In this week's action-packed episode, we engage in a little live Halo: Reach multiplayer action, finding out in the process that none of us is particularly good at this sort of thing.
Then, Joey attempts to pilot a remote control helicopter around the confines of our broom-closet-size studio. Hilarity ensues, as does some small amount of danger.
After showing off some new minilaptops from Toshiba and Sony, Scott tells us about the FanVision handheld device being hawked by NFL teams (including his beloved Jets). Finally, we hold our heads in collective disbelief over the upcoming "Galileo was Wrong" pseudoscience conference, being held later this fall. Yes, that's a real thing, not some sort of Onion-like prank.
According to a report by AppleInsider, sources with direct knowledge of Apple's product plans claim that production of a FaceTime-capable iPad could be available in time for the holiday shopping season.
Although Apple has maintained a fairly predictable 12-month release cycle for its mobile devices, the source claims "that as of last month, there was an ambitious push inside Apple to verify the refresh for a possible launch ahead of this year's holiday shopping season.
Typically Apple will release updates to its iPod lineup in September (as we saw last week) and then update its Mac lineup … Read more
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in Apple news, rumors, tips, and tricks. This week Apple outsells Nintendo, Ping isn't quite as social as expected, and you'll learn how to display your iPad on a larger screen.
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Well, if you were wondering what product Amazon thinks is its biggest competition for the Kindle, one need look no further than the latest Kindle ad, which pits Amazon's e-reader versus the iPad...poolside.
As most people know, the iPad's one big flaw is that it doesn't do well in direct sunlight and the geeky guy in the lounger finds himself staring at his reflection as he tries to make out what's on his iPad's screen. Meanwhile, his bikini-clad neighbor has no trouble reading with her e-ink-based Kindle and points out that it only costs $… Read more
Just as the laptop and portability changed the face of computing over the last two decades, the iPad, and competitors who are quickly following in Apple's footsteps, marks the beginning of a new era in computing and deeper embedding of technology in our daily lives.
Paul Saffo, a forecaster who has explored the long-term impact of technology innovations, said that the iPad is as "important as the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984," which launched the graphical user interface and mouse to the masses.
What makes the iPad a potential game changer? Certainly, the size and light … Read more
When we last left PlayOn, the clever video-streaming Web server, its official iTunes App Store app had been unceremoniously back-burnered by Apple, shortly after we published a hands-on preview of it.
The official PlayOn app never did make it past the Apple gatekeepers, but MediaMall Technologies, PlayOn's parent company, has been working on an HTML5-based "Web app" as a replacement. The iPhone and iPod Touch version has been functional at m.playon.tv for several weeks, but the new update to PlayOn's PC-based server software will finally support the iPad as well.
We got an early … Read more
Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad is launching in China this week, the company announced Monday.
Starting Friday, consumers in China will be able to buy the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB iPad from Apple retail stores, as well as "select" Apple resellers. The 16GB model will retail for approximately $590, while the 32GB and 64GB versions will set customers back $708 and $826, respectively. The device boasts the same features as the current version of the iPad available elsewhere around the world.
It's worth noting that China will not be getting the 3G version of Apple's tablet on … Read more
As most people know, the thing about buying anything in the computer and gadget world is that you run the risk of your item becoming obsolete after the next revision. People often complain about Apple in this way (first-generation iPhone, anyone?), but it's mostly true across the board: with advances in technology coming so rapidly these days, the neat gadget you got this year will probably be mainstream by next year. It's just the nature of the tech business.
Even though I was armed with knowledge of the "early adopter" phenomenon well before I bought my iPad, it still hurt to read rumors over at AppleInsider saying a refresh of the iPad complete with a front-facing camera might be coming sooner rather than later. Sure, I have the ability to use FaceTime on my iPhone 4, but all that screen real estate is certainly going to make video calls better on the iPad. Much better.
So, here's your chance, readers! Go ahead and gloat--you made the right choice and waited. You didn't fall prey to the keynote for the "magical" device and now you're in the perfect position to get a better version. Congratulations! Now, try not to be too hard on me.
This week's apps include an streaming-audio app with a slick interface, and a fun and addictive puzzle game that will test your math skills.… Read more