Samsung: iPad's bad, Surface is a joke, and Kindle's a swindle

For too long, tech manufacturers have mocked just one competitor at a time.

It allows for a little focus, but it becomes very monotonous.

Yes, Microsoft thinks the iPad's awful, Samsung thinks the iPhone's awful, and Amazon is sure the iPad's awful.

Someone at Samsung must have leaped out of bed recently and screamed: "I know! Why don't we say everyone else is awful?"

Here are the fruits of this thought. A new ad for the Samsung Galaxy Pro series of products proves beyond a reasonable doubt that everything else is garbage, trash, and … Read more

Valve's new Steam Machine controller keeps touch pads, adds face buttons (hands-on)

While the previous prototype for Valve's Steam Machine game controller looked functional enough, the lack of a traditional face button layout was troubling. With its latest iteration, Valve keeps the unique design of the haptic pads, while offering an immediately familiar button layout.

This new iteration gets both face buttons and Valve's version of a D-Pad. It's not really a D-Pad in the traditional sense, but more like four separate buttons for up, down, left, and right. I wouldn't exactly opt to play any fighting games with it.

The A, B, X, and Y buttons are … Read more

Ex Microsoft staffer arrested for allegedly stealing Win 8 trade secrets

Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft who most recently served as a director of product management in 5nine Software (according to his LinkedIn profile), has been arrested for allegedly stealing Windows-related trade secrets while working for Microsoft.

Kibkalo was arrested on Wednesday, according to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

According to a complaint filed on March 17 in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, Kibkalo -- a Russian national and former Microsoft employee based in Lebanon -- passed on trade secrets involving Windows 8 to an unnamed technology blogger in France.

Microsoft's … Read more

Dream League Soccer review

Dream League Soccer gives you the ability to put together your own soccer team, develop players, and compete against other teams. The graphics are good, the interface is intuitive and attractive, and the action is realistic. It's possible to win big in this league, but you'll have to put in the time and effort to get to the top.

The first thing you have to do when you start playing Dream League Soccer is to pick your team captain from a list of eight players. Tapping one of these players brings up their stats and ratings, so you … Read more

The Trendnet TEW-818DRU brings the cost of top Wi-Fi performance to a new low

The TEW-818DRU AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router is Trendnet's first in the increasingly popular crowd of AC1900 Wi-Fi routers. A little late to the game, but it turns out it's worth the wait.

In my testing, the Trendnet was among the three fastest routers on the market, with great range and an excellent Wi-Fi signal. On the downside, the router's USB ports didn't work well with portable drives, and there's no wall-mounting option.

In all, at the current street price of $180, the Trendnet TEW-818 is a formidable contender to the other best home wireless … Read more

Duolingo review

Duolingo gives you the option of learning French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English through a diverse set of lessons. This app features a quiz-type approach interspersed with tips and brief explanations to help you fully understand the material being covered. It is designed to be used a little bit every day, so you can pick up another language whenever you have a few free minutes.

To begin using Duolingo, you have to set up a free account with a username, password, and e-mail. Next, select the language you want to learn from the list of available options, and you'… Read more

QuizUp answers your need for pub-style trivia, minus the pub

QuizUp (Android | iOS) is a trivia game that tests your knowledge of TV show quotes, world geography, cooking, and hundreds other topics (433 to be exact, according to the developers). You can challenge random strangers, or go head to head with your Facebook or Google+ friends to earn more points and level up.

With an overwhelming number of topics, you're bound to find at least one that you can conquer, whether it's grammar and spelling or baseball and Disney movies. While it's much easier to battle against strangers, it's far more rewarding to challenge your friends, … Read more

DrawCast review

DrawCast gives you the tools to create your own unique artwork and share it with other users or on other social networks. You can also browse art created by others, follow them, and even watch an animation of their drawing being made. This is a great app, whether you enjoy making art, yourself, or just like seeing what other people can do.

When you open DrawCast, you'll find yourself on the main menu screen. In the upper left-hand corner there is a button that will take you to the drawing screen. But if you'd like to check out … Read more

Hackers transform EA Web page into Apple ID phishing scheme

Using some trickery, hackers were able to breach Electronic Arts' Web site and transform one of its pages into a bogus Apple log-in screen. Once users logged on to the fake site, they were prompted to input their credit card numbers, date of birth, and other personal information.

Security firm Netcraft discovered the breach and notified EA on Tuesday. The game maker told CNET that it investigated Netcraft's claims and as of Wednesday the phishing page is gone.

"We have found it, we have isolated it, and we are making sure such attempts are no longer possible," … Read more

Company Name Generator review

Company Name Generator creates names for your new company or product using combinations of letters that have not been used yet. When you use this tool, you'll wind up with a name that is available as a URL with at least one of the three most popular domain suffixes without having to spend all of your time searching through possibilities and checking them, individually.

This app is accessible through a super streamlined interface, with large, clear buttons labeled "Generate" and "Save." Just above those buttons are three smaller ones for .com, .net, and .org, which … Read more