It looks like Wii Fit will outsell Grand Theft Auto IV this year, Apple's already sold 10 million iPhones, people are lining up for the T-Mobile G1 Android phone (much to our surprise), and just when we started to think the economy might be turning around after all, we got the news about Yahoo laying off some 1,400-plus people. Ouch. Listen now: Download today's podcastEPISODE 836
On Monday Boxee, the Mac, Linux, and Apple TV-only Xbox Media Center derivative, announced the immediate support of video programming from Hulu and CBS. Users are now able to access the entirety both services catalogs of movies and TV shows through Boxee's interface. I spent the greater part of last night giving it a spin and while not perfect, it's off to a tremendous start.
Unlike some of the streaming solutions I've seen on other platforms, like the unofficial Netflix Watch Instantly for Windows Media Center plug-in, the beauty of Boxee's solution is that any semblance … Read more
On today's show, the world of anonymous chatting gets even more confusing, thanks to the increasing numbers of computers passing the Turing test. Is it a pervert? Is it a computer? Is it both? In other news, Chrome breaks Molly's heart, Sony breaks all the rules and keeps the PS3 prices high, and people keep preordering G1 Android phones. Who knew?Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 829
Test explores if robots can think http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/7666246.stm http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/10/13/1450205.shtml
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San Francisco-based Slide makes software tools that let people add some personalization--in the form of slideshows, guestbooks, skins, or virtual pets--to their pages on all the major social networks.
Now the company is expanding its reach to include somewhat more sophisticated media. On Thursday, it plans to announce deals with several major media companies that would allow people to view clips of popular TV shows on social-networking sites, according to the Journal.
The … Read more
The introduction of the G1 phone (the HTC Dream) is very nearly overshadowed by the marketing decision to destroy perfect innocent words in the commercials for it. But we do eventually get around to discussing the features, the delay of Windows Mobile 7, electric cars from Chrysler (for real!), and SanDisk takes a beating.
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Live blog: First Google Android phone is unveiled http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10048519-94.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10048538-94.html http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20080923/googles-g1-first-impressions/ http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/23/t-mobile-g1-site-goes-live-for-real-first-ad-appears/
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A couple weeks ago, after being briefed on the new Zune, a colleague described some of its features to his teenage daughter. She responded positively to the Wi-Fi download feature, but was skeptical about the "Buy from FM" concept that lets people tag songs they hear on the Zune's built-in radio for later purchase.
Would lots of radio stations actually support this feature or would it be relegated to a narrow niche like XM radio? (Her example, not mine.)
She need not have worried. On Monday, Microsoft announced that many of the largest radio conglomerates in the … Read more
Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention, held on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, ended with a Democratic presidential nominee acceptance speech by Barack Obama that left many attendees in tears of inspiration.
Obama hit on divisive subjects such as gun control, abortion, and gay marriage, as well as foreign policy and taxes. He did not mince words when he said the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain, doesn't "get it." But his overall "change"-theme message focused on the family.
DENVER--More than 15,000 journalists are expected to descend upon Denver this week for the Democratic National Convention, and lucky me, I'm one of them.
Just moments ago, the convention officially began when Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic Party, called it to order. Although I'm sitting in a trailer in the back parking lot of the Pepsi Center, I feel pretty far away from the convention buzz, and had to watch the opening ceremonies on a closed-circuit TV. Hopefully I'll soon be able to escape this high-security makeshift media-trailer-city to experience the convention festivities firsthand. … Read more
Want to get caught up on Democratic National Convention news without having to plop yourself in front of the TV? CBS News.com and CNET News are teaming up to offer you nightly Web-only shows analyzing the day's events, beginning with our first installment in just a few hours following the speech by Michelle Obama, Barack Obama's wife.
The Webcasts, hosted by CBS Evening News' Katie Couric live from the Denver convention, are scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They'll be followed by a … Read more
UWire, an aggregator of student-generated content, on Wednesday launched its election blog Youth Vote '08.
In partnership with CBS News and Washingtonpost.com, UWIRE has selected 50 young journalists--including columnists, editorial cartoonists, photographers and news reporters--to cover the presidential election from the perspective of young voters.
"There are a tremendous number of first-time voters who will be crucial in this election, and Youth Vote '08 will provide direct insight into the issues they are facing along with their mindset," Ben French, vice president and general manager of UWIRE, said in a press release.
"Pollsters are saying the … Read more