Ace reporter Caroline McCarthy from CNET News joins the show today to bring us bacon chocolate from Foodzie. It's kind of like, Etsy but for food. Wilson doesn't partake in the bacon, but he munches down on the bourbon chocolate. Jeff's not a fan of swine cocoa, but Justin can't get enough of it.
However, Justin's not a fan of Apple's iPhone warranty policies. Apparently, he dropped his iPhone into a puddle of something. We're not exactly sure what, but we're pretty sure you can't drink it. Anyway, because of this whole ordeal, he's decided to become Justine.
Additionally, ESPN.com tries to be cool when it briefly enables the "Contra code" for its Web site. The hack lasted for about 45 minutes before it got shut down, but we give the site props for making unicorns and rainbows cool again.
It's Tuna Tuesday again, and we get a phone call from Tina. Finally, Twitter has become popular enough to ban at work. We get around it with this new Web app that fakes an Excel document with all your Twitters.
Be sure to check out Jeff Bakalar's appearance on Dan Levy's podcast "On the DL." He talks about tech and hockey. Lastly, a show about supercute kittens and puppies uses The 404 music loop. Didn't know the music could go both ways.EPISODE 330 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
Whoa! Buy.com has the refurbished Xbox 360 Pro for $155.99 shipped. That's way less than the price of a new Xbox 360 Arcade, which has no hard drive and only a wired controller.
The Pro comes with a 20GB hard drive, a wireless controller, and...drum roll...HDMI! However, although component video cables are included, HDMI is BYO. (Meritline, always a good source, has a 6-foot HDMI cable for $4.99 shipped.)
The 360 is not only a killer gaming console, but also a damn fine media center extender (meaning it can stream music, videos, and photos … Read more
ZOMG! Sports lovers who also love glittery pink unicorns with rainbow manes and tails were so in luck earlier Monday. Entering the Konami cheat code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter) at the official ESPN Web site made the cutest little ponies EVER pop up all over the site. And more clicks led to more unicorns.
But that's not all. Visitors also got their headlines in hot pink and the Comic Sans font--enough adorable to make any 10-year-old girl forget about Hannah Montana.
It's a good thing we found out about this little … Read more
We start off this week with some advice from Dong that, to me, seems about five years too late. It is: don't open e-mail attachments from people you don't know. Again, not new news in the slightest. I guess it was a slow news week for us.
Luckily, I'm here to bail us out with something that's actually useful, a description of how to play the most awesome bar drinking game ever! Seriously, use this and you'll immediately be the life of the party. You won't even need to bring that lampshade with you … Read more
Meanwhile, Amazon.com is trying to cash in on the fearmongering by offering a $25 dollar "Pandemic Swine Flu First Aid and Safety Kit." It's a couple of respirator masks, a pair of safety goggles, gloves, hand sanitizer, and booties. Yeah, you can pick up most of this stuff from your corner hardware or drug store for the cheap.
Also, a fan of the show turns Wilson into a "ce-web-rity" by adding him to a list of celebrities you can punch on Facebook. He cries in a corner today. Hopefully, you won't find Wilson on the roof of the CBS building any time soon.
Finally, we get in-depth about the possibility of the iPhone coming to the Verizon network. Neither Wilson nor Maggie thinks this will be a possibility in the near future. We think it's a ploy by Apple to get a better deal with AT&T. There is a chance the iPhone will appear on the Verizon network, when the company switches over to the LTE 4G standard.
Send in your comments to the404 [at] cnet [dot] com. Call us at 1-866-404-CNET (2638). We'll try not to catch the swine flu, but it maybe can't be helped, as Justin loves licking subway poles.EPISODE 329 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
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I believe that the players are still too expensive, the media costs too much, and there isn't enough of a jump in quality between DVD and Blu-ray to force people to jump to the new format. Plus, streaming video is slowly but surely becoming a force in the entertainment space.
There's another issue holding Blu-ray back: it's not portable. Unlike DVD, you can't bring Blu-ray with you. And you certainly can't run into Blockbuster, pick up a Blu-ray movie, and play it in your car to keep the kids quiet on a road trip. That's been a contributing factor to DVD's staying power.
Though it went largely unnoticed, Panasonic announced last week that it was bringing an in-car Blu-ray player to store shelves. The two-part system also features a "7-inch display, GPS, a CD/DVD player, Bluetooth, a 40GB hard drive, and iPod/iPhone compatibility." So far, no price has been announced.
It's an important step forward for the format.… Read more
After trudging past endless rows of RVs, and waiting in a series of long lines, the Last.fm team got into the Stagecoach country festival relatively unscathed. And despite the 50,000 fans (most of whom claim beer as their drug of choice), it was a pretty respectable scene, actually. The highlights of yesterday where The Infamous Stringdusters, Reverend Horton Heat, Earl Scruggs and Darius Rucker.
You may know the latter for his work with (or as) Hootie and the Blowfish, however these days he's all about country music. He rocked the "Mane Stage" with festival-friendly songs … Read more