Almost a year ago, we offered our list of the best iPhone apps as chosen by CNET editors. Picks from the CNET 100 series included titles of almost every kind from the insanely addictive (like Angry Birds) to the strictly practical (Still Tasty, anyone?).
Of course, Apple's iOS can't have all the fun so this year the CNET 100 gives Android its due attention. Just like last year, a different CNET personality will showcase his or her 10 favorite Android apps each day for the next 10 business days (today through Friday, July 22). And with each post, … Read more
The HP Pre 3 is expected to be one of the summer's biggest smartphone releases, but it looks like the WebOS-based smartphone won't be coming to at least one of the major U.S. carriers.
According to This is My Next, Sprint will not offer the Pre 3 and there's even some doubt over Sprint and HP's future together. The source did not provide any details on what brought about the decision, but some think it might have to do with the disappointing sales of the original Palm Pre, which exclusively launched with Sprint in June … Read more
LG has made many phones throughout the years, but few of them have been as popular as its LG EnV series of feature phones. From the VX9800 all the way to the EnV Touch, these dual-screen flip messaging phones have long been best sellers due to their roomy keyboards and unique flip form factor.
Recently, LG released the LG Genesis for U.S. Cellular, which has the same dual-screen flip design, but it's an Android smartphone instead of a feature phone. It ships with Android 2.2, has two capacitive touch screens instead of one, a 5-megapixel camera and … Read more
CNET certainly appreciated the dual-core, 4G-capable Android handset enough to give the unlocked version a coveted Editors' Choice Award ahead of its official U.S. launch. Although a U.S. version cleared the FCC in early May, possibly AT&T-bound, there's still been no official word on a timeline or carrier pickup.
We did, however, learn of a few more clues in another recent FCC filing, this time for a handset with a variation on the Galaxy S II's model number, one that outlets like Engadget have speculated means that there's an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor onboard.… Read more
Telling no one but its Web site, Sony Ericsson has begun offering the Xperia arc to U.S. consumers with an unlocked, no-contract $599 price tag.
Listed as having support for AT&T's 3G bands (850MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz), it's very possible that it may arrive later at at the carrier. T-Mobile subscribers can pick up an unlocked Arc as well, though it won't support T-Mobile's 3G network.
Sony Ericsson started off the year with a bang, announcing the Android 2.3-powered Xperia Arc at CES 2011. As one of the first Gingerbread-powered phones after the Nexus S, hopes were high and things looked good. Here was a super thin, gorgeous handset with the latest version of Android.
Hardware was impressive as well, with a 1GHz processor, 4.2-inch display, 1GB internal storage, an 8.1-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support.
So at the time, it appeared as if Sony Ericsson had learned from past mistakes and could rise to Android greatness. Six months later, however, I'm not so confident. … Read more
It has a similar rounded design to its predecessor, plus what looks to be a similar 2.8-inch QVGA touch-screen display. However, it has a vertical sliding keyboard instead of a horizontal one. Other features of this BREW phone include a 2-megapixel camera and camcorder, quad-band GSM and 3G support, GPS, and a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards. It will be available for $49.99 after rebates and a new two-year … Read more
The unlimited data buffet enjoyed by many smartphone subscribers in the U.S. is ending. So now what?
As Verizon Wireless ditches its all-you-can-eat data plans, fear has spread among many smartphones users. People are scared that without unlimited access, they are doomed to pay more each month for data service.
In this week's Ask Maggie, I try to allay those concerns by offering some insight on typical data usage, as well as, some advice about how to use data more efficiently.
I also offer a college-bound freshman some advice from my friend and colleague Dan Ackerman on the age-old question: Mac or PC?
Ask Maggie is a weekly advice column that answers readers' wireless and broadband questions. If you've got a question, please send me an e-mail at maggie dot reardon at cbs dot com. And please put "Ask Maggie" in the subject header.… Read more
You know that intense, burning desire to be around someone every waking hour? Before you know it, you're hooked. You're inseparable. You're in love.
Todd Cole, a fashion photographer and music video director, decided to try to capture that lovin' feeling--at Microsoft's request--with a smartphone.
Using a Windows Phone camera, he began filming a couple living in East Los Angeles and synced up the edited footage with music for the official video for Kurt Vile's "Baby Arms" from his album "Smoke Ring For My Halo."
The stars of this very personal, intimate-feeling video are Angel, a graffiti artist, and Danielle, a student.
"I was listening to Kurt Vile's music a lot when Windows approached me about the project. The song is about being in love and having this feeling of us against the world. That was the vibe I got from Angel when I met him. And I think that feeling is communicated in the video," Cole said.
Cole followed the couple's daily routines of going to the market, cooking breakfast, eating in the backyard, riding bikes, hanging out with friends, and going to the skate park.
"Love at that age is usually one's first love and it is a beautiful time. I just wanted to document that," Cole said.
Cole said he liked using a mobile phone for video because because it felt liberating and "less intimidating" than the typical, full set of equipment. It allowed him to just be there and capture images as they happened. … Read more
The shuttle Atlantis is set to carry two Nexus S phones into orbit tomorrow that will turn a trio of floating satellites on the International Space Station into remote-operated robots.
The 135th and last flight of the shuttle program, set for 11:26 a.m. ET, will help advance the cause of robotkind when the Android handsets are attached to the bowling ball-size orbs.
Propelled by small CO2 thrusters, the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (Spheres) were developed at MIT and have been in use on the ISS since 2006.
As seen in the vid below, they look like the Star Wars lightsaber training droid but are designed to test spacecraft maneuvers, satellite servicing, and flight formation.
Normally, the Spheres orbs carry out preprogrammed commands from a computer aboard the ISS, but the Nexus Android phones will give them increased computing power, cameras, and links to ground crew who will pilot them. … Read more
I wouldn't call myself a spreadsheet ninja, but I do use spreadsheets on a daily basis--and Google Docs, specifically--to track roommate bills, plan vacations and conferences, and keep tabs on work projects.
Today Google updated Google Docs for the mobile phone and tablet browser to make it easier for the tool's users to share multiple documents and sort spreadsheets, text docs, presentations, PDFs, and drawings you create online.
Log in from any mobile browser and you'll immediately see two drop-down categories on the navigation bar. One sorts documents by name, modification date, and the date you last … Read more