Week in review: Google TV, gadgets galore
The launch of Google TV is just one of the items in this week's gadget news parade, which includes announcements from the CTIA and Ceatec shows. Also: Facebook regroups.
Gadget news took the spotlight this week, perhaps shining most brightly on the launch of Google TV. But devices were also being touted from stages across the globe, from the fall CTIA wireless trade show in San Francisco to the futuristic in Japan.
The Google TV launch party kicked off this week with a, the first to arrive with the Google TV software.
Google TV is designed to blend the Web experience with the television experience, something tech companies have been trying to do for at least a decade. In addition to Web browsing and video watching, Google TV users will also be able to download apps for their TVs. Sony will be following up with its ownnext week.
The Revue is set to come out at the end of October with a $300 list price, and preorders are already being taken. (Clickfor CNET's first take on the device.)
Of course, it's a bit early to tell whether the traditionally Android: open-source software, backed by industry partners, created in hopes of unlocking a potentially huge new repository of Internet searches."the idea of a TV-plus-PC this time. And Google has or data-sharing policies. These will be things to watch as the Web giant . As CNET's Tom Krazit puts it, "Think of Google TV as the second season of Project
A series of ostensibly unrelated product announcements came out of Facebook today: revamped groups, a profile downloading tool, and a cleaner way to manage access to third-party applications.
Verizon Wireless offers more details on its 4G wireless network launch, but still is mum on pricing and device offerings.
The annual show has a well-earned reputation as a peek into our gadget future. The 2010 edition is guaranteed to be full of some of the geekiest stuff going.
Speculation abounds about the worm, ostensibly designed to disrupt power grids and other such industrial facilities. Was it, in fact, aimed at Iran's nuclear industry? And if so, who's behind it? The U.S.? Israel? What's known and what's not? CNET takes a look.
Chief Operating Officer Dick Costolo, who has been a more prominent face of the company in recent months, takes over for co-founder Williams.
The handset maker says Apple, a "late entry into the telecommunications market," violated 18 of its patents to make the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and some Macs.
The first beta of Mozilla's browser for Android is critical to keeping Firefox relevant in the mobile-computing era. Here's a first look at the software.
At HealthCamp SFBay, hundreds gather to explore the role of technology in improving health and fitness.
Updates to its basic search features are designed to help people find news, photos, videos, events, tweets, and other relevant results all in one spot.
As Spotify attempts to launch in the U.S., some execs from Apple and the top music labels worry that a free-music offer could eat into download sales.
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