Are you disappointed or psyched that so many new technologies draw inspiration directly from films and TV? First it was Samsung citing "2001: A Space Odyssey" as an influence for their Samsung Galaxy tablet and all the reports of "Minority Report" tech coming soon. And now Google looks like it watched too many Star Trek episodes while designing its augmented-reality glasses.… Read more
Why are gay men worth more to advertisers on Facebook? We'll begin today's show with a story on PC Pro that clarifies how social networks sell your information as part of a package demographic that advertisers can use to target specific markets.
We'll also highlight the similarities between Android phones and condoms, notably the criteria they share for nomenclature that includes seven characteristics -- "distinctive," "short," "appropriate," "easy to spell and pronounce," "likable," "extendable," and "protectable."
Other stories of the day include a high school senior getting expelled for dropping several F-words in a Twitter post supposedly crafted on campus, HBO Go hitting Xbox Live tomorrow, another chapter in the "Ninja Turtles" saga, and The Weinstein Company refusing the MPAA's R Rating for the movie "Bully."… Read more
Apple products are mostly used by younger generations, but the company should still recognize the dangers of "high-tech modern architecture." Such is the plea of 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall, a New Yorker taking Apple to court for $1 million after walking face first into the glass door entrance to the Long Island Apple store.
Does her case hold water, and should Apple continue to use ugly white tape to let people know glass is a real thing? We'll talk about this story and more on today's episode of The 404.… Read more
Safetica Free is a freeware version of Safetica's powerful security client scaled down for the home user. It combines data protection and encryption with a secure password manager and generator, temporary and junk file shredder, archived file tool, disk encryption, RSA key generator, and more.
Safetica's installer offers more options than most, including whether to run the program at startup and also to open the program's Web site and Help file when the installation finished. The Help file and Web-based resources often refer to the enterprise-level software client, which includes tools for monitoring employees' computer behavior. But … Read more
Welcome to another throwback episode from The 404 Podcast! We'll be publishing these podcasts, videos, and rerun episodes until regular live programming returns next Tuesday, March 6!
Stoopid Andy filled in for a show while I was away in October last year, and his second appearance is anything but stupid--he'll explain why there's no such thing as too much desktop RAM, and the guys will address a gaping security flaw infecting HTC Android devices, not to mention a longer discussion topic about the limited lifespan of the U.S. Postal Service.
Enjoy!… Read more
We've put it off long enough, and today we'll finally spend time discussing Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an incendiary bill written by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith that would effectively put an end to any Web site that would "steal America's innovative and creative products, attract more than 53 billion visits a year, and threaten more than 19 million American jobs."… Read more
LAS VEGAS--The showroom floor at CES 2012 is still in progress and we're kicking it off with the start of a four-day block of live shows from the CNET stage here at the Las Vegas Convention Center.Emily Dreyfuss from CNET's Rumor Has It podcast is our guest today, giving us all the news from the front lines of the press conferences.
We'll find out why a kangaroo hopped onstage during the Dish Network keynote speech, how Lenovo and Vizio managed to swap product lines, and why I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Brian (Brianne?) Tong in a pair of women's shoes.… Read more
Our favorite Australian, Ty Pendlebury, joins us on this last 404 episode before the main event of technology begins--otherwise known as CES.
Ty gives his opinion on what will be the hottest tech from the show this year, and it looks like OLED will be big. Already some manufacturers like LG have announced massive 55-inch OLED screens, skipping a few sizes in between. While recent HDTV technology like 120Hz has been questionable when it comes to image quality, the near-perfect black levels of OLED screens just might have you interested in buying a new HDTV again. Ty warns that the prices aren't anywhere close to what we've been accustomed to lately.
AVN also won't be going on at the same time as CES this year, so that's a disappointment. We also take a few voice mails, but we want to let you know that we love to hear your feedback when we get to Vegas. So please call us and leave us a message at (866) 404-CNET. In the meantime, we're packing our bags and getting ready for a slew of hopefully unforgettable shows.… Read more
The second show for the year has its share of bumps, but CNET's Bridget Carey and CBS MoneyWatch's Jill Schlesinger come to save the day, while offering their insights on toys and finances.
In this 404 episode, Jill tells us how she gets fans from The 404 calling into her financial advice show, and that has her producers bewildered by the number of 20-somethings interested in some money-saving tips for things like getting married. One thing that doesn't save a lot of money is having kids. That's got Jeff excited. And it reminds Wilson that kids these days are spoiled. They want iPhones and iPads for Christmas. We remember growing up and thinking a Transformers action figure was good enough.… Read more
Welcome to a brand-new year of The 404! Today on the show filling in for Justin Yu is Bridget Carey. Justin is still out west and will meet up with us in Las Vegas for our live shows from CES 2012!
On today's show Jeff and Wilson prepare Bridget for her first CES ever by advising her to stock up on Powerbars, Jolt Cola, and plenty of water. … Read more