Devices like Apple's iPad are revolutionary for their myriad ways of accessing TV and movies, but discoverability across services is a huge pain. Example: knowing whether any Steven Spielberg movies are on Netflix streaming. Or, is your favorite TV show on Hulu, Netflix, or neither? Is it on iTunes, or maybe even Vudu? Fanhattan is an app that intends to help users tackle this problem by tying together a media-browsing interface and search that doubles as a launcher for those TV shows and movies. The app launched earlier this year, but a recent app update has added more features, including a Facebook connection. Is it the ultimate way to figure out what video to watch on your iPad? Well, it's close.… Read more
More than a year with the same iPhone is just too long, apparently.
Survey results from RBC Capital and ChangeWave released today find that two-thirds of existing iPhone users are likely to buy the iPhone 5 when it becomes available, an event of nearly cosmic proportions that many people expect to happen sometime this fall. The current iPhone 4 has only been on the market for 15 months.
Overall, 31 percent of the 2,200 people surveyed in early August--consumers who have any type of mobile phone, or none at all--said they are likely to buy the new iPhone, up from 25 percent of respondents who said they were likely to buy the iPhone 4 in advance of its launch.… Read more
OK, let's cut to the chase, folks. Apple's rumored October event is around the corner, and we're all expecting an iPhone 5 and a new crop of iPods, right?
Now, it's no mistake that I gave iPods second billing in that sentence. The iPod line doesn't print money for Apple the way it once did, especially now that the iPad and iPhone have entered the spotlight. Still, the iPod Touch continues to sell well as the often overlooked third pillar of iOS.
Apple needs to do more to bolster its star iPod, but what more … Read more
First popularized as an Android app, the Dolphin Browser has just swam its way onto the iPad.
Initially hitting the iOS market for the iPhone in late August, the new app, dubbed Dolphin Browser HD, takes full advantage of the real estate of Apple's 9.7-inch tablet and offers a few tricks not found in the mobile Safari app.
Related stories: Dolphin Browser for Android Why I switched to DolphinHD How to browse the Web using gestures on Android Dolphin dives into iPhones
In Dolphin, you can hide the tab and address toolbars to see a Web page full-screen. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Some musicians are avant-garde technophiles. Plenty are stuck in the mud of tradition. But almost all of them use sheet music, to the tune of $2 billion a year. The first company today to compete in the Startup Battlefield at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference here was Tonara, which is bringing sheet music and new music technology to the iPad.
In the Disrupt Battlefield, TechCrunch-chosen startups get a chance to give a six-minute pitch to the audience and a panel of VC judges. There is a user vote for the startups and the prize is $50,000, the "Disrupt … Read more
A hacker facing trial on charges that he and a cohort conspired to break into an AT&T Web site for 3G iPad users told CNET today that he will fight the charges "to the end."
Andrew "Escher" Auernheimer, 26, was indicted several months ago on one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers and one count of identity theft. He faces up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Co-defendant Daniel Spitler pleaded guilty in June and a judge put the case on hold, reportedly because of plea negotiations. … Read more
Your iPad just took two big steps closer to replacing your TV--or at least your Hulu Plus subscription. Last week, NBC released an updated version of its iPad app, allowing users to view full-length episodes of pretty much every show in its lineup.
That means you can stream "30 Rock," "America's Got Talent," "Community," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and, when they debut, new shows like "The Playboy Club" and "Whitney." All this happens totally free of charge, and with surprisingly minimal commercial interruption.
For example, I … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The Web will soon look a lot like a traditional print experience, the founder of leading iPad news aggregator Flipboard said Monday.
Speaking on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference here, Mike McCue, whose Flipboard has attracted more than $60 million in funding, explained that in his view, tablets like the iPad are "creating a new kind of (content) consumption experience, (one which) people have been dreaming about."
McCue, who had previously created and sold Internet voice communications firm Tellme, said that iPads and other tablets offer users a "fundamental improvement to the (mobile) Web," … Read more
An online product page for a Vodafone device may have spilled the beans on 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 5 in both black and in white.
The U.K. carrier's Sure Signal device helps boost 3G reception for mobile devices in a home or small business. In addition to offering product specs, Vodafone's Web Site lists all of the various mobile phones compatible with Sure Signal.
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, September 9.
Stanford Hospital confirms that patient data was online for almost a year.
Apple iPads, iPhones get Flash video via HTTP Live Streaming.
Google, Apple, Microsoft are the top global brands, according to a new study by Brand Finance.
The FBI raids Solyndra and calls the company's CEO on the phone.