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Avoid the Rising Tide in 'Submerged - LaSol'

Spring's barely arrived, yet we're already looking ahead to summer and the prospect of lounging on the beach with a trashy paperback in hand. In the meantime, we've picked a few of our favorite nautically themed games to satisfy our longing for the sea. It's tough being the protagonist of 'Submerged - LaSol,' janitor Stan Winston. (Nice one, guys.) Sure, he gets to work on the man-made,...

A Brief, Claustrophobic Adventure in 'Beacon'

Spring's barely arrived, yet we're already looking ahead to summer and the prospect of lounging on the beach with a trashy paperback in hand. In the meantime, we've picked a few of our favorite nautically themed games to satisfy our longing for the sea. 'Beacon' is a brief adventure game with one of the most original and eerie settings we've had the pleasure to explore. A Russian space...

Firefox 4 Finally Lands, Ready to Challenge Chrome and IE

Firefox 4 hit beta all the way back in July of 2010. After a series of delays (which largely appear to have arisen from playing catch-up with the quickly evolving Chrome), the latest version of the pioneering, open-source browser is finally here. It's faster and sleeker than previous versions, and features the incredible Panorama tab-organizer. Download it now for free....

'Technobabylon Part II' Mixes Futuristic Murder and Terrorism

Some say that the only certainties in the world are death and taxes, but if anyone's made a compelling game about the latter, well, we want to play it. Death, on the other hand, is everywhere in games. This week, we'll take a look at a few games about The End, from the poignant to the hilarious. And no zombie games, we promise. 'Technobabylon Part II' is a robust improvement on its...

The Brains Behind 'Brain,' World's First PC Virus

The world's first PC virus, known as 'Brain,' was brought to life 25 years ago by two brothers in Pakistan. Mikko Hypponen, a researcher at F-Secure, was among the first to analyze Brain, and, after reverse engineering the virus, eventually discovered a hidden nugget of information. Buried within Brain's code was a short block of text, which revealed the phone number and address of the place...

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your PC Gets Compromised

Symptoms: There are a range of telltale signs that your PC has been infiltrated by a binary ne'er-do-well, but, counterintuitively, the worst case scenario is when there are no obvious symptoms at all. For starters, you may have an infection if your PC or Internet throughput has become consistently sluggish, and a restart doesn't cure it. Frequent, random pop-up windows with ads or system...

New Internet Explorer Flaw Affects All Versions, Every User

Share On Friday, Microsoft announced it had discovered a security flaw in Internet Explorer, used by over 900 million people, that could potentially affect every single user of the browser, regardless of version, on Windows XP, Vista and 7. The flaw rests with how the browser handles MHTML files. Microsoft said an attacker could use a simple HTML link to launch malicious code that could collect...

Direct2Drive Offers Downloadable PC Game Rentals, Paltry Selection

Rather than investing $50 in a game without playing it first, gamers can now rent PC games online -- downloading the entire game to a hard drive, and paying $5 for five hours of initial playing time. According to Kotaku, when the first five hours is up, gamers can choose to continue playing by paying what's left of the game's retail price. If not, Direct2Drive, the company behind this online...

Your Complete Guide to Windows Security

We want to make one thing clear: we're not picking on Windows. But, the truth is, for a number of different reasons, keeping Microsoft's OS safe requires more thought and effort than other systems. Entailing more than hackers and viruses, being secure means protecting your privacy, securing your data, and ensuring that your account passwords are as robust as possible (and not written down on...

Mike Inel's 'Which' Is a Captivatingly Terrifying Gaming Experience

Light and shadow have always played a vital role in artistic mediums, and last year saw the emergence of several games that utilized light in profound ways. ' Alan Wake,' 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and 'Lost in Shadow' not only steeped themselves in ghostly atmospherics, but also used light as a core gameplay mechanic. This week, we'll take a look at several shadowy games that will leave you...

PC Sales Lower Than Expected in 2010

According to market research firms Gartner, Inc. and IDC, 2010 was not a great year for PC sales. Well, perhaps that's an oversimplification. PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose, but not nearly as much as the research firms had expected. Shipments of PCs have risen steadily over the years, as prices have come down and access to computers has become all but required for everything from...

'The Scourge' Game Melds Horror and Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

Light and shadow have always played a vital role in artistic mediums, and last year saw the emergence of several games that utilized light in profound ways. 'Alan Wake', 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and 'Lost in Shadow' not only steeped themselves in ghostly atmospherics, but also used light as a core gameplay mechanic. This week, we'll take a look at several shadowy games that will leave you...

Family Honors Dead Son With Computer Tombstone

Hu Chuang may have passed away, but his geeky legacy will live on. After the 26-year-old Chinese man died in the course of sending e-mails to his friends, his family decided to honor him with a tombstone carved in the shape of a computer monitor, which displays his dates of birth and death. Stonemasons also crafted a keyboard, mouse and camera, which sit alongside a photograph of the deceased...

ASUS Ushers in CES Tablet Bonanza

We all knew that this year's CES would be loaded with tablets, and ASUS made sure to kick off the party right by introducing not one, but four new tablet PCs at the first official press conference of CES 2011. All four are members of the Eee family of devices, but that's about where the similarities end. We'll be heading over to the ASUS booth at some point to get a hands-on with all four, but...