Ep. 1344: Where we seem to have an invisible touch Video
Some Gamespot.com editors discovered that the Microsoft Xbox Kinect seems to have trouble recognizing darker skinned players. Plus, it pretty much requires you to have a big, giant house. So, you can see how we arrived at the obvious conclusion in our headline, there. Plus, why Hulu is, in fact, destroying the TV industry, and we're ok with that. And Facebook Beacon returns in the form of Deals. Clever, Facebook. Very clever. --Molly
The Web site governmentattic.com just released a list of words, phrases, and configurations you're not allowed to put on a vanity license plate. Join us as we run through a few of our favorites, George Carlin style. Plus hacker t-shirt collections, Amoeba Music's new online Vinyl Vault store, and another bookmark in our ongoing conversation about video game violence.
CNET audio expert Steve "Sphere" Guttenberg helps us wrap up a week of shows with an episode that may offend a very niche segment of our listeners. Steve's carefully curated list of talking points includes a pair of custom custom headphones, a primer on John Lennon's jukebox, a tiny $39 amp that makes your headphones sound a lot better, and more!
After a few snack-related distractions, we'll get to today's headline story about Grinders: a subculture of hackers that alter their bodies for digital enhancement, and one guy in particular that surgically implanted magnets in his ear to create invisible headphones.
Joseph Kaminski fills in for Wilson again on today's 404 podcast to mediate a most divisive argument: PeeWee's Big Adventure vs. Dumb and Dumber: who did it better? We'll also talk wag a finger at Sony for pushing the US release date back to February 2012, show off a YouTube educational feature guarantee to upset a ton of schoolkids, and discuss a couple scientists claiming they're getting very close to Matrix-style instant learning.
The Jabra Revo Wireless headphones offer easy NFC Bluetooth pairing, touch-panel controls, and strong sound for $250
Steve Sphere Guttenberg appears on another psychedelic episode of The 404, discussing why The Nation's new album sounds so terrible, a $2,500 Sony headphone from the 80s, and the dangers of "remastered" albums.
In celebration of March's Women's History Month, Canadian hip-hop recording artist Eternia examines the prevalence of violence against women in Canada and around the world. Eternia is drawing from the third single "Love" released from her Juno-nominated album "It?s Called Life" to raise awareness for Amnesty International's campaign to Stop Violence Against Women. This sensitive and critical issue is portrayed through the music video for "Love," which features guest vocals of Eternia?s sister ? Jessica Kaya, and which is slated for release in Canada, Australia and select US markets throughout March 2006. "In their lifetime, more than one in three women around the world report being abused or suffer from other forms of violence," explains Eternia. "Love" is the most personal and meaningful song I have ever created; it illustrates the struggles of physical and emotional abuse my mother suffered at the hands of my father, while having to raise us. Many women endure abusive relationships, thinking that is the only way to survive and raise their children. "Love" is my way of expressing a mothers' ultimate sacrifice for her children." Non-profit organization The 411 Initiative For Change (411), uses musicians as the media to engage and educate young people on pressing social issues. 411 facilitated this collaboration between Eternia and Amnesty International. "Amnesty International is the world?s largest human rights organization," explains 411 Executive Director Tamara Dawit. "Artists, like Eternia have the unique humility to use their prominence in bringing awareness to issues of importance to young people. With just over half of the women in Canada reporting having been victims of at least one act of violence since the age of 16, this is an issue of great importance to Canadians." Amnesty International has more than one million members around the world ? which includes thousands of Canadians; ? who are putting pressure on decision-makers to stop violence against women in families, communities, and war as well as violence tolerated by government authorities. "Each person can help stop violence against women, but only if we speak out," asserts Eternia. "I hope that I can inspire other young people to affect change in their communities." Eternia has rocked rhymes from crowded subway cars in the Bronx to shows across Canada, the US and Australia. Following a slew of successful singles, videos and feature releases, her first full-length, It?s Called Life, came out in Canada and Australia in October 2005.
Today we rate the generic pizza spots in NYC, rescind our comments about Will.I.am but not the Black Eyed Peas, and elevate Caroline McCarthy to celebrity status.
CNET Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg joins us today to discuss the Back to the Future video game trailer, Steve's celebrity encounters, 3D surround sound, and more headphone advice for Wilson!