Welcome back, Internet! In case you’ve been in a coma for the last week or so, Wednesday was Internet Blackout Day. Reddit, Wikipedia, and yours truly all went dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two bills currently up for debate in congress that threaten to blacklist sites without due process, bring criminal charges against individual copyright infringers including fines and jail time, and even … Continue reading The Post-SOPA-Blackout Backlash: Supporters Drop, MegaUpload Shut Down, Obama’s Broke, And Anonymous Attacks
Here at the Noisecast, we keep a keen eye out for Windows Phone. We know eventually it will take its place among the major players. When you consider it’s role, not as a smartphone OS, but part of the whole Windows 8 ecosystem, it only makes sense. They’re even doing a pretty good job of building that ecosystem. Sprint, however, is having none of that. … Continue reading Sprint Has No Plans To Carry Windows Phone In The Near Future
As many of you are no doubt aware, Google recently rolled out a brand new update to their most important feature, search. Integration with Google+ became standard and “personal results” began to get preference. We’ll set aside arguments about how this fractures the internet, rendering useless the phrase “just Google X, it’s the first result” that we’ve all used to direct someone to a page. … Continue reading The Best Part Of Google’s New “Search Plus” Is That You Can Turn It Off
Even if you’re not big in the Android modding scene, chances are you’ve heard of CyanogenMod. The custom-blend ROM is a favored son of the root community, and tonight the third-party software reached over one million unique installs. In many ways, CyanogenMod represents the fulfillment of the promise that Android proper has failed to deliver. The ROM is based on the Android Open Source Project … Continue reading CyanogenMod Reaches One Million Unique Users
It’s CES week. This means that the future of technology is rearing it’s ambitious head in full force. Despite TVs you can talk to, cheap quad-core tablets, and a refrigerator that can chill your beer in five minutes, few things are quite as ambitious as Intel’s Android-powered smartphones. The potential for Android on Intel processors goes far beyond the relatively mundane handsets shown off on … Continue reading Android On Intel Processors Is Bigger Than You Think
The late nineties, early aughts were an awesome time. We were finally getting to the point where pictures could be sent across the internet without having time to grab a snack, Napster was lighting the fire under the record labels feet that eventually led to the creation of an identical competitive product a short ten years later, and the word “broadband” was worming its way … Continue reading A Tribute To Flash, Hero of the Internet
HP….what happened to you? You used to be so full of life. You made adequate desktop computers, and you were….umm. Ok, well I can’t actually think of anything noteworthy you did that I didn’t hate (and I hate all printers by default). But! You bought WebOS with such promise! Finally, a company with the means to fulfill the Palm vision. You have reach! You have … Continue reading HP Feels The Sting Of Buyer’s Remorse, May Sell WebOS For Hundreds of Millions
Why did no one tell me that “zombie infested 5k obstacle course” races exist? Seriously. You guys have let me down. This is unacceptable. Here I’ve been living my life completely unaware that I could compete in an open-world 5k race wherein the reanimated dead chase me through wooded areas while I navigate a veritable Double Dare set of physical challenges, all the while attempting … Continue reading You Can Run A 5K Obstacle Course While Zombies Chase You, Try To Eat Your Brains
This week, Samsung and Google came better together to announce Ice Cream Sandwich. They introduced a ton of new features. Awesome features. Great features. Features we’ve seen before, in quite a few cases. Oh, you thought we only busted out this feature for iOS? Nope. We deal in equal-opportunity snark here. Here’s a rundown of where Google got the idea for some of their better … Continue reading All The New Android Features, And Where Google Borrowed The Ideas From
Well, you’ve been waiting for it. And now it’s here! The next RAZR! Oh yeah. And Ice Cream Sandwich. That too! The next version of Android, 4.0 was revealed tomorrow in Hong Kong (don’t you just love time travel zones?). And it’s pretty cool! Especially if you liked Honeycomb. If you didn’t like Honeycomb, though, it’s an awful mess. But still! It’s here! Samsung and … Continue reading Introducing Ice Cream Sandwich: It’s Like Honeycomb, But On A Phone!
What do you do if you’re a huge multinational corporation reinventing itself with a brand new partnership with a slick mobile platform from another multinational corporation in an attempt to become relevant again in a market you once dominated and you need a new iconic ringtone? If you’re Nokia, the answer to that question is: “Let some Italian guy design a dubstep ringtone, and then … Continue reading Come Listen To Nokia’s Awful (Or Awesome?) New Dubstep Ringtone
It happens in only a moment. The stars have aligned, the music is right, and you lock eyes just in time to see the fireworks reflecting in her eyes. And that’s how you know, in that perfect moment between anticipation and bliss, this is your chance. Finally, after all this waiting for the circumstances to be just right, we might finally see…cell carrier neutrality*. It’s … Continue reading The Time Is (Almost) Right For Unlocked Smartphones In The U.S.
*SPECIAL PODCAST, THE NOISECAST DISCUSSES STEVE JOBS WITH LIBERAL DOSES OF WHIMSY: We’ve just received news that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc., and inspirational leader to no small number of people both in the tech sphere and the world, has passed away today, October 5th, 2011. The front page of Apple’s website is currently a fitting memorial for the man, confirming he’s passed away. … Continue reading The Noisecast Bids Farewell To Steve Jobs, May He Rest In Peace
Happy iPhone 4S day, you guys! In case you missed the news, Apple revolutionized everything again. The iPhone 4S is real (in case you were wondering if your dreams would ever come true), and it’s good. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s one of the best phones on the market. Coming from a guy like me, that’s high praise. … Continue reading Apple, Please, Pretty Pretty Please, Stop Using Bullshit Statistics
If you’ve got an HTC Android device, you may want to consider sending an angry email HTC’s way. It will go nicely with all of the others that they’re likely getting after it was discovered that a bug in a recent patch allows third-party apps to access a veritable treasure trove of your personal data. Here’s the thing. Companies record your data. This is a … Continue reading PSA: HTC Bug Leaks Basically All Of Your Info