In today's podcast, we talk about Apple's iPhone landing on yet another U.K. carrier, as well as the company's reported re-hire of former Newton strategist Michael Tchao--a move that has seemingly reaffirmed people's suspicions that the company is working on a tablet PC.
And speaking of portable computers, we get CNET News reporter Erica Ogg in the studio to talk about Dell's new 16" laptop that is able to charge without a traditional power cable. How did they do it? Tune in to find out.
Today's stories:Vodafone, too, will sell iPhone in U.K.… Read more
We have a very special guest this week, Mr. Jeff Sparkman. Jeff gained notoriety previously by being named CNET's nerdiest employee. Soon after, it was a fast life of drugs, women, and comic books. We discuss at least one of those subjects with him.
Also in this episode, we talk about fighting with the Vulcan nerve pinch, Dong getting beat up by a girl, and Eric crying like a baby while watching "The Lord of the Rings."
Jeff has the day off today, so you know what that means: TOTAL CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION! Well, not exactly...Wilson has a little trouble getting the show started, but eventually we get off the ground and welcome our guest on today's show, Mr. Tim Geisenheimer. However, we only get to chat with Tim 1-on-1 for a second before Natali Del Conte pops in to help us out too, making it an all-star lineup!
So after a quick Seinfeld moment about the woes of moving Ikea furniture, we break into a story about a real life "Gaydar" developed by two MIT students which uses social networking data to determine the sexuality of a user. Our major issue with this "study" is that the computer program takes statistical analysis way too seriously. It assumes that if you have a high volume of gay friends, then you must also be gay yourself...interesting jump there. Subscribing to a "birds of a feather, flock together" adage, the two students trained their "Gaydar" to be "very accurate" on men, but not so great on bisexuals or women.
Speaking of women, apparently a group of 3,000 female participants voted the SHOWER RADIO the worst gadget ever invented. It's unclear whether or not they forced the women to choose overtly female-target gadgets (which tend to be cheesy anyway), but Natali has a few things to say about the other gadgets on the "worst ever" list, which include electric fluff removers at #8, egg slicers at #10, and the electric can opener at #18. Although I think we're all starting to doubt Natali's sanity after she tells us all the infomercial junk she's bought over the years...can you say...SLAP CHOP?
Have you heard about CNET TV's newest show called CNET Conversations? To kick off the first episode, CNET's Molly Wood and Ina Fried will sit down with Steve Balmer at the Microsoft offices in Redmond, Washington, and they're bringing questions from viewers. If you have a question for Balmer, head over to the CNET Conversations blog and ask it in a comment!EPISODE 433 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video
First up, Eric narrowly escapes getting struck by lightning but still gets to see fireballs race past his window in the wee hours of the morning. True story.
Then a PSA: Dong finds a new old charge on his AT&T phone bill and explains why you should look at yours more closely.
Then, Kanye Interruptus, Serena's intimidation, and Joe Wilson mouthing off? What's going on?!! We share our theories.
Now you can get your weekend 404 fix with throwback episodes coming at ya every Saturday! We're always open to suggestions on which episodes you guys want to hear, so hit us up at the404(at)cnet[dot]com and let us know your favorites.
Today's episode features our favorite guest, Ms. Natali Del Conte! She joins us today to talk about Dark Knight, Second Life, Heart Robots, and of course a new drink called DRANK! Check out the full episode description here.
Finally, don't forget that you definitely call and leave a voice mail for Monday'… Read more
About a month ago, we revealed CNET TechTracker beta, a new, free application for Windows computers that helps you make certain your installed apps are up-to-date. After receiving feedback from an army of volunteer testers, CNET now introduces the first general release of CNET TechTracker 1.0.
Here's a crash course on how it works. You download CNET TechTracker to your PC, where it spends a few minutes scanning your hard drive for all your software. After that, every time a new update arrives, you'll see an alert message pop up from the TechTracker icon in the task … Read more
While our Digital City video podcast has been a staple of your Friday afternoons for the better part of a year now, we're moving on up to a brand new time slot.
Starting Monday, September 21, Dan, Joseph, Julie, and Scott will stream live every Monday at 3pm EST at live.cnet.com, with audio and video downloads available later that evening.
Hey guys. If you're listening to this episode and it sounds like Dong and I have been taking hits of helium, I recommend you try downloading the file again. A new, more normal sounding one was just uploaded. Sorry about that! And no, you're not tripping.
Ladies (all five of you) and gentlemen, welcome back to the greatest show on Earth! You could be anywhere else in the world, but you're here with us. And we appreciate it.
Anyway, this week we talk girls. Or to be more specific, girl gamers. Or even more specifically, girls that … Read more
What do you think of the new iPod lineup? Are the video capabilities in the new iPod nano and the cheaper price tag on the iPod touch enough to carry Apple's holiday iPod sales?