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Mactracker for Mac review

Mactracker for Mac lets you look up and compare the specifications of every product ever made by Apple through a straightforward interface. You can browse by category or search for a specific model, and you can even create smart categories to highlight products with certain specifications.

Pros

Detailed entries: The entry for each product listed in this app includes detailed information in a variety of categories. And to make accessing the information you're looking for even more convenient, the app features multiple categories of information for each product including General, Memory and Graphics, Connections and Expansions, History, and Notes.… Read more

Don't Step the White Tile review

Don't Step the White Tile is a game that tests your reflexes and your concentration by challenging you never to step off the marked path. As the board moves, you can step only on the grey tiles to keep advancing toward your goal, and you have to do it as quickly as possible.

Pros

Three modes: While the mechanics of this game are quite straightforward, the app provides three different ways to test yourself. You can compete in Time Attack, which measures how long it takes you to make 50 steps; Long Run, which challenges you to take as … Read more

Instagram review

Instagram provides a platform for you to apply filters and other effects to your photos and then share them with friends. You can choose to post only to Instagram, or you can share simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare right from the app.

Pros

Hashtag searches: In addition to adding your own photos to Instagram, you can also browse through the millions of photos other users have posted. One great way to see the kinds of pictures you're interested in quickly is to search for certain hashtags. And you can also include hashtags along with your own photos … Read more

White House embarks on climate change mapping project

The White House wants people and communities to be prepared for extreme weather events spurred by climate change, like coastal flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires. So, it's making data sets and maps from some of the country's top agencies available to the public in it's newly launched "Climate Data Initiative."

The maps and data sets are being collected in one Web site, data.gov/climate, which is full of open government data on the country's infrastructure and geographical features, like bridges, roads, tunnels, canals, and river gauges. The information comes from agencies such as NASA, … Read more

Cree bulks up with a new 100-watt replacement LED

Twelve months after getting into the consumer LED game with their highly popular 60-watt replacement and just a few months after the release of a 75-watt replacement, the team at Cree is expanding its line of LEDs yet again, this time with a 100-watt replacement. The new bulb claims a light output of 1,600 lumens at an energy cost of just 18 watts, and will sell at Home Depot for $19.97. In addition, Cree is announcing price cuts on almost every bulb that it sells, including the 60-watt TW Series LED, which will now retail for $15.97, … Read more

Popular white noise machines may be too loud for babies

It's no secret that parents of babies -- especially after the nights of interrupted sleep begin to add up -- go to great lengths to get their kids to sleep as many hours straight as possible. From dark rooms and swaddles to pacifiers and fans, any trick deemed safe is on the table.

Unfortunately, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, one popular tool may not be as safe as previously assumed: the steady hum of white noise machines.

Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say that after testing 14 popular sleep machines, they … Read more

White House faces options for regulating NSA data snooping -- report

The White House has reportedly received a proposal suggesting four ways to overhaul the National Security Agency's controversial phone record surveillance program.

Citing information from "officials familiar with the discussions," The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the proposal from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department was due by March 28 but was delivered earlier than expected.

Following widespread criticism over the NSA's bulk record collection, the Obama administration had asked US intelligence agencies and the Justice Department to come up with alternatives that would take the actual data ownership … Read more

White & Yellow Pages review

White & Yellow Pages makes it easy to search through phone and address listings to find products, services, or people near you. You can browse popular services, or search by business, person, or phone number. And when you find the listings you're looking for, you can save them to your favorites list.

When you install White & Yellow Pages, you can sign in if you have an existing account, create a new one directly, or log in via Facebook. An account is not required to use the service, however, and you can also choose to continue as a guest. … Read more

White House says it won't direct FCC to reclassify broadband

The Obama administration said Tuesday that although the president "vigorously supports" a free and open Internet, he can't order the Federal Communications Commission on how to proceed in reinstating Net neutrality protections.

The statement was in response to an online petition asking that the White House order the FCC to reclassify broadband providers as so-called "common carriers," which would put them under the same regulatory framework as the traditional phone network. The petition, which has received more than 105,000 signatures, was launched in January after the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC's Open Internet rulesRead more

Dear White House: Please bring back Flappy Bird

President Obama may have to contend with budget crises, economic woes, health care snafus, and international conflicts. But those are nothing compared to the greatest threat now facing the world -- the demise of Flappy Bird.

The popular game met an early expiration date on Sunday when its developer pulled the plug over worries that it was too addictive. Some of those who never got a chance to flap their wings have since turned to knockoffs, but one Flappy Bird fanatic thinks the government needs to step in to solve the problem.

In a White House petition launched Thursday, a … Read more