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Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide review

As a 33-page guide to the popular tower defense mobile and PC game, Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide does help you become a better player, but it reads awkwardly at times. Don't expect to find any cheats or special tactics in it.

Pros

Concise: Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide tells you the essentials about the game, covering the gameplay and all the plants and zombies you must deal with. It's a quick read from start to finish.

Includes graphics: Every plant and zombie covered in this guide has its own icon, so that you can easily … Read more

The 404 1,446: Where we feel a draft (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- "Naked and Afraid" is the craziest show on TV.

- The stress of being a computer programmer is literally driving many of them crazy.

- Another AirBnB horror story -- will these ever get old?… Read more

Frogs Vs Pests Seasons review

Frogs Vs Pests Seasons is a game that pits the frogs protecting their lily pads from the bugs that want to come eat the flowers. It's your job to make sure the flowers stay intact, and the bugs are the ones who get eaten. Potential attackers come from all directions, so you have to be ready to rotate 360 degrees to head off their advances.

This app has an intuitive interface and comes ready to play. The first level gives you a good chance to get used to the controls, as the flies and other bugs don't come … Read more

Mastering engineer says the LP is the most accessible high-resolution music format

The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc. After the side was complete he examined the grooves with a microscope. DeTurk then said, "Vinyl is the most consumer-friendly high-resolution format around." Right, more people are buying LPs than true high-resolution 24 bit/192 kHz files, the ones that can sound better than CD-quality FLAC or Apple Lossless files. … Read more

Apple iPad Mini Retina vs. the new Google Nexus 7

It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.

Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.

The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.

Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more

U-Turn Orbit: An audiophile-quality turntable for $179

Most cheap turntables sound cheap -- they're rumbly, thin and distorted -- but the U-Turn Orbit Basic suffers no such faults. Before the $179 Orbit's debut, audiophile turntable prices started at around $400. And while used turntables might be a way to get into vinyl for less, turntables are rather delicate devices, so used buys can be risky. If you're ready to take the plunge and explore new vinyl frontiers, you need a decent turntable to hear what the fuss is all about. The Orbit Basic will take you there.

I first heard about the Orbit when … Read more

Prizefight: Sony PS4 vs. Microsoft Xbox One

It's a prizefight punch out between Sony and Microsoft in a battle for bragging rights for the next generation of gaming!

Sony's PlayStation 4 is the sleekest console we've ever seen, with powerful hardware to boot, and has its sight set on the hardcore gamer.

Microsoft's Xbox One brings new innovations like HDMI pass-through and voice commands. Gaming is its heart, but it also hopes to rule your living room.

So which gaming console is your prizefight King of the Ring? It's the PS4 versus the Xbox One.

Cast your vote!

PS4 vs. Xbox One: Round 1 to Sony

The products are out, the reviews are in, so we now ask, who's the winner?

Well, here at CNET, the answer today is the PlayStation 4, though not by much. Both products received 3.5 stars from our reviewer Jeff Bakalar. However, the PS4 received the higher overall score, beating the Xbox One 7.5 to 7.0 in our expanded ratings system (if you didn't know we had an expanded ratings system, roll your cursor over the stars and you'll see what I mean).

That 3.5 stars is a pretty good score -- and we … Read more

Review: Defend your home stadium from intruders in Baseball Vs Zombies

Baseball Vs Zombies overcomes mediocre graphics and ads to become a solid tower defense game. Though it starts off incredibly easy and is somewhat repetitive, many people will love the goofy gameplay and the fun premise. It's definitely worth trying out if you're a big fan of tower defense games.

This game has you take the role of a popular baseball team, defending your home stadium from an onslaught of zombie invaders. In addition to protecting your home field, your team has to destroy the zombie base, each level, in order to succeed. As with most tower defense … Read more

Review: Plants vs. Zombies 2 enhances nearly everything from before.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a truly triumphant return for one of the iPhone's and Android's most popular mobile games, with new features, characters, and game modes designed to keep you hooked for even longer. PopCap's newest mobile masterpiece takes everything that made Plants vs. Zombies great and ramps it up by a factor of three. While some will balk at the free-to-play model, especially after looking at the in-app purchase prices, the game plays well without upgrades and on a technical level is very finely made.

At first glance, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is not unlike … Read more