On today's show, Google does us a solid in the ham-filtering department, we wonder whether Paul Allen might have waited too long to sue the Internet, or whether this is just the beginning, and we speculate whether seven inches is, in fact, the perfect size after all. Plus, Internet vigilantes on the loose! --Molly--> Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Apple is now shipping the iPad within 24 hours after an order is placed.
The new, speedier processing contrasts with the shipping times that followed the tablet's April launch in which orders typically took at least a week to fill.
Swamped by a huge number of preorders and initial sales, Apple had trouble keeping up with customer demand. On the first day, the company sold 300,000 of the tablets. That initial surge depleted the stock of iPads, forcing Apple to push back the 3G version by a week and the international debut by a month.
The lack of … Read more
ViewSonic is throwing its hat into the Android tablet ring with a 7-inch offering called ViewPad.
The tablet will be made official at this year's upcoming IFA. So far, confirmed specs include a 7-inch screen, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD memory expansion, microphone, speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, mini USB, and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Pricing, capacity, and availability are yet to be determined, as is the specific version of Android the device will ship with. The image shown here, provided by ViewSonic, is a computer rendering of the device powered off, offering no hint of how Android … Read more
Bill Mitchell, a corporate vice president who led some of Microsoft's early forays into tablet computing, has left the company in recent months, CNET has learned.
Although Mitchell has been gone from Redmond for a bit, according to sources, his biography had remained on the company's Web site until earlier this month. Microsoft confirmed his departure, but did not offer further details.
Mitchell's listed title was "Corporate Vice President, PC3 - Platform, Components, Creation & Collaboration" and his biography (as cached by Google) stated that he was "responsible for strategy, planning and project incubation … Read more
Apple's reign as king of the tablet market should stay strong for at least the next couple of years, says a new report from iSuppli.
Though a variety of tech players have been cooking up their own tablet devices, no true competitor is likely to surface until next year, giving Apple a dominant share of the market through 2012 if not further, according to iSuppli.
This year, the iPad is expected to account for 74.1 percent of all global tablet shipments, with the remaining percentage left mostly to an assortment of older PC-style tablets. Next year, it will … Read more
Bit by bit, details about Samsung's forthcoming tablet are appearing.
On Tuesday, Samsung released a very short video hinting at some of the features of the so-called Galaxy Tab. The video can be found here.
The Galaxy Tab is just one of many devices attempting to challenge Apple and the iPad in the very hot consumer touch-screen tablet space right now. The video positions Samsung's Android tablet as going beyond what the iPad is already offering, which is necessary if any contender is going to make any sort of dent in Apple's lead.
It starts by showing … Read more
Wilson is out sick today (read: too scared of the rain to leave his house), so we're upgrading to someone better: Scott Stein of CNET's own Digital City podcast! He joins us on today's episode of The 404 to give us his personal review of the Apple iPad and five ways it's still better than the iPhone 4. We also discuss the next generation of portable adult entertainment, six tech species in danger of extinction, and the RIAA requiring FM radios in all cell phones.
Scott is CNET's resident laptop expert, but he also happens … Read more
Who will give the iPad a run for its money? I would bet my bottom dollar on Motorola, or better yet, the dynamic duo of Motorola and Verizon.
The BlackBerry "Black Pad" from RIM, or Google gPad via HTC, or even or the self-proclaimed LG Optimus Tablet dark horse make for riveting speculation (among many other rumors or announcements), but Motorola has shown itself to be the most capable and consistent rival to the iPhone, which was a precursor to the iPad in many ways.
Motorola's Droid was one of the first high-end smartphones to emerge as … Read more
In PlayStation news this week, the PS3 may be jailbreakable via USB dongle, until Sony breaks down your door and takes your PS3 straight out the door. Also, touch-controls on the back of the PSP may be nigh, we show you the 53 steps it takes to turn off Facebook Places, and Apple tries to climb in your window and snatch your jailbroken iOS device up. See you all in a week!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Jeff's filling in for Natali Del Conte and "getting Loaded" all week while she's away on maternity leave, so our sincerest apologies to live listeners for this morning's late start.
Luckily, close fran (friend/fan) of The 404 Rana Sobhany drops by for a surprise visit to make up for lost time and tell us all about her new project as an iPad DJ and producer!