Apple fail should be a lesson for Microsoft
Monday, 06 May 2013 12:24
Apple is good at addressing design oversights. Will Microsoft be as adept?
The Retina iPad, for example, violated Apple's design creed: products should get thinner and lighter -- aka, cooler. Not thicker and heavier.
But Apple fixed this quickly (six month later) with the iPad Mini trifecta: thinner, lighter, cheaper. And the iPad, reinvented as the Mini, has been a runaway success.
Traces of malware activity detected in App Store game
Monday, 06 May 2013 12:08
MacWorld is reporting that a program on the iOS App Store may be detected as containing malware, but in analysis the program is not considered to be malicious.
After its readers wrote in about the potential of malware in a game called Simply Find It that is available on the iTunes App Store, MacWorld confirmed traces of nonfunctional Trojan horse malware embedded in an MP3 file used by the program, which shows an HTML iframe reference to a potentially malicious (but currently unresponsive) Web page.
ORBX streaming tech could revolutionize computing
Monday, 06 May 2013 11:49
As Eich maneuvered somewhat awkwardly through the onslaught of opponents, Jules Urbach, CEO and founder of OTOY, Mozilla's partner in creating the new HTML5 codec, explained what we were seeing. "The app is running 600 miles away, but it's running [here] at full stream," he said.
YouTube reportedly near launch of paid channel subscriptions
Monday, 06 May 2013 11:37
YouTube reportedly could launch its paid subscription service for some of its specialist video channels as early as this week.
The a la carte service, which could involve as many as 50 video channels, would allow single channel subscriptions for as little as $1.99 a month, people familiar with the plan tell The Financial Times. YouTube confirmed to CNET in February that it was developing such a service but did not indicate when it would be ready for subscribers.
Rare working Apple-1 to go on auction block this month
Monday, 06 May 2013 10:42
An operational Apple-1 will go on the auction block later this month, and the rare computer is expected to fetch as much as $392,000.
The 37-year-old machine -- thought to be one of only six in working condition -- is expected to sell for between $261,000 and $392,000 at the current exchange rate, according to German auctioneer Breker, which is conducting the sale. As impressive as that range may sound, it's far off the record mark of $640,000 set last December for Apple's first production computer.
Spotify buys music discovery company Tunigo
Monday, 06 May 2013 10:03
Spotify has picked up Tunigo, a Swedish company that offers its own music discovery app.
Tunigo's app tries to help people discover music by offering playlists picked by its own editorial staff mixed in with songs from its own users. The app is available on Spotify itself and via Apple's App Store. A private beta is also available for Android users.
Tunigo has been a long-time partner of Spotify, and its app has been in the top 10 list of all Spotify apps since the streaming music site opened for business.
Samsung Galaxy S4 earns Pentagon security nod
Monday, 06 May 2013 07:54
Samsung is now clear to start pitching its new flagship phone to the government.
The handset maker announced Friday that its Knox-enabled mobile devices have been approved by the Pentagon for government use. Samsung's Knox software offers high-level encryption, a VPN feature, and a way to separate personal data from work data. The software also enables IT administrators to manage a mobile device through specific policies.
For now, the Galaxy S4 is the only Samsung device equipped with Knox. But the company promises that other smartphones as well as tablets will receive the security software.
Sid Meier lets fly with mobile game -- and why you'll be happy to pay
Monday, 06 May 2013 07:36
Sid Meier is not a fan of "freemium."
The model of giving a game away only to charge for extras such as new levels, features, or power-ups, has swept up the mobile gaming industry, much to the chagrin of gamers who would prefer to pay once for the complete experience.
Meier, a legend in the gaming business thanks to his beloved "Civilization" franchise, couldn't agree more.
"It's about designing unhappiness," Meier told CNET in an interview on Friday. "You have to design a game so not fun that people will pay to make it fun. That kind of goes against the grain of game design."
'Google Palestine' label stirs both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Monday, 06 May 2013 07:19
Google has swapped in the word "Palestine" for "Palestinian Territories" on its search site for the area, prompting comments from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The word appears directly beneath the Google logo and above the search field on the site's home page, www.google.ps, and the change follows a vote by the United Nations' General Assembly late last year to grant Palestine the status of "non-member observer state."
Acer to launch Win 8 tablets with smaller screens this year
Monday, 06 May 2013 07:10
Acer plans to launch Windows 8 tablets with smaller screen sizes in the second half of the year, an executive said Friday.
Such devices will feature touch screens smaller than 10 inches, Emmanuel Fromont, Acer president for the Pan America region, and Sumit Agnihotry, Acer vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview following an Acer product launch event in New York.
They likely will cost below $400 -- the typical entry point for Windows tablets today -- and will be pushed as productivity devices that link to the traditional PC world more easily than Android devices, the executives said.
Give Google Glass some breathing room
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:14
The technorati is consumed with Google Glass. For some it's Google's way of maintaining a hold on our data for at least another decade. For most geeks it's the coolest new technology since the Macintosh, which launched nearly 30 years ago. For others, Glass is a harbinger of a world deprived of privacy or it's a way to feed the insatiable Internet with live video and audio. Or it's like the Segway, an interesting and innovative technology that will become more of a curiosity over time.
Glass could be all or some of the above. But at this point, it's a technology demo that costs $1,500. The current iteration is aptly called the Explorer edition because that's what Google is doing with the fancy eyewear -- going where others have not gone before commercially.
Adobe to bring Lightroom-style photo editing to tablets
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:51
Adobe Systems plans to release high-end photo-editing software for tablets. The new app would be a close relative to Adobe's Lightroom software for PCs and serve as a cloud-connected companion to the program.
Tom Hogarty, Adobe's group product manager for Lightroom, demonstrated an early prototype version of the app Wednesday on the Grid, an online show from Photoshop guru Scott Kelby.
Adobe has done a good job with PC-centric photography software, but the company needs to better incorporate Internet connectivity and mobile devices into photography workflow, Hogarty said.
Latest Windows 8.1 build beefs up IE developer tools
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:39
Developers who need to peek at the code behind Web pages in Internet Explorer will find more robust tools in Windows 8.1.
A leak of Windows 8.1 Build 9385 reveals an overhaul to the developer panel in IE. Pressing F12 in any current version of Internet Explorer displays a panel that allows you to examine the HTML and CSS code, scripts, and many other elements. Developers can use this feature to analyze the code behind third-party Web sites or to troubleshoot problems with their own Web pages.
LinkedIn beats Street, but stock takes a dive
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:27
LinkedIn earned 45 cents per share on revenue of $324.7 million in the first quarter, up 72 percent from the year-ago quarter. Though the results were good enough to handily beat analyst estimates, LinkedIn's shares are down around 10 percent in after-hours trading.
The professional social network, which now counts 225 million members, posted net income of $22.6 million.
BlackBerry 10 wins Pentagon's security approval
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:10
BlackBerry 10 devices have succeeded in passing the rigorous U.S. Department of Defense security requirements, according to Reuters. The agency approved on Thursday the company's entire line of devices running on its new operating system, which includes BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
BlackBerry, Apple, and Samsung have all recently been in the running to get security approval for their newest devices to be used by the Department of Defense's some 3 million employees. BlackBerry is now the first to get approval. It's expected that both Apple and Samsung will also get authorization within the next couple of weeks.
Angry Birds Friends flocks to iOS and Android
Friday, 03 May 2013 06:52
Angry Birds Friends has hatched from Facebook into a full-fledged iOS and Android app.
Available as of Thursday at both Apple's App Store and Google Play, the free game offers a socially-network twist. You compete against your Facebook friends as you try to take down those bad piggies.
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