Much to the delight of TV junkies everywhere, the official NBC app just landed in the Android Market. The app lets you keep up with all the happenings of your favorite shows, check out video highlights, play games, search content across the entire NBC network, and customize the feed to display only the information you want to see. Unfortunately, you can't watch full episodes from within the app (yet), but that feature is "coming soon."
Right around the end of last month, we found a new social game by Disney, and to be completely honest, I didn't think it would be that spectacular. This game, of course, is Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas. Not only is it extremely popular, but it is also oddly addictive. Something about games like this really draw people in and keeps them coming back for more.
First Things First
First off, it should be noted that Master of the Seas is more closely related to the social games you'd find on Facebook than anything else.
When a sexy new interface or theme hits the scene, it's quite common for users to port the look to other forms of technology. We've seen Windows desktops customized to look like Android, Linux desktops made to look like Windows, Android phones that replicate iOS, and every variation in between.
Today, we're going to take a look at a new theme for the GNOME 3 shell in Linux, simply called Ice Cream Shell.
A few days ago, redditor fernandizzelposted a hypothetical poll: "If MS & Apple had their way and Android ceased to exist one year from today, what OS would you use?" The choices were fairly obvious: Blackberry, Windows Phone, iOS, or Other.
Update: Previously the CEA sent out a press release saying CES 2012 was the 2nd largest ever, now they've sent a new one, with new numbers, making CES 2012 was the largest ever. The new stats put it at 1.861 million net square feet, 3,100 exhibitors, and 153,000 attendees. Did we mention CES was big? It's big.
CES 2012 is big. Like, really big. In fact, it's the second largest ever.
International Trade Commission Judge Theodore Essex decided in Washington today that Motorola Mobility did not violate three of Apple's Patents, as the Cupertino tech giant had claimed. Two of the patents related to touchscreen features, including multi touch, and a device's ability to recognize various types of manual input, like sliding and pinching gestures. The third, as Bloomberg explains, "is for a way to add components without having to run an installation program or rebooting."
This case comes as one of many in a long saga of attacks on Android for alleged patent infringement, part of an effort by Apple across four continents to prove that Android copies pieces of the iPhone's functionality.
It would appear that Sprint plans on going full speed ahead in focusing on product development for its 4G LTE lineup this year. David Owens, Sprint's VP of Product Development made clear at CES Wednesday that Sprint "won't be introducing any more WiMax smartphones," adding "April, May, June, July, August, those will be very aggressive times for us." This may be a hint that we could begin seeing LTE devices as early as April, which is great news for customers holding out for a new device (like Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, which is poised to be Sprint's first LTE device).
As I wrote back in October, Sprint currently has major network issues, but the company has been planning to address the woes with the Network Vision rollout in 2012 and 2013.
Network Vision is a project to improve existing cell towers and roll out LTE across the U.S., and it's already underway in the existing CDMA 1900MHz range. 1900MHz is nice, but just wait till you see what the 2nd stage of NV (Network Vision) has in store when it starts rolling out in the 800MHz range in place of the current iDEN network.
As CES comes to a close, we look back at the new devices we've seen - some were expected, some came from out-of-nowhere, and others were just downright impressive. Among all of the things that we've seen this week, however, there is one non-Android piece of tech that stands above the rest: Samsung's Transparent Smart Window. Here, check it out:
Update: Here's Samsung's official video that breaks down some of Smart Window's features further:
And with that, dear reader, we conclude our coverage of CES 2012.