This is one way to settle the endless Star Wars vs. Star Trek arguments.
If you've never seen "The Graham Norton Show" on BBC, this is definitely one good way to get acquainted with it. With two major movie stars, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart, in one room, the outspoken comedian compares each actor's sci-fi action figure to see which franchise he likes best. I never thought I'd see a duel between Jedi Master Qui-Gon Quin and Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Everyone should have more money. Everything should be cheaper. Everyone should have a job.
These seem to be the prominent political themes of the day.
Indeed, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry made clear that we cannot drive great tech entrepreneurs away from the U.S.: "Steve Jobs and what he innovated and people like him, we need to be giving them the incentive to be on shore doing that and not driving them off with tax policy and regulatory policy."
Last night, Jon Stewart seemed a little bemused by this. He wondered how we could get Steve Jobs … Read more
Batch file renamers have been around for a long time, but MP3s and digital cameras have made them very popular indeed. Aaron Stewart Batch File Rename is a free file renamer with which you can create, combine, and save as many rules as you need to rename large batches of files automatically. It can handle extremely long file names, up to 32,000 characters, as well as MP3 and EXIF tags.
Aaron Stewart Batch File Rename's user interface is busy but well-designed, with a central file list above the rules configuration sections. The program opens with the New Rules … Read more
The natural evolution of software is to go from beta to fully launched. So the decision today by Tiny Speck to revert its recently launched virtual world back to beta may leave some scratching their heads.
After a long period in closed beta, Tiny Speck in September formally pulled the curtains back on Glitch, a virtual world that takes players "inside the imagination of ancient giants." The company was founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, along with fellow Flickr veterans Cal Henderson, Eric Costello, and Serguei Mourachov. Butterfield explained today's decision to CNET by saying that as … Read more
When you are a news anchor--albeit for the Comedy Channel--you can't shy away from the news of Steve Jobs' death.
But are you really supposed to play it straight? Are you supposed to reminisce about, in Stephen Colbert's case, the day Steve Jobs gave you one of the first iPads so that you could flog it at the Grammys?
Or, in Jon Stewart's case, are you supposed to mention occasions when Jobs called you in appreciation of some skit of other?
Well, yes, in both cases.
Yet, as you watch both of these tributes from their shows, … Read more
Update (Tuesday, 12:21 p.m. PDT): All 109 of the instant-entries to Glitch are now gone.
You could soon be inside the imagination of ancient giants. That is, if you sign up for Glitch, the first game from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield's new company, which is launching this morning.
As CNET was first to report, Glitch is from Tiny Speck, the San Francisco-based startup run by Butterfield and other Flickr veterans including Cal Henderson, Eric Costello, and Serguei Mourachov. It is a puzzle-heavy, Web-based social game built around sending players billions of years into the past to develop … Read more
Sometimes I play the game where you think of which famous celebrity you'd like to have a drink with. Bob Dylan would be awesome. Bill Gates probably makes a mean sloe gin fizz. For those of you who have Martha Stewart in mind, you can get one step closer to dream fulfillment with the Martha Stewart Cocktails app for the iPad.
The 99-cent app requires clicking through the age-restricted material warning when installing it. You just have to agree that you are over 17 to browse 20 recipes ranging from an Herbal Lillet Cooler to a Caiprinha, the Brazilian libation made with sugarcane liquor. In a nice pop culture collision, the White Russian recipe includes a shout out to the Dude from "The Big Lebowski."… Read more
It's Wilson's last day Skyping in from the CNET office in San Francisco and he'll be in the office on Monday. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about that, so we just get into the stories of the day, like Jon Stewart's quote about the Osama Bin Laden photos, which rappers are suing our parent company, and how much it would cost to buy the house from "Home Alone."The 404 Digest for Episode 815 Jon Stewart voices opinions about the Osama photos. Rappers are suing CNET. "Home Alone" house in Winnetka, Ill., on sale for $2.4M. 23-year-old makes $120,000 off Osama's death in 48 hours. Google Maps will soon give you the powers of Superman. Third attack planned on Sony. Episode 815 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
This is your chance to enter the world of the giants.
Last week, Glitch, the new online game from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield's company Tiny Speck went into beta. A whimsical playground that lets users meander through a complex, stylized virtual world, Glitch might someday be a place populated by millions of people looking for a little more than your standard Facebook game.
But for now, anyone wanting to play the game has to wait in a line of thousands of people queued up for the Glitch beta. Not you, though. At least, not if you're one of … Read more