specifically built to operate Linux, as my own laptop had a few minor issues that were never resolved. This high interest led us to buy a 15.6-inch System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. We’re giving away a brand new one of these brilliant laptops designed to optimally run Linux worth almost $1000 to one very lucky reader! Read our review to find out more about this System76 laptop and then join our giveaway to be in the running.

22-10-2012
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway
Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Android

Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Air traffic controllers have some of the most important jobs out there — without the passengers even noticing, they route any plane you fly on through the sea of other planes in the air. It’s thanks to them that planes don’t crash into each other mid-flight, and they’re often put under a lot of stress with the amount of planes they’re responsible for at a time. To better understand what they have to go through, there’s a game available for Android devices where you can test your own skills at controlling the skies.

20-10-2012
Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]
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