Nowadays instances of major online content providers ditching Flash entirely or in part are becoming very common. The latest do so is the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the largest broadcaster on planet Earth. According to a report, videos on both the mobile and regular versions of the BBC News site are now available in HTML5.
To say that many Maximum PC readers and staffers have a hate on for Apple would be an understatement. They hate the hype. They despise the rabid fanboyism. They shudder in a seething rage at the thought of paying the Apple tax for any of their hardware. That said, there’s also a lot of PC users who, despite their undying affection for Windows-powered rigs, own an iPhone or an iPad and still manage to look at themselves in the mirror every morning. It’s for these braves souls that we recommend iCloud, our Browser Extension of the Week
Rumors of a new Google social publishing product called Propeller have been swirling form months, and now all is revealed. Propeller is officially known as Currents, and it’s available today for Android and iOS devices. Currents creates beautiful magazine-style pages for users to read, and publishers to show off.
While its harsh to judge a device against the oft-outlandish rumors preceding its launch, the disappointment surrounding the iPhone 4S launch was justified as the upgrades did not seem commensurate with the long gap between the 4S and its predecessor. However, the smartphone’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri is an entirely different matter, with even Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently calling it a “significant development.” Microsoft’s Craig Mundie, though, is not in awe of Siri.
With China contributing such a huge chunk of the world’s human population and being the world’s largest cellphone market, it should not surprise anyone that it’s said to have overtaken the United States in smartphone shipments during the third quarter.
Some Maximum PC staffers couldn’t live without their tablets, but others show no interest in them whatsoever. It all comes down to individual use cases. No one really “needs” a tablet, but many people are discovering that a tablet is a wonderful supplement to their core hardware arsenals. In fact, Maximum‑caliber tech enthusiasts are often the folks best served by tablets.
In the following article, we’ll explain all of that, plus review the eight most-talked-about models currently available. Six of the contenders run Google’s tablet OS, Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb). Another, the iPad 2, runs the latest version of Apple’s iOS. The final entrant is RIM’s oddball PlayBook, which is tied to a software ecosystem so funky, the PlayBook can’t really be included in any serious tablet conversation. The most oddball tablet of all—HP’s WebOS-based TouchPad—was left out entirely because it was discontinued a few weeks before we started working on this article.
Excited? Anxious? Maybe a little scared? Simmer down, amigo. Tablets are a confusing proposition, but they need not be feared.
Netflix today rolled out a fully redesigned version of its streaming application for tablets on all Android tablets, including the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. According to Netflix, the layout is "much more immersive" with a greater focus on titles in the company's catalog. Netflix also managed to squeeze twice as many movies and TV shows into the interface as before.
It may have once seemed inconceivable that Google's Android platform could not only catch up with iOS, but surpass it, however now it seems equally unlikely that iPhones will ever again outnumber Android smartphones. To wit, Android smartphones now lead iOS smartphones (iPhone devices) by a measure of more than three-to-one, according to data provided by market research firm Gartner.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that Google is not a giant monolithic entity that eats your search data, but is in fact, run by people. And people can make mistakes; like for instance releasing a much anticipated app with a crippling bug. That’s what’s going down today as Google has had to pull the just released Gmail iOS app after a bug was found that rendered notifications non-functional.
Apparently the Gmail team has been hard at work on more than just the redesign. According to MG Siegler, Google has submitted a Gmail iPhone app to Apple for review. The lack of true Gmail support on the iOS platform has been a sore spot for users of the platform since it was released in 2007. Apparently, the wait is almost over.