There are tons of places online to play little flash games and what not, and I am sure there are better ones out there that Friv.com. Having said that Friv is a great website that has a bunch of really interesting and fun game that you can pickup and play in seconds. Non of them are particularly hard or take that much skill to play but many of them that I have tried are actually really clever and fun. They have a large range of games from puzzle games to shooters and even point and click games.
The downside to Friv is that you don't know what you are going to get when you enter a game. The home screen of the website just has a bunch of icons that you click on to play that particular game. All you know about the game is the name. There are no descriptions of any of the games no categories and no searching. Just point and click and play, which I guess could be considered an asset depending on how you look at it. It gets you to try games you perhaps would not have tried otherwise but a little description would be nice.
I think one of my favorite Friv.com games is called Shift. Its located in the third row from the top and is the next to last in that row. You're in a black and white maze and you have to get your little guy to the doorway. When you hit the shift key the black and white invert, which changes the puzzle. You have to run around in the level inverting the colors to get to the doorway. It's a lot of fun and will be sure to entertain you for a while at least.
Checkout Friv.com and play some of the game they feature.
The rumored Apple tablet is real and it's called the iPad. It is basically like a big ipod touch. All your apps from your iPhone or ipod touch can be put on the iPad. The iPad has some new great applications that make it more than just an ipod. You can run iworks on the iPad which gives you a great suite of office applications for only $10 each. All the standard application have all been redesigned for the device and take full advantage of the large screen including the Mail app, Youtube, Calenders and more.
What the iPad has
The iPad has a 9.7 inch screen that is actually more 4:3 than it is 16:9 which makes it not a widescreen like the iPhone. It's powered by a 1GHz processor A4 chip, which Apple made specifically for the iPad. The iPad also has 802.11 n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a 30-pin connector, a speaker, a microphone, an accelerometer and a compass. The battery life as Apple claims is 10 hours but we will see how that translates into the real world usage.
The iPad comes with Wifi and some models with 3G mobile internet. If you want the 3G model you will have to pay more for the device and $30 a month for unlimited internet.
People have been saying that the Apple tablet was going to be a Kindle killer and I think they might have been right. The iPad is going to have an Ebook store called “iBooks” where you can purchase book online and read them right on your iPad.
The iPad has a dock that has a full size keyboard connected to it. So if you want to do a lot of typing on the device you can. Apple also showed an iPad cover that looked like a legal pad.
All the iPad models come with Wifi but if you want the 3G capability then you will have to pay more for the device. You will also have to pay AT&T $30 a month with no contracts to have unlimited data usage. The iPad ships in 60 days.
• $499: 16GB
• $599: 32GB
• $699: 32GB
• $629: 16GB
• $729: 32GB
• $829: 32GB
What the iPad doesn't have
The iPad does not have a camera, which was one of my biggest disappointments. I wanted a forward facing camera to do Skype and video conferencing. The iPad will not have Flash just like the iPhone and iPod Touch don't. So you will have to watch Youtube videos from the Youtube app, which is fine with me. The is no USB connection so you can't plug any USB device into the iPad. There is only a dock connection on the bottom, which I suppose is sufficient for most accessories. The iPad does not have gestures like people had thought it might. The only gestures the iPad has is the ones already implemented on the iPhone and iPod Touch. There is also no multi-tasking on the iPad just like the iPhone. You can only have one application open at a time.
That's about it for more information go checkout Gizmodo which is where I got my pictures from.
Google has solved the problem they were having getting Google Voice on the iPhone. As some of you out there might remember Apple had rejected Google iPhone application a while ago. Apple then followed up by pulling other third party Google Voice apps from the app store. Apple claimed the apps were redundant to the iPhone features. Google said from the beginning of the struggle that they were going to make a webapp that would have the same functionality as a native app but run in the browser.
Google has finally released their Google Voice webapp that is everything they said it would be.
Google created a HTML5 web app that has all the functionality of a native application. The webapp can be accessed on any HTML5 enabled smart phone like the iPhone and the Palm Pre.
The webapp has the same functionality as a desktop app you can place calls, send SMS, listen to voicemails, change settings, and get to all of your contacts. When you place calls using the webapp instead of Google Voice calling you and then connecting you to the person you were trying to call you receive a dialog box that pops up giving the option to call a number that connects you directly to that person. This makes placing calls using your Google Voice number from your phone even faster and easier. You can even add dialing credit right from your phone. So you can always have your phone credit tank full to place those international calls.
The webapp has great functionality and I don't really see what else is really needed. Some people are saying that it would be nice to send SMS to multiple people at the same time, which is not currently available. Others are saying that the contact being sent a SMS needs to have their name at the top as well as their number. I don't feel those issues are that big of a deal and that Google did a great job making a webapp for HTML5 enables smart phones.
Try it out m.google.com/voice
Firefox is 3.6 is out and according to Mozilla is 25% faster than the last version. They added a bunch of new and exciting features like that of “personas” which allows you to apply a skin to your browser with a single click. It doesn't change the theme of your browser just the background images under the theme.
It seems to me like the persona feature for less tech savvy people who want the Twilight guys or Harry Potter on their browser, but I found some that were less distracting and pretty cool. You can add a persona to FireFox by going to getpersonas.com.
Firefox also add a plugin manager that will detect when your plugin is out of date. This will help keep people safe from security concerns with up to date plugins. Firefox has also integrated support for the new HTML 5 specifications. Firefox now supports the following in HTML 5: audio and video, File API for local file handling, font support like Web Open Font Format (WOFF), CSS gradients, and device orientation.