If you visit maps.google.com in your Android or iOS browser right now, you might notice something's different. That's because today Google went live with its latest Maps update, which offers a significantly more feature-rich browser experience than before. In fact, once you opt in to share your location, the site feels very much like an app or like the desktop version. It feels familiar. And therein lies the reason for the update: a much more consistent Google Maps experience across platforms. No matter how you access Google's incredible database of geographical information, the company wants … Read more
It's been my personal experience that that nerds love their room in the basement, which tends to be kinda dark even during daytime, where they have fast Internet access and lots of gadgets. And I have to admit that it's nice down there here, where you I can do all kinds of fun things, such as playing games, programing, playing more games, or just quietly enjoying the sound of crunchy Cheetos while pondering over the prospect of some romantic date...without being bothered.
But it's not true anymore that you can only have fast Internet at home.… Read more
The right to browse without businesses tracking your every move has just come to the latest Firefox beta for Android.
Mozilla released the new mobile browser beta today with a Do Not Track feature that will keep business from issuing tracking cookies. The update comes almost a month after Mozilla took the wraps off of its official Firefox for Android release, and .
Just mosey on over to the browser settings to turn on Do Not Track before surfing with the certainty of not being watched. To do so, slide the option "Tell sites not to track me" to … Read more
If you've tried Seesmic, Twitdroyd, TweetDeck, the stock Twitter-type application on your phone, or the official Twitter app, but continue to search for that "one," why not try another? On Amazon's Appstore for Android you can download the full, ad-free version of TweetCaster Pro for Android (normally $4.99) by Handmark, for nada, niente, rien, nichts, gratis.
A lot has been improved upon since our review back in March 2011. With a new feature, Zip It, you can remove users or trends from your feed without unfollowing them. Instapaper support lets you save long articles to read later. Use Color Coding to personalize your own tweets and @replies with a custom color of your choosing. At the top of the list are five tabs for your full tweet list, tweets that just mention you, direct messages, your favorites, and any lists that you follow or follow you. Gone are the small yellow dot indicators for new tweets or mentions--we now see the number of tweets, mentions, and direct messages on the appropriate tabs. TweetCaster allows you to add a picture or video from galleries or directly from your mobile device's camera. Built-in URL shortening is also available, and you can quickly add geotag information or the usernames of your contacts to a tweet. Linking your Facebook account to TweetCaster will update that profile as well. The feature list goes on.
It's not perfect, but it is one of the better, simpler, and cleaner Twitter-based apps out there for Android users.
TweetCaster Pro will be Amazon's free App of the Day until 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT tonight. Try it out. There's always the option of uninstalling if it doesn't suit your needs, and free is free. … Read more
Our buddy Peter Ha is back on the show to tell us what's new over at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper. Unfortunately, halfway through the show we find out that Macho Man Randy Savage passed away today, so RIP to one of our favorite WWF athlete. To get us back in good spirits for the rest of the episode, Jeff and Peter make a Twitter wager, and the loser has to...well, you'll have to listen to find out what's going to happen when Peter gets to 4,000.The 404 Digest for Episode 825 Creepy dude installs a streaming camera in a Starbucks bathroom. Playboy for iPad skirts Apple's nudity rules with Web trickery. Add Peter Ha on Twitter so Jeff can pejazzle his future. Episode 825 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Best Buy announced late yesterday that it will begin offering a Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer on Sunday, May 22.
The retail giant is already taking preorders for the 7-inch tablet, which sells for $499.99. The Flyer runs Android 2.3 with a tablet-optimized version of HTC's Sense UI, as well as support for an optional stylus.
While neither Best Buy nor HTC has confirmed pricing for the stylus, various Web sites are reporting that it will carry an $80 price tag.
Google is reportedly reinforcing its mobile patent portfolio.
The company has paid $4.9 million for the patents of now-defunct Israeli company Modu, according to an Israeli business newspaper called Calcalist.
The search giant hasn't confirmed the report. However, such patents could be useful as Google attempts to offer new ideas in the Android landscape.
Modu was founded in 2007 by Dov Moran. The company sold a Modu phone, which was designed to be tiny and lightweight and could be placed into separate "jackets," or cases, to expand its functionality.
On its own, the small Modu could … Read more
Led by the iPad, the tablet market has taken off with a bang, but even with all the hoopla, less than 5 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Nielsen actually own one.
Tablets represent a huge potential money maker for the industry based on what consumers will pay not just for the device but all the content they need and want. Yet Nielsen's data, presented at the paidContent Mobile conference this week, shows that it's a market with considerable room to grow.
Adoption of tablets has risen over the past year to 4.8 percent in this … Read more
When it comes to Android hardware makers, Dell is not a name that immediately comes to mind.
Thus far the PC giant has had a tough time cracking the Android market thanks to uninspiring phones and tablets. I see many people carrying around Android devices, but I've yet to notice someone with a Dell Aero or a Streak tablet. Companies such as HTC and Samsung own the smartphone space, while traditional computer companies struggle in this new war. Thankfully, the tablet wars are just now getting underway. As a result, Dell could find itself turning things around in short … Read more
The year started out with only one Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet on the horizon (the Motorola Xoom). Today, nearly halfway through the year, we have so many Honeycomb tablets flying around CNET that it's hard to keep them all straight. More importantly, the prices on these things are steadily creeping downward, making them a more compelling alternative to Apple's lowest-priced iPad 2. Two of the latest low-cost Honeycomb tablets to hit the shelves are the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The only trouble is, it's almost impossible to tell the two … Read more