Earlier this week, Verizon hosted a media event at its Innovation Center in San Francisco to highlight some of its recent business ventures and tech projects. There were glass-paneled tables, a huge interactive mural, and a handful of promo videos explaining how the Center partners up with other companies, big and small, to solve problems in health care, environmental, and consumer industries using technology. Oh, and there was hummus. It was nice.
Half-Life's crowbar -- the very first weapon and tool found by scientist Gordon Freeman after an accident tears the Black Mesa laboratory apart -- is almost as iconic as the protagonist himself. From start to finish, it never stops being useful, and no Freeman cosplay would be complete without that unassuming piece of iron.
In the game, Freeman finds the crowbar laying on the ground, a chance acquisition. But one fan, director Joe Miale, asks the question: Where did the crowbar come from? How did it find its way into the hands of Gordon Freeman? … Read more
Last month, after Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and then followed the introduction of the gold iPhone 5S with its own gold Galaxy S4, I started drafting a list of projects that I'd like to see the gargantuan Korean conglomerate take a stab at. The idea was that since Samsung seems to quickly follow other companies under its own moniker, perhaps I should point them in the direction of a few totally original products that I'd actually like to see made. … Read more
In the beginning, Nest Labs sprinkled Apple's design magic on thermostats, and the people loved it. Then it went after lowly smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and those pedestrian devices may never be the same. But what's next in Nest's bag of tricks?
On Tuesday, as expected, the hot smart appliances company founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell unveiled Nest Protect, its answer to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The news was first reported last month by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin.… Read more
At the Ford Futures event in Belgium, the Blue Oval unveiled a pair of prototypes that could make cars of the not-too-distant future a fair bit more self-sufficient than they are today. First up is a system called the Fully Assisted Parking Aid. At first blush it seems a little more advanced than the self-parking systems currently available on modern cars, which scan the road for suitably large openings and slot themselves in. Ford's new system takes that idea a step further by letting the driver step out and walk away before the car parks itself. This certainly has … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- CNET's review of the Pebble Watch says it's a work in progress.
- Some of the winning projects from last weekend's Pebble hackaton at MIT.
- The sticky situation that delayed the Pebble Watch.
- Check out Eric's recent Pebble AMA on Reddit.
- Pebble smartwatch goes on sale at AT&T on September 27.
Just a few days ago, I casually polled other people at CNET for their predictions on what Samsung could make next. The Korean company seems willing and able to make anything that anyone else can think of -- be it a gold smartphone, a smartwatch, or a flexible phone. The first response I got was that Samsung could come out with a cheap knockoff of Google Glass.
Well, guess what new Samsung product is now rumored to be coming out next spring?
Eldar Murtazin, a blogger, analyst, and sometimes leaker, issued this tweet late Sunday that declared the coming of a Korean version of Google's augmented-reality eyewear: … Read more