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Mozilla Firefox 27 review

Mozilla Firefox's latest incarnation adds an improved social platform to its bevy of creative settings and host of add-ons. The new Social API lets you embed social networks into the browser for easy access, bringing you convenient updates and notifications from Facebook and other networks. If you haven't already tried this browser, there's no better time than now.

Mozilla Firefox prides itself on being on the cutting edge with its many features and high performance. The new release consistently performs near the front of the pack in terms of speed, running in our side-by-side tests neck and … Read more

Review: Empress of the Deep 3 Legacy of the Phoenix HD is a very fun adventure game

Empress of the Deep 3 Legacy of the Phoenix HD brings a sense of storytelling and adventure to the iPad that perfectly fits the format. Also available in a smaller iPhone-friendly version, the iPad edition is the way to go, with bigger buttons, easier-to-read menus, and better responses when tapping doors, small buttons, etc.

What makes the Empress of the Deep 3 Legacy of the Phoenix HD edition better than the standard edition for iPhone is also what makes the game good. This is an adventure-style game in the classic sense and while there are plenty of such games for … Read more

Review: Empress of the Deep 3 Legacy of the Phoenix is a fine adventure game

Empress of the Deep 3 Legacy of the Phoenix is the newest in a line of adventure games from Big Fish Games that, while finely crafted, has a hard time on the iPhone's smaller screen. The depth and detail involved make it tough to fully engage with the number of options onscreen, text is small and hard to read, and hitting the right space is often difficult.

These things don't detract from what is otherwise a very enjoyable adventure game; but if you have an iPad, you will probably better enjoy the game on the larger screen on … Read more

The 404 1,317: Where we're bitten by a ghost shark (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Disaster relief organization to gamers: We need your help.

- Internet furious with BS Megalodon Shark "documentary."

- The trailer for Spike Jonze's new movie will make you want to take your iPhone to prom.

- Couple says app lets the iPhone communicate with ghosts.… Read more

Scarlett Johansson is the Siri you've been dreaming of

I am about to make some of your wildest imaginings come to life.

Please don't deny you have them. We've known each other for a while, and I've read some of your comments.

You have deeper relationships with your gadgets than you do with your humans.

You talk to your shrinks about this. You tell them that, to you, your gadget is Snooki or Maria Bartiromo. Or, in your ultimate dream world, Scarlett Johansson.

Your wish has been sent to Hollywood, and here I present the command performance of Johansson playing a Siri with whom you'll fall in love.

Joaquin Phoenix already has, it seems. For this is the new Spike Jonze movie called "Her."… Read more

Review: Phoenix Slides lets you image search and play full-screen slideshows

Phoenix Slides for Mac helps you easily navigate through directories and subdirectories containing images and then play slideshows in full screen. The program is easy to use, performs fast, and, above all, is free.

Phoenix Slides for Mac offers a clean and easy-to-navigate interface. There is a separate window for image info., which you can close or move anywhere you like on the screen. It's fairly easy to get started, but there is comprehensive documentation available on the developer's Web site to guide users through all available features and shortcuts. Browsing through directories containing images is a smooth … Read more

Alligator's new prosthetic tail works swimmingly

Oddly enough, fish and wildlife officers in the dry, desert state of Arizona confiscate a fair number of alligators each year. Unfortunate alligator Mr. Stubbs was one of those captured critters when he was brought to the Phoenix Herpetological Society back in 2005. He arrived minus a very important body part: his tail.

Tailless Mr. Stubbs had to learn how to swim by paddling with his front feet, something that probably caused all the other alligators to snicker at him behind his back. More recently, the society and CORE Institute, a center specializing in orthopedic care for people, banded together to craft a new prosthetic tail for the gator.… Read more

Crave Ep. 107: Madden NFL 13 predicts Super Bowl XLVII

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Sorry, San Francisco. An annual Madden NFL Super Bowl simulation predicts the Ravens will trump the 49ers in the final seconds of Sunday's Big Game. Get on this, Vegas! And with "Star Wars" in the news, Crave asks if J.J. Abrams can pull off the impossible directing both "Star Wars Episode VII" and "Star Trek." Are you into it or not into it? Maybe a J.J. Abrams and "Star Wars"-themed musical will help you decide.

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Orbiting robot gas station gets closer to reality

It's a bummer running out of gas, especially when the nearest station is 22,000 miles away.

But a project to set up a gas station on the International Space Station made a big leap forward this week with the successful refueling of a mock satellite by a robot.

Dextre, a twin-armed robot from Canada, topped off the fuel tank in the mockup, showing how satellites' life can be extended, according to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Operating on the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module, Dextre removed safety caps and cut through retaining wires before transferring liquid ethanol to the mockup, which is about the size of a washing machine.

The CSA-NASA achievement is the first of its kind, and may help reduce the growing pile of dead satellites and space junk orbiting overhead. … Read more

The 404 1,125: Where we're not gonna fall for a banana in the tailpipe (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Nokia again faces make-or-break point with new Lumia phones.

- CNET First Take: Nokia Lumia 820.

- CNET First Take: Nokia Lumia 920.

- Why Nokia nixed an SD card slot for the Lumia 920.

- The secret behind Nokia's 41-megapixel camera phone.

- Nokia's new PureView image stabilizer is amazingly faked in this promo video.

- 4Chan goes public with its API, boasting 22 million unique monthly visitors.

- Spike Jonze's new film is about a man who falls in love with his phone.

- Kinsey Institute pulls app encouraging users to log sexy time.… Read more