As most teenagers know, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in movie theaters tomorrow. Just in time for the release, Lionsgate and Reliance Games have unveiled a movie tie-in for smartphones and tablets.
The game, fittingly, is an endless runner in the style of Temple Run, but with lots of power-ups, some social elements, and at least a few "Hunger Games"-oriented challenges.
You start by choosing a male or female character. Seconds later, you're off and running, an angry … Read more
Does death disrupt your day?
By "your day," I of course mean your Facebook news feed, the place where all news happens and all feelings are expressed.
Some people feel that remembering those they loved doesn't quite harmonize with cat videos, political diatribes, and news of the latest boyfriend, job, or date.
So on Thursday they launched Sanctri, an app that gives bereaved Facebookers their own area for grief, sorrow, and remembrance.
Four million Facebook users will die this year. And Sanctri's co-founder, Jono Milner, believes: "When someone passes away, we don't know how to deal with it on Facebook."… Read more
Google likes Web apps, but one area where native software remains dominant is programming tools. A Google project called Spark that came to light Thursday could change that.
Spark is a Web-based IDE (integrated development environment) that runs in a browser for developers writing Chrome apps, according to Google's Francois Beaufort, who tracks Chrome developments closely. That means, among other things, that Chromebook coders would have a way to be productive without having to move to a Windows, Mac, or Linux box.
"This is still the very beginning," Beaufort said on Google+. "There's not much … Read more
Google announced an update on Wednesday for its Translate app for Android that promises faster speech translation, support for more languages, and an updated user interface.
Perhaps the most attractive portion of the update is the ability for people who speak different languages to have a real-time translated conversation. The translation process involves touching the app's microphone and rotating the screen to switch between the languages.
A Google demonstration of the new feature in action:
The update adds support for Hebrew, Javanese, and Esperanto to the app's handwriting feature, allowing users to write a word or character they … Read more
Who knows what Apple's app designers were thinking when they crafted Find My Friends to look like a leather glove, complete with stitching.
With the arrival of iOS 7, all of the core apps (and most of the optional ones) got a much-ballyhooed "flat" redesign -- except for Find My Friends. It remained, to many, the ugly odd-app-out.
Well, today it's ugly no more. Apple just pushed out Find My Friends 3.0, which has no major new features but an entirely new appearance. The orange-hued icon meshes well with other iOS 7 apps, while the … Read more
The Apple Store app is open for business on iPads.
Released on Wednesday, Apple Store for iPad delivers a full-screen experience for people who want to go Apple picking via their tablets. The app delivers high-resolution images of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products, and lets you tap, swipe, and pinch to browse and buy Apple products.
A menu at the top displays the product categories. It quickly disappears as you shop the virtual aisles, but you can retrieve the menu easily by swiping down from the top. As with the iPhone app, you can search for specific items, … Read more
Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving or are an old [chef's] hat, entertaining on T-Day is often fraught with fires, both literal and figurative. What should you prepare? Which wine should you serve? How should you get the word out? What are some good conversation topics? Which games can you play to de-stress, and how can you keep tabs on the big games during the big feast?
OK, we sense your anxiety. But before you grab another Xanax and call your mother or mother-in-law for cooking advice, try out these 10 lightweight, highly rated apps, guaranteed to keep … Read more
Sometimes, my inbox is full of exciting news.
An ex has got married, divorced, or drunk. A disliked ex-colleague has been arrested for bigamy.
But Tuesday, it was like my own personal edition of Star magazine.
I could barely contain myself on learning that Kim Kardashian has given her name, voice, body, and soul to a new video game called Stardom.
This is a follow-up to Glu Mobile's "Inferno,&… Read more