I can just about guarantee you your next smartphone is going to be 4G. But the question is, which one? Aside from it not being Apple, that’s not even possible right now. There’s a whole lot to choose from. I’m Brian cooley here to help with the top five 4G smartphones according to CNET editors’ ratings. No. 5 is the LG spectrum. It’s got the formula: LTE 4G, dual-core processor, 4.5 inch display, and HD video in and out. You can just about take that entire menu for granted with all the phones on this list and the Spectrum hits ’em all. Part of what makes it on the bottom rung of this ladder though is the somewhat inconsistent quality of calls and photos and we found the way that LG skins Android to be um “interesting”. No. 4, the HTC Rezound. Aside from those usual smartphone super-phone features here we’ve got an eight megapixel camera, pretty cool, and built-in Beats audio technology along with an included pair of Beats earbuds. On the other hand, this phone’s a chunky piece of work and call quality isn’t its best quality. Still it’s a strong phone for Verizon subs and for those who want to hear music more than folks calling them. No. 3 , the Samsung galaxy S II Skyrocket. 4.5 inch screen, the Skyrocket’s got great technology behind it. It’s a super AMOLED, plus that’s code for relatively incredible. It’s also one of the very few phones out there that has an NFC or Near Field Communications chip, so it’s ready for those coming swipe to pay services everyone’s gaga about. Now this being an AT&T phone, we’re a little concerned about the pace of their 4G rollout, so check that in your area first. ‘Cause nothing will make you look dumber than having a 4G phone with 3G service . No. 2, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. This phone almost needs no introduction to phone geeks. It’s the first in the US to run the red hot Android 4 .0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and does so on Verizon’s well-regarded network. That’s a pretty serious one-two punch, other phones will get to 4 .0 soon, maybe even by the time you see this. But we’re also a little puzzled by the lack of Google Wallet wireless payment support in a phone so loved and favored by Google. OK, the No. 1 4G smartphone we love and, remember, iPhone not available as 4G yet, is the Droid Razr Maxx. You’ll wanna make friends with the Brawny towel guy if you buy this one, because it takes hands that big to grip this CNET editors’ choice, but that’s because it’s unique in its passion for battery life. It’s got a huge battery built in. We got around twenty hours of call time, and about an equal amount of non-stop video playback on a single charge. That’s coast to coast three times without plugging in. Call quality was so good, some folks told us they didn’t believe we were on a cell phone, or couldn’t even tell when we switched to its speaker phone. No-worry battery life, and great call quality, two things you gave up on years ago, they’re back. OK. For all the reviews on these great 4G phones, many others that come out all the time, and eventually a 4G iPhone, check out the cell phone section at CNET.com. I’m Brian Cooley, thanks for watching.
Hey, welcome to Volt Village. My name’s Dirk. What can I help you find today?
Hey, Dirk. Um, my computer…
it’s a few years old, and I feel like I’m ready for a new one.
I got just the thing.
The Bates 4000. Absolute cutting-edge.
These babies came in on Tuesday. They’re packed, man.
Eighty “G’s” of RAM.
We’re talking a quad-port 900 processor…
D.V.K. compatible memory card…
dual-burning DVD drives…
plus a 16,000 C.T.C. combo-drive…
with a plus-four digital upgrade card.
This will knock the shit out of your ass.
Well, I’m just looking for your basic, simple home computer.
I know, your wife has you by the purse strings. But you know what?
This is the Bates 4000. It doesn’t get any better than this.
It’s not going anywhere. This is the future.
Well, I have the Bates 1000 and that worked-
Oh, excuse me. You have the Bates 1000.
Oh, that’s great! Fuck, man, wow!
Maybe you should talk to a homeless woman outside ’cause maybe she’ll be impressed.
Those things are barbaric.
I mean, last time I checked, they didn’t even have a delete key on it.
I’m joking, of course. But look, this is the future. You get my point?
– Yeah. – Okay? Let’s write you up.
– All right, let’s do it. – All right, my friend.
Wow, honey. Are you sure it’s such a fancy one?
You kidding? This thing’s got a quad-port 900 processor…
and a 16,000 C.T.D. combo-drive with-
Dude, you’re not still using the Bates 4000, are you? [Chuckles]
That thing’s ancient.
– [Man #2] Really? – Really.
You got to get you one of these: the Bates 5000.
Wow, that is newer. Thanks.
[Male Announcer] The new Bates 5000.
Throw your 4000 away. It’s a piece of shit.
[Man Over Radio] This is Hard Drive Hal, your computer expert.
My guest today is Bates C.E.O. Gil Bates.
And he’s here to talk about perhaps the most powerful machine ever built:
the Bates 6000, and it’s available in stores right now.
– [Tires Screeching] – [Horn Honking]
– [Tires Screeching] – [Woman] Asshole!
Hey, I just dropped off a shipment of the Bates 7000s.
Now, what do you want me to do with the leftover 6000s?
6000s? Throw ’em in the fucking garbage where they belong.
That’s right. Twice the memory capacity of the 8000.
– [Woman Over Intercom] Mr. Bates, you have a visitor. – Hang on. Come in.
The enemy calls it “The Angel of Death”. It sneaks up on its target delivering a lethal payload of weapons. A lot of time the enemies here have never heard us never seen us. It’s a complete surprise to them and we kind of like it that way. This is the Apache Longbow, the latest version of a military classic. The Apache helicopter has been around since the early 1980s and it’s widely regarded as the most successful combat proven and advanced attack helicopter on the planet. But what new tricks can you teach this old war dog when it already seems to be invincible on the modern battlefield. The Apache helicopter has fought in every US conflict since it took to the skies during the Panama War. Today’s Longbow offers invaluable support to the fight against insurgents, flying dangerous missions throughout Afghanistan and Iraq.This is the heart of Alabama, the US Army’s headquarters for Apache training. I am here to get a closer look at the Longbow and see it deliver its payload. As the regiment model says, they are trained to kill. And with the new Longbow, they have the perfect partner. So, how does the Longbow’s new technology make the Apache even more invincible than before? With the fire control radar system located just above the rotor blades, the Apache can gather and process more information from the battlefield and deliver it to the crew within seconds. Pilots now have the ability to scan, detect and classify up to a 128 targets and prioritize the 16 most dangerous threats. Then they can transmit that information to other aircraft, so they can initiate a precision attack all in less than a minute.There isn’t any target that we can’t engage with this system now. This has turned individual warriors into a combined super weapon working as a smart network in the dazed digital battlefield. It can detect targets in very poor weather conditions. So how can a close combat helicopter strike with precision from a much safer distance? That’s with the next generation of smart hellfire missiles’ coming. The only real weapons chain we had from the alpha model to the delta model in the Longbow is the what we call RF missile. It’s coincided with the FCR and its mogul firearm frigate missile. Once we identify the target, or pick it up on the radar we can initiate, fire the weapon system and fly away and the missile itself will track that target and destroy it.
A very wise man once said that there’s nothing to fear but fear itself. I can tell you, he never had to face the Apache helicopter at night.State-of-the-art sensors located on the rotating torque on the nose of the Longbow, transmit thermal images to a small display unit in the pilot incarnate helmet and offer improved vision over a long ranges.Coming out of nowhere in a pitch black night, you never have a chance to see it coming, it’s a living nightmare on a battlefield.Look at that, that keg has no chance. Just like that, I think that’s what fear is all about – flexibility and ferocious firepower – this smart helicopter is set for another 25 years of frontline combat service.
At Apple, we believe the way to make a truly great system is to design both the hardware and the software, and continue to innovate them together. With Lion, we rethought some of the basic things we’ve used from the very beginning of a graphic operating system. Things like clicking, and scrolling, and saving your files. But now we can take advantage of the new faster, more powerful hardware to completely change the experience of using a personal computer. We think Lion sets the standard for what a state-of-the-art desktop operating system can be. Lion is so exciting because we were able to really step back and rethink the desktop user experience. And in the process, we drew some inspiration from the iPad. One key area is gestures. No company has invested more expertise in perfecting gestures than Apple. In Lion, we were able to take everything we’ve learned and integrate it deeply into the user experience. The results are profound. You just push the content the way you want it to go. If you want to move between pages, just swipe. The user interface tracks your motions in real time. Your interaction with the computer has never been so direct. People love the full-screen experience of applications like iPhoto. With Lion, we built full-screen support right into the operating system, so you can now get immersed in full screen while reading your email, browsing the web in Safari, or paging through a document. With the great power of the Mac, users can keep a lot of activities going at once. Multiple windows, full-screen apps, even multiple desktops. And we brought them together in a simpler and much more powerful way. We call it Mission Control. With the swipe of your fingers, Mission Control evokes a bird’s-eye view of everything happening on your Mac, and makes switching between activities easier than ever. The Mac has always been a fantastic platform for running lots of apps. And now with Launchpad, finding, organizing, and launching your apps is simpler than ever. You no longer need to search your system for a particular app. With Launchpad, they’re all right there, front and center. You can rearrange them or group them in folders. And, when you see the one you’re looking for, launch with a single click. Of course, the best way to buy apps is with the new Mac App Store. The App Store revolutionized the way you discover and download applications for mobile devices. With the Mac App Store, we bring the same convenience, ease of use, and immediate gratification to the Mac. And the Mac App Store is the only place to go to download Lion. One of the most fundamental changes is also one of the simplest – saving your files. Now, with Auto Save in Lion, you don’t have to worry about saving anymore. While you work, Versions takes a virtual snapshot every step of the way, so you can always refer back to your earlier work. Of course, when you create documents, you often want to share them with a friend nearby. With AirDrop, it’s never been easier. Just click AirDrop, drop the file on the picture of your friend, and AirDrop takes care of the rest. You no longer have to worry about network configuration, and you don’t need to keep a USB drive in your pocket. With the new Mail in Lion, we’ve completely redesigned the experience of email on the Mac that makes scanning your inbox really easy. And with Conversations, you can now effortlessly read a long email thread just by scrolling. One more amazing thing about Lion is the price. It’s just $29.99. In Lion, we’re innovating essential elements of the operating system. Things that are very simple to think about, but they actually have profound implications for where the software goes. With new features like gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control, Auto Save and Versions, Launchpad, and of course, the Mac App Store, lion takes what was already the world’s best operating system and makes it even better.
When we launched the iPhone four years ago, we completely revolutionized the phone. With the iPad, we invented a whole new category. The foundation of what made these products so successful is iOS. And with iOS 5, we’ve taken an operating system that was already years ahead, and we’ve added over 200 new features to it that move it even further ahead. We’re constantly challenging ourselves to figure out how can we make the user experience even easier, even more intuitive, while at the same time adding more powerful functionality. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with iOS 5. These days, we’re all getting a lot of notifications, so we created a brand-new way to handle them. When a notification comes in, it’s now a subtle animation right at the top of the screen. But anywhere you are you can just swipe down from the top of the screen and it will reveal the Notification Center. And from within there, you can see all your missed calls, your text messages. If you tap it, it will take you directly to that application. And on top of that, we made the experience in the Lock screen even better. You’re now able to see all your messages. And with a simple swipe, you can jump right into the app that sent the notification. Magazine and newspaper publishers and their readers have fallen in love with the iPad. So we’re adding Newsstand. Your subscriptions will be in one place and updated automatically, so you always have the latest issue. And we’ve integrated the newspaper and magazine store right into Newsstand. We also have a great new Reminder app that helps you manage tasks and keep on top of all the things you have to do. It syncs with iCal and Outlook across all your iOS devices. And it even includes location-based reminders, so it can remind you to do something when you arrive at a destination or when you leave somewhere. With iOS 5, we’ve integrated Twitter right into the OS. You’ll only need to sign in once for all your Twitter-enabled apps. And you can tweet directly from Photos, Safari, YouTube, and Maps. And with the tap of a button, you can optionally add your location. When the original iPhone shipped, it revolutionized mobile web browsing. Safari was the first full-featured web browser that people could take with them. And now it’s even faster and more impressive. Reader is phenomenal. Reader gets all the clutter out of the way; sets the font size right; and you just read through, scrolling through the story. Reading list lets you save articles to read later on. And it automatically shows up on all your iOS devices. And with tab browsing, it’s easy to quickly flip between multiple web pages. There’s an old saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. With iOS 5, you have immediate access to the camera right from the Lock screen. And you can use the volume-up button to snap your photo. We also added photo editing, so you can use one-tap enhance, red eye reduction, and cropping right on the device. There are some really cool new features in Mail, like rich text editing. And there’s even a new systemwide split keyboard to make it even easier to type. With AirPlay mirroring, you can share everything you do on your iPad 2 right up on your big widescreen TV. You can play video games; look at photos, videos, and surf the web. And all of it is shared with everyone around you watching the television. It responds to portrait and landscape rotations, to every pinch, swipe, and zoom. And best of all, you don’t need a cable. You’re free to move. iOS is the world’s most popular gaming platform. And we’re making Game Center even better. You can now add photos to your profile. We’ve made it easier to find new gaming friends. And you can even purchase new games right from within the Game Center app. Texting has become the way a lot of people stay in touch. Now iMessage provides an easy way to send text messages, photos, and videos between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. With iOS 5, you no longer have to plug into your computer to back up and sync to iTunes. All you have to do is plug into power within range of your Mac or PC. Wi-Fi Sync automatically backs up and syncs your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to your iTunes library. It’s that simple. It’s now possible to buy an iPad, an iPhone, or iPod touch and never own a computer. You can set up your device right out of the box without ever connecting to a Mac or a PC. We looked in every corner of the OS and asked ourselves, “How can we make this better?” So this is the widest, most extensive software update ever for iOS. There is a feature for everyone out there.
With the new MacBook Air we wanted to design and build an incredibly mobile product but without compromise. Everything that we’ve learnt, designing really powerful notebooks and everything that we’ve learnt designing really small mobile devices culminates in the new MacBook Air.
The MacBook Air would probably not exist as it does now if it weren’t for the things we’ve learned at iPad. We’ve learned how much customers care about this multi-touch experience, we know they care about all day battery life. It took a lot of great ideas, and they informed us on where we should go with our notebooks. Sometimes when you walk away from an old technology, it can lead to a breakthrough, and that’s what we’ve done with MacBook Air, we’ve designed completely around flash storage, that’s allowed us to make a product that’s instant on, longer battery life, silent operation, much smaller and thinner and lighter. All that happened by having the courage to say we’re going to base this product around the flash technology. The key thing we’ve learned is touch is extremely important, how we interact with our software. If we tried to build it into the display we discovered that it’s not in an optimal position, you don’t feel comfortable holding your hand up in the air trying to multi touch.
The best way to deliver multi touch in a notebook is through the track pad so in the MacBook Airwe’ve built in a large glass multi touch track pad, like the full size keyboard. We’ve done all this is an amazingly thin and light design. The 13 inch MacBook Air weight just 2.9 pounds and measures 0.68 inches at the rear then it tapers to just 0.11 inches at the front. And for the first time ever we’ve made an 11 inch MacBook Air, it’s just as thin but it only weighs 2.3 pounds.These are the thinnest and lightest notebooks we’ve ever made.
And while it is really challenging designing something that’s this thin and this light, it’s really, really hard to design something that’s also strong and robust and this precise. Creatingstructure and features from a single piece of aluminium reduces multiple parts to a single one that is not only very thin, very light, but has incredible structure integrity. There is something about how truly simple the parts are inside and out that makes this, I think, one of the most beautiful products we’ve ever designed.
One of the key design decisions that we made early on with the new MacBook Air was to use flash for storage. We do flash storage differently than other computer manufacturers, ratherthan packaging inside the housing we placed the chips directly on the logic board so we can be much more efficient about the way we use space. This gives us a lot more room for batteries. So what you get is up to five hours of battery life on the 11 inch product and up to seven hours on the 13 inch product and you get up to 30 days of standby time. One of the things we’re proud of with the new MacBook Air is it’s a real MacBook in every sense of the word. It has a face time camera, a dual core processor and fast graphics to drive ultra high resolution displays. And when youconnect it to a 27 inch cinema display you can power almost four million pixels of image. We custom design every part of this product, from the enclosures to the use of flash, the design of our main logic boards, the stereo speakers, every single part is designed to fit in a certain way, in a certain place in the product, and give us a really tightly integrated kind of design.
We set a really high bar for what people should expect and that to be, you get incredibledisplays, you get fast CPUs, you get great flash storage, you get great graphic performance, all in something that’s really small and light and really affordable. It starts at just 999, I mean that’s a breakthrough to take our latest technology, this incredible quality of [inaudible] and the glass, thissuper thin design, all of this amazing value and it’s the most affordable Mac ever. It’s really the future of the notebook.
I mean our learning just keeps building from one project to the next to the next, that’s absolutely the case here, I mean years and years of designing such a range of different products enables the design of the new MacBook Air.
Hey, I’m Donald Bell for CNET.com. We’re here at Apple’s iPad 2 Launch Event and I’m holding the iPad 2. In fact, I’m holding the white version of the iPad 2. There are now two colors: a white version and a black version. All the same prices, all the same capacities as last year’s, but you’re now getting a much thinner design, a lighter design, and also getting a faster processor. There’s a dual-core A5 processor in here. It’s promising nine times the graphics performance of the original iPad. You’re also getting a few new features. You’re getting a FaceTime feature for video calling. You get a HD camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. Apple is also announcing two new applications for the iPad, their own applications. One is iMovie for the iPad, which was available before in the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It’s now coming to the iPad. Well, at least, the most sophisticated mobile version of iMovie we’ve seen yet. The other application that Apple announced today for the iPad is GarageBand. This is gonna be a pretty cool application out there for you musical types. It does multitrack recording, virtual instruments, a lot of fun. We’re gonna see this thing March 11th. So, having played around with the iPad 2, the little bit that I’ve had it here, I have to say the thing I like about it the most is how thin and light Apple’s been able to get the design. Having seen a lot of their competitors this past year, I haven’t seen anything that’s gotten this small. And I think being able to preserve that 10 – hour battery life is a big deal. It’s gonna be harder to be able to keep up with that. So, for CNET.com, I’m Donald Bell showing off the Apple iPad 2.