The best iPad games No-one predicted the meteoric rise of gaming on iOS, and we're not sure anyone knew what the iPad was for at all when it first appeared.However, Apple's tablet has become a very able gaming platform. With more screen space than the iPhone, games have the means to be more immersive. The iPad's therefore a perfect platform for adventure games, strategy titles and puzzlers. Not sure which iPad is best? We've got them listed on our best iPad ranking - or you can check out the best tablets list to see the full range available now.But, just like the iPhone, there are so many iPad games that it's tough to unearth the gems and avoid the dross. That's our mission here - to bring you the very best iPad games, mixing traditional fare with titles that could only have appeared on a capable and modern multi-touch device.New: Starman ($3.99/£3.99/AU$5.99)Starman is an atmospheric adventure featuring a little astronaut trying to bring light to a monochromatic world. Its … [Read more...] about Best iPad games: the top free and paid-for titles around
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“He’s back, and he has a gun!” Adam Purinton strode toward the patio of Austins Bar & Grill, a black and white cloth tied around his head and military-style medals pinned haphazardly to his white shirt. He burst into the patio’s flimsy side door shouting, “Get out of my country!” and fired his handgun at two Indian men seated at a high table, according to eyewitnesses and police records. Customers screamed over the din of the TVs and dove for the ground. At least three bullets hit the man facing the door, Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Another bullet plunged into the leg of his friend, Alok Madasani, who crawled for the door before collapsing on the concrete. Alok’s wife was pregnant with their first child, due in four months, and all he could think of was living to see his baby’s face. Survive, he thought. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old former Marine, ducked under a table nearby, counting the blasts of bullets. The shots stopped. When … [Read more...] about A Murder in Kansas Shatters the New American Dream
Best shows on Amazon Prime Welcome to our extensive best shows on Amazon Prime list. If you're going to binge-watch, then make sure you're doing it properly, and Amazon's competitive Netflix rival is a good place to start. This is our pick of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video, the TV series that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around. [Update: Three fantastic series have entered our best shows on Amazon Prime list. They include the superb Black-ish - the show President Obama loves and President Trump hates. You be the judge on who you trust on that one. There's also Jean-Claude Van Johnson, a meta comedy starring the Kickboxer legend and the sublime Agents of Shield - of which there are four series.] Get your free 30-day Amazon Prime trialSince the launch of Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse. Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix's self-serving model to produce its own … [Read more...] about Best Amazon Prime TV shows (January 2018): 50 great series to watch today
WIRED Logo Click to share this story on Facebook Click to share this story on Twitter Click to email this story Click to comment on this story. (will open new tab) This article is a collaboration between WIRED and Epic Magazine. Love in the Time of Robots Hiroshi Ishiguro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself. by Alex Mar 10.17.17 It is summer 2002, mid-morning in a university research lab on the edge of Osaka, Japan. Two girls—both dressed in pale yellow, with child-puffy cheeks, black shoulder-length hair, and bangs—stand opposite each other under fluorescent lights. More precisely: One is a girl, 5 years old; the other is her copy, her android replica. They are the same size, one modeled on the other, and … [Read more...] about Are We Ready for Intimacy with Robots?
It’s been a banner year for the smart home, with new players and new products flooding the market. It’s never been easier or less expensive to convert an ordinary home into a technological wonderland. The biggest developments have come with the widespread adoption of voice control, with Amazon’s Echo family way out in front in terms of new products and third-party support. But the Noon Lighting System, which shipped late in the year, is easily the most exciting smart home product we’ve seen to date.We reviewed a lot of great products this year—and we encountered a few dogs as well—but this list represents our picks for the best of the best. Products needn’t to have been introduced in 2017 for consideration (though they of course had to be available for purchase), and a handful of contenders didn’t arrive in time for us to consider: The Google Home Max, the Nest Protect, and of course the delayed Apple HomePod. We’ll review those as … [Read more...] about The best smart home products of 2017
Most speculation about Apple entering the television market swirls around the still-fabled “iTV” — an Apple-branded flat-screen television presaged in last year’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs in which he commented he’d “finally cracked” the issues surrounding an Apple television.However, in the meantime, the diminutive Apple TV has quietly risen to dominate the market for set-top video streaming devices. At what point does the existing Apple TV stop being a “hobby” and start being a market-leading product? Could the iTV faithful one day wake up to find they’ve already been looking into Apple’s television universe for some time?Hulu PlusApple showed some progress on the Apple TV front on Tuesday by adding Hulu Plus to the box in an update. Hulu Plus remains a paid subscription service on the Apple TV — $8 per month, with a one-week trial available for free — but billing is handled … [Read more...] about Apple TV: Is Apple’s ‘hobby’ finally ready for prime time?
Do you think watching television can’t get any easier? Amazon Alexa will make you think again.Helping you live your best life as a couch potato is Amazon Alexa, whose latest functionality involves the hands-free operation of your TV set. If you’re a television fanatic located in the U.S., you can now ask Alexa on your Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show to turn on (or off) your TV (as well as any AV receivers or IR hub). As of Thursday, customers can control their 2017 Sony 4K HDR Android TVs and certain 2016 Sony 4K HDR Android TVs, a Logitech IR Hub, or a BroadLink remote control with just their voice.“Today, we are excited to introduce entertainment capabilities as part of the Smart Home Skill API,” Amazon announced. Whereas you could previously control a smart TV by way of Alexa, you still had to invoke a specific skill. But now, you can just say, “Alexa, turn on the TV,” “Alexa, fast forward,” “Alexa, make it louder,” or … [Read more...] about With hands-free operation, Amazon Alexa makes it even easier to watch TV
Is your TV spying on you? It’s quite possible. The latest Wikileaks document dump revives fears that smart TVs, particularly some Samsung models, are gathering data on users and fooling them into thinking they are turned off.The latest revelation, which has yet to authenticated, does seem like something out of Doctor Who. In fact, “Weeping Angel,” the nasty malware used to fool TV owners, is named after a monster on that long-running BBC Sci Fi show. According to the leaked documents, Weeping Angel keeps a TV turned on even when it appears to be turned off. As a result, conversations in the same room as the TV can be recorded and transmitted over the internet.[ Related: Apple has already fixed most of the iOS exploits the CIA used ]You can see the leaked document here, and it’s worth noting that it’s 3-years-old. There’s no way to know if the CIA has enhanced or discarded Weeping Angel since then.Samsung says it is aware of the alleged hack and … [Read more...] about How to know if your smart TV can spy on you
As you shop for that new "smart" refrigerator that can do everything including figuring out when you're low on milk, perhaps you should also think about the risk of some mischievous hacker taking control of it and having 5,000 gallons of milk delivered to your door.Unlikely, yes, but possible. And that's just inconvenient. What about a hacker who unlocks your doors while you're away?[What the Internet of Things means for security]That scenario is real. It has been demonstrated. Security experts have been saying for more than a decade that, in the world of electronic devices, "smart" does not mean secure. They have warned that if security is not made a priority, the convenience provided by those devices will be undermined by cyber criminals.And most of them say things have gotten even worse since those warnings began, in part due to the explosive growth of consumer devices with embedded computers.In an interview with PaulDotCom Security Weekly TV this past February, Craig Heffner, a … [Read more...] about Smart devices get smarter, but still lack security
It's possible to give a great presentation using your cell phone – all it takes is a little know-how, or in some cases, an extra cable. Here's how to turn your Android phone into a presentation tool.AllCast is an Android-compatible app that allows you to wirelessly stream content from your phone to an external monitor or television. To use AllCast you'll need a compatible set-top box. Supported devices include Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Google's Chromecast as well as Smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.Once the app is installed on both your smartphone and secondary device, you can stream your business presentation to a larger display using a Wi-Fi connection.Older projectors usually connect to computers via a VGA port, while newer projectors connect via an HDMI port. Unfortunately, your Android smartphone probably has neither of those. But there are still ways to link your phone to a projector and beam your business presentation onto a wall. To do so, … [Read more...] about How to Share a Presentation from an Android Phone