Loops review

Bonfire's Loops: The Ultimate Dots Game is fast, free, and fun to play, but it's about half ads, too. The game's object is easy: Swipe two or more connected dots to remove them from the board. Swipe a loop of four or more dots to score big. Remove as many dots as you can in 60 seconds to win.


Fast fingers: Loops is all about fast action and reaction, and you don't have time to study the board; you've got dots to clear STAT.

Timed play: The time limit makes Loops great for a … Read more

Boost your PC with Wise Game Booster

You don't need a supercharged PC to run high-demand games. Wise Game Booster will speed up your computer's gaming performance with the touch of a button. It's a little too powerful for rookie users, but the ability to change or modify how it closes programs makes it a worthwhile download.

Though the program claims to boost game performance, it really just optimizes RAM and processing speed. More often than not, this means shutting down any open programs and stray processes. If you're not careful, that could mean closing Word or another program when you haven't … Read more

Tap into your inner sorority girl with Tap Campus Life

Relive your college years in a sorority with Tap Campus Life. The object of the game is to throw parties for the most popular of guests, and along the way you get to design different aspects of the party, including the outfit you wear and the house you throw the party in on campus.

At the game's start, you're asked to pick out your character's hair, eye, and lip color, and assign a name and birth sign. After we made our selections, it was time to design our house. We were limited in our selections because we … Read more

Comic commander

It used to be the case that you had to go to a lot of trouble if you wanted to read comics that weren't carried by your local newspaper. The Internet has changed all that, of course, and Comical lets you access comics from all over the Web in a format that's almost as easy to use as the funny papers.

Comical's interface is plain and intuitive, with a list of available comics down the left side and a handful of menus across the top. Users simply double-click on the desired comic and Comical downloads and displays … Read more

Challenging puzzle

Jewel Twist offers a challenging puzzle that will hook any Tetris lover. Based on various symbols and shapes, this is a fast-paced matching game anyone can pick up.

The program's interface is professionally laid out, and the graphics seem top-notch, which makes this game immediately pleasant and easy to understand. We were able to choose various game board shapes, which was one way of controlling how hard or easy we wanted each game to be. The game itself consists of dozens of tiny symbols (dollar bills, hearts, diamonds, squares, and others) stacked one upon another. You score points by … Read more

The season of security

The year 2010 may still officially be some months away, but that's not stopping security vendors from releasing major 2010 software upgrades to their antivirus apps and security suites. Just this week, Check Point Software released ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2010 and ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. What's the difference? The former is a complete suite with the familiar ZoneAlarm firewall, plus antivirus, antispyware, and parental controls. It costs $50. The latter lays on extra padding with Web browsing protection, antiphishing technology, and backup and system tune-up tools. It costs $70 for the complete set. How did the apps do? Read … Read more

Is the iPod Touch cannibalizing iPhone sales?

It looks like the iPod's still got a bit of life left. It may no longer be the main driver of innovation at Apple, but the company sold 22.7 million iPods during its fiscal first quarter. That's up 3 percent from the same period last year, although a much slower rate of growth than in previous years. Still, it's growth nonetheless. Not only did Apple beat expectations but the results reported Wednesday also marked an all-time quarterly sales record for its iconic MP3 player.

Meanwhile, iPhone sales actually fell from the previous quarter, from 6.9 … Read more