Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you've arrived, whereupon your Nest thermostat turns the heat up to a comfy 71 degrees and Nest smart lights adjust the brightness to optimize energy use. Meanwhile, your Samsung refrigerator that now relies on Android -- earlier models having proven that the native Samsung smart appliance software just couldn't cut it -- sends you a notification to let you know you have just enough parmesan for tonight's … Read more
WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, having hit 30, is taking over as CEO of the company behind the blogging platform, Automattic.
Mullenweg wrote that Schneider is "going to focus on some of Automattic's new products, and I'm going to take on the role of CEO." He added that, "internally this isn't a big change as our roles have always been quite fluid, and I've had some recent practice filling in for him for a few … Read more
When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more
While millions of fans will be watching "Doctor Who: Time of the Doctor" on Christmas Day to see Matt Smith deal with daleks, cybermen, and awkward nudity, many are anxious to see how he'll hand the Tardis over to Peter Capaldi, who will become the 12th Doctor.
Though the fan base has expressed mixed feelings about showrunner Steven Moffat's casting choice of Capaldi, Smith told The Daily Mirror that he has no doubts about his successor: "I don't think anything can prepare you for the experience of what being the Doctor in 'Doctor Who' is, but I think he's as ready as he can be. I've just said, 'Have a good time, mate.' He'll be great. Peter will hit the ground running and keep flying." … Read more
It was only a matter of time before Sherlock and Doctor Who fandom collided, but they have finally met in a mashup video that will undoubtedly spawn its own flurry of fan fiction.
Created by fan John Smith, the expertly edited video called "Wholock" shows exactly what can happen when the Great Detective investigates the mysterious Time Lord known as only The Doctor. … Read more
Ever had a dream where you suddenly realize you never graduated high school and you need to take one test to get your diploma but can't find the classroom -- and you also happen to be naked? What about the one where the giant cupcake is chasing you through a pathway made from jelly beans?
Don't worry. You're not going crazy. Losing things, being chased, and showing up in public sans clothes are common themes in dreams for everyone.
Dreams Cloud is a free community-based dream journal Web site that not only lets you keep track of all your dreams and nightmares, but also offers analysis aimed at helping you discover what your subconscious is really trying to tell you. … Read more
Most TVs are perfectly fine for rooms with normal lighting situations, where a brighter TV isn't necessarily better. But if you plan to place the set where its screen can't avoid reflecting a window or other bright light source, you might want to consider one of the TVs below.
Not sure if your room is "normal" or not? Then chances are, you're fine with any TV. If you find your current TV bright enough, or reflections are only an issue during certain times of the day, then one of these TVs probably won't help much. But if you're constantly confounded by reflections or washout regardless of adjustments you make, a different TV might help.
Bright lights and windows can overwhelm any TV, washing out the picture and creating distracting reflections that can make certain programs, especially those with dark scenes, downright unwatchable. If possible, we recommend controlling room lighting and reflections somehow -- by either moving the TV or your seat, using blinds, or turning off the lights. But sometimes you can't do that.… Read more
I have just received the video equivalent of a plain brown envelope slipped beneath my door.
It was a link to a YouTube video that hardly anyone appears to have seen.
On screen is Matt Damon, who appears to be talking to a journalist of foreign provenance.
He is being asked what he thinks of Edward Snowden. Astonishingly for someone who has been Jason Bourne and knows the danger of such things, he is answering the question.
"I haven't read everything that he's leaked," he admits. Who has? Even the government doesn't know what Snowden … Read more
This weekend, Matt Damon begins his run taking it to the 1 percenters on Elysium on behalf of the rest of us here on Earth -- a futuristic, poverty-ridden hellscape version of Earth, that is.
The film "Elysium" is the latest from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp and opens Friday across the United States. If you haven't yet found yourself in the firing line of the barrage of promotional materials for the movie, the basic premise is that in the year 2154, humanity is divided between all the poor bastards stuck on an overpopulated, ruined Earth and the rich elite on a huge, halo-style space station where life resembles a stay at an all-inclusive resort.
If you're interested to see how Damon infiltrates Elysium and takes on the man to save his own hide, and perhaps the rest of the next century's 99 percenters, definitely check out the film. But I'm guessing that many Crave readers have already seen the trailers and are more interested in the technology in the film, particularly the giant Stanford Torus space station.
The produce aisle may never be the same again. A British tinkerer attached a jet engine to a shopping cart and tore it down a track at 44 mph. Why? Because that's just what some people do for fun in England.
It's true. The jet-powered shopping trolley quest for speed has been a phenomenon for years. What Matt McKeown did differently is go faster than the other jet-powered supermarket carts that came before. A recent run found him beating the previous speed record of 42 mph, though there doesn't seem to be a governing body of shopping trolley racing to confirm the officialness of the record.… Read more