Ask any car historian or enthusiast about the biggest clunkers in American automotive history, and the AMC Pacer will more than likely be on that list. Made by the now defunct American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1975-80, the Pacer was more or less a gimmick car that had all sorts of unusual features (sitting low to the ground but being wide in girth, the passenger side door being bigger than the driver's door, etc) and its body style has often been said to resemble an upside down bathtub on wheels. And while other so-called clunkers from the 70s like … Read more
James May, co-host of U.K. car show "Top Gear," has a new gig for entertaining engineers and toy lovers alike.
The show, "James May's Toy Stories," engages the public in extreme building with favorite childhood toys and films the communal construction in progress.
May's show includes the construction of the first house made almost entirely out of Legos. It's located on the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, England.
The … Read more
When the Nintendo DSi was first announced, flaunting, among other things, an ability to download games directly from Nintendo to system memory or an SD card, our minds leaped to visions of a portable Virtual Console on the Nintendo handheld.
It would be a museum of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, to be chosen from the hundreds of thousands of titles dating back to 1989. Much like the Wii's Virtual Console, it would be a mix of greatest hits and the obscure. Best of all, it could be affordable.
Unfortunately and quizzically, Nintendo still hasn't launched … Read more
I normally leave "Top Chef" recordings for a Friday night. Somehow it helps the soul and the indigestion.
This fine piece of television gives competent, but not yet infamous, chefs the chance to gain some fame by having the flames of their talent fanned by celebrated chefs and the power of television.
This season, which opened Thursday, features a contestant from Google. No, not a programmer or a digitally dextrous designer.
May I introduce you to Preeti Mistry, the 33-year-old executive chef with Google's Bon Appetit management company.
Mistry is Cordon Bleu trained. Unfortunately, her appearance on … Read more
I own a 24-inch Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP LCD computer monitor. Over the last year or so, I've yet to have a performance issue. I do a heavy amount of gaming on it including World of Warcraft and first-person shooters, and I've never once had a problem with input lag. Input lag is a delay measured by the difference between the time a signal is input into a display and the time it is shown by the display.
Input lag is one of the major criticisms of this monitor from its users. Just to be clear, I'm not claiming that input lag on this monitor doesn't exist, I'm only saying that I've not seen evidence of it on either our evaluation unit of my own. Dell has purportedly addressed the issue in the A02 revision of the 2408WFP.
That being said, I still feel the Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP is the best 24-incher money can buy and quite easily earned the top spot on CNET's top-rated 24-inch LCD computer monitors (that we've reviewed).… Read more
As much as we like cars, we like being able to get out of them alive even more. From tech that helps you avoid a crash (like Bluetooth hands-free and rearview cameras) to tech that helps you survive one (crumple zones and airbags), automakers cram modern day vehicles to the gills with safety features that we often take for granted.
With that thought in mind, we've lined up our Top 10 automotive-safety features for your consideration. Check them out and then check back with your comments.
Longtime fans of Top Gear will find the above image of a Toyota pickup truck converted into a boat to be quite familiar.
However, it looks as if these enterprising Russians seem to have improved on Clarkson and company's amphibious truck design with a less ambitious outboard motor and the addition of inflatable pontoons, which allows the truck to float a bit more stably than the Top Gear prototype. An intake snorkel and vertical stack exhaust keep the Toyota's engine from being flooded when entering and exiting the waterway.
Roku announced this week that it signed on with Major League Baseball to deliver MLB.tv Premium to its set-top box. It's the first live content that the device, which is best known for its Netflix streaming, will offer.
But like many other set-top boxes on the market, the services the Roku box offers aren't unique to that device. Netflix streaming is available on a large and growing number of devices, including TiVo DVRs, the Xbox 360, and all newer LG and Samsung Blu-ray players and home theater systems. In addition to the Roku, MLB programming is available on the PC, through Boxee, and through various cable and satellite TV packages.
Indeed, many TVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and home theater systems now have a baseline configuration that makes it relatively easy to add streaming services via postpurchase firmware upgrades. At this point, adding content seems almost as simple as calling the content provider and having lawyers work up an agreement between the parties.
The problem is, those partners are not necessarily working together. The hardware providers want those streaming or download services to be exclusive to their boxes. The content providers want their entertainment to be made available on as many devices (STBs or otherwise) as possible. Those very different goals are causing set-top boxes to provide most, but not all, the services that consumers want.… Read more
Boxee, a New York-based start-up that makes "media center" software, announced Wednesday that it has raised $6 million in a Series B financing round led by General Catalyst Partners. Existing investors Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital also participated in the round.
Boxee raised its series A round, to the tune of $4 million, last November. With the new financing the company hopes to ink more deals with media companies and set-top box manufacturers, as well as hire more employees to keep building out its technology (which includes a developer platform). Currently in an alpha test phase, Boxee … Read more
Once again, we dig into the CNET traffic logs to find out what reviews you folks have been looking at in the greatest numbers. Lately, it's been dominated by phones, but the Netbooks have started to make a move. What will the makeup be this week? Watch the video and find out.
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