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FIFA 14 by EA Sports review

With its clever controls and amazing gameplay, FIFA 14 by EA Sports brings a delightful gaming experience to football fans. You'll love the detailed graphics, the fluid animations, and the faithfulness with which players and teams are depicted; but to avoid performance issues you need a tablet with a fast CPU and plenty of RAM.

Pros

Outstanding graphics and animations: FIFA 14 by EA Sports looks fantastic on a tablet. The stadiums, the pitch, and the players all look highly realistic, having been modeled after their real-life counterparts. Also, the app interface as a whole makes a positive impression … Read more

Hey, boss, 12 percent will watch March Madness in meetings

We have come to that time of year when a group of possibly inebriated, supposed experts decides which colleges will send their teams to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

This cultural beauty pageant is branded on American hearts like few other events. You may not know where Butler University actually is, but you wrap your arms around it, as if your own child was on the team.

This causes problems for industrial productivity and personal gadgetry.

Sports have always been more important than work. Therefore, workers are more likely to watch sporting events that happen to occur during working hours.

Indeed, … Read more

Yahoo to require Yahoo ID; no more Facebook or Google logins

Yahoo has begun the gradual phase-out of letting people access certain services with their Facebook or Google logins. Now, to sign into all services, users will need a Yahoo ID.

The first service to stop allowing other login credentials was Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em up; and soon services like Flickr and Fantasy Sports will also require a Yahoo ID.

"Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience, which includes our sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em," a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a … Read more

Alex on: Honesty

I don't like liars. Actually, I may like some liars, but that's because they lie convincingly enough that I haven't detected they're 90 percent bum water. So let me start again -- I don't like bad liars. They want you to think so much of them, yet use so much creative energy formulating utter tosh that I wonder whether or not they'd be far better off putting it in to something more productive. Like basket weaving. Or crochet.

Either way, a bad fib is poor form in the same way that "forgetting" … Read more

How Sports Illustrated shot Kate Upton in a bikini and zero gravity

As the father of a young girl, I'm a little less enthusiastic about Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue today than I was as a 14-year-old boy. But I did take interest this year to learn that model Kate Upton was asked to go beyond our already ridiculous cultural expectations for beauty and go entirely weightless.

Actually, this is worth putting aside my parental indignation for a second to clarify that I'm not referring to extreme dieting or airbrushing, but instead a parabolic flight where Upton was photographed in the padded interior of a modified Boeing 727 in simulated zero gravity and lunar gravity conditions. … Read more

Get in the games with top apps for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Now that Bruno Bowl 2014 is over, it's time to turn our attention to the Winter Olympics. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kick off this week in Russia, and you can follow the action with these apps. Keep tabs on your favorite athletes and events from anywhere.

NBC Olympics Highlights

Get the latest news, video highlights, previews, and in-depth stories with this app for iOS and Android. You'll find the live-stream schedule, TV listings, and results all in one place, from NBC, the official network for this year's event.

Visa 360 Cam

Ever wonder what the … Read more

Microsoft's Super Bowl ad might make you cry (in a good way)

The greatest struggle for Microsoft over many years has been to imbue the brand with some deep human values.

All too often, its consumer advertising has lurched from the mundane to the half-witted.

However, for the Super Bowl, the company has created an ad that is both moving and uplifting and presents its role in a hearteningly innovative light. It will surely incite a sniffle or two. A good sniffle, that is.

The ad is voiced by former NFL safety Steve Gleason, who now suffers from ALS. Microsoft has already created a longer ad featuring him (video below).

But here … Read more

The apps you'll want for Sunday's big game

While Super Bowl attendees fight frostbite in New York, most other Americans will be watching the game on comfy couches, with their phones or tablets in hand.

Checking player stats, following Twitter hash tags, and smack-talking the other team on Facebook are all standard practice, but multitasking doesn't have to stop there. Here are a few more apps to add to your home screen during the Big Game.

Get your game on: FanCake Once you start FanCake-ing, it's hard to stop. Before the game, users make predictions, like who will win, which player will get the most yardage, … Read more

Ellen DeGeneres reveals Beats Music Super Bowl spot (featuring her)

I hardly slept all night, for fear I'd miss the big reveal.

No, not the live-cam of Atlanta's streets slowly melting. This was far more important. Ellen DeGeneres would be revealing her new Beats Music Super Bowl ad. Yes, on her show.

I know that Super Bowl ads aren't supposed to be revealed until the game itself. But that's so analog.

In any case, as you know, Thursday was DeGeneres' birthday, so she can do what she wants. So she did.

In this opus, Ellen doesn't pretend to be cool (I hope). Instead, she is … Read more

VW uses algorithm to create perfect Super Bowl ad

Please take a look at America, America.

This is who you are, what you are, and how you want to be seen. On Super Bowl Sunday, that is.

Volkswagen isn't entirely confident that it can spontaneously muster up true Super Bowl Americana. So it got its engineering minds together to create an algorithm that could create the perfect Super Bowl teaser spot.

It is, in truth, one of the greatest Super Bowl teaser spots ever made.

Everything is here.

Groin hits and Carmen Electra. Babies and puppies. Burgers, bikinis, and muscle men, hashtags and strange costumes galore.

There's … Read more