Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Watch Dogs delayed to spring 2014.
- Teenage girls discussing body issues on YouTube: "Am I pretty or ugly?"
- I didn't want to talk about this, but Rebecca Black's producer dug up new "talent".
- Is this the worst T-shirt Abercrombie has ever sold?
- Twitter Direct Messages might soon be easier to send.
Every day, users of Smule's Sing Karaoke sing 480,000 songs, and users of its Magic Piano play 1.2 million songs. And until now, all those songs have only been available to hear and interact with via the hit apps.
But Smule wants the content its users generate to be available to everyone, not just those who have the apps, and today, the San Francisco startup launched a Web-based social network that it says is the largest social network of music makers in the world.
Smule's giant network of music makers and fans has been around for … Read more
When it comes to dressing well at public appearances, music star Will.i.am has a pretty good track record. Just don't let him get anywhere near your iPhone.
The singer's i.am+ company is dedicated to creating consumer electronics and apps. The foto.sosho is its first iPhone accessory. It clips onto the iPhone, turning it into a much fancier camera. One model, due out next year, is supposed to have its own sensor for taking 14-megapixel images.
The camera-enhancing add-on sports interchangeable lenses. Some models include a slide-out keyboard. It will come with an app for manipulating and sharing the images. A version for iPhone 4 will be out first, with iPhone 5 options coming later.… Read more
Frankly, I was a little disappointed when I first unboxed the new ALO Pan Am tube headphone amp. It looked so cute and tiny; how could it possibly deliver the goods? The dainty 4.6-inch-by-3.8-inch footprint makes it easy to place anywhere. The amp's rear end houses three inputs: stereo RCA and 3.5mm analog inputs and a USB connection. The built-in digital-to-analog converter accommodates up to 24-bit/96-kHz audio. The amp is available in anodized silver or black finishes.
I started listening with my trusty Grado RS-1 headphones and loved the clarity. The Pan Am has the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Zynga and Hasbro announce board game versions of the most annoying Facebook ones.
- Will.i.am and Simon Cowell considering X-Factor style show, for tech.
- New Ninja Turtles cartoon replaces Cowabunga with....
For Simon Cowell, there is no such thing as enough.
This would put him within a comforting cohort that includes William the Conqueror, Madonna and, of course, Mark Zuckerberg.
How fitting, then, that the latest spawn of Cowell's brain is reportedly a reality show that will discover the next great tech entrepreneur.
On all things Cowell, the Sun tends to have an inside presence, so I am grateful to it for revealing this marvelous development.
His partner in this very serious caper is Will.i.am, who is a remarkably good clothing designer.
The Sun quoted i.am as … Read more
Time to learn German for Wednesday's tech news roundup:… Read more
This weekend is a rare opportunity to see a space rock the size of a city block go for a joyride past the much bigger space rock we call Earth.
The snappily named asteroid 2002 AM31 will cruise by our planet this Sunday, coming within 13.7 lunar distances, or about 3.2 million miles.
If you consider yourself a bit of a NEO (near-Earth object) groupie, you can watch the whole spectacle online at the Web site of the Slooh space camera (really a network of robotic telescopes around the globe). Webcasts are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT and will feature live commentary and feeds from telescopes in Arizona and the Canary Islands. … Read more
Jeff took a spill on the ice during a hockey game yesterday, but he manages to limp his way into the studio to help us out with today's rundown. We wouldn't be The 404 if we didn't cover the 2Pac holographic concert at Coachella last weekend, and even though it's technically just a clever optical illusion, we're excited about the upcoming 2.0Pac tour and the potential of resurrecting our own favorite performers from history.