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Eric Franklin's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for the next 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. Two weeks from now, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Let's review what we all thought we knew about senior associate tech editor Eric Franklin. He manages our West Coast labs. He's a gamer, and he cares deeply about the quality of the monitors … Read more

iPhone app created for psychic German octopus

Earlier this month, an octopus named Paul living in a tank in Oberhausen, Germany, proved capable of successfully "predicting" the results of his home nation's World Cup soccer matches--and then went a step further and correctly selected Spain as the winner of the final.

Of course, there's now an app for that.

An iPhone app development company called uTouchLabs just released an app called "Ask the Octopus," which lets users input two options for any query and then has a cartoon "octopus oracle" choose one much in the way that Paul would … Read more

Tested: Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery

There are a variety of file recovery utilities for the Mac these days, some of which target specific media and file types, and others that are for more general uses. One I have mentioned in the past is Stellar Phoenix's Data Recovery for the Mac. Recently I decided to run the program through some basic tests to see if it performs as expected. The overall verdict is the program is not as stellar as I would have liked.… Read more

Report: Apple buys mapping company Poly9

Apple could be upping the ante in its battle with Google as the company reportedly purchased Poly9, a mapping company based in Canada.

AppleInsider on Wednesday cited a report from French-Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca saying that Apple bought the company and has already moved the majority of workers to California. While many companies that get purchased post a note to their Web site, Poly9's site appears to be offline this morning.

Apple representatives were not immediately available to confirm the purchase when contacted by CNET.

Poly9 has worked with some big organizations in the past including Microsoft, Yahoo, … Read more

Find a lost or stolen iPhone with iHound

If you've been thinking about subscribing to Apple's MobileMe service just to get the peace of mind that comes with Find My iPhone, there's an alternative that's $84.02 cheaper.

It's called iHound, and it tracks lost and stolen iPhones.

This app's been around for some time, but like similar tracking tools, it suffered from one major shortcoming: it couldn't run in the background, and therefore couldn't transmit its location unless it was activated. (I don't know about you, but I rarely run my tracker app before I lose my iPhone.)

Now that iOS 4 has arrived, however, iHound can communicate automatically, at regular intervals, even when it's not running. And it does exactly that, sending location data to iHound's servers every few minutes. (Thankfully, there are other interval settings, including 10 minutes and 30 minutes.)

If your phone does go missing, you simply sign into the iHound site to see its last transmitted location on a map. You can also send a push notification with a custom message and even a spoken alert. (Example: "This...is...iHound!" That should get some attention.)

There's even an option to remotely activate a siren, which could help you find a misplaced phone--or startle a thief into ditching it. And the siren can be deactivated only from the site (though an iPhone-savvy thief could simply turn the volume down to zero).… Read more

Android's Opera Mini browser gets session restore

Opera continues updating the "Mini" version of its mobile browser for Android phones with some noticeable tweaks and enhancements.

The Wednesday release of Opera Mini 5.1 for Android brings sundry features such as setting Opera Mini as the default browser, and seeing the entire screen when you switch to full-screen mode.

The best addition is that Opera Mini can save your session within an hour of starting it, if the browser accidentally closes while working in the background. This is a similar provision to the session restore in Opera Mini for the iPhone.

Opera Mini 5.1 … Read more

Jasmine France's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for the next 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. Two weeks from now, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

What's senior associate editor Jasmine France doing sharing 10 favorite iPhone apps when she doesn't own an iPhone? Jasmine, one of CNET's experts in digital media and headphones, knows the beauty of the … Read more

Weekly Troubleshooting Utilities Update

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.… Read more

Nicole Lee's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for the next 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. Two weeks from now, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Can you say Renaissance woman? Today, senior associate editor Nicole Lee shares her 10 favorite iPhone apps. Nicole, one of CNET's wonderful phone reviewers, is full of surprises. Would you have guessed that Nicole obsesses … Read more

Apple defensive over Consumer Reports findings, deletes forum threads

The seemingly unending saga of the iPhone 4 antenna issues has grown yet again. After a negative report from Consumer Reports, Apple has apparently deleted all threads about the findings from its popular Support Discussions forums. As Kent German reported earlier today, Consumer Reports has issued its official stance on iPhone 4 and it can't recommend the phone.

Moderators for Apple's Support Discussions forums quickly deleted growing threads discussing the Consumer Reports articles. Though these threads are no longer viewable, you can read through cached versions via Bing.

Despite the generally positive reputation that Consumer Reports enjoys, many … Read more