Star Apps: 'The Theory of Everything'

Stephen Hawking is famous for his research in general relativity and quantum gravity, but also well known because of his near-total paralysis from ALS. Before taking on the role of the acclaimed scientist, that's what actor Eddie Redmayne knew about Hawking: "I knew he was a physicist, but I didn't know about astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. But when I read this script, I just couldn't believe how much there was behind the icon." Based on Jane Hawking's memoir, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen," "The Theory of Everything" delivers … Read more

Star Apps: Julie Newmar

When you're an actress as inimitable as Julie Newmar, of course you have a rose, a day lily, and an orchid named in your honor. In 1995 she also inspired (and made a cameo appearance in) "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar." Best known for playing Catwoman on the "Batman" TV series, Newmar will appear as part of the California Independent Film Festival's screening of "To Wong Foo." I chatted with Julie Newmar about her most iconic roles, working with the late Robin Williams, her chemistry with Adam West, the … Read more

Comcast-Time Warner deal riles up consumers

CNET Update is more everything:

In this episode of Update:

- Get a quick summary of why many folks are not happy with Comcast's deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

- See if Verizon's new "More Everything" plan is a good deal for you.

- Keep an eye out for an Xbox One Media Remote to go on sale in March.

- Find more Windows apps to download if Microsoft makes it easier for developers.

- Go by more than just male or female on Facebook, now that the social network opened up more gender identification options. … Read more

So is Verizon's 'More Everything' plan a good deal?

Verizon Wireless has long considered itself the Cadillac of carriers.

Following Thursday's introduction of its "More Everything" plan, which brings price cuts, more data, and a few other freebies, it's clear that carrier wants to remain the premium brand in the wireless industry. While the discounts are welcome to existing Verizon users, its rivals still offer more competitive plans.

More Everything is a concession that even Verizon, which has long sought to stay above the competitive fray, is no longer immune to the pressures facing the industry. But the changes suggest Verizon is slowly, even reluctantly, … Read more

Verizon will reportedly unveil 'More Everything' plan Thursday

Wireless carriers' salvos in the battle for subscribers have been coming fast and furious lately, and it looks like Verizon Wireless is getting ready to launch a new attack.

The US wireless carrier will unveil a "More Everything" plan on Thursday that promises customers more data at no extra cost, doubled bandwidth, 25GB of cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging, according to a reference guide obtained by DroidLife. Subscribers who participate in Verizon's Edge program also will see discounts on line access, according to the report.

According to the reference guide, the shared data on the $40 … Read more

Mozilla revamping Firefox OS's app launcher

Firefox OS, Mozilla's smartphone operating system, is getting a new app for launching apps.

"The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive," Mozilla said Wednesday in a blog post. The non-profit organization showed a preview of new app launcher Tuesday.

Firefox OS already used EverythingMe's software for presenting a dynamically generated array of links to Web apps.

"We are happy to expand our work together with this new product to give people … Read more

Verizon introduces cheaper Share Everything plan for $60, 250MB

Verizon's Share Everything family data plan is getting a little more affordable.

The carrier said that starting Tuesday, Verizon customers will be able to sign up for a $60 Share Everything plan, $20 less than the current cheapest plan. Customers will only get half as much data -- 250 megabytes vs. the $80, 500 MB plan.

Verizon said that this offer will only be available for a limited time.

The lower end plan is ideal for basic phone customers who don't use a lot of data, as many normal customers would chew through 250 MB in a few … Read more

Bezos' wife gives 1-star review for 'The Everything Store' book

The wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed her dissatisfaction with a new book about the company's history in an appropriate fashion: She wrote -- on Amazon.com, of course -- a one-star customer review on the product page for the book, "The Everything Store."

MacKenzie Bezos, a published author herself, posted the review titled, "I wanted to like this book," on Monday.

Spotted by The New York Times, the review questions the accuracy of the book written by Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Brad Stone. (See Stone's rebuttal below.)

MacKenzie Bezos plucked out a detail … Read more

Samsung's acquisition list zeroes in on software -- report

Samsung's recent acquisition shopping list zeroes in on several software names, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.

It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more

Verizon quietly intros 500MB Share Everything option

Verizon Wireless has quietly rolled out a new 500MB data option for Share Everything subscribers.

Priced at $40 per month, the 500MB plan is a cheaper way for customers to access data on Verizon's 4G LTE network -- either singly or in a group.

When paired with a single smartphone, subscribers can expect to pay at least $80 per month. For an additional $10 per month, individuals can double their allotted data; $20 more per month provides 2GB data. Suffice it to say, those who use very little data might be better served with a prepaid plan.

Verizon's … Read more