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Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

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Pastor creates Web site to shame bad after-church restaurant tippers

Whenever the collection plate used to come around in church, necks would crane to observe how much people were contributing.

"Were those just coins?" you could hear one lady mutter.

"One measly note? But they've got a four-bedroom house in Spain," a man gruffed.

It seems, though, that some leave church with parsimony still churning around the stomachs.

For a Tennessee pastor, Chad Roberts, has taken it upon himself to chide those who tip meanly in restaurants after church.… Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

We've got another great lineup for you this week, including brand new episodes of your favorite shows, how-to tips, hot first looks and more.

After an extended break, Googlicious is back with a fresh new episode that's packed with all the Google and Android scoop you could ask for. Host Brian Tong dishes out the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, and is Samsung attempting to beat Google Glass with a Galaxy Glass?

And while most of us likely won't get the luxury of attending this weekend's big game in person, why not do the next best … Read more

Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly

If you have fingernails that extend beyond your fingertip and have ever used a resistive touch screen -- like the one on the Nintendo 3DS, for example -- you know that the index nail can provide a lot more accuracy than just tapping with your fingertip, and using it's a lot easier than taking out a stylus every time.

Elektra Nails has taken this principle and transferred it to the much more popular capacitive touch screen employed in smartphones and tablets. The company has created a false fingernail -- like the kind you can buy in pharmacies or have applied in manicure studios -- out of capacitive material, so that you can use it on your screen. … Read more

Time-saving tips for the new year

Workers are more productive than ever. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "nonfarm business sector labor productivity" increased 3 percent in the third quarter of 2013 over the same period a year earlier.

Much of the increase in worker productivity can be attributed to technology. But as anyone who uses a computer at work can attest, technology giveth and technology taketh away.

These tips will help ensure you're on the positive side of the technology equation.

A 5-minute video that can save you hours Last spring, New York Times technology writer David Pogue gave … Read more

Photography 101: Learning the ropes with your new camera

Editors' note: This is an expanded and updated version of a story first posted in December 2011.

You've opened the box, charged the battery, and oohed and aahed over your shiny new toy. Now what?

Scan your manual No, you don't have to read the whole thing, just the important stuff. In the beginning somewhere there will be a diagram showing you the parts of the camera. That's the really important stuff. Then turn to the index, providing the manual has one (there are some utterly heinous examples of manualcraft that don't include an index); if there isn't, use the table of contents instead. Run down the index or TOC, and look at the page in the manual for every term you don't understand. … Read more

Quick and simple time-saving tips for the Nexus 7

One good thing about the tablet wars is that there can be more than one winner. Even for a longtime iPad user such as myself, there's a lot to like about the Nexus 7.

You'll like the device even more after you've tweaked a few of its default settings. Here are a handful of customizations guaranteed to make your use of the Nexus 7 more enjoyable.

Set or change your default apps When you choose a file on your Android tablet, you're prompted to select an app to open it in. To set your selected app … Read more

Eight little-known tips for OS X users

OS X has a number of commands available in various system and application menus which give you access to file and window management, among other details. In addition to these, there are hidden options which can be found by holding the Option, Shift, and Command keys with the various menus open.

Along with built-in commands, there are several useful, but somewhat hidden, behaviors that might be beneficial to some people. These include getting information about controls, manipulating items in Spotlight, and moving windows around on screen.

Tooltips for window controls If you have a window open and do not know … Read more

AT&T to offer $5 LTE day pass

AT&T to offer $5 LTE day pass:

In this episode of Update:

- $5 LTE day-pass from AT&T gets you 250MB. But is that enough?

- Pre-order PS4 games right now! Or just wait, there doesn't seem to be an incentive to pay early.

- Hulu is making its way to the 3DS family.

- Tip calculation is now worked into Google's search functionality.

- Swiftkey 4.3 brings with it some impressive keyboard relocation features.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for … Read more

Google Maps tricks out iOS app with more navigation features

Google Maps updated its iOS app on Tuesday with new route and traffic features. According to Google, the update brings "faster access to navigation," "tips and tricks" for beginning users, and support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Version 2.3.4's navigation feature helps users better decide among various traffic and route options. The app now has a smaller map within the route selection screen, which lets people more easily compare directions based on traffic and other conditions. The "tips and tricks" section gives users advice on how to use the app and its … Read more