Cross Car Chung is a simple, free 3D driving and flight simulation by Nguyen Chung. It's written in compiled FreeBASIC using gui_chung and OpenGL. It lets you simulate a cross-country drive over a variety of types of terrain as well as other forms of locomotion, from foot to jet. You can configure lots of options, such as the height of the grass and number of animals, and save and load your settings. It includes maps based on real satellite topographical data for England, France, Israel, and other countries. While hardly the most realistic 3D sim you can find, it'… Read more
It wasn't the first convertible crossover to reach production, but I was hoping that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet would be the last. Unfortunately, Land Rover will also be peeling back the top of its own Range Rover Evoque crossover at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show next week.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will feature a power retractable cloth top with a glass rear window pane. A Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) protects passengers in the event of a rollover by instantaneously popping up roll hoops behind the rear passengers when the vehicle senses that it's about to roll. … Read more
The built-in Windows screen capture tool is pretty basic, and for that reason there is a plethora of programs that let users customize the way they take screenshots and what they do with the resulting images. CrossGL SnapDraw is one of the more comprehensive options we've seen. Casual users of screen capture tools will likely find the program to be a little much, but users who need options to annotate and edit their screenshots will appreciate the program's many features.
The first thing that CrossGL SnapDraw wanted us to do was configure the keyboard shortcut that we wanted … Read more
You either love this thing, or go away shaking your head.
The Murano CrossCabriolet has "Real Housewives of Orange County" written all over its tall, pudgy rump. But if you've always wanted your crossover with a splash of sun and wind in your hair, this may be your ride. Brian Cooley takes you for a drive to check the tech.
Also, check out CNET's full review of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. … Read more
Bike Baron is a stunt bike game for both iPhone and iPad that might be the best we've seen yet for iOS. Made by an all-star developer team with folks from the groups that made Minigore, Death Rally, and Aqua Globs, this well-designed game really shines. Even the musical score is from the same person that made the music for Angry Birds. In other words, there's a lot of talent behind this game.
Unlike many of the games in this genre, you get just one set of controls for Bike Baron: arrows for tilting on the left and … Read more
Xtreme Wheels is a stunt bike racing game that offers nice-looking graphics (with one extremely notable exception), but it's still somewhat lacking. You get a few options for controls, but like most games of this type, gas and brake will always be on the right. On the left, you get the option to use a slider, arrow buttons, or you can use the accelerometer to tilt. The controls feel solid mostly, making you feel in control as you navigate past obstacles.
The graphics in Xtreme Wheels look great mostly, with one very noticeable problem (at least in our testing). … Read more
MotoTrialz is a side-scrolling stunt bike game that's a fairly good remake of the game Trials, but it's not the best in the genre. Like other games of this type, you're challenged with riding a motorcycle over several obstacles in the least amount of time possible. You have a couple of different options for controlling your bike in MotoTrialz: you have gas and braking buttons on the right and you can choose between a slider on the left or the accelerometer for tilting your bike. You'll need to pick one and get comfortable quickly; these stunt … Read more
Are you the type of gamer who likes to get the perfect run before moving on to the next level? If so, then stunt bike games are for you. This collection of games challenges you to navigate past obstacles, avoid exploding barrels, and make death defying jumps--all while trying to get the best time possible.
This week's collection of iOS apps are all stunt bike games. The first gives you a wide view of the track so you know what's coming up. The second offers smoother graphics, and some nice effects that add to the game. The third … Read more
Scrabble for iPad is a faithful adaptation of that classic board game much beloved by logophiles, with tons of cool extras and several easy options for multiplayer games.
What Scrabble for iPad does best is simulate the look, feel, and even sound of the original game, with sharp HD graphics, gratifying sound effects (letter tiles pop into place with a subtle click), and an interface that will put Scrabble-lovers right at home, including a virtual tile rack that lets you rearrange letters. (And in party play mode, individual players can even use their iPhones and iPod Touches with the free … Read more
The legal spat between Apple and Samsung that has stretched around the world took on additional weight this week, with a new claim lodged against Apple by Samsung in Australia.
Bloomberg reports that Samsung this week went ahead with plans to file a cross claim with a federal court in Australia that takes aim at Apple's iPhone and iPad for infringing on seven wireless patents it holds. The claim also aims to invalidate patents held by Apple that have been used against the company, Bloomberg said.