Foursquare can be fun--but it can also start to feel like work. If you're the Mayor of your favorite coffee shop, holding onto that title can turn into a chore. The hundredth time you drag out your phone, pop open the Foursquare app, wait for it to figure out where you are, and then finally check in, the novelty may have faded a tiny bit. Fortunately, there's a sweet, free Android app called ToothTag that can automatically check you in at your favorite places, as long as they've got Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals you can recognize. Here'… Read more
The strange tale of San Francisco's "Right to Know" ordinance finally came to an end last week when city officials permanently shelved the legislation in its current form. Indeed, it was a quiet end to a groundbreaking law that drew not only worldwide interest, but also the fervent opposition of the wireless industry.
Passed almost a year ago, the ordinance would have required cell phone retailers to display a cell phone's Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) at the point of sale and make available consumer information materials on cell phone radiation. The law (PDF) was the first … Read more
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can now access Amazon's new Cloud Player on their mobile gadgets, bypassing the initial lack of support for Apple iDevices. It doesn't work flawlessly, but if you follow the instructions detailed below, you'll be streaming cloud music to your iPhone in no time.
Unveiled late March, Amazon's cloud-based music player lets you play music purchased and downloaded from Amazon or uploaded from your own local music collection, providing a way to retrieve your various music libraries online.
Smartphone buyers who've been waiting for the 4G version of the Nexus S can now pick up the new model.
Making its actual debut yesterday, the Samsung Nexus S 4G is available directly from Sprint for $199 with a two-year contract or for $549 without a contract. But Best Buy is offering an even better buy, selling the phone for $150 with the two-year committment.
The new Android phone builds upon the same specs found in the Nexus S offered by T-Mobile but with the faster speed kicked in by Sprint's WiMax network. However, that 4G and other cool new features will take a bite out of your wallet.
Buyers will have to sign up for Sprint's Everything Data plan, which starts at $69 per month. It's an extra $10 a month for the Premium Data Plan add-on. And if you want the mobile hot-spot feature that lets you connect up to six wireless devices, you'll have to throw in another $29 per month.… Read more
Nvidia announced today that it has agreed to acquire baseband processor maker Icera for $367 million in cash, paving the way for it to become an even bigger force in the mobile market.
"This is a key step in Nvidia's plans to be a major player in the mobile computing revolution," Jen-Hsun Huang, President and CEO of Nvidia said today in a statement. "Adding Icera's technology to Tegra gives us an outstanding platform to support the industry's best phones and tablets."
Icera currently develops wireless baseband processors that allow mobile phones to connect … Read more
The 404 is finally back together again after Wilson's departure last week for San Francisco. Now that he's back, we get to hear all the reasons why the CNET office in San Francisco is better than ours.
There are lots of stories to talk about today, like banned arcade machines, iPad 2 riots in Beijing, and custom Abbottabad levels in Counter-Strike, but we're also launching a Twitter contest today for a chance to win one carbon fiber BodyGuardz skin for the iPad 2 or two codes worth $30 at the site.ban on coin-operated arcade machines. iPad 2 Beijing release causes riot. New Counter-Strike map of Osama bin Laden's hideout. Real magazine issues coming to the iPad from Hearst, Conde Nast. Steven B.'s 404 sticker in a U.K. telephone box! Episode 816 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Many Android phones have HDMI ports to output photos and videos to an HDTV. We'll show you how to connect your Android phone to your TV so you can view them on the big screen. The phone we'll use in this how-to is a Motorola Droid X.
Step 1: Connect the HDMI cable to your Android phone and your HDTV. The Motorola Droid X has a micro-HDMI port (type-D connector) that connects to the regular HDMI port (type-A connector) of your HDTV.
Step 2: Launch your Android phone's Gallery app and select the photo or video you'… Read more
Now that you've taken videos of family fun, playful pets, or other social situations, it's time to share the good times with others. The integrated YouTube uploading feature on your Android phone fits the process into five easy steps.
Step 1: After taking a video, select it in the Gallery and press the Menu button.
Step 2: Now select Share and then YouTube from the pop-up menu.
Step 3: Give the video a title before uploading, so that it's easy to find.
Step 4: Open the More details area. Make sure the privacy settings and account being … Read more
How secure do you want your Android device to be? The screen lock is your first line of defense against those who want to abuse your data--and they're out there--so it's best to see it less as an annoyance and more as a very small price to pay for data insurance. You've got three options baked into Android:
Pattern: This is undeniably cool (a gamer friend calls it his "sigil of entry"), easy to remember, and by far the simplest to use every day. Unfortunately, it's also by far the simplest to crack, most … Read more
Dropbox is one great way to share pictures, video clips, and other files across devices and between people. Its Android app has a sneaky feature that lets it take over your camera, camcorder, voice recorder, or text editor to create a file that is saved directly to the appropriate Dropbox folder. It's terrific for sharing media quickly with groups or just for making life easier when it's time to edit or send your files. Here's how to do it:If you haven't already done so, pick up a free 2GB Dropbox account and install the Dropbox app … Read more