Year Walk review

Year Walk is a game based on the ancient Swedish tradition of the same name, which people embarked upon in the hopes of learning the future. Through the game's streamlined and elegant interface, you'll explore a mysterious wooded area and attempt to decipher the clues you find there.


Know what you want: To play this game, you don't really need to know much about the Year Walk tradition and folklore, but there is a free companion app that includes all kinds of information that you may find interesting or useful. Especially if you're new to … Read more

Solar Walk Free review

Previously an iOS-only app that has now become available for Android, Solar Walk Free features a beautiful and engaging 3D model of the solar system. The free version we tested is limited to the exploration of Saturn and its moons, while the paid version includes the complete solar system, plus some comets and galaxies.


Beautiful immersive graphics and animations: Solar Walk Free impressed us with the high quality of its graphics and animations, which displayed beautifully on our mobile device, providing a high level of detail. We especially enjoyed planet movement in accelerated time mode of hours, days, or … Read more

The Walking Dead Season One review

The Walking Dead: Season One by Telltale Games is an Android game set in the same universe as the popular "Walking Dead" zombie apocalypse comics and cable TV series. The game's events prefigure the involvement of Sheriff Rick Grimes from the TV series. You're a convicted criminal granted a second chance, but unfortunately it's out there among the animated corpses who want to kill and eat you. If that happens, you lose.


Zombie chic: Even if they're stone cold dead, zombies are hot these days, and some folks just can't get enough … Read more

Star Apps: Josh McDermitt of 'The Walking Dead'

The record-breaking "Walking Dead" Season 4 finale did not disappoint -- unless you happened to be one of the hapless human survivors trapped in the train car of death. A few days later, I chatted with actor Josh McDermitt, who plays mulleted scientist Dr. Eugene Porter, about the hit AMC series, the finale, transitioning from sitcoms to "The Walking Dead," why zombies continue to dominate in pop culture, which app would help him survive a zombie apocalypse, and his favorite mobile software.

What are your thoughts on "The Walking Dead" season finale? I thought … Read more

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Texting while walking makes you go wonky, researchers say

Just as I don't text and drive, I also don't text and walk. I stand still to do my digital business. Sure, like everybody else, I was curious if I could successfully walk and text at the same time. But one jarring landing down a driveway drop-off was enough to make me give it up for good. Now, I have some scientific backing for my decision.

A team of researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia conducted a study titled "Texting and Walking: Strategies for Postural Control and Implications for Safety." The work focused on the gait performance of 26 healthy individuals when walking normally, reading on a phone, and then texting.… Read more

'Walking Dead,' legless teen pull off zombie prank

One of the most memorable zombies to ever scare the bejeezus out of audiences on "The Walking Dead" showed up in the very first episode of the series. The decomposing, legless female zombie pulled herself over the ground and forever crawled into the popular zombie imagination.

High school student Nick Santonastasso has just entered the pantheon of great zombies with an assist from cast and crew members of the "The Walking Dead."

Santonastasso was born with one arm and no legs as a result of the rare genetic disorder Hanhart syndrome. He is also a massive fan of "The Walking Dead." He had already parlayed his appearance into a series of extremely effective zombie pranks where he freaked out unsuspecting people in the aisles of a store.… Read more

Review: Type while you walk free uses the camera on your iPhone to make the journey safer

Type while you walk is exactly as it sounds, a tool that lets you multitask, safely. While it may sound like a joke at first, the app actually does what it promises very well, providing a text overlay on your camera so you can actively see what's going on around you and compose text on your iPhone's screen.

The app doesn't have a lot of frills or gimmicks other than what is promised in the title. After opening it, you can start typing right away with your camera actively on in the background. At any time you … Read more

Moves tracks your every move to measure your daily physical activity

Moves is yet another way for people to track how active they are. The app isn't new; it originally launched in December 2012, and, at the time, it was a radical idea. Moves required a user to carry his or her iPhone at all times, and it would magically track and count steps.

Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more

Honda steps forward with walking assist device

Honda's latest foray into the world beyond cars and bikes may sound like a bit of a leap, but it's the next logical step in the company's line of personal mobility devices.

The Walking Assist Device, which we took a look at back in 2008 but ultimately dates back to 1999, has evolved from an interesting concept that might make walking a bit easier to the subject of a new clinical trial that might help stroke patients improve their mobility.

Honda announced last week that it is currently testing its battery-powered device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As with its humanoid bot ASIMO, Honda says its Walking Assist Device uses cooperative control tech the company developed over the course of studying the human gait. Using readings from hip angle sensors of the patient's natural gait, a control computer activates motors to improve the symmetry of the timing of each leg lift and to promote a longer stride. The simple design includes adjustable belts to fit over differently-sized people and clothing.… Read more