I've covered a lot of great sounding budget gear this year, but the very best audio is far from cheap. That's hardly unique to high-end audio; the best cars, cameras, and clothes are always pricey, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that cutting-edge audio can be crazy expensive. What follows is a list of most astonishing gear I listened to this year. I love my job!
Our guest today is documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who joins us today to talk about his new film "Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope."
He'll tell us about what it was like to meet geek royalty like Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, and more. We also ask him about his own history with comic books and how sci-fi movies pushed him to create his own movies.… Read more
Back in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, one of the favorite destinations for kids after school and on weekends was the local video arcade. Many readers will probably remember changing dollars for tokens, stacking up tokens and quarters on machines to indicate you "had next," and how quickly you could blow your money by playing game after game. Sadly, arcades slowly died out as home gaming consoles improved and stand-up arcade cabinets--for the most part--became a thing of the past.
When iOS devices and the iTunes App Store came along years later, the developers of those old games (… Read more
In a CNET News story yesterday, our very own Josh Lowensohn explored Apple's recent patent application for an interesting touch-screen concept. The patent details separate smaller displays outside of the regular iPhone touch screen. According to the patent filing, these separate displays could be used in tandem with the main iPhone touch screen or used by developers to show added information in apps and games. Josh is careful to point out that patent applications don't necessarily mean a company will use an idea in a future product, but they are nonetheless interesting to consider.
Obviously, adding separate screens would open up all kinds of options for apps, but I wonder if these areas would be used by Apple for showing things like battery life, current time, camera information, or other more generic smartphone-related uses. But if these added touch-screen areas could be used by app developers, it would open up a huge number of possibilities for more interesting on-screen controls and other information widgets related to what's happening on-screen.
Even without knowing whether this will come to light, what sort of uses can you envision for extra displays around the main iPhone screen? Let me know your ideas in the comments.
This week's apps include an app for star gazing that uses augmented-reality technology and an app that lets you play classic arcade and console games from the golden age of gaming.… Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded
Facebook launches the Open Compute Project, a collaboration with hardware manufacturers, aimed at making more energy-efficient Web-centric computers
T-Mobile confirms that the Sidekick 4G will cost $99 when it launches April 20
Atari Greatest Hits brings vintage Atari titles to the iPad and iPhone
The personal jet pack takes a 7-minute flight in New Zealand, a new record.
Deep down, we knew it would come to this. Samsung, Sony, HTC, Sky, Nintendo: these brands may talk a good fight, but when push comes to shove there are only two tech megacorporations capable of total domination.
Microsoft and Apple. It's the oldest grudge match in tech history, and it's bubbling up once more in CNET UK's Greatest Gadget tournament, as Apple's iPhone squares off against Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Are you a Microsoft Minion? Or an Apple Acolyte? You must be a U.K. resident to score the ultimate prize in the epic tourney, an … Read more
Our British cousins at CNET UK have just launched an epic tournament to find the greatest gadget of the last 10 years. The honor of choosing the winner is down to the readers. The site is asking you to whittle a list of 32 gadgets down to just one incredible, era-defining piece of tech.
Here's how it works. Each of the 32 gadgets has been paired off with another. Starting next week, CNET UK will be asking you to vote for one of the two you feel is best.
After a week's worth of voting, the gadgets in … Read more
Following in the same tradition of every generation of video games, Sony has released the first batch of "Greatest Hits" titles for the PlayStation 3. Originally announced at the company's E3 press conference, the 10 select games will feature a retail price of $29.99 and come in a special red game case.
A few days ago, blogger Don Reisinger made the bold declaration that the Super Nintendo was the greatest video game system of all time. The SNES was indeed a great console with lots of great games, but it's still a leap to call it the greatest system ever made. In an industry that's over 30 years old, that's seen dozens upon dozens of home video game systems, simply calling out Nintendo's second console as the best ever seems simplistic.
To a certain extent, though, Don is right. The Super Nintendo could be considered the greatest console … Read more