Perform microsurgery on your friends and family in this fun game that brings back memories of old-school arcade games. You play as Dr. Awesome, a young doctor just getting his feet wet in the OR. The game uses your iPhone contact list for the patients you will need to operate on to remove several virus strains. The gameplay is much like the arcade classic Qix in which you move your icon to capture sections of the gameplay screen in an effort to capture a set percentage of the entire screen. In Dr. Awesome you need to cut away (or capture) … Read more
Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, maybe it's time to let Santa know he can always get you a gift certificate to the iTunes store so you can buy more apps! While there are plenty of great free offerings available, I've come across a couple of fun games in the paid section that might be perfect as a stocking stuffer. But just so you have something to download today, I discovered a great free game for those who don't want to fork over their hard cold cash.
Note: this site is in private beta, although you can get an invite with the link at the bottom of the post.
In a time when most people spend eight hours a day (or more) with their fingers on a keyboard, a service called JamLegend wants you to spend a few more. It turns your average, everyday keyboard into a virtual electric guitar. Think of it as Guitar Hero, without the need for special hardware or software.
To play songs, you just hit the right note at the right time, which just like Guitar Hero or Rock Band requires holding the corresponding notes and strumming with the Enter key. The site suggests two ways to play--either a "chill" mode that looks like you're typing into an Excel spreadsheet (good for playing at work) or the "jam" style where you hold your keyboard like a guitar and use the function keys like you would frets.
The jam style takes some getting used to, but is a far more satisfying way to play, and Guitar Hero or Rock Band enthusiasts will feel right at home, although depending on your keyboard it's a little more cramped.
The real power of the site is in the collection of songs and the integrated social experience that lets you play with and against your friends. Unlike the console titles that limit you to a selection of licensed music from big-name bands, the songs on JamLegend are indie. That doesn't mean they're bad though; in fact most of the songs I played would be far more fun to play than some of the B-side tracks that fill out the set list on the console games.… Read more
The best inventions fill a need most people overlook--like that most fundamental human need not to be wracked by painful seat belt chafing.
Suffer no more, my friends. Now there's the Tiddy Bear Comfort Strap.
As the video commercial on the Web site points out, "That's "T-I-D-D-Y Bear." You know, in case you thought they were saying something else.
It's a cute little plush bear that snaps onto the shoulder strap of your seat belt to cushion your shoulder or, um, chesticular area.
I'm not sure if this decreases the actual … Read more
Many love the new "awesome bar" in Firefox 3? It reads your mind and guesses what URL you're trying to get to. But sometimes it can be overwhelming. Here's a quick tip to limit the number of suggestions from the "awesome bar." You can watch the video for this tip at CNET TV then come back here for the written instruction.
Type in about:config into the address bar and press Enter.
Press the "I''ll be carefull. I promise!" button.
And mean it. Don't just mess around in there. You … Read more
Don't love the new "awesome bar" in Firefox 3? It knows your history and your bookmarks and it's so pretty, but it's not for everyone. Here's a quick tip to get the old Firefox 2 address bar back in Firefox 3. You can see this tip in action at CNET TV.
Go to addons.mozilla.org and get the oldbar 1.2 add-on.
Add it to Firefox.
Close the browser and restart.
You should see the address bar you've come to know and love. And if you ever get the urge to live … Read more
The Firefox 3 honeymoon is over.
It is indeed awesome, but it could use a little tweaking to keep your surfing a high-speed affair, right? You're in luck, because there are some easy tweaks.
The other day, we pointed you toward how to get rid of the updated address bar's new features completely, but why not just tweak what you see, instead? Here are some tips to bail you out.
1. Control how many listings you're getting. The default number of sites that show up on the Smart Location Bar, or "awesome bar," of the … Read more
That's great, but what if you frequently visit a Web site, that's perfectly healthy, and you'd rather not let people know that you visit that site if they're borrowing your computer for a minute?
Thanks to wickednix for sending us this tip. You can see this tip in action at CNET TV.
In the "awesome bar," type "about:config".
Go ahead and agree that you'll be … Read more
Officially known as the Smart Location Bar, it has earned a mixed reputation by suggesting 12 bookmarks and URLs of previously visited sites as the user types keywords into the URL field. If you're one of those users clamoring for an option to silence the 'helpful' new feature in Firefox 3, released on Tuesday, look no further than this Quick Tip video. CNET Editor Tom Merritt, working off a user tip, demonstrates how it's done.… Read more
There's no better way to incur user wrath than to change one of the fundamental features of a product. Apple's been doing it for years with each revision, usually prompting a positive cheer from most while alienating a certain margin of its fervent user base that vows to never buy or use the product again. Browser maker Mozilla is not without its own minority that appears to be up in arms about the updated address bar.
The Smart Location Bar, dubbed the "awesome bar" by the company, drops in a mix of your bookmarks and browser … Read more