Apple's One Big Surprise: Ping Social Network

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While most of the announcements Apple made today were expected and rumored for at least a week or two, the one big surprise that it had was Ping, its very own social network. Determined to shrink even more into its own, isolated world rather than embrace the grander landscape around it, Apple has made Ping an iTunes-centric social network designed to allow users to share music and music...

iPad To Become Mobile TV With Verizon App

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Verizon is preparing to turn the iPad into the sleekest, sexiest mobile TV around. The company has a FiOS app in the works that will deliver live television streaming to the iPad. That is the coolest that the FiOS app will ever look, however. From there, it's all downhill.

Google Launches Do-It-Yourself App Builder

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Fancy yourself an Android app developer, but don't have the slightest clue about programming? Does Google have a deal for you. Currently available only in closed beta, but coming to the general public soon, Google's new App Inventor for Android is designed to bring app building to the unrefined masses. The program strips the actual programming out of the app-building process, allowing you to put...

Android 3.0 'Gingerbread' Details Leak

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We're not even officially in the Android 2.2 era yet, and already we're tempted with an even more delectable little dessert: a warm, savory serving of Gingerbread baking in the oven and offering delightful aroma of what we'll soon be feasting on. Android 3.0, which continues in the desert naming scheme Google has been so fond of, packs a whole lot of punch. Some details were leaked today...

Apple Pulls Pulse Newsreader at Behest of NY Times

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Wow, I actually feel sorry for Apple on this one. The company's usually on the other end of the legal-bs bullying. Just one day after Steve Jobs mentioned the Pulse newsreader during his WWDC keynote, Apple was forced into pulling it from the App Store thanks to some legal shenanigans. The Pulse reader is an iPad-based reader that aggregates news feeds like any good newsreader should....

iPhone OS Renamed to iOS, Offers Multi-tasking and Other Upgrades

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What would a new iPhone be without a new iPhone OS? Unlike the iPhone 4, we already saw official details of iPhone OS 4.0 preceding today's conference. However, we didn't know that Apple had a new name in store for the operating system: iOS. That's fitting since the OS coincides with the "biggest improvement" to the iPhone since the original and extends to an increasing number of devices (iPod...

IPhone and Android Users Can Now Google Apps

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Yesterday, Google introduced a feature to its mobile search engine that will match app-related search terms to applicable iPhone apps and show them at the top of the results page. The results will link directly to the App Store so you can search and buy with ease. While the iPhone update is the most interesting aspect given the tension between Apple and Google lately, Android also gets the...

Adobe Slips Its Way Onto the Ipad With New Magazine Viewer

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Adobe has introduced a new digital magazine viewer that will push its software onto the iPad, despite the great Apple/Adobe War of 2010. The viewer was used to create Wired's iPad edition and is sure to show up in future digital mags. Designed to deliver on some of the rich content that separates iPad-based digital magazines from their paper counterparts, Adobe's viewer allows for video...

Android 2.2 Roll Out Gets Started: Nexus Ones Receiving Updates

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Well, that was quick. When we first heard about Android 2.2, it was clear that it'd be a sizable leap up from previous Androids, but it wasn't clear when exactly it would be available. Or which phones it would be available on. We didn't have to wait very long for the answers--or the update. Some of the original Nexus Ones have already been getting access to the over-the-air update as of this...

Carriers to Hold the Keys to Android 2.2's Tethering Feature

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When it was first rumored that Android 2.2 would be getting a physical tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot features, it was unknown if mobile providers would be able to disable the feature and/or charge for it. After Google officially announced Froyo yesterday, it was discovered that indeed the providers will be able to control and charge for the feature. Android engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer told...

Android Froyo Officially Drops

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Day 2 of Google I/O was clearly the day to pay attention. Two of Google's most anticipated products of the past couple months: Google TV and Android 2.2 Froyo have hit the scene. Android 2.2 lives up to its billing, bringing updates like Flash 10.1, Wi-Fi hotspot and tethering features, and a speed boost of 2 to 5 times Android 2.1. That's pretty much all the major points the rumors had...

Official Twitter For iPhone Launched

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Twitter now has an official app on the iPhone. Last month, Twitter purchased Tweetie, an existing Twitter-based iPhone app and has transformed it into its own app called Twitter 3.0 (the 3.0 gives a little recognition to the Tweetie versions before it). The move was part of a greater Twitter strategy to discourage third-party Twitter apps and take the reins of all Twitter products.

IPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 Shows Tethering, New Homescreen

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There are few iPhone 4G secrets left for Apple to unveil, but the recently released iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 provides some clues as to what changes the next iteration of iPhone will offer. By far the most interesting update is that the new beta shows that AT&T will finally be allowing iPhone tethering; the option shows up in the new 'Settings' menu. Along with the addition of more robust...

The Visa iPhone: It's Everywhere You Want to Be, Well Not Quite Everywhere

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You can already accept payments on an iPhone, and now it's time to begin making them. Visa and DeviceFidelity have launched a new iPhone case/app that will bring the future of payments to your favorite phone. It may also bring future bankruptcy to a few unwitting users. No longer get weighed down with a sleeve full of plastic; the In2Pay app allows you to swipe your iPhone at retailers that...

New Android 2.2 Information: Tethering and Wi-Fi Hotspot

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While we've known Android 2.2/Froyo is coming, information has been pretty scarce and limited to Flash support and loads of extra speed. Today, TechCrunch got a hold of some juicy information: Android 2.2 will turn your phone into a full fledged Internet-bearing device. It will support USB tethering, enabling owners to connect up to a laptop and use their cell phone data connection....

IPad To Become the Biggest Comcast Remote Ever

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That damn remote is always getting lost. I must have dropped my remote into the couch cushions three times just this week. And that's not even getting into the number of times I inadvertently left it in the kitchen or somewhere else around the house and spent valuable Chuck time scrambling around for it. If only my remote were a big, glossy piece of magical revolution, my problems would...

Android 2.2 Is Much Faster Than Previous Androids

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A report today over on AndroidPolice indicates that future Android 2.2 users have a lot to be excited about. According to the blog's testing, 2.2, codenamed Froyo, is 450 percent faster than Android 2.1. Yeah, we're pretty impressed too.

Microsoft Launches Office 2010

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The new Microsoft Office is officially here, and it's brought Web apps and a variety of updates. Microsoft makes a concerted effort to compete on Google's turf: the cloud. Office Web Apps, as they're called, provide cloud-based productivity that will allow multiple users to work on the same project over the Internet from both computers and mobile devices, thereby saving time and money.

Google Brings Bike Directions to Mobile

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Back in March, Google launched an option for bicycle directions in its Maps feature. At the time, the company promised that a mobile version was on the way. After all, biking is often about impromptu adventure on the open road, so it would be beneficial to have the ability to map out directions on-the-go.

Square Mobile Payment System Now Live for iPhone, iPad and Android

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Back in the winter, we first saw Square, a mobile payment system created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The system uses some simple hardware to process credit card payments on equipped mobile phones. The customer signs right on the phone, and receipts get sent by email or text. It's a simple, cost effective way for smaller businesses to accept credit card payments.