Two gaming journo mainstays join Jeff on the show today. 20-year veteran Victor Lucas and his partner-in-crime Scott Jones pick apart the next-generation console wars and opine on what the future of gaming will and, more interestingly, will not be like.… Read more
Self-destruction is the core value of our current times.
Just as we seek to destroy ourselves with our self-indulgence and our joie de vivre, we seek our private messages to be destroyed before the world's security services read them.
And so along comes a company called PowerInbox to assist us on our path to righteousness.
Seeing, perhaps, that Snapchat, the send-it-and-forget-it messaging app, was rather popular, PowerInbox is offering SecretInk. This delightful concoction claims to have all the properties of Snapchat, but for e-mail (and even SMS).… Read more
Ever notice how none of the modern tools we use these days has a dedicated purpose anymore? From cell phones to smartwatches, everything has a camera, apps, and a million other extra functions.
That multipurpose icon, the century-old Swiss Army Knife (now with USB drive), has had a profound impact on how we conceive of and use tools.
But there's often a tradeoff between function and quality. "You won't find professional photographers using Android phones to take wedding pictures," design consultant Dan Saffer noted in the Wall Street Journal. "The advanced features of a professional-grade camera outweigh the inconvenience of carrying it around."… Read more
We're surprised, after Croatia introduced the QR code stamp last year, that the idea hasn't really taken off. After all, stamps are the perfect size and shape for the smartphone-scannable bar codes.
It's awesome to see Australia Post getting in on the action. Unlike the Croatian stamp, which was used to track the passage of mail across the globe, though, Australia Post's version -- called the Video Stamp -- lets you record a video message to send with your post. You can record 15 seconds of footage up to 12 hours after you have posted your item.
When recipients get the package, they can scan the stamp using their smartphone to receive whatever message you want to send. If the recipient doesn't have a smartphone, they can enter an eight-digit code on the Australia Post Web site to view the video. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Compelling interview with a 15-year-old girl who can feel the emotion of machines.
- Xbox One preorders ship early, reveal large game file sizes.
- Amazon to begin offering Sunday delivery option for purchases.
Journalists who use their iPhone or Galaxy S4 to take video during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia could promptly lose their rights to cover the games.
According to Radio Free Europe (translation), Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, said: "Journalists using mobile phones to film athletes or spectators will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation." Konov was speaking Friday to sports journalists attending a training seminar on covering the upcoming Olympic games, according to the report.… Read more
About a year ago, a friend of mine was raving about his standing desk. "Sitting is death," he proclaimed. Me, I couldn't see that I'd want to stand all day working. But now I've gone to the other extreme. Not only am I standing while I work, but I also walk -- and I'm loving it.
I've been using a treadmill desk for about two months now. I'm writing this even as I walk at 2 miles per hour. In a typical day, I'll walk anywhere from 4 to 7 hours, burning an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories. For the step-counters, I usually do around 15,000 to 25,000 steps per day.
I've been using a LifeSpan desk, specifically the TR1200-DT7, which the company loaned to me when it suggested this test. I'll talk about what this particular model is like, but my main goal is to share what the transition from a sitting desk to a walking one has been like. … Read more
Politics has become tiresome.
Alright, it was always tiresome, but when 24-hour cable news came along, we got to hear of every little detail and reached for extra doses of our calming medicine.
It seems, though, that one of the consequences of constant political upheaval has been to drive more people to shop online this holiday season.
A survey has been placed before my exclusive eyes. It was performed by Harris Interactive, on behalf of cloud testing company SOASTA (pronounced like "toaster", sadly, rather than like "Zoroaster").
In it, a fulsome 44 percent of people insisted … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Russ Frushtick reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- People are cramming entire movies into GIFs now, and the results are mesmerizing.
- The Internet Archive seeks donations after fire destroys $600,000 of equipment.