I don't subscribe to cable TV, nor do I regularly watch TV shows. Instead, I stream most of my digital content via online services, but I find it quite frustrating when it starts buffering and freezing at the most critical times during the show. You all know what I mean if you've tried to watch streaming videos online. It can take forever. With that said, today, I bring you a special offer from Speedbit on its Video Accelerator Premium product, which promises to improve your online video viewing experience by significantly reducing buffering and freezing problems, and accelerating … Read more
Skype's VoIP calling is by now well known to most Mac users, and the ability to make computer-to-computer calls anywhere in the world for free is already extremely popular to international users. Skype's official version on the Mac is 2.8 and is still a bit behind its Windows counterpart (Skype 5 for Windows). But a beta release today brings the software to version 5.0 on the Mac, and the Skype team has added some great new features to get excited about.
Sporting a familiar, more iTunes-like interface, Skype makes it easy to search through contacts and … Read more
This week's Halloween-inspired Apple Byte features CNET TV's Brian Tong discussing the latest in Apple news, tips, tricks, and of course rumors. This week, Apple's biggest security flaw has been exposed by simply initiating an emergency call, iOS gets major competition from a forthcoming Sony PSP phone and major dap from Nintendo, and the MacBook Air gets a speed test versus popular MacBook Pro versions.
These days, a great number of people are not only finding the majority of their entertainment online but are also conducting a fair amount of their social lives there as well. In such times, it's great to have a quick and simple tool for downloading, editing, sharing, and transferring media. With the latest version of RealPlayer, RealNetworks is aiming to provide just that.
Version 14 of the all-in-one multimedia jukebox made its way out of beta this week and has some new functionality under its belt. Since the software already offered a sweeping array of features, from one-click video … Read more
As you probably know, the iPhone and iPod Touch make terrific video players--but they're limited in terms of the video formats they support. If you've got, say, Divx or MKV files you want to watch, you're out of luck unless you run them through a converter first--a time-consuming hassle, to say the least.
Last month, the VLC Media Player app for iPad enabled users to work around this limitation by playing virtually all video formats, no conversion required.
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in the world of Apple news, notes, rumors, and tips. This week, Apple introduces the new MacBook Air in two sizes (with no Flash installed), Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is announced, a dedicated Mac App Store is revealed, and FaceTime lands on desktop Macs. Also new to the world of Apple, iLife '11 brings updated iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband versions.
Update: The event is now over, but the video can still be replayed from Apple's event page.
Today at 10 a.m. Apple will be hosting a presentation on the company's next efforts for the Mac OS as well as upcoming and future models of the Macintosh. This morning a number of media outlets are receiving word from Apple that the event will be streamed live from Apple's Web site.
CNET will be covering the event on our live blog, and currently there is no link on the Apple Web site for the media event, but the … Read more
Brian Tong discuss the latest in Apple news, notes, and rumors including info on the latest iOS developer's beta and a quick tip for saving photos to your iPad. Also this week, Apple invites media to a Mac event, rumors arise of a new MacBook Air, and Windows Phone 7 debuts with news that Zune software will soon run on a Mac.
Hulu, the video portal that is one of the most successful Web properties created by so-called old media, is planning to raise as much as $300 million from a public offering according to a story published today by Reuters.
The "clown company" has made good. That's how YouTube employees referred to the service before it launched in 2007. But there's nothing silly about a company with a $2 billion valuation. Hulu has emerged as legitimate competitor to the Web video leader, Google's YouTube.
But the race in online video has increasingly turned away from user-generated … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--This may come as a surprise to those of us who have been using fully featured, multimedia-capable smartphones for a while now, but the idea of connecting one's cell phone to a computer isn't entirely natural for many consumers. At least, that's what SanDisk is banking on with its Media Manager pack, which the company showed off during MobileFocus at CTIA Fall 2010.
Although the term Media Manager may automatically associate with software in your mind (and you're not wrong), there's a reason I call it a pack. The product, which will be sold … Read more