When reading a Gmail message from one of your contacts, what would you like to appear in the right-hand panel: an ad or an interactive social media profile for the contact in question? No matter how targeted Gmail's ads might be, I'd wager you answered the latter. If so, then you'll want to try out Rapportive, a browser extension that brings the various social media profiles of your Gmail contacts right to your inbox.… Read more
Best Buy has launched its latest trade-in deal for iPhone 4S or 4 owners looking to score an iPhone 5.
People who trade in a working iPhone 4S will receive a $200 gift card, while those who trade in an iPhone 4 will snag a $100 gift card. Those gift cards can then be applied toward the purchase of an iPhone 5 with the usual two-year agreement.
Available only in Best Buy stores, the promo started on Thursday, August 15, and runs until Sunday, August 18. As always, certain conditions apply. The offer is good for Verizon Wireless, AT&… Read more
Many big names like Amazon offer to turn your old gadgets into cash, but now the other big name in retail -- Walmart -- wants to take your unwanted iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S3, or other devices in exchange for gift cards that you can use right away at the company's ubiquitous stores and Web site.
This week Walmart announced its "Gadgets to Gift Cards" program in advance of the expected release of the next iPhone on September 10. It works like similar buyback programs, with the interesting added twist that users can go spend their old gadget money right away at a Walmart store or Walmart.com, even before they send their device in for verification (provided they pass a credit check first, meaning you don't want to try to scam this one, folks). … Read more
While getting a quick-hit of information is one of the great benefits of the Internet, sometimes people want to know more about a certain topic. Google is addressing this need by reconfiguring its search results to help users find more in-depth articles.
"Our research indicates perhaps 10 percent of people's daily information needs fit this category -- topics like stem cell research, happiness, and love, to name just a few," Google's Pandu Nayak wrote in a blog post. "That's why over the next few days we'll be rolling out a new feature to … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- How hotel Wi-Fi killed my Chromecast travel dreams.
- Burger grown from cow stem cells in laboratory put to taste test in London.
- Japanese scientist creates "poop burger"? Surely not.
This is an update of a deal I wrote about last month. I'm running it again because the price is significantly lower -- and it was already a great deal back then.
I think all-in-one PCs are ideal for kitchens, dens, and other rooms where you want a desktop-style PC without the chunky, often ugly tower and runaway cord-clutter. And if it happens to spruce up the place in the process, so much the better.
This one definitely does: While supplies last, DealFisher has the Vizio CA24T-B0 24-inch all-in-one desktop for $649.99 shipped. It's new, not refurbished, … Read more
The Velodyne vPulse is one of the best pair of $99 headphones I've ever listened to on the NYC subway, but it's not one I use at home or in any quiet space. Why's that?
The vPulse's overly generous bass turns me off at home, but it sounds perfectly balanced on trains, buses, cars, or planes. What those modes of transportation all have in common is lots of low-frequency rumble, and the vPulse's pumped up bass masks some of that noise. Headphones with more accurate bass response sound fine at home, but woefully bass shy on the go.
Worse yet, the very low frequency rumble on trains, buses, and so on can't be nullified by noise-canceling or noise-isolating headphones because those noises are felt through your entire body, not just heard through your ears. Bassy headphones may not be the perfect solution to the problem, but they can be surprisingly effective. … Read more