Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders review

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders lets you step into the cockpit of a World War II fighter to try and shoot down enemy planes and protect your base. There are tons of options for gameplay in this app, and you can see exactly how you're doing at all times through your detailed cockpit controls.


Great graphics: When you first start playing this game, you may have a hard time focusing on shooting down your enemies, because you're too busy admiring the landscape. The detail is excellent in all game areas, and while some items are very small, especially … Read more

Tech transforms playtime at Toy Fair 2014

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The annual Toy Fair show in New York City offers a glimpse at how technology influences tomorrow's toys. In this episode of Update, you'll see the evolution of the Battroborg Warrior fighting robots. These wireless mini bots now swing swords instead of punches. The wireless controller is designed to look like a katana handle, and you try to knock down the opponent with each swing. Moving your warrior around the arena does take some getting used to. These will arrive in the fall, costing $30 for one warrior or $70 for … Read more

How to better spy on a childhood virus

Influenza, Ebola, and respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV) can be nasty little buggers, infecting their hosts with rash abandon and, especially when they attack young babies, even killing them. And the danger reaches beyond the very young. Pneumonia, for instance, is the leading cause of death in children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and RSV is the most common viral cause of pneumonia.

As imaging techniques advance, researchers are being able to study these viruses in greater and greater detail. Now, according to a team of scientists at Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Emory, one new technique for studying RSV … Read more

NASA releases Saturn 'hexagon' images like never seen before

A bizarre, funnel-shaped cloud formation churning around Saturn's north pole was first noticed in the 1980s in Voyager flybys. Eventually, this mass became known as "the hexagon."

Any images of this cloudy mass have been muted and blurry at best -- until now. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of the hexagon that show it off in all of its unearthly glory.

The hexagon is a unique six-sided jet stream with a roiling rotating storm at its center. It spans roughly 20,000 miles and whips up 200 mph winds. According to NASA, no other … Read more

Review: Media Player Codec Pack adds format support to Windows Media Player

Media Player Codec Pack supercharges your Windows Media Player by adding support for dozens of new video and audio formats. If you'd rather not download a universal player to play all of your favorite songs and movies, this will be an essential boost to your built-in media player.

This comprehensive pack adds support for FLAC, MP4, FLV, and other video formats as well as some obscure audio files on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. You can install it by choosing between two installation modes -- easy and detailed. We recommend using detailed as you will be able … Read more

Stormy weather -- on the sun -- heading toward Earth

NASA spotted a colossal "coronal mass ejection" erupting off of the sun on Tuesday morning. This solar phenomenon spewed billions of tons of particles into space at speeds of 570 miles per second and they are currently headed toward Earth, according to the space agency.

NASA estimates that the particles will reach our planet in one to three days and could cause a geomagnetic storm.

"These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth," NASA said in a statement, "but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground."… Read more

Viscera Cleanup Detail scrubs up the gaming gore

When you hack, shoot, and fistfight your way through a game like Dead Space, you leave behind quite a bit of carnage. Somebody has to clean that mess up. Might as well be you. The Viscera Cleanup Detail game takes you behind the scenes of a first-person space shooter and puts you at the head of the cleaning committee.

The setup is simple enough. You're a janitor on a space station. A horrific battle has been fought (which you weren't a part of). Now, it's your duty to put all those bits and blobs of alien viscera in their place: the trash bin. Armed with a trusty mop, you slop your way through the challenge.… Read more

Listen to realistic thunderstorms while you relax

Thunderspace is an audio thunderstorm simulator with 3D stereoscopic sound that's perfect for relaxing with headphones, and it has one especially cool feature.

Unlike other audio storm generators, Thunderspace adds synchronized simulated lightning. Even further, the 3D stereoscopic sound makes the storm seem as if it's all around you. You're not going to get this experience simply by playing the audio through your iPhone, so you should plug in some earphones. I tried with both earbuds and headphones, and the latter definitely brought out more of the bass, which is especially cool when there's a lot … Read more

Get this weather app on your radar

NOAA Hi-Def Radar delivers great-looking animated radar maps to give you a better look at weather systems close to you, but it's missing one important feature.

Having a traditional forecast in front of you is useful, but being able to see the path of an actual storm is sometimes the feature you need most. You can use the interactive radar maps in NOAA Hi-Def Radar to see when rainstorms are approaching, see where lightning strikes have occurred, and devise a plan if a severe storm is coming your way. The app tracks weather activity across the entire United States, … Read more

Top apps to track severe weather

Though the official 2013 hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, the news earlier this week out of Moore, Okla., is a sobering reminder that dangerous weather comes in many forms, and you often don't know where the next disaster may strike. Even now, many states are being pounded by heavy storms as the cleanup from the tornado in Moore is still under way.

Recently, I collected a few weather apps that are great for a quick glance at the weather, but those apps won't help you much in severe weather conditions. For more-serious weather activity, … Read more