The biggest silver screen in England has a new screen. The British Film Institute in London has given CNET UK a revealing glimpse behind the scenes as about 1,763 pounds of perforated vinyl measuring 85 feet wide and 65 feet high replaces the old screen, bringing "The Amazing Spider-Man" swinging into action this week.
Xbox Live users are unable to access the online-gaming service, Microsoft has confirmed.
The software company has taken to both its Twitter account and its Service Status page to inform users that Xbox Live is experiencing "difficulties." The Xbox Live Status page specifically says that users are currently unable to sign in to Xbox Live from their Xbox 360 or via Xbox.com.
"We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue," Microsoft wrote on the Status page. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your … Read more
Best Buy has decided to cut down the number of employees working in its Geek Squad division.
The company confirmed to Minneapolis-St. Paul news station KARE 11 last night that it will lay off 650 Geek Squad workers nationwide. The company told the news outlet that it will offer the affected employees severance, and will aid them in finding new jobs.
Some of those jobs might be within Best Buy itself. KARE 11 says that the last day for Geek Squad employees will be August 1, assuming they don't find another job outside or even inside the company before … Read more
The Apple Store has become an educational case on what to do right in the retail sector. And it appears Best Buy has taken notice.
The retailer is testing out a new prototype that cuts down on floor space and uses a help desk, run by Best Buy's Geek Squad, as the focal point of the company's layout. The Geek Squad desk allows customers to ask questions and handle issues. According to The Wall Street Journal, which took a tour, the desk closely resembles Apple's Genius Bar.
According to the Journal, that's not all Best Buy … Read more
Update (Saturday, 12:43 a.m. PT): The answer to Friday's challenge -- which 152 people got right -- is Kitt Peak National Observatory, near Tucson, Ariz. Thanks to everyone who played, and to all, please come back for Saturday's challenge.
Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.
Each day, I'll be posting a new photograph from my various travels, and your job is to try to correctly identify it using any means at your disposal. Throughout … Read more
FORT IRWIN, Calif.--The shoulder-launched rocket-propelled grenade was aimed at several U.S. Army soldiers trying to work their way through the chaos of an Afghan insurgent attack. This was not looking like a good day for the members of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
Fortunately for those soldiers, the RPG wasn't real, and they weren't even in Afghanistan -- yet. They will be soon, though. But before deploying to the combat zone, the entire 4th Brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash., spent four weeks in the June heat of the Mojave Desert at the Army's National Training Center … Read more
One ring to rule them all, and in the darkness build them! Yes, here's a sight for Sauron's eyes -- we've gone hands-on with the yet-to-be-released "Lord of the Rings" Lego sets ahead of their U.K. release. Hit play in the video below to see what manner of Uruk-hai-jinks Lego has in store for Tolkien fans. … Read more
There's a retrograde little sports event happening in England this week called Wimbledon.
The organizers still force players to wear predominantly white clothing. Yes, even on the practice courts.
And yet, way back in 1980, Wimbledon began employing Cyclops technology to make service line calls.
Meanwhile, soccer (or football, as most of the world knows it) contented itself with sad little men carrying flags, often somehow blind to balls crossing the goal line.
But that perhaps will soon be no more. For the BBC reports that the International Football Association Board has finally decided that it should experiment with goal-line technology, starting in December at the slightly insignificant FIFA Club World Cup (not to be confused with the World Cup).… Read more
Sony might be working on a new version of the PlayStation 3, according to one report.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published an exhibit on its Web site of what appears to be a new PlayStation 3. Sony requested that the government organization inspect the device to ensure it was within the FCC's guidelines for wireless support. According to the FCC file, it received the sample device back in March.
Although the "PlayStation" branding is not included in the FCC's inspection, the organization makes clear that Sony Computer Entertainment is the applicant and it examined … Read more
Update (Friday, 12:46 a.m. PT): The answer to Thursday's challenge -- which 17 people got right -- is Abengoa Solar's Solana solar power plant, a 280-megawatt parabolic trough plant currently under construction in Gila Bend, Ariz., that may end up as the world's largest such facility.
Under normal circumstances, all I do is post the day's answer, but Thursday's responses merit a special note. Usually, a large majority of the people who respond to the Picture of the Day challenge get the answer right. But on Thursday, just 15 percent were correct -- … Read more