If you want an amusing take on the tech stories of the day, you can always count on artist Blake Stevenson and CNET editor Jeff Bakalar. The duo behind Crave's weekly(ish) comic, Low Latency, had another busy year spinning everything from the Nokia Lumia 1020's ginormous camera to the Xbox One's semi-reliable voice control and teens' apparent Facebook ennui. As the year that was winds to a close, here's a look at 10 of 2013's big stories through Low Latency's unique lens. Click on each panel for a larger version, and see every one of Low Latency's panels so far right here. … Read more
If you're old like me, you can remember the first time you played Tomb Raider -- and what a thrill it was. Not only did you get a refreshing change of perspective (from first- to third-person), you also got to play as a female protagonist.
The game combined elements of Pitfall, the "Indiana Jones" movies, and old-school running-and-gunning, all unfolding with the character of Lara Croft, who would go on to join the pantheon of video game icons that includes Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Duke Nukem. She would also spawn a steady stream of sequels, a pair of live-action movies, and various other related media.
NASA has been boldly ignoring that age-old advice not to look directly at the sun. For years now, it's been staring down our star and recording it in a rainbow of colors that reveal the parts we'd otherwise never see.… Read more
Gardening too boring for you? Just add a shotgun.
If you believe this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, there's a new way to sow your seeds: blasting them into the soil with a 12-gauge.
Dreaming of an exotic vacation destination? How about relaxing on the shores of Kraken Mare, a hydrocarbon sea on Titan?
It's a tad chilly at minus 290 degree Fahrenheit, but that's a small discomfort compared with the wow factor of being at the only spot in our solar system -- outside Earth -- with stable surface liquid.
Thanks to the adventurous Cassini space probe, you can get an overview of this lovely land of lakes and seas in a dramatic NASA video of Saturn's biggest moon. The data form the most detailed view of the planet to date. … Read more
Are you prone to spills? Maybe your kids tend to use your clothing as a canvas for abstract art. This T-shirt could help.
Silic is billed as "self-cleaning clothing with hydrophobic nanotechnology," and it's nearly tripled its funding goal on Kickstarter.
The polyester fabric is layered with billions of silica particles, preventing most liquid molecules from attaching to it, according to the developers. … Read more
New tech being developed at Cornell University aims to bring cholesterol testing to smartphones to make the numbers both more specific and easier to track.
Home cholesterol test kits have been around since the early 1990s, catering to those with high cholesterol levels -- which puts them at a higher risk of developing heart disease -- who need to check their numbers more than once every few years.
But the majority of home tests take total cholesterol readings only, without separating out the "good," high-density lipoprotein (HDL, which helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries) from … Read more
"She wasn't splashing around too much."
With these words, Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the Melbourne (Australia) Water Police offered his description of a woman who had walked straight off the St. Kilda Pier and fallen into the water.
"She was just floating, really," he explained.
Perhaps she was in shock. Or perhaps her priority was to make sure that her phone was fine and that she hadn't missed anything in her News Feed.
Before she'd made her splashing exit from dry land, this Taiwanese woman, said to be in her mid-20s, had … Read more
LG Electronics has officially jumped into the Chrome OS market. The electronics giant announced Tuesday that it would be unveiling its all-in-one Chromebase desktop computer during the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
"Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design," LG's head of IT Business Hyoung-sei Park said in a statement. "LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.&… Read more
Ever wanted to pilot a X-wing fighter or a TIE Interceptor? Well, you soon can with Disney Interactive's new Star Wars: Attack Squadrons online game.
The entertainment giant announced Tuesday that it's releasing a closed beta version of this new combat game in early 2014 and fans can sign up to test it.
Star Wars: Attack Squadrons will be a multiplayer battle game that will be free to play online when out of beta. Part of the idea of the game is to let players customize and make special modifications to their "Star Wars" starships.… Read more