Nintendo has inked a content-partnership deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG and a couple other companies to bring more 3D video content to its 3DS.
According to the game company, DreamWorks will be offering two Halloween-themed animated shorts to the 3DS handheld game player. The first video, which is available for download to the portable starting today, features characters in the company's "Monsters vs. Aliens." The second short will feature the three little pigs from the "Shrek" franchise. That video, Nintendo says, will launch later this month.
Video has become a key ingredient in Nintendo's … Read more
Hewlett-Packard appears to have made the TouchPad available for sale a couple of times today--albeit, very briefly, according to a report. That would be the first time in more than a month that the tablet--liquidated back in August for $99--was offered for sale by HP.
The first instance happened this morning when the 32GB model was available for $249.99, according to a report at Precentral.net. And it went up again later in the day, Precentral said. In both instances it quickly became unavailable. Maybe more importantly, a number of commenters cited glitches when trying to purchase a TouchPad, … Read more
Google is taking aim at the cable industry by putting up $100 million to develop original content for dozens of new YouTube channels, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
YouTube hopes to roll out the new channels next year, according to the report, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter. The Web giant is near deals or has already reached agreements with skateboarder Tony Hawk and media companies Warner Bros. and News Corp.'s ShineReveille, the company that produces "The Office" and "Ugly Betty." Other expected partners include FremantleMedia, BermanBraun, IAC's Electus, Everyday … Read more
Perhaps, like me, you tend to think of these people as characters in a movie.
So please allow me to reveal that Justin Timberlake is now on Twitter and his first 140 (or less)-character utterance has been to seek forgiveness from Jesse Eisenberg.
Yes, Sean Parker, he who seems to have played significant roles in Napster and Facebook, to say nothing of the Timberlake-Eisenberg vehicle "The Social Network," has decided to forsake his past and tweet.
His first short, deep thought reads like this: "Sorry Zuck, I had to do it eventually. (Actually @scooterbraun made me … Read more
It seems like there's been a new iPhone rumor--if not two--every day for months now. But where do all the iPhone 5 rumors come from? Some say it will be released in June...or August...or October; and it will have a tear-drop shape, or a Transylvanian bevel, or come equipped with its own cloaking device. Ok, some of those may have been the product of too much Mountain Dew and SyFy before bed, but the iPhone rumor mill is nearly as wacky.
Part of the reason is that Apple is so tight-lipped about everything, it leaves the rest of the world grasping at straws to guess what the company has in store. And sometimes it seems like those straws are laced with hallucinogens that get passed up the tech gossip food chain, translated, re-translated, and then synthesized by the likes of us here at CNET to see how it fits into the big picture of what we might already know about the new iPhone. Unfortunately, much of that knowledge probably also came from similar straws.
With each new rumor we always try to convey a sense of where the information is coming from and how trustworthy the source seems to be. There's actually many more iPhone rumors out there that never see the light of day because we and other media outlets deem the sources to be too unreliable.
I took a look back at the rumors that seemed worth reporting between June and now and was able to trace almost all of them--and there were plenty--back to one of eight types of sources.… Read more
Rhapsody, one of the oldest Web subscription music services, has made it official. The company has acquired Napster subscribers and other assets from Best Buy, while the electronics retailer will obtain a minority stake in Rhapsody, the companies said today.
In a deal first reported by CNET, the acquisition is expected to close on November 30, the companies said in a press release. Best Buy appears to be unloading a music service that struggled prior to being acquired by the merchant and seemed only to have disappear after.
The financial terms of the deal were not fully disclosed. Nonetheless, it … Read more
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Facebook's new Timeline feature should not be subject to a temporary restraining order after claims were brought against it last week by Chicago-based Timelines.com.
The ruling, which came down on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, also included a request that both sides argue their cases in court tomorrow. In addition, according to PaidContent, which obtained a copy of the ruling, Facebook has agreed to not launch the Timeline feature publicly for now and will provide a daily update on how many … Read more
The Mac still owns a tiny market share compared with Windows, but it's one that's slowly been inching up.
In the U.S., Apple held 6.45 percent of all personal computers last month, according to new data from Net Applications, a gain from 6.03 percent from August. The growth from the prior month isn't a surprise, though, since Apple typically enjoys a boost in September thanks to what Net Applications calls "the Back-to-School Bump."
But the latest number also shows a slow but steady rise over the past couple of years from October … Read more
Barnes & Noble is now selling its Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch Reader at Target stores, the company announced today.
The devices hit Target store shelves yesterday, Barnes & Noble said. The Nook Color, which comes with Android and a 7-inch display, retails for $249. The 6-inch, e-ink-equipped Nook Simple Touch Reader sells for $139.
As a new retail partner for Barnes & Noble, Target joins other companies that currently sell the book retailer's devices, including Best Buy, Office Max, and Wal-Mart, in addition to Barnes & Noble's own stores.
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.