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Republique review

Geared toward serious gamers, Republique aims to raise the bar for the stealth-action game genre on iOS.

Pros

Console quality: Taking full advantage of the latest generation of iPads and iPhones, Republique offers unparalleled graphic performance. With an immersive atmosphere and great voice acting, this is one of the most impressive games we have seen for iOS.

Inventive controls: Designing a touch-based stealth game is not an easy task. Republique found a good balance in the hardware's capability and incorporated it into the plot structure. Controlling Hope, our main character, requires a mixture of patience, timing, and daring.

Engaging … Read more

Whisper review

Whisper is a juicy little social app that lets you reveal anything -- private thoughts, sinful secrets, darkest desires -- anonymously, in a nonjudgmental environment. It's like a support group where nobody knows your name.

Pros

Awesome functionality: Whisper lets you create posts with the tap of a button. Then just type your post and let Whisper select an accompanying photo and font, which you can alter by searching for a picture, taking your own, and experimenting with included fonts. Whisper then adds the tags for you, but feel free to add or subtract some before posting.

Streamlined interface: … Read more

Pimp Lock Screen for iOS 7 review

Pimp Lock Screen for iOS 7 gives you tons of options that you can use to create a totally unique custom lock screen for your iOS device. Choose a new color theme, wallpaper, and slide lock shape to ensure that your phone truly reflects your personality and that you stand out from the crowd wherever you go. You can create as many lock screens as you like, but you'll need to pay to save or use them.

This app has a great Help feature that guides you step by step through the process of customizing your screen. The first … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

It's Friddday! Which means it's time to roundup the best of the week in CNET video.

In our latest installment of our new How-To, DIY-tech series, The Fix, our resident how-to guru's offer up expert advice on building the ultimate home theater. They'll show you how to easily and affordably install a TV, give you tips on choosing the right screen size, as well as our top three ways to add audio to your home theater. You'll be your own home theater specialist by episode's end.

Earlier this week, Amazon revealed that it would … Read more

Apple iOS 7.1 hits 12 percent adoption

Just 45 hours after its release on Monday, iOS 7.1 has snagged 12 percent of all iOS Web traffic seen by Chitika for North America.

In this regard, iOS 7.1 adoption has taken off at a rate close to that for iOS 7.0.6, Chitika said Wednesday. Launched on February 21, iOS 7.0.6 reached a 13.3 percent adoption within 48 hours. Given Apple's notification process for new updates, future minor iOS 7 version updates will likely see comparable levels of adoption, according to the ad network.

The latest adoption rate for iOS 7.… Read more

Four iOS 7.1 features to try right now

Just when you cozied up to the new-looking iOS, Apple dropped a software update that adds a handful of new features. But have no fear -- the look hasn't changed too dramatically, and the new features are very much welcome.

If you haven't already, upgrade your iOS device to the latest operating system, and check out these new tools and settings.

How to teach Siri some manners New features introduced in iOS 7.1 and 7.0 can help Siri be more responsive and better-behaved, at least if you know where to look.

How to completely turn off parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1Read more

How to teach Siri some manners

Siri tries its best to be helpful but sometimes doesn't seem to know how to respond or carry on a conversation. How can you improve the sometimes rocky relationship with Apple's voice assistant?

Let's start with one of Siri's worst faux pas -- interrupting you. By default, Siri doesn't know when you've ended a question or command and often misinterprets a pause as the end of your query. But in the new iOS 7.1, you can easily correct Siri's poor manners.

Simply hold down the Home button until you've finished your … Read more

Google paves the way for more wearable apps

CNET Update finds these drones stunning:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for more Android apps that work on smartwatches. Google is launching a software development kit for Android on wearable gadgets.

- Update to iOS 7.1, now that Apple added new features and bug fixes to its mobile operating system.

- Spoil the official reveal of HTC's new flagship phone with new leaked photos popping up online.

- Listen to what Edward Snowden said at SXSW. It was his first time speaking to a public audience since he left the country for exposing classified documents … Read more

How to enable button shapes on iOS 7.1

When iOS 7 launched with its redesigned interface, the buttons were replaced with simple text labels. The change seemed like an decent idea to match the buttons with the toned-down approach of the user-interface as a whole in iOS 7. But for some, having to guess what's a button and what's simply a text label was a pain.

With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple has added the option to bring back the familiar button shapes across the operating system in both native and third-party apps.

The switch to enable button shapes can be found in Settings &… Read more

Apple's SXSW iTunes Festival app doesn't require iOS 7.1

Turns out iOS 7.1 isn't coming out just yet.

The next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system is expected to come out sooner rather than later, and there was some talk that Apple would align its release with the its concert at the South By Southwest festival.

The company is holding its iTunes Festival -- featuring the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull -- starting March 11 in Austin, Texas. Apple will stream the performances to iOS devices via an app, but Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber wrote earlier this week that someone had told him … Read more