Applications

B&N launches Nook for Android, changes branding strategy

Barnes & Noble has been saying it would soon be launching an Android version of its eBookstore app and now it has done so. But what's interesting about the announcement is that Barnes & Noble has decided to move away from its BN branding and go with Nook as the name of choice for its digital reading platform.

The company says the new Android app is the "first eReader software to feature Barnes & Noble's new Nook-centric branding, leveraging the strength of the company's Nook brand across its entire eReading offering. Nook for Android will soon … Read more

Glide replacing Flash with iPad-friendly HTML5

Glide OS, the cloud-based operating system that runs in your browser, is phasing out Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5. This transition begins with a new version of the company's site that's been designed specifically for Apple iPad owners. Beginning Thursday, visitors to Glide's site will see the Flash version if they're on a normal computer, whereas on the iPad, they'll get the HTML5 flavor.

Glide's CEO and founder, Donald Leka, told CNET on Wednesday that the idea to go with HTML5 came out of simple compatibility issues. "The iPad does not support … Read more

Josh Lowensohn's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

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

CNET News Staff Writer Josh Lowensohn is a jack-of-all-trades. He podcasts, he reports, he even live-blogs Apple events.

Josh plays games, too. A whopping seven of Josh's favorite iPhone apps are games, some more serious than others. From strategy … Read more

Skype for iPhone gets multitasking, ditches hated 3G-calling fee

Individuals aren't always right, and neither are companies, which is why we heartily appreciate when corporations gracefully address their errors--preferably while capitulating to user demands.

A minor update to Skype for iPhone (now version 2.0.1) reverses Skype's decision to charge for calls over 3G, Skype wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

Late last May, a major update to Skype 2.0 for iPhone finally introduced the oft-requested feature of placing Skype calls over 3G in addition to over Wi-Fi, a capability that Apple had unlocked months before.

Skype, however, presented the 3G calling feature as … Read more

Artist draws cartoon portraits over FaceTime

Greensboro, N.C., artist David Lanham broke his foot and had some free time to spare. If that was me, I would eat chips and play video games all day. Not Lanham. He had a video chat (using FaceTime on the Apple iPhone 4) with a friend and painted the friend's portrait. This led him to offer his services to those who want a similar portrait done, for a fee of $50.

From what we can see on Lanham's Flickr page, the quality of the drawings is excellent. It's no surprise as the man works at Icon Factory, … Read more

Flipboard for iPad gives Facebook, Twitter a magazine-style makeover

iPad app Flipboard calls itself a "social magazine," a way to browse Facebook and Twitter content with the same breezy effortlessness you'd browse the pages of a favorite periodical.

I call it cool.

Flipboard reminds me of Blogshelf, the awesome iPad app that gives blogs and RSS feeds an iBooks-style makeover.

Here, however, the app pulls from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, turning friends' updates into nicely formatted, perusal-friendly pages. (Shades of Sobees, which works a similar kind of magic--though only for Facebook.)

Flipboard also delivers your choice of a couple dozen aggregated content sections (news, finance, … Read more

Rafe Needleman's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 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. At the end of July, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Editor-at-Large Rafe Needleman's collection of his favorite 10 iPhone apps should serve as a template for any professional journalist. Note taker? Check. Travel apps? Check. Twitter app? Yep!

Of course, even Rafe is human. When he'… Read more

Prizmo's OCR scanner coming to the iPhone

Creaceed's Prizmo software impressed us a few months ago with an update that added camera tethering support and perspective correction to captured images. But the cherry on top was its optical character recognition (OCR) processing, which would pull out text from whatever had been scanned.

That same technology is on its way to a pocket-size version of the software, which should be available for the iPhone in just a few weeks (pending Apple's approval).

The app's crowning feature is that it can fix bad perspective, just like its desktop sibling, as well as let users snap photos … Read more

MOG subscription service comes to iPhone

I've been testing the iPhone version of MOG, a subscription on-demand music service that I blogged about in December, for the last few days. While it performs adequately, I haven't seen anything that really makes it stand out from the other competitors I've looked at recently, like Rhapsody, Thumbplay, and the still-in-beta Rdio.

First, the positives. Sound quality was excellent when streaming over a 3G connection and you can download any song to store in a local cache, so you can play it even when you're offline (like Rhapsody and the BlackBerry version of Thumbplay). You … Read more

Jessica Dolcourt's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 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.

Senior Associate Editor Jessica Dolcourt's collection of her favorite 10 iPhone apps marks a first for the CNET 100: it contains not a single iPhone game.

Jessica is not fooling around, here. She wants to get stuff … Read more