One day, we'll look back on the term "smartphone" with a smile, remembering a simpler time when our digital devices still used up quite a bit of our time and attention. How many times have you fiddled with the volume or brightness controls--or, worse, not bothered because it was too much trouble? The free app Impel lets you automate these and other Android processes easily and intuitively. Here's how to get started:Install and run the Impel app. The start-up screen is fairly straightforward. Impel comes with a few demo tasks that you can … Read more
You know something is good when it feels illegal. Such is the case with Spotify, the on-demand music-streaming service that seems too good to be true--or, certainly, too good to be free. Yet, here it is, the "celestial jukebox" we've been dreaming of since the days of illegal gorging on the original Napster. It's called Spotify, it's finally available in the U.S., and music fans have reason to cheer.
What it does What Spotify does is so simple and seemingly harmless, it's actually a sad comment on humanity that it counts as a … Read more
While CNET cannot endorse any form of drug paraphernalia, I would like to give credit to the creators of the iHit iPhone case for not dancing around their product's real intention--especially since that honesty might cost them funding and retail opportunities.
The name says it all. The iHit is an iPhone 4 case intended to hold one joint, presumably for emergency use. Of course, it could also hold a single standard tobacco cigarette, but think of the serious smokers you know. They'd need about 24 iPhone cases a day to cope with their habit. The iHit is for the wake-and-bakers. If you're confronted with a jonesing Grateful Dead fan threatening to play an endless guitar solo if he doesn't take a trip to the laughing tree, you can whip out the iHit. … Read more
Editors' note: Until July 22, 10 CNET personalities are showcasing their 10 personal favorite Android apps as part of the CNET 100. With each post, you can read why they hold the apps so dear and you'll get the opportunity to vote for your own favorite title. Then after the series ends, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.
There's a species that's quickly going extinct in the wireless world, and it's quite troubling. Of course, we're talking about the unlimited data plan, and Virgin Mobile is the latest carrier to get rid of theirs. You know who else is in trouble? RIM's co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, as the two have six months to prove they deserve their titles and can make the company competitive again. Can they do it? We discuss this, plus this week's rumors and reviews, all on Dialed In, episode 182.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) … Read more
Tired of hearing the same old boring ringtone? We know the feeling--so we decided to make an easy-to-follow guide for making a ringtone using the music you already own. Making a ringtone on OS X is a simple process. You will just need to have have GarageBand 4.1.1+ and iTunes 7.5 or above installed on your Mac. … Read more
It's Embrace Your Inner Geek Day...which applies to everyone else who doesn't have a daily tech podcast. To me, Jeff, and Wilson, it's Wednesday and today we're wondering how a picture of Jeff got onto The Huffington Post.
We're also whining about the Netflix hype that ignited a social-media fire, discovering how the genesis of Internet and raving have a symbiotic relationship, and introducing another user-submitted Tang That Tune!The 404 Digest for Episode 859 Netflix price hike ignites social-media fire. Jeff makes unwitting debut on HuffPo. How the Internet transformed the American rave scene. Hey it's Embrace Your Inner Geek Day! Wilson laughing for 10 hrs (thanks Kokesh!) Episode 859 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
A new subscription service will let certain T-Mobile customers glean more information about unknown callers. The carrier announced today a new caller ID service for select phones that will display the name, city, and state of callers, including unknown dialers--not just those in your contact list.
Name ID, as the service is called, will also let users save these contact details to their address book.
Name ID will cost $3.99 per month after a free 10-day trial. It's currently available for the Samsung Exhibit 4G, but will expand to other handsets. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide should get it later this month.
The service is supplied by Cequint, which also counts Verizon, AT&T, HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, and Google among its customer base. The company also produces the City ID app that comes preloaded on many of today's smartphones.… Read more
It looks like Sony's partnership with AT&T will go beyond the PSP Vita.
On Wednesday AT&T announced that it will be the exclusive broadband provider for the Sony S2 tablet.
Sony Electronics' Senior Vice President of Networked Technology and Services Division Mike Lucas said, "AT&T provides the speed and coverage that are integral to the different features and functions of our tablet. We value our relationship as they share our commitment to growing the 'Sony Tablet' S2 and the tablet market overall."
According to AT&T, the Sony S2 will, … Read more
Sprint revealed today that the Motorola Photon 4G will be available starting July 31 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
Introduced in early June, along with the Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile, the Photon 4G is Sprint's latest Android smartphone and the carrier's first device to feature Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
The Gingerbread device also offers world-roaming capabilities, 4G support, a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen, and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls.
Sprint Premier customers will get an opportunity to purchase the phone … Read more