Carmageddon – FREE today only on mobiles

As part of the Carmageddon: Reincarnation kickstarter project reached its goal and then some, the team has been hard at work at a mobile app release of the original game. The iPad one was released a while ago, and today marks the official release of the Android app.

The game plays just as you remember it, sounds, graphics, and all. The touch controls are new, but they work extremely well. You’ll quickly get absorbed and try to find creative ways to win your races faster. Since I’m traveling this weekend, I wanted to recommend a mobile game for our Friday gaming fun, and to mark the release of the Android version of the game, the Stainless Games folks have not only made the Android app free, but the iOS version as well!

Go ahead and download the classic Carmageddon for iOS, or Carmageddon for Android. Get yourself pumped up for Carmageddon Reincarnation, due out later this year. If virtual vehicular manslaughter appeals to you after the sale is over, just remember to keep it in the games – they’re cheap enough. And if you want the ultimate experience you remember from over 15 years ago, check out the $10 Carmageddon Maxx Pack on GoG.

On{X} – Microsoft improving Android

Your Android experience, especially those of you who have experienced Google Now, is far and away superior to other Smart Phone OS’s. I’ll be the first to admit it, and I’m a Windows Phone user. For those not familiar, Google Now will use everything Google knows about you to make your life easier. Some people find it creepy, some people fin it useful – but a few examples of what it will do are things like notifying you that you need to leave right now in order to make an appointment. It will pop up useful information reminding you what Gate you need to walk to at an airport as you walk in to the airport, because it procured that information from your GMail. But Google allows you to do so much more with the platform and it can enhance your experience even more.

Microsoft’s On{X} app for Android, takes it a step further. You can sign up on their website and create recipes, something similar to (If This Then That). IFTTT lets you cover multiple platforms together – an example being IF I publish an article on my website THEN post an update to Twitter and Facebook with the link. Taking that idea to your phone, On{X} is a beta program that detects certain events that your create recipes or rules for, and follows through with specific tasks. Example: when you leave work, you can text your spouse to tell them you’re on the way home.

Sure, at first this seems a bit silly, but this could lead to some brilliant family-friendly features for reminding your kids to check in with you, or having their phone send you a note when they arrive at home after school. There are even more features that I haven’t even begun to play with, but it uses Javascripting to interact with the Android OS in a way that you simply cannot do on iOS or Windows Phone. It’s clearly in beta and doesn’t seem to have anything jaw dropping, but it has promise, and I genuinely think it will fill in a few gaps people are hoping for from their Google Now experience. There are a lot of 1 star reviews, but they seem to be coming from quite a few people who hate the thought of Microsoft on Android (forgetting, entirely, that Microsoft is one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel).

See what it can do for yourself, download Microsoft’s On{X} for Android.

How to clean up viruses, 2013 (4th edition)

I first wrote an article about malware in 2009. It was for a government funded organization and spread across five counties in Pennsylvania. It has been updated annually since then with my best suggestions. The previous version is still available here, but this year I wanted to do something a little more direct. I have included the usual screenshots of fake programs you should look out for, but on top of that, I wanted to give you some additional programs that I like to use, including at least one I didn’t mention back when I talked about my IT Toolkit.

First, Shut your computer down. You heard me. Continue reading “How to clean up viruses, 2013 (4th edition)”