As someone who spent five years carefully reviewing, testing and preserving gadgets here at CNET, it brings me no small amount of cathartic joy to watch them get casually destroyed every week by Molly Wood.
In each episode of her show, Always On, Molly and her team subject a new, popular product to a series of brutal torture tests. Only the best of them survive the blistering heat, freezing cold, drops, and spills that Molly can dish out. To honor those high-endurance, herculean gadgets, Molly dedicated a video to chronicle them.
But as I am one of those glass-half-empty sorts, … Read more
When you get to the middle of a holiday weekend, you might turn to those closest to you and mutter: "Oh, I forgot to tell you about..."
Here's one event that somehow scarred my mind so much that I can talk about it only now.
Yuan Mou, a Chinese IT worker, was reportedly asked to perform routine maintenance on a vast LED screen near the Jilin railway station.
It seems he may have offered a performance that didn't quite maintain the standards of public decency.… Read more
After Facebook's recent update to the Newsfeed, I got to thinking about how many Facebook features have failed over the years. And I don't mean the now-typical Terms of Service disasters. I mean new ideas, new features, and new products that took developers months or years of work, and just flat-out bombed.
Now, this is one of my lists that's completely subjective. I didn't rate these based on estimates of Facebook's time invested or profit loss or some ridiculous calculation of "flop" factor. If you disagree with my selections or ranking, you won'… Read more
Evidence can be a menace.
You think you've gotten away with something, and then that moment comes along when you suddenly remember that perhaps you've left a clue.
This thought may (or may not) have crossed the mind of an alleged cell phone thief.
As the New York Post reports, police in the Bronx feel sure that what happened is that a certain man -- whose picture they now have -- robbed a 27-year-old woman of her gadget.
He then allegedly used it to take a quite fetching picture of himself smoking pot.
This would not be the … Read more
Updated: Twitter has since reported that the issue was resolved.
The fail whale is alive and well at Twitter this morning.
"Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter," the company reported on its status page today. "Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."
Downrightnow.com, which tracks the availability of Web sites, indicates that Twitter has been up and down for the past several hours. A similar site, Isitdownrightnow.com, shows that Twitter is currently up but notes that it was down earlier.
On my end, I've been able to access the … Read more
One should never expect justice in life.
The best one can hope for is poetry.
And yet, just once or twice, both manage to collide with a deliciousness that moves the soul.
Here is the tale of a teenage girl who had her iPhone stolen.… Read more
School officials don't always do their homework.
Errors creep in -- sometimes creepy ones.
Still, who cannot feel a pang of guffaw-suppressing empathy for whomever wrote an e-mail on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools system?
As CBS Chicago sniggers it, parents were being notified by the Schools system of adjustments to the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
Helpfully, the e-mail notification included a link to the Illinois State Board of Education Web site.Perhaps, though, there was a copy-paste failure. Or perhaps the author decided to type out the whole link. Or perhaps... well, anyway.
Somehow, an extra letter … Read more
Twitter users are reporting problems receiving tweets in their official Twitter apps this afternoon.
In a post to its official status blog, Twitter acknowledged the issue, saying: "Some users may be experiencing a delay with new tweets in their timelines. Our engineers are currently working on this issue."
In recent days, there's been much talk of the end of the so-called "fail whale" in light of Twitter's performance having … Read more
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