On today's show, we're joined by Eric Franklin of the Crave podcast and Wilson Tang from the 404 for what turns out to be a much more reasonable and serious discussion than you might expect. Short version: what's going to happen to the Android tablets now that iPad 2 is out, and will there be an iPad 3? Also, Verizon ends iPhone unlimited data plan and security woes strike the Android platform. Plus: UFOs! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
HBO is doubling down on its video-streaming service.
The cable network announced yesterday that it has brought in more than 1,400 more titles to HBO Go. With that addition, the company said that customers can watch "virtually all of HBO's programming inventory."
The service boasts every single episode of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and more recent favorites like "Boardwalk Empire" and "Entourage." A slew of movies were also added.
HBO finds itself in a heated battle with Netflix, the leading streaming service in the business. Unlike … Read more
In case you missed the big event and like to get your news recaps as though they're happening in real-time, here's a replay of our live coverage of Apple's iPad 2 announcement! Upshot: Brian Tong really IS NostraTongus, and every other tablet maker on earth better start slashing prices, stat. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The debate between using Adobe Flash or HTML5 for online videos could be winding down, but the war among different video formats is heating up.
A whopping 63 percent of all videos on the Web are now HTML5-compatible, compared to only 10 percent just a year ago, according to video-sharing site Mefeedia. Instead of relying solely on Flash to display their videos, many more Web sites are adopting video formats that can run directly in HTML5-compatible browsers.
Gmail is still up and down, PS3 sales are actually blocked in Europe, and Motorola says Xoom sales are off to "a good start." What does that mean? But they're certainly off to a better start than Microsoft, which is only just now, rumor has it, working on Windows 8 tablet design demos that we'll see ... in June. JUNE! Bill Gates is so pretending he never worked there right now. Plus, Penthouse in 3D. Ew. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Facebook now shares the stories you "like" on third-party sites with your News Feed. It's actually kind of cool, but please: use this feature responsibly, won't you? Also, Gmail goes down and we're all rushing to back up, I call "Unicorn" on rumors of a white iPad 2, and the Tolkien estate takes the Culture of Ownership to a whole other level. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
DirecTV has joined the growing number of television service providers that are embracing Apple's iPad.
The company announced today that DirecTV customers can now download its iPad app from Apple's App Store. The app offers users the ability to remotely control their televisions with built-in controls, set recordings, and change the channel. The app also includes a channel guide, the ability to set favorite channels, and the option to learn more about the show the person is currently watching.
The company already offers similar apps for iOS and Android devices, which allow users to browse shows and record … Read more
On today's show, we visit the horror that is the We Dare game for Wii (really!? REALLY!?), celebrate the expected disappearance of content spam from Google search results, and geek out on the details of Thunderbolt. Plus, bigger ads on HuffPo that might not be a bad thing, the Xoom rooted in two hours flat, and Computer Love! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Samsung may soon join Logitech in the Google TV market.
The company is working on Google TV-based products that run on its own processors, Bloomberg reported yesterday, citing unnamed sources. The news service's sources said that Google first required Samsung to use Intel chips but later relented after the electronics maker balked at delivering a device running on another company's processor.
The fact that Samsung is possibly working on Google TV-based devices that run on its own chips is important. So far, all Google TV products have used Intel processors. However, recent rumblings have suggested that ARM is in talks with Google to allow device makers to use its chips as well. Samsung's processors are ARM-based.
The first Google TV products, including the Logitech Revue and Sony devices, launched in October. The search giant's platform allows people to search the Web and access multimedia content, among several other features. The device also connects to a DVR to make it a more integrated option in the living room.… Read more
Android users can now grab e-books from Google's Android Market, and some clues show that movies and music may be on the horizon.
Tapping into Google's own eBookstore, which launched in December, the Android Market is offering a wide range of titles to browse, buy, and download. People can hunt for books among different categories, such as biographies, mysteries, and science fiction, or search for specific titles. Picking a book offers users a choice of viewing it directly on the Web or downloading it to an Android device where it can be read through the free Google Books app.… Read more