Calling itself the "world's first topic-based newsreader," Evri uses its own semantic Web search technology to scan more than 2.3 million topics from what it believes to be the Web's 15,000 best sources. Unlike The Daily, Evri is free. And unlike Flipboard, Evri is ad-free. Here's how the app works.… Read more
Owners of the Sony Tablet S can now access the PlayStation Store and purchase games.
As of yesterday, a limited selection of games is available for those who wield the exotic tablet in the U.S., Canada, and seven other countries. Ten titles digitized from the original PlayStation console are being sold for $5.99: Cool Boarders, Destruction Derby, Hot Shots Golf 2, Jet Moto, Jet Moto 2, Jumping Flash!, MediEvil, Motor Toon Grand Prix, Rally Cross, and Wild Arms. … Read more
The floor for tablet pricing has fallen out again. Today, Groupon is offering an Android-based tablet for only $129 through its Groupon Goods program.
Granted, it's not the most drool-worthy tab out there. Groupon is selling a limited number of Skytex Primer Pocket media players and Skypad Alpha tablets at a 50 percent discount. The Primer Pocket is a 4.3-inch Android-based iPod Touch knock-off running FroYo (Android 2.2), while the Skypad Alpha is a 7-inch slate that comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. … Read more
When Google announced plans in August to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, some assumed the company would start actively involving itself in handset development.
But in an interview today at All Things Digital's AsiaD conference, Google Android boss Andy Rubin said that this simply won't happen.
"I don't think you should consider Google's acquisition of Motorola as Google entering the hardware business," Rubin said during the interview. "This is going to be an arm's length thing...Motorola isn't going to get any special treatment."
Rubin's comments seem … Read more
commentary The more popular Android becomes, the more it seems to suffer from an identity crisis.
Android 4.0 is designed to be more approachable than its precursors, opening up Google's operating system to a broader market. But that shift toward the mainstream market is hobbled by techie-focused marketing messages.
The design of Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, manifested in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus due out in November, indicates that Google is trying to aim Android for that broader market. It's designed to be more physical, with touch actions letting people do what they want without … Read more
iOS 5 further improves the iPad as a productivity device, with new features that streamline navigation and speed up word processing. Four of these new features stood out to us, two of which are only available on the iPad.
All of these tools are built in, so you can start using them right away. Watch the video and follow the tips to get started:
1. Multitasking gestures With iOS 5, the Home button is nearly obsolete, as you can now navigate and manage your iPad using multitouch gestures. To enable gestures, go to Settings > General, and turn on multitasking … Read more
See what's happening in the CNET Labs this week, as we test Microsoft's Wireless Racing Wheel for Xbox and the iPad's new split keyboard, and take a look at the latest superslim ultrabook laptops.
There's more evidence today that Apple could be thinking hard about a smaller iPad.
File this report under "roughly translated reports from Chinese news outlets talking to sources at Apple's suppliers in the region" if you must, but Taiwan's United Daily News appears to be reporting that Samsung and AU Optronics have sent samples of a 7.85-inch screen to Apple.
This morning when RIM announced BBX, the next-generation operating system that will power BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, the BlackBerry-maker offered few details about what the OS does, how it will propel RIM forward, and when we can expect to see it on working devices.
It's been known almost since RIM first announced the QNX-based PlayBook last year that the platform RIM bought would power smartphones, too. So isn't BBX just QNX repackaged to be more familiar to BlackBerry users? Turns out, there's more to it than that.
Instead, it's a joining of native BlackBerry capabilities with … Read more