The Keepers: The Orders Last Secret review

The Keepers: The Orders Last Secret is an engaging hidden object adventure game. Although the app's performance has room for improvement, it's still a lot of fun that will keep puzzle lovers entertained for hours.

The premise of the game is that you are investigating the murder of Pedro Alvarez, an archeologist in 1920's Seville, Spain. There's also a mysterious missing box containing evil forces that could wreak world havoc if it's not kept out of the hands of enemy forces. Like many games of this type, however, the plot evolves as you move through … Read more

SanDisk, Toshiba sue SK Hynix in trade secrets cases

Toshiba and SanDisk are seeking damages from SK Hynix in separately filed lawsuits, both of which allege that the company profited from the theft of data surrounding NAND flash memory technology.

Toshiba and SanDisk have partnered for years to produce the flash memory chip technology used in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Toshiba is currently the second-largest manufacturer of NAND memory chips in the world by revenue and market share.

On Thursday, Tokyo police arrested a former SanDisk engineer under suspicion of providing NAND flash memory technical data to Hynix in 2008. The engineer once worked at a joint … Read more

The 404 1,427: Where your secret's safe with us (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Social networks built for two offer couples tools for productivity and romance.

- New app lets you bet on your friends' relationships.

- Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network.

- Michael Keaton confirms "Beetlejuice 2" talks with director Tim Burton.

- The creepiest urban legends in the history of gaming.… Read more

HTC employees indicted for leaking trade secrets

Six HTC employees have been indicted by Taiwanese prosecutors on charges that they revealed company secrets, accepted kickbacks, and created false expense reports.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office alleges that Thomas Chien, former vice president for product design at HTC, and five others leaked the design for an upcoming HTC smartphone interface to outside suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The employees had planned to use the leaked information to launch their own phone design company in Taiwan and China, according to the prosecutors.

Chien and the other HTC employees have also been accused of receiving $1.1 … Read more

Bill Gates plays Secret Santa to Reddit user

Bill Gates as Santa Claus? That's the role he played to one girl on Reddit.

Excited and shocked when she learned the source behind her generous gift giving, Redditor Rachel detailed the exchange in a Redditgifts post Wednesday night. Served up by the folks at Reddit, Redditgifts is an online gift exchange where people become Secret Santas by exchanging presents with friends and strangers around the world.… Read more

The 404 1,395: Where, OK Glass, where is the pulmonary artery? (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.

- Charting the popularity of tech through hip hop lyrics. More graphs on Medium.

- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.

- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.

- With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables.… Read more

Review: MyCalendar TopSecrete Free hides your photos, videos, and notes

MyCalendar TopSecrete is not a calendar app at all but a way to hide your personal images, videos, and more on your iPhone. The app uses a calendar overlay and a clever password system to lock out those images and "hide" them behind a facade that most people won't see through, over a casual glance. The setup process can be a bit confusing, but it generally works quite well.

When you open the app for the first time, there is no indication of what you're supposed to do. There is a blank calendar onscreen with no … Read more

Dear NSA, there's now a Snapchat for e-mail

Self-destruction is the core value of our current times.

Just as we seek to destroy ourselves with our self-indulgence and our joie de vivre, we seek our private messages to be destroyed before the world's security services read them.

And so along comes a company called PowerInbox to assist us on our path to righteousness.

Seeing, perhaps, that Snapchat, the send-it-and-forget-it messaging app, was rather popular, PowerInbox is offering SecretInk. This delightful concoction claims to have all the properties of Snapchat, but for e-mail (and even SMS).… Read more

Review: mySecrets stores your secret data in a secure folder on your iOS device

mySecrets is a privacy app for the iPhone that offers protection for your photos and passwords. Its interface is not as intuitive as some other privacy apps but once you get the hang of it, there is quite a bit you can do. It's just a matter of determining how you want to organize your information as you store it to the app.

When you open mySecrets for the first time, you'll need to choose a master password. Unlike some other privacy apps, you need to choose a password and not just a pin. Of course you can … Read more

7 unexpected features in iOS 7

My review of Apple's iOS 7 went up Wednesday morning, but since then I've been writing posts about what I think are the seven best and seven worst things about the new mobile OS.

Here is the third and final part of this series, covering some unexpected or hidden features in iOS 7.

There are certainly a ton of things that people are finding as they use iOS 7, so this is just a list of things that caught my attention over the past couple of days. If you have other hidden gems, please let me know in … Read more