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The tablet’s rise has predictably led to a diversification of the devices available. Display sizes now ranges between seven to eighteen inches, and everything in between. Consumers are certainly spoiled for choice. Most people, however, end up looking at a device between seven and ten inches. Here, too, there’s plenty of variety, including tablets that have just an inch of difference between them and are otherwise very similar. Does an inch really make a difference, or is it a trivial non-issue? Let’s take a look.
Amazon’s Prime membership has been around for several years now and has, over the years, gained some notable upgrades. Once no more than a free shipping offer, Prime is now a streaming media service on par with Netflix and a digital library, too. Many people will find themselves staring at the $79 fee and wondering – is this really worth it? Or will I be flushing 80 bucks down the drain? Let’s take a closer look.
Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using voice to command a device is also partly to blame. Users often assume Siri isn’t good for much more than finding directions or calling contacts. That couldn’t be further from the truth – here are ten lesser-known commands to show you why.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter has a reputation for providing expansive support for third-party portals into the service. Though that support has wavered at times, there’s still a number of Twitter apps (including an official one) available for the iPad, and they all have access to the same information. That may lead you to think there’s not a lot of difference between them, but you’d be wrong. Let’s take a closer look at five popular Twitter clients for the iPad and see what separates the best from the rest.
The potential for gesture recognition seems massive, but so far, it’s also an unknown. How should developers create apps for it, what’s the best hardware, and how should the feature be standardized? These important questions are up in the air, so several companies are trying to answer them. Let’s take a look at the front-runners.
Most games are a test of skill. You either face the game itself, or other players, and in either case your ability to interact with and manipulate the game ultimately determines success or failure. Or that’s the idea, at least. Reality is a bit different. While skill is indeed the most important factor, it’s not the only one. The equipment a gamer has can make him more or less effective, and that might in turn make the difference between victory and defeat. Not all devices are equally advantageous, however; here are some of the most useful.
You may have dreamed of launching your own spacecraft, but felt it was solidly a dream, not something you’d ever be able to do. Most of us aren’t rocket scientists, or scientists of any stripe, so we can’t do much expect look at the stars and wonder. Rockets and satellites cost millions of dollars – far more than most individuals can afford. But is this how space exploration must work? One project on Kickstarter, Pocket Spacecraft, thinks the answer is a definitive “no.”
The arcade shooter is a style of game that I love, but which went out of fashion in the last decade as improved hardware led most developers to embrace the immersion of a first-person or third-person perspective. Fortunately, the constraints of mobile hardware have caused resurgence in the genre, and there’s a hoard of titles to choose from. Perhaps too many, as with tower defense, picking out the really great games from the schlock isn’t easy. That’s why I’ve rounded up the five absolute must-play arcade shooters for iOS.
Computer games are complex beasts. Though their gameplay is often similar to what’s found on a console, the flexibility of the PC platform allows for fine-detail control not possible on other platforms. Games built for a computer will have a buffet of graphics options that can be adjusted to create an amazing visual experience. But […]
Laptops, desktops and tablets are ultimately trivial items that can be replaced and hold little value, but the same might not be true of the data they contain. Losing a project you’ve worked years on because of a fire or flood would just be salt in the wound and could even disrupt your livelihood. Fortunately, there are some ways to prepare for the unthinkable, be it a personal tragedy or a natural disaster.
There may be times, however, where you want something different from the indie norm. A game that follows indie values, yet is made with the quality that top-shelf AAA games are known for. Titles like this are rare because games with stunning graphics, good sound design and solid content are expensive to make, but a small group of indie developers have managed to create top-notch titles on a shoestring budget.
Anyone who’s made a purchase online has had a nightmare about identity theft. Though uncommon, the problem can cause serious financial harm, and victims sometimes don’t even know they’ve become a target. BitDefender Safepay, currently in beta, guards against these threats by providing a secure browsing environment safe from both malware and attacks on unsecured WiFi. Anyone can download the software for free and begin using it immediately, so let’s take a closer look.
Computing and environmentalism are difficult to reconcile. While computers theoretically allow for a paperless society and reduced use of physical goods, these potential benefits have yet to be widely embraced. As a result, computers seem to be a negative impact; they require a lot of resources to create, some of them relatively rare, and they’re very difficult to recycle. There are some ways to be more responsible with your choices, however.
Each Kickstarter is its own drama representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will it become a media sensation? It’s impossible to know before the money starts flooding in – or doesn’t. So pop some popcorn and grab your mouse. We’ve got some Kickstarters to watch.
Do an image search for “home theater” and you’ll see photo after photo of huge, lavish theaters with seating for up to twenty (or more!) and giant screens. These ideals are every tech geek’s dream, but let’s face it; most of us don’t have the money or space. Instead, home theaters are usually placed in living rooms or, if you’re lucky, a small bedroom or office dedicated to entertainment.