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Talking Tom Cat review

Talking Tom features an animated cat that you can pet, poke, feed, and get to repeat the things you say in a silly, distorted voice. While this app can theoretically be used in Child or Adult mode, it's really something younger kids will have the most fun with.

Pros

Good animation: The animation and sound effects in this app are great. Tom is kind of a silly looking cat, but that's perfect for this program. He sneezes, yawns, and purrs, and reacts to your petting by doing a little dance, all of which are fun reactions to elicit.… Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 review

Talking Tom Cat 2 features the same animated cat found in the original Talking Tom app, but with some new twists and features. Like the original app, this one is much more fun for kids than adults, even though there is an option to turn off Child Mode.

Pros

The dog: In this version, Tom is tormented by a jokester of a dog who does things like pop a paper bag behind him to make him jump, or whack him in the face with a pillow. The dog is definitely a fun addition and gives the game a little more … Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 review

Talking Tom Cat 2 comes with the same features as the free version, including an apartment setting, new actions and animations, an in-game currency you can use to unlock items from a built-in apparel and accessories store, and an antagonist for Tom, in the form of a portly dog called Ben. If you find the ads of the free version distracting, you'll no doubt be glad to hear that this version removes them.

Pros

Entertaining, replayable mini-game: Talking Tom Cat 2 features a mini-game in which you play as Tom, who must jump over gaps and collect coins before … Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 Free review

Talking Tom Cat 2 Free proves worthy of its popularity, featuring the eponymous hero in an apartment setting as well as wonderful new actions and animations, a fun game with a leaderboard, and an in-game currency you can use to unlock apparel for Tom and accessories for his apartment. The changes in this edition are entirely visual. The app's main attraction, the voice recognition feature, which makes Tom repeat everything you say in a funny voice, is as good as in the original.

Pros

Detailed, fluid graphics: Talking Tom Cat 2 Free comes with fine graphics that seem even … Read more

Talking Tom Cat review

Talking Tom Cat stands out as an entertaining interactive app, fun not only for children, but also for adults. It brings to your screen a shrewd Tom who can repeat everything you say, as well as perform various antics for your amusement. The appeal of this app lies in its delightful voice feature, wonderful animations, and nice graphics.

Pros

Accurate voice feature: Talking Tom Cat can repeat almost everything you say, even when you whisper it, and the great thing is that it's most fun when it fails to pick up some words.

Excellent interaction: Not only does Tom … Read more

Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)

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Even the MythBusters can't herd cats

"He's like, 'amateur.'"

That's MythBuster Adam Savage, speaking the straight-up truth as he translated a cat's interpretation of his attempts to herd eight uncooperative felines into a pen.

Can you herd cats? Well, as the phrase goes, doing so is among life's harder tasks. So Savage and his "MythBusters" co-host Jamie Hyneman attempted to find out whether it's possible. And their conclusion? Herding cats is like, well, herding cats.

The task? Get eight kitties into a big "cat corral." Difficult? You bet. Despite their best efforts, the two simply … Read more

Artist reimagines Spock, Sherlock, Time Lords, and Avengers as cats

Catvengers? Lokitty? Purrlock? Artist Jenny Parks reimagines beloved geek characters such as Avengers and Sherlock Holmes as cats.

"What I like to tell most people when they ask me the question of my inspiration is 'I just like cats,'" Parks told Crave. "I started drawing cat versions of people when I was 11 or 12, for the simple reason that I liked drawing animals much more than I liked drawing people. Years later, after I graduated from art school, I decided to have some fun and re-draw cat versions of all of the Doctors, which I first did when I was in high school, and was also years before the new series of 'Doctor Who' started in 2005."… Read more

Cat Tardis: Paws-itively perfect for your Doctor Mew

Humans aren't the only ones who can fly the Tardis. Remember Tom Baker's robot dog companion K-9? Well, now your cat can have fun napping in everyone's favorite blue police box from "Doctor Who" with this Tardis cat condo made by MonksHomefurnishings on Etsy.

The cat Tardis is custom-made from plywood and carpet, and is built to order. It stands 47 inches high, 18 inches wide, and 19 inches deep. There are three levels for the cat to sleep and play on. … Read more

The 404 1,414: Where a podcast is just a story we tell ourselves (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M.

- Here's how you can vastly increase the number of shows and movies viewable to you on Netflix.

- And who says eSports competitions aren't heated?

- The velociraptor cage from "Jurassic Park" is for sale on eBay.… Read more