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Dogecoin raises $30,000 for Jamaican bobsleigh team

Such rhythm! So rhyme! Wow -- it's bobsled time. In the ultimate Internet fairytale, the founders of amusing meme-based crypto-currency Dogecoin have raised nearly enough money for a two-man bobsleigh team from Jamaica to go to the Winter Olympics.

After the story of Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon qualifying for Sochi 2014 went viral online -- thanks to the Internet's collective nostalgia for 1993's "Cool Runnings" -- it became clear Jamaica's first trip to the Winter Games since 2002 might founder for want of funds.

"We need about $40,000 for travel and … Read more

Review: Avoid traps and help Fred escape death in Running Fred

Running Fred isn't a very creative or well-executed entry into the chronology of running games, but it is fun to play. There are enough levels and special features to keep most fans of this genre of gaming happy, especially since they can be fairly challenging. The controls -- which can be frustrating at times -- only add to the challenge.

This game is a somewhat standard running game, akin to the Temple Run series. In it, you take control of Fred, a redhead kid who is trying desperately to navigate through treacherous dungeons and away from a dangerous Grim … Read more

Training with the Adidas MiCoach Smart Run

Adidas is the latest company to throw its hat into the ring of wearable devices. Unlike recent products from Samsung, Fitbit, and Nike, however, Adidas didn't create a smartwatch per se. Despite being powered by Android, the company's MiCoach Smart Run doesn't have access to apps and games, and it can't receive notifications from your phone. Instead, Adidas has created a standalone fitness tracker with an assortment of sensors and impressive features.

The heavily skinned version of Android is displayed on a 1.45-inch 184x184-pixel resolution color touchscreen. A 410mAh lithium ion battery delivers up to … Read more

Return of the Start menu rumored for Windows

CNET Update is counting down the days after Christmas:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Hold on to hope that this report is true: Microsoft may bring back the Start Menu to Windows.

- Make your own Street View tour by uploading panoramic photos (aka: photo spheres) to Views.

- Stream video and music from new apps compatible with Chromecast.

- Score 12 free downloads after Christmas with Apple's 12 Days of Gifts iOS app

- Play as Santa in Temple Run 2 (but it'll cost you if you don't have 60 gems).

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Ho, ho, whoa! Temple Run 2 lets you play as Santa Claus

Temple Run 2 players can add a bit of Christmas spirit to their gameplay.

Released this week for iOS and Android, a holiday update to the death-defying running game brings Santa Claus down the chimney. You now can play the role of Jolly Old Saint Nick as you try to escape the giant ape, dodge and weave your way past obstacles, and collect gems and other treasures to build up your score.

Other surprises await. You can wend your way down a waterslide as you try to avoid fallen trees and other hazards. The game also promises Christmas artifacts that … Read more

Moves tracks your every move to measure your daily physical activity

Moves is yet another way for people to track how active they are. The app isn't new; it originally launched in December 2012, and, at the time, it was a radical idea. Moves required a user to carry his or her iPhone at all times, and it would magically track and count steps.

Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more

Review: Zombies: Run or Kill gives you a fun, addictive run and gunner

Zombies: Run or Kill is a fun, challenging run-and-gun game that will keep you coming back for more. It has plenty of cool weapons and a stylish look that is really fun to explore. Though some extra missions or modes would be welcome, this game sucks you in with addictive gameplay and the ability to compete with your friends.

This game turns you into a Steven Segal lookalike who has to defend himself from a never-ending hoard of zombies. Though you start with only a sword, the game sends various weapons like chainsaws, pistols, and laser beams your way as … Read more

Review: Survival Run with Bear Grylls is a familiar but still fun endless runner

Survival Run with Bear Grylls is an endless runner that looks and plays a lot like Temple Run, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, especially with a few new kinks thrown in to enhance the fun. While the layout, graphics, and general feel are very similar to that of other endless runner games, the experience feels unique in just enough ways to warrant a download for Bear Grylls fans.

When you load the app, you can dive right into the game or you can check out settings, buy coins, or upgrades. You'll get a daily bonus, as … Read more

The 404 1384: Where we're kicking it in Vic's Basement (podcast)

Two gaming journo mainstays join Jeff on the show today. 20-year veteran Victor Lucas and his partner-in-crime Scott Jones pick apart the next-generation console wars and opine on what the future of gaming will and, more interestingly, will not be like.… Read more

Adidas pushes fitness bands to a new level

CNET Update keeps track of fitness trackers:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the overview of the feature-packed Adidas miCoach Smart Run Watch coming out in November, which competes with the Nike+ FuelBand SE fitness-tracking wristband.

- Find fitness motivation in lower-cost wristbands, including the Fitbit Force for $130, and the Fitbug Orb for $50.

- Check out the full review of the Windows 8.1 update, which is free to download for current Windows 8 users.

- Be aware that Facebook changed its privacy settings to give teenagers the power to share posts publicly.

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