Brian Tong shows you how to make your iPhone's e-mail signature say something cooler than the "Sent from my iPhone" message that's on there now.
Using the online Android Market is fairly straightforward. Apart from some initial hiccups everyone encountered when the Web store first launched, it takes just a few mouse clicks to wirelessly download both paid and free apps without craning over your smartphone screen or straining your peepers.
However, those early frustrations are telling. Scrambling to test the online Market just after it launched, I had no problems selecting apps to download, but several … Read more
Almost all American homes now own at least one tech gadget, according to a new study released yesterday by Pew Internet.
In its "Generations and their gadgets" report, Pew revealed that 85 percent have their own mobile phones, while 90 percent live in a household with at least one working cell phone.
Pew based its findings on a survey of 3,001 Americans ages 18 and older that was conducted between August 9 and September 13.
Though mobile phones were by far the most popular gadgets, computers were also near the top of the list, with desktops owned by 59 percent and laptops by 52 percent of those polled. Drilling down, desktops are still more common than laptops among virtually all age groups expect the younger crowd. Among adults 18 to 34, 70 percent own a laptop compared with 57 percent who have a desktop.… Read more
A brief tidbit of information shared by a Best Buy outlet now says the Motorola Xoom will hit store shelves on February 24, a week later than some initial reports had claimed.
The Best Buy store in Grand Rapids, Mich., revealed the date on its Facebook page even though Motorola itself has yet to announce an official, specific launch day for its new tablet. The February 24 date also runs counter to previous reports that said the Xoom would arrive at Best Buy a week earlier, on Feb. 17.
Beyond leaking the debut date of the Xoom, this particular Best … Read more
As you've surely heard, something new is coming to the tablet marketspace: Honeycomb, otherwise known as Android 3.0.
It's Google's first mobile operating system aimed specifically at tablets, and Google let us get our hands on it again this week--the same day Apple and News Corp. showed off a new publication built for the iPad.
So far we like Honeycomb, but it could have a fight ahead of it, as the iPad, which many consider to be the creator of the category, currently has 87 percent market share (remember, though, that the iPhone dominated smartphone coolness too until Android took root and began claiming a large chunk of that market).
But Honeycomb looks sweet, with a clear road map established, a new app store ready to roll, features like 3D maps, and support for powerful hardware. And it has plenty of hardware makers, like Motorola and LG, ready to back it up. If they can keep the prices of their devices reasonable, tablets running Honeycomb might have a chance at stinging Apple where it hurts. … Read more
The Android guys dig into Google's latest Honeycomb announcements and take a look at the new Android Market web store. In related news, hackers beat Motorola to the 'first Honeycomb tablet' punch with an unofficial 3.0 port for the NOOKcolor. Later, Justin Eckhouse and Antuan Goodwin ponder the merits of 3D technology for portables and debate the usefulness the Motorola Atrix 4G's wacky laptop dock in this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 34
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Making the rounds on the Internet today is a story about a Reuters "eyewitness" who claims to have seen an iPad 2 at the press event for News Corp.'s The Daily.
The story certainly makes a splashy headline for Reuters, but its content has been thoroughly scrutinized by other mainstream media, including TechCrunch's MG Siegler, whose "Reuters Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy Who Totally Saw The iPad 2 Today" headline captures most of the sentiment around the Web.
Siegler's main point of contention, one that I certainly agree with, is that "this is the age of the cameraphone. Where's the goddamn picture?"
As Siegler put it, the meat of the story from Reuters reads:A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass screen at a press conference to mark the debut of News Corp's Daily online paper in New York on Wednesday.
A source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features. News Corp and Apple declined to comment.
To break it down, someone saw what that person believed to be an iPad 2 (due to a front-facing camera on the device) and told someone from Reuters (apparently under the condition of anonymity) but couldn't manage to get any evidence. Another source "confirms" that Apple will indeed make version 2 of the best-selling consumer electronic device in history.
Yes, that's meaty.… Read more
The Super Bowl is a time for snorting aggression, untrammeled nastiness, and drum-thumping confidence. Perhaps this is why Motorola seems to have decided to air an ad for its new Xoom tablet that hisses and spits and rails at Apple.
As portentous music freezes you into believing the world is about to end, Motorola warns you that there is currently only one authority, only one design, only one way to work.
Yes, people, you are living in the new 1984. Except that it's 2011.
Apple controls your thoughts. It controls every twitch of your fingers, every reaction of your retinas.
And so, halfway through the spot, Motorola offers you techie features that will make you feel flexible, that will make you want to explore, that will, in short, lead you to freedom.
After Google earlier today showed off its Honeycomb software, a version of Android designed specifically for tablets, a number of CNET readers posed questions regarding the software, both in our live blog and in e-mails and comments. Here are a few of those questions, answered to the best of our ability.
What are the most interesting new features on Honeycomb? The most significant change is that this operating system release was designed specifically for tablets, unlike earlier Android versions, which were designed mostly for phones and produced a mixed experience--at best--when magnified by the larger screen of the tablet.
As … Read more
Watching with great interest (and a little skepticism) the launch of The Daily, the new iPad new publication, it's easy to marvel at the design, technology, and ambitious scale of the project. But after spending a few hours leafing through the inaugural issue, you are left with the same nagging questions. Will readers pay 99-cents a week, or $40 a year, for what is essentially a daily downloadable news app, especially when so much high-quality news is available online at no cost?
The real litmus test (at least for someone such as myself, having worked in newspapers, magazines, and … Read more