Less than 3 years after its celebrated opening, despite pointed punditry and challenging growing pains, Apple's App Store is about to claim 10 billion App downloads. To celebrate, as they did when iTunes reached 10 billion downloads, Apple is giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person that purchases the 10 billionth download."As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a $10,000 … Read more
There's a storm brewin'--the BlackBerry Storm 3, that is. After the BlackBerry Curve Apollo and Dakota rained upon us earlier today, high pressure has swept photos of RIM's newest Storm onto the Interwebs.
Boy Genius Report reveals the threequel to the BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Storm 2, which introduced an unusual clicking touch screen. The prototypes have been code-named the Monaco and Monza, so the final production name may change, depriving us of weather-based puns in all future stories.
Verizon Wireless announced today that it was issuing software updates for two of its Android handsets, the Samsung Fascinate and the Motorola Droid Pro. The devices aren't getting OS updates--sorry--but the new features, particularly on the Fascinate, are nothing to take lightly.
We've offered the full list below for your perusal. Verizon will push the over-the-air updates to users starting today, or you can initiate the download manually from your settings menu. For more information, check out Verizon's Droid Pro and Fascinate support pages.
Samsung FascinateUpdated versions of preloaded applications, including V Cast videos, City ID, … Read more
Apple has released to developers a beta of iOS 4.3, the newest operating system update for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. iOS 4.3 will include several feature upgrades including the addition of personal Wi-Fi hot spots, new multitouch gestures for iPad, and customizable messaging alerts.
Also included in the first beta of iOS 4.3 is the return of orientation locking by using the hardware switch on the side of your iPad. Users will be able to toggle the usage of that switch from its current function, muting, to the new orientation lock.
The App Store app has … Read more
With the new year upon us, there are no doubt plenty of plans in place for changes both big and small. For precisely this reason, January's Tech Dos & Don'ts column will be focused on helping you through the necessary transitions--at least as far as technology is concerned. First up: out with the old, in with the new.
Certainly, both the holidays and the Consumer Electronics Show have inspired a lot of dough-dropping in the gadget space. Many of you probably have a new device or two lying around, which raises the question: what to do with the … Read more
Shortly after CNET first heard that iOS 4.3 would bring the new hot-spot feature to all iPhones, Apple confirmed the rumor when it released the update's beta version to developers. iPhone Atlas' Joe Aimonetti will follow up with a list of new iOS 4.3 features shortly, but the hot-spot option is sitting pretty inside the Settings menu of our updated AT&T iPhone 4.
This post was updated at 5:27 p.m., PT with comment from T-Mobile.
There's a story circulating the Web today that's causing an uproar among Samsung Vibrant owners and putting Samsung in the hot seat.
According to AndroidSpin, they received a tip from a reliable source that claims that Samsung is preventing T-Mobile from releasing the Android 2.2 Froyo update to Vibrant users in order to push the next-gen Vibrant 4G.
The tipster, who appears to be from within the T-Mobile organization, writes:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our "… Read more
T-Mobile and Samsung appear to be prepping the release of a follow-up to last fall's Vibrant. Dubbed the Vibrant 4G, the Galaxy S device should feature a handful of improvements on its predecessor, most notably support for 21Mbps on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network.
Other new details include a front-facing camera, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and the inclusion of Qik (video chat) and doubleTwist Air Sync (music, media). And this time around, T-Mobile will preload the movie "Inception" rather than "Avatar." It's also worth pointing out that the carrier appears to be getting into … Read more
Alltel has just announced the LG Axis, the carrier's version of the LG Ally that was previously released on Verizon Wireless.
Like the Ally, it has a 3.2-inch touch-screen display in addition to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It unfortunately ships with Android 2.1, which is a little behind current firmware. Features include a 3.2-megapixel camera and of course the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It will be available for $89.99 after rebate.
Natali usually guest-hosts with us on Thursdays, but issues with Miles' babysitter means she can only stop by for the first few minutes of today's episode. Today is Miles' second appearance on the podcast, so he's already following in his parents' footsteps, and Natali tells us he's even started using an iPad for games! He's acting more and more like Wilson every day...
Speaking of things we love, Chatroulette may have finally found a way to monetize the exhibitionists who expose themselves on the site.
The service just introduced a content control system that lets you flag anyone engaging in indecent behavior, and a user is banned if he or she gets warned too many times in a short space of time, which Chatroulette hopes will cut down on all the random genitalia marring the experience.
On the other hand, the service has also started redirecting flagged users to an adult Web site that gives Chatroulette a cash reward for every referral, netting the company $100,000 in monthly revenue. With only three people actually working the site, it sounds like Chatroulette's going to be around for a very long time.
After a long wait, the PSP2 might finally debut at a Sony event in Tokyo at the end of this month. Two gaming sites have reported that Sony will lift the curtain on its next-generation handheld gaming device that could feature a rear-mounted touchpad, an HD display, and a larger screen than legacy models.
No word yet on pricing, but we're hoping Sony will use the press conference to address the leaked images of a fabled PlayStation Phone as well! OK, fine, only Jeff and Wilson care; I'm still deciding whether to go with AT&T or Verizon for my next iPhone.Episode 738 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more