- Back to the Future hoax separates the fans from the posers.
Is it wrong of Orbitz to be pushing higher prices on Mac users? Of course not. The travel agency can do whatever it wants, and if it's found that Mac users spend more money on vacations, the agency's well within its rights to serve them more expensive trip results. And let's be honest, there are plenty of people who buy a Mac for all of the wrong reasons, ultimately overpaying on a machine that's only going to be browsing Facebook.
On the other hand, there's no denying that Apple products have earned a solid reputation in terms of build quality and reliability. This has trickled over into the buying psychology of customers. If people are convinced paying more will get them a product that they will be satisfied with, the same mentality can be applied to spending more on a vacation to ensure a better time. Don't hate Orbitz for figuring that out.… Read more
- Imagining "The Big Lebowski 2: The Dude Goes to Washington"
- Honoring Nora Ephron: When moviemaking met a natural
- A better take on self-driving cars: Ford Traffic Jam Assist.
- Rock paper scissors robot has 100 percent confidence.
- Scumbag Facebook changes your e-mail address on the sly.
- HBO teases Sorkin's 'Newsroom' pilot for free on YouTube.
- Winamp history lesson of the day: how the greatest MP3 player undid itself.
- Orbitz capitalizes on Mac users to boost online business.
I'll be honest. It's difficult to get excited about monitors without IPS screens, super-high resolutions, and multiple HD video inputs. Still, people do buy budget monitors. Lots of them. Why? Because they're cheap, simple, and usually get the job done. That job being delivering images to your optics.
Today Dell announced new entries into its P and E lines of displays. These fall under Dell's budgets lines, so I was surprised by the inclusion of DisplayPort in the P series.
Anyway, these go on sale today, so check them out at Dell.com if you're … Read more
-New site "weknowhatyouredoing.com" tracks Twitter and posts incriminating patterns.
-Hot Toys' Joker action figure is serious...ly amazing.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ray Bradbury may soon be honored online with "451" error code for Internet censorship.
- Time Warner Cable grabs patent to prevent DVRs from skipping commercials.
- Twitter to grant Web sites extra characters with "expansive tweets."
When it comes to storage, you definitely don't want to risk getting stuck with a lemon. That's because, unlike other commodities like a car or a TV, when a storage device breaks down, chances are you lose a lot more than just the drive itself. It's a painful experience to see your invaluable data vanish. Take my word for it on this.
But you likely don't want to spend too much, either, and want your storage device to be easily accessible, especially on the go since there's not much use for your data if it always has to stay at home.
Bearing that in mind, compact and portable external hard drives are arguably the most popular form of storage. They have room to hold lots of data, often more than your laptop or ultrabook can, without being big or heavy. Following is the list of the top five portable USB 3.0-based drives that are the best among their peers, offering great performance, large storage space, compact design, and sometimes even the kind of toughness that will withstand drops and submersion in water. Most importantly, you can easily find them for less than $100. Have more to spend? You can get larger capacities that cost more.
Windows is about to become a lot more portable. Microsoft hopes that its new mobile moves will also make it a lot more popular for buyers shopping for smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft has dabbled in both the phone and tablet worlds, but without the resounding sales success Apple and Android have achieved.
Both Windows Phone 8 and Surface will tie in strongly with the company's still-popular desktop OS, perhaps … Read more
On today's 404 episode, we'll solve the mystery of phantom cell phone vibrations and why we're so often tricked into thinking our phones have a mind of their own. One psychologist from the University of Sydney thinks that it has to do with electrical currents running through parts of the body surrounding the phone, while another professor of psychology believes it's in ours heads, that our addiction to technology has made us paranoid about e-notifications.
Walking around New York in this heatwave is enough of a workout for anyone these days, but some gym-goers in Canada are so sick of skinny people making them look bad that they've issued a ban on anyone that can't be described as "plus size."
According to the NY Daily News, Body Exchange gym in Vancouver claims to be a "safe haven" for overweight people that feel scrutinized when they work out next to those without an addiction to food. Unfortunately, we'll have to defer to Richard to comment on this story, as neither Jeff nor I have ever been inside a gym.… Read more