In our never-ending quest to prep our faithful readers for iOS 5 we cover an amazing new iPad 2-specific feature in iOS 5: mirroring. Mirroring via AirPlay and an Apple TV (which will also have to be running iOS 5) will allow you to display your iPad 2 screen on any TV with an HDMI port.
Sending your iPad 2's screen to your TV is as easy as:Entering the fast app switcher dockSwiping left-to-rightPressing the AirPlay iconSelect AppleTV and toggle the Mirror switch
What do you think? Is this something you will use on a regular basis? Or, … Read more
If the latest round of rumors prove to be true, Amazon could emerge as the dominant player in the Android tablet game. According to information provided to Taiwanese news outlet CENS, the company has ordered Quanta Computer Inc. to produce between 800,000 and 1 million tablets per month from August to October.
While the articles does not draw a distinction between 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, I am impressed by the figure. Motorola has offered its Honeycomb tablet, the Xoom, for better the part of a year now, but it should move only 1.5 million units in 2011. Samsung … Read more
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet owners are poised to receive a free software update tomorrow, bringing new apps, new features, and a new user interface. The over-the-air update comes by way of Samsung's TouchWiz software, which puts the company's unique spin on Google's Android 3.1, and further distinguishes its product from the herd of similarly spec'd Honeycomb tablets on the market.
This morning we outlined many of the new features users can expect, including a revamped Media Hub storefront, a new Music Hub store, and Live Panel widgets.
After getting our hands on an … Read more
Quick, grab your phone, we should be recording this!
If you have a toddler who is learning to talk or walk or reach other video-worthy milestones, you've either heard or uttered these words frequently and recently. Same goes for owners of hilariously curious cats, I'd imagine.
Even if you have your phone in hand, you can still miss a shot, as you mistakenly take a still shot with your iPhone's camera app, then scramble to move the slider over and start recording video. Well, no more! The recently released Swift app by CodeGoo lets you start capturing video faster. Granted, it saves only a few seconds compared with using the iPhone's native camera app, but sometimes only a few seconds is the difference between getting the shot and missing it.… Read more
OmniVision, a major manufacturer of mobile device imaging sensors (including the iPhone 4's), moves forward in the CMOS sensor pixel design race for smartphones with the 1/4-inch type OV8850 8-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor. (I bet you didn't even know there was a race.)
Without getting too technical, the sensor has a smaller footprint and uses a smaller 1.1-micron pixel, branded OmniBSI-2. The former allows for smaller devices while the latter improves power efficiency, but still provides similar image quality to the company's first-gen 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel.
The OV8850 supports 8- and 10-bit raw image output … Read more
Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will receive an update starting tomorrow that will deliver the TouchWiz UX interface and a host of other enhancements.
Sent OTA (over the air), the update package will include Samsung's revamped Media Hub service, Samsung Kies 2.0 support for PCs and Macs, and mobile features for the enterprise crowd.
The most notable feature of the update, the customizable TouchWiz interface, runs on top of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Among its many options is a Live Panel, which offers home screen widgets that show you the latest news, weather, e-mail, … Read more
If you read my review of the XCom Global MiFi Hotspot earlier this year, you'll know that I became a big fan while covering the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Sure, the service is pricey, but the reward was fast Internet wherever I went across the city.
In fact, I was so enamored that I recommended XCom to my colleague Dan Terdiman for his 2011 CNET Road Trip. Yet, in Dan's case, XCom's inability to cover multiple countries with one device proved to be a serious drawback.
Though I only had to take only one MiFi Hotspot to last me in Spain, he had to take a device for each of the seven countries he visited. Not only is that a lot of gear to carry, but also you have to pay for each device separately. … Read more
Luckily, the Internet is pretty good at making otherwise expensive things free. We scoured the Web and found a few different options for finding free e-books for your Kindle or Nook.
1. Search for "0.00." This is the oldest trick in the book (pun intended). Simply go to the Barnes and Noble bookstore or the Kindle bookstore and search for "0.00." … Read more
This week we go comparison shopping, comparing game prices on Apple's Mac App Store against other retailers. Then we discuss the new price cuts for the Logitech Revue and the Nintendo 3DS, and play tech trivia with MTV's games blogger Russ Frushtick.