Of the many bar code scanners available for Android, the simply named Barcode Scanner makes a good starting place, especially for new Android users. With it, you're at liberty to scan QR codes to download Android apps, add a contact to your phone, or jump to a Web link. The scanner also reads retail bar codes, triggering a Google search for whichever product comes up. Though Barcode Scanner isn't as precise as other shopping apps that follow up their scan with a database search on where to find the item, it does its duty as a simple, multipurpose … Read more
On today's show, Podfather Adam Curry joins us for gloves-off battles about everything from whether Apple should put out the iPhone for Verizon (Adam says no) to what Nokia used to produce (boots, turns out), and just what exactly is wrong with Nokia. Be warned, today's episode pushes the boundary of indeterminate length!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Updated 2:00 p.m. PDT with additional information and word the problem has been fixed.
Android developers are reporting that Google has been slow to react to applications that are disappearing from the Android Market.
Some developers who had resubmitted applications to the Android Market starting around Thursday following the addition of small updates say their applications could no longer be found within the Android Market following the update, according to a report from ReadWriteWeb. Multiple developers reported the issue within Android developer forums and the Android Market forums over the weekend, but Google has mostly remained silent on … Read more
The tablet wars have begun, although not exactly with a bang.
The Archos 7 Home Tablet has plenty going for it: a big 7-inch screen; broad audio and video format support; MicroSDHC memory expansion; and a low price of $199.
Ultimately, though, you get what you pay for. For a device that's all screen, the screen ain't that hot. The Android 1.5 OS is stale and stripped down, and the app store is more like a mini mart.
Still, the Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't half bad, given the price. And since Archos is the first … Read more
Apple's forthcoming iOS 4 will be ready to update iPhones and iPod Touches in two weeks. It will turbocharge existing iPhones without a doubt, but how does the new operating system stack up to Android's 2.2 (Froyo) release?
It's true that Apple's iOS 4 is a far more dramatic update from iPhone OS 3.0 than is Android 2.2 from 2.1. iOS 4 gets a handful of features that the iPhone was sorely missing on the software front: multitasking, threaded e-mail, folder support, and tethering--which Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't mention in … Read more
Before the WWDC 2010 keynote began, my colleague CNET News reporter Ina Fried sent out the following tweet, "My question for #wwdc, How much tougher is life about to get today for the Windows Phone 7 team?"
It's a thought I had as well and now that iPhone 4 has been revealed, I think the answer is pretty clear: Very tough. Not that WP7 wasn't already heading in that direction in the first place.
This marks the second Android-based smartphone for the carrier, following last year's HTC Hero. The Milestone sports a similar design and feature set as the Motorola Droid, which includes a 3.7-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED, but ships with Android 2.1. Other details include an 8GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and support for Cellular South's 3G network.
Also, good news for Cellular South customers, as … Read more
Editors' note: The following is CNET UK's review of the Dell Streak. Once the product is available in the U.S., we will update our Dell Streak product page with a new review specific to U.S. consumers.
If bigger is better, then the Dell Streak is the greatest smartphone in the world. But size isn't everything, and although the Streak's large screen and powerful Android operating system provide heaps of fun, it needs some more polish before it lives up to our Android tablet fantasies.
Mega phone Is the Streak a phone or a tablet? We … Read more
As time ticked on in Steve Jobs' keynote at Monday's WWDC conference, we kept waiting for the Apple chief to showcase the iPhone 4's front-facing camera. When he finally did, it wasn't a Skype video conferencing app that many expected, but Apple's own software, called FaceTime.
FaceTime is built into the version 4 operating system that Apple is now calling iOS 4, since it powers the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Using the front-facing camera, two callers will be able to see and hear each other in a high-definition video call.
The good news is that FaceTime will require no setup, so firing up video chats should be intuitive even for VoIP novices. Here's the setback: at launch, FaceTime will run only over Wi-Fi, and only on the iPhone 4.
We understand that hardware and software requirements like a front-facing camera and HD video recorder would cause Apple to limit FaceTime calls to between iPhone 4 phones, but we are surprised that Apple isn't taking advantage of 3G calling, particularly since it's been six months since the company allowed third-party developers to add 3G calls to VoIP apps.
The bigger question on our minds, however, is just how big a blow FaceTime will deliver to Skype and other competing VoIP services.… Read more
Japanese software development shop FreeBit recently announced "ServersMan HD," an application that makes your iPad act like a Web server--allowing documents and files to be uploaded, downloaded, and viewed on the device.
Currently, the primary way to get files on and off of the iPad is through iTunes syncing or e-mail, or by using an online service such as Google Docs that stores your files in the cloud.
And while odds are you won't be building an iPad-based data center anytime soon, this application, like others, helps to prove the use case of cloud-based storage for tablets … Read more