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.
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Smartphones have almost unarguably become commodities. So what's next? Lost cost phones are a big trend to watch, bringing along the still large population that is stuck with "dumb phones" and not part of the always-on/always-on-you revolution.
Fitness wearables have arrived in a big way. What was once a niche category focused on the extremely fit (or those who aspired to be) is now heading fast toward the crowd that just wants to sleep better or lose 5-10 pounds. But the smartwatch lurks out there, possibly ready to cannibalize the mainstream … Read more
I have recently drilled a hole in my living room floor.
It has only one purpose. Every time I see AT&T's ad for its Next upgrade plan, I disappear straight into this hole.
It doesn't always go down well with guests. Especially if I'm holding a glass of pinot at the time. But it has to be done.
The ad's been out for a few weeks now. Surely you've seen it. It's the one where people just can't tear themselves away from their iPhone 5Cs.
They miss buses, meetings, and their … Read more
AT&T's early upgrade plan, called Next, is winning over customers.
That's according to AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, who said Next was exceeding the company's expectations for the plan's adoption rate. He projected 10 percent of its customers will sign up for the plan in the fourth quarter.
Next is one of a wave of plans that debuted earlier this year. It allows customers to put no money down for a smartphone and, instead, pay for the phone in monthly installments. The primary feature of the plan is the ability … Read more
But that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy one.
Even if you're excited about the next wave of console games, signs are pointing in flashing red neon to wait. You could -- and probably should -- wait until next year to enjoy the fruits that these consoles will hopefully bring.
A video game delay is nothing new in this business. But five weeks out from launch? That's a bit disconcerting.
Nevertheless, Ubisoft's open-world hacking game, the same title that made a huge splash all the way back at E3 2012, now won't see the light of day until the spring of 2014 -- April 1 at the earliest. All this according to a post by GameSpot, which also details the statement direct from Ubisoft:"Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the … Read more
We've got another great batch of hot video picks for you this week!
CNET Editor at Large Tim Stevens checks out Avegant's Virtual Retinal Display prototype, which takes Oculus Rift-style immersion to the next level. You'll have to see for yourself. In an all-new episode of Next Big Thing, Brian Cooley explains why self-driving cars are making more sense, and how 3D gesture tech could forever change computing.
To satisfy Android and Apple fans alike, we're also serving up new episodes of Googlicious and Apple Byte where we offer a sneak peek at Android 4.4 … Read more
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Self-driving cars are coming It won't happen in one step, but it will probably happen during the introduction and improvement of a dozen or so technologies that might be in your car already.
3D gesture technology We are on the cusp of moving from the 2D gestures of touch screens to 3D gestures that happen the way humans have always communicated.
What's next for mobile platforms? If you're waiting to see who will shape up to be the third major mobile platform, you might want to change your viewpoint to if there … Read more
It's a strange serendipity that this morning I was talking, from my sofa, to a class at the University of Missouri Journalism School.
Highly engaged and polite, they were too. (How will they ever make it as journalists?)
During a conversation about philosophy, technology, and dancing, they brought up an alumna, Marina Shifrin. Some seemed undecided exactly how proud of her they should be.
Shifrin, you cannot have forgotten, is the writer who quit a Taiwanese animation company by posting a YouTube video that has now been viewed by millions.