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Congrats to Nancy H. of San Diego for winning a Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash in last week's giveaway. Watch over-the-air HDTV? Then tune in. This week's prize is for you.
We've got a FlatWave Amped indoor amplified HDTV antenna from Winegard. The antenna has an embedded ultra-low-noise preamplifier that amplifies 100 percent of the signal up to 50 miles. It's dual-band, meaning you don't miss out on channels that other compact ultra-high-frequency-only antennas do.
The antenna's ultrathin design makes it much less intrusive than a traditional antenna, and at 13x12 inches and less than a pound, it can be more easily placed in unconventional areas to maximize TV reception. Yeah, we've come a long way since rabbit ears. … Read more
Hulu's Japan business will be acquired by Nippon Television Network Corporation, Hulu announced this evening.
In a blog post Thursday eve, Hulu said that once the deal closes, Nippon TV will take on day-to-day operation of Hulu's Japan site, as well as management of the business. However, "Hulu will be licensing our brand and technology and will continue to provide services to the Japan business -- loyal fans of the service will enjoy the same seamless user experience," Hulu said.
Nippon TV also will be adding some of its content to the site, with details to … Read more
Following the massive success of "The Lego Movie," it sounds like block-based blockbusters -- a pun no one could possibly refrain from using -- are a sure-fire recipe for Hollywood success. Up next: the Minecraft movie.
Dropping a bombshell on Twitter in the form of a sneaky 128-character admission, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson revealed that he and Mojang, the studio the 34-year-old Swedish developer formed to manage the title and its expansion, are working with Warner Bros. Pictures to develop a film around the game.
Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working … Read more
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If you're a casual gamer or even -- gasp! -- a non-gamer, that security camera in the mall is nothing more than a surveillance device designed to keep people from stealing sugar packets from the food court. If you're an "excessive" gamer, however, that very same camera is the eye of the evil overlord and it must be avoided at all costs.
Whenever someone tells me they're serious, I'm wary. Whenever someone tells me they're "100 percent serious," I imagine their noses at twice the length.
So when I hear that BiteLabs is making salami out of celebrity tissue, I reach for a precautionary Kleenex.
BiteLabs offers an impressive headline: "Eat Celebrity Meat." After all, it's what we do every day.
We masticate on celebrities' personal lives and we swallow the storylines often peddled by their own PR people.
But would we really push a little genetic matter from a celebrity into our mouths and stomachs? Of course we would. It would be something to talk about, to post on our every social network.
BiteLabs promises that it will obtain biopsies from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence ("A Different Type of Hunger Game"), James Franco ("He's Sexy. He's Artsy. Let's Make Him Salami") and, quite naturally, Kanye West ("Always Push The Boundaries In Taste").… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- BiteLabs Web site claims to grow "meat" from celebrity tissue samples.
- IBM uses thinking computers to generate chocolate burritos and other weird food.
- This machine will translate your dog's thoughts into words.
- Facial hair transplants are rising amid hipster beard craze, doctors say.
Grab your bricks and build a Tardis worthy of a Time Lord. Lego Cuusoo, which previously banned fans from submitting ideas based on licensed properties, recently posted in the License Conflicts and Resolutions section of its Web site that there's no longer a conflict with the "Doctor Who" license.
"Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties," Lego Cuusoo said. "We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren't able to make. In these cases, we already know the Lego Group can't secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party. If such a conflict goes away, we'll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license." … Read more
Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection, a service the company hoped would improve its standing among online gamers, will soon be wiped out.
The company on Wednesday announced that on May 20, certain online features in Wi-Fi Connection will be removed, chiefly online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi games. Nintendo was quick to point out, however, that offline play will still be available.
Online play is not being affected on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. However, Wii mode, which allows users to play older titles on the Wii U, as well as playable DS … Read more
"He's like, 'amateur.'"
That's MythBuster Adam Savage, speaking the straight-up truth as he translated a cat's interpretation of his attempts to herd eight uncooperative felines into a pen.
Can you herd cats? Well, as the phrase goes, doing so is among life's harder tasks. So Savage and his "MythBusters" co-host Jamie Hyneman attempted to find out whether it's possible. And their conclusion? Herding cats is like, well, herding cats.
The task? Get eight kitties into a big "cat corral." Difficult? You bet. Despite their best efforts, the two simply … Read more