Flower Paradise HD, at first glance, doesn't look like much due to its dated graphics and jumbled interface, but the more you play, the more you realize how addictive it can be. A fine mix between match 3 gaming and garden building, Flower Paradise HD finds a way to capture and hold your attention on two fronts, keeping money gathering on one side while building out your gardens on the other.
After you navigate your way through the numerous menus and offers to upgrade or download other apps, you can start playing Flower Paradise HD. The short tutorial shows … Read more
When you think of the word "crystal," you think, perhaps, of wedges of quartz stone, ice crystals, and salt -- not organic flowing forms or flowers. But by manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, Harvard postdoctoral fellow Wim L. Noorduin has managed to control the growth of barium carbonate crystals to form very controlled sculptures of flowers, with petals, stems, and leaves.
How the crystal forms depends on the mixture of chemicals in a solution. As the chemical gradients react, the pH can change, causing the crystals to grow away from or toward the gradient, enabling Noorduin to coax the forms into leaves radiating outward, a ling, thin stem, or the petals of the flower head. … Read more
First, let's get something straight. I appreciate the standard, go-to gifts as much as the next mom, but nothing screams "I bought this 5 minutes ago" than flowers or a box of chocolates. Don't phone it in, people! Mother's Day may … Read more
Keeping track of the latest updates on all of your favorite Web sites can be a daunting task. Sunflower for Mac tries to simplify this for you. It is a free application that takes snapshots of specific Web pages over time and compares them to a registry of stored images to allow for easy tracking of any updates or changes that occur on these pages.
SunFlower for Mac is easy to install and set up. It offers many features that allow for customization of how the application takes and stores the snapshots it analyzes. A split pane window shows Web … Read more
Most e-readers will open PDFs, but they don't present them as nicely as you might like. ReFlower will quickly edit any PDF into a document that looks much nicer on an e-reader. You don't have much control over the product, but you will end up with something that is easier to read.
The download seems to be tailored to Amazon's Kindle brand of e-readers. That makes sense, since they are the most popular and can be temperamental with non-native formats. However, a little more flexibility would be a welcome addition. It would also be nice if ReFlower … Read more
These days a lot of life is programmable. But as an avid gardener, I thought that surely nurturing seeds into little green shoots and then full-fledged fruits and flowers would require a nondigital green digit for years to come.
I was wrong. Plants, it turns out, can be activated.
A battery-powered planter pot called Click and Grow out of Estonia lets you grow real, living plants almost without lifting a finger. Even the vernacular around gardening comes fully updated -- sowing a seed can now be described as "inserting a cartridge," watering the soil is "refilling the … Read more
Put down the hymnal and pass the PlayStation. A British cathedral plans to incorporate a video game into worship services this Sunday.
Developer ThatGameCompany calls the game a "video game version of a poem." In it, players guide a flower petal through environments that swing between the pastoral and the chaotic, and in doing so, cause the onscreen world to change. Sounds a lot more contemplative than Call of Duty. … Read more
Munch Time is a reasonably entertaining physics-based arcade puzzler starring (yet another) cute cartoon animal. While most of the gameplay is derivative of similar, earlier games, Munch Time does offer up a relatively interesting twist with its tongue-swinging shtick.
You play as Munch, a photogenic chameleon, as he searches for his lunch on a series of increasingly complex levels. Munch can move across the ground with a tap, but his preferred method of locomotion is with the looping swing of his adhesive tongue, lunging from flower to flower by tapping on them. This requires some timing and momentum management to … Read more
Hewlett-Packard has made its first major executive hire under new CEO Meg Whitman.
The company announced today that it's hired John Hinshaw to fill the new role of executive vice president for global technology and business processes. That long title means he'll oversee the information technology and administrative groups, be responsible for procuring services, and manage all of the company's business processes.
Reporting directly to Whitman, Hinshaw will join HP on November 15 and also take a seat on the executive council.
The 41-year-old Hinshaw hails from Boeing, where he was vice president and general manager for … Read more