Ep. 1067: Where we scrape the Surface Video
On today's episode of The 404 Show, we'll run through Time Magazine's best inventions of 2012, check out the nastiest nicknames for the Presidential candidates, and address the rumors of an incoming Xbox Surface tablet.
"Musician" Rebecca Black and a voicemail from a technologically entitled listener inspire Jeff to create Punch a Tween Day. Check out today's episode of The 404 Podcast for more details on how you can help.
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, we discuss the future of video games and how students at the Imperial College in London are developing a pair of special glasses that allows players to control paddle movement using their eye movements! The new technology holds particular promise for people with physical disabilities that might soon get the chance to join the gaming community. The glasses are fitted with infrared light sensors and a webcam that links a laptop to the player's eyes, and although the hardware only costs $35 to make, the eye movement system itself costs around $36,000, so don't expect to control Modern Warfare with your eyes anytime soon.
Wilson's powers to predict the future must be waning because he didn't warn us about the illness keeping him bedridden during today's episode of The 404 Podcast. The universe seems to work itself out, however, because CNET News reporter Caroline McCarthy is back from her sojourn to San Francisco, and hopefully on a semi-permanent basis this time!
It's easy to get lost in all the new Android and Windows Phone handsets coming out soon, but CNET's Kent German, Bonnie Cha, and Nicole Lee have us covered. We chat about a leaked shot of the Google Nexus Prime, a first take of the HTC Titan, and a Microsoft patent that encourages you to access touch screens through your pants. Too easy! This and more irreverent stories on today's episode of The 404 Podcast.
It's not uncommon for the average dweller to have thousands of dollars worth of technology in his or her home, so we spend the first part of today's episode talking about what you can do to ensure the safety of your gaming consoles, HDTVs, computers, and more. On a related note, there's lots of video game news to get to including the indefinite closure of Sony's Playstation Network, the new Mortal Kombat, and speculating about the next Nintendo Wii.
We couldn't record today's Podcast without spending a little time on Gizmodo's big unveiling of Microsoft's secret tablet PC. The blog is reporting that even though our first inclination is to call it a tablet, it's really more of a booklet, with two 7-inch(ish) screens with multitouch, a 3MP camera on the back, and a fancy stylus for clicking, writing, dragging, and drawing. In typical 404 fashion, we have to poke fun at the fact that while a long plastic pen is very innovative, we wish it had fully functioning voice recognition, but as we've seen from the Google iPhone app, that technology will likely never be perfected. In the meantime, it looks like the Microsoft booklet will materialize before the fabled Apple tablet.
Leaked from today's 404 episode: the original Apple iPhone will soon reach "obsolete status," an awful Gangnam Style parody at the Indian Samsung Galaxy unveiling, and Calls From the Public!
Microsoft is replacing some covers for the Surface tablet, Priceline names its price for Kayak, and GameFly adds PC games for download.
J.K. Rowling is giving bookstores more reason to worry with her online launch of Pottermore.com that will soon offer the Harry Potter series in e-Book format. On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, we're chatting about children's books, Barack Obama's new video diary on YouTube, Japanese Bagelheads, a user-submitted "DUDE...WHOA" moment, not to mention another Tang that Tune!