In the wake of the Conficker worm, we dug into our research vault, known as the Web, and ferreted out the five deadliest computer viruses/worms of all time. Turns out all we needed to do was read the London Times. And all they needed to do was ask a security company.It goes without saying that you should watch the video to see what the Top 5 are. But you have another incentive: for this week we are giving away a size-large throwback CNET fleece, as modeled in the video by Intern Chris Knox and Producer Sarah Harbin.
Most popular products is a Top 5 we do monthly. It's pretty popular. It used to be a constantly changing list, often dominated by game consoles, but lately it's been taken over by phones. All phones. We've even considered changing the name to most popular smartphones.
In any case, we're still giving away a little prize for the Top 5, even if the guy from the Mailbag thinks it's lame. And since the list is all phones, we're giving away a phone...sort of. Well, it's a squishy phone.
Earlier this year, we counted down the best movie robots ever and you seemed to quite enjoy that. So, we went back to the drawing board to decide on the best TV robots ever, and again we're including androids. It's quite a different crew from the movie scene. Friendlier--some might say, smarter--robots dominate this list. But then when is a robot not smart?
You also get a chance to win this time. Not one, not two, but three prizes. Watch our video to get the question, then post your answer below. Be one of the first 10 people to answer correctly and you could win!
Update Congrats to PacGamer who was one of many many people to correctly identify Robot as Model B-9, Class M-3, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. PacGamer came up lucky in the random drawing and gets the Bag, Game and shiny penny.
Here are the list of nominees from Twitter and Facebook.… Read more
This week's Top 5 gives you a look inside the group mind of the United States. We took a look at Google's search reports to find out what searches had been the big gainers over the past three months. Sort of a peek into the collective psyche of the country.And yes, once again there are prizes. So watch the video, get the questions, then post your answers below. Of the first 10 folks to answer correctly, one will win an actual Jonathan Coulton "Skullcrusher Mountain" T-shirt, size small. Hint on the answer: it involves a … Read more
This week's Top 5 has a lot of free stuff. First and foremost, it contains Jason Parker of Download.com's Top 5 best free iPhone games. That alone would be enough, but we don't stop at enough. Watch the video and you will receive instructions on how you could win a slightly used 3D puzzle of an Imperial Star Destroyer. And just in case you think that would be enough, it's signed by Molly Wood.
A month ago I counted down the top 5 tech products I couldn't live without. I got so many great responses on the blog, that I decided to tally them up and count down the top 5 products you can't live without.
So watch the video, enjoy the list, and then come right back to this blog and try to guess what the number 6 would have been. If you're right, and you're the first person to respond here, you'll win that lovely wireless mouse I showed off in the video.Update
This latest top 5 involves a subjective determination of the coolest robots ever to appear in a movie, including androids. Exhaustive research, including a lifetime of watching robots in movies, led to this culminating point in my career. The response on Twitter and Facebook when I asked for suggestions was overwhelming.
In fact, it will probably spin off into two more episodes. There are enough TV robots out there to do a separate top 5 just on cool robots of the small screen. And we might even squeeze out a top 5 real robots. They're actually getting cool enough to do it.
In the meantime, I promised I would post the full list of robot suggestions I got on the Web, so here you go. Watch the video for the top 5, and the full list of suggestions comes after the jump. It's a pretty long list. Just goes to show, nothing beats the hive mind.
Forbes just put out another of those crazy lists where it proposes to identify the top Web celebrities--following a recent spate of other lists of top Tweeters and talkers and Web-famous types. And while we don't dispute the attractiveness of doing stupid lists to get people to look at your content (see: CNET Top 5), it could be said that the Web 2.0 elite is getting, well, nauseatingly self-congratulatory.
So, Tom Merritt and I decided to make our own list of influential people on the Web. These are some, but only some, of the top CNET TV fans … Read more