Talking Tom and Ben News is a spinoff of the popular Talking Tom app, in this case using the two characters Tom (a cat) and Ben (a dog) as "newsreaders." The app is downloadable from iTunes for free, and installs cleanly.
Talking Tom and Ben News consists of a launch screen showing Tom and Ben sitting at a news anchor's desk. If you say something to them, they will repeat it as a conversation between the two of them. You can also upload a video or photo that is displayed as a small movie on the "… Read more
From the minute I was able to put the personalized magazine app Zite on my iPhone, it became one of my indispensable tools.
Even if I glanced at it for just a few minutes at a bus stop, it was the best portal I had to the news I cared most about because it led me to stories from a wide variety of publications and on almost any topic I could want. And the more I used it, the more it knew what I wanted to read.
That was a year ago, and today, the iOS world can get its … Read more
PARIS -- Some in France and Germany want laws requiring Google to pay for the content it hosts on Google News, usually snippets of text with a link to the site where it was published. But Google, unsurprisingly, thinks that's a rotten idea.
"It's bad for publishers in the long run," said Ben Gomes, the Google vice president in charge of search, speaking here at the LeWeb conference. "The concern is with laws like this, is it clamps down on what you can do, because it breaks the freedom of the Internet."
Instead, he … Read more
Since it unveiled the Knowledge Graph in May, Google said the next-generation search product would grow fast. Today we learned just how fast.
At launch, the Knowledge Graph was a database of the relationships among 500 million objects, and contained 3.5 billion facts. Less than seven months later, the graph covers 570 million entities and 18 billion facts -- as well as three times as many queries as it did when it started.
Whenever the Knowledge Graph recognizes a query it understands, the results show up in a box on the right-hand side of the page. The fact boxes … Read more
News Corp. axes The Daily.
The Daily, which was an ambitious tablet-only news publication backed by News Corp., is shutting its doors December 15. Launched back in February 2011, The Daily was an interactive newspaper stylized for consumption on the iPad. Best of all, a year's subscription went for only $40 and offered a wide variety of sections. While there will be no more issues of The Daily, its brand will live on other channels within News Corp.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Justin wanted to like the modern take on The Rockettes at Friday's showing, didn't.
- Father of SMS reflects on 20th anniversary of first text.
- News Corp shuts down The Daily.
- These companies hate your guts.
- StickNFind Bluetooth stickers are the best idea you didn't think of.