My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why designers are always trying to get bigger sounds out of smaller speakers. Enter the Vanatoo Transparent One, a 10-inch-tall powerhouse armed with a 5.25-inch aluminum woofer, a separate rear-mounted 5.25-inch passive radiator, and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. This little speaker made a … Read more
Gamers who were dragging their feet on preordering an Xbox One were given one more chance.
On Wednesday at 5 a.m. PT, Amazon opened the door for preorders on a limited number of Xbox One Day One Editions. Within minutes, the units sold out, leaving all of those who wanted the console to wait in line this Friday when the hardware officially launches.
Xbox One preorders have been hard to come by since Amazon and other game retailers ran out of their initial preorder allocations over the summer. Since then, some extra units have been offered, but they've … Read more
Those of you aiming to buy the Xbox One can download a companion SmartGlass app onto your mobile device.
Released or updated on Tuesday for iOS, Android, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows Phone, Xbox One SmartGlass ties in with the Xbox One in a few different ways. You can use the app as a remote control device for the gaming console, which allows you to navigate the dashboard to play games or open various applications. The app also lets Xbox One players use their mobile devices to perform Web-related gaming functions.
Xbox One SmartGlass can act as a second … Read more
HTC One owners in the UK mark your calendars. HTC has confirmed that its flagship smartphone will get an update to Android 4.4 KitKat in a few months' time.
Yesterday HTC tweeted: "We're working with our local carriers to begin the rollout of Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 for the #HTCOne from end of January 2014."
That likely means we'll start to see British blowers getting the update through February -- though you may have to wait a little longer, depending on your network, as carriers often need to tweak Android updates before … Read more
Walk into your living room, say "Xbox on," and your Xbox One, TV, and sound bar automatically power on. Sit down and say "Xbox Watch ESPN," and the cable box automatically turns to ESPN and fills the TV screen. It feels futuristic, but in a retro way. It's the kind of thing someone in a Disney "Home of the Future" exhibit might do, right after getting out of a flying car.
With the Xbox One, Microsoft wants to bring all your living room entertainment -- cable TV, gaming, and streaming video -- to … Read more
In a blog post that shed more light on Twitch integration for the console, which hits store shelves this Friday, November 22, Microsoft noted that the Xbox team is "working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community."
"While this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to … Read more
Next year will see a bigger shakeup in Formula One than we've seen for many years. Not only are the beloved shrieking V8s to be replaced with Turbo V6s, but also the calendar itself is set to be the biggest in the history of the sport. Subject to final approval, 22 races in all will be run, compared with this year's 19.
This includes a record six street circuits, with the addition of New Jersey (battling in the piercing shadows of New York's striking skyline) and Russia joining the likes of Melbourne, Singapore, Montreal, and, of course, … Read more
Behold, Internet mortal, the first episode of Adventures in Tech, CNET's new show that takes you on a visual safari, directly into the untamed jungle of your favourite tech topics.
Our premiere feature takes a look at Nintendo's late '80s icon: the magnificent Game Boy, which deployed smart hardware and one shape-spinning supergame to became the industry's most unlikely success story.
Hit play on the video above to dive inside the Game Boy's four-colour folklore, nab yourself some impress-your-pals knowledge, and have your nostalgia gland massaged by some of Nintendo's classic '90s adverts. Go on, … Read more
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console is launching with about a dozen games available in retail stores, plus a handful of download-only digital options. Some are excellent, some are uninspiring, some are tantalizing hints at where next-gen gaming can go once developers have more time to learn the capabilities of the new hardware.
Once you shell out for a PS4 console ($399), PlayStation Plus membership ($49), extra controller ($59), and PlayStation Camera ($59), your gaming budget may be tight, so we've gone through the launch lineup and picked our favorite five (by general consensus) to get you started. Be … Read more