Forget the flowers this Valentine's Day. Go for a lightsaber-lit dinner, the open-source iNecklace, and the flirtatious Fingle app. Bridget Carey shows off tech to woo the nerd of your dreams.… Read more
Great news for our live listeners--the stream is back! Please bear with the short delay that allows the stream to buffer.
We'll keep working on it, and in the meantime we put together a great show for you today with fun stories about a dummy politician citing an article from The Onion, the pitfalls of online dating, prototype headphones with built-in proximity sensors, and a conceptual McDonald's ad campaign that uses seedbombs!… Read more
LAS VEGAS--Nintendo held a few behind-closed-door meetings with an up-close and personal demo of the Wii U at CES 2012.
While the vast majority of demos and presentations were mostly stuff I had heard before, I was able to put together what playing a Zelda game on the Wii U might look and play like.
I had seen this quick Zelda on Wii U teaser video before, but through some generous imagination, I was able to carefully piece together how it could potentially work.
The Wii U's tablet controller's screen is very impressive, and would be the perfect … Read more
Just a few days after releasing the PlayStation Vita in Japan, Sony is now focused on the U.S. debut of the system, disclosing the entire launch and launch window lineup.
According to a post on Sony's PlayStation.Blog, games will range in price from $9.99 to $49.99, and all be available on the PlayStation Store as well. An impressive 25 games will launch side-by-side with the system on February 22, 2012. Gamers can get started shopping a week earlier on February 15 when Sony first-party games and accessories will go on sale, including the complete First Edition Bundle.
While I still think the Vita should come with a small-capacity Vita memory card, give Sony a lot of credit for putting together such an impressive and diverse collection of software for launch. There's something for everyone on this list and also what I think are at least three must-buy titles. It's a night-and-day comparison to what Nintendo offered earlier in the year with the 3DS.
I'm also happy to see that Sony is going to debut the all-but-necessary proprietary format Vita memory card at a lower-than-expected price, starting at $20 for 4GB. Sony also announced that inside each Vita box will be six AR play cards (sound familiar?) and a voucher for more AR mini-games from the PlayStation Network.
NirSoft's RunAsDate is a small, free tool that lets you run applications using a different time and date stamp than your Windows system, yet without changing your Windows system time. It can change the date and time of multiple programs running simultaneously, each with different time and date settings. We can think of several reasons for wanting to do that (debugging log files, for example) so in any case, it's a useful capability to have around. However, it's not designed to extend shareware trial periods, which use different means of keeping track of such things.
Both 32-bit … Read more
When my great engineer friend George tries to find a girl, the first thing he does is write a profile on some subtly tawdry dating site.
When he finds a girl and hopes to keep her around, he has to text her--or, perish the concept, Facebook her--the right thing at the right moment in order to maintain her fascination.
He is destroyed when she doesn't text him the right thing at the right moment back. Yes, he's a sensitive engineer, but still. So much of his interaction with humans in both love and work occurs through letters and … Read more
CNET's newest TV editor, Ty Pendlebury, joins us on today's episode for a short lesson in Australian holidays and colloquialisms!
Today we're talking about another billionaire bitten by the space travel bug, even though Jeff seems reluctant to travel in outer space.
Also, be sure to tune in tomorrow to hear us announce the winners of Target's video voice mail competition. Two winners will get their choice of an Xbox 360/Kinect Bundle or an iPad 2!… Read more
To wrap up the penultimate week (for the year) of the 404 Podcast, we're running through Apple's year in iTunes--from the best-selling apps to the most-downloaded movie online.
We'll also tell you about a woman who made $1,200 exploiting dudes on Match.com, give you a tour of Amazon's massive Costconian warehouse in Seattle, and question the artistic merits of photo-filtering apps like Instagram.… Read more
If you're an avid iOS 5 calendar user, this tip is for you. A beautiful detail in the iOS 5 calendar app allows you to quickly scroll to future or past dates to make your app usage more efficient.
Once again, Apple's attention to detail, especially when concerning the user experience, shines through. For anyone who uses the calendar app on their iPad on a regular basis, scrolling to different dates in the future (and the past if you need to look up a former event) can be laborious.
Not to fear, Apple has you covered. To quickly … Read more
From the "Department of Is That a Joke?" comes ExRated, the new site where you can review your exes. As in, ex-lovers, ex-wives, ex cetera. It is one of the most hurtful, immature things I've seen on the Web, and I've reviewed about 2,000 startups.
Briefly, ExRated (that's .co; the .com is actually an X-rated site) lets you rate the people in your life who are no longer in your life. You must identify these people by name (otherwise, how could their next potential connection find the review?), but you, as a reviewer, hide … Read more