Artistic digital pinball game INKS. is Apple's Free App of the Week

How would you like to play a game of digital pinball, create a work of art and save $2.99 at the same time? You can do all this by downloading INKS. for free on your iPhone or iPad. It is Apple’s Free App of the Week. When you play the app’s pinball game, every time the ball hits the “padding,” it smacks into a particular color which is then spread all over the canvas. This creates an artistic effect that is unique.

According to the listing in the App Store, INKS. is inspired by artists like Miro, Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Bridget Riley. Of course, they didn’t create their paintings …


Apple threatens to stop buying Western Digital parts if it continues with Toshiba deal

Back on the last day of August, we told you that Apple was part of a group seeking to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business. But it appears that a rival consortium, led by Western Digital, could be signing a deal with Toshiba as soon as Wednesday. That group is offering $17-18 billion USD. Apple, though, is concerned that a Western Digital purchase of Toshiba’s chip business would eliminate a rival flash memory chip producer that it could use as a stalking horse in order to get better pricing for the component that Apple uses on the iPhone.

As a result, Apple is threatening to stop buying Western …

Future S Pen might capture digital signatures and carry a microphone

Back in 2014, a patent application filed by Samsung with the USPTO showed a stylus with a built-in microphone and a speaker. Phone calls could be made through the device. According to the filing, the stylus “functions as a substitute for a wireless headset” allowing the user “to mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like, and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

Today, some three years later, a report out of Korea says that Samsung’s S Pen development chief Chae Won-sik has admitted that studies are underway to determine the best way to add a microphone to …

Save $2.99 by downloading digital board game Tsuro, Apple's Free App of the Week

You can save nearly $3 this week by downloading video game Tsuro for free from now through Wednesday night. The digital board game is Apple’s App of the Week. The idea of the game is to slide your game piece across a path. Be alert! Other player’s paths can lead you in the wrong direction. You’ll hit intersections and the decisions you make will determine whether you can win the game.

According to the App Store listing, Tsuro has the following features:

BEAUTIFUL-The intricate artwork of the original game is brought to life with fluid animation and sparkling pyrotechnics. …

Binky is your digital pacifier, keeping you satisfied while you connect with a fake messaging app

If you need to constantly scroll through social media apps, but are sick and tired of reading all of the bad news on these sites, you might want to install Binky on your phone. This is sort of a digital pacifier because it is designed to mimic all of the things that you like about reading Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, except the stories are as bland as white rice. For example, you might scroll down and see a “Bink” (as they are called) displaying a random picture of a Hippopotamus.

Most anything you can do on a social media site, you can do with Binky such as “like” a story, swipe left …

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should be released next month, will feature a new digital assistant

Officially announced earlier today, Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is undoubtedly one of the most interesting handsets we’ve seen in recent years. The phone is partially made out of titanium (which provides extra toughness), sports a 5.7-inch near-bezel-less display with 1312 x 2560 pixels, and is powered by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 835 processor – certainly, this device will go head to head with all the relevant flagships of 2017.

While the Essential Phone can already be reserved in the US, an exact release date for it hasn’t been provided. Fortunately, …

The Galaxy S8's iris scanner can be bypassed using a digital camera and a contact lens, researchers show

It’s a pretty well known fact at this point that using any form of biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint scanner or face unlocking, is essentially choosing convenience over actual security. That is, there are a ton of ways to fool the current technology, and while passwords can be changed, physical features cannot, plastic surgery notwithstanding. This has once again been proven right, as a group of researchers from the Chaos Computer Club, who have demonstrated a method for bypassing the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner.
The process, as demonstrated …

Get a digital pet to keep as Little Kitten is the free iOS app of the week

How would you like a free digital cat to take care of? Because it is digital, you ‘ll get some of the positive features of owning a real cat, but without the dirty litter boxes and the clawing of furniture that comes with a real feline. This week’s Free iOS App of the Week is Little Kitten, a digital cat that is normally $1.99. With the lack of any text menus, the app is designed for young children, aged 3 to 8.

Parents can set how long the kitten can play for before it gets tired and goes to sleep. Despite being made for the kiddies, the developer says that this is a high-tech app that …

Amazon tries to recreate Prime Day magic with the first-ever Digital Day sales event


digital_day_ Amazon is known for creating its own, exclusive sales holidays and events to boost its bottom line, as it has done with Prime Day – a day of sales which even tops Black Friday and Cyber Monday, at times. Now, it’s trying to recreate that magic with the debut of a year-end blowout sale it’s calling “Amazon Digital Day.” As the name implies, the new sales holiday… Read More

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Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age


Photo: Getty Images/Jasper James/Stone Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching us through data, and we are watching each other through data. What does individual privacy mean in this data saturated environment? Read More

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