Missed Comic-Con this year? Not to worry. We're bringing Comic-Con to you! My CNET colleagues Seth Rosenblatt and Nathan Bransford foraged the show floor for goods they knew Crave readers would covet, and came back loaded with such a giant stash that we're going with two Comic-Con giveaways this year (look for part 2 on Friday, August 9).
Round one of this awesome geek-fest includes a Hasbro 2-in-1 "Anakin to Darth Vader" action figure, not yet available in stores, that lets you re-create the moment when the Jedi hero becomes the evil Sith lord. For added "Star Wars" enjoyment, you'll get a limited-edition 8GB Chewbacca flash drive from Mimoco.
You'll of course score comics, including a copy of DC Comics' Batman (in Spanish!) and a signed copy of Valiant's Quantum and Woody. … Read more
Congrats to Kathleen M. of Savannah, Ga., for winning a Swann Bolt HD wearable action camera in last week's giveaway. This week, we have something you wear on your wrist. Something mighty sleek.
We're giving away a limited-edition green Kisai Seven wristwatch from Tokyo Flash, purveyor of wacky timepieces. The inner ring on the futuristic-looking LED watch functions as the hour hand, and the outer ring as the minute hand. A dark void section in each ring points to the time (dark voids for the win!).
If the Kisai Seven reminds you of "Tron," that's intentional. A few years back, Tokyo Flash solicited watch ideas from fans, and Scott Galloway submitted this design inspired by one of his favorite films (watch this video to see how the watch works). … Read more
Congrats to Kenneth W. of Gardner, Kan., for winning a Netatmo Urban Weather Station in last week's giveaway.
It's the height of summer, which means there's a good chance you're doing some hiking, rafting, kayaking, or other fun-in-sun activities (when you're not busy reading Crave, of course). This week's prize lets you capture all the action on film.
We're giving away a Swann Bolt HD waterproof, wearable mini action cam. The camera records high-definition 1080p video (1,920x1,080-pixel resolution) at 30 frames per second, and stores approximately 10 hours of footage (up to 32GB) on a removable microSD card. The camera also captures 12-megapixel stills. Included wearable mounts let you catch your hijinks at the best possible angle.… Read more
For this season's round of giveaways, we'll start it off with the Kindle Paperwhite. After being named "the classic beach device," this thing almost handled itself in the face of turmoil. While the sun, heat, and lava rock were mostly a breeze, the Kindle fell at the hands of the Pacific Ocean. If a lucky new owner can somehow get the thing working again, we'd love to see it live long enough to pump out one more good read.
Congrats to Guy S. of Inwood, W.Va., for winning a Parallax Boe-Bot DIY robot kit in last week's giveaway. When it comes to weather, do you care about more than whether it's sunny out? This week's freebie is for you, weather geeks.
We're giving away a Netatmo Urban Weather Station, which consists of two compact cylindrical modules, one indoor and one outdoor, that use sensors to analyze your environment and wirelessly send detailed data to your mobile device via a free iOS or Android app. The data can also be accessed online through a free Netatmo cloud account.
Readings include temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and CO2. If any of these hit excessive levels, you'll get a real-time notification on your mobile device so you can increase your home's ventilation, move to the country, or take any other action that might benefit you when temperatures and air quality pose a threat. … Read more
Congrats to Gary M. of Las Vegas for winning a pair of Pick-Pocket Proof Pants from Clothing Arts in last week's giveaway. This week's prize is for the young tinkerers out there.
We're giving away a Boe-Bot Robot Kit from Parallax, a company that specializes in DIY robotics. CNET's Donald Bell and Seth Rosenblatt visited the Rocklin, Calif., electronics manufacturer earlier this month, and returned bearing this gift and others (stay tuned for another Parallax giveaway soon).
The Boe-Bot kit, recommended for ages 14 and up (and that includes you geeky grown-ups) lets you build and program your own rolling robot with a BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller for a brain. The bot uses touch, light, and infrared sensors to independently navigate its environment. … Read more
With all of the recent talk about PRISM, the NSA, and Big Bro Obama following you around the Internet and reading all of your precious e-mails containing links to those "all-critical" YouTube videos your dad keeps sending you, it's great to see a company taking a stand for personal privacy.
Starting this Tuesday, June 25, the folks over at AnchorFree are giving away 50,000 free codes for their Elite Hotspot Shield VPN services, good for six months. These codes will unlock cross-platforms and will work on PC, Mac, and iOS (Android not supported yet), on up … Read more
Congrats to Ron G. of Chittenden, Vt., for winning a SwingTip golf-analysis system in our June 7 giveaway, and to Katie D. of Rockaway, N.J., for winning a package of Kanex travel tech last week. This week's prize would help Katie keep all that new gear safe as she trots the globe.
We're giving away a pair of P^cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Pants, which, as their name suggests, help keep your gadgets and other valuables safe from thieves while you travel.
The pants have a number of high-capacity pockets that both zip and button, with a triple-secure hidden passport/money pocket that provides three possible levels of security between your wallet and the world. Two front pockets accommodate smartphones as large as the giant Samsung Galaxy Note. … Read more
The world's fastest-selling Android phone just got a little savvier. CNET How To is bringing its very best, unpublished advice to our newest e-book, "Mastering the Galaxy S4."
New to Android? We've got you. Google maven? You'll find plenty of hidden tips here, too. We've tapped through every last feature, button, sensor, shortcut, and blaster (seriously) to bring you the tips and tricks that help you master your S4.