Sometimes, social media is there to make you watch videos you would normally ignore. Enough of my friends posted a video titled "Captain Picard sings 'Let it Snow!'" that I finally broke down and became a viewer. It was worth it.
Video editor and aspiring video-game designer James Covenant painstakingly cut the short video together from snippets of dialogue from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Picard recites his way through the familiar lines of "Let it Snow."… Read more
Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year-old in the UK, has been saving his pounds to buy an Xbox One console for his young son. In particular, he had his sights aimed at the special and hard-to-find Day One edition. Day One editions on eBay UK have been selling for upwards of $800, so Clatworthy thought he had gotten a deal when he found one for $735.
There was one big red flag on the listing. The description noted the item up for auction was a photo. However, since it was listed in the consoles category and the seller had good feedback, Clatworthy went ahead with the purchase. "It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," he explained to the Nottingham Post.… Read more
Speech recognition is a tough computing problem, but Toy Talk thinks it has cracked the code -- at least for kids.
Today, the San Francisco startup launched the latest version of its iPad app, known as The Winston Show. The app is built around the idea of kids having a spoken conversation with a cartoon character known as Winston and immediately incorporating the discussion into various animated skits. It's as if Apple's Siri was the front end for a variety show.
The Winston Show launched in Apple's App Store in September, and it already featured a variety … Read more
It's that time of year, when Google helps little ones around the world track Santa. This year, instead of only tracking Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve, Google is giving you a different glimpse into what's occurring at the North Pole every day leading up to Christmas.
The announcement from Google came courtesy of a post on its Google Maps blog early Wednesday. With a countdown timer at the top of the page, you're able to view familiar Google Maps pins for each day leading up to Santa's busiest day of the year, and see prep work … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.
- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.
- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.
Sometimes you're crammed into a line or on public transportation and don't have much choice other than to snuggle up with strangers. Industrial designer Siew Ming Cheng's Spike Away vest ensures unknown people won't want to squeeze next to you.
Cheng created the vest for a workshop at the National University of Singapore. "Trains are usually crowded during peak hours. Everybody will push each other to try and get onto the train. How can I protect my personal space? The idea was then conceived," Cheng writes.… Read more
The 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" really set the standard for car chase scenes for years to come. The mall chase, in particular, may be the greatest filmed example of gleefully wanton destruction inside a commerce center ever. Now, we can relive that greatness with a Lego remake.
Bricktease's faithful frame-by-frame Lego re-creation of the scene is three minutes' worth of plastic brick mayhem. Stores are plowed through and screaming minifigures jump out of the way as Elwood and Jake Blues bust through the mall. "Disco pants and haircuts," indeed.… Read more
Not all faith in humanity is lost as dictionaries become crowded with words like selfie, srsly, and twerking. On Tuesday, Merriam-Webster came out with its top ten words for 2013, and this list wasn't bogged down in text-speak or Internet memes.
Merriam-Webster's grand prize goes to: science.
That's right, the top word for 2013 is the age-old term, "science," defined as "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation."
Merriam-Webster selected its top ten words of the year by looking at the most-searched-for words on … Read more
Amazon reviewers may never be able to top the epic community art project that evolved out of Tuscan Whole Milk, but they're sure putting in a good try with the feedback they're delivering on the Samsung's UN85S9 85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV. The massive $39,997.99 set comes with Amazon Prime delivery and a whole host of witty reviews from pretend buyers.
So far, 116 (and rising) reviewers give the TV 4.5 stars out of 5, even though it's unclear if any of the reviewers actually bought the beast. User Cheryl A. Gustafson writes in a review titled "Did you see it comes with FREE batteries?": "At first I hesitated to make the purchase, but then I saw the two AA batteries were free with the remote, and I was all in! Having this really fills in that empty space we called a bathroom!"… Read more