Jason KennedyContributor, PCWorld

Jason is a systems administrator living in Seattle. When he's not up to his elbows in a server, he's up to his elbows in the latest electronics or technology news, or trying out languages like Dart and Ruby.

Unwrapped: A first look at Chrome's packaged apps

Offline? Sure. Local? Yes. Chrome packaged apps bring many gifts for users and developers. We explore them via UberConference, an early arrival in the Web Store.

Mystery radio bursts may signal that we aren't alone in the universe...maybe

All signs point to the possibility of the existence of life outside of our solar system (or even in it), and while not actually proof, CSIRO’s (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) discovery of a “single-burst of radio emission of unknown origin” made me sit up and pay attention.

Who would win if Starcraft were real? (and other stuff you missed)

In today's edition of GeekBytes, we look at a giant light show, some new Google+ goodness, and some serious research into gaming.

Giant telescope takes pretty space photos (and other things we didn't cover)

This end-of-the-week edition of GeekBytes is all about awesome things. That’s not to say that it isn’t always about awesome things, mind you; just that today there’s almost too much awesome to contain.

Is China building an interdimensional portal? (and other things we didn’t cover)

Happy Friday! Here are some apocalyptic bits of news we didn't cover that are sure to cheer you up (maybe).

Android Apps Versus iOS Apps

Plan X: DARPA’s Cyberwar

DARPA will hold a conference for security professionals to discuss how to defend U.S. Internet infrastructure from attack.

Planetary Annihilation will make you excited about RTS games again

This new game in the works could satisfy your need to obliterate your opponents.

New service makes it easier to update Android ROMs

Want to update the firmware on your Android phone, but lack the expertise? The OTA Update Center service and app make it easy.

Valve makes Left 4 Dead 2 faster on Linux than on Windows

In a blog post, Valve details how it made Left 4 Dead 2 run faster on Linux than on Windows.