All but one episode in Season 5 included one of our Future Tech installments. However, our favorite of the bunch got … Read more
Back in June, Facebook announced it was rolling out a beta version of its Android app, allowing anyone to sign up and provide feedback on unreleased features.
Using the beta since then, I can say it's actually a pretty stable version of Facebook for Android with the improvements and features it provides being an added benefit.
Then last week, Facebook announced yet another testing program for its Android app, except this time the app is all but guaranteed to break. As originally reported by AllFacebook, the Facebook for Android Alpha Testers program was announced on Facebook's Engineering blog.… Read more
Facebook on Friday announced 1 million daily active users on its Android beta-testing program, which gives developers access to the Android app before it's released, in an attempt to find bugs and provide feedback to the company's engineers.
In a blog post, the company said that the users are in 150 different countries, and that the goal is to make sure the app is stable among all the different Android devices on the market. Right now, users are testing the app on devices from more than 50 manufacturers.
The company also announced the Facebook for Android alpha-testing service … Read more
Always On is, undoubtedly, the most fun I've ever had in tech. And that's what I love the most about this show: it's been a celebration of all the ways that technology is truly a part of our everyday lives -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and occasionally the midair. I know we were best known for a sort of gleeful destructiveness, but the idea for the torture tests came directly from real-life stories and personal experience. And from your responses, dear audience, you've clearly had all the same kinds of experiences. (Well, maybe not … Read more
Nokia's made a name for itself in manufacturing tough phones, without feeling the need to tack words like "rugged" or "active" to the model name. That being said, it doesn't mean the phones can necessarily handle a good ol' fashioned grape stomping. It's a shame, considering the 41 megapixels of wine tasting the phone is capable of capturing.
Sure, the purple juice, along with an assortment of skins, stems, and water, turned out the lights on the 1020. However, given Nokia's nature, we believe there's a chance it can be revived. … Read more
Given that the Bay Area's home to countless entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and just plain geeks, it's no surprise that our local hotels are starting to follow suit. Hotel Zetta's just a couple blocks away from the CNET headquarters and is helping lead the way by making technology a priority in the hospitality industry. They keep it fresh with Wii Street U, Livescribe Echo smartpens, and an old phone booth equipped with a tablet for skyping. They also sport some old-school vibes like Ataris and record players. Oh yeah, and there's a giant Plinko game that takes … Read more
When we walked through the doors of SenSpa in the Presidio a couple months ago, the BBQ10 was far from relaxed. Despite the soothing aromas and comfy slippers, destruction was in the air. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for us to discover that massage oil and bubble baths do not mix well with technology.
So now you have a chance to give the bricked BlackBerry a new home. But if you end up taking it with you on your spa day, leave it in your locker. Trust us, those e-mails can wait.
If you're dying to see how … Read more
But as the video below illustrates with an eight-way speed test between all of the publicly released iPhone models since 2007, the truth is a little more nuanced.
Earlier-generation models, led by the iPhone 3GS and followed by the 3G, 3, and original iPhone turned out to be the quickest to shut down. As EverythingApplePro observes in the video, it seems that something in iOS 7 leads devices running it to take longer to shut down.… Read more
Smartwatches have been invading headlines around the world for the last year or two, causing quite a bit of a stir. From a startup's few million crowdfunded dollars to whether or not Apple will unveil its own connected wrist gadget, people are interested. It's taken us (and most everyone) longer than expected to get one of the new guys in house, but the time has finally come. Let the wrist buzzing begin.
Summer is over, but I've been trying to extend those sweet dog days by running around the country looking for ways to contribute to the destruction of a completely innocent smartphone. The fine folks at Kyocera loaned me a sample of their ruggedized, military-grade, Bear Grylls-endorsed 4G Android phone, the Torque, with a license to stretch it to the limits without any fear of destroying it.
Either I will break this phone, or I will be broken trying. … Read more