Facebook is finally getting around to releasing an iPad app, according to a recent New York Times report. Part of the reason it has taken more than a year to develop an iPad version of Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg's insistence that the iPad is not a mobile device but a computer. And he's right in one respect: Facebook is perfectly serviceable when accessed via the iPad's Safari browser. If you are looking for a dedicated iPad version of the site, however, there are a number of third-party apps that offer unique interfaces for the touch-screen tablet. Since … Read more
The percentage of American adults who own an e-book reader has doubled over the past six months, outpacing the growth of tablets, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
E-reader ownership climbed to 12 percent in May from 6 percent last November, marking the first time that the adoption of these devices in the U.S. has reached the double digits. Over the same period, growth in tablet ownership slowed a bit following a previous surge. In May, 8 percent of the adults surveyed by Pew said they owned a tablet, compared with 7 percent in January … Read more
Every now and again, the rules for how to build a personal computer change. One of those moments may arrive next year with a high-speed wireless technology that could let people link tablets with big-screen TVs or dock laptops when arriving in the office.
The technology, which uses the 60GHz band of radio spectrum and is designed to transfer as much as 7 gigabits of data per second, matches what many wired connections provide, either inside a computer chassis or through the profusion of ports that perforate laptop sides. A group called the WiGig Alliance is developing it, and the … Read more
iPad users have been very patient with Facebook.
They have been begging the social-networking giant for more than a year to release an iPad-native app. And it was reported recently that such an app was in final testing and would likely be released in just a few weeks.
That may still be the case, but now it's conceivable that iPad users may be waiting in line for a tablet app behind owners of the HP TouchPad, according to TechCrunch.
Screenshots published by the tech blog purportedly show the Facebook tablet app running on WebOS. Erick Schonfeld notes that the … Read more
The iPad is typically perceived as a device for consuming content--reading status updates on Facebook, listening to Lady Gaga, watching the latest episode of "Glee" or playing Angry Birds. But a new music video created entirely on the Apple tablet helps demonstrate the creative power of the device.
Animator Shawn Harris made an animated music video for pan-Asian girl band Blush using the iPad Brushes app to create colorful moving visuals for the band's debut single, "Undivided (feat. Snoop Dogg)."
In the video, watch two lips turn into the eyes of Snoop Dogg. Later, a strawberry covered in chocolate becomes Snoop Dogg's face. Stars form on the rapper's shades, which then turn into shooting stars in space. The seamless transformation between faces and abstractions makes the animation fun to watch.
The girls in the pop band are represented as shadows of pastel colors--pink, green, red, blue, and purple--but the unidentified bodies soon are filled in with a group portrait. It's not until the end of the video that the identities of the band members are revealed. The music video ends by zooming in on different colored eyes and ends with a big cheek that is, well, blushing.
Hewlett-Packard will reportedly unveil a 7-inch tablet in August following the July 1 debut of its 9.7-inch TouchPad.
HP has ordered 400,000 to 450,000 TouchPad tablets per month from supplier Inventec, says a story in Friday's Taiwan Economic News. Inventec will supply HP with the upcoming 9.7-inch TouchPad as well as the new 7-inch tablet.
An industry insider cited by Taiwan Economic News says that HP will order around 3 million tablets from Inventec this year.
Beyond the August kickoff date, no details were revealed about the 7-inch tablet. A request to HP for comment … Read more
The Nook Simple Touch is out, and while it's touted as Barnes & Noble's simpler, bare bones e-reader, we think it's nonsense to call any gadget "simple." Nook Touch (and Nook Color) owners should know that their devices can do a lot more than just read books from B&N--we're here to show you how.
With your Nook in front of you (and an enthusiasm to get creative), follow this guide to make your Nook a little more useful, fun, and worth every penny you spent.
My notebook is getting much less use now that I rely more on my iPad when I'm computing on the road. And I'm getting more work done on my iPad now that I'm using these helpful techniques to enter and edit text, and open and manage apps and files.
Speed up text entry with these handy keyboard tricks Tablets were not designed for heavy-duty data entry. That's why so many road warriors buy an add-on keyboard for their iPads. (You'll find John Scott Lewinski's review of five iPad keyboards on the CNET Crave site.)… Read more
The iPad doesn't need any gaming help, in one sense: iOS games are thousandfold and selling like hotcakes, making Apple's tablet an already-rich platform for games of all sorts. Still, I (and many others) have had a dream: what if you could add a Bluetooth controller and play real, PC/console-quality games on the iPad? Would that be a game-changer?
Check out the above video and the hands-on gallery below, and decide for yourself.
Short answer: Yes, it could be, especially if those said games weren't even stored on the device itself. OnLive, which we've written about many times, is a cloud-based gaming service that streams remotely stored PC games, while the local user controls the game via keyboard or controller. It sounds like magic, but OnLive actually works, creating a valid option for laptop owners who have underpowered Netbooks, or via last year's TV-connected MicroConsole, a console alternative. Games are saved in the cloud, and titles can be played via subscription or individual purchase license.
Now, here's the long answer.… Read more
We first spied Vizio's VIA Android tablet in the gadget-blur of CES 2011. It held the unfortunate distinction of being one of the last tablets we wrote about before Google and Motorola stole the show.
Still, we've been wondering what became of Vizio's 8-inch VIA tablet, and we jumped at the chance to catch up with it during a CEA showcase yesterday.
The Android 2.3 tablet hasn't changed much since January, but it looks to be shipping soon, priced at $349 with 4GB of onboard memory. A microSD card slot supports up to 32GB of additional memory.
Of course, the VIA's most unique feature is still here. Hidden beneath the top edge of the tablet is a universal IR blaster that Vizio claims is compatible with 95 percent of remote controlled consumer electronics. Combined with Vizio's preinstalled universal remote app, the VIA can be used to remotely control anything from your TV to your home stereo, regardless of brand. … Read more