A power surge mid-show knocked us, Donald's birthday celebration, and the rest of the episode offline. Here's what we managed to salvage from the wreckage ... at least you can read the stories and emails for yourselves! See you tomorrow!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Wouldn't it be great if pre-packaged meat and fish came with a health status bar like characters get in some video games?
It can be difficult to tell the difference between rotten and fresh meat or fish. Even after a couple of hours in the open air, meat can often look normal to cook, when in actuality it's teeming with bacteria that create toxins that can harm our health. A sensor film developed by the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich could change the way we judge meat freshness in the future.
The way the film works is simple, and only requires attaching the color-changing label to the packaging. When meat decays, it releases smelly amine molecules that the film reacts to by changing color. Bright yellow means everything is fresh, while blue indicates you may be on the next train to botulism. What makes this prospective technology so interesting is the fact that it's low cost (and therefore attractively scalable to the massive meat industry), and doesn't come in direct contact with the actual food.
"Food safety is ensured by a barrier layer between the sensor film and the product itself," explained Anna Hezinger, a scientist at EMFT. "This barrier is only permeable to gaseous amines. The indicator chemicals cannot pass through."
The sensor could revolutionize our grocery shopping experience by adding an additional peace of mind outside of the sometimes untrustworthy "best by" date found on most meat packaging. Now I just need to learn to cook. … Read more
As we draw closer to the release of the iPad 2, the Apple rumor sites are heating up, with the usual speculation and research into hidden clues about what the new device will be like. Rumors about faster processor speed and front- and rear-facing cameras have been out there for a while, but an article over at AppleInsider breaks down what types of the iPad 2 Apple is banking on selling most.
The first iPad came in Wi-Fi-only and 3G/Wi-Fi varieties. But with the introduction of iOS devices to Verizon, Apple has needed to make some adjustments to the hardware to make sure it works on all carriers.
According to the article, Apple is expected to offer three variations of the iPad 2: a Wi-Fi only version, a GSM/UMTS version for AT&T, and a CDMA/EV-DO version for Verizon.
AppleInsider reports that Apple is producing more of the 3G-enabled models than the others and concludes that the company thinks most people will opt for the 3G version over just Wi-Fi.
It's tough to say what Apple is really planning, but if you were going to buy an iPad 2 at launch, which variation would you buy? Let me know in the comments.
This week's apps include an app that lets you bring two turntables anywhere and a platform game that's so difficult you can't stop playing.… Read more
Everyone's in the studio this week as Donald shares a little too much about his wraparound interactive plasma screen marital aid concept, and a vision for a phone you wear on your face. Fan-created Disneyland blueprints potentially point the way to a secret drug den, and a watchmaker potentially rakes in the dough by making things crooked. At the end, we explore gastronomical extremes that have us reaching for the bucket.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
With Jasmine away covering CTIA, Donald and Eric fully nerd out with robots, robots, more robots, and a vodka bottle that attracts women with colorful blinking lights. If the vodka doesn't work, there's always a $150,000 replica of the original Batmobile with a working flamethrower. Really, what woman could resist the Batmobile?Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
This week on Crave, it's a "things Donald loves" episode: vinyl, action cams, and beerbots. First up, the ultraportable turntable is making a comeback in the form of the Crosley Revolution Sound Burger, and Donald's sporting the shirt to prove he's a true audio geek. Next, we take a look at some compact camcorders that attach to ears or helmets. Also, Eric isn't exactly champing at the bit to get this week's bit of "Star Wars" paraphernalia: an oddly phallic Boba Fett backpack. But things take a turn for the better when we check out a robot that can pour drinks (read: beer). Finally, Jasmine hates the Nano, but does she hate all other electronics as well? Watch on for the answer.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
After a brief hiatus, the Cravers are back on task and in full form. We couldn't resist starting off the episode with a little love for the MP3 Insider of yesteryear; new iPods are the hot topic this time around, and Jasmine has some very strong feelings about one of them. Also this week, military backpacks are looking heavier and heavier these days, an HDR video demonstration freaks us out, and a telepresence robot is a bit too douchey for Eric's liking. Plus, it turns out that manta rays have kleptomaniac tendencies and Mario's pretty pissed about turning 25. And it wouldn't be a show without some man-meat to cap it all off.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
This week on preGAME we bring you a trio of some of the most unique PSP games around. That's right, on today's episode we bring you live demos of Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake, Patchwork Heroes, and Echoshift. Joining us on the phone to chat about the PSP version of Fat Princess will be Matt Morton, the U.S. producer on the game.
But first, we'll take a look at the just-released teaser-trailer for one of the most acclaimed mashup fighting games around. Join us as we screen the first-ever video for Capcom Vs. Marvel 3! Sure the game may not be out for another year, but Mark tells us why this title is so important. Next, we'll talk about some of the most highly anticipated Xbox Live Arcade games due out this year. From Limbo to Sonic the Hedgehog 4, there's something for everyone on our list.
Been to a 7-Eleven lately? The company has announced that after a successful trial, used console games will be available for sale in most of the nation's stores by September. Games will go for $20 or lower and classic consoles may soon be supported as well.
Next we'll chat about publisher Ubisoft and the announcement that it will soon be removing paper instruction manuals from games to reduce the cost of production and help prevent waste. Finally, Mark and Jeff discuss software piracy and how it affects portable gaming consoles the most, especially now that Nintendo blames it for a 50 percent sales drop in Europe.… Read more
It's hard to keep us out of the kitchen, for no other reason than we just really enjoy food! Today we offer up a dilectable assortment of gourmet gadgets.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 156
More effective than the hammer, however, is the Impressor, the multiple-use tenderizer pictured here. It uses 60 stainless steel piercing blades in its mission to tenderize especially tough cuts, making it significantly more effective than the aforementioned meat mallet. It also includes separate pounding attachments so that you can flatten chicken breasts, infuse meats with spices, or crush whole … Read more