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Apple announces 4 updates for iOS 8

Today Apple announced iOS 8, which will be available in the fall, and demonstrated its new features to developers at WWDC 2014. Like iOS 7, iOS 8 has a flattened and streamlined design, but its many updates point toward a more consistent experience across the mobile OS and OS X. Below are four of the most important features.

Notifications and widgets: Rumors about Apple bringing widgets to iOS have been confirmed...kind of. Rather than widgets appearing on the home screen, as in Android, widgets are contained in the notifications panel. iOS 8 will allow you not only to arrange … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source program that lets you play all kinds of media on your iOS device even if they're in formats that are not normally supported. Just download your music and videos to your iPhone or iPad, and you're ready to enjoy them wherever you go.

Pros

Multiple transfer options: When you're ready to move files from your computer to your VLC library, you have several options. You can connect your device directly to the computer, and then complete the transfer through iTunes, or you can connect both your computer and your device to … Read more

Splashtop - Remote Desktop for iPhone & iPod review

Splashtop - Remote Desktop for iPhone and iPod lets you stream your desktop to your mobile device and control it from there. When you're using this app, everything you do on your phone is instantly reflected on your desktop, and everything you do on your desktop is instantly reflected on your phone.

Pros

Total synchronization: Whether you're browsing the Web, editing a PowerPoint presentation, or writing a report, you'll have total access to everything on your desktop from your mobile device. And because you're streaming from your computer, you don't have to have the programs … Read more

Facebook review

Facebook is an app that gives you full access to your Facebook account from your iPhone, making it possible to keep up with friends while you're on the go. You can do everything from adding photos to viewing status updates with this handy app, and you'll soon find it's an invaluable addition to your app library.

Pros

Fully functional: Whether you need to edit your profile or send your friend a birthday message, you can do it all quickly from this app. There's no part of your Facebook profile you can't access, including Privacy Settings … Read more

Does it still make sense to buy an iPod Touch?

This post started out as an iPod Touch deal: Walmart had the refurbished fifth-gen Touch (32GB) for $179, the lowest price I've seen for that model and a whopping $120 less Apple charges for a new one.

Alas, it sold out before I finished the third paragraph. Which is okay, because I wanted to have a discussion about the product anyway: Does the iPod Touch still have a place in the world?

Because, think about it, it's really the only remaining product of its kind (not that it ever had a lot of competition). Put simply, it's … Read more

The surprising story of Sony's first Walkman

The Walkman is -- quite rightly -- held up as one of history's most groundbreaking gadgets. But did you know that Sony's greatest invention was actually a barely-modified version of an existing product?

You do now! Hit play to see "Adventures in Tech" explain the exciting and surprising origins of the chunky Walkman, with the aid of the original TPS-L2, the sequel WM2 and the Pressman prequel that started it all.

An '80s icon, the Walkman made Sony the undisputed king of portable music (well, until someone had to come along and ruin everything). It's … Read more

Has Apple lost its edge? (video)

Has Apple lost its edge? It's the question bubbling up onto the tongues of tech fans across the globe. But in the newest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech, we explain why Tim Cook and pals ain't going anywhere just yet.

Where's the new stuff?

Alright, there's no denying that Apple hasn't exactly been setting our collective hearts aflame recently. Meagre upgrades to the iPad, tiny tweaks to the iPhone and modestly modified Macs have become the norm -- but in the video above, we crunch some numbers and show why it's too … Read more

Review: Get Songs Off iPod for Mac makes it easy to back up to your computer

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac allows you to transfer music from your iPod to your Mac computer with the click of a button. It's fast, stable, fully functional, and it will save you the hassle of other similar apps.

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac sports a welcoming and functional interface. To begin copying your music between devices, you have to connect your iPod to your computer. Songs populate in the main interface window, and you can select which tracks you would like to back up to your computer. We liked that the artist and song title were … Read more

Review: iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor for Mac eases the viewing of iOS backups in OS X

iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor for Mac converts iOS device backups created by iTunes into Mac OS X files that are easy to access and use. The app can retrieve detailed information stored in backups, making it a useful tool for developers investigating bugs or for users trying to decode SMS messages, notes, or call histories from SQLite database files. Even though it's quite basic, the app does a good job.

iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor quickly detects iPhone and iPad Touch devices that have been backed up by iTunes and lets you extract all information contained within the … Read more