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FTL: Faster Than Light review

FTL: Faster Than Light places you in control of a spaceship and charges you with exploring the galaxy to see what you can find. And along the way, you're sure to encounter both friend and foe, so you need to be prepared to make some hard choices to ensure the survival of your ship and crew.

Pros

Thorough tutorial: There's a lot going on in this game, and there are many details to keep track of. The tutorial gives you a good, step-by-step overview of where to find different information about your ship and how to access all … 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

Red light cameras outside ER make some sick

For some government administrators, the tension between safety and money must cause headaches.

Many justify the need for red light cameras by claiming lives are saved. But then others notice there are profits being made, which tends to raise their bile.

One Florida city, though, may have gone too far.

As Florida Watchdog reports, wise officials has installed red light cameras perilously close to the emergency room at the University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla.

You might conceive that there would be genuine need for some people to run these lights. Ambulance drivers, for example. Or people who have, you know, … Read more

Cree bulks up with a new 100-watt replacement LED

Twelve months after getting into the consumer LED game with their highly popular 60-watt replacement and just a few months after the release of a 75-watt replacement, the team at Cree is expanding its line of LEDs yet again, this time with a 100-watt replacement. The new bulb claims a light output of 1,600 lumens at an energy cost of just 18 watts, and will sell at Home Depot for $19.97. In addition, Cree is announcing price cuts on almost every bulb that it sells, including the 60-watt TW Series LED, which will now retail for $15.97, … Read more

Crazy Lights review

Crazy Lights is a deceptively basic game for iOS devices that involves touching the appropriate colored dot in response to the cue the game gives you. It couldn't be less complicated, but that doesn't mean it's not a challenge -- quite the opposite, in fact.

Crazy Lights is actually eight games in one, but you can't access five of them until you provide feedback on the app. The first three games are enough for you to form an opinion, and we're betting that that opinion will look something like this: this is hard! The first … Read more

The 404 1,441: Where we ride the green wave (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- An Estonian photographer discovered an abandoned movie theater in the Sinai desert.

- This photographer just made $15k in one day on Instagram.

- Audi's new tech can turn every traffic light green.

- Banter tries to reinvent the chat room.… Read more

Beautiful Child of Light gets release date, deluxe edition

Ubisoft's Ubi Art engine, which allows hand-painted art to be transferred directly into a game, has tremendous potential, and we've been waiting with bated breath for Child of Light, a single-player or cooperative two-player fantasy adventure about a fairy princess who wields a giant sword.

Ubisoft has announced that the game will be available as a digital download for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs starting April 30.

On the same day, a special deluxe edition will be available from retail outlets.… Read more

Pure LiFi transmits data using light (video)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Transmitting wireless data using radio waves is so old fashioned -- in the video above, you'll see the technology that sends data via light, and could stream Internet video to your TV from a light in your ceiling.

The system works by attaching an Ethernet-wired ceiling-based device to a standard LED light. The data about to be beamed through the air is sent to that bulb, which is instructed to flicker millions of times per second to communicate a signal -- kind of like an extremely speedy morse code.

The light signal -- which looks identical … Read more

Samsung updates Galaxy S4, Note 3 with Android KitKat

Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, launched in October, will now hit a variety of Samsung devices.

The Korean electronics giant said availability of KitKat varies by carrier and product, but updates will begin Tuesday and will continue through the coming months. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are among the devices that will now run Google's latest version of its mobile software.

New features of that operating system include a redesigned dialer that allows users to search for any number, even if it's not in their phone books. For example, users can start typing the … Read more

Philips earns Energy Star certification for 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs (hands-on)

If you've been waiting for brighter and more affordable options in the LED aisle, then you're in luck.

Today, Philips announced Energy Star certification for their second-generation 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs, along with exclusive discounts on both bulbs at Home Depots nationwide. Combined with the regional utility rebates that come with Energy Star certification, this means that consumers in some parts of the country will be able to purchase the 75-watt replacement for less than $10, with the 100-watt replacement going for just under $15. For the rest of us, the bulbs will retail for $19.97 … Read more