If you like Yelp, but you're after much more granular information on food and drink, then Spork is just what you need to fulfill your craving. This iPhone app (and its companion Web site) lets you simply enter any food or drink item and then populates a list of options nearby, most of them with ratings and comments by other Spork users. In this way, you can determine the best spot for al pastor tacos, cupcakes, dirty martinis, and just about any other tasty treat you're after. In addition, you can rate and recommend dishes yourself as well … Read more
If you like Yelp, but you're after much more granular information on food and drink, then Spork is just what what you need to fulfill your craving. This iPhone app (and its companion Web site) lets you simply enter a food or drink item and then populates a list of options nearby, many of them with ratings and comments by other Spork users to help you determine which restaurant has the best al pastor taco or cupcake (for example). You can also rate and recommend dishes yourself as well as add them to a "to do" list, … Read more
A few days ago, Kobo turned 1 year old. To celebrate the anniversary, the company enhanced its iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch apps, adding Instapaper integration and new social-media features that allow you to share what you're reading with others.
All in all, the Kobo iOS apps look more jazzed up and we expect all the big e-reader players to continue building out the social-media functionality in their apps (Amazon and Barnes & Noble also feature social-media hooks in both their devices and apps). The Instapaper integration is interesting because it allows you save Web clippings as you surf … Read more
The lady in the tight shorts clutches the hammer. She runs up to the screen, towards Big Brother's large projected face.
And, in a strident attempt to explain to Big Brother that gay marriage is not a good thing, she tosses the hammer...at Steve Jobs.
Perhaps you have yet to see this 2010 version of Apple's "1984" ad. The version in which Steve Jobs is portrayed as Big Brother.
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook suffered a brief outage yesterday but came back up with new photo featuresApple announces that the Mac Store with apps for Macs will launch on January 6
Yahoo layoffs will apparently result in the shutting down of several Yahoo services
The European Union is deepening its investigation into anti-competitive practices by GoogleNew Google Maps for Mobile on Android comes with 3D and allows for offline directions
An update to Hotmail lets you surf certain Web sites right inside your e-mail
Sony has unveiled a PlayStation app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based devices.
The product, appropriately dubbed the Official PlayStation App, will enable people to access the PlayStation Network to see their trophies and check on their friends' status, as well as see news related to Sony's gaming ecosystem. The app will also include a social feature for users to share information on Facebook, Twitter, or through e-mail. There was no mention of gameplay in the announcement, which surfaced on PlayStation's European blog.
The free app will be available to those running iOS 4 or Android 1.… Read more
Timed to coincide with today's release of the Nexus S, Google made good on its promise to launch an update to its Google Maps app. Now available in the Android Market, Maps 5.0 offers a few major improvements over its predecessors.
First up is the 3D capability, which lets users see a simulated skyline for more than 100 cities around the world. And thanks to the use of vectors, you can get a different perspective by tilting the map forward for an angled view. To get there, just drag two fingers downward across the display. The same multitouch … Read more
Oh, the Chumby. It seems like only yesterday this little touch-screen beanbag landed in our hearts.
Today he's all grown up, running under the hood of Internet appliances like the Sony Dash, Insignia Infocast, and Chumby One. Sadly though, in spite of beating both Apple and Google to the app concept, the Chumby software has never broken into the world of mobile. Until now.
Starting today, you can download a $4.99 Android app that transforms your Android 2.2 smartphone into a Chumby (minus the beanbag and charms). You get the same streaming radio alarm clock, games, and Web apps, all served up within one app. The app does have one advantage over the original device, with its ability to add and delete Web apps on the fly, without a computer. … Read more
Welcome to CNET's predictions for the TV hardware category at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For previous shows--most recently CES 2005, CES 2006, CES 2007, CES 2008, CES 2009 and CES 2010--I've placed not-so-bold bets on buzzwords like "1080p," "LCoS," "iDCR," "xvYCC," "LED," "Green," "Internet TV" and, yes, "3D." My first bet for 2011: Don't expect to see any major new technology acronyms this year.
eBay said yesterday that it has bought Critical Path Software, a mobile-app developer that had already been working with the auction site for the past couple of years.
Helping to design several eBay mobile apps, Portland, Ore.-based Critical Path has partnered with eBay's mobile group to create eBay for the iPhone and eBay Classifieds. Critical Path and eBay also teamed up to develop StubHub, a ticket-buying app, and Shopping.com, a shopping comparison app.
The acquisition is part of eBay's move to focus even further on the growing mobile market. The auction site has also been busy … Read more