On Monday, November 25, two days after the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special debuts through simulcasts around the world, I will pick up two young Whovians and drive to the local theater for a special 3D encore presentation of the show.
I will go wearing a brown floppy hat, a 10-foot-long striped scarf from Etsy, and a red velvet frock coat with a sonic screwdriver in the pocket. And I will carry a bag of jelly babies. All my years as a "Doctor Who" fan have been leading up to this moment, and I couldn't be happier to share it with the new generation of fans.… Read more
"Betas," Amazon's second original series, may stretch the truth when it comes to Silicon Valley, but it was dead serious about the wardrobe.
"The hoodie work on this show is spot on," said Joe Dinicol, who plays the leader of a band of tech-star wannabes in "Betas."
The show, which debuted Friday on Amazon Instant Video, turns to another industry town after Amazon's first series, "Alpha House," dove into Washington, D.C. With "Betas," Amazon put the spotlight on a city closer to home. Seattle-based Amazon was always mindful of getting Silicon Valley and the tech world right, said Evan Endicott, one of the creators and writers of the show. … Read more
Matching Sony's blockbuster launch of its PlayStation 4 last week, Microsoft has announced that it too has sold 1 million units of its next-gen console in the first 24 hours.
The PS4 managed to sell one million units in the US and Canada alone when it launched on November 15, while the Xbox One launched in 13 markets at the higher price point of $499.99.
Microsoft ushered in its Xbox One yesterday evening with an extravagant New York event that involved Brooklyn Bridge-trekking zombies, sports cars, and Roman soldiers converging upon Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. It … Read more
If you downloaded a song in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you most likely did it with Winamp. This week, the world said goodbye to the legendary media player with plenty of nostalgia, but for me, Winamp's death means the end of a very personal era. Here are some of my memories of working at Nullsoft, the company that created it.
When I first started there in 2001, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. America Online had just bought the company, and Nullsoft employees weren't thrilled with the prospect of being told what to do by a large company with a lot of rules. Many of us were young and full of "piss off" energy.
Nullsoft's story started way before I arrived. In 1996, Winamp -- short for "Windows Amplifier" -- was created and released by computer programmer Justin Frankel. He went on to start his company Nullsoft (a parody of Microsoft's name) a year later. … Read more
For kids, getting parents to understand what they're thinking or feeling can be a challenge all on its own. But having additional speech impairments or developmental delays can make basic communication a serious hurdle.
Developed for three years at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, the app is designed to enable children to express themselves more freely. But the app is not free -- it'll will set you back… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.
- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.
- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.
- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.
It's a simple premise. All the Doctors, including new Doctor Peter Capaldi and the War Doctor, are brought together in an outdoor arena. Only one Doctor will be allowed to leave in the Tardis. Welcome to the "The Doctor Games."
In this bizarre alternate world where both Mockingjays and the Master co-exist, the Daleks round up all the incarnations of the Doctor, deposit them in a forest clearing and, let them duke it out "Battle Royale"-style.… Read more
One of the ongoing visual jokes in the animated Fox show "Bob's Burgers" is the Burger of the Day, a pun-tastic food-stravaganza on a bun, written on a small blackboard behind the counter. (You can see the burgers here thanks to another enterprising Tumblr blogger who's screencapping them all.)
A 10-month-old Tumblr blog by the name of The Bobs Burgers Experiment is going a step further -- by bringing Bob's Burger of the Day into the real world. Initially, the updates were slow, and then the blog went dead for seven months -- coming back a month ago, when it promised a new burger every Tuesday. … Read more