The rush is on to put iPads in dashboards. Another car may get recalled for sharing a sticky gas pedal with the Prius. If driving while texting is up, are accidents up with it? And we take a ride in the Chrysler Town & Country Limited--the most TV you'll ever see on the road you'll ever see.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 167 SHOW NOTES
Last Friday numerous eager to-be iPad owners lined up around Apple Stores to await the release of the 3G version, but some of these people have found a problem when trying to activate their 3G data plans on the devices. When they enter their P.O. box addresses as a billing address for their credit cards, the registration process refuses to continue, claiming an invalid address.… Read more
When we reviewed Seagate's FreeAgent Theater+ USB media player last year, we gave it good marks but lamented the fact that it didn't offer the Netflix streaming capabilities of the Roku HD Player. Well, now Seagate's added Netflix streaming via a firmware upgrade, so we'll have to update our review and eliminate that critical sentence.
If you're new to the whole USB media player category, it goes something like this: storage brands like Western Digital, Seagate, and Iomega are looking for ways to tap into the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored … Read more
I'm excited to announce our next CNET Conversations guest, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers.
It's been 11 years since TiVo arrived on the scene and, arguably (and alongside ReplayTV, changed the way we watch television. But, as you know, TiVo has struggled to find a broad foothold and cable and satellite companies have chosen to provide customers with their own house-brand DVRs, and have, shall we say, made it difficult for cable customers to venture out into the wilds of TiVo + CableCARD.
Plus, set-top boxes are the new black in the consumer electronics industry, and would-be TiVo competitors like … Read more
People buy home theater-in-a-box systems for a lot of reasons, but sound quality isn't one of them.
The problem with HTIBs, even the very best ones, is they don't come with great speakers or subwoofers. Denon has a solution at hand: the S-5DB. Think of it as a HTIB that doesn't come with speakers or a subwoofer. No HTIB ever made has speakers as good as the better ones I've reviewed from Aperion Audio, Atlantic Technology, Definitive Technology, Energy Speakers, Klipsch, Mirage, or Polk. You want great sound? You gotta have great speakers.
The S-5BD combo … Read more
Storage and collaboration service Box.net has an upcoming iPad app and was nice enough to give CNET an early demo. That is--we saw the same version that will be hitting the App Store but running on Apple's iPad SDK simulator.
The good news for fans of Box's iPhone and iPod Touch app is that they're getting what is arguably a more capable piece of software, with the same price tag as its smaller sibling: free.
The big upgrade in moving to a larger screen is, of course, size itself. This has allowed the company to introduce a two-pane navigation control system that can tuck itself away when you hold the device in portrait mode.
Yet, even when held in portrait mode, the file browsing menu can still be accessed, which is similar to how Apple reworked the in-box and reading pane within its Mail app. This lets you go through stored photos, videos, and office documents without having to switch back and forth between menus as must be done on the iPhone/iPod. The functionality has also allowed Box to do something it doesn't even do on its own Web site, which is to let users view user comments about a file while viewing the file itself.
Of course there are quite a few things missing from Box's iPad experience that users will still have to flock to a regular computer in order to enjoy. The main one being the instant file previews the company recently introduced. On the Web, these let you view all sorts of file types without needing to have any special plug-ins, or the actual software application installed.
Box's CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie told CNET that such a feature will be coming in a future iteration of the app. In the meantime, the company is working on partnering with other iPad apps that can make edits to such files, so that the app can spit the user and the file over to that application from the Box.net app.
A few other things that are missing but on the road map for future iterations of the software include local caching of files to the device, uploading files from the app (which the company's iPhone/iPod app can do with photos), and the inclusion of Box's Web-based document editor. This last piece of the equation could end up being a viable alternative to Apple's iWork software for the iPad, yet with the capability to then go in and edit your work back on a regular computer without any special software.
iPhone users with their now-tiny screens should not be too dismayed with the introduction of this app though. Levie says the company plans to keep both versions as close to parity as possible, with future features like local caching, and search rolling out at the same time.
After the jump are a few more shots of the app, which the company hopes will be available on the App Store come iPad launch day this weekend.… Read more
Beset by delays since it was first announced in 2009, the digital comics reader and store LongBox is finally here. It's a comprehensive attempt to bring some of that iTunes mojo to comics. This first look video showcases a bit of what was covered in Monday's hands-on, what the program can do, and what still needs work.
The LongBox public beta, for Windows and Mac, showcases a massive amount of potential, but it's definitely a rough work in progress. It faces massive challenges beyond getting the software to function correctly. Unlike music and MP3s, there's currently no single defining file format for comics. The "gray-market" CBR and CBZ are little more than image archive containers and not used by any comics publisher to distribute their comics digitally.
LongBox CEO Rantz Hoseley isn't worried about this, though. LongBox's greatest strength, he said, is that LongBox is a comprehensive platform. It's "comprehensive in terms of production tools and support provided to publishers and creators. Comprehensive in terms of devices and systems. Comprehensive in terms of how users purchase and use content, that we do not dictate how and where customers enjoy the content." He added this applies to archiving and re-downloading as well as content access, which implies that those features will be coming to LongBox.
There's also the issue of adoption. Except for the rise of graphic novels, comics publishers in America have been dependent on the direct market niche comic book stores. Will readers flock to digital versions of them? And will those readers jump from stores to digital, or will LongBox bring in new readership? Hoseley seemed confident in LongBox's ability to fuel growth. … Read more
After a much longer run as a private beta than originally intended, the digital comic book store and comics reader called LongBox has finally opened its doors. The public beta is available for Windows and Mac, and although it's still quite rough in some spots, it represents a major breakthrough for the print-centric medium.
When you open LongBox v0.5, you'll see a massive information overload. The layout uses boxes to keep the busy display from getting too chaotic, but the varying shades of blue don't keep things as separate as they could be. Just because this is comics doesn't mean you're going to encounter a lot of primary colors or ziptones here, but some of that old-school feel might have helped here.
In the upper left box, you'll see a horizontal scroll of featured titles. Below that is a newsfeed from the comic book news and reviews Web site Comic Book Resources. The Blackbox is a comic creator spotlight, with the debut focus on Steven Niles, perhaps best known as the writer of 30 Days of Night. It is currently not functioning.
The column on the right is devoted to your LongBox stats on top and a scroll list of comic books being published for the current week. The stats counter wasn't working in the version I tested but should display your purchased comics, comics subscriptions, and comics loaded on your current device. That's a hint at what's to come for LongBox, which anticipates an iPad version, an Android tablet version, Xbox support, and support for other handheld devices. Comics downloaded through LongBox are shared to your account in addition to being stored locally, so you'll be able to read them on any LongBox-supported device without having to download them a second time. … Read more
The "San Diego Incident" may change the Prius woes; Ford readies a brand new high-tech police interceptor; a black box recorder may be coming to your next car; and we drive the 2010 Mini Cooper S and love it--eventually.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 159 Show notes
Tuesday we told you about a slew of new Onkyo receivers that will support 3D content. Thankfully, that upgrade has trickled down to the company's 2010 line of home-theater-in-a-box products. Both the HT-S3300 and HTS-5300--which are follow-ups to the HT-S3200 and HTS-5200--will fully support 3D video pass-through.
Sure, 3D support is a welcome addition; however, perhaps the most notable improvement to this year's models is the capability pass both video and audio via an HDMI cable. Until now, these Onkyo HTIBs required a separate audio connection, but now you can ditch the extra wires.
Finally, the company announced an unconventional 2.1 HTIB, the HTX-22HDX, that is designed to emulate surround sound with just two speakers.
Highlights of the three new models:… Read more