Jetpack Joyride review

Jetpack Joyride is an endless flying game that features a continuous stream of new obstacles to overcome while you collect better and better jetpacks. There's always a new surprise waiting just off the screen in this game, and you'll find it hard to put down if for no other reason than you want to see what's coming next.


Obstacle variation: The continuous variation in the layout of the levels in this game and the placement and nature of the obstacles you face set it apart from most other games in its category. The graphics also are … Read more

Sonic Dash review

An endless running game, Sonic Dash offers an entertaining gaming experience you will definitely enjoy if you're a Sonic fan. But because of its limited environments, obtrusive video ads, and costly in-app purchases, it may tire you before long.


Intuitive, responsive controls: Rather than relying on tilting like most running games, Sonic Dash uses swiping: left or right to switch between lanes, down to slide and defeat enemies, and up to jump over obstacles, all of which are responsive and, because of their straightforwardness, easy to grasp. The only other command is a tap to unleash Sonic's … Read more

Magellan's latest dashboard navigator has built-in dashcam

Magellan one-ups Garmin's announcement of updated GPS navigators and a new dashboard camera with its announcement of a GPS navigator with a built-in dashboard camera.

On the backside of the Roadmate 6230T-LM DashCam, you'll find a 120-degree wide-angle camera that watches the road ahead waiting for the integrated G-sensor to detect sudden motion or speed changes. In the event of sharp braking, rapid acceleration, excessive cornering, or sudden impact, the camera automatically captures video of the event. Because the camera is constantly recording on a continuous loop, it is also able to grab video from the moments preceding … Read more

Garmin launches new dash cams at CES, GPS optional

With the market for portable navigation devices shrinking, Garmin is constantly looking for new, clever ways onto your dashboard. Rather than tell you where to go, Garmin's latest devices, the Garmin Dash Cam 10 and 20 announced Monday at CES 2014, aim to document events and accidents along the way.

The Dash Cam affixes to the windshield with a suction cup mount and is powered by the car's 12-volt power system, automatically springing to life when the engine is started and shutting down when the car does. A wide-angle HD camera points out of the windshield at the road ahead and records a continuous loop of 1080p, 720p, or WVGA video onto its included 4GB microSD card. Up to 32GB memory cards are supported, should the user want more space to store more incidents or increase the length of the recording loop. … Read more

With the cheap Dirt Devil Dash, you get what you pay for

With a $119.99 sticker price, the Dirt Devil Dash Upright Vacuum is the cheapest vacuum cleaner we've looked at by more than $50. Unfortunately, it seems that to some extent, you get what you pay for when buying a vacuum, at least in the sub-$200 category. This Dirt Devil was the bottom performer in five of the nine tests we scored and was never in the top half. It performed reasonably well with pet hair on both mid-pile and low-pile carpet, but performed so poorly with the other debris types that we can't recommend this vacuum, … Read more

Crave giveaway: Soundmatters Dash 7 portable Bluetooth speaker

Congrats to Cy N. of Palo Alto, Calif., for winning a 40-inch LCD TV from TCL in last week's giveaway. And now, giveaway participants, a public-service announcement: Please make sure your CNET account is linked to a current e-mail address. We notify winners via e-mail, and if you're not regularly checking the addy you're registered with, your prize will go to someone else, which would be a big bummer for you.

OK, onward to this week's freebie, which the winner will promptly get word of via his or her wonderfully current e-mail address, right? (Nudge, nudge.)

We've got a FoxL Dash 7, a newly released portable high-fidelity Bluetooth speaker from Soundmatters. At just three quarters of an inch high and less than half a pound, this little guy slides easily into most pockets and purses and under tablets and monitors but boasts big and pristine omnidirectional sound. Its onboard BassBattery system provides up to 12 hours of music playback while doubling as a woofer to enhance bass reproduction. … Read more

Crave Ep. 136: DIY pet insect robot crawls into production

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To mark Villains Month, DC Comics is releasing a limited number of 3D comic book covers -- no annoying glasses needed. Plus, Hot Wheels builds the tallest wall track for toy cars, and we take a look at Dash Robotics' educational "origami" insect bots meant to get kids excited about robots and engineering. All that and more on this week's awesome Crave show. … Read more

Dash 'origami' robot lets you build your own insect buddy

Your own personal robot minion is pretty close to going into production. Dash Robotics has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to put insect-inspired robot kits into the hands of the masses. The Dash bots are cute and affordable.

Dash comes as a flat sheet. You fold and assemble it, like a robotic version of origami. It includes the necessary motor and electronics to make the little beastie run. It takes about an hour to do the assembly, no soldering required.… Read more

Review: Lock your screen on demand with DashLock for Mac

DashLock for Mac locks your system with just a single click, adding extra security and protecting your files and documents from prying eyes. This version of the widget adds support for Retina MacBooks.

The download link took us to the developer's Web site but we had to click on the Products page to actually get to the download. After a quick download, DashLock for Mac installed directly as a widget onto our Dashboard. All you need to do is double-click on the lock icon in your Dashboard and after a short animation, your Mac will switch to the log-in … Read more

Return to YouTube's old way of buffering full videos

You may have noticed that when you are playing a YouTube video, it buffers only so much ahead of your current position. And should you pause the video, buffering stops altogether. The reason behind this lackluster form of buffering? YouTube's embrace of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (Dash), which breaks a video into segments, buffering each segment as you make your way through the video. In theory, Dash allows YouTube to adapt to changing network conditions without stalling out at times.

In the real world, Dash means you can't pause a video and come back to it later … Read more