Google plans to simplify how Android tablet owners find tablet-specific apps in the Play Store as part of a change next month.
Come November 21, Google says its "designed for tablets" section will effectively become the first thing tablet users see when browsing the Play Store from those types of devices. It's also tweaking its various "top" lists, like top paid and free titles, to mark what's been made for phones versus tablets.
The changes are part of a larger effort by Google to get developers to both support and note when their software … Read more
Foxconn violated its own policy by forcing students to work overtime to help build Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 game console.
Foxconn reportedly told students from the Xian Institute of Technology that if they didn't finish the internship program, they wouldn't receive the necessary credits allowing them to graduate, Chinese site Tencent Games said Wednesday. In response to that report, Foxconn told news site Quartz that an internal investigation did uncover policy violations. Specifically, XIT students at its Yantai factory were assigned night shifts and overtime hours.
In its statement to Quartz, Foxconn promised to remedy the problem.… Read more
It looks like Sonos plans to announce a new wireless speaker. And, thanks to at least one Target store, that might happen sooner rather then later.
The Sonos Play:1 is on store shelves in at least one Target store, a leaked image published on The Verge Wednesday has revealed. The person who snapped the photo showed that both a white and black version are available for $199.99. The speaker comes with a single speaker, unlike the Play:3 and Play:5, which have three speakers and five speakers, respectively.
Sonos made a name for itself in the home … Read more
"Gaming consoles have to come out with greater frequency if they want to be relevant in homes," Paul Raines told CNET during a meeting Monday. "We'll see more frequent updates."
Traditionally, console makers such as Sony and Microsoft have released new products about every four to six years. They'll introduce their latest updates next month, with Sony's PlayStation 4 coming seven years after the PlayStation 3 … Read more
PS Vita users who plan to buy a PlayStation 4 will soon have a "second screen" app at their fingertips.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, was recently asked on Twitter whether the Vita would get a version of the PlayStation4 app due out in November for iOS and Android users.
In response, Yoshida promised that Sony would add the app, dubbed PS4 Link, to the Vita with the next update.
Netflix has tuned up its iOS app with a couple of benefits for those of you running iOS 7.
Released Thursday, Netflix version 5.0 for iOS lets iOS 7 users watch HD videos in all their 1080p glory, a feature that Android users have already been enjoying. The new version also supports AirPlay streaming, so iOS 7 users can directly pipe their favorite Netflix videos from their mobile devices to their Apple TVs without the need for AirPlay mirroring.
Netfix's iOS app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app requires iOS 6.0 or … Read more
As I enter CNET's New York offices each morning, like clockwork, I silence my Galaxy S III, adjust the brightness, and turn on Wi-Fi. These actions have become so routine that I barely recognize I am doing them, but it doesn't have to be this way.
Android is a unique platform that gives users the ability to customize just about everything on their device, including being able to set up automated tasks that can be triggered by a specific action or location.
Bang with Friends has been no stranger to controversy in its short life span. But, it appears the hookup app could now be on the straight and narrow.
Not only has Bang with Friends ironed out a spat it had with Apple over its salacious name, the app has also settled a lawsuit with Zynga over alleged trademark infringement.
Here is a joint statement that Zynga and Bang with Friends sent to CNET:Zynga Inc. and Bang With Friends, Inc. are pleased that they have reached an amicable resolution of their dispute. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, … Read more