Facebook is going to start showing movies (and making you buy credits), Microsoft is staking Nokia $1 billion to distribute Windows Phone 7/Nokia love children, and Sprint may buy T-Mobile USA and create a massive mobile carrier third head. Plus, in data porn, Android tops the U.S. smart phone market, AT&T dominates on downloads, and the iPad 2's dual-core processor is apparently not all that. But iOS 4.3 is! Also: vote for Asian Usher! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Warner Bros. is renting out movies inside Facebook
The beta of Google Maps Navigation for Android helps you avoid traffic jams
YouTube acquires Next New Networks
HBO is said to be relaxing black-out agreements to advance UltraViolet cloud streaming
This year's Wimbledon finals will be broadcast in 3D
Owners of the original iPad 3G will be able to port their unlimited data plans over to the new iPad 2
Consumer Reports finds that 30 percent of teens are texting while driving
Initial demand for the iPad 2, which goes on sale Friday evening, will be strong among consumers--stronger than it was for the original iPad, an industry analyst has predicted.
In a note to clients today, Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster said he also expects shorter lines at stores.
Munster reconciles the shorter lines but higher sales by the sheer number of retailers that will carry the iPad 2 on launch day. When the original iPad launched, Apple used its retail stores and Best Buy. For the iPad 2, Munster said Apple will use AT&T and Verizon … Read more
Editors' note: The video battery results for the Motorola Xoom were corrected from the original post. The original post contained results not in line with our final testing methodology. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
During the deluge of iPad 2 coverage last week, you may have missed CNET's handy tablets table. In it we gave an overview of the major non-Windows tablets already released and those soon-to-be released.
For the few tablets we actually have in the CNET Labs, we're able to go a bit more in depth with what each has to offer. … Read more
CEO Steve Jobs returns from medical leave to show off the latest version of Apple's hit tablet.
The iPad 2 makes its debut Apple unveils the latest version of its popular tablet: the iPad 2. Thinner, lighter, and faster than the original, it goes on sale March 11. (Posted in Signal Strength by Marguerite Reardon) March 2, 2011 10:25 a.m. PT
Jobs makes surprise showing at iPad 2 unveiling Apple's co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs surprised most by emceeing today's iPad 2 unveiling in San Francisco. Jobs had announced his third medical absence from Apple … Read more
The iPad 2 is official, and it's impressive, but it's not as much of an upgrade to the original as some had thought. No Thunderbolt, no SD slot, and no mini-DisplayPort. That might make those of us who have the original take pause before lining up for the new one.
But for those in the market for their first iPad, the lack of a completely overwhelming difference between the older and the newer device might be a good thing. During today's event, Apple's online store, as it typically does, went down. When it came back up, … Read more
Apple will announce the next iPad 2 today, so imagine our surprise when all Wilson wants to talk about is Charlie Sheen joining Twitter! There may be hope for our Apple suckling fanboy just yet...
The rumors fluttering around the next iPad are growing, with the latest batch wondering about a MobileMe update that will allow streaming media to iOS devices.
This isn't the first time we've predicted this upgrade, but a new rumor claims that an Apple employee has said today's update will indeed allow all media including music, TV shows, and iTunes-purchased movies to stream in the cloud. Since you still can't iTunes on multiple computer libraries without a clever workaround, this could be a huge boon for the next iPad.
But you just want an iPad to consume news and watch movies, it may make more sense to either wait a month for a first generation iPad price drop or wait until the end of a year, when a third generation iPad may surface with more significant upgrades. Either way, we're done with the Apple rumor mongering for today.
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
Apple gets ready to announce the iPad 2
Verizon's unlimited data plan will end this summer
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
Facebook purchases a group messaging system
Lenovo shows off an eyeball-controlled laptop
Amazon threatens to shut down California affiliates based on a proposed tax law
Angry Birds St. Patrick's Day will launch March 22
While everyone has been wondering what exactly the new and probably imminently announced iPad 2 will look like and be made of, rumors continue to grow about a MobileMe update allowing streaming media to iOS devices.
The latest rumor from Cult of Mac, via MacRumors.com, claims that an Apple staff member has said a MobileMe update announced tomorrow will indeed allow music, TV shows, and even movies purchased via iTunes to be streamed over the cloud. CNET's reported on this likelihood before, and we'll see if it finally comes to fruition on Wednesday.
A music-streaming cloud service … Read more