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Best local multiplayer games of 2016

Because Mario Party isn’t enough to ruin your friendships<p>2016 saw a slew of great online multiplayer games like <i>Overwatch</i>, <i>Titanfall 2</i> and <i>Battlefield 1</i>. But this year's offline, local multiplayer games are the real unsung heroes. Sure, it may be easier to just wear a headset and play with friends …

Wunderlist integrates with Slack so you can create to-dos while you chat

After launching its public API recently, Wunderlist announced today that it’s integrating team communication app Slack into its task management service, allowing users to create tasks while chatting with their colleagues.<p>You’ll need to follow a few simple steps outlined on the Wunderlist blog to …

Screentendo can turn any part of your screen into a playable Super Mario Bros. level

Nintendo’s famous characters are everywhere, from adorning the top of retro-inspired amiibo stands, to a plethora of merchandise and soon, on mobile devices. But for developer Aaron Randall, that just isn’t enough. His new work-in-progress desktop app turns just about any part of your screen into a …

Everything we know about Google's next massive Android update

Google is holding its annual developer conference next week, which is where it usually spills some details on the next version of Android. We probably won't see the final product — usually Google just gives developers a taste of what's to come — but we'll likely get a good idea of what the most …

Firefox browser for iOS is almost ready for testing

It's been a long time coming, but Firefox for iOS is nearly here... in a manner of speaking. Mozilla has revealed that it's about to conduct a "limited" beta test of the web browser, and has already posted source code for early testers. The organization would like to have an open beta that gives …

Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection reduces load time for top news sites by 44%

Former Mozilla software engineer Monica Chew and Computer Science researcher Georgios Kontaxis recently released a paper that examines Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection feature. The duo found that with Tracking Protection enabled, the Alexa top 200 news sites saw a 67.5 percent reduction in …

10 free and incredibly useful Android apps that you can't get on the iPhone

But since Android lets app makers do certain things that Apple prohibits, there are a few exclusive options that stand out.<p>From launchers that make it easier to access important information straight from the home screen, to apps that help you find files buried in your phone, here are some of the …

17 Fixes To Common Internet Problems We All Know And Hate

If you're reading this, it means some part of you enjoys surfing the Internet. Maybe you even enjoy spending an enormous percentage of your day doing it.<p>But are you doing it correctly? Is your web browsing as efficient, productive and fun as it could be? If you're unsure, and you should be, follow …

Samsung and Code Club Teach Kids to Code

Code Club, the UK-wide network of volunteers that teach kids how to program, has announced a partnership with Samsung to unearth the UK’s “grooviest young coder”.<p>In what will be the first in a series of events to mark the tie-up, the Robo-Boogie competition is striving to encourage primary-age …

SteamOS: could Valve's game console challenge Windows?

The Steam Box should have Microsoft worried<p>On Monday, the developer responsible for possibly the most critically acclaimed video games of the modern era — <i>Half-Life</i> and <i>Half-Life 2</i> — announced that it was building its own Linux-based operating system to deliver PC games to the living room. Sooner or …

Password Protect Your Devices

Choosing not to password protect your devices is the digital equivalent of leaving your home or car unlocked. If you're lucky, no one will take advantage of the access. Or maybe the contents will be ravaged and your favorite speakers and/or secrets stolen.

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Qualcomm launches AllPlay, an AirPlay competitor for multiroom audio playback

Qualcomm (S QCOM) just unveiled its own take on wireless home audio streaming dubbed AllPlay, which will allow consumers to stream music to multiple …

The most recent evidence that Google can’t shake Europe thinking it’s a monopoly

Being a business behemoth in Europe is rarely easy. Britain’s Office for Fair Trading put out an “invitation to comment” this morning on the recent acquisition by Google of Israeli mapping company Waze. The request for opinions marks the beginning of a formal process to look into potential adverse …

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iblazr Is a Synchronized Portable Flash For iOS and Android Devices

Low-light photography is a tricky business with smartphones, in part due to the smaller sensors packed inside their beautifully thin hardware. Whether it’s in the local bar, a music concert or moonlit walk, users are sometimes forced to use the built-in flash that can often ‘white out’ large parts …

Watch Photoshop Genius Bring Retro Snapshot Back To Life (VIDEO)

Now <i>this</i> is how you use photoshop.<p>Thanks to a redditor named TheHaterSalad we just spent the last seven odd minutes with our eyes glued to the computer screen. To be fair, our eyes are often glued to the computer screen, but the video above -- which shows how one might transform a vintage, …

MBank And The Future Of Responsive Banking

I’m not a huge fan of banks, but when senior director Michal Panowicz approached me about mBank, my interest was piqued. How could a banking spin-off of BRE Bank and founded in 2000 create one of the coolest, most high-tech banking experiences I’ve seen? The more important question, however, was …

Gigaom | Not a good sign: Barnes & Noble just keeps slashing Nook tablet prices

Advertisement<p>Barnes & Noble is extending price cuts on its Nook tablets, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.<p>B&N (s BKS) reduced prices fairly …

Anti-tracking site Disconnect gets more money, do-gooder status

Disconnect, a site run by an ex-Googler, has received an additional $3.5 million to help people block companies from tracking the sites they visit as …