What did you think of the new-iPad announcement? Impressed? Confused? Uncertain? Sure, the unveil may not have had the bells and whistles of previous Apple keynotes, but when your company is trading at more than $500 a share, you don't want to fix something that isn't broken. … Read more
Tablets have never interested me much, but for the first time ever, I'm entertaining the idea of getting one. It's not because of yesterday's iPad announcement, either; it's for a reason I never imagined would come out of mouth. But more on that in a bit.
First, a little about my apathy for tablets. My reason for not buying one is simple, really: I just don't need one.
When I'm at home and want to check my e-mail or social networks or play some games, I just reach for my laptop or smartphone. They're usually never more than an arm's length away. Also, as I've written before, I like to unplug a bit during my free time.
Before bed, I'll grab a book (a physical book, not an e-reader) or magazine. The same goes for my commute to and from work or if I'm traveling anywhere, because after spending most of my day in front of a computer, I don't want to look at another screen for a while and need an escape from my always-on connectivity.
So why the change of heart? Well, believe it or not, comic books. … Read more
A mobile phone with a built-in projector? That's crazy! Or is it? When we initially heard about the Samsung Galaxy Beam, we had visions of people crowding around someone who's projecting the last minute of a sports game on a street corner. Of course, our minds quickly devolved into how the Galaxy Beam could be used to cause havoc in the classroom. … Read more
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 Thursday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels!… Read more
Apple is trying to get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus removed from stores because of a few Apple patents, including ones that cover "slide to unlock" and "word completion" technology. Is the recent surge of mobile phone patent suits the end of tech innovation altogether, or is the entire patent system due for a serious refresh? … Read more
The fashionista squad here at Crave is all for outlandish socks (the Silicon Valley fashion statement du jour). But we still love a good T-shirt. Especially if it features a rather off-kilter take on a nerdy icon or two.
Milan-based designer Matt Cowan has some tees that fit the bill. His various "mathematics" designs should appeal to nerds who favor comics, "Star Wars," graphic design, and math. The pop-culture mash-ups combine superheroes, supervillains, and others with the internationally known symbol signs for the men's room and the women's room to create absurd mathematical equations.… Read more
Calling all Jedis! Grab your lightsabers, lace up your running shoes, and come embark on what's sure to be an epic journey to Comic-Con 2012. Even better, you'll get to use the Force to help some young Padawans in need.
Lucasfilm, Nerdist Industries, Octagon, and Machinima have teamed up to put on an Olympic torch-style relay race called Course of the Force that will help kick off this year's Comic-Con in San Diego and benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The 136-mile run/walk will begin in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 7. At every quarter-mile marker, participants will hand off the official Course of the Force lightsaber to the next runner until they reach San Diego on July 11, which just happens to be preview night for Comic-Con (the show officially kicks off on July 12). … Read more
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a bunch of pixels?
Superheroes and villains from some of the most beloved comic and sci-fi franchises are the focus of "Pixel Heroes" by artist Pahito.
This elaborate piece features 78 legendary characters immortalized in stylish low-resolution pixel form, arranged in no specific order. It is amusing to see some of my favorite friends and foes from X-Men, Batman, and "Star Wars" in glorious low resolution.
Pixel Heroes is available in various print sizes, ranging from a miniature 8x10-inch portrait, at $22, up to a large 21x28-inch masterpiece, conservatively priced at $45. The collection of caped crusaders and masked marauders is available on hoodies, T-shirts, framed art, stretched canvas, iPhone and iPad cases, and laptop skins (Mac and PC).… Read more
Privacy has without a doubt become one of the most controversial topics the Internet has ever seen. At the forefront of this never-ending discussion are Google and Facebook, two corporations that arguably know more about us than we know about ourselves.
Today's comic was born after The 404 podcast covered Google's ad preference settings page--a section of your user account where Google will transparently disclose what kind of Internet user it thinks you are. The all-seeing eye of Sauron might be a bit harsh, but it represents the "think twice" mentality one might consider before doing a Google search.… Read more