The "Reuse and Recycle" program, originally rolled out in August, let's users coveting that new model go into an Apple store and have their current phones appraised. Employees take water damage, hardware damage and screen condition into consideration when naming a buyback price. That credit is put on a gift card and applied to the price of … Read more
Facebook just "friended" Cisco Systems.
The two companies are partnering up to provide restaurants, hotels, retailers, and other public locations with an integrated Wi-Fi check-in experience that ties into the Facebook network. Such a service would allow retailers to get more data on its customers, allowing for better targeted advice, advertising, or discounts.
The initiative is called "Cisco Connected Mobile Experience with Facebook Wi-Fi," a long-winded name for a bundle of services and router equipment that's being tested by several businesses, including two restaurants in the Bonefish Grill chain.
The partnership is the latest in … Read more
Powerful desktop replacement laptops with 17-inch and even 18-inch screens are common, while most all-in-one systems we see have 23-inch or 27-inch displays. Acer finds some common ground with the just-announced Acer Aspire ZC-605, a 19.5-inch all-in-one that the company calls, "compact, comfortable, and affordable."
At $599, the ZC-605 is certainly at the lower end of the desktop all-in-one prince range. And with a 19.5-inch display, it's hardly larger than some of the bigger laptops we've reviewed.
On the positive side, there's a full 1TB HDD, two USB 3.0 ports (and two … Read more
Apple has brought back its personal pickup service for buyers of the iPhone 5S.
Through in-store pickup, you can purchase the 5S through Apple's online store or through the Apple Store mobile app. Once the phone is available, you'll receive an e-mail saying it's ready to be picked up at the Apple Store location you selected.
The iPhone 5S was available for in-store pickup when it initially launched, but Apple removed the option a day later. The 5S is in short supply, with Apple's online store listing an estimated ship date of sometime in October.
The … Read more
Conan O'Brien needs to be loved.
On Twitter, on YouTube, the love is there. Conan is known to bask in it all.
So it's understandable that he suddenly realized there was one social network where he didn't exist: LinkedIn.
It can be no surprise that he's decided to rectify this woe. He's created a LinkedIn profile in order to, in his words, "conquer" the site.
The conquering might take a little time, however, as Conan's profile is full of dubious details.… Read more
When I first reviewed the 1964 Ears V6 custom in-ear headphones earlier this year I not only loved the sound, I got the distinct feeling the company tries harder to please its customers than other custom in-ear makers. For example, 1964 Ears V6-Stage headphones are sold with a longer warranty (two years) and lower prices than the flagship models from more established high-end headphone competitors. 1964 Ears doesn't make universal-fit in-ear headphones, all of their designs are custom-molded to your ears for the best possible fit and maximum isolation from external noise. The headphones are hand-crafted by 1964 Ears … Read more
Shortly after the iPhone 5S launched, customers had the option to reserve one through Apple's Web store or its store app, and pick it up later at one of the company's retail stores. But after just a day, Apple yanked away the option.
That option is set to return next week though, says 9to5Mac. The iPhone maker plans to bring the option back as early as Monday, citing two sources familiar with Apple's plans.
CNET has contacted Apple about whether that's the case, and will update this post when we know more.
Stock of the iPhone … Read more
If there's any doubt as to whether people are eager for new home security alternatives, just take a look at Canary, a $199 smart home security device that blew up on Indiegogo this summer, crowdfunding its way to almost $2 million worth of contributions and preorders in a little over a month (its initial goal was $100,000).
Unlike other DIY security systems that we've seen, like the iSmartAlarm and its variety of external sensors, the Canary is a singular, all-in-one device. Housed within the curved, sleek-looking body (available in white, silver, or matte black -- but oddly … Read more
The US is on the cusp of major change when it comes to flying in airplanes: no more turning off devices during takeoff and landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee said Thursday that it was recommending dropping this age-old rule, according to the Associated Press. The committee said that personal electronic devices, like smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, shouldn't have to be turned off during flights.
This means that when people are playing games, reading a book on their tablets, watching movies, or listening to music after the cabin doors are shut, they'll no longer get chastised by … Read more
Now this, this is cool.
What would you say to a kitchen- or den-friendly all-in-one PC with a touch screen, wireless mouse and keyboard, and amazingly low price tag? I'd say, tell me more!
Through 8 a.m. PT tomorrow, and while supplies last, Acer (via eBay) has the refurbished Acer DA220HQL 21.5-inch all-in-one touch-screen PC for $199 shipped. It's regularly $249.99 (refurbished), and it sells new for $479.99 (!).
Ah, but is this really a PC? A little bit yes, a little bit no. The DA220HQL runs Android 4.0, not Windows, so in some … Read more