Nokia Lumia 610 can't install Angry Birds, Skype, and more

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Nokia Lumia 610 can't install Angry Birds, Skype, and more

Nokia Lumia 610 can't install Angry Birds, Skype, and more

Posted: 29 May 2012 07:09 PM PDT

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Nokia and Microsoft have run into problems with the new Nokia Lumia 610. While trying to avoid the fragmentation issues faced by Android, Windows Phone has properly shot itself in the foot -- with a catapult and an Angry Bird.

The budget Lumia 610 is the first phone powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone software to arrive with just 256MB of RAM -- and it turns out many Windows Phone apps just won't work on the phone. That includes Angry Birds, the smash-hit game from Nokia's fellow Finns Rovio, and even worse, Skype, which is owned by Microsoft. As snafus go, this one is pretty delicious.

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CallApp adds informative contact management to Android

Posted: 29 May 2012 12:59 PM PDT

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Remembering all the details about a contact can be difficult if you're speaking with many people across many companies. To combat this issue, CallApp for Android will provide a wall of information about each person you're contacting.

You might be wondering: why do I need another app when I can add notes to contact profiles on my phone? Well, that little text box is definitely handy, but it simply doesn't compete with CallApp's features.

CallApp's business information screen.

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Faster Chromebooks unshackle Chrome OS: Hands-on

Posted: 29 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Samsung's Series 3 Chromebox is reminiscent of Apple's Mac Mini.

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 550: the second generation

Google's Chrome OS just got vastly more useful, with two new Chrome OS devices announced today -- a Chromebook laptop and Chromebox desktop from Samsung that clear up performance problems that sullied last year's debut of the browser-based operating system.

I found the first-generation Chromebooks usable but painfully slow. Unshackled from slow hardware, though, Chrome OS now can stand on its own merits.

So how does it stand up? After a week of testing Samsung's new $329 Series 3 Chromebox and $449 Series 5 550 Chromebook, which go on sale today, I think the new Chrome OS systems are workable for people like me, who spend a lot of time on Google's cloud. Chrome OS devices now can be a useful way to get to services such as Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Docs, and Google Play, and the new hardware really helps.

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Getting started with Comcast Xfinity TV Player for Android

Posted: 29 May 2012 09:42 AM PDT

If you're a Comcast TV customer, you can finally stream videos to your Android tablet and smartphone. The Xfinity TV Player app allows Comcast TV subscribers to watch TV shows and movies from networks like Showtime, Starz, HBO, and more. Here's how to get started with Comcast's Xfinity TV Player for Android:

Download and install the Xfinity TV Player for Android, then launch the app and log in using your Comcast account credentials.

On tablets, you'll see the app toolbar on the left-hand side. On Android smartphones, you'll need to press the menu key to bring up Browse, Search, and Settings.

Xfinity TV Player on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

The app doesn't support a queue, but you can filter listings to make it easier to find shows or movies that you want to watch. While browsing titles, you can filter by genres, networks, and by the first letter of the name of the show or movie. You can also hide locked items, so you don't waste your time looking at titles you can't watch.

(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

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How to send large batches of photos from your iOS device

Posted: 29 May 2012 09:22 AM PDT

Kicksend looks a lot like Instagram, but it's designed solely for sharing big batches of photos.

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Problem: You just snapped dozens of wedding/vacation/rave photos on your iPhone, and now you want to share them with friends and family members. But iOS limits you to five photos per e-mail. Now what?

Fire up Kicksend. This free app lets you send big batches of photos, plus documents or video, to an individual or group.

Update: Talk about timing -- Kicksend was just unveiled for Android. Looks to be quite similar in terms of features and operations.

Kicksend looks and operates a lot like Instagram, just without the fancy filters. After registering for an account (also free), you simply tap the camera button to take a photo or video, or choose some from your existing library.

The latter option lets you select one video or up to 30 photos. From there you get the option of e-mailing them to one or more recipients. Although Kicksend will pull up e-mail addresses from your address book as you type them, it curiously lacks the option to open your contacts list. (You can, however, build lists of recipients, which is crazy-handy for quick-sending to groups like fa... [Read more]

If Facebook wants Opera, the price just went up

Posted: 29 May 2012 07:51 AM PDT

Opera Mini on iOS today shows Facebook as one of its pre-loaded "speed dial" bookmarks. Opera Mini relies on Opera's servers to process Web pages, sending a boiled-down and less interactive version to an iPhone or iPad.

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If Facebook wants to buy Opera Software, the Norwegian browser maker's price tag just went up.

After last week's rumors that Facebook was considering acquiring Opera, Opera's stock price leaped 20 percent, or 6.70 Norwegian kroner, to a price of about 41 kroner ($6.83) in trading today.

That gives the company a market cap of $811 million, or as Internet wags would have it with today's exchange rate, about 0.8 Instagrams.

That's a lot of money, even before any premium. And Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner, who controls 10.1 percent of its stock through Dvorzak Invest, could be a roadblock, telling Reuters today he wants Opera to concentrate on its own business growth. "I want Opera to focus on growth and delivering good results; there are big opportunities for Opera," he said.

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Apple announces WWDC schedule; keynote set for June 11

Posted: 29 May 2012 07:43 AM PDT

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Apple has announced its schedule for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month, as well as a new app for attendees.

According to the company, the event, which will be held between June 11 and June 15 in San Francisco, will kick off with a keynote address on that Monday at 10 a.m. PT. Apple hasn't said who will be holding the event nor what the company will discuss, but it's more than likely that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will be leading the festivities.

The big question mark, however, revolves around the possibility of Cook unveiling the new iPhone. Over the last several months, the rumor mill hasn't come to a consensus on whether the iPhone will be announced at WWDC or sometime later this year. Apple has, of course, stayed tight-lipped on its plans.

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