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Angry Birds Space is the big mobile game release this week, but there are plenty of slingshot games worthy of your iOS device.
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With the incredible success of the original Angry Birds, few iOS gamers were probably surprised that Angry Birds Space would rocket to the top of the iTunes App Store. I’ve been playing the game quite a lot over the past 24 hours, and though I’ve noticed some bugs (kill all pigs with one bird to get one star, anyone?), the new gravity fields, interesting levels, and new bird types definitely add something new to the game. (more…)

The largest comics app on the market adds high-definition books for the new iPad, throws in free upgrades for people with supported comics, and begins basic social-networking support.

by March 23, 2012 5:18 PM PDT
Somebody with a chiroptera obsession has a shocking experience in this week’s Batman #7. On the left, as viewed through the new iPad’s Retina Display. On the right, the iPad 2.

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Comixology continues to dominate the mobile comics reading app market with new features for its iOS app, including high-definition comics that take advantage of the new iPad‘s Retina Display.

Updated earlier this week, Comixology’s Comics 3.1 (download) lets you read comics on the new iPad with double the resolution of comics on previous models. It also supports sharing your comments on comics via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail; and offers a Read Now button which lets you begin reading a comic before a comic has fully downloaded.

Support for the Retina Display almost didn’t make it into Comixology 3.1, said Chip Mosher, the company’s Director of Marketing. “Our developers turned around HD support in about five days. That’s a testament to how dedicated they are.”

The difference in resolution is apparent when holding a new iPad next to an iPad 2 and looking at the same comic. If you’ve downloaded a comic for the iPad 2, Comixology will let you download it again in HD at no extra cost.

Comixology’s new sharing options: e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Readers can identify high-definition comics by the “CMX-HD” badge in Comixology’s store, and the company plans to update its entire catalog with high-def comics over the next few months. Currently, only a selection of DC and Marvel comics are available in HD, although expect that to change rapidly. Comixology also has said that there will be no price difference for the HD comics, which are around two to three times larger on disk than the current comics. (more…)

NASA: Space flight may harm your eyesight

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Tech
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Brain scans of astronauts who were in space for lengthy periods suggest a significant occurrence of a condition that can affect vision.

by March 14, 2012 10:10 AM PDT
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One can imagine that flying up to space can do peculiar things to one’s body. And, in the case of a couple of astronauts who have returned, to one’s mind.

Yet new research from NASA suggests that prolonged periods in the bluey-black beyond might cause serious damage to your eyes. (more…)

Researchers say their 3D point-of-care sensor, called oPad, can be printed on a simple office printer.

by March 8, 2012 3:51 PM PST
The oPAD can be assembled in less than a minute for less than a dime.

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Affordable paper sensors aren’t exactly new. Think home pregnancy tests. But researchers out of the University of Texas at Austin are pushing (or is it folding?) the envelope with their origami-inspired 3D paper sensor that, thanks to strategic folding, can identify more substances in more complex tests. (more…)

How to Take Care of Your Gadget

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Tech, Tips N Tricks
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Gadgets have become a part of our everyday lives. A lot of us often look at our cell phones or smart phones immediately after we wake up to check for messages, emails, or just look at the time; some even open their laptops right away even before they go to the bathroom. Because technology has become a need for us humans, we must learn how to value and take care of our gadgets and gizmos.

Here are some tips that you can follow on how to take care of your gadgets, whether it’s a cell phone, laptop, dslr, tablet, and the like: (more…)

Studio says it’s “actively and seriously” taking all feedback into consideration, with no decision made yet regarding end to space-bound role-playing game.

Will gamers get a new Mass Effect 3 ending? BioWare hasn’t ruled it out. Writing on the official Mass Effect 3 Facebook page last night, the company said it has not yet decided whether it will offer fans a new ending to the space-faring role-playing game.

“We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out,” reads the statement. “At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.” (more…)

A survey shows that texting is the dominant way teens communicate and they’ve cut way down on talking on the phone, while e-mailing is practically nonexistent.

by March 19, 2012 8:10 PM PDT Follow @darakerr
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Year after year, study after study, teens are proving to be texting at an increasing rate. In a new survey by the Pew Internet Research Center, U.S. teenagers are talking on landlines and cell phone less, using more smartphones, and are averaging 60 texts a day–up from 50 in 2009. (more…)