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Game Fever: Vector

Game Fever: Vector

Game Fever: Vector

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 03:39 AM PST

It's that time again, and this time it's about a 2D side-scroller parkour game called Vector.

The story of the game is that you escape from the clutches of an opressive government that made the humans work like machines around the clock and you are that one guy who manages to escape from this horrible routine and make a run for it.

And this is when you get in action, because the game is all about running from the thugs who want to catch you, and as an office worker, one of your 'main skills' is to know parkour and free-running right? Fortunately, in this game I'm right, and the guys from Nekki made the game buttery smooth and a really enjoyable experience.


The controls are pretty basic but it's all about timing, because you need to swipe over obstacles, or jumping high buildings and sliding under tight areas, all in very realistic and fluid movements. The graphics are really clean and minimalistic, in tone with the simple story it tells, just enough to get you going crazy on the rooftops.

The game is free but with a smaller set of levels, unlocking them all requiring to make a small in-app purchase of only 99 cents, unleashing the full game.

One thing I notice about this game is that the loading times between screens(even when I'm not in the game itself) is pretty big, sometimes giving me the impression my device has frozen, but I'm pretty sure the devs are already working on improving the loading times, making the game a clean and nice experience, worthy of the dollar they ask for if you want to unlock the full game.

  • Price: Free (Unlock full game with $0.99)
  • Updated: February 8, 2013
  • Current Version: 1.0.0
  • Average rating: 4.3
  • Personal rating: 4.8
  • Alternatives: Free running
  • Where to get it: Google Play - Vector

Overall, the general impression is of a 2D version of Mirror's Edge, and this isn't a bad thing at all, because it's nicely polished, with simple gameplay, and tons of fun. So why wait? Grab it while it's hot!


LibreOffice Gets A Brand New Home

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 02:39 AM PST

LibreOffice team is on 'fire'. After releasing 4.0 which is a 'completely' different office suite than OpenOffice.

The team has revamped the, bidding goodbye to the 'boring' and aged design. The new design is jazzy and reflects how aggressive the 'new' LibreOffice community is, shedding the old brand image it inherited from the doomed OpenOffice. This change also gives a hint that the UI of this popular open source office suite may also get the same make-over

Florian Effenberger, co-founder  and the chairman of The Document Foundation, writes on Google+:

Amazing new software, amazing new website: - Kudos to Christophe, Jean-Louis, Morgane and Camille from Alter Way!

The foundation has also published its first official app on Google Play store, marking its entry into the 'mobile' space.

LibreOffice is experiencing a huge adoption across organizations and enterprises. There were reports that Microsoft is planning to port its cash cow MS Office to Linux - if the reports are true it clearly shows that LO is making some serious inroads into Microsoft's core segment and scared Microsoft is now bringing its product to the platform where everyone else is going.

House Intelligence Committee Plans To Re-introduce CISPA

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 12:36 AM PST

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Dutch Ruppersberger, stated that he plans to re-introduce CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) along with Mike Rogers, the current Intelligence Chairman this year.

He also said that they have been working with the White House to resolve the issues it had with this act last year, when the White House issued a veto threat against CISPA, the president's advisors recommending that he should veto the bill if it came to his desk. As Ruppersberger stated:

"We're working on some things... working with the White House to make sure that hopefully they can be more supportive of our bill than they were the last time".

In Layman's terms, CISPA is a bill that makes sharing information about cyberthreats and malicious source code between private companies and with the intelligence community and the Homeland Security Department a breeze. And because of this, it has obviously received support from big names like AT&T and Facebook, because it eases the process of sharing information about cyber threats between the companies and the government.

So why there was such scandal back in 2012's spring? Because the bill seems to lack sufficient privacy protections for the humble Internet user, making what should have been private information, easily accesible information for the intelligence community(NSA, CIA, FBI, you name it), and even the White House raised these concerns about the privacy protection of the citizens within this bill.

But even after Rogers and Ruppersberger insisted that CISPA was modified meanwhile to address some of the concerns from privacy advocates, the bill was rejected last spring.

This year, the Senate plans to revive its work on the cybersecurity legislation, and last month Rockefeller and a group of Senate DEmocrats said that enacting this legislation would be a priority this year and introduced a resolution which states that cyberattacks are the top-priority threats facing the U.S. at the moment.

So will this bill get through the White House this time and threat yet again our Internet freedom, or this time will really be a good thing, making the share of cyber threats been done with more ease, while keeping the privacy of the normal user? In my opinion, a bill like this always has "collateral damage" and will only make the privacy invasion just less obvious, so I think this time it will pass, if people won't be aware of this in good time.

LibreOffice 4 released

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 11:29 PM PST

One of the popular office suites for Linux, LibreOffice 4.0, was finally released yesterday with a multitude of new features and improvements.

Some of the new features include:

Integration with the CMIS standard
LibreOffice now allows for collaboration with others by making use of the CMIS standard. This integrates LibreOffice into Content Management Systems and online storage. Giving users access to documents stored on ECM systems like Alfresco, Nuxeo and even Microsoft Sharepoint.

LibreOffice now makes use of the Gerrit code review tool that integrates with Git version control, making code review easier and faster. Which in turn makes contributing to the LibreOffice project easier and quicker. 

Improved Interoperability
Thanks to a lot of contributions and work done on the interoperability of LibreOffice users will notice a big difference when importing RTF or DOCX files.

Speed Improvements.
LibreOffice 4 is faster than ever and existing users will notice a substantial speed increase when launching one of the LibreOffice suite applications. Writer, Calc, Draw and the others launch faster and is generally more responsive.

Access to Visio and Publisher content
LibreOffice now have access to all Visio files and elementary access to Publisher files, allowing users to retrieve graphics stored in these files.

Personalized Personas
LibreOffice 4.0 allows you to add some personalized graphics to the user interface thanks to compatibility with Firefox Personas. Giving LibreOffice a new look has never been easier.

LibreOffice Impress – Android App
LibreOffice now also have an Android app to control Impress Presentations from your Android smartphone.

LibreOffice 4.0 is available for Linux, Mac and Windows and while it might take a while to hit the repositories of most distros you can download packages from the LibreOffice website.  

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