OnLive gaming app comes to Google TV devices

LAS VEGAS--Finally, a unique and worthwhile "app" comes to Google TV.

Google announced today that its much-maligned connected TV platform would support the OnLive gaming service.

OnLive's "cloud" gaming allows users to play a variety of console-quality titles on devices like PCs, tablets, and now select Google TV hardware like TVs, streaming boxes, and Blu-ray players, without having to use an actual game console.… Read more

Windows on an iPad: OnLive Desktop rents you PC in the cloud

Can iPads and tablets eventually kill the laptop? OnLive thinks it has the solution.

The limitations currently make such a proposition unlikely, but OnLive's announcement of a cloud-based Windows environment for the iPad provides an alternative to the App Store. Color us intrigued, but skeptical.

OnLive Desktop is a freemium service, with a free 2GB-capped service and a $9.99/month premium account with 50GB of storage. The idea's a little bit like Dropbox, in theory, mixed with the type of virtualization seen from companies like Citrix. OnLive rents users a Windows PC on one of their servers, along with access to a full suite of applications, including Microsoft Office and flash-enabled web browsers, to theoretically create a desktop-like working environment when connected to the internet.… Read more

CNET Labscast 13: Onward to CES 2012, but first... (podcast)

We discuss our personal tech hits and misses of 2011; what we loved, hated and was overrated. Also, Scott and Ty weigh in on what will most likely be going on at CES 2012; the who, the what, and the why.

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Last-minute stocking stuffers for laptops and mobile tech

While our various gift guides and roundups have provided plenty of really great holiday ideas, there are always a few worthy products that get left out.

During the past few weeks, Scott and I have frequently found ourselves at each other's desks, eyeballing cool accessories for laptops and other mobile products that we never got around to reviewing, but nevertheless deserve a nod.

These include portable laptop desks, wireless video connections, and even a few bags and cases, and prices run from a few bucks to a few hundred.

Check out our odds-and-ends collection in the gallery below, and if you have a great gadget stocking-stuffer idea, let us know in the comments section. … Read more

CNET Labscast 12: Best battery life laptops, OnLive iPad gaming demo

This week we run down the best battery life laptops of 2011, and you'll never guess what the No. 1 system is. Ty pops in with some TV buying advice and clears up the whole LCD/LED thing, while Scott offers last-minute holiday gift ideas. Also, check out this demo of the OnLive app playing high-end PC games through an iPad.

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The 404 962: Where we play the waiting game (podcast)

AT&T earns the "worst carrier in the world" award for the second year in a row, so it's a good thing I just signed up for two more years of service with this new iPhone 4S.

According to Consumer Reports, prepaid phone subscribers are actually the most satisfied with their service, but that's probably because their burner phones don't have the Internet access necessary to lodge a complaint.

On today's show, we'll look at how the other carriers compare to AT&T, dispel rumors of Shigeru Miyamoto's departure from Nintendo, put in our our bid for, Jeff demonstrates My Xbox Live for the iPad, and we'll show some incredible listener-submitted contest submission videos!… Read more

Hands-on: OnLive comes to iPad and other tablets

Streaming game service OnLive is coming to iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, and even the Kindle Fire, thanks in part to a new universal wireless controller.

Previously, the service was available on PCs (Windows and OS X), as well as TVs, via a standalone interface called the MicroConsole (there was also an iPad app that allowed you to watch games being played on the service, but not play them yourself). The new wireless controller, an updated version of the previous PC/MicroConsole OnLive wireless controller, uses Bluetooth to connect to iOS and Android devices, working hand-in-hand with a dedicated OnLive app for each platform.

If you're not familiar with the OnLive streaming game service, it's essentially cloud-based PC gaming. The original PC client allows nearly any laptop or desktop to play high-end PC games by offloading the CPU- and GPU-intensive tasks of actually running the game software to a remote render farm, then beaming the gameplay back to you as a streaming video.

The game library mixes a handful of new, hit games with some older, casual, and indie games, and most of the 200-odd titles will be playable on Android tablets, the iPad, and even smartphones. Some of these devices, such as the Kindle Fire, can play only a smaller subset of games via onscreen controls, as they currently lack any way to connect the wireless controller (and the Nook Tablet is not supported yet). OnLive will also work over AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE networks, on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom, and HTC Jetstream.… Read more

Wanted: A game controller as diverse as the iPad (the Atari Arcade, reviewed)

We said it before. We'll say it again. Louder, this time.

It's time for an iPad game controller.

Related stories • Hands-on with iCade: Does the iPad need a controller? • OnLive on the iPad: hands-on • Review of the Atari Arcade joystick for iPad • Review of the Ion Audio iCade

And not just a joystick novelty like the Ion iCade or the Atari Arcade, both of them intriguing but incredibly limited ways of going retro. The Atari Arcade Powered by Duo, a joystick accessory made by Discovery Bay Games, has a joystick, four buttons, and a 30-pin connector. However, it only works with the Atari Greatest Hits collection of 100 Atari 2600 and old, old-school arcade games. The iCade, a far larger assemble-yourself cabinet, is compatible with a handful of other motley games plus Atari's app, and that's it.

It's clear something else is needed.

EA and 2K Sports are already experimenting with iPhone-as-controller: both FIFA 12 and NBA 2K12 have downloadable apps that turn a local iPhone or iPod Touch into a multibutton controller. That's hardly a solution: the touch controls are no easier to find and use than the iPad's onscreen virtual buttons--in fact, they're even harder to locate when the iPhone in question is being held in your lap. The solution is simple. … Read more

OnLive goes live in the U.K.

OnLive has rolled out its cloud-gaming service to the U.K., the company announced today.

Gamers in the U.K. will be able to access 150 games from an HDTV, PC, or Mac, and will soon have the ability to play those titles from the iPad and Android tablets. OnLive didn't say when the service will be made available on those mobile devices.

OnLive's move to the U.K. is an important one. Prior to the launch, the company was only offering its service (which lets users play a host of popular games, including Assassin's Creed Brotherhood … Read more

Report: LivingSocial moves closer to IPO filing

LivingSocial, one of the major players in the social-buying sector, has hired JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to oversee the company's upcoming initial public offering, The New York Times reported Friday.

According to the Times, LivingSocial managers have discussed in meetings with the bankers the possibility of raising $700 million to $1 billion in the stock sale. That would give the company a value of $10 billion to $15 billion.

If you're wondering what "social buying" is or if that sounds like a catchphrase left over from the previous bubble era, you're not alone. The company is one of Groupon's biggest competitors, another one of these deal-of-the-day services that offers discounts to users. LivingSocial is just one of the many tech start-ups preparing to test the public markets.

There's a lot of skepticism that many of the companies that have filed for IPOs or are considering them--including LinkedIn, Pandora, and Groupon--can justify their lofty valuations. Groupon has already filed for an IPO and the Times reports that the company's valuation may be as high as $30 billion.

What might add some credibility for the social-buying sector is that Googleand Facebook are competing there now.

Some of the other companies that have gone public or are reportedly considering one include HomeAway, Active Network, Skype and Trulia. … Read more