Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.
Let me introduce you to the kid behind the mask. He's 5 years old. He shows extreme bravery in the face of leukemia. His parents know him as mild-mannered, sweet Miles, but on Friday he became Batkid, his superhero alter ego.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area and thousands of volunteers have transformed San Francisco into Gotham City for a day. Batkid has already trained with his mentor Batman, saved a damsel in distress chained to a big green detonation device covered in the Riddler's signature question marks, and helped to apprehend The Riddler. He is well on his way to receiving a key to the city from the mayor. This may be the fastest origin story in superhero history.… Read more
The 2013 iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's flagship tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip-flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates. Unfortunately, it's still extremely difficult to disassemble and repair.… Read more
Sony's PlayStation 4 might have only hit store shelves hours ago, but it's already been torn apart to reveal its internal components.
The team over at iFixit on Friday published its teardown of Sony's "modern gaming machine," with "its feet firmly rooted in hardware land, and its head off in the cloud." The device received a score of 8 out of 10 for repairability thanks to its lack of adhesive and a "non-proprietary hard drive (that) is easy to access and replace." Sony's new console, however, did get dinged for … Read more
Imagine if people spoke in real life the way they would in a YouTube comment. A comedy bit from Conan O'Brien does just that.
On his late-night talk show on Wednesday, Conan was talking about Google's decision to ban anonymous YouTube comments, forcing people to use their real screen names. Many YouTube users have given the overall comment cleanup a thumb's down. But Conan voiced his support for requiring real names, complaining that the anonymous comments are "usually awful things that no one would have the guts to say in person."
After revealing that his … Read more
The video game industry had a strong October despite a drop in hardware revenue, new data from market research firm NPD revealed.
The US game industry generated $791.1 million in October, up 5 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to NPD. Hardware sales were down 8 percent to $171.7 million as consumers eyed this month's launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Software sales boosted the industry, rising 12 percent year over year to $482.5 million.
For the sixth consecutive month, the Nintendo 3DS was the top-selling hardware in October with over … Read more
Congrats to Ruben G. of Los Angeles for winning a SanDisk Extreme II solid-state drive last week. This week, we have a gloriously geeky giveaway (and one that clearly appreciates alliteration).
We're offering a set of 52 DC Comics honoring Villains Month. But these aren't just any comic books. They feature special covers that use lenticular technology to showcase the likes of Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn in 3D -- without the need for annoying glasses. Most of these comics were allocated before they hit stores and sold out the week they were published, so they're hard to find. … Read more
Two gaming journo mainstays join Jeff on the show today. 20-year veteran Victor Lucas and his partner-in-crime Scott Jones pick apart the next-generation console wars and opine on what the future of gaming will and, more interestingly, will not be like.… Read more
Nothing quite speaks to the year 2013 like a YouTube video of a highly anticipated, $400 piece of hardware getting blown to bits by a high-powered rifle -- all to the soothing sounds of dubstep.
That's the modus operandi of Rated RR, a YouTube channel that relishes in putting mankind's most destructive pieces of hardware up against the tech community's most divisive pieces of hardware, those being iOS devices. The channel occasionally totes out a game console, like in this instance, but also features a healthy amount of weapon enthusiast videos to boot. … Read more