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Candy Pop Saga review

Candy Pop Saga is a puzzle game that challenges you to work through increasingly difficult levels with varied goals to unlock more adventures. You can compete against yourself, or connect with Facebook to see how your skills stack up against those of your friends.

Like many similar games, Candy Pop Saga features a grid-like display filled with different colored candies. However, the mechanics of this game are a bit different from what you might be used to, as you only need to tap groups of candies twice to remove them from the board; and they are not replaced as you … Read more

GamePop regroups for spring, signs Ubisoft, Warners

You might've thought the game console world was settled territory, but GamePop is hoping to change that perception.

BlueStacks' microgaming GamePop console, announced last year, has been delayed until late in the second quarter, according to a company representative. But at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, they've got what they hope is enough to keep players enticed: the big guns, major game makers.

Warner Brothers, UbiSoft, and GREE have signed on to distribute existing games, and perhaps new ones, on the Android-powered console that lets you play mobile games on your TV, joining smaller game vendors … Read more

FreedomPop's 'Snowden phone' encrypts your calls and data

Want to protect your phone calls and data from the feds, hackers, and other snoops? FreedomPop's new Privacy Phone promises to do just that.

Nicknamed the "Snowden phone" after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the phone is actually a Samsung Galaxy S2 that FreedomPop rejiggered into a call- and data-encrypting device. Equipped with 128-bit encryption, the phone aims to secure your voice calls and text messages. A built-in virtual private network lets you surf the Web anonymously.

Selling now for $189, the Privacy Phone comes with unlimited voice and texting. FreedomPop throws in 50MB of monthly data access … Read more

Chrome fights back against settings hijackers

Google is taking aggressive steps to combat what it says is the No. 1 complaint in its Chrome browser: having your settings hijacked.

The company first took measures to address the problem in August when it introduced a "reset browser settings" button on the Settings page in Chrome, but that wasn't enough to fix things.

Now, Chrome will ask Windows users automatically via a pop-up if you want to reset your settings when it detects that they might've been changed without your permission. It will disable all extensions, themes, and Chrome Apps you have installed. It … Read more

Alcatel Pop 7 and Pop 8 bring LTE to cheap tablets

LAS VEGAS -- Alcatel is back with two new tablets coming to North America, but with no actual US release date. The One Touch Pop 7 and Pop 8 are both extremely modestly-spec'ed tablets that appear to focus on their LTE capability over performance. Neither price nor release date have yet been unveiled.

The One Touch Pop 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 1,024x600 resolution TFT screen. It's not an IPS screen, and its viewing angles are painfully narrow as a result. The tablet houses a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, a 2-megapixel rear camera, and a … Read more

Alcatel 'Pops' into jumbo phones at CES with colorful C9 (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- Smartphone maker Alcatel is diving into the trend of extralarge smartphones with its Alcatel Pop C9, a 5.5-inch Android 4.2 handset it introduced at CES.

Design-wise, the Pop C9 is fairly slim with rounded corners, and with a shape reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Seen together, the range of rich colors absolutely gleams: Bluish Black, Cherry Red, Hot Pink, Fresh Turquoise, and Full White.

The phones are cheery, but build quality wasn't a priority for the budget-seeker's handset. At 6.7 ounces, the C9 sounds heavier than it felt in my hand, … Read more

Review: PopClip for Mac offers mouse-friendly copy/paste controls and available extensions

PopClip for Mac is designed to make copying and pasting text just a bit faster, while providing quick access to a useful set of extensions. By integrating a number of mouse and keyboard shortcuts into your desktop, you can get certain things done much faster than if you were using the standard interface, especially if you use this app to its full potential.

After installing PopClip for Mac you'll need to turn on accessibility options so it can work properly. From there, however, it will live in your menu bar and every time you highlight text, a menu will … Read more

Google Helpouts uses online video for teachable moments

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google on Monday night officially launched Helpouts, a new marketplace that connects people to experts who can help them with things like how to play an instrument, apply makeup, or fix a computer glitch.

News of the Helpouts launch leaked earlier today, after The Wall Street Journal received an e-mail about the product. The Web site for the service has actually been live since July so that potential experts could sign up and populate the marketplace.

How it works A user can search and browse through a number of topics on the marketplace, and connect with an … Read more

Microsoft gives Windows 8.1 some Fresh Paint

Microsoft Paint lovers who scratched their heads at the lack of a native Windows 8 drawing app can rejoice: the new Fresh Paint will ship on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.

Fresh Paint is a free painting app for the "Metro" mode of Windows 8 (download) and Windows Phone 8 (download). When it announced the beta preview of the app, Microsoft said that it started out as a "research project" to make a realistic digital-painting app.

Fresh Paint, which had been downloaded more than 1 million times as of February, will be available October … Read more

FreedomPop launches free mobile plan with 200 minutes

FreedomPop has fired a shot over the wireless industry's bow.

To commemorate its one-year anniversary, FreedomPop debuted its free mobile phone service on Tuesday. The free service includes 200 anytime voice minutes and 500 text messages per month, as well as 500MB of data.

For now, FreedomPop's smartphone collection isn't all that deep. The service is available solely on the HTC Evo Design, but should work on other Android handsets later this year. FreedomPop is selling the HTC handset for $99.

Heavy mobile users can purchase FreedomPop's unlimited voice and texting plan for $11 per month. … Read more