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.
Is Amazon losing money or earning a profit from the sale of each Kindle Fire tablet? Analysts seem to be at odds over that question.
In an investor note issued last Wednesday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster calculated the manufacturing cost of each Kindle Fire at $250, leaving Amazon with a $50 loss on each $199 tablet that it sells. Munster said he based that estimate on the cost of the iPad.
But other analysts have chimed in with different opinions and estimates.
UBM TechInsights believes Amazon is actually making a profit on each Kindle Fire. Estimating manufacturing costs as low as $150, the research firm pegs Amazon's profit per tablet at $49.
In comparison, RIM spends around $170 to make its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which reportedly gave Amazon some "design clues" for the Fire. The retailer was able to cut its costs by eliminating certain features found in the PlayBook, according to EE Times, which is published by UBM's parent company.… Read more
In an attempt to allay fears that Motorola Mobility would receive special treatment following the completion of Google's acquisition, the search giant's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said that competitors have nothing to fear.
"The Android ecosystem is the No. 1 priority, and that we won't do anything with Motorola, or anybody else, by the way, that would screw up the dynamics of that industry," Schmidt told Bloomberg Television in an interview on Saturday. "We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players. We won't play favorites in the way people are concerned … Read more
It is always a great relief when CEOs love their products. It is an even greater relief when they actually use those products just as much as those people out of whom they make money.
So, somewhere on the social graph where endearing meets heartening is where you'll find the notion that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really does spend his day just like any other office worker--on Facebook.
Sonic Seeds is a new music player in the Pandora model: you tell it what you like, and it's supposed to give you more music in the same vein.
There are two special tricks up its sleeve, but I want to cut to the the conclusion first: this thing's not as close to ready for the public as the press release lets on.
Sonic Seeds' first trick is that it fingerprints music by algorithm, not by a having a legion of music monkeys encoding the characteristics of each track or artist. The technology, invented by Music Intelligence Solutions, … Read more