With a $119.99 sticker price, the Dirt Devil Dash Upright Vacuum is the cheapest vacuum cleaner we've looked at by more than $50. Unfortunately, it seems that to some extent, you get what you pay for when buying a vacuum, at least in the sub-$200 category. This Dirt Devil was the bottom performer in five of the nine tests we scored and was never in the top half. It performed reasonably well with pet hair on both mid-pile and low-pile carpet, but performed so poorly with the other debris types that we can't recommend this vacuum, … Read more
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We've got a FoxL Dash 7, a newly released portable high-fidelity Bluetooth speaker from Soundmatters. At just three quarters of an inch high and less than half a pound, this little guy slides easily into most pockets and purses and under tablets and monitors but boasts big and pristine omnidirectional sound. Its onboard BassBattery system provides up to 12 hours of music playback while doubling as a woofer to enhance bass reproduction. … Read more
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To mark Villains Month, DC Comics is releasing a limited number of 3D comic book covers -- no annoying glasses needed. Plus, Hot Wheels builds the tallest wall track for toy cars, and we take a look at Dash Robotics' educational "origami" insect bots meant to get kids excited about robots and engineering. All that and more on this week's awesome Crave show. … Read more
Your own personal robot minion is pretty close to going into production. Dash Robotics has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to put insect-inspired robot kits into the hands of the masses. The Dash bots are cute and affordable.
Dash comes as a flat sheet. You fold and assemble it, like a robotic version of origami. It includes the necessary motor and electronics to make the little beastie run. It takes about an hour to do the assembly, no soldering required.… Read more
DashLock for Mac locks your system with just a single click, adding extra security and protecting your files and documents from prying eyes. This version of the widget adds support for Retina MacBooks.
The download link took us to the developer's Web site but we had to click on the Products page to actually get to the download. After a quick download, DashLock for Mac installed directly as a widget onto our Dashboard. All you need to do is double-click on the lock icon in your Dashboard and after a short animation, your Mac will switch to the log-in … Read more
You may have noticed that when you are playing a YouTube video, it buffers only so much ahead of your current position. And should you pause the video, buffering stops altogether. The reason behind this lackluster form of buffering? YouTube's embrace of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (Dash), which breaks a video into segments, buffering each segment as you make your way through the video. In theory, Dash allows YouTube to adapt to changing network conditions without stalling out at times.
In the real world, Dash means you can't pause a video and come back to it later … Read more
Sonic Dash marries the world's fastest hedgehog with a mobile game setup that he seems perfectly matched for. This endless runner takes everything that makes other endless runners so popular, integrates a fair number of fun Sonic tropes, and hits blend to create a fun runner that looks and feels like Sonic the Hedgehog in just about every way--a lot more so than many other recent outings.
Sonic Dash borrows a lot of ideas from other endless runners like Temple Run, but it is also relatively unique. Sonic runs across platform stages, moves by swiping the screen, but can … Read more
Diamond Dash utilizes many of the same core mechanics we have seen time and again in other match-three games, and while it brings nothing new to the table, it is nicely designed and fun to play.
Instead of the standard swap to match methods we are used to, Diamond Dash has you tap any combination of three or more squares on the screen at once. Get as many as you can in 60 seconds, combined with combos and modifiers to level up your character and compete against other users on Facebook. The experience is actually quite engaging and rather fun, … Read more
The iPad is a natural learning device for toddlers and preschoolers. It is practically made for little fingers to swipe and pinch across games and learning apps as they absorb letters, numbers, and stories. But there is a very wide range of quality among toddler-oriented apps. Some are sublime and well- thought out. Others are obvious cash-in attempts directed at unaware parents. Dinner Dash Animal Letters World for Toddlers falls into the second category.
In fact, Dinner Dash Animal Letters is such a feature-barren app that it's hard to know exactly what its purpose is. The game essentially shows … Read more
Candy Dash HD Lite is a simple take on a classic formula. Match three or more of the same color of candy on the screen to remove them. Instead of moving the candy, you simply tap it whenever it aligns into three or more on the screen. It's very simple, but there is of course a twist. If you can tap out five or more matches in a row successively, you'll get a combo score, and the more combo points you get, the faster your score increases. The game gives you only 60 seconds to amass as many … Read more