No-frills notifier

We occasionally come across programs that work as they're supposed to but that just aren't, in our view, designed to be very useful. Date Reminder is one such program. As promised, the program will remind you of scheduled events, but we're not sure why anyone would choose this program when there are so many more feature-filled and versatile options available.

The program's interface is plain, with a handful of buttons and a grid where scheduled items are listed. It's easy to create a new item, and users can enter the name of the event, the … Read more

A cool calendar

There's a plethora of desktop calendar programs, ranging from the bare-bones to those whose numerous confusing features make them more trouble than they're worth. UK Kalender falls squarely in the middle, offering users a simple calendar that's easy to use but not totally devoid of features. We think it's a great choice for anyone who needs a flexible calendar with just the right amount of extras.

The program's interface is nothing to write home about, just an assortment of menus and tool bars, with tabs containing different calendar views. The program adds a British flair … Read more

Buzz Out Loud Ep. 1299: Apple iPod announcement shuffles the buttons (Podcast)

Steve Jobs revealed today three new iPods, including a Shuffle with buttons, a Nano that can double as a wristwatch (we think) and a razor-sharp iPod Touch. Also: Sony and Amazon have media news of their own, and Zuckerberg wants his privacy.


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Which Apple announcement was best? (poll)

On Monday I asked you to vote for the item you most wanted to see during Apple's special event today. Nearly 30 percent of you chose "an updated iPod Touch"--and your wish was granted.

Others beat the drum (and clicked the mouse) for a new Apple TV and iOS 4 for iPad--both of which Apple also announced. In fact, the rumor mill got just about everything right; the only poll item that didn't become reality was a smaller iPad.

All this begs the question: which of today's announcements did you like best? Are … Read more

Beautiful Epic Citadel demo live, free in App Store

Aside from Game Center, Epic Games opened plenty of eyes with its beautiful-looking swords-and-castle-exploring game demo at Apple's iPod-themed music event. Although the full game won't be released for a while, a free demo has hit the App Store to show skeptics how impressive the game's graphics really are.

We downloaded Epic Citadel for a peek on our iPhone 4, and it is admittedly a thin experience: you're limited to wandering around the city with dual analog virtual pads and looking at the pretty scenery. However, the graphics are truly as impressive as what was witnessed … Read more

Apple, Apple, Apple!

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded: Apple's music event to stream live Television show rentals from Apple Netflix on Apple TV New webOS 2.0 for HP's Palm Microsoft set to release updated Xbox 360 controller Sneak peek at the T-Mobile G2 phone

Live blog: Apple music event

Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET editors Donald Bell and Tom Krazit. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary of what got announced, in our story here.

SAN FRANCISCO--We're here live at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for Apple's annual music-related press event, which kicked off right on time at 10 a.m. PDT. You can follow our up-to-the-minute coverage using the Cover It Live module below. We'll also be running a special episode of Buzz Out Loud. You can watch that in the video player below the live blog. And finally, if you happen to be the proud owner of a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad, you can watch the event streamed live by Apple on its Web site.

Transcript of live blog starts here:

9:51 a.m. PDT: Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us. Donald and I are in and seated. We're probably 10 minutes away.

10:00 a.m.: OK, lights are dimming. Here we go.

Steve Jobs takes the stage. Note: not wearing a turtleneck. Just a black sweater.

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Apple to stream music event--to Apple devices

Apple announced Tuesday afternoon it will provide live video streaming of Wednesday's music event, but unless you have access to a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you are going to be out of luck.

The event, starting at 10 a.m. PDT at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will be available at, but only on Macs running OS X 10.6 and the Safari Web browser, or on an iPad, an iPhone, or iPod Touch running iOS 3 or higher, according to a media alert posted Tuesday by Apple. For those who don'… Read more

Report: iPod refresh coming sooner than expected

A report from Brazilian news site MacMagazine says Apple's annual refresh of its iPod line is little more than a week away.

Citing "a reliable source within Apple," MacMagazine pegs the unveiling of the next-generation iPods between August 14-16, the first two days of which are a Saturday and a Sunday, leaving Monday the 16th as a more likely candidate.

For the last four years, Apple has held its iPod press events in early September, and is widely expected to follow suit this year. In the past, the company released new iPod models on an annual basis … Read more

MySpace hangs on with a thread

Links for Monday's episode of Loaded:

Netflix is going to launch in Canada in the fall MySpace acquires Threadbox, a messaging collaboration program Facebook updates Events pages Sony adds a karaoke feature to the new line of Walkman devices The Zune Pass launches in the U.K. The 2011 Subaru Outback will be a Wi-Fi hot spot