Think you're an iPhone know-it-all? Check out these handy tips that might still be new to you.
In this video, Sharon Vaknin shows you more cool tricks your iPhone can do.
Whether you're buying for yourself or for someone else, a cell phone can make a great gift for the holiday season. Parents can guilt their children into calling home more, young adults can graduate to their first smartphone, and cell phone newbies can finally take up the technology.
Before you go to the store and take advantage of those Black Friday deals, however, there are a few points to remember. Shopping for a cell phone is a little more complicated than buying other gadgets, as you also have to consider a service provider. But fear not; CNET is here … Read more
America will be on the move this Thanksgiving week as millions crowd airports, highways and trains in search of that tasty turkey or Tofurky meal. Though travel rarely stresses me, I know the prospect of braving the tired masses and the TSA pat-downs can be daunting. So to help you navigate from home to holiday, and complete your journey with as little pain as possible, I've pulled a few must-have smartphone apps. Being the aviation nut that I am I'll focus on air travel, but I'd love to hear your titles for braving the roads and rails. And please tell me about your favorite flying apps as well.
FlightTrack Whether you're picking Mom up at LAX or flying to O'Hare as I am, a flight-tracker app is essential. There are quite a few options available in both the iTunes App Store and the Android Market, but FlightTrack by Mobiata is one of my favorites. You get a lot of information in a clean and easily digestible format and the maps are the best I've seen. Cheaper titles are available, but I think FlightTrack is worth the money.
Before a flight departs you'll see the scheduled departure time and any delay information. And once a flight is in the air FlightTrack shows the airspeed, arrival gate, baggage carousel number, present altitude, a shortcut to the airline's phone number, and the local time and temperature of the departure and arrival cities.
Availability: iPhone and Android Price: $4.99
Point Inside Though it's not devoted solely to air travel, Point Inside is the perfect app during a long airport layover or when you're delayed. For most major airports around the country, and a selection in Europe and Asia, it shows maps of everything you'll need, including shops and restaurants, departure gates, baggage claim carousels, ticketing desks, airline lounges, and related services. … Read more
If you've noticed that your BlackBerry takes a long time to do simple tasks like sending a text message or opening a Web page, have no fear: there are some things you can do to speed things up.
Since BlackBerrys have little memory to run apps, you'll need to make sure you optimize what's available.
Use the following settings to free up some memory. These new settings will make your general interface, Web browsing, and text messaging much faster.
Clear your event log: Press Alt-LGLG. Open the menu and select Clear Log.
Exit open applications: Press Alt-Escape. … Read more
If you've ever messed around with the e-mail signature settings on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you know that the best you can hope for is to replace the stock "sent from my iPhone" message with another boring block of text.
Welcome to "Extreme Makeover: iPhone Signature Edition." With the free iPhone Signature Creator, you can whip up a sexy, HTML-based sig complete with colored text, a company logo, your Facebook and Twitter info, and more.
To get started, just fill out Signature Creator's Web-based form with as much information as you want to … Read more
If you rely solely on your Android's touch screen for navigation, you're missing out. Instead, try using Android's built-in keyboard shortcuts for faster maneuvering.
Not all Android phones have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but if yours does, check out some of these essential shortcuts in our latest How To video.
For those of you who want to fully control your Android smartphone with your keyboard, refer to the list of shortcuts below.
Shortcuts for opening Android appsSearch-B: Open Web browserSearch-C: Open contactsSearch-E: Open e-mailSearch-G: Open GmailSearch-P: Open musicSearch-S: Open text messagingSearch-Y: Open YouTube
You … Read more
If you've ever peered through a microscope, you know how incredibly cool the world can look when it's massively magnified.
Just one problem: it's uncomfortable to squint through that tiny viewfinder. Where are the microscopes with the big, comfy LCD screens?
Try looking in your pocket. Hobbyist Crabfu came up with a slick--and inexpensive--hack that turns your iPhone into a microscope. You can see it in action, and learn how to do it yourself, in this video. (Note: The actual how-to starts at the 2:09 minute mark.)
As you can see, the hack's results can … Read more
If your phone has taken a swim, don't panic. In this video, CNET editor Sharon Vaknin goes over some drying-out methods to try before buying a replacement.