While many of us are busy preparing to toast and dine with our friends and extended families over the next few weeks, some industrious folk are still grinding away, foregoing the joys that the season affords for the sake of squeezing a few additional pennies out of the markets before they close for the holidays. For those who of you who prefer to wash their eggnog down with a bit of work, there’s Google Finance, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
As we trundle towards the final days of December, we draw ever closer to the observance of an annual tradition that many Maximum PC readers partake in whether they want to or not: traveling home to break bread with far-flung relatives, and being asked to fix their computer’s issues before they even have a chance to get their coat off. The good news is that you’ll be rewarded with a turkey dinner for your efforts! The bad news is that every single one of your relatives will hamper those efforts by offering ham-handed advice drawn from a wealth of whimsical non-computer related life experiences. While we can’t stop the pain of being surrounded by computer-breaking turkey-craving luddites, we can suggest a tool that’ll help you to get to that holiday feast just a little faster: It’s called IPChicken.com, and it’s our Cool Site of the Week.
It's the end of the year, and you know what that means: awards! Awards for everyone, from everyone! Best graphics, best game featuring Nolan North as a ruggedly handsome scoundrel, worst “arrow in the knee” joke (answer: all of them), etc, etc, etc. Honestly, though, most of the teary eyed, speech-blabbing winners are kind of boring. For example, Portal 2: An undeniably great, but ultimately safe update to a revered franchise. Arkham City: An undeniably great, but ultimately safe update to a revered franchise. Skyrim: An undeniably great, but blah blah blah. You get the point. The following, then, are games didn't land with such a huge splash -- perhaps because they weren't so great, or maybe because they're not even new -- but will almost certainly send out ripples for years to come.
Even when things work as they should, surfing the interwebz can still be a painful experience--especially when you're stuck doing an online task that you despise with a burning passion. Filing your taxes, paying your bills or having your eyes scorched out by a site that looks like it was designed back in 1995 have a tendency to send people's stress levels into the red over time. Instead of ripping your office apart in a fit of searing rage, Why not vent all that anger in a healthy manner that even your anger management counsellor would approve of?
Car nuts race their rides to see who’s machine is the fastest. Fitness fanatics run marathons to test their physical limitations and endurance against that of their fellows. Geeks and gearheads? Our battles are fought and won on the basis of how capable our hardware is. While our desktops and laptops might be a thing of wonder to behold, carrying them around with us for the sake of collecting the accolades we deserve isn’t always convenient. Carrying around a smartphone or tablet, however, is. Benchmarking also provides the added benefit of telling you how well your phone manages the current version of your handset’s operating system and apps, as well as whether future OS upgrades will slow all that zippy mobile computing hotness to a bag of sluggish hardware fail. If you’re the owner of an Android handset, there’s a lot of options out there to see how hard your phone rocks. Here’s three of our favourite free benchmarking tools, along with the reasons why you should use them.
As any gamer with access to Xbox Live will tell you, Supergiant Games’ sleeper hit Bastion is worth both your time and your money. After winning the hearts of console gamers the world over as well as a boatload of awards, the title is available to Chrome browser users, thanks to the magic of Google’s Native Client, which allows developers to port x86 games natively into Chrome. As awesome as it is, we couldn’t help but make Bastion our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Nothing makes you feel like more of a failure at life faster than losing or misplacing a cellphone, especially in an age where more and more of us opt to use our mobile handsets as the sole means of telecommunications in our households. Android handset owners can turn to apps like Find My Phone to keep track of the device’s whereabouts. The same goes for iPhone users and Find My iPhone. But what if you’re rocking a lowly feature phone or a barebones handset that does nothing else but you know, be a phone? You can try retracing your steps in order to find the misplaced device, drop a wad of cash on a new handset, or call it using Where’s My Cellphone, our Cool Site of the Week.
Most folks’ll tell you that a picture’s worth a thousand words. That said, a single dirty look can convey more disapproval, malaise and spite in an instant than any number of syllables can afford. When looking to convey your contempt online, don’t waste valuable time searching for words, turn to Look of Disapproval, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Having clothes that you love is great. Discovering after one too many trips to your local waffle house that those clothes no longer fit? Well, that sucks. As part of your efforts to get you back into your favorite threads, we suggest you give Lose It! a try. It’s our Chrome Web App of the Week and using it couldn’t be easier.
If you’ve ever worked in retail, you know all too well of the pain that comes with spending eight to 10 hours of the day in a store or shop this time of year. We’re not talking about the flood of customers, or the frantic pleading of managers with revenue-based KPIs to sell everything in your store but doors. It’s the music. No matter how much you love the holidays or dig your gig, hearing the same 40 Christmas songs looped continuously for a month will make you want to strangle David Bowie and Bing Crosby with a work sock. This, we encourage you to end the cycle of musical madness by partaking in The Punk Rock Advent Calendar, our Cool Site of the Week.