Update at 11:30 a.m. PT: Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S III. Check out our first take here. Unveiled at an event in London today, the smartphone sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a plastic display. Calling the device "a human phone that understands you," the company also said the S III is intelligent enough to recognize your individual voice and face. Samsung will release the device in Europe this month, followed by other regions. An LTE version of the phone is expected to come to the U.S. this summer. … Read more
Apple unveiled today iBooks 2, a "new textbook experience" for the iPad and the company's attempt to bury traditional schoolbooks.
"Clearly, no printed textbook can compete," Roger Rosner, an Apple vice president, said during a press event this morning at New York's Guggenheim Museum.
The company also announced iBooks Author, a free app for self-publishing e-books, and improvements to the iTunes U app that puts entire courses online and allows instructors to post syllabi and messages for students.
Before unveiling the plan, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, noted the … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Sharp unveiled an 80-inch touch screen for digital meetings at its CES 2012 press conference here Monday.
The smart Aquos Board lets professionals draw on the screen, take notes, and save information to PCs. It will come in 60-, 70-, and 80-inch high-resolution screens. It uses Microsoft software.
Sharp also plans to introduce in the next 90 days, 17 new 60-inch-plus TVs and will introduce 4K technology to deliver "natural 3D-like images." A new 80-inch TV model will be available in April. The rest of line starts shipping this month. TVs will also include new 3D technology … Read more
LAS VEGAS--LG Electronics confirmed at CES this morning an 84-inch "ultra resolution" TV with a 1mm bezel, a "magic remote" for voice recognition, 3D gesture recognition, and Wi-Fi to mirror your TV on your mobile devices.
LG also unveiled 55-inch 3D OLED TV at 4mm thick. According to LG, it's the largest and thinnest of its kind.
In addition, half of LG's televisions will offer 3D and smart features for Internet access. Its smart TV browser will now support HTML5. The company will focus more on passive 3D viewing. Although Google TV was predicted … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Remember when I said that CES 2012 would be a veritable car show?
Well, it looks like I was right, because one of the first press conferences of the big show was held tonight by none other than General Motors for its OnStar telematics and vehicle concierge service. OnStar announced that it is opening its service to third-party developers--with the car-sharing service RelayRides the first of them.
Following is the live blog of that press event. You can also check out our recap of the OnStar news for further details.
At its CES press conference today, Acer unveiled its new line of ultrabooks, Aspire Timeline Ultra, news of which leaked out earlier today. It also talked up its AcerCloud service, which the company hopes will give it an edge in pushing its line of ultrabooks.
Acer expects to start shipping the Aspire Timelne Ultra--which has instant-on capabilities, an Intel Core i processor, a slim DVD drive, and eight hours of battery life--sometime in the first quarter.
Company Chairman J.T. Wang touted AcerCloud, which enables users to sync files between a Windows-based device and an Android device.
The electronics maker … Read more
Google is holding a music-themed extravaganza Wednesday, and we'll be there live to bring you the news.
The event is expected to bring the launch of Google's online music download store, the latest such digital storefront from the search giant. Google already operates a digital store for books, as well as for software applications on both its Android and Chrome platforms.
Alongside the formal launch of that service, Google is expected to unveil deals with most of the big record companies to sell digital music downloads from those catalogs. Purchased tracks can then be accessed from both the Web and on mobile devices, including those running Google's Android operating system. Social features could let users share purchased tracks with their friends via Google+. … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET writers Josh Lowensohn, Scott Stein, and Declan McCullagh. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary of what got announced, in our story here and see a complete list of … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live to cover CEO Mark Zuckerberg's opening address at the company's F8 developers conference today in San Francisco. So if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the bottom of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. You can also read our edited transcript below, or a summary story on the company's key announcements, including a revamped profile page it calls Timeline and changes in Open Graph that … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the end of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. For those of you who just want the basic updates, we've posted an edited transcript below. You can also read our stories about the partnership between Facebook and Skype and Facebook introducing group chats.
Update 10:28 a.m. PT: The social network has tapped Skype for … Read more