This week, Apple releases iOS 4.2 beta Gold Master including AirPlay and AirPrint, the Apple Byte guys illustrate iOS 4.2 text tones, and Brian hooks you up with seven free Apps for your Mac including VLC, Quicksilver, and Carbon Copy Cloner. Also, iTunes song previews are now 90 seconds, Steve Jobs hints at a 64-bit Final Cut, and a 58-inch iPhone table is demoed.
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Amazon is buying the parent company of Diapers.com and Soap.com
Google tests a product to let you record Google Voice calls in Gmail
Google disallows Facebook from pulling Gmail contacts to find friends
The BlackBerry Torch is now available for $99 in black, red, or white
A Chinese company is set to unveil a color e-ink eReader
November 17 will be the day to unfriend your undesirables on Facebook
But don't unfriend the Queen of England because she just joined Facebook
The Hex band gives you a way to be … Read more
Our resident CNET audio expert Steve Guttenberg finally joined the rest of us and started his own Twitter page, so we invited him back on today's episode to see what else is going on with The Audiophiliac.
Steve always comes prepared with relevant (and not so relevant) talking points for us, and today's includes Joy Behar's mixed-breeding novel Sheetzucacapoopoo (Steve's a big fan of her work), the value of headphone amplifiers, and his concerns about the next generation of self-proclaimed audiophiliacs.
It's not a term that should be lightly used to describe anyone who loves music, and Steve considers a real audiophiliac to be someone who is truly concerned with an active music listening experience where extra attention is paid to audio fidelity in all its expensive glory.
The high-priced equipment might be the reason why audiophiliacs are a dying breed of enthusiast, but Steve makes it clear that quality audio gear is worth the price, especially when you consider that some equipment like headphones can last a lifetime.
We also learn that today's younger audiophiliacs are specifically interested in headphones and can be found on Head-Fi.org, a comprehensive audio site with in-depth headphone reviews, expert forums, and more.
Check it out if you're shopping for new cans or earbuds, along with CNET, of course!Episode 703 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Time Warner is toying with the idea of distributing brand-new movies on demand to watch at home for $30 to $50
Sharp is going to launch 3D phones
Google brings Google Instant search options to the iPhone and Android phones
The European Union wants to revamp privacy laws for social networks
Skype for Mac features group video chatting but no Facebook integration
Hulu Plus is now available without an invitation and is available on the PlayStation without a PlayStation Network subscription
Facebook announces single sign-in for mobile and Facebook Places launches discounts and promotions for checking in
Microsoft expects to sell 5 million units of Kinect in 2010
AT&T announces AT&T ForHealth to help automate health care
MySpace gets a stern warning about performance from Rupert Murdoch
Facebook Credits are now the official currency of EA social gamesFourSquare is cracking down on fake mayors
This week, a very special pre-Thanksgiving episode, "Hacking Thanksgiving," with two special guests: Jeff Potter, the author of "Cooking for Geeks," and Roxanne Webber of our sister site Chow. Today's show is for you if you can re-flash a router but always burn the biscuits. If you can assemble a PC from the motherboard up blindfolded but go screaming to your own mama when it's time to boil a chicken. Get the idea? Listen up if you want to bring leet skillz to the kitchen.
Also, I'm sorry to announce that CNET to the Rescue regular co-host Josh Lowensohn isn't going to be a regular on this show anymore. Josh is now on the Microsoft beat on the News team, which is a full-time gig to say the least. Josh will be back from time to time to talk about Microsoft tips, but I'll have rotating co-hosts on to replace him.
We will return to regular tech topics next week with the first of our rotating hosts, Kent German, who covers mobile phones and cellular carriers. If you have a tech question on this topic for CNET to the Rescue, CALL US to get on next week's show: 877-438-6688. No question is too basic. Or e-mail email@example.com.Episode 24: Hacking Thanksgiving
We've all been there: standing, befuddled, in front of 30 blaring TV sets in a big-box store, struggling to decide which flat-screen TV would work in the living room. Or maybe you urgently need a new digital camera, but once you see dozens on display you forget the features you came for in the first place. These are the moments when you most need CNET's reviews and shopping advice.
Voting day is finally upon us, so don't forget to get out there and punch in your ballot or you will turn into that creature above! We're clearly experiencing technically difficulties while Jeff is away, so apologies to everyone watching today's video because I'm hulking out all episode! By the way, if you need help finding your nearest polling station, you can head over to Google Maps' voter info page, enter in the home address where you're registered, and Google does the work for you.
An artist here in New York has started a new project that literally integrates technology into the city. Aram Bartholl's "Dead Drops" is a public file-sharing network that places USB flash drives into buildings, walls, and curbs that are accessible to anyone with a computer and a willingness to share.
Each flash drive, distributed in five locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, contains a readme.txt file that explains the project and invites users to openly share their digital lives, but The 404 knows how low the Internet will go, and this doesn't bode well for the Dead Drops. The chat room has its own NSFW name for the USB keys, but we won't spoil it in the blog, so be sure to listen to the show to get all the filthy details.
A few weeks ago we showed you what OK Cupid tells us about the real Stuff White People (and other people) Like, but a new TED talk from David McCandless called "The beauty of data visualizations" shows what Facebook tells us about trends in breaking up.
The graph shows that the biggest peak in breakups is right before spring break, specifically on Mondays, which means that people like to party with other singles in the spring and summer months. Another peak happens right before Christmas, which could be attributed to penny pinching or perhaps the desire to get a fresh start for the new year. Thankfully, the lowest amount of breakups throughout the year happens on Christmas Day, so have a great holiday!Episode 700 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Google launches search tools to help Americans vote
Sophos unveils free antivirus software for Mac users
T-Mobile announces a $10 Android phone
Hotmail now works with other e-mail accounts, even Gmail
Google blurs images of homes and faces in Germany on Street View maps
Ubisoft's Michael Jackson Experience game will come with a free sparkly glove if you preorder the Wii version
Martha Stewart launches an iPad app to help you make the best holiday cookies on the block