Jeff, Justin and Wilson start the show off right today with a SNL Christopher Walken reference. Always a great way to start the day. Getting into actual stories, we chat about ways to actually sleep. Tip #1: Sleep when you are tired. iTunes launches an indie music store. Gore Verbinski decides to make a video game based on Clue. And yes, people stalk their exes online.EPISODE 287 Download today's podcast… Read more
Over the past few months, Sony Japan has been marketing its Walkman brand of MP3 players with short, online videos showcasing experimental Japanese musicians. Personally, as someone who loves weird music, I think these video shorts are amazing. I'm not sure if they do anything to make me want to buy a Walkman, but I'm certainly convinced that the Japanese experimental music scene is alive and well.
The Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 Elite will come in a red finish and have a red controller. Bundled inside the box you'll find everything the Elite has to offer, in addition to a code for an exclusive "Resident Evil 5" theme for your dashboard. Also included as a bonus will be a free voucher for "Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix."
The console should ship around the time "… Read more
If you're looking for hot, sexy, revealing pics, then you know Crave is the place to be. Today we've got a treat for all you naughty boys and girls. OK, I really can't do the faux erotic thing (yes, that's what I was going for). I just feel too slimy.
Anyway, the total geeks (that is a huge compliment) over at ifixit have gutted the Amazon Kindle 2 to see what makes it tick.
Here are a few highlights from their findings:According to the article, the Kindle 2 has a 532MHz 90nm ARM11-based Freescale MCIMX31L … Read more
Scott Jones from online gaming web site Crispy Gamer comes to the show to talk about everything under the sun, including his stint as a writer at a porn magazine and the video game industry in general. Jeff and Scott wonder why anybody would ever buy the new Nintendo DS, while Wilson reminds everyone that there are a billion Asian girls who love cute gadgets.
In addition, Justin ponders out loud whether he should get rid of his iPhone 3G. After realizing that Apple and AT&T have bled him dry, he thinks a CrackBerry or maybe just a *shock* regular old flip phone and an iPod classic might be a better value for him. As usually, our listeners also call in shocked about discovering the meaning of some choice words on Urban Dictionary. We're never going to tell you on air what "sp--- d---ing" is. All that and more on today's episode of The 404.EPISODE 286 Download today's podcast… Read more
Not only because a surgery conducted via Twitter made headlines the other day, Twitter is all the buzz (again). And it seems as if almost three years after its now-legendary debut at South by Southwest Interactive, the popular microblogging service has reached the second (or third) hype cycle, entering the business and media mainstream as the ultimate narrow--and broadcast--network.
As Joel Comm, CEO of InfoMedia and author of "Twitter Power," points out:
It's like the old saying, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." People who use … Read more
Jeff Bakalar makes his return on Fat Tuesday--how appropriate. Justin reveals to the world that he loves Alvin & the Chipmunks, on top of his fascination with Disney music. Disney we can forgive, but really? An Alvin & the Chipmunks cover of "Uptown Girl?" And we figure out that Alvin wears a giant "A" because he's committed adultery.
On today's show, Justin learns some new racial slurs from Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino." Jeff tells us to check out Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler"and reveals to us that he once was a professional wrestler known as "The Flying Daisy." In actual news, newspapers are asking the federal government for a bailout. Get with it! Newspapers are going the way of the dodo. On top of that, it's National Pancake Day, so head on over to your local IHOP! Let Fat Tuesday's debauchery begin in earnest.… Read more
Remember the $89.99 Blu-ray Disc drive from last week? Hope you waited, because here's an even better deal: Newegg has the Sony Optiarc internal Blu-ray drive for $79.99 shipped. Plus, unlike the previous drive, this is new, not a refurb.
Same caveats as before: It's a serial drive, meaning that you'll need a system with a SATA interface. You'll also need a video card and monitor that support HDCP; otherwise, Blu-ray's copy protection will prevent movies from playing.
Alas, Sony bundles no software for viewing said movies, so you'll need to earmark … Read more
SEATTLE--Amazon wanted to make the Kindle 2 hot, but not too hot.
It gave it a slimmer design and more storage, but there are a lot of things Amazon could have added, but didn't. Things like a color display not only would make the device pricier and give it a shorter battery life, but would also make the gadget uncomfortable to hold.
"One of the great things about Kindle is it doesn't ever get hot," Amazon Vice President Ian Freed said in an interview at Amazon's downtown office here. That's important, Freed said, given that the company has one main goal with the Kindle--making the product as invisible to users as possible when they are reading.
"The most important thing for the Kindle to do is to disappear," Freed said. That was the goal with the first device and was also a key factor in deciding what would go in the sequel, which started shipping on Monday. There are the obvious factors, like the thinner, sleeker design. But there are also things like an improved cellular modem. As a result, Kindle users will find themselves out of range in fewer places to get updates or buy a new book. … Read more
Fear. That's the catalyst of our first segment this episode. Fear of the unknown? Fear of the unfamiliar? Fear because of cultural influence? Maybe, maybe fear of one's true feelings. I don't know. I'll leave it to you to decide. All will be clear when you start listening.
Thinking about buying a solid-state hard drive? Dong tells you why you're stupid for thinking this. His words, not mine. Well, not really. He thinks most people are stupid, though, so there's a good chance he thinks that way about you. Think.
Boring technology stuff about … Read more