The Fascinating Century of the Crossword, the Original Mobile Game

Look around at the people on a train, at a bus stop, or in an airport. Chances are, lots of them are playing some kind of game on their smartphones. But in any crowd, you'll likely see someone poring over a different pocket diversion — the crossword puzzle, still going strong today on its 100th birthday. It's been a… » 12/21/13 10:00am 12/21/13 10:00am

Sr. Mistu for iPhone

Poor Sr. Mistu, who happens to be blind, has run out of olives for his pizza! In this straightforward but beautiful, hand-drawn and -animated puzzle game, you have to help him collect his beloved olives while keeping him out of harm's way. » 3/08/11 6:00pm 3/08/11 6:00pm

What is it?

Sr. Mistu, $1, iPhone. There's not much to it: you use your… » 3/08/11 6:00pm 3/08/11 6:00pm

Figure Out Google's Puzzle and Win a Nexus S (Or a Chrome Netbook?)

The Google Nexus Twitter account will post a puzzle in just a few minutes, at 12EST. If you're the first to person to figure out and Tweet the answer back at them, they'll give you a free Nexus S. And at their event yesterday there was some talk of giving away Chrome netbooks to puzzle winners, too, so if you keep… » 12/08/10 11:56am 12/08/10 11:56am

Transformer Shelf Hides Your Stuff, Fauns In Its Puzzling Pockets

This is not, quite, a Japanese puzzle box: But it is a transforming storage unit that has so many sliding, slotting, complex inner drawers, pockets and shelves that it comes close to being a puzzle. Designed by Martin Sammer, Transformer Shelf is just a solid shelving unit when "closed," but sliding it open reveals… » 11/06/08 6:20am 11/06/08 6:20am

Science Team Make Gut Bacteria Do Math: Living Computers On Way?

It may not be quite as sophisticated or cerebral as Starfleet's bio-neural computing gel packs, but scientists have made a start towards this sort of tech by making bacteria solve a math problem. The team from Davidson College and Missouri Western State University added genes to the harmless Escherichia coli, normally… » 5/21/08 6:30am 5/21/08 6:30am

New Puzzle Alarm Clock Tests Your Early AM IQ

At the moment you wake up, how smart are you? If you're like me, your answer is "not very." Which is why I hate some jerk for teasing me with this IQ-test alarm clock. We've seen puzzle alarm clocks before, but none that try your cognitive skills in this manner when all you wanted to do was sleep in for another two… » 4/11/08 9:30am 4/11/08 9:30am

Lite-on USB Puzzle Concept Keeps Kids From Sticking Fingers into Sockets

Lite-on's concept for a USB puzzle game involves e-paper, puzzle pieces and software that feeds an image directly onto the puzzle board. Kids rearrange blocks in order to construct the puzzle (which is made out of the image you chose from your computer). However, it looks like the puzzle pieces themselves never… » 8/20/07 5:00pm 8/20/07 5:00pm

Puzzle Alarm Clock Presents Mild Challenge, Wakes You Up

If you
ve snoozed through one-too-many alarms and then way overslept, Bim Bam Banana
s Puzzle Alarm Clock will give you a quick intelligence test that is bound to wake you up before it will stop its incessant honking. As soon as you can assemble the four puzzle pieces that are popped up into the air at your… » 3/02/06 12:44pm 3/02/06 12:44pm