LINE review

LINE is a social app that lets you call or text your friends and family who also use the service for free through its streamlined interface. This Windows program is an extension of the smartphone app of the same name, and it can't be used unless you register your e-mail on your mobile device first.


Straightforward controls: From your home screen in the app's main interface, you can see a list of your contacts. Right-clicking on this list opens a drop-down menu with options for calling, texting, video calling, viewing profiles, and more. Through this streamlined interface, … Read more

Brew classier with Nespresso's VertuoLine

Nestle's Nespresso brand is known for its espresso-centric line of at-home brewers. In an attempt to appeal to folks who also like coffee, it recently launched VertuoLine, Nespresso's very first single cup espresso and coffee maker. Nespresso is targeting premium brew fans with its proprietary selection of barcoded "Grand Cru" coffee and espresso pods. At $299, VertuoLine machines aren't cheap, but they do offer superior design and usability, and Nespresso's signature crema layer that makes your daily dose of caffeine feel a bit more gourmet. Overall, though, this machine didn't yield significantly better … Read more

Line goes live with calls to cell phones, landlines

Line, the Japan-based mega messaging app, said Monday that it's giving its audience in eight countries access to a new product called "Line Call," a service that lets people dial landlines and cell phones from the application for a fee.

Line Call, meant to be an affordable alternative to prepaid mobile service, is being released as part of the latest version of the company's Android application, and will be available shortly in the iOS version. The service is available to members with a registered phone number, and the company promises that its app-to-phone calling service provides &… Read more

Actiontec's new power-line kit helps extend your home network

The Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit (retail model PWR51WK01) is a sure, and easy way to extend your network, both wired and wireless. It's a good fit for a large home with concrete walls, or separate households in an apartment building that want to share a single Internet connection.

It's far from perfect, however. The kit uses slow Wi-Fi and Ethernet standards and hence provides connection speeds only fast enough for casual Internet sharing and mild file sharing. Additionally, the included adapters don't come with a pass-through power socket, and one of … Read more

Home networking explained, Part 9: Access your home computer remotely

Editors' note: This post is part of an ongoing series. Check Related Stories below for the previous installments.

If you've been following this series, you'll know that I explained the LAN and WAN ports on a home router in part 1. And now, I need to tell you how you can use this information to remotely access your device at home. For example, if you know how to use Remote Desktop, a built-in feature of Windows, to control a computer in a different room of your home, how about doing that from somewhere away from home, and save … Read more

Install command line developer tools in OS X

Part of OS X is its powerful command-line interface, where a competent or even novice programmer can make use of a number of tools for configuring and customizing the system, and make programs and scripts.

While OS X ships with a number of common commands, by default Apple does not include those that are used for checking out, compiling, and otherwise managing code for developing applications.

If you need these tools for some reason, then there are three ways you can get them on your Mac. The first is to install Apple's XCode developer suite, which is available via … Read more

LG HomeChat lets you text with your appliances

LG has partnered with the free Line messaging app to create a service dubbed HomeChat. HomeChat relies on Natural Language Processing (NLP) to let you send texts to your compatible LG appliances. It works on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia Asha, and Windows Phone devices as well as OS X and Windows computers.

This is an interesting update, since one major complaint we have about LG's Smart ThinQ line is that the range, the fridge, and the washer/dryer all use different apps. That makes for a fairly chaotic connected experience. Why separate everything when some other brands let you … Read more

Cute overload: Line messaging app hits 300 million users

Inexplicably, the world craves more kawaii cute characters.

The dizzying ascent of Japanese messaging app Line has marked another milestone, notching 300 million registered users worldwide, executives told a press conference in Tokyo.

The app, which is drenched in horrifyingly cute cartoon critters, passed 200 million users back in July. It has doubled its number of users since late April, just seven months. … Read more

Google's Project Link builds high-speed networks in Africa

Google launched an initiative on Wednesday that aims to provide reliable broadband connections to developing parts of the world.

With Project Link, the company is installing high-speed fiber-optic networks in areas where the Internet infrastructure is inadequate or non-existent, the Web giant announced Wednesday. The initiative will allow local Internet service providers to offer faster Internet connections, providing people with new educational and professional opportunities.

"Africa is home to more than a billion people and is also the fastest growing continent. But only 16% of people are connected to the Internet," Google Access Field Director Kai Wulff wrote … Read more

Want to unwrap Android KitKat? Not so fast

CNET Update rocks a new look:

In this episode of Update:

- Find out when some devices will be getting the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

- Say goodbye to Panasonic's plasmas TVs, and bid farewell to iGoogle and its widgets.

- Score a free e-book every month if you're a Amazon Prime subscriber with Kindle First.

- See if Hello Kitty stickers can seduce you into using the messaging app Line.


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