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Contrary to popular belief, video games aren’t a useless form of entertainment responsible for sucking precious time away from children and adults alike. Even generic first-person shooters such as the Call Of Duty titles could, in theory, help develop hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and teamwork. And there are plenty of other titles that offer similar unseen opportunities for mental growth. What follows are six educational console games that parents can buy for their offspring and be safe in the knowledge that there is an educational element embedded somewhere in the gameplay.
One of the reasons for struggling with diets is the amount of work it takes organizing a diet that will help make you slim and healthy while providing some respite from the continual grind of calorie-counting and workouts. Which is where Eat This Much enters stage left, with its “auto-magic” meal plan and multitude of customization options.
The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn’t become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged to give normal people something to actually do online. What did the Internet look like to people in the early 1990s when the vast majority had likely never even heard of it, let alone used it. For the purposes of both education and entertainment we can travel back in time to 1995 (or thereabouts). And it’s all thanks to the power of YouTube.
One new iPhone is going for gold, the other is going cheap. And Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave. We want to know, Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? You can, of course, also tell us if you’re not interested in buying either. But we want to know the why and wherefore beyond just a simple Yes or No.
We asked you, Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room For Another Mobile OS? We had a healthy response to this question, with dozens of you chiming in with your verdict on whether Android and iOS, the aforementioned operating systems, have the market sewn up, or are instead ripe to be taken down a peg or two by a young pretender to the throne.
Before the original Game Boy arrived on the scene as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, all eager gamers had to play while out of the house were handheld electronic games that came as part of a single unit. There was no swapping games in and out, you bought the unit, and you were stuck playing that game until such time as you (or, more likely, your parents) bought a replacement. I don’t particularly miss those days, but because they happened during my childhood I have an occasional yearning to revisit them for a dose of nostalgia. Which is where a website called Pica Pic proves its worth.
With so many people owning smartphones, and their constant desire to upgrade to a better model, it’s no wonder that more manufacturers are trying to get a foothold on the bottom rung of the ladder. But is it too late? Have Google and Apple pulled up that ladder behind them to ensure it’s a one-on-one fight for dominance rather than a free-for-all brawl?
Lots of people like to “Like” things. I am of course referring to the Facebook Like, which has become a simple shortcut to stamping your approval on something. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fictional characters on Facebook. These are public figures who are so beloved by the general public they’ve managed to rack up millions of Facebook Likes. And yet none of them actually exist in the real world. Who are these people?
We asked you, Print Vs. Digital: What Is The Future For News? This question elicited a rather disappointing response, with just a handful of interested parties choosing to have their say on the issue. Still, those good people who did get involved generally had lots to say on the matter. The picture that emerged from the comments is one where print media is revered but is almost certain to be heading for destruction.
I regularly attend pub quizzes. Not only do these make sure I’m putting my brain to the test on a regular basis, the socializing is good for my sanity, and there’s beer available literally on tap. Unfortunately I cannot attend a pub quiz every night of the week, because I’d be both broke and an alcoholic. Thankfully there are plenty of alternative ways to quiz online, including a new Spotify app called Mr. Quizter.
Video games are an older form of entertainment than many people realize. They can be traced all the way back to 1947 when a patent for the “Cathode ray tube Amusement Device” was filed. Then came Spacewar! in 1961, Pong in 1972, and Space Invaders in 1978. From that moment on video games have enjoyed […]
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Internet retail giant Amazon, has bought The Washington Post for $250 million. This makes Bezos, a leading light in the digital, online world thanks to his disrupting of the bricks-and-mortar order of things, a press baron who single-handedly owns a famous newspaper. A print newspaper. These are the worlds of old media and new media colliding in spectacular fashion, once again raising the debate over where the future of news lies.
Figures don’t lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it’s important to make sure all of those Google users are utilizing all that Google has to offer when it comes to its search engine. Everyone knows how to conduct a normal search by typing some words and/or a phrase into the box provided and following the links that emerge from the overcrowded fog. But Google Search offers a lot more than just the basics.
Last week, we asked you, What Would You Ban From The Internet? It’s impossible to completely eradicate something from existence, so this was more about what you would block people from doing or seeing online. In other words, if you were in charge of, well, everything, you would institute laws against these things. The discussion generated a high number of comments and a healthy debate.
It’s extremely interesting to chart the history of your favorite website(s) from their origin point, all the way through their existence, and right up until the present day. And it’s entirely feasible too thanks to just a few key resources. In other words, time travel is entirely possible, as long as you only travel within the confines of the Internet.