Review: Find the perfect color for your Web site with ColorMania

ColorMania helps you get all the color codes and values for any color you pick from your desktop, a Web page, or anywhere else onscreen. With an option to zoom in, you can be very precise on which color you're choosing, and a set of tools let you easily tweak any color you find and save up to six custom colors in a palette.

Installation goes without issues and the program is ready to go as soon as you open it. ColorMania's interface is compact and packed with sliders, a color palette, and small viewing screen for picking … Read more

Moto X pays a premium to be a made-in-America smartphone

Motorola's Moto X has been touted as the company's foray into well-crafted superphones. It appears that to create such a product, Google is reportedly laying down some serious cash in the manufacturing process -- namely, $221 per phone.

That's quite a lot for a device that costs consumers $579 without a contract and $199 with a two-year contract. For comparison, Apple's most expensive smartphone to build is its iPhone 5, which is said to cost $167.50 per unit.

Even though Moto X is said to cost a fair amount to build, it's not actually … Read more

How to connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your TV

Editors' note: This post was updated on 7/16/2013 to reflect changes in newer iOS devices.

Until smart TVs get smarter and set-top boxes solve more problems, sometimes, the swiftest means to get media on your TV is directly via your phone or tablet.

It's not ideal for all cases, but if you've got home videos, photos, or even video-streaming apps you want to see on the big screen, you have a few options. The solution will depend on how new (or old) your device is, what video quality you're going for, and (as always) how … Read more

Do separate components sound better than AV receivers, Part 2

Back in February I first posed the question, "Do separate components sound better than AV receivers?" when I checked out the Outlaw Audio 975 surround processor and 7125 power amp and compared their sound with a Denon AVR-1912 AV receiver. The Outlaws handily trumped the receiver.

I ran another comparison with the Denon, this time with the Emotiva UMC-200 seven-channel surround processor ($599) and UPA-500 five-channel amplifier ($399). If you just go by the numbers, the AVR-1912's 90 watts per channel might appear to be slightly ahead of the Emotiva UPA-500 amp, which has 80 watts per … Read more

How to make a video game console patch bay

Over the years you may have accumulated a lot of old video game consoles and, naturally, getting rid of them is not an option. After all, you've spent so much time with your beloved console. Like an old friend, full of memories and adventures, it's hard to let go.

Or maybe you're a collector who likes to play older games every now and then for the nostalgia. I'm in both camps. And unfortunately my television is not equipped with enough inputs to have all my game systems connected at once and ready to play at a moment's notice.

There is a solution to this problem! … Read more

Images of alleged next-gen iPhone components surface

As we inch closer to the expected launch of much-rumored next-generation iPhones from Apple, images of alleged parts for them have materialized.

French blog, which has posted images of legitimate parts for unreleased iPhones in the past, has published images of what it says are speaker components for two future iPhone models. The images, supposedly snapped by someone employed by the company that manufactured the parts for Apple, are purportedly components for what the blog calls the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.

The photographer allegedly told the blog that the first model would be released between March and … Read more

Apple stock drop lingers following iPhone parts reports

Shares of Apple stayed down today following a drop that sent the stock down below $500 for the first time since February.

The stock ended the day at $501.75, down $18.55 or 3.57 percent.

The cause for the initial drop came from a pair of stories yesterday -- one from Japan's Nikkei and another later in the day from The Wall Street Journal -- claiming Apple cut its component orders for the iPhone by nearly half last month. The suggestion from both was that demand for Apple's iPhone 5 had declined, causing Apple to slow … Read more

Apple reportedly cuts iPhone screen orders on weak demand

Apple is reportedly dialing down its iPhone component orders, a possible sign that demand for the smartphone is not quite as strong as Apple expected.

The company cut its orders last month for iPhone 5 screens for the first quarter of the 2013 calendar year by roughly half its original target, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant also reportedly trimmed orders for other screen sizes as well.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

The report appears to support the forecast of at least one analyst, … Read more

Circuit Playground plushies a perfect post-Xmas toy for hacker kids

It's a little late for Christmas presents, but if you throw a little time-machine action into the mix, this might be the perfect gift for the hacker kid in your life: Circuit Playground plushies.

The plushies are the newest product from Adafruit Industries, a leader in the open-source hardware world and the maker of a wide range of products for hackers young and old. Led by Entrepreneur magazine's entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried, Adafruit has a long history of promoting the do-it-yourself movement, and giving those who play and work in it the tools they need. … Read more

ST-Ericsson refocuses business, announces layoffs

ST-Ericsson, a chip maker that got caught up with the wrong crowd, has announced sweeping changes in an effort to stay relevant in the mobile market.

The company, a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, today announced a new strategic direction that will see the firm focus its efforts on a "complete system solution" for smartphones and tablets. The company will focus on delivering application processors, modems, connectivity solutions, and a host of other components to vendors looking to compete in the mobile space. In addition, ST-Ericsson said that it could license the technology it develops to third-parties.… Read more