Smaug, the dastardly dragon from "The Hobbit" movies, is catching some serious air time as decor on an Air New Zealand plane. The decorated Boeing B777-300 is a flying publicity stunt to promote the opening of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
The plane won't actually breathe fire or eat fantastical creatures, but it is an impressive sight. The 242-foot-long aircraft might give us a hint as to how big director Peter Jackson's version of the dragon is supposed to be. Compare that with the known 40-foot length of a Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur and I think we all know who the true "tyrant lizard" is.… Read more
It appears there will be no once-in-a-lifetime celestial light show this month as Comet ISON streaks past Earth trailed by a glorious tail of ice, water, rock, and dust.
On Monday, one of the leading ISON watchers, Karl Battams of the U.S. Navy's Sungrazer Comets citizen science project and the NASA-sponsored comet ISON observing campaign, posted a eulogy for ISON, which is now believed to have disintegrated into millions of fragments as it swung around the sun, coming within a million miles of the star's surface.
"Tragically, on November 28, 2013, ISON's tenacious ambition outweighed its ability, and our shining green candle in the solar wind began to burn out," Battams writes (NASA itself has since issued a statement saying that it continues to investigate ISON's fate, but calls it "likely" that ISON is now "only dust"). … Read more
Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every week for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.… Read more
Where there is Batman, you'll find the Joker. Yin to Batman's Yang, chaos to his order. And for every dark and brooding Batcave, the Joker has his own base of operations -- usually an abandoned funhouse, made deadly according to the Joker's particular brand of macabre humor.
For last year's BrickCon, Carlyle Livingston II and Wayne Hussey built a massive 20,000-piece Lego Batcave. This year, a Vancouver Lego artist by the name of Paul Hetherington upped the ante -- with an even bigger three-level, 30,000-piece Batman and Robin Joker's Funhouse (labeled Gotham Park and seemingly inspired by Luna Park in Sydney, Australia). It even has mechanized moving parts. … Read more
The iPhone 4 is the best iPhone ever. Ever. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain why Apple's fourth mobile is the best it's built.
Hit play now to hear our reasoning.
Fours of nature The Retina display. The lightning-fast A4 chip. A stunning new design. And a front-facing camera for taking questionable selfies. The hardware alone is enough to put the iPhone 4 leagues ahead of its rivals, both past and present. But there are plenty of other reasons to crown this 3.5-inch marvel king of the iPhones.… Read more
But he's never forgotten his roots. Each piece gets tested with customers with a one-off concept posted to the Art and Gems Web site. The Pokemon ring he recently created has gathered plenty of attention, but we'd love to see what he is calling the Boldly Go Ring come to production. … Read more
The Oppo N1, an Android phone with an unusual swiveling camera design, now has a price: $599.
The Chinese phone maker announced the price on Google+ on Sunday, along with a precise date, December 10, when it'll start taking orders. In Europe, the phone will cost 449 euros.
The phone is notable for its use of a camera module that can be rotated to point in different directions compared to the screen. It's also got a touch-sensitive patch on the back that people can use for scrolling without touching the front of the screen. And it's capable … Read more