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Talking Tom Cat review

Talking Tom features an animated cat that you can pet, poke, feed, and get to repeat the things you say in a silly, distorted voice. While this app can theoretically be used in Child or Adult mode, it's really something younger kids will have the most fun with.

Pros

Good animation: The animation and sound effects in this app are great. Tom is kind of a silly looking cat, but that's perfect for this program. He sneezes, yawns, and purrs, and reacts to your petting by doing a little dance, all of which are fun reactions to elicit.… Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 review

Talking Tom Cat 2 features the same animated cat found in the original Talking Tom app, but with some new twists and features. Like the original app, this one is much more fun for kids than adults, even though there is an option to turn off Child Mode.

Pros

The dog: In this version, Tom is tormented by a jokester of a dog who does things like pop a paper bag behind him to make him jump, or whack him in the face with a pillow. The dog is definitely a fun addition and gives the game a little more … Read more

Talking Parrot Couple Free review

Talking Parrot Couple Free introduces you to a pair of mischievous parrots that repeat anything you say and also perform romantic or contentious capers. The graphics aren't great, but laughter is guaranteed -- if you like parrots that is. This ad-supported app is made for toddlers and young children but can be fun for grown-ups too.

Talking Parrot Couple Free installs in a snap. You are presently greeted by a pair of puckish parrots that are obediently waiting on their perch for you to interact with them. Say anything to them, and they will repeat your words accurately with … Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 review

Talking Tom Cat 2 comes with the same features as the free version, including an apartment setting, new actions and animations, an in-game currency you can use to unlock items from a built-in apparel and accessories store, and an antagonist for Tom, in the form of a portly dog called Ben. If you find the ads of the free version distracting, you'll no doubt be glad to hear that this version removes them.

Pros

Entertaining, replayable mini-game: Talking Tom Cat 2 features a mini-game in which you play as Tom, who must jump over gaps and collect coins before … Read more

Talking Tom Cat 2 Free review

Talking Tom Cat 2 Free proves worthy of its popularity, featuring the eponymous hero in an apartment setting as well as wonderful new actions and animations, a fun game with a leaderboard, and an in-game currency you can use to unlock apparel for Tom and accessories for his apartment. The changes in this edition are entirely visual. The app's main attraction, the voice recognition feature, which makes Tom repeat everything you say in a funny voice, is as good as in the original.

Pros

Detailed, fluid graphics: Talking Tom Cat 2 Free comes with fine graphics that seem even … Read more

Talking Tom Cat review

Talking Tom Cat stands out as an entertaining interactive app, fun not only for children, but also for adults. It brings to your screen a shrewd Tom who can repeat everything you say, as well as perform various antics for your amusement. The appeal of this app lies in its delightful voice feature, wonderful animations, and nice graphics.

Pros

Accurate voice feature: Talking Tom Cat can repeat almost everything you say, even when you whisper it, and the great thing is that it's most fun when it fails to pick up some words.

Excellent interaction: Not only does Tom … Read more

Outage hits Google Talk, Hangouts

Google's chat services experienced some hiccups early Monday. Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts were down for some users for roughly three hours, according to the company's app status dashboard.

"The problem with Google+ Hangouts should be resolved," reads a Google update posted at 12:28 p.m. PT. "We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

Google posted the same status update at that time … Read more

Architects need to start using their ears

Julian Treasure's TED Talk, "Why architects need to use their ears" struck a chord with me. Our noisy living and working environments create stress, precisely because architects routinely ignore the consequences of acoustics in their work. Treasure put it this way: "Architects design with their eyes rather than their ears -- which means that spaces generally look great and sound terrible." I always thought the same, but it was nice to hear someone as well spoken as Treasure put it so succinctly.

Treasure believes that of all the senses, hearing is the one that has … Read more

'Talking Angela' programmer talks hoaxes, AI mastery (Q&A)

If you're not a parent or teenager, it's possible you first heard of Talking Angela because of a meme spreading virally on Facebook that it was a front for a pedophilia ring.

In fact, Talking Angela is a hugely popular artificial intelligence chatbot, a talking cat, aimed at teenagers, and the hoax has been fully repudiated. Available for iOS and Android, Talking Angela has been downloaded more than 57 million times. But thanks to word going around about the pedophilia hoax, the app jumped to No. 3 on the iTunes iPhone charts.

On the one hand, it's … Read more

California court: Drivers can use smartphone maps, for now

Texting or chatting on the phone while driving is illegal in California, but the law seems still to be catching up with technology when it comes to other aspects of smartphone use behind the wheel.

A court of appeals has reversed an earlier court decision that ruled map reading on a cell phone was taboo under the law, according to the Associated Press. The 5th District Court of Appeal said the law currently applies only to talking and texting on mobile devices and doesn't yet have legal language for app use.

The case came about in January 2012 after … Read more