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- UpWord Notes (iOS) - CNET
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Good: UpWord Notes has an easy-to-understand interface and it's customizable with themes. Gestures let you cross off items from your to-do lists and add special formatting you can't find in Apple's Notes app.
Bad: You can't add images to notes. You can't keep your formatting when sharing with other services or apps.
Bottom Line: With gestures, theme customization, and plenty of other useful features, UpWord Notes is better than most competing title and a great replacement for Apple's Notes app, [Read more]
- Gtech AirRam - CNET
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Good: The Gtech AirRam is lightweight, easy to use, and highly maneuverable. Cordless operation makes it extremely convenient, and a data feature provides some semi-interesting usage information.
Bad: It consistently underperformed almost every other vacuum we tested.
Bottom Line: The AirRam doesn't perform well enough or offer enough cleaning options to justify its price. [Read more]
- Top-tier RS 7 is a tech car in track-ready trim - CNET
The Audi RS 7 Quattro is one of those cars that tries to do it all. Not content to just be good at one thing or to be a jack of all trades, the RS 7 tries to be great at everything... and pulls it off. It's possibly the most "total package" car that I'll drive this year. Startlingly fast, quite comfortable, and extremely high tech, they don't come much more "CNET-style" than this.
Power and performance The most powerful of the A7 chassis, the RS is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 engine that is stated at 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That torque is sent through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission on its way to the Audi Quattro system and all four 20-inch RS Design wheels. In this configuration, Audi's all-wheel drive system splits power 40/60 between the front and rear axles, respectively. This slight rear-bias, along with the torque-vectoring rear Sport Differential, contribute to the sporty RS 7's sporty driving characteristics.
The 560 horsepower RS 7 has as much power and torque as a Porsche 911 Turbo S.(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET)
Twin turbochargers force feed air into the V-8's cylinders, which is then mixed with direct injected premium gasoline and combusted to create gobs of power. When all of that capacity isn't required, such as when cruising along, the engine takes advantage of cylinder deactivation tech, shutting down one of its cylinder banks and dro... [Read more]
- UpWord Notes offers useful features to make note taking and to-do lists more efficient - CNET
UpWord Notes helps you turn notes into actionable lists and reminders, but with quite a few more features than Apple's Notes app.
Indeed, though Apple's solution saw a big design overhaul in iOS 7, its features have barely changed since it debuted on the iPhone in 2007. That's why after a couple of days with UpWord Notes, I found it to be not only a great alternative to Notes, but even a solid replacement.
Getting started After installing the app you get a brief tutorial to show you the ropes. Here you'll learn how the app handles notes, along with how to navigate, use the gesture controls, and put the app to work for you. At the end of the tutorial, you can connect to your Dropbox account to sync your lists across any Dropbox-connected device you own.1-2 of 5 Scroll Left Scroll Right
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- UpWord Notes is more than just a note-taking app (pictures) - CNET
- Does Google buying Green Throttle point to a set-top box? - CNET
Google's newest acquisition could point to the company adding snazzy gaming components to its rumored upcoming set-top box. The Web giant confirmed on Tuesday that it recently snapped up Green Throttle Games.
Green Throttle Games is known for its Bluetooth Atlas controller and Android Arena app that let users convert smartphones or tablets into makeshift consoles. In a cryptic message posted to its Web site in November, Green Throttle announced that its Arena app would no longer be available and all backend support for the app was ending.
- Google Docs and Sheets now include third-party add-ons
- Google offers new sales options for Chrome Web Store
- Google paves the way for more wearable apps
- Google launches referral program for enterprise apps
- Google's Pichai touts wearables SDK, 'APIs for hardware'
- New San Francisco Apple Store gets final approval - CNET
A rendering of Apple's new San Francisco retail store.(Credit: Foster + Partners) The San Francisco Board of Directors on Tuesday gave final approval for a major new Apple store to be built in Union Square, a high-traffic tourist area in downtown San Francisco.
The new store is designed by Foster + Partners, the UK-based architecture firm that designed the company's new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, slated to open in 2016. So clearly, the new location is something of a flagship store for the company, especially given its proximity to Apple's corporate home in Silicon Valley. Apple already has an existing store nearby, on Stockton Street.
- Shaq reveals Apple fanboy credentials
- How to teach Siri some manners
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- Four iOS 7.1 features to try right now - CNET
Just when you cozied up to the new-looking iOS, Apple dropped a software update that adds a handful of new features. But have no fear -- the look hasn't changed too dramatically, and the new features are very much welcome.
If you haven't already, upgrade your iOS device to the latest operating system, and check out these new tools and settings.
How to teach Siri some manners New features introduced in iOS 7.1 and 7.0 can help Siri be more responsive and better-behaved, at least if you know where to look.
How to completely turn off parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1 You can now disable parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1 with just a few taps.
How to enable button shapes on iOS 7.1 Th latest iOS update makes it easier to discern what is a button and what is simply a text label, but you'll need to enable it.
- Tim Berners-Lee: 25 years on, the Web still needs work (Q&A) - CNET
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web(Credit: World Wide Web Consortium)
Twenty-five years ago, on March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee proposed "a universal linked information system" to help itinerant academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator.
Boy, did the World Wide Web ever exceed those initial expectations.
Berners-Lee aimed to help the CERN facility in Switzerland, but he called for a system that worked much more broadly. And spread it did, fostered by the then-novel idea of hyperlinking that let people feed vast amounts of information into the Web, giving it a location and a way of finding it later.
"The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that the information it contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use," Berners-Lee wrote.
That positive feedback loop caught on, and Berners-Lee spawned a global technological and social force. He also founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to help oversee the Web's technology. Even with developers fixating on mobile apps and sequestering data within the confines of walled gardens, it's not clear anything will ever be able to match the Web's critical mass.
He suggested the first phase of his hyperlinked data system would take two peop... [Read more]
- Xbox Live struggles with access issues as Titanfall launches - CNET
Microsoft's launch Tuesday of the much-anticipated game Titanfall on Xbox Live has not been without hiccups.
Players hoping to access the first-person shooter game on Xbox Live are having difficulty connecting with the online gaming service Tuesday. The Xbox Live Service Status page currently lists service as "limited."
"We're aware that some users are having difficulties signing in to Xbox Live," according to an update posted to the page. "Our team is hard at work trying to mitigate the issue and we appreciate your patience while we work."
Microsoft also promised to issue another update in 30 minutes.
While it originally appeared that demand for access to Titanfall might be responsible for the disruption, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the access issues were unrelated to the game's launch:
If you are having issues signing into Xbox Live, we are aware of it and actively working on the issue. This is not a #Titanfall issue— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 11, 2014
Titanfall is arguably the most anticipated game to hit store shelves since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launched late last year. The first launch from Respawn Entertainment, the g... [Read more]
- Amazon said to be adding a music-streaming service - CNET
Amazon's online MP3 store could soon host a music streaming service.(Credit: Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET)
Amazon is said to be looking to create its own version of Apple's popular iTunes Radio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant has reportedly been in talks with major record labels to create its own music-streaming service.
The service would reportedly be available to Amazon Prime customers -- who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon's video-streaming service. The music service is said to be like iTunes Radio that plays music based on user preferences, rather than a subscription service like Spotify that gives users unlimited music access.
Amazon would limit how many times a user could listen to a song or album, according to the Journal. If a user liked a song or album after those few listens, Amazon would reportedly prompt the user to buy the music.
Amazon is said to have been in talks with Universal, Sony, and Warner Music for access to their music, according to the Journal. Reportedly, the e-commerce company has offered the labels a total of $30 million but it's unclear if the labels have agreed to that amount.
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- High-tech electronic headband may help prevent migraines - CNET
While the manufacturer has not yet released a price point for the US, the device will set you back $300 in Canada.(Credit: Cefaly)
If you're among the roughly 10 percent of people who suffer from migraines, there's a new device on the market that could help prevent those debilitating headaches in the first place.
Made by Cefaly Technology in Belgium, the device, simply called Cefaly, is an electronic headband that sits over the ears and across the forehead, just above the eyes. A self-adhesive electrode sends an electric current to the skin and the tissue just beneath it to stimulate a nerve (the trigeminal) that Cefaly says has been associated with migraines.
Though the Food and Drug Administration just approved the device today, to be used by prescription only and for no more than 20 minutes a day, it's already available in other countries -- including Canada, where it costs $300.
The FDA says it approved Cefaly because of a clinical trial in Belgium showing that, of the 67 participants who suffered through migraines at least twice a month and hadn't taken meds... [Read more]
- Top 3 audio options for your TV - CNET
- A smartwatch won't be Google's only wearable - CNET
- The Gtech AirRam ditches the cord (pictures) - CNET
- The Gtech AirRam: not enough vacuum for the price - CNET
Don't let the Gtech AirRam's sleek looks and data gathering feature fool you, this rechargeable stick vacuum isn't worth $349. Its price isn't so shocking when you consider the fact that the Dyson DC59 Animal retails for $499. The DC59, however, is a champion performer and with its detachable handheld unit and assortment of attachments offers lots of flexiblity.
The AirRam, on the other hand, offers no attachments, and had a mediocre showing in our lab, coming in last among other stick vacs on our pet hair and fine debris tests. Its Data Bridge feature, which makes power consumption, battery charge, and other information visible in a Windows app via a USB, also feels gimmicky. I can certainly see the appeal of a lightweight, maneuverable cordless vacuum, and I might even be willing to pay a premium for such a unit that also has decent performance. The AirRam sadly doesn't satisfy the latter requirement.1-2 of 15 Scroll Left Scroll Right
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- Easily mount your HDTV - CNET
How to easily mount your TV
When I moved into my new place, I left behind my ancient, embarrassingly small TV. I jumped up to a 47-inch HDTV, which is still modest by today's standards, but big enough where I had good reason to worry about it toppling over -- especially with a kid in the house.
I decided to wall-mount the TV, not just to protect my kid (and the TV) but because a beautifully mounted TV looks amazing. It's like it's just floating there, defying gravity.
After doing some research on wall mounting, three things became clear. First, mounts have become ridiculously inexpensive. The Cheetah Flush Tilt mount I went with was only $30, and it came with its own HDMI cable and two levels.
Second, the project is easier than you think. Unless you're trying to mount a TV on brickwork or on a wall with non-standard in-wall stud spacing, this is a "moderate" difficulty project at most. The hardest part is summoning the bravery to drill into your wall.
Third, and most important, the real difficulty is figuring out how you're going to conceal the cables running from your TV. A wall-mounted TV with a mess of tentacles dangling from it looks much worse to me than just leaving it on a stand and running the cab... [Read more]
- New Jersey joins Arizona and Texas in Tesla sales ban - CNET
Tesla sells its Model S to consumers through stores, such as this one in Florida.(Credit: Getty Images)
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) met today to approve a new regulation banning Tesla from selling its Model S in the state. The ban will take effect on April 1. Two other states, Arizona and Texas, enforce similar rules that prevent auto manufacturers from making direct sales to consumers.
As CNET covered in an earlier story, Tesla had been in talks with New Jersey administration officials and the NJMVC over the rule change. On Monday, the NJMVC abruptly notified Tesla that it would meet to approve the rule change at a session today, bypassing a legislative process.
The rule change means that Tesla will not be able to sell cars through its two stores in New Jersey after April 1.
These types of regulations were common in many states to ensure that consumers had a local dealer to which they could turn for maintenance. As Tesla began its direct sales model, some states chose to modify these regulations. Tesla maintains numerous service centers for its vehicles around the country, with one in New Jersey.
In a conference call earlier, Tesla's Diarmuid... [Read more]
- Transform your toilet into a 'Star Wars' sarlacc pit - CNET
You might think twice about using this toilet.(Credit: Robbie Rane)
When geeks discuss euphemisms for going to the bathroom, you end up with some oddball entries. One of Robbie Rane's buddies suggested "toss Boba Fett in the sarlacc" as a reference to doing your doo-duty. That was all it took to set Rane off on a quest to turn his toilet into a sarlacc pit.
In case you need a quick refresher, the sarlacc is a tentacled, spiny, burping, large-mouthed creature known to eat just about anything that gets near its pit. Bounty hunter Boba Fett once very nearly got munched to death by a sarlacc on Tatooine.
Transforming a toilet into the Pit of Carkoon, complete with hungry sarlacc, requires Rane's decal set and a willingness to completely drain the water out of your commode in order to apply the decals. The set includes sarlacc tentacles and teeth, a falling Boba Fett, Tatooine's two suns, a sail barge, and Chewbacca and Han Solo rescuing Lando.
The instructions also include this disclaimer: "The maker of these decals is in no way responsible for anything bad that happens to your toilet or plumbing. I am only responsible for the joy of turning every bowel movement into a galactic battle."
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- New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras - CNET
CNET Update is double the fun:
New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras
In this episode of Update:
- Keep up with the streaming radio race to see which services are more popular in the U.S.
- Pair a Jawbone Up24 fitness bracelet with an Android phone for the first time.
- Update the original Kindle Paperwhite to get the software perks of the second-generation model.
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- Ep. 1442: Where we're all mixed up - CNET
- Trapped in the Time Travel Lab: My puzzling Sunday - CNET
If this doesn't make you feel competitive, it's like I don't even know you anymore.(Credit: Real Escape Game in the U.S/SCRAP Entertainment)
"You are trapped in the mysterious laboratory, where it has been said, they study time travel. The door is closed. A lot of hidden clues await you. You wonder if they were able to make time travelling true..." These words on a poster beckon you in to a frantic puzzle-solving team experience that can lead, as it did in my case, to your untimely demise.
Or you might...Escape from the Time Travel Lab.
SCRAP Entertainment's first Real Escape Game was held in Japan, and nowadays the company is putting on events in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. In addition to the basic Mysterious Room, people have escaped from the Magic Show, the Werewolf Village, and other sticky scenarios. There are also Real Escape Game branches in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, plus there seem to be at least four live-escape game companies operating in the UK, so I'm going to call this a worldwide phenomenon. If the rest of this sounds fun to you, you may be able to find something similar nearby.
On the particular Sunday on which I fell into a rift in time and space, never to be seen again, my team of six assembled in a cute tea shop below the venue, a nice, clean spot in San Francisco's Japantow... [Read more]
- Star Apps: Les Claypool - CNET
Primus frontman Les Claypool and M.I.R.V. guitarist Bryan Kehoe were jamming around the campfire one night. Claypool was suddenly inspired by the country music forced on him as a child -- Johnny Horton, Jerry Reed, and Vernon Dalhart -- and started playing his bass in a "Luther Perkins dig digga dang, dig digga dang" while Kehoe accompanied on guitar. They tested various songs, from obvious choices like Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" and Primus' own "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" to less likely candidates such as Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" and the Bee Gees' "Staying Alive." The ones that worked appear on Duo De Twang's debut album, "Four Foot Shack," released in February. Duo De Twang plays at SXSW this week, March 12-14.
Hi, our name is (what?) dig digga dang, Duo De Twang.(Credit: Jeremy Scott)
You cover an eclectic array of songs on "Four Foot Shack." How did you choose which songs to cover? They almost chose us. Basically, what's happened with this Twang thing is that it started off as me and an old buddy playing some tunes and sitting around the campfire. People were kind of digging it, so I started doing a little Luther Perkins dig digga dang, dig digga dang. If the lyrics fit, then there you go. With ... [Read more]
- Shaq reveals Apple fanboy credentials - CNET
Proud to be a geek.(Credit: Wall Street Journal screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
As you drifted from one ridiculous work problem to another today, as you wondered whether your tolerance threshold was being reached, you probably mused to yourself: "I wonder how much Shaq spends on apps."
Because this blog is primarily a sociopsychological service, I can help you with that question. For at SXSW, Shaquille O'Neal revealed the true depths of his inner geek to The Wall Street Journal.
"I'm not ashamed to say I'm a geek," he said. Which is good, as he might be ashamed to say he's a Laker, given that team's parlous state.
But how much of a geek is he? "Honestly, I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week," he said.
He added: "Last week I bought, like, 20 deer hunter games."
Shaq did, though, drift into a touch of exaggeration when he declared: "When I'm not working, I spend all my money on apps." I feel sure there's some left over for other things, such as dinner. And Clippers season tickets, perhaps. (I'm a Warriors fan. Please forgive me.)
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