Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:26

Time Waster - Bubble Tanks II'

There is so much to love about 'BubbleTanks.' Something so whimsical as tanks made of bubbles, shooting bubbles and popping bubbles it's fun, satisfying and, most importantly, the music is soothing and relaxing in a bubbly way (think bubble bath bubbles and not bubblegum bubbles).

In this latest iteration you are a freewheeling tank (no tower defense this time around). You burst other bubbles and collect them to level up. You can choose different ways to level rapid fire gunnery vs. high defense vs. heavy but slow cannons, etc.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:18

Time Waster - Smash Car Clicker'

Oh, idle games, you're here to stay. There's something about a game that plays itself that makes you, the player feel more than a little redundant. Yes, when you are playing you win faster; yes, you have to add upgrades to ensure you win more but ultimately, the game doesn't need you. And yet, here we are.

'Smash Car Clicker' is just such a game. Like most incremental games, you do play an active role in the beginning. Your job is to crush cars by jumping on them. You are paid per jump. You guessed it, you jump when you click (or tap, or whatever you happen to be using for an interface). The faster you click, the faster you make money. You can also call your friends and they can help you make more money. You pay for upgrades for them and for you to make more money faster.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:39

Time Waster - 3D Solitaire'

All laptops, smart phones and tablets are being distributed with a new version of the classic solitaire game: '3D Solitaire.' This game comes separate from your device. Wrapped in a six-sided, multi-fold carrier called a 'deck' you will receive 52 3D printed objects called 'cards.'

The user interface is highly advanced. You interact directly with the cards, laying them out in front of you (this is called 'dealing'). The cards respond to your every move flipping when you flip them with your actual fingers. The tactile sensation of the cards is a nice touch, and the card flipping sound is amazing.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:57

Time Waster - MemRise

This Time Waster may not be entirely accurate, since you may not actually be wasting your time. However, time does pass, it's fun and competitive, and it's free. So quite a bit of the criteria are met; you'll have to decide.

MemRise is an online learning tool that allows you to learn new languages or brush up on those you may have let fall to the wayside after high school or college. We're talking hundreds of languages, including modern languages as well as the classics of Ancient Greek, Latin, Ancient Egyptian and Anglo Saxon (Old English).

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:06

5 ways to enhance online privacy

SAN FRANCISCO More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search requests and other online information, but few are trying to thwart the surveillance.

That's according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, released Monday. A main reason for the inertia? Pew researchers found that a majority of those surveyed don't know about online shields that could help boost privacy or believe it would be too difficult to avoid the government's espionage.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:46

Time Waster - Don't Escape 2'

There are various games that task you with trying to escape from a pixelated room of some kind. 'Don't Escape 2' is a play on that concept, but rather than trying to get out, you're trying to ward off the hungry dead.

You and your friend Bill, who has been bitten by a zombie (and we all know what happens when you are bitten by a zombie), have found an abandoned building. You have until sunset to fortify your position. Eight hours seems like a long time, until you realize that some of the things you have to do take large chunks of that time, especially if you are doing them alone.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:40

Time Waster - Burrito Bison: Revenge'

Don't you hate it when you've launched yourself out of whimsical candy land filled with gummi bears that you have squished, pummeled and otherwise reduced to jelly only find you've left your wallet behind? Yeah, so does Burrito Bison. That's why he's returned to the ring to fight once more and reclaim his wallet the rightfully belongs to him.

Because you need a legitimate reason to play this game. Right?

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:04

Time Waster - Multitask 2'

This game is awesome and infuriating at the same time. The premise is to play games simultaneously for as long as you can. Each basic game is simple in and of itself. One requires you to avoid little arrows coming at your cursor. Others have you making jumps over small gaps, balancing a red dot on a line or avoiding a triangle coming at your semi-circle.

You wouldn't have an issue with any one of these games on their own. But the goal is to see how long you can play more than one at a time sometimes up to four at a time (maybe more, but since the author could barely cut it playing four, talented readers will have to find out for themselves).

Published in Time Waster Weekly

You see them everywhere on Facebook, reddit, in your email - little tricks that supposedly make your life easier, better or more fun. But sometimes they are utter crap, and really who has time to sift through all of these things? The fine folks at Mental Floss, that's who.

They've made three videos, each vetting 30 life hacks. And though they are rated on a pass/fail system, you get a very good sense about which ones actually are worth your time and which ones only work by virtue of not failing completely. You know, not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:04

Time Waster - The Tower' (02/04/15)

This game can be played on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. It's simple in premise, but incredibly challenging. Basically, you are trying to build the tallest tower. Simple, right? You have to stack the shifting blocks on top of each other as high as you can. If your structure isn't sound, you start losing bits of blocks, which makes stacking them all the more challenging.

Lining up the blocks perfectly leads to bonus points, which allows you to purchase upgrades. The upgrades do things like give you a head start or allow you to start over from a previous point rather than the beginning and more. The better you are, the better your bonuses.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
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