Device 6 review

Device 6 is a story-driven game for iOS that lets players solve a mystery using a gyroscope, parallax images, and clues hidden in text.


Clever use of narrative: Device 6 begins with words and pictures and so plays like a storyboard. The app cleverly uses visual cues in line breaks, images, audio, and even paragraph structures to make you solve puzzles to advance the story. We found ourselves constantly backtracking, rereading paragraphs for clues, and becoming immersed in this novel of a game.

Interactive images and music: Device 6 is best played with headphones, because ambient noise and sound … Read more

Soft4Boost Device Uploader review

Soft4Boost Device Uploader gives you the ability to send media from your computer to many different devices, including the well-known Apple iPod, Sony PSP, and Samsung MP3 players, as well as the lesser-known iRiver MP3 players and the Cowon iAudio x5 gadgets. You'll like its accessibility, but may miss the lack of advanced features.


Appealing, intuitive interface: Soft4Boost Device Uploader's interface proves attractive and easy to use. The display can be toggled between different platforms to match the design scheme of your device. For example, the iTunes display option has the rounded window edges and circular close … Read more

Amazon's video streaming device debuting in April?

While Amazon has yet to make any official announcement, word on the street is that the company's rumored video streaming device could be shipping as soon as early April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Reportedly, the Amazon device could come with a variety of apps from other companies for streaming music, movies, and games, along with access to the company's own Video on Demand store and Instant Video service.

Rumors of the video streaming device have floated since last year. In October, it was said that Amazon approached a variety of app developers and cable TV providersRead more

BBQ smarter with the iGrill Mini meat probe

The $39.99 iGrill Mini from iDevices is one clever thermometer probe. You can pair it to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart and let it handle dinner while you enjoy some down time. As you lounge, you can track the doneness of your food from the free app and receive alerts when it reaches the desired temp. It really removes the guesswork and some of the effort from the grilling process, which I love. I highly recommend this meat probe to anyone who wants to cook something to temperature, but would rather avoid the periodic temperature checks that … Read more

AMD's first ARM processor is 8-core and 64-bit

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.

And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series -- targeted at servers -- can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.

AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the "highest performing processor," according to ARM.

Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.

The chip supplier is highlighting the 64-bit aspect of the processor.

"AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a...64-bit … Read more

Review: LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control allows only known thumb drives

LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac places restrictions on all unrecognized USB storage devices connected to your computer. It allows thumb drives and external hard drives placed on the whitelist to be used by the system, while it instantly unmounts any unknown USB drives, automatically placing them in the blacklist. This premium app has a trial version that supports only LOK-IT branded thumb drives and does not allow modifications to the whitelist.

Because LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac hooks deeper in the OS than most apps, it comes with an installation wizard that requires administrative access. Upon … Read more

Review: Avira Free Antivirus

The latest update to Avira Antivirus adds Online Essentials, Avira's Web dashboard, a more approachable, more modern, and more encompassing way to manage security across your devices. While Avira Free Antivirus looks and runs the same as prior versions, the integration of Online Essentials redefines how you scan and protect your computers.


Basic UI: The old tweaks and settings are still there, but you probably messed with them just once a year, and then by accident. Now, Avira directs all management functions to the Online Essentials Web dashboard, greatly simplifying the primary user flow of running scans and … Read more

Reverse Listening Device channels sound to opposite ears

What if conversations coming from your left side were shuttled into your right ear and vice versa? You would have to reconcile where you visually know the sound is coming from with where it's entering your body. UK artist Dominic Wilcox decided to try it for himself with the creation of the Reverse Listening Device.

The gadget works by using two funnels with tubes that connect from one side of the head to the opposite ear. It's an effective way to mess with your spatial sense. Wilcox describes the sensation of reverse listening as "very strange."… Read more

Get a 4,000mAh mobile charger for $16.99 shipped

Quick housekeeping note: After much deliberation, I will no longer be spotlighting deals from 1Sale (formerly 1SaleADay). I've heard from too many readers who've had too many unhappy experiences with the company. Although a lot of daily deal sites are slow to ship products (2-3 weeks is the norm for some), this one seems to have a particularly terrible track record in terms of delivery time and customer service responsiveness. The last thing I want to do is create grief for Cheapskate readers, so until I see evidence that the company has made improvements, I won't be … Read more

iPhone, iPad most popular devices among NYC crooks

The iPhone and iPad are chart-toppers among criminals as well as consumers.

The New York Police Department recorded more than 8,000 thefts of Apple's mobile products last year, The Wall Street Journal said late Sunday. That number is more than 18 percent of all the grand larcenies reported to the department in 2013. In comparison, there were only 25 grand larcenies involving Apple products recorded in 2002, a year after the first iPod debuted.

Thefts of Apple products now are so widespread that the NYPD tracks the brand. Many of these Apple product thefts occur on public transportation … Read more