I wrote about the latest version of Lala when it started beta-testing back in May. At the time, I dismissed it as a weird hybrid between all-you-can-eat subscription services like Rhapsody and free streams from the likes of Imeem. I didn't understand who'd pay 10 cents to stream a song an unlimited number of times when there are already plenty of free (mostly ad-supported) streaming sites out there.
CNET has written several times over the years about Audacity, a free, general-purpose sound-editing tool. I've known people who have used it to manipulate sound for podcasts and the like. But I'd completely forgotten about it until today.
One of my colleagues been looking for a tool to split recorded audio presentations into portions to go with the corresponding individual PowerPoint slides. I thought Apple's GarageBand might work, but he found it too opaque, and our office (like most) is PC-heavy, which would have complicated efforts to train other folks on how to do this job.
Then … Read more
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After endless speculation about tablets, touch screens, and recession-friendly prices, Apple announced a solid list of upgrades and improvements to its MacBooks. CNET's Dan Ackerman checked under the hood.
The rollercoaster stock market threatens to change the landscape for at least a couple of tech titans.
Case in point: Yahoo could have been sold for $33 per share to Microsoft in the spring; in midweek, it was trading at less than $12. No doubt, most tech companies are getting pummeled on Wall Street, but Yahoo's drop has to be particularly galling, given how much more Microsoft was willing to pay for the company just months ago.
Yahoo closed at $11.75 a share on Wednesday, down 7.1 percent, during regular trading. That gave the Internet search pioneer … Read more
This week we reviewed two Samsung handsets that span the full range of mobile multimedia. The Highnote is a new music phone for Sprint and the Innov8 is a fancy 8-megapixel camera. In North America, it is available as an unlocked model.
Samsung and Sprint introduced the Highnote at the CTIA Fall 2008 show last month. Also called the SPH-M630, the Highnote is a music phone that replaces the Samsung Upstage and the LG Muziq. It offers all the usual highlights of a Sprint music phone, with an eye-catching slider design and a new menu interface. Call and music performance … Read more
BooRah, a service that uses semantic technology to find restaurant reviews online and combine them to give users a rating, announced that it has launched a new API for websites and businesses that want to display the company's reviews on their own sites.
The API allows users to search for restaurants in their city and view the detailed ratings for food, service, and ambiance that have already been generated on BooRah. The API will also give its users the option of displaying links for discounts, menus, and coupons. BooRah hopes users will employ the API's location capabilities to … Read more
Have you ever spent a long, happy evening with a new effects pedal and a pair of headphones? Do you have an Apple iPhone and $3.99 to spare? If so, open the iTunes Store and download Bloom immediately.
Released last Thursday by Brian Eno, who more or less invented ambient music, and fellow traveler Peter Chilvers, Bloom is like discovering a seashell you've never seen before--beautifully simple yet infinitely complicated.
It displays a pastel multicolored screen. You hit different spots on the screen to play different notes--bass notes at the bottom, treble at the top. The notes are … Read more
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The big Storm finally made landfall, and CNET's Bonnie Cha braved the elements to file a detailed report (see video above).
HDTV prices: how low can they go?
If you're into world domination, you may want one of these.
Renting Blu-ray on Netflix? It'll cost you.
Day after day this week, technology stocks got hammered: the CNET Technology Index, which tracks 66 publicly traded tech companies, dropped for the fourth straight day Thursday to hit its lowest level in more than three years.
Of course, tech stocks were not alone. Just when it seemed like it couldn't go any lower, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday fell below 9,000 for the first time in five years, and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes all continued to slide.
But tech industry leaders, some of whom had thought their industry might be immune … Read more
BenQ describes its MP512ST projector as "designed for the Nintendo Wii," and by that we assume they mean white, inexpensive, and standard-definition. All the more reason for us to be surprised when this little unit produced a decent picture, albeit not quite at the level found on more-expensive high-definition projectors. Still, for less than $600, or about the price of a bargain-brand 32-inch flat-panel LCD, it's tough to complain.