In the business world, that amorphous concept called "consumer confidence" is measured in dozens of metrics, algorithms, and white papers. In the real world, there are Super Bowl ads. So, unsurprisingly, if you look at the lineup of Super Bowl ads from tech companies this year, the outlook isn't sunny.
Virtually all the electronic and digital brands running ads at this year's game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers have advertised at the Super Bowl in past years: domain giant GoDaddy, job search sites Monster.com and CareerBuilder, brokerage house E-Trade, and online auto marketplace … Read more
Reporter Stephen Shankland drops by the podcast studio to talk about Google's new offline features in Gmail, how they work, and who can use them.
Also in this podcast: Several tech companies reported bad earnings news recently, but there are a few bright spots in the industry; Congress rejects a delay of the digital TV transition; and how to finally succeed in your fantasy baseball league.Listen now: Download today's podcast
It's a fun time for sports fans. There's the Super Bowl extravaganza on Sunday, and a few days after that, Major League Baseball's spring training starts up. March Madness is right around the corner and in a couple of months, all our favorite sporting pastimes will be in full swing.
Because of that, I've found four relatively unknown sports statistics sites that will provide you with all the sports research you need to make more informed decisions in your fantasy baseball league or make you look smarter with your friends.
Well, well, well. Here's something that just came into my inbox, and presumably the inboxes of the rest of the digital-media press corps: an e-mail from the media team at Hulu, the joint video venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., announcing that the company will be running an ad during Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII. Considering the game airs on NBC, a Hulu ad is not too hard to fathom.
It seems like there's always a rumor about some huge tech announcement that will come to light during the annual football-and-advertising bacchanalia, like that Beatles-iTunes thing two years ago … Read more
2K Sports is known for its action-filled titles, but next week it will be making its foray into the statistics side of sports. MLB Front Office will be released, starring Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A's. CNET News' Daniel Terdiman got a sneak peek and says it's unlike any sports video game he's ever played. He stops by to tell us about it.
Also in today's podcast: Intel's chairman calls it a career, Forbes releases its list of the most wired cities in America, the Facebook/MySpace debate goes on, and we look … Read more
OAKLAND, Calif.--For the countless of devotees of rotisserie and fantasy baseball, there's a whole new game in town.
On Tuesday, 2K Sports will release its MLB Front Office Manager, and for those addicted to the stat-heavy pastime of running fantasy leagues, being a Major League Baseball general manager may never get closer.
The new game--which is unlike any baseball video game I've ever seen--has perhaps the perfect pitchman, Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane. For those not familiar with him, the game probably won't mean much, since as the main subject of Michael Lewis' hit … Read more
Fitness-friendly headphones come in a variety of shapes and styles--from earclip to behind-the-neck--and finding a pair that stays put on your head while you're active can take some trial and error. Once you get past fit issues, you may find yourself wanting some more advanced features, and built-in Bluetooth technology often tops that list, as it eliminates the need for cumbersome wires tethering you to your MP3 player.
The latest pair of active-style earphones to hit the market is Sony's DR-BT160 Wireless Stereo Headset, which comes in two models: the $130 BT160AS, which includes just the headphones, and … Read more
I am perplexed why an allegedly 60-year-old person would want to become the Largest Fontina at Yahoo.
But perhaps Carol Bartz has already hiked the whole of the Na Pali Coast in Kauai, perhaps she has done all the clothes shopping in Tokyo she ever wanted to do and perhaps she simply has no desire to experience flying cars or climbing Kilimanjaro.
So if she's looking for a vast Yahoo success to help clear her sinuses before she begins to issue severe orders, she should cast a happy eye at Yahoo Sports. They say imitation is a heartfelt form … Read more
For those who can't get enough of skiing (and you know who you are), this virtual simulator is just great for getting that adrenalin fix when you're not on a powder slope. It's also a great workout option for those who have no head for the real thing, like yours truly.
The German-made SkiGym is, however, just a wee bit pricey at 1,649 euros ($2,280) compared with the Wii Fit, which has a fun ski component. However, the Wii Fit is to a bunny slope what the SkiGym is to a black diamond run, with … Read more