Risk for iPhone: Global conquest in the palm of your hand

When I think of Risk, the board game, I think of sitting around a table with a bunch of buddies, arguing loudly, cursing dice-rolls, and just generally being aggravated for several hours.

Risk: The Official Game for iPhone, iPod, and iPad offers a wholly different experience--and that's not at all a bad thing.

For one thing, it gives you the opportunity to play solo, something you can't do with the board game. You can declare war on two-five AI opponents and choose between three difficulty levels.

On the multiplayer side, Risk lets you "pass and play" … Read more

Google Apps gets a government version

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Google says its ready to offer its online office suite to the U.S. government.

At a press briefing here at its headquarters, Google announced a new version of its Apps suite designed specifically for government customers. This tier will be sold alongside the existing version of Google Apps and priced the same as the company's premiere license--$50 per user, per year.

Google Apps for Government features all the same applications that can be found in other versions but comes with a higher level of security, which Google says meets the requirements set forth by … Read more

New iMac, iLife coming soon?

The 27-inch iMac is playing hard to get for some customers, which could mean that an updated version of the desktop Mac is on its way.

MacRumors reports that at several Apple stores, some models of iMacs are no longer available for in-store reservation and pick-up, suggesting that Apple has let the supply run out. It follows a rumor last week that Apple is gearing up to introduce a fresh update to the all-in-one desktop. Apple hasn't released a new iMac since October 2009.

Apple could be unveiling a new wide-screen (16:9) Cinema Display soon as well, according … Read more

Weekly Troubleshooting Utilities Update

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.… Read more

Last chance to vote for the CNET 100

For the last two weeks, 10 CNET personalities published their 10 favorite iPhone apps, while you voted on your favorites from the bunch. We call it the CNET 100.

Well, friends, we're rapidly nearing decision time. We'll give you one final shot to vote for your favorite of our favorite iPhone apps.

Tune back in on Wednesday, July 28, to see the top 10 favorite iPhone apps in order of popularity, and according to you.

Kent German's picks

Nicole Lee's picks

Jasmine France's picks

Eric Franklin's picks

Donald Bell's picks

Jason Parker's … Read more

Brian Tong's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for the past 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love have published slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. Today marks the tenth and final of these posts. Next week, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

You want an Apple expert's 10 iPhone app picks? You get an Apple expert's 10 app picks. CNET TV Editor Brian Tong, host of CNET's Apple Byte show, turns up everywhere, from radio, to television to CNET's own podcasts. … Read more

Free to-do lists and mining for minerals: iPhone apps of the week

In a Q3 earnings call on Tuesday, Apple said third-quarter profits rose more than 77 percent largely from the success of the iPad and iPhone 4--probably not a big surprise for anyone. But the more shocking announcement (in my eyes) is that Apple set a record for the most Macs they've ever sold in a quarter with 3.47 million.

Obviously, I've always been a big fan of Mac computers, but I guess with the emergence of handheld devices like the iPad, iPod, and iPhone, I figured Apple's desktop and laptop business would not be as strong as it once was. Perhaps all these new iPhone users are deciding to give Apple computers a try. Whatever the case is, I'm glad to hear Mac computers are still selling well.

If you're one of the people who recently picked up a Mac (apparently there are quite a few of you), check out our Mac Starter Kit for some must-have software you can download right away.

If you're an iPhone user, make sure to come back and check out this week's apps, which include a simple free to-do list app and a platform game that challenges you to dig deep into the depths of dangerous mines.… Read more

Android Atlas Weekly 8: All about Android tablets (podcast)

The Droid X is rooted, the Nexus One is done, and we dive deep into Android tablets with Senior Editor Donald Bell. We also take a brief look at Agenda Widget and cover a tip on how to retain Bluetooth connectivity while in Airplane mode.

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Secunia: Apple software has the most holes

A new report from security software provider Secunia shows that despite considerable security investments, the software industry at large is unable to produce software with substantially fewer vulnerabilities.

The latest data shows that Apple has surpassed Oracle and even Microsoft with accounting for the most software vulnerabilities, though the No. 1 ranking is related only to the number of vulnerabilities--not to how risky they are or how fast they get patched.

This analysis also supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities--with Apple (maker of iTunes and QuickTime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), … Read more

Updated Google Voice dials faster on Android, BlackBerry

Not all smartphone apps for the Google Voice service are created equal, as we discovered back in September, 2009, when we put each through its paces on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android phones.

On Thursday, Google updated its Google Voice apps for Android--our hands-down winner--and BlackBerry, the runner up. (If you must know, we declared the iPhone experience to be "a load of crap.")

A modest enhancement to Google Voice on Android and BlackBerry tweaks the back-end calling mechanism to make dialing a faster process when you call out. Though there's no real change to the feature set … Read more