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Sid Meyer Pirates! for iPad review

Sid Meyer Pirates! for iPad lets you take your thirst for adventure to the high seas to explore uncharted waters and plunder enemy vessels. When you take control of your first ship, several nations will be trying to buy your allegiance, but you're free to strike out on your own and amass a crew that can dominate international waters near and far.

Pros

Multifaceted objectives: While a lot of your energy in the game is focused on building up your crew and fleet, you also have an overarching goal of avenging your family. Clues to the whereabouts of the … Read more

Facebook review

Facebook is an app that gives you full access to your Facebook account from your iPhone, making it possible to keep up with friends while you're on the go. You can do everything from adding photos to viewing status updates with this handy app, and you'll soon find it's an invaluable addition to your app library.

Pros

Fully functional: Whether you need to edit your profile or send your friend a birthday message, you can do it all quickly from this app. There's no part of your Facebook profile you can't access, including Privacy Settings … Read more

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad review

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad lets you view, edit, create, and play a presentation, all right from your iPad, no matter where you are. It provides all of the tools you're used to using in PowerPoint, optimized for the touchscreen interface of the iPad.

Pros

Finger laser pointer: If you're projecting a presentation straight from your iPad, you can just use your finger as a laser pointer. Drag your finger across the image on your iPad, and whatever you do will show up just like a laser pointer on the main display.

Full-featured: With this app, you'll have … Read more

Microsoft Excel for iPad review

Microsoft Excel for iPad brings the versatility and functionality of this powerful spreadsheet program to your iPad with an intuitive and attractive interface. Create, edit, and send all types of spreadsheets right from your iPad, and maintain proper formatting across all of your devices with this app.

Pros

Template options: Excel for iPad is a full-featured application, so it brings all of your favorite things about Excel along with it. One of the nicest of these, in our opinion, is the number of template options available. Whether you're putting together an annual financial report, a household budget, or a … Read more

Microsoft Word for iPad review

Microsoft Word for iPad gives you the ability to open, create, and edit Microsoft Word documents on your iPad while maintaining proper formatting. With this app, you can work on the same document across all your devices, wherever you are and whenever you need to.

Pros

E-mail preferences: If you want to share the document you're working on with someone else, you can e-mail it either as a link or an attachment directly from the document, itself. In addition, you can decide whether the recipient of the e-mail can edit the document or only view it, which is a … Read more

The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

Watch what's in store for Android Wear

CNET Update talks to the wrist:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's Android Wear, the operating system for smartwatches and other wearable technology. Motorola will use Android Wear for its upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360.

- Say adieu to the iPad 2. Apple killed off the iPad 2 model and is now selling the fourth-gen iPad with Retina Display instead.

- A new, less expensive iPhone 5C with half the storage went on sale overseas. But it's not worth getting a phone with only 8 GB of storage.

- Trade-in your video games for Walmart store credit, … Read more

iPad with Retina Display makes $399 comeback, knocks out iPad 2

Apple tweaked its iPad lineup Tuesday morning, bringing back the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display in place of the elderly iPad 2.

Available with only 16GB of storage, the comeback tablet is listed on Apple's US Web site either with just Wi-Fi for $399, or with Wi-Fi and cellular for $529. Consumers can choose between models from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Apple CEO Tim Cook canned the Retina-enabled iPad last year when he launched the super-skinny iPad Air. The high-end iPad still starts at $499, while the Retina iPad Mini is still $399.

It … Read more

Large iPad ditched? Not dead yet, says analyst

A large Apple tablet isn't out of the question this year, an analyst told CNET, in the wake of a report today saying the device is "shelved."

"The problem so far is that the use-case hasn't been made for a large tablet yet," said Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology.

That sentiment was echoed in a CNET review of the large Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which said interface and performance issues hold it back from being a laptop replacement.

A report today from Digitimes claimed that shipments … Read more

Analysts on Apple: Looking to iPhone 6 upside

Wedge Partners and Pacific Crest weighed in on the rumored iPhone 6 this week, with Wedge also offering speculation on other possible products like the iWatch and a bigger iPad as well as strategies for services at Apple.

Overall, the research note from Wedge Partners' Brian Blair, as posted by Barron's, was upbeat, stating that "Apple's next array of products" provide an "opportunity" for investors. Apple shares have an upside this year of more than 20 percent, he said.

Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest was also optimistic, citing the iPhone 6.

"Apple is … Read more