The most disappointing games of 2013

So you had your fill of the best games 2013 had to offer and now you're itching for the other side of the fence. That's where this list of the most disappointing games of 2013 has you covered.

2013 was home to a handful of titles that didn't live up to the hype, but only a select few can really be labeled as the most disappointing.

Top 5 worst smartphone fads

Today's smartphones are a mature technology. For better or worse, most of the phones out there have gravitated towards a common size, price, and feature set.

But the smartphone scene just a few years ago was a very different place. Disrupted by the iPhone, manufacturers were flailing around trying to come up with the next big thing, or even just a momentary gimmick.

So, just like when mom takes out the yearbook to remind you of your "awkward phase", in this week's Top 5 CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helped me flip through some of the most … Read more

7 unexpected features in iOS 7

My review of Apple's iOS 7 went up Wednesday morning, but since then I've been writing posts about what I think are the seven best and seven worst things about the new mobile OS.

Here is the third and final part of this series, covering some unexpected or hidden features in iOS 7.

There are certainly a ton of things that people are finding as they use iOS 7, so this is just a list of things that caught my attention over the past couple of days. If you have other hidden gems, please let me know in … Read more

The best and worst of iOS 7

In my review for iOS 7 I said the new mobile OS is a worthy upgrade for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. But that doesn't mean every part of the new OS is spectacular. Some new features in iOS 7 stand out like Control Center, for giving you quick access to the most-used system tools. But other things stand out in a much different way, such as Game Center's new rainbow bubble theme. Seriously? Rainbow bubbles?

Over the past couple of days since my review, I've gathered my favorite new features along with the things … Read more

The 7 worst things about iOS 7

Yesterday, I wrote The 7 best things about iOS 7 to give you my favorite changes to Apple's mobile OS. But the update is not perfect by any means and I definitely have a few gripes with the new design, some of the apps, and other things that have not been improved. Read my full review of iOS 7 here .

I still recommend iOS 7 to anyone with an iPhone 4S or later and the latest iPad, but there are definitely a few things you're going to have to live with if you upgrade to the latest OS.… Read more

The 404 1,342: Where we board a flight to HEL (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S.

- Why I'm gladly spending $100 more on the iPhone 5S over the iPhone 5C.

- Here comes a gold Lightning cable for your gold iPhone 5S.

- Apple has only increased the iPhone's battery capacity by 12 percent in six years.

- Apple stock tumbles following debut of new iPhones.

- Friday the 13th travelers take chance on flight 666 to HEL.… Read more

Boootube brings you the worst YouTube videos

Looking for something to do for the rest of the day? Look no further than Boootube.

Boootube (note the extra "o") is a roundup of the worst videos posted to YouTube, ranked by the number of down votes each one has received. But, the best part is, these videos aren't just horrible, they're also extremely entertaining.

So entertaining in fact, I haven't been able to complete any work since finding out about the site on The Verge.

You can expect to find clips of an 11-year old singing the National Anthem before a Major League … Read more

Top 5 money-sucking technologies

I am an unapologetic cheapskate. In fact, I got into this whole technology journalism thing as a way to feed my gadget lust without spending a dime to play with the latest tech.

I won't lie, it's a great gig. But just like any "kid in a candy shop" scenario, you gain a different perspective when you actually work in the candy shop.

There are a lot of good things to say about technology, and the high-tech age we currently live in. But it is also true that technology has provided a number of new and … Read more

Injustice? EA wins Worst Company in America again

They fought. They lost. They won.

This might sum up Electronic Arts' role in this year's Worst Company in America polling, conducted in the pages of the Consumerist.

For the second year running, the game maker has been voted America's worst company -- aka the company those who are online a lot choose to dislike the most.

It wasn't even close. EA managed to received 77.53 percent of the vote.

EA was up against Bank of America in the final and some might have imagined it might have a puncher's chance against an entity that … Read more

Top 5 Facebook flops

After Facebook's recent update to the Newsfeed, I got to thinking about how many Facebook features have failed over the years. And I don't mean the now-typical Terms of Service disasters. I mean new ideas, new features, and new products that took developers months or years of work, and just flat-out bombed.

Now, this is one of my lists that's completely subjective. I didn't rate these based on estimates of Facebook's time invested or profit loss or some ridiculous calculation of "flop" factor. If you disagree with my selections or ranking, you won'… Read more