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Apr 24 2014 7:26PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Feeling hungry? Many restaurant chains now offer free mobile apps to make it easier to find locations near you, and some of them now even allow customers to pay with their iPhone as well. It's time to start whetting your appetite with the best and brightest of eatery-related apps, and thankfully we've rounded up eight of the best that can be downloaded from the App Store right away. Bon appétit!

Apr 24 2014 6:24PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Prescription Frames Glass
The one day only deal for Google Glass was apparently just a trial run for Google, because now the Glass store is open for all potential customers. It’s been a year since the […]

Apr 24 2014 6:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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We all have a talent or skill that deserves to be shown off, and there's no better way to showcase your abilities than with a website. It doesn't matter if you're trying to sell your talents or just show off what you can do--but you're going to need a good looking site. You can get one with this pack of ten premium WordPress themes, on sale now in our Deals tab. Find out more after the jump.

When setting up your site for the web, you have to be aware that users won't just be viewing it from their desktops but also from their mobile devices. Luckily for you, these WordPress themes are made to go mobile. Minimalistic designs that are content-oriented will make sure your work is the main focus of the site. All the site designs are e-commerce ready and can be built upon with three bonus plugins that come with the deal.

These premium WordPress themes usually retail for $149. Head to our Deals tab and you'll save 67% off that price. That means your total is just $49. It's a great deal for these awesome themes, so grab this offer today!

Apr 24 2014 5:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Usually, we hit you up with tons and tons of refurb action, but sometimes you're looking at some serious deals on brand spanking new fresh out of the box Mac action and sometimes we've got just the ticket. Well, today is one of those sometimes. And we'll throw in a couple refurbs just for old time's sake. But take a deep whiff. Smell that? That's new Mac smell and there's nothing like it on earth.

Apr 24 2014 4:56PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Film noir combines beautifully with graphic novel aesthetics and stealth puzzling in Third Eye Crime, the debut effort from the ex-Bungie team at Moonshot Games. With a story full of twists and turns and a smooth lead character, it's a super-slick offering, and there's plenty of great level design to back up the style. This iOS original turns one particular film noir convention on its head, casting you not as a private detective but as Rothko, a telepathic art thief dragged into a mess he'd have rather avoided entirely.

Rothko’s uncanny ability to read minds enables him to anticipate where guards will look for him. Glowing red trails show where they think you are—or might be—while shaded blue arcs reveal their line of sight. Rothko moves along the paths you trace for him, either ahead of time or on the fly—often both, as you quickly adjust your plans. Your job, of course, is to stay out of sight whenever possible and never be where the guards think you are when they arrive at that point. It's easier said than done, though, and each of the 118 levels leaves less margin for error than the last; the second act (of three) especially ups the ante.

Third Eye Crime never gets too tough, though, as there’s a consistent logic to the design and plenty of leeway for individual play styles. There are multiple ways to solve every level, while optional goals—such as not being seen or collecting all the loot—add an extra element of strategy and challenge for anyone eager to embody the master thief persona. You’ll soon learn that there’s an art to misdirection, and it provides a special thrill when you pull it off perfectly.

These are not your typical video game guards; they’ll hunt you down relentlessly and intelligently, working as a team to methodically search every nook and cranny for you (and also, when you have one, your accomplice). The chase is every bit as thrilling as the sneak, and a jazz soundtrack you’ll be humming for days backs a noir-inspired story told beautifully in sliding panels—graphic novel-style—between chapters.

The bottom line. Third Eye Crime serves up a masterful blend of stealth puzzling and noir-inspired storytelling, with misdirection cleverly applied on both counts.

Review Synopsis

Company: 

Gameblyr

Contact: 

Price: 

$2.99

Requirements: 

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Smooth, slick aesthetics. Great music. Stellar level design. Guards act intelligently and consistently. Compelling, well-told story.

Negatives: 

Minor issues with small movements and using items while stationary. Need to complete all but two levels in each chapter, which prevents less-able players from progressing.

Score: 
5 Awesome

Apr 24 2014 4:40PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported higher-than-expected revenue growth in the first quarter and boosted its investments in technology, content and warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches out into new businesses.

Apr 24 2014 4:13PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin.

Apr 24 2014 3:59PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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We're approaching the middle of August, which means summer is coming to a close. It never lasts as long as we want, and it's almost impossible to fit all of your plans in to just a few months. Just because you have to return to real life doesn't mean you have to leave all of summer behind, though. Grab Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Platinum and you take always travel to the world's best theme park--one built by you. It's on sale right now in our Deals tab.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum usually retails for $30. If you head to our Deals tab today, you can save yourself a full 83% off that price. That brings your total to just $4.99. That's a steal for this game, so take advantage of this offer today!

Apr 24 2014 3:55PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple has long been a trend-setter whose hot products attract imitators, and now its recent stock split might help revive a trend from the 1990s that has all but disappeared on Wall Street.

Apr 24 2014 3:42PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The key to winning a match in a fighting game is predicting what your opponent will do—and then punishing him or her once you get the opening you're waiting for. Focusing on this more mental component of the genre, Yomi for iPad introduces aspects of poker and rock-paper-scissors to turn that combo-happy experience into a strategic card game that still feels like you’re fighting. You may not be mashing buttons, but Yomi offers intense and rewarding moments that put your skills to the test.

A match in Yomi is like one round in a fighting game: both sides try to take down the opponent to zero health with a mix of basic attacks, combos, and specials, guarding every so often or jumping away to avoid getting hit. Instead of physically moving a character, however, you’ll be drawing cards from a deck that offers several possible offensive and defensive commands. Aces, for example, are your character’s ultimate attack and require a few of the same type to play it. But it’s not just the cards in your hand that you’ll need to think about. Attacks are vulnerable to dodge cards, blocks can stop attacks from hitting, and throws can easily trump an opponent playing a block card and leave him or her open for a devastating combo. Each turn still provides that fast-paced feeling of exchanging blows with the enemy, but Yomi turns it into a satisfying and quite combative game of poker where you want Lady Luck on your side.

Luck isn’t the only thing that can affect the outcome of a match, though. The key to winning lies in knowing your character (or deck) and understanding how each card can help you at different times. And with 10 unique characters—ranging from defensive tanks to nimble hitters—to choose from, Yomi gives you plenty of room to find and master your favorite play style.

Originally a tabletop game, Yomi feels and looks great on iPad and offers an additional 10 decks to play with via an in-app purchase. Detailed tutorials definitely help you get acquainted with all its intricacies, and offline battles let you practice your skills before facing off against online opponents. Its presentation proves a bit lacking over time, however, as staring at bland, static images of your fighter or listening to the same repetitive music can get old pretty fast.

The bottom line. Intricate yet fun to learn, Yomi mixes fighting and card games together into a compact package that plays just as well on iPad as it does on your tabletop.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Company: 

Sirlin Games

Price: 

$9.99

Requirements: 

iPad running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Fluid and responsive controls let gameplay translate perfectly to iPad. Ten decks to choose from, each with its own special mix of commands and abilities. Sharp visuals capture the detail of every card.

Negatives: 

Steep learning curve. Basic animations and sound don’t offer much to enhance the experience.

Score: 
4.5 Excellent

Apr 24 2014 3:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a large antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court filing on Thursday.

Apr 24 2014 3:38PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, is leaving the Internet search company, he said on Thursday, three years after overseeing the launch of the Google+ social network.

Apr 24 2014 3:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's communications regulator has ordered three cellphone companies to pay 5.8 billion CFA francs ($12.23 million) in fines for poor service.

Apr 24 2014 3:30PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Facebook said on Thursday that it has created a newswire tool tailored to journalists, part of a broader effort to be the go-to place for conversation for its 1 billion users.

Apr 24 2014 3:03PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Crystal Collection Galaxy S5
Have you heard the one about the guy who wanted his Galaxy S5 to feel more like a premium phone so he glued a bunch of Swarovski crystals to the back of it? […]

Apr 24 2014 2:50PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - Security software maker Rapid7 said on Thursday that it has hired Nick Percoco, a security researcher who is well known for his work hacking mobile devices.

Apr 24 2014 2:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over "net neutrality" rules it is developing, saying the agency would make sure broadband providers which "unreasonably" discriminate against Web traffic are punished.

Apr 24 2014 2:17PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
The phone's screen would curve to conform to its rounded corners, according to Japanese website Macotakara.






Apr 24 2014 1:48PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, announced on Thursday that he is leaving the Internet search company.

Apr 24 2014 1:33PM EST | Source: Geek.com
DIY Phone
There are a myriad of DIY projects to fill your free time, but making your own cell phone? It’s actually possible now thanks to an open source project from MIT professor and co-creator […]

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