If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more
This is a cool trick courtesy of Google: using the Google Search app on iOS or Android along with a special command leads to an unexpected response.
After launching Google Now on your Android device or Google's Search app on your iOS device, you simply launch a voice search (or you can type in the phrase) by saying, "OK, Google Now, let's go caroling."
In response, Google will provide you with a list of Christmas carols to choose from. Once you select one, you'll have the option to play the song, complete with lyrics and … Read more
What kind of support do the Xbox One and PS4 have for various media formats? It might not be what you expect. Find out if the new generation will leave you missing some key features of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Last-generation consoles spoiled gamers with a versatile set of playback functionality. Those who upgrade to an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be surprised to find out that these consoles don't necessarily support the same robustness as their predecessors. Tune into this latest episode of Ask the Experts, where Jeff and Peter break down the incompatibilities and what … Read more
Next-generation consoles already have to deal with the disappointment of backward incompatibility when it comes to games, so how do the accessories and peripherals hold up? The answer is mostly a mixed bag.
Want to have a better idea about the accessories you already have? What about audio specifications? Be sure to watch as Jeff and Peter slice through the misinformation about legacy devices and give some sound advice on what gamers should do with their old headsets and accessories, and whether or not it's wise to hold off on purchasing new ones for use with Xbox One and … Read more
Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.
Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 demand is currently sky high, each console racking up sales of 2 million units within weeks of their respective launches last month. So far getting your hands on either has proven to be a daunting task as stocks at major sellers like Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy have been selling out like clockwork. But those looking to grab one before the holidays are over can try GameStop this weekend.
Starting Friday, the game retailer will have a limited number of both consoles in stock, the company announced Friday. It's not clear how many of … Read more
Next-gen means more than just flashier graphics and better performance. It also means new and innovative features that fall in line with what's popular in gaming culture. Right now, there's nothing bigger than videogame spectating.
What started as a DIY phenomenon is now a worldwide spectacle, where millions of viewers spend time broadcasting, watching, and commenting on live and recorded video game action. To catch up with that trend, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both have game DVR functionality built right into their framework, making it easier for gamers to participate.
In this latest episode of … Read more
In what can only be described as a match made in Internet heaven, CNET and GameSpot have finally teamed up to bring you a brand new series called "Ask the Experts."
Well versed and highly regarded experts Jeff Bakalar (CNET) and Peter Brown (GameSpot) have put together seven episodes designed to carefully navigate viewers through the treacherous waters of next-gen gaming. Using reader-submitted questions from each site's audience, Jeff and Peter break down the sometimes confusing details about each console and give their professional advice on the future of video games.
In our first episode our experts … Read more
Who says video games can’t be good for you? Start up Blue Goji firmly believes that’s hogwash. Founded by the ingenious people behind Guitar Hero, the company has focused its acknowledged game creation talents on the world of fitness and personal health. Called Goji Play, Blue Goji’s $99 product strives to remove the drudgery from gym workouts through interactive arcade action linked to real-time physical movement.
So what does this really mean? Essentially Goji Play is a mobile gaming system which attaches to common gym equipment, specifically treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines. The setup then lets you … Read more