Welcome to CNET to the Rescue, formerly known as Real Deal, in our new weekly slot, Wednesday at noon PT, with new host Josh Lowensohn. Everything about this podcast has changed, except our mission: to help dispel the fear, uncertainly, and doubt in tech, and help you get the most out of the tech products you own and use. This week: road test, and your questions answered. More or less.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Just when you thought Apple was an unstoppable beast, you come across this distressing news. No, Apple hasn't changed the name of the iPhone 4G to the iPhone 4Gizmodo. It's far more worrisome than that.
You see, Carrie Bradshaw, who has spent so many hours penning so much angst to so many troubled souls, has decided she can no longer do that on a Mac. The new "Sex and the City" movie, tantalizingly named "Sex and the City 2," will see the newly married Mrs. Big stroking her fingers along the keys of something made by HP and powered--oh, yes--by Windows.
How can one be sure of this? Well, just look at this new HP advert featuring Carrie's alter ego, Sarah Jessica Parker, she who is proudly multitasking while an ad for the new movie hangs glorious in the end frame. And, well, the New York Post says so.
I know many among you will be disturbed by this development. After all, the only reason some people bought a Mac is that they saw Carrie Bradshaw using one.
Some can still remember the very day they witnessed that crushing moment when Carrie's Mac crashed and she took it along to TechServe. The kind and thoughtful tech explained to her very simply why her relationship with Aidan would never work. Yes, he was a PC guy.… Read more
Want to see what's next in store for Firefox on the Mac? If you consider yourself a tech-savvy Mac user, check out the latest 3.6.4 beta release of Mozilla Firefox. One of the major new features in this beta version prevents Firefox from crashing from faulty plug-ins by limiting the crash to a single tab. Like any beta software, make sure to save your important data before you install and run this program. Warning: there may be bugs.
Apple has seeded the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.4 to developers. The build, version 10F54, is reported to have no known issues.… Read more
On Monday evening, Amazon announced that it would soon be offering a Kindle app for Android. This shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone considering the company already had software applications for the PC, Mac, Apple's iPhone and iPad, and BlackBerry phones. But it is worth delving into how the Kindle apps on these platforms differ, if at all, and which one has the best non-Kindle Kindle experience.
Amazon has not been resting on its laurels when it comes to the Kindle as a platform. While the Kindle hardware itself is only in its second generation, the strength of Amazon's strategy is in getting its digital bookstore into the hands of as many users and on as many platforms as possible. The end goal, you see, is that everyone buys their books from Amazon, even if they're not willing to invest in the Kindle hardware itself.
What becomes clear, though, the closer you look, is that the Kindle software Amazon provides for third-party hardware is universally less full-featured than what one can do on a Kindle proper. Is that by design? Certainly. We'll delve into that a little later on. In the meantime, let's start by taking a look at Amazon's various kindle apps by order of release.The platforms
Apple iPhone/iPod Touch (March 2009) The iPhone and iPod Touch Kindle application (download) was the first of Amazon's efforts to offer Kindle users a way to read their books on something other than a Kindle device. Amazon released it about a year and a half after the launch of the first Kindle hardware, and just a month after the launch of the second-generation device.
At launch it wasn't the first e-book-reading software for the iPhone platform, nor was it the best. Competitor Stanza, which Amazon ended up acquiring just a month later, offered far more features as a reader, though it was missing a first-party sales library and a way to sync reading sessions, and titles between devices.
For iPhone and Kindle users alike, the release of this software was a big deal, since they could get all their purchased books synced to their iPhone or iPod without having to pay extra. And not so secretly, Amazon was hoping the app would act something like a gateway drug to get users to buy the Kindle hardware in order to get a fuller reading experience.
One problem that was apparent at the release of the iPhone app, and that still exists today, is that you cannot actually purchase books from within the app. Instead, it kicks you out to Safari to browse and purchase. As we go on you'll find this is a bit of a pattern.
Windows (November 2009) Amazon released the PC version (download) of its Kindle reader software to users in early November 2009. Like the iPhone iteration, it did something the Kindle hardware itself could not do, which was display illustrations and digital publications in full color. It also had the rather obvious benefit of being able to use whatever peripherals were attached to your computer, like the mouse and keyboard to turn pages and adjust various options.… Read more
With slightly upgraded processor (still a Core 2 Duo) and a new version of Nvidia's high-end integrated graphics, the differences between the non-Pro and Pro versions of Apple's 13-inch laptops are slimmer than ever.
In fact, as neither system has discrete graphics, nor a CPU from Intel's newer Core i5/i7 range, the main points of differentiation appear to be the plastic vs. metal chassis, 2GB vs 4GB of RAM, and the lack … Read more
Apple on Tuesday updated its consumer-level MacBook, adding a faster Intel processor and longer battery life.
As expected, the new notebook features a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card, the newest mobile card from the company.
It also boasts a battery life of 10 hours, up from 7 hours in the previous model.
Like its predecessor, the new Macbook has 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, and a double-layer SuperDrive.
The previous-generation MacBook had a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and used Nvidia's GeForce 9400M graphics card.
There … Read more