In the first of two special videos from the San Diego Comic-Con, CNET TV's Brian Tong talks one-on-one with the living embodiment of the convention, director Joss Whedon. They discuss the Avengers movie, the new direction for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how music can help you find a happy place.
Adam West takes the stage in the second video, talking scratchy tights, yummy taffy, and the thrills of Comic-Con.
There is an afterlife--for electronics, anyway. Ever wonder what it's like? Researchers at MIT tracked used computers to find out. The project gives you a glimpse of where cast-off laptops and smartphones end up.
Rather than simply providing statistics about the global flows of secondhand electronics and e-waste, the MIT Senseable City Lab researchers produced a series of images of the gadgets' new owners and their surroundings. The images hail from Indonesia, South Asia, and Africa.
For the project, dubbed Backtalk, researchers sent refurbished Netbooks to developing countries via nonprofit organizations. They set up the computers to record location and pictures, and send the data home to MIT--with their new owners' consent. The Netbooks carried stickers explaining the project in the local language.
The researchers captured the data using the open-source antitheft software Prey, which records a computer's GPS coordinates and takes a picture with the computer's camera every 20 minutes.… Read more
SAN DIEGO--Cosplay spilled out of the San Diego Convention Center and onto the streets of the Gaslamp District during the first day of Comic-Con 2011, with fans showing up in both store-bought and homemade costumes. Take a tour of some of the creativity on display during the convention's first full day.
SAN DIEGO--It's not often a comic book begins its life as a video game, but the popular iOS and Android game Cut the Rope and its star character Om Nom are about to make the reverse leap from games to comics. Game publisher Zepto Lab and comics publisher Ape Entertainment made the announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Zepto Lab has called it "one of the best-selling iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad games of all time" and will be using the digital comics series and graphic novel collections to create a deeper backstory for Om Nom, the … Read more
What's being described as the most violent day in Norway since the Second World War unfolded today for so many via social media.
Having seen early reports concerning an afternoon bombing attack outside government offices in Oslo, I sought out news outlets such as local broadcaster NRK to see if any live footage was coming from the scene.
There was, and though I don't speak a word of Norwegian, I was able to piece together a narrative showing Norway suffering through its own 9/11 moment. There were even very early reports that some Muslim men who had … Read more
In the midst of its nasty legal battle with Google, Oracle seems to have resorted to a bit of Web site scrubbing.
The database software giant is suing Google for allegedly infringing on its Java patents in the Android mobile operating system. Now, quietly, Oracle has removed all the blog posts of former Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz from its Web site, including one embarrassing one that praised Google's use of Java in Android. Oracle acquired Sun and its Java programming language in January 2010.
SAN DIEGO--Dark Horse Comics has been publishing new stories in the Star Wars galaxy for more than 20 years, and CNET has learned that today the company plans to announce that they will continue to do so on computers at digital.darkhorse.com and via their iOS app.
The comics will cost the same as other Dark Horse digital comics, with most priced at $1.99, some at $1.49, regular $0.99-per-comic sales, and several free issues, said Jeremy Atkins, Dark Horse's director of public relations. "This represents a game-changing moment in our digital program as we … Read more
Grooveshark just can't seem to shake its copyright woes.
A group of songwriters and music publishers filed a lawsuit on July 15 in Tennessee against the digital-music service, claiming Grooveshark enables users to obtain music illegally and therefore is liable for copyright infringement, contributory infringement, and vicarious infringement.
Grooveshark, based in Gainesville, Fla., is a service that offers free music by enabling users to post their own tracks to the site and then share them with other users.
Grooveshark's "users and subscribers are actively infringing plaintiffs' copyrighted musical compositions," the plaintiffs said in their complaint, filed … Read more
One of the knocks against Google+ when putting it toe to toe with Facebook is social gaming, a feature that's turned into a monster business for both Facebook and the developers that have built Web games that run inside it.
Today one more sign that Google plans to bring something similar to Google+ has cropped up, suggesting the search giant is getting closer to adding games to the social network that is now 20 million users strong.