According to one developer's findings, Apple is rumored to be already testing iOS 5. A crash report received by developer FutureTap showed that the mobile operating system of note was iOS 5 when the crash took place.
FutureTap posted a short tweet to let its followers know of the development.
Taking into account recent location tracking drama, FutureTap also noted an "interesting" file called MKUserLocationBreadCrumb in the report. It is unknown whether this file is related to the consolidated.db file currently under investigation by several European countries and South Korea, as well as by Congress. Steve … Read more
This week, we debate the ongoing PlayStation Network outage, guesstimate the arrival of new iMac desktops, and salute AMD for grabbing a solid share of the low-end laptop market.
If you're watching this episode a little later in the week than usual, note that we had a little problem with the magical render monkeys who typically lovingly encode each frame of our weekly videocast in a more timely fashion.
Is Cartman's iPad for real? Is iPhone tracking a real problem?
No and yes. At least, according to "South Park."
That is until some dark-suited men from Apple accost him. They want to take blood from him.
Apparently, when Kyle downloaded the last iTunes update, he clicked "agree" to the latest terms and conditions. Fatally. This allowed Apple's trackers to take him to the water tank.
Kyle … Read more
Sony's adoption of Nvidia silicon for its upcoming Android tablets makes the graphics chip supplier--at least for the time being--the hardware standard for the Android tablet world, as a Sony vice president articulated in an interview in Japan on Wednesday.
"For the tablet platform, we're standardizing on Android 3.0 and Nvidia's Tegra 2," said Kunimasa Suzuki, a senior vice president at Sony in an interview with Japan-based Impress Watch.
Yes, I'm a huge Mortal Kombat fan. This should be evident to anyone after watching the video above. However, I can't take credit for the whole tournament idea. That was the brainchild of my producer, Jamie Yee (she's actually a hidden Easter egg in the video, if you watch closely). Jamie's a huge sports nut (or at least, an San Francisco Giants nut) and apparently thinks only in terms of brackets and tournaments.
Anyway, last week was a fairly busy week for the CNET tablet reviews team. Donald Bell and I received three new tablets in the span of only a few days.
With all that glamorous reviewing we were doing, I didn't really have the bandwidth to conduct any official speed tests, until now.
As I alluded to before, we split the tests into two rounds. The first round, featuring the Acer Iconia Tab A500, T-Mobile G-Slate, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, would determine which tablet would take on the Xoom and iPad 2 in the final round.
So yeah, it's a two-round tournament. We thought about extending it, but decided that doing so would involve too much repetition in the video.
Check out the results below (or above if you prefer your results in talkies form).… Read more
Apple's iPad 2 is launching in Japan tomorrow, the company said this morning.
The company initially planned to start selling the iPad 2 in Japan on March 25. However, following the country's devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, Apple decided to delay the tablet's launch.
Japanese customers who want to get their hands on the slimmer tablet can do so at Apple stores and other retail outlets, starting at 9 a.m. local time tomorrow.
Outside of Japan, Apple said today that it will launch the iPad 2 on Friday in Hong Kong, India, … Read more
Apple has finally broken its silence on the iPhone tracking controversy.
The company explains in an FAQ, posted on its Web site this morning, that it is not stalking its iPhone customers, but is instead trying to get more accurate location information. It also admits that there is a bug in the software that is making the iPhone store too much information.
Last week, researchers discovered that the iPhone has been logging and storing location information on users for the past year. The information is stored in an unencrypted file on the iPhone and also is backed up in an … Read more
These days, it seems, throwing Apple products out of flying machines is all the rage. The latest to jump onboard the train by falling from an ultralight is an iPad encased in a G-Form Extreme Sleeve.
Just like the iPhone we told you about that survived a much higher (and accidental) fall from a small plane used for parachute training, the iPad appears to be unscathed after being dropped 500 feet to test G-Form's new soft, floppy sleeve for consumer electronics.
Last time we called on NASA and our elementary physics education to try and deconstruct what happened to the falling iPhone in the air, but this time we get to watch the whole episode from start to finish as we fall victim to stunt marketing yet again.
Some shock absorbency credit is surely due the G-Form sleeve here, but credit also goes to the quality of the materials used to make the displays in touch-screen products like the iPad these days... oh yeah, and that soft, cushy-looking grass landing may have helped a bit too. … Read more
Some of us with a bunch of photos on an iPad would rather add keywords and captions than slap on yet another sepia-tone art filter. Enter C Squared Enterprises' Photosmith.
This $17.99 app, released today, is a companion to Adobe Systems' Lightroom software for editing and cataloging photos. I've been trying beta versions, and I think the app could be a useful addition for some photographers--especially if the software and the iPad's abilities continue to grow beyond today's limitations.
Photosmith can't match what Lightroom proper can do, of course--the iPad's memory, keyboard, and processor … Read more