The otherwise staid and professional Jason Hiner joins us from TechRepublic to discuss important issues like the amazing Yonanna machine, which turns your banana into froyo just like that! Ok, ok, in tech news, a 19-year-old is arrested in the UK, but LulzSec says he's just the IRC moderator. Sounds important to us. Plus, your Facebook and Twitter posts will haunt you for seven years, just like your bad credit card purchases.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
What should you do if you see an unidentified flying object?
Should you panic? Should you inform the authorities? Should you relax, take out your cell phone, and film it, while simultaneously thinking: "At last!"?
Well, the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili happened upon a mysterious flame in the sky last week. While the Spurs' Head of Security filmed it, Ginobili stood and watched and wondered what it might be.
Then he investigated and reported, at considerable length, to his more than 340,000 fans on Facebook.
Writing in his native Spanish, Ginobili said he availed himself of &… Read more
You have, perhaps, occasionally had your ear bitten off over the phone. However, fewer are the people who have experienced their phone actually exploding into their ear, causing bleeding and a strange sensation of surprise.
His description to Fox4 offers an atmosphere redolent of David Cronenberg: "I heard a pop. I didn't feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping. I realized that it was probably was blood."
Embry reports that the horror deepened when he went back into his house. "As I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward," he said. … Read more
Google Street View's German launch has truly been like no other.
Germany is not like Brazil, where Street View seemed to unearth more dead bodies on sidewalks than can be seen in the whole repertoire of "Law and Order."
For Germany's bodies are alive with mystery. And no mystery can surely be greater than the one that appeared and has, at least temporarily, disappeared at Zwerchgasse 39 in Mannheim, Germany.
The image, which was captured by the German newspaper Der Spiegel, offers a story. The only question is: What story?
It seems to show a naked … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission scored a major political win today as it announced a $25 million settlement with Verizon Wireless over so-called mystery charges.
While critics complain that the FCC has been dragging its feet on issues such as Net neutrality, the agency announced that it has not only forced Verizon Wireless to refund more than $50 million to consumers for overcharging them, but it has also gotten the nation's largest cell phone operator to pay another $25 million to the U.S. Treasury as a penalty.
Verizon Wireless said Sunday that it plans to refund consumers it wrongly charged for data usage, but the company still faces scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission, which has been investigating Verizon's practices.
On Sunday Verizon released a statement admitting that it had been charging 15 million of its wireless subscribers for data services they didn't intend to use. Verizon has estimated that the total charges, which took place over the past two years, amount to $50 million.
The FCC has been investigating Verizon's mystery data fees for the past 10 months, the agency said in a … Read more
Those who design Google's little Doodles seem to be cerebral types. They try to eschew the mundane for something of a more intellectual flavor. This surely describes the latest--and one of the most charming--in the Doodle gallery.
Perhaps you might have not noted it in your calendar, but today would have been Agatha Christie's 120th birthday. The celebrated British mystery writer made little old ladies seem like the wisest people in the world when she created the Miss Marple series.
And by giving birth to Hercule Poirot, she made Belgium seem like a place that could solve every … Read more
Visa, one of the world's largest credit card companies, is taking aim at "scam" marketing practices that were quietly used by some of the Internet's largest retailers in recent years.
Retailers will no longer be able to allow third parties to charge a customer's card without the card owner re-entering credit card information, Visa said Tuesday. This is Visa's response to one of the biggest scandals to rock online retailing in years.
Pulling another page from Apple's playbook, Microsoft has sent out a cryptic invitation to lure reporters to an upcoming event, while offering almost no clue as to what will be introduced.
In this case, Microsoft has invited select reporters to an event on April 12 in San Francisco. Engadget appears to be first along the mail truck route from Redmond, Wash., so for now you will have to go there to see pictures of said invitation.
Microsoft is declining to comment, though I'd bet it has something to do with the mobile front. One possibility is the introduction … Read more
Mystery P.I. -- The New York Fortune is a seek-and-find game in which you play Private Eye and help the family of an eccentric billionaire find his will by seeking clues throughout the landscape of New York City. As you find hidden items and decipher puzzles, you get closer to solving the mystery.
The game's instructions are helpful and easy to understand. New York City is rendered cartoon style in this scenario. Players seek clues in familiar Gotham landmarks, such as Central Park and Times Square. Each scene is jumbled and cluttered with items that are part of … Read more