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Apr 23 2014 6:52PM EST | Source: Geek.com
OnePlus One back
Is it the titan killer? The flagship stopper? The king slayer? We don't know yet, but after spending a little time with the OnePlus One, there's one thing we know for sure: this is one heck of a smartphone.

Apr 23 2014 5:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.

Apr 23 2014 5:40PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.

Apr 23 2014 5:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet.

Apr 23 2014 5:10PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

“Stealth board game” isn’t exactly a common genre, but it’s the best way to describe Hitman GO, the debut project from Square Enix’s new Montreal studio. It strips down and repurposes classic stealth mechanics from the popular console and computer assassination game series, and the result is a novel experience that’s perfectly suited for the App Store.

Hitman GO takes place on a series of game boards with a grid overlay, populated by security guards, night watchmen, and unwitting police officers. The iconically chrome-domed Agent 47 must sneak his way through each diorama, one space at a time, while completing objectives and avoiding detection by the patrolling enemies. If need be, Agent 47 can “kill” other pieces by occupying their space on the board. In keeping with the series’ tradition, 47 also has a few tricks at his disposal: a well-thrown rock can distract a wandering guard, for example, but a color-coded disguise can fool him altogether.

These goodies add extra layers of complexity to the puzzles on offer, but they build on a solid foundation of stealth gameplay: line of sight, pattern recognition, and timing are just as important to Hitman GO as they are in its more freeform predecessors. Hitman GO is to professional assassinations as chess is to medieval warfare, and the result is a more cerebral and pensive take on the series. Stubborn brute force won’t get Agent 47 very far.

Hitman GO’s larger structure is common for iOS puzzlers: you can earn up to three stars for each level, and earning these stars unlocks the later portions of the game. You might earn a star for dispatching a certain number of guards, for example, or completing objectives quickly or non-violently. These optional objectives are a nod to Hitman’s openness, but they also work well to illustrate the range of options provided by an ostensibly limited set of mechanics. 

The bottom line. Hitman GO is a clever and stylish work of alchemy, bringing elegant stealth mechanics to a new platform and a fresh genre.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Company: 

Square Enix

Contact: 

Price: 

$4.99

Requirements: 

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

Positives: 

Clever mix of stealth and board game mechanics. Puzzle design offers a broad range of goals and solutions. Captures the feel and atmosphere of its console cousins.

Negatives: 

Being spotted means starting over, which is a real pain for complicated, multi-step puzzles. Hitman Go also chews up battery life.

Score: 
4.5 Excellent

Apr 23 2014 5:07PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - ServiceNow Inc , which makes software to automate and manage IT services, forecast second-quarter and full-year revenue above Wall Street estimates.

Apr 23 2014 5:06PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday posted quarterly revenue that missed expectations as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower.

Apr 23 2014 5:05PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Xilinx Inc , a maker of programmable chips, forecast current-quarter revenue largely below analysts' estimates, sending the company's shares down 6 percent in extended trading.

Apr 23 2014 5:05PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.

Apr 23 2014 5:04PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Apr 23 2014 5:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Gardening may look easy, but there's a subtle art to it. Even if you're just growing herbs on your windowsill, each plant needs careful management, and the slightest deviation in your watering or fertilizing schedule can result in withered leaves and small, undernourished stalks. Garden Plan Pro thinks it can help. With a comprehensive strategy that maps every square inch of your plot of plants, the app doesn't just keep track of your seedlings—it offers tips and guidance that promise to get your garden off the ground.

Freshly redesigned with a clean iOS 7 aesthetic, the app's interface gives off an air of simplicity, but there's nothing simplistic about its core capabilities. With a set of relatively easy-to-use tools, you can make a scale representation of your gardening area, including any flowerbeds, pathways, or shrubbery that may adorn it. When searching for plants to add, you'll find far more than a list of common flora: select one of the nearly 200 varieties of greens and it'll tell you optimal planting time, spacing, position, and soil saturation, along with a few extra tips and tricks for more advanced gardeners. And if your thumb isn't green enough to take advantage of all of that information, it can tap into location services to tell you what will grow best in your particular climate.

But while we enjoyed designing our garden, the app isn't quite as useful as it could be. For example, you can set the month a particular plant was put in the ground, but you can't choose a specific date of germination. Consequently, the only way to keep track of watering or rotating is by entering detailed notes in its barebones journal, so we'd like the ability to add pictures or set alerts in a future update. We also had some trouble with moving plants around, and experienced iCloud slowdown and syncing issues.

The bottom line. Garden Plan Pro will help you pick and plant the garden of your dreams, but the app isn’t as helpful with making it grow.

Review Synopsis

Company: 

Growing Interactive

Price: 

$7.99

Requirements: 

iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Good design tools help you meticulously map out your garden. Excellent library of plants. Lots of useful tips and information on proper gardening.

Negatives: 

No way to set specific dates for planting. Lacks scheduling options and watering alerts. No pictures or organization options in journal. iCloud syncing is slow and occasionally unreliable.

Score: 
3 Solid

Apr 23 2014 4:57PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Samsung Galaxy K
We’re only a week away from Samsung officially announcing the new Galaxy K, but it turns out this camera hybrid stopped for a photoshoot on the way. Samsung is one of several companies […]

Apr 23 2014 4:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc posted fiscal second-quarter revenue on Wednesday that missed expectations as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower.

Apr 23 2014 4:38PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.

Apr 23 2014 4:21PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus will relinquish the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting Wednesday, taking on an advisory role as chief executive Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan.

Apr 23 2014 3:56PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.

Apr 23 2014 3:56PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator on Wednesday said he was unconvinced by AT&T Inc's threat to sit out next year's major auction of wireless spectrum over proposed restrictions on its participation.

Apr 23 2014 3:54PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week.

Apr 23 2014 3:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.

Apr 23 2014 3:16PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data.

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