Nearly one month has passed since Samsung and Google took to the stage to debut the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and here in the States, we still don't know much about carrier support or release dates. However, our friends to the north will have their choice of carriers, as three of Canada's service providers have already signed up to sell the Galaxy Nexus.
Leaked from today's 404 Podcast episode:Congress is proposing a school lunchroom bill that would allow as little as two tablespoons of tomato paste on a frozen pizza to be classified as a proper weekly serving of vegetables for students. Fries and tater tots also count as vegetables. The U.S. Department of Justice wants to make it a crime to lie on social networks like Match.com, Facebook, and OKCupid--if the fib in question violates other laws outside of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This holiday season, the Salvation Army send its volunteers into the streets with a new way to accept donations using credit card-reading hardware provided by Sprint/Nextel and Square. The program will join Girl Scout troops and The U.S. Army in pushing the next generation of mobile payments. A digital experiment from the artists at Wemakecoolsh.it enables subway denizens on the L-Train to access Wi-Fi and communicate with one another secretly using their self-powered "NOTwork." The enclosed system will run the week of November 14th on L-Trains going in and out of the Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs. AOL resurrects its Instant Messaging service AIM with new features that even the score with sites like Meebo and Adium, and Jabber that already let you log chat histories, sign into multiple social networking accounts, and view multimedia like video and Twitter messages directly in the message window. An attack on online copyright infringements is in in progress, spearheaded by an initiative called the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA that aims to blacklist sites that allegedly violate existing copyright laws. As of last night, however, the opposition is gaining powerful allies across the Web, including big names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Zynga. Bathroom break video 1: Star Wars Rogue Squadron - Cheers Bathroom break video 2: Turkish Ice Cream Follow Jeff, Wilson, Justin, and The 404 Twitter pages for a chance to win Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, and Uncharted 3. Check out this post for how to enter.
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HTC may be working on a new smartphone that, by the look of things, could make many other handsets obsolete by comparison.
Engadget is reporting today that HTC has built a smartphone, codenamed Zeta, that boasts a host of compelling features--a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch HD display, and 32GB of internal storage. In addition, Engadget's source says, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) … Read more
or Kindle Fire?
That's the question that's already bedeviling consumers and gadget aficionados alike.
In a matter of weeks, it seems, the tablet market has been compressed to just a handful of choices. The iPad 2 still rules the high end ($500 and above), but the "e-reader as tablet" option now looms large in the sub-$250 range, with the $199 Kindle Fire going mano a mano with the $249 Nook Tablet.
The Kindle Fire has just started shipping, and the Nook Tablet will follow as soon as tomorrow (a few days earlier than originally expected).
Last year, Barnes & Noble released the Nook Color at the same $249 price. Back then, a 7-inch color e-reader that could run apps as well as read color books and magazines, and even play movies and music, was a revelation. The Android tablet could even be rooted--to many, it became known as the not-so-secret most-affordable Android tablet around with the best design (other similarly priced and more-generic Android tablets are, by comparison, terrible).
With the Fire on the horizon, Barnes & Noble knew it had to up the ante.… Read more
Yes, in case you were wondering, the Kindle Fire is a tablet. It downloads apps, surfs the Web, displays books, and plays music and video. Its chief interface tool is a capacitive touch screen and it's a small, relatively thin device.
Based on those facts, comparing its performance with both the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 should elicit very little dissension among Kindle fanboys (is that even a thing?), but I'm quite confident the comparison will stir up trouble anyway. Not that I'd let that stop me.
Today we'll take a close look at two key functions of the Kindle Fire: app downloads and Web page loading. In particular, how fast each can be accomplished on the Fire compared with other tablets.… Read more
Looking for a tablet experience that runs from the sublime to the ridiculous? Meet Adobe Creative Cloud and the six tablet apps.
Creative Cloud (CC), which enters beta today, represents the nascence of Adobe's distributed design ecosystem. And it's a promising start. While it disappointingly lacks the syncing capabilities baked into Adobe Carousel or even Apple's iCloud, it does provide an intelligent drop box for working with design and imaging file formats (sorry, no video yet).
While there's direct upload and download capability via the applications, there's also a Web interface for the desktop--and for temporary compatibility with iOS devices until Adobe rolls out those apps next year. Some of the intelligence in the Web interface includes the ability to render a variety of Adobe file formats on the fly, show and hide layers in Photoshop files, and automatically generate and display a Kuler color theme pulled from images.
Oddly, though, it doesn't display any more than the most basic information for a file; for instance, it doesn't show image dimensions or any EXIF info. It also offers only the most basic sharing, which is e-mailing a link and allowing comments. Right now you're limited to the 20GB you get free with an app--that's 20GB total, no matter how many apps you buy. You don't seem to have to buy an app to use CC, which is attached to your Adobe ID. I'm not sure if that will stick past the beta period, however. You can sign up here.… Read more
Apple's update to iTunes 10.5.1 brings a new scan-and-match service for music that gives users a way to stream their entire collection across multiple devices in the Apple family.
Even better, Apple will actually fill in the blanks of your files' metadata and replace your "matched" files with high-quality 256k-encoded AAC files--an audiophile's dream!
The three of us are so excited that it sounds like we're hosting an infomercial, but check out today's episode to hear more details about iTunes Match.
Also leaked from today's episode: LivingSocial gets into home food delivery with Room Service, PETA puts Mario and his Tanooki suit in its crosshairs, and more events unravel in the ongoing War Against Infographics!… Read more
Your average tablet looks like a pipsqueak next to a prototype 65-inch Android touch screen that was recently unveiled. It's not pocketable, but it is impressive.
The prototype has two touch sensors that support simple gestures such as pinching and swiping. Future versions should be more sophisticated, with the addition of more touch sensors.
While a gigantic Android tablet has some obvious appeal for presentation-packing business users, what we really want to hear about is the gaming experience.… Read more
CNET Gotham may be over, but we've got some of the best laptops and tech toys from the week-long event right here. Also, a quick hands-on with the new Kindle Fire tablet, and we run the new PS3-branded 24-inch 3DTV from Sony through some tests.
After teasing the Samsung DoubleTime and Samsung Captivate Glide at CTIA last month, AT&T is finally sharing the news we all want to hear: when the phones will arrive, and for how much.… Read more