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Google Earth review

Whether you want to view a lifelike rendering of your city or town, preview your next holiday destination, or explore a famous location, Google Maps brings you outstanding world maps with several layers of information that you can customize according to your needs. This is one of those great apps that you should definitely have on your device.

Pros

Many optional layers of information: Google Maps lets you customize which layers of information you want to see: Places, Businesses, Panoramic Photos, Wikipedia, Borders and Labels, Roads, 3D Buildings, and Ocean. The ability to customize them makes the app versatile and … Read more

Mozilla Thunderbird review

Mozilla Thunderbird offers a range of options for PC users without access to robust paid software like Microsoft Outlook. Allowing you to integrate multiple mailboxes with SMTP or POP protocols, Thunderbird is a lightweight, responsive piece of software that works well.

Pros

Open source and customizable: Because Thunderbird is developed by Mozilla, the group behind Firefox, it is more customizable than Outlook, a closed tool developed by Microsoft. At the same time, it offers all of the basics you need right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about highly complicated technical setup if you're … Read more

Mozilla Firefox for Mac review

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a Web browsing alternative that offers a full range of features to let you peruse your favorite sites with ease. This program offers all of the functionality you'd expect from a Web browser through a clean and familiar interface.

Pros

Site optimization: If you're looking for an alternative to Safari on your Mac, you may find that some sites load more quickly and function better through Firefox. Especially if you have trouble with certain sites you visit a lot in Safari or another browser, it may be worth it to try out Firefox … Read more

Angry Birds Go! review

Rovio's Angry Birds Go! brings you a hugely entertaining mobile racing experience that features a cast of 3D characters from one of the hottest mobile franchises out there. The game offers plenty of gaming modes and carts, but suffers from ads and an energy system that limits how much you can play. Still, if you're a gamer, you can't miss this one.

Pros

Great controls: Angry Birds Go! uses outstandingly straightforward controls, which boil down to steering your cart left and right while occasionally tapping a special powers button -- acceleration is automatic. The concept is so … Read more

See what happens when you combine Flappy Bird and 2048

The recent success of easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-master games like Flappy Bird and 2048 has made mobile developers rethink their strategy for creating a hit game. Some developers have taken the easy way out, making clones like Flappy Plane, Flappy Bee, and Smarcle Flyer. But other developers have simply combined the two games.

Flappy48

Flappy48's ease of use may trick you into thinking it's elementary. Not only are you juggling the tapping rhythm of Flappy Bird and the mental math of 2048, but you're also having to keep up with the strategy of Snake. Grab number boxes as … Read more

Snappy Bird review

Snappy Bird takes you on another endless flying adventure, as you have to strategically tap the screen to keep your bird away from obstacles. This is a no-frills version of the popular tapping games; and if you're up for the challenge, it's fun to see what lies ahead.

Pros

New world: If you're a fan of this type of game but want a new version to try, this is a good option. It provides the familiar mechanics but an unfamiliar set of challenges for you to overcome.

Minimal ads: The ads in this game are limited to … Read more

Forget Flappy Bird. We're all hooked on 2048

CNET Update is much loving Doge2048:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why 2048 is the new Flappy Bird, and say goodbye to productivity when you discover the parody game Doge2048. But if you want a game with more substance, check out "Papers, please," which won top honors at the Independent Games Festival.

- Know your Gmail is always encrypted, now that Google requires HTTPS.

- Gawk at the price of Samsung's 110-inch 4K television.

- Head to CNET on Tuesday to follow the live unveiling of the new HTC One smartphone.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

2048 is the new Flappy Bird in so many ways

Have you been feeling just a little bit too productive since Flappy Bird got pulled from the Google Play and Apple App stores?

Never fear, there's a new simple but addictive gaming sensation to fill that massive time-wasting vacuum until Flappy Bird's anticipated return.

2048, the creation of a 19-year-old Italian programmer named Gabriele Cirulli, showed up free and fully open-sourced on Github earlier this month. The game is Web-based, although a mobile site is also available, and plenty of unofficial ports for Android and other platforms have begun to pop up.

2048 could be loosely described as … Read more

Flappy Bird is coming back to the App Store

Good news. Or bad news, if you enjoyed quiet moments of solitude without your eyes fixed on pixelated pipes. The creator of the addictive mobile game Flappy Bird confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday that the game will eventually return to the App Store.

@painfullpacman Yes. But not soon.

— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) March 19, 2014

After the game's rapid media rise, seemingly out of nowhere, last month, Dong Nguyen, the game's 28-year-old developer, abruptly pulled the title from the iOS App and Google Play stores. The Vietnam-based developer apparently took the game down because he'd been hounded by … Read more

This Twitch Plays Pokemon-themed Flappy Bird clone might make the Internet implode

If you've ever wondered what it would be like for the Internet to fold in on itself, resulting in a massive fringe culture supernova bursting with the luminosity of a million memes feasting on one another, then look no more. Bird Jesus, a Twitch Plays Pokemon-themed Flappy Bird clone for iOS and Android, is the answer to our prayers, a mash-up of two of the weirdest, most unexplainable and organically popular Web phenomenons to ever grace the sites of mainstream news outlets.

To people who only casual monitor the happenings on the Web -- let alone the deeper, darker, … Read more