In the old days, speed dial was a vital phone function that saved time and energy, but now that so many of us have outsourced our contact info storage to smartphones, the feature doesn't get nearly enough love. Sure, you can reach almost any contact with just three or four clicks, but for those we reach out to every day, that is two or three clicks too many. Your Android phone has a built-in speed dial function that's under the radar, but if you're willing to give up space on a home screen, you can set up … Read more
CNET's Antuan Goodwin gives you the details on how to pair a Bluetooth device with your Android phone.
It's Wilson's last day Skyping in from the CNET office in San Francisco and he'll be in the office on Monday. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about that, so we just get into the stories of the day, like Jon Stewart's quote about the Osama Bin Laden photos, which rappers are suing our parent company, and how much it would cost to buy the house from "Home Alone."The 404 Digest for Episode 815 Jon Stewart voices opinions about the Osama photos. Rappers are suing CNET. "Home Alone" house in Winnetka, Ill., on sale for $2.4M. 23-year-old makes $120,000 off Osama's death in 48 hours. Google Maps will soon give you the powers of Superman. Third attack planned on Sony. Episode 815 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
San Francisco officials have indefinitely delayed implementation of the city's Right to Know ordinance, which would have required retailers to display a phone's Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) at the point of sale and distribute materials educating consumers on cell phone radiation. A revamped version of the legislation is likely to be introduced in its place, but no further details have been announced.
First passed last June, the ordinance (PDF) quickly prompted a lawsuit from the wireless industry's lobbying arm, the CTIA. In addition to claiming that the law was unconstitutional because only the FCC and FDA have … Read more
The Samsung Infuse 4G is a remarkable smartphone, but not for the reasons you might be thinking. Yes, the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen, thin 8.9mm design, and 1.2GHz processor are impressive, but none of these features has Android fanboys buzzing with excitement. Rather, the hot topic today is that the Infuse 4G is the first Android phone from AT&T to allow app installation from outside of the Android Market.
Long a thorn in the side of Android enthusiasts, AT&T has restricted the ability to load apps from any source outside … Read more
What do you get when you merge Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch high-end screen, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 4G capability? Simply Samsung's best smartphone to date.
The Samsung Galaxy S II (first announced at Mobile World Congress) impresses with a long list of top-shelf features that overall deliver. Not every design element is perfect and we weren't always able to maintain 4G-like speeds, a hurdle that's hardly surprising given this model is an unlocked handset that's unoptimized for US networks.
Chrome to Phone is a Chrome browser extension that allows PC users to send links to their Android phones. It works in conjunction with the Android app of the same name and is simple to set up. CNET associate editor Seth Rosenblatt, recently provided an overview of Chrome to Phone. We'll show you how to set it up, step by step.Install Chrome browser extension
As Nokia continues to shed market share, second-place Apple is inching closer to become the world's dominant smartphone vendor, according to IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
For the first quarter of 2011, iPhone maker Apple shipped 18.7 million smartphones, up from just 8.7 million a year ago, helping it capture a record number of shipments for a single quarter. Apple's growth was boosted by triple-digit gains in China as well as in the the U.S. with the debut of the Verizon iPhone. Continuing its expansion, Apple also picked up South Korean Telecom … Read more
T-Mobile USA suffered a difficult first quarter, the company announced today.
During the first quarter of 2011, T-Mobile saw its revenue hit $4.63 billion, putting it in line with the first quarter of 2010. However, the company's profit fell over $200 million year over year from $362 million last year to $135 million in the first quarter of 2011.
Even worse for T-Mobile, its customer tally is on the decline. The company lost 99,000 subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its total to 33.6 million. At the end of 2010, it had 33.7 million subscribers. … Read more
Few companies other than Apple can inspire such burning questions in the tech world. And until they're answered, those questions orbit around the blogosphere at tremendous speed. When will Verizon get the iPhone? How much will the next MacBook weigh? Will the iPad ever get Flash?
In the last few weeks, however, one question has put the tech press on the the edge of its collective seat like never before. It wasn't about the capacity of the next iPod, but rather whether the long-elusive white iPhone 4 was thicker than its black counterpart. Apple fans demanded to know … Read more