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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

The 2004 U2 iPod nearly didn't happen, was saved by beer

Remember the U2 iPod? It looks like a relic now, but at the time was quite the novelty -- an edgy black and red amid the sea of white, minimalist design Apple was pushing out.

Turns out it almost didn't happen. Vanity Fair has a lengthy story describing the design philosophies of Apple design head Jonathan Ive and fellow designer Marc Newson, as they get ready to showcase products especially designed for an auction next month organized by U2 frontman Bono's Product (Red) anti-H.I.V. campaign.

One of the best gems of the story describes how Ive … Read more

7 unexpected features in iOS 7

My review of Apple's iOS 7 went up Wednesday morning, but since then I've been writing posts about what I think are the seven best and seven worst things about the new mobile OS.

Here is the third and final part of this series, covering some unexpected or hidden features in iOS 7.

There are certainly a ton of things that people are finding as they use iOS 7, so this is just a list of things that caught my attention over the past couple of days. If you have other hidden gems, please let me know in … Read more

Going behind the scenes at the Bowers & Wilkins factory

The town of Worthing is perhaps not where you'd expect to find a world-class speaker company. A typically British seaside town, the parks and beaches are surrounded by squat brick houses sprinkled with Tudors and people driving on the left.

Just away from the water is the headquarters of Bowers & Wilkins, a storied audio brand with a wide range of audio products, including $180 headphones, $600 iPod docks, and speakers ranging a few hundred a pair to many tens of thousands each. Its speakers are found in homes and home theaters around the world, and even in the one of the greatest recording studios.

On a recent trip to the UK, I had a chance to take a tour of its factory. I took lots of pictures. … Read more

Review: Wallpapers HD offers dozens of high-quality wallpaper files

Wallpapers HD offers a large database of wallpapers you can add to your phone, tablet, or iPod touch. The search interface is easy to use, the wallpapers can be sorted by date or popularity, and we were able to find hundreds of options in a library that loaded quickly and downloaded fast to the device. While there is a definite tilt toward movies, celebrities, and other pop culture references, the volume of options is large.

When you first open Wallpapers HD, you will be shown the most recent wallpapers in the library. You can switch to Popular or Random, as … Read more