Last week I endured a crazy line and my own nagging doubts/consumer guilt, and pulled the trigger to buy an iPhone 4. In our CNET office, I feel like a bit of an apologist. Many fellow editors are bullish about Android, and I already owned a 3GS. My purchase couldn't be fully justified, other than via one bit of logic: the iPhone remains my most-used gadget.
So Apple's iPad is in the news again this week, with more rumors of a smaller, perhaps 7-inch, version due in time for the holiday-shopping season.
The iPad has arguably created a new market, which Apple is clearly dominating. But non-Apple tablets are on their way.
Until we get our hands on the devices themselves, we can't make any predictions of the iPad's demise.
But you're not like us. You're Crave readers and you love to prognosticate. So...… Read more
They say patience is a virtue. But it's certainly not easy, especially when you are waiting for the latest and greatest in technology.
This week I try to answer one reader's question about when he can expect to get Fios TV in his neighborhood. He's seen the fiber trucks and fliers promoting the service, and now he wants his Fios TV. But laying the fiber is only half the battle, especially in densely populated cities such as New York City where everyone lives in an apartment building.
If waiting for Fios wasn't bad enough, another reader … Read more
NEW YORK--Verizon Communications is prepping a new live TV streaming app for tablet PCs like the Apple iPad, a move that could eventually eliminate the need for a home set-top box and set the stage for true "TV everywhere" viewing.
At a demonstration at the home of Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir, Verizon executives showed off a slew of new features for its Fios TV service, including the live TV streaming application on an iPad.
The new app allows Fios TV subscribers to stream live TV from their service onto an iPad over a home Wi-Fi connection. Initially, the … Read more
If you're looking for something fun to do with your family, spouse, or group of friends, fire up A Day's Outing. This terrific little app helps you find nearby events and activities.
The start page lets you quickly search for outings based on a variety of criteria, any of which you can change with just a few taps. For example, by default, the app looks for outings within the next seven days, but you can narrow that down to today, tomorrow, or even next weekend. You can also specify the range and location (nearby, or someplace in particular--like … Read more
The iPad may work wonders as a mobile video player, but it's rather hamstrung by the limited number of video file formats it supports. Indeed, unless you convert all your videos to MP4 format (a lengthy and sometimes fruitless process) or stream them via an app like Air Video (not an option when you're offline), you're sorta outta luck.
Enter CineXPlayer, an iPad video player with native support for the popular Xvid (AVI) format. It's free, and it's fantastic. Start by copying videos to your iPad by way of iTunes' File Sharing feature, which is … Read more
I've taken my iPad on a few road trips this summer, and I can say without reservation that it absolutely rocks for watching movies.
Of course, I'm not about to pay iTunes' ridiculous prices to watch movies and TV shows I already own on DVD. Instead, I'll just rip those discs to an iPad-friendly format.
If you're interested in doing likewise, check out Daniusoft's DVD to iPad Converter. Normally $29.95, it's available for free when you "like" Daniusoft on Facebook.
The software works like most other DVD rippers I've used. … Read more
Considering that the iPad is as much of a browsing device as it is an application platform, you'd think there would be many alternatives to Apple's Safari, but thus far no other full-featured browser has shown much of a presence.
Opera Mini can be used on the iPad but was really developed for the iPhone. Firefox has a history and bookmarks app on the iPad, not a browser. But neither offers much in the … Read more