iPhone 4S users, developers and hackers alike have had plenty of time to learn the inner workings of Siri. … Read more
Buying a cell phone as a holiday gift is a bit more complicated than buying a television or a camera. It's not that shopping for those products is easy--indeed, one TV can present you with a mind-boggling array of specs--but a cell phone also requires you to select a carrier and choose a service plan. (Also see my colleague Jessica Dolcourt's FAQ on picking the right mobile operating system.)
Those extra steps, combined with the staggering amount of choice in the mobile space, can confuse even cell phone fanatics. So if you're wondering where to start, don't feel bad.
Rest assured that CNET is here to help. With a little preparation, gift shopping for a cell phone can be a stress-free experience. If you keep in mind the following steps, the only pain may be to your pocketbook. … Read more
Surely there have been times when it would be convenient if a friend knew exactly where you were.
You could be stranded on the side of the highway and in need of a friend to bring you some motor oil. But how is that friend supposed to know exactly where you're stranded?
Or, maybe you just parked in a gigantic parking lot and want to remember exactly where you left your car.
Luckily, there's an app for that, and it's already installed on your phone. Watch the video to find out how to share or save your … Read more
It's that time of year again...you know, where you get to stand in lines for the best deals on Black Friday. Instead of heading out the door 8 or more hours ahead of the sale unprepared, take a gander at this guide for tips to make the experience more pleasant.Creating comfort Bring your own bottle--of water. Good alternatives for cooler climates are hot coffee or even soup in a Thermos.Snick-snacks. Whether they're healthy or not is up to you.Extra jacket and/or blanket. Additional layers for cold weather or something children and adults can … Read more
Just in time for Black Friday and the holiday-shopping season to follow, Yipit has released an iOS app that aggregates offers from Groupon, Living Social, and over 800 other daily deals sites. Like most daily deals sites, the Yipit app works best if you live in a major metro area. The app is free, however, and lets you select categories so that you get a manageable list of deals to sift through.
After you launch the app, it'll ask you to allow it to know your location. If you allow it, you won't have to then select your city (or the nearest large city) from the list. In my case, I'm located in Concord, NH, and the closest city to me that Yipit listed was Boston. (One reason I signed up for Living Social is that it has a Southern New Hampshire category, which will occasionally surface a deal in my town or the surrounding area.)… Read more
Missing the newest episode of your favorite TV show is the worst.
Sure, the latest episode of "Top Chef" is bound to rerun, but by the time it airs, the entire Interwebs has already torn it apart, revealing who was eliminated, which dishes looked delicious, and how hot (or not) Padma looked that day. (Let's be honest: she's never the latter.)
There's really nothing like catching the latest episode the first time it airs, and tweeting (or Facebook-posting) immediately after in excitement with the rest of America.
But with so many TV shows to keep … Read more
We are still finding hidden features in iOS 5. … Read more
If you think a car is high tech because it has Bluetooth and an iPod connection, you're in for a big surprise.
Yes, a "high-tech car" used to mean an iPod connection, hands-free calling, and GPS navigation. Now, that's almost quaint. Cars are getting connected like every other device in your life: wirelessly to the Internet. Navigation, communication, entertainment, and telematics all get better, but there will be some bumps along the road.
In this episode of Device & Conquer, we'll show you a sampling of how connected cars work and get you ready to … Read more
Since Google Docs doesn't require you to sign up for yet another cloud storage account, it's the perfect place to host some of your files.
And what better files to host than videos--ones you can play on your mobile Android devices? Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Log in to Google Docs and upload a video or two for later watching. Keep in mind you will need to adhere to the storage limits of your Google Docs account.
Step 2: Install the Google Docs app on your device and check that you have a decent Internet … Read more
Evernote's Android app can now share notebooks, just like the desktop version. Here's how:
Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of Evernote from the Android Market.
Step 2: Launch Evernote and go to your notebooks.
Step 3: Long press on a notebook you want to share and when the pop-up box appears, select "Sharing Settings."
Step 4: In the "Sharing settings" section, choose whether to make your notebook public, or share them with specific people.
Step 5: Enter the recipient's e-mail address or choose one from your contacts list.
Step … Read more