Today, Skype has officially released SkypeKit into limited beta. SkypeKit is a suite of tools and APIs that allow developers to integrate Skype functionality -- read: voice and video calling -- into any number of internet-connected devices and products. That's right; Skype is now poising themselves to be a standard among video chat solutions that can make it past your computer and mobile phone and into whatever the developer and/or consumer wants.Read More
What do I know about shoes? I know my Balenciagas from my Louboutins at the very least, but I only dabble in those most famous of footwear because they look dangerous enough to take down a mugger or ninja. Like that scene from Sex and the City? You know, when Carrie... Anyway, shoes are not among my chiefest of interests. Cool archaeological finds, on the other hand, are more my cup of loose tea. However, it's not like the two can't combine right?Read More
It's still thinking, and we're very excited. Sega of America and Sega of Europe have happily made a joint announcement stating that the Dreamcast, that oh-so-beloved console released on 9/9/99 (and died a year and a half later), will see new life on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.Read More
Barrett Eugene Hansen, otherwise known as Dr. Demento, announced on Monday that he will be closing the doors of his near 40-year old radio show this weekend in favor of producing shows for DrDemento.com.
While we're heartened to hear that he is not retiring from all media, his departure from radio is a shame, and has an ironic twist to it; He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame only this past November.Read More
This morning, an international group of six volunteers recruited by the European Space Agency began the Mars500 project. Taking place at the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, the experiment will simulate the long journey to Mars as scientists observe the physiological and psychological stresses impacted on the six spacemen over a period of 18 months. Keeping them sheltered from the perils of space otherwise known as Russia is an elaborate craft consisting of a series of tubes that simulates the different living environments one might encounter on the International Space Station.Read More
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg graced the stage at All Things D's D8 Conference last night to talk about the new and hotly debated privacy features as well as Facebook's overall direction. Joining him on stage were columnists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who shot questions at the young CEO about instant personalization, opt-in, and whether or not he ever takes off his hoodie. By interview's end, Zuckerberg had only gone just far enough to bridge the gap between him and his detractors, but he was consistent in making clear that in his view, Facebook's mission was and has always been to help people to share information with the world around them. Four highlights:Read More
With LOST now fading into DHARMA Initiative history, it's high time the Island alum put their Oahu days behind them and move onto greener pastures. And it doesn't look like we'll be waiting very long. Rumor has it that Josh Holloway, famous for playing the lovable rogue James "Sawyer" Ford, has been enlisted to join Earth's Mightiest Heroes. According to Avenger News:
Apparently there’s been talk between Marvel and his group to play a “lead” role in an upcoming Marvel film. We mention a “lead” role because these bigger actors often won’t sign “retainers”, meaning everything should be 100% locked (character, film, etc) for Josh once he’s signed the dotted line.Read More
Comics can entertain us, but they can also send us powerful messages about life and society. The latest comic being launched in Mumbai as a part of Mumbai Cyber Safety Week teaches a very valuable lesson: don’t download torrents. Yeah, right.
In Escape from Terror Byte City, (above) boys Jeremy and Ben download a pirated copy of a movie only to find themselves trapped in a virtual city full of scary green blob viruses and spyware with giant fangs.
First of all, it seems odd that, while the comic is admittedly aimed at Cyber Safety, it really touches minimally on the issue of illegality concerning downloads of pirated content. But with a target audience of five through ten year olds, maybe the legal issues would have gone over readers’ heads. Either way, the political message just doesn’t seem to be in the storyline, though the incentive of the comics is clear: don’t let these kids get addicted to torrents.
Just saying: This is the most likely file to get disseminated as a virus-infested torrent ever. It’s as cruel and fun as sending out a spyware-infused movie, but now with overflowing irony!
In honor of the perhaps misguided efforts of the organization behind Terror Byte, we have compiled a list of some comics that were more effectively -- and often controversially -- political.Read More
It turns out the rumors are true. In a memo released by Steve Ballmer, the poster children of some of Microsoft's biggest projects -- namely, the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Zune, and the much-anticipated Project Natal -- are leaving Microsoft for prospects unknown. J. Allard, Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Entertainment and Devices Division, and Robbie Bach, President of Entertainment & Devices Division of Microsoft, have been instrumental in the successes of the Xbox brand and, as Ballmer wrote, changing the culture of the company, making news of their departure something of a surprise. Allard himself was rumored to be on sabbatical after the Courier, Microsoft's late great tablet project, was unceremoniously cancelled. Ballmer, however, only had praise for the pair and looked forward to working with them in the future while Microsoft continues to restructure. Read the full memo below:Read More
In these troubled times when raising the bar is a necessity to getting that most coveted of jobs, you need something that sets you apart. Something that cries out "Original," while asking your potential employer "Just what great things can I expect from this new hire?" Maybe even get them wondering if you're over-qualified... Well, ok, you may not want that last part. No, my friend. What you want is the business card of the future. Something special that'll make a splash as soon as you sit down for that interview.Read More
File this under 'awesome': Living in the big city tends to have it's own perils, being mugged not being the least of them. So it's understandable that places like Gotham, Metropolis, and NYC have superheroes to cover you better than insurance. Still, it's nice to know that life can be as badass as fiction. A German med student down in Sydney, Australia was defended from muggers by a team of ninjas. No joke. I am so jealous!Read More
Somebody write a script because this demands some kind of fan love: Sesame Street Fighters. Thanks to graphic artist gavacho13, gamers can finally imagine what it would be like to have Bert aka Beryu face off against Ernie aka Kernie in the duel to end all duels. All before the school bus comes!
Seeing even fan-made 8-bit game on this would be amazing as this is yet another entry into a tradition of street fighter appropriation. Can you imagine? How ever will Bert defeat Elmo? How long will the battlefield keep Kermit and Miss Piggy apart? And WHERE is Snuffy? Prepare yourselves for pictures after the jump.Read More
How many of your everyday book clubs have the author just pop in to answer your questions? Aside from maybe those who follow Oprah, I'd wager not that many. Unless you're, at the moment, on Twitter. Reading American Gods. Like right now. What happened to my postliterate society?
Neil Gaiman, as a part of the ongoing One Book One Twitter event, went down into the trenches for an hour Q&A session this morning with the masses reading and tweeting about his novel, answering questions about characters, his writing process, future plans, and whether or not he'd like to be deified.Read More