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

Personal jetpack gets go-ahead for manned test flights

Many a morning on a stalled subway car involves dreams of personal jetpacks wafting through my commute-addled brain. So that same brain lit up with cautious excitement on news that a much-hyped jetpack from New Zealand's Martin Aircraft has gotten the green light for manned test flights.

"For us, it's a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we're now in a position to commercialize and take forward very quickly," Martin Aircraft CEO Peter Coker told news agency AFP.

If the manned-flight tests go as hoped, Martin says a jetpack for the general public could hit the market in 2015 (and by general public, we mean people with at least $100,000 to spare). A version designed for the military and first-responder emergency crews could be ready for delivery a year before that. … Read more

Crave Ep. 111: Man vs. jetpack

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A German inventor has built a DIY jetpack, so we hop onboard. Also, we get a first look at "Star Wars" pinball for iOS and Android, and "Star Trek" fans win a major space battle when they vote to name a Pluto moon "Vulcan." All that and more on this week's episode of Crave. … Read more

Inventor gets off the ground with homemade jetpack

It might look like a recipe for disaster, or at least a trip to the hospital, but a German inventor is trying to take to the skies with a jetpack that's designed to race along a runway before flying.

Inspired by daredevil Felix Baumgartner, Fritz Unger wants to soar like a bird by strapping wings and two jet engines to his back.

That hasn't happened yet, but his Skyflash jetpack has lifted him off the ground for an instant as he rolled along at 34 mph. … Read more

Next-gen 3D runners on iOS

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post comparing older running games to new ones, to see how the genre that works so well on the touch screen was evolving. But even since then running games have gotten much deeper, with more 3D entries than just the popular classic Temple Run (iOS|Android).

I'm a big fan of these types of games because they're so easy to pick up and play for a short time and I'm never too worried about turning them off when it's my turn at the DMV or my bus has reached my stop -- there's always another run.… Read more

Verizon's Jetpack 4G 890L mobile router review: Performance meets style

I am the type who generally cares more about functionality than style, but once in a while, I am intrigued by the look, too. Case in point: the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L from Verizon Wireless.

This is a mobile router that gets attention, looking more like a beauty product for the ladies than something that would appeal to geeks. The good news is that it offers more than just looks.

The Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot 890L comes with a very well-designed LCD screen that shows you all you need to know about the status of your wireless connections and even allows for changing many of its settings. It's the first I've seen that enables users to manage their mobile network without having to use a computer. … Read more

Verizon to ship new Jetpack 890L mobile router

Remember the cute, square Jetpack mobile router Verizon showed off at CES 2012?

Well, Verizon announced today that its new Jetpack 890L will be available on May 24.

This is the second router in the Jetpack line that the company introduced at the show, the first was the Jetpack 4620L that we reviewed just a few days ago.Read more

Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L mobile hot-spot review: It's a Rocketeer

I can't count anymore how many mobile routers I have reviewed, but that also means that I know the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless is different.

And it's not because of its crazy long name.

Instead, it's partly because of its craz,y long battery life. The router is the first I've seen that comes with two batteries. The standard one offers about 5.5 hours of continuous usage on a charge, and the second one offers about twice that. Combine the two, you have about two days' worth of charge, if you only use it during working hours that is.… Read more

Jetpack Joyride adds new features to help you go the distance

Jetpack Joyride (Free), from Halfbrick Studios, makers of hit iOS games Fruit Ninja and Monster Dash, has now added Gadgets -- tools you can purchase with earned coins that help you get further into the game.

Now, when you go into the Stash (the store where you can buy new jetpacks, outfits, and more), there is a new Gadgets category. There are a total of 15 gadgets to choose from (once purchased with earned coins), but you only have 2 slots on any given run. Each of the new gadgets have specific properties that help you on your run. For … Read more