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How JibJab grew up by focusing on kids apps

Remember the JibJab guys?

To refresh your memory (I needed to look them up myself), they're the brothers who shot on to the public stage in 2004 when their video, "This Land is Your Land," starring George W. Bush and John Kerry, skyrocketed in popularity. While JibJab, founded by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, were never able to reproduce that success, they showed what media on the Internet could do.

The JibJab guys have now turned their attention to a new venture, "StoryBots." Instead of focusing on politics, the Spiridellises hope to make a name … Read more

Glitch keeps iCloud storage at 25GB until 2050

An apparent glitch in the iCloud account system has resulted in some accounts showing extended storage space with renewal dates years in the future.

iCloud's use of online storage as a syncing medium lowers the overall requirement for online storage, so Apple has reduced the base level to 5GB. However, Apple offered existing MobileMe customers a temporary extra 20GB of storage to accommodate user data during the transition to the new service. Apple originally offered this extra storage for a month, but increased this timeframe to September 30 and has been notifying users of this upcoming change.

On September … Read more

Apple backtracks on 'most powerful' map app claim

After CEO Tim Cook's rare apology for Apple's beleaguered map application, the company has retreated on claims that the app was the "most powerful mapping service ever."

Apple's Web site had formerly boasted that, "Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps give you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever."

However, after Cook said Friday that Apple was "extremely sorry" for the frustration felt by customers and vowed to improve the … Read more

Apple's iOS 6 stumbles on basic connectivity: Wi-Fi

PHILADELPHIA -- Apple's iOS 6 has not fared well with Wi-Fi.

Though this isn't the first time a new Apple operating system or device has had Wi-Fi issues, the situation this time around has been exacerbated by the release of the iPhone 5, putting an iOS 6 device immediately into millions of consumers' hands.

Not to mention all of the upgrades. Reports cite 60 percent of iPhone and roughly 40 percent of iPad owners upgrading to the new OS so far.

The fallout is numerous forum discussions on Wi-Fi connectivity problems. For example, there are currently two major … Read more

Facebook Messenger gets chatty with iPhone 5

Facebook has tweaked its Messenger app for iOS, adding support for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, along with a swipe-left feature it had earlier brought to the Android app, and other changes.

The updated app, released yesterday, lets users swipe left anywhere in the app to see who's signed in and send a message. That feature came to Android about a week ago, on September 20.

Another change lets users pin the people they message with most to the top of their favorites list. The chat interface has also been given a makeover with speech bubbles; some bug … Read more

Hot games optimized for iPhone 5

Now that you have your iPhone 5, you've probably noticed that not all apps take advantage of the wider screen. I've been noticing that the updates have been pouring in fairly quickly, but unfortunately, I still have a lot of pillarboxed apps and games that show black spaces on each side.

For this week's collection I put together three games that look absolutely fantastic on the iPhone 5's larger display. The first is the latest in a popular arcade-style racing franchise and gives you more viewing area as you blaze around the track. The second is an action RPG that pits you against demonic beasts as you hack and slash your way to saving a kidnapped queen. The last is the newest version of a popular soccer series that might be the best sports game available on iOS.… Read more

Apple CEO says sorry for iOS 6 map mess

Friday's CNET Update is playing One Republic:

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he was "extremely sorry" for the frustration felt by customers over the problems with iOS6 maps and vowed Apple will improve the new map program. In a statement, Cook said Apple fell short on its commitment to customers, and he suggests to use alternative apps in the meantime, like Bing, MapQuest and Waze.

The apology came as the iPhone 5 went on sale in 22 additional countries. It also went on sale at some regional U.S. carriers, including Cricket, which is offers it … Read more

How to make your Android phone look like an iPhone 5

Apps that make Android phones look like iPhones aren't new by any means, but they remain an interesting novelty that seems to appeal to a lot of Android users. If you've been curious about how iOS 6 would look on your Android phone, a new app called Fake iPhone 5 has just been uploaded to Google Play.

Created by a user at XDA Developers, Fake iPhone 5 is a replacement launcher that makes your Android phone's screen look almost exactly like an iPhone 5's. The main home screen's icons look like duplicates of iOS 6'… Read more

Getting started with the YouTube app in iOS 6

When you said hello to iOS 6, you said goodbye to your iPhone's preinstalled YouTube app. Earlier this month, Google released a YouTube app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that introduces a new design and functionality. Google says there are "tens of thousands more videos" available with this app than you had with the old, built-in app. The downside is now that Google and Apple have parted ways here, Google can start serving ads on its iPhone app. I've watched dozens of videos with the new app, and can happily report that I was served … Read more

Why Apple dumped Google Maps

Thursday's CNET Update hit a fork in the road:

You've seen the mockery over Apple's new map app and how it will sometimes give users wrong information. But a report from All Things Digital is shedding some light on why Apple cut off Google, even if Apple's maps were not perfected. In short, it comes down to voice navigation, which has been included on Android phones for years. Apple wanted it, and Google wanted to keep that perk for Android. Google may have been open to negotiating (it wanted Google branding on the app) but Apple … Read more