This week was packed with some great video highlights, including a brand-new episode of XCAR featuring the hotly anticipated Toyota GT 86. Was it worth the wait? Brian Tong also fills us in on the latest iPhone 5S and 5C rumors in this week's Apple Byte. And Always On makes a return as we get ready for back-to-school with an unboxing of the new MacBook Air and Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 Mini also takes a major kicking in another epic torture test, and we check out the latest in higher education and online learning, for free.… Read more
Let's admit it. Our smartphones are fast enough. I don't think cramming any more processor cores in there is going to do much good.
That's why the current trend of smartphones with high quality cameras has me excited. Sure, half of what's being thrown around out there is overhyped pixel count nonsense, but the overall push to take smartphone photography to the next level is a good thing for everyone.
So to cut through the hype and get a real, informed opinion on what smartphones out there are using the best cameras, I asked CNET Senior … Read more
Remember when phrases like "intelligence gathering" and "national security" conjured up images of James Bond rappelling his way into an inactive volcano, jumping over piranhas, and disarming missiles? As inflated as these fictional spy vs. spy scenarios were, at least there was a thread of humanity to the whole thing.
Today, it's all ones and zeros. It's cyber attacks and data mining. It's banks of computers analyzing questionably begotten e-mails and phone calls. And as boring as it may sound, the scope of it all, along with the coldly calculating computers behind it, … Read more
I am an unapologetic cheapskate. In fact, I got into this whole technology journalism thing as a way to feed my gadget lust without spending a dime to play with the latest tech.
I won't lie, it's a great gig. But just like any "kid in a candy shop" scenario, you gain a different perspective when you actually work in the candy shop.
There are a lot of good things to say about technology, and the high-tech age we currently live in. But it is also true that technology has provided a number of new and … Read more
As we all rush to embrace this month's newest, hottest technology, it's easy to forget about the old technology that's being pushed aside. Who among you is holding vigil for the portable CD player or the CRT computer monitor?
Yet, I'm old enough now to remember a time when I couldn't wait to make the jump from my creaky, old Walkman to a shiny, thin portable CD player. In the grand scheme of things, that day was not so very long ago.
Following that same logic, there are hundreds of modern technologies around us today … Read more
Ah, vacation. For someone as consumed with technology as I am, the concept of "getting away from it all" almost certainly includes getting away from my gadgets.
That said, I've also had enough vacations to know that there are times when having the right technology can really iron out the wrinkles of the less-than-thrilling parts of your trip, and make the best parts all the more memorable.
So here's my take on five must-have technologies to bring with you on vacation, along with a healthy dose of moderation.
We round up and update a bunch of favorites this episode, including a look at the Tesla Model S that, since we first saw it in fall 2012, has gone on to become about the most celebrated car in the world.
We have also updated our Top 5 Electric Cars list with two cars getting bumped by new entrants in the market; six months from now we'll do it again as more solid EVs are in the wings. It's … Read more
With Apple's WWDC right around the corner, it's time to put together our wish list of features and fixes we want in the company's next mobile operating-system update, iOS 7.
For some ideas, I consulted the excellent lists already published by my colleagues Zack Whittaker from ZDNet and Luke Westaway of CNET UK. The actual ranking is rather arbitrary, so have fun complaining about that one -- though with a hot-button topic like this, I think it will be the least of your concerns.
If you've been waiting to buy a Windows 8 tablet until the options and prices reached a competitive level, then wait not longer. Windows 8 tablets and hybrid laptops have finally hit a sweet spot, and there are models now that cover everyone from the casual Web jockey to the full-on PC gamer.
While the TV industry figures out what to do with itself as the enthusiasm for 4K, OLED, and 3D trickles out, many of you are making a very basic request. You just want a big ol' honkin' screen.
For an elegant solution that will fit through the door and won't break the bank, you need to ditch the TV and go with a home theater projector.