August 7, 2013 |
AMC's “Breaking Bad,” about a high school chemistry teacher who starts manufacturing crystal meth to pad his family's savings after learning he has terminal lung cancer, closes its final chapter beginning Sunday. It's bittersweet for fans of the critically acclaimed show who appreciate creator Vince Gilligan's willingness to break with convention . How often do you get hooked on a show whose main character transforms into a sociopath with no redeeming qualities? Other programs have had “ lovable sociopaths ,” but Gilligan took a risk by committing to a story arc designed to have viewers fall out of love with the main character.
June 26, 2013 |
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
June 26, 2013 |
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
May 26, 2013 |
Two words - City. Secrets. And because these apps are from editors at National Geographic, you know you're in for a travel treat. Name: National Geographic City Guides Available for: iOS iPhone and iPad What it does: The free version offers local tips and iconic photos for each destination as well as fun facts and weather info. The paid version has curated walks, lists of "do-not-miss" places to visit, city secrets and customizable itineraries, as well as additional photos with tips from the pros.
May 16, 2013 |
It has been five years since Apple's App Store launched, and on Wednesday, the digital store reached a new milestone: 50 billion app downloads. The Cupertino tech company celebrated the occasion by rewarding the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app with an App Store gift card worth $10,000, a practice Apple does each time one of its digital stores reaches a major milestone. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over $9 billion to developers," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in a statement.
May 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It may be too soon to call Facebook Home a flop. But it's clearly not the breakout hit that some expected. One month after its splashy debut, fewer and fewer people are downloading Facebook's new mobile software. It took weeks for Facebook Home to hit 1 million downloads - less than 0.1% of its 1.1-billion monthly active user base. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? And many who have loaded it onto their smartphones don't like it. Home has a two-star rating in the Google Play store, with more than half of the 17,000-plus reviews giving Home just one star, the lowest possible rating.