It appears the touch technology in Apple's iPhone has a decent leg-up on the competition. Recently a number of other touch-enabled mobile devices have surfaced (Droid and Nexus One), and like the iPhone have a large front screen to accept gesture input. While each has been touted as having "touch" technology, and all have been sold on features such as the network, operating system, and app availability, the interface in the devices have not been given much attention.… Read more
It's pretty safe to say that people like to share their photos either in person or online. The Slice is designed to improve the sharing experience with several features, including 2GB of internal memory.
The 14-megapixel camera is pure point-and-shoot, and is designed around a 3.5-inch touch-screen display and an internal 5x zoom lens with stabilization. It can record 720p HD-quality movies at 30fps, too.
Kodak has beefed up in-camera tagging options and paired it with a search system that lets you quickly sort by person, place, event, or date. Plus, the Share button that's a staple … Read more
With all the hype around Apple's still-mythical tablet, it's easy to forget that HP has been making a 12-inch consumer tablet for several years.
In fact, the product that started life as the HP tx1000, and is now called the TouchSmart tm2, is one of the only convertible tablet laptops aimed at mainstream entertainment consumers; most tablets are intended for medical, educational, or other specialized markets.
While convertible tablet laptops, which have screens that rotate 180 degrees to fold down over their keyboards, have never been a mainstream product, there's a certain appeal to using the multitouch … Read more
Traffic Rush is a fun, fast-paced, cartoony arcade game in which you must direct traffic at a busy four-way intersection--much like other "traffic control" games. The touch interface is easy and natural, with you swiping vehicles to speed them up or tapping them to temporarily stop them. You have to choreograph a colorful collection of trucks, motorcycles, and various passenger cars, all with different speeds (and sound effects), and the number of vehicles--and, inevitably, close calls--increases as the game progresses. Your game ends when you fail to avert a crash, and you're given your score, average vehicle … Read more
With all the crystal-ball-watching over the seemingly imminent Apple tablet, one issue hotly debated around the CNET offices, but infrequently mentioned elsewhere, is the hypothetical device's status as a mobile computer.
There are two schools of thought on this: either the Apple tablet (or iSlate, or whatever it ends up being called) will be a 10-or-so-inch tablet PC with a full Mac OS X operating system; or it will merely be a larger-screen version of the current iPod Touch, which has a closed, limited phone-like OS.
The former would mean it could very likely run any software you'd run on a MacBook, from Firefox to Photoshop, and maybe even install Windows 7 via Boot Camp or Parallels. The later points to a hermetically sealed ecosystem, where apps would have to be approved and sold through an official app store (as in iTunes). … Read more
It's been years since the concept of a digital convergence was seriously debated. Today, it's rare to see a single-function electronic device.
Digital still cameras can record video, and camcorders can take still photos. Even cheap cell phones include cameras. There are Web browsers in cell phones, cameras, televisions, and digital picture frames. In fact, it seems like it's only a matter of time before everything with a battery or power cord will be connected to the Internet.
So it's a little startling to see a new gizmo that does nothing but display text, especially when … Read more
With the launch of Windows 7, computer shoppers are emerging from a dark period when newly purchased desktops and laptops would arrive with an already archaic operating system. Even with the promise of a free upgrade, it made sense for most to wait until systems started shipping with the new OS.
If you're eager to hit the ground running, we've already reviewed several Windows 7 PCs, from big names such as Lenovo, Toshiba, and HP. Click on the gallery below to check out each one, including the massive Toshiba Qosmio X505, the touch-screen Lenovo T400s, and the HP Touchsmart 600 … Read more
There's very little that's different between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 and the DSC-T900. The T90 has a 0.5-inch smaller screen that has a significantly lower resolution (910K to 230K dots). It also doesn't have a stereo mic or have HD output via HDMI, only component. But, that's pretty much where the feature shed ends.
Basic specs for the ultracompact include a 12-megapixel sensor, 4X optical zoom with stabilization, 3.0-inch LCD, and 720p HD movie recording. You also get Sony's intelligent scene recognition, intelligent auto mode, Smile Shutter, and face detection with child and … Read more