The name caught our attention: Android Defrag Free. Defrag Android? How? More to the point, why? Defragging doesn't benefit Android and can degrade flash memory. Some digging uncovered a partial explanation: The app doesn't actually defragment your Android device's flash memory and cards, although it suggests just that and even uses defrag-style graphics to drive the point home. But Android Defrag also claims to clear your caches and kill unnecessary apps and to delete and/or repair corrupted files. Unfortunately, so-called task killers usually aren't any more beneficial in Linux-based Android than file defragging. Android Defrag … Read more
"Three of these things belong together; three of these things are kinda the same." Kids who remember the classic "Sesame Street" song and game already know the basic premise of 4 Pics 1 Word Puzzle Plus, a new edition of the popular title from Second Gear Games: Compare and match images to deduce the correct answer. But unlike One Of These Things, this free Android app doesn't show you the answer directly. Your job is to identify the word that all four pictures represent. The pictures appear one by one, and you get extra credit … Read more
Although the number of games available for Mac trails the number of Windows games, there are still plenty of options. But Knytt Underground for Mac's dated graphics and slow gameplay make it a poor one.
Knytt Underground for Mac offers a free trial version with a 60-minute time limit. The full version is available for $7.99. Installation requires the separate download of a Mac game store, which added time to the setup. Once the store was installed, the game downloaded into it quickly. After starting up, the game has no menus to speak of and immediately starts with … Read more
Need to modify or view hidden files on your Mac, or quickly hide your desktop away for desktop recording? InVisible for Mac is your one-click solution. The app is very basic but performs well.
This free application comes with its own easy installer. A simple double-click is all you need to begin using it. Once it's installed, launch InVisible for Mac and its icon will appear on the top right of your Mac menu bar. Here you can choose to show or hide hidden files and also change the settings. This application runs in the background and doesn't … Read more
Users who link their computers to their televisions lack familiar control features. Couch Slouch for Mac attempts to allow a TV remote to control your Mac, but ultimately does not function as intended.
Download and setup completed as expected over a high-speed connection. There did not appear to be any technical support available, however. While no instructions came with the application, they were not necessary due to the easy-to-use menu and simple configuration guide. This walks the user through entering information about how their computer is connected to their television. This requires entering the HDMI port to which the TV … Read more
Passing time playing games with your smartphone or tablet requires applications that are quick to learn and fun. Temple Run's excellent graphics and easy-yet-satisfying gameplay make it a good option for casual gamers.
Temple Run comes as a free application, but payment is required for additional power-ups. Installation through the Google Play store completed quickly, and there were no log-ins required to play the game. The startup menu's graphics are well designed, as are those for the game, itself. The selection to start a new game was easy to find and well labeled. In terms of play, the … Read more
Fans of the classic arcade game Street Fighter may be looking for a way to play it on modern devices. Street Fighter delivers a good gaming experience, but its questionable copyright status makes it difficult to recommend.
Street Fighter is available as a free application. Download and installation took place quickly, but some of the permissions required for installation, such as phone access, are difficult to justify. There also did not appear to be any technical support available. Upon startup, the application immediately states that playing the application in the United States, Canada, or Japan, may be in violation of … Read more
You and your friends need a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 to play great racing games together, right? Wrong! Real Racing 3 gives you an incredible racing experience on your smartphone or tablet. With real, customizable cars, amazing graphics, and hundreds of levels, there probably isn't a better racing simulator on Android.
The app takes an absurdly long time to load when you first play it. It took upwards of 30 minutes to actually get to the game during testing. Your best bet is to leave it downloading while you work on something else. Once you're finally playing … Read more
A number of racing games are available for Android devices, making finding a good choice difficult. Raging Thunder 2 Lite's well-designed graphics and fun gameplay make it a good option for casual gamers.
The Lite version is available for free with advertising, but this can be removed by upgrading to the full version for $1.99. Installation through the Google Play store completed quickly, which was a surprise for the size of the game. Once the program started, no additional downloads were necessary. The main interface of Raging Thunder 2 Lite was well designed and easy to interpret, which … Read more
Compared to other smartphone operating systems, Android devices have fewer well-known games available. Rail Rush provides an entertaining game experience, although its simple gameplay may leave more advanced gamers looking for more.
Since Rail Rush is available through the Google Play store, installation was seamless. The game started up fairly quickly, too. The menu design was what one would expect from a free smartphone game, with large buttons and simple graphics. When starting the program for the first time, the user is guided through the gameplay with a simple tutorial, which explains all of the movements. The object is to … Read more