Reset the Net for privacy

On June 5, Internet freedom fighters want you to stand up for your privacy and pledge to Reset the Net.

The campaign opposes mass government surveillance like the NSA's. Reset the Net wants sites and mobile apps to commit to using SSL, and encourages individuals to sign the pledge and download a collection of privacy tools and tips. Groups ranging from the EFF to Reddit have pledged support.

Fight for the Future is behind the campaign, the same organization that kicked off protests against the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA) in 2012, bills that many … Read more

Fight for Glory:3D Combat Game review

Fight for Glory: 3D Combat Game offers high-quality graphics, sound, and martial arts action on your Android phone or tablet. You can punch, kick, dodge, move, and unlock enhancements and new levels by beating a variety of skilled opponents. Sound familiar? It's hardly groundbreaking, but what's cool about Fight for Glory is the arena is your fingertips.


Less fruit, more punch: Beating up bad guys beats cutting up fruit any day -- or snipping ropes, popping balloons, or any of the usual Android game fare.

Tactile feedback: A vibration option buzzes when punches connect, so it's … Read more

Google Glass blamed for melee in SF bar

It's likely this story is one of the first of many similar incidents to come: a person walks into a bar wearing Google Glass and gets booted by annoyed patrons.

Such is the case of tech writer Sarah Slocum, who also alleges she was robbed and assaulted.

Slocum was hanging out at the gritty rock bar Molotov's in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood last Friday night showing her friends the $1,500 Google Glass she had been loaned, according to CBS San Francisco. When she demonstrated the video function, two women apparently accosted her and a man … Read more

'The Day We Fight Back' calls for protests against NSA spying

Those of you angered over reports of NSA spying are being urged to add your voices to those of a group of 5,300 companies and Web sites staging a worldwide protest.

Dubbing February 11 "The Day We Fight Back," organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, Mozilla, Reddit, and Tumblr want Internet users to call or e-mail their legislators to pressure them to end the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program. The groups also are asking Web site owners to set up banners on their pages to urge visitors … Read more

Review: Avatar Fight lets you click buttons

Avatar Fight is a free, low-budget fighting game in which the outcome is decided for you. It is easy enough that some may enjoy creating a character that can defeat most of the competition, but most who play Avatar Fight are going to be disappointed.

You can sign up for an account with Avatar Fight or register as a guest, and then choose from only eight avatars. Unlike most "avatar"-based games, you cannot customize your character. You have to choose one of the limited number of character designs. There are no instructions, nor is there any background … Read more

Reddit, Mozilla, EFF and more join July 4th anti-NSA protests

Rallying around the Fourth of July holiday, several Web sites have come together to take part in a nationwide protest over the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

Organized by the nonprofit Fight for the Future, thousands of sites -- including some heavy-hitters like Mozilla, Reddit,, and 4chan -- will be staging online protests.

Rather than going black, like many sites did during the 2012 protests of Congress' Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA, these sites will prominently display a Fourth Amendment banner. The banner will quote the text of the amendment, which says, "The right of … Read more

The 404 1271: Where we Carey on just fine without Yu (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Wrapping up CNET's coverage of Google I/O 2013.

- Nerd fight!

- Follow Bridget on the Twitter.

- Watch CNET Update every single day of your life.

- Make sure you tune in to find out how you can win one of six MLB/NBA 2K Sports prize packs!… Read more

'Star Wars' and 'Doctor Who' fans in altercation at sci-fi convention

I had always imagined that attendees at sci-fi conventions were peaceable sorts.

I know they turn up waving lightsabers and other implements of war, but I imagined that these served no greater threat to society than an elongated ball-finder at a golf course.

And yet word reaches me that fans of "Star Wars" were embroiled in a confrontation with aficionados of "Doctor Who" at a sci-fi convention in the U.K.

Alright, that word initially came from my religious reading of the Sun. But it is supported by reports from august organizations like the BBC.

It … Read more

Apple classic Karateka reborn for iOS -- and how sweet it is

At the risk of dating myself (again), I have extremely fond memories of playing the classic action game Karateka on my -- wait for it -- Apple IIe.

That was 28 years ago, heaven help me. The game's creator, Jordan Mechner, went on to develop the better-known Prince of Persia, but I remember being totally entranced by Karateka's then-amazing graphics and compelling damsel-in-distress storyline.

But would I want to play that same game today, even if it were perfectly emulated like that other '80s classic, Karate Champ? Frankly, no. I've never been a fan of arcade or … Read more

Get ready to rumble in Punch Hero

Every night is fight night in Gamevil's boxing title, Punch Hero (iOS | Android). Punch Hero is a cel-shaded arcade boxing game that packs plenty of action and customizable features. And best of all, it's free.

The fighting controls are pretty simple: tap the left or right side to throw a jab or swipe across the screen to throw a hook. You can also swipe diagonally to throw a slower but stronger uppercut to deal more damage. There are also dedicated roll buttons that players can use to dodge and counter attacks.

Punch Hero throws over a dozen fighters … Read more