Shortly after rumors began to surface about a Nintendo DS successor, the company officially announced that the next Nintendo handheld would be called the DSi and will include two bigger screens, two cameras, and would be 12 percent slimmer than the DS lite (at the expense of the Game Boy Advance slot). But perhaps what's most exciting about the DSi is the addition of a DS Store, where you'll be able to download games directly to the device (which will also have an SD slot). For a First Look at the new DSi and its store, watch the … Read more
A Japanese woman murdered her husband after he suddenly divorced her. Nothing (sadly) strange or funny about that. What is strange is that this was not her real-life husband, but her husband in the MMORPG Maple Story, according to an Associated Press report. What's funny is that she only killed his online avatar, not the actual person.
The 43-year-old woman has been jailed under suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating data. She allegedly hacked into her "husband's" account after he divorced her in the game. Apparently she accessed his username and password, logged on, … Read more
Our reservoir of embarrassing stories about Jeff is bottoming out, so we're happy to welcome his old chums from BeenVerified.com to refill the glass. Josh, Ross, and Jay are ushering in a new generation of background checks for employers and job seekers, but today they're not afraid to use their powers for evil to dish the dirt on our fellow co-host. They also help us weigh in on virtual larceny, the problem with young whippersnappers, how to answer a professional call of doodie, and Josh spouts praise for his favorite luxury gadget: the $5,000 toilet.
We spend the first half of the show talking to the guys about their brand-new company, BeenVerified. They're no strangers to starting innovative sites, and this one is no different. In an age where employers are starting to perform pseudo background checks through social networking sites like FaceBook and MySpace, BeenVerified takes it a step forward and offers a background checking service for employers and job seekers alike. After talking to Josh, Ross, and Jay, we're afraid to see how many skeletons in our respective closets, but here's the beauty of the site: users must approve the release of their information to the public before anyone can see it, so if don't want to be exposed, just say no! Of course, seekers will benefit from being an open book in general, so let that freak flag fly. Best of all, you can apply it to other transactions in your personal life, for example, screening Craigslist meetups, online daters, and nannies. Listen to today's knee-slappin' show and check out the animated short below for more about BeenVerified.Episode 211 Download today's podcast … Read more
Chindogu, or the Japanese art of un-useful objects, strikes again. Pyocotan's Noriko-san Googles are so silly, they're, well, silly.
Apparently costing $200 to develop, which could be seen as a waste of good money in the current financial climate, this device flashes a digital sign that tells everyone where you're headed. That way, should you nod off, some kind fellow passenger might be prevailed upon to alert you before your stop.
It's a good thing these cover most of your face, since that means you can still face the world should some camera-phone idiot videotape you … Read more
You gotta hand it to the Japanese for pushing the toy envelope on the commonplace, from beans to bananas. The Gun O'Clock (4,095 yen, $40), timed to launch in Japan on November 15, takes off from the Laser Target Alarm Clock in that you get to pop your gun at the alarm clock just for the satisfaction of shutting it up.
The cool thing here is that every time you pull the trigger and miss, you'll feel the feedback. Plus, there's a choice to make this even more challenging--pick Hard mode to hit the target five … Read more
Sharp will make the first LCD TV with a Blu-ray Disc recorder built in.
The high-definition disc recorder will be wedged into the side of Aquos DX-series TVs. It will have dual digital tuners, allowing users to watch and record simultaneously on different channels. It will record using the encoding format MPEG4 H.264/AVC.
The TVs will be available in sizes ranging between 26 inches and 52 inches for the equivalent of $4,923 to $1,674.
The catch? They're only available in Japan for now, but Sharp is planning to sell it in the U.S. by … Read more
You click OK on a message while surfing the Internet and suddenly your computer is full of malicious software and viruses. That's bad. What could be worse worse, however, is when your brand new computer comes preloaded with malicious software.
Tuesday, according to ChinaTechNews.com, Asus announced a recall of it's Asus Eee Box PCs that it had sold in Japan because it was shipped with a virus.
The computers had a file called recycled.exe, residing on the D drive. Once executed, the file would copy itself to other drives, including USB drives, and install malicious software … Read more
I imagine a glorious future in which aspiring candy makers have the ability to create inspired recipes, and then test the delicious results. How such a thing could not lead to a future populated with Willy Wonka-esque contraptions and taste delights is beyond me. I have always wanted to live in the world created in that factory (the original with Gene Wilder, thank you very much).
A small part of that wildly imaginative future has inadvertently landed in our time. The Ame no Wataame (Cotton Candy from Candy) custom cotton-candy maker is available right now, ensuring the ability to feed … Read more
We at Crave UK are, not surprisingly, British, so we know when we're being beaten at something. If we're honest, we're beaten at most things. Especially sports, and even more embarrassingly, the sports we invented. When it comes to technology, we do have a proud history of inventing such monumental gadgets as the modern flushing toilet, the television, and the ZX Spectrum.
But even with our glorious history, we'd never pretend to rival Japan for sheer technological nous. If you speak to people who have been to Japan, they're full of barely believable tales of … Read more
Tokyo-based fashion designers Head Porter come prepared for the holiday season with a new collection of cases designed to fit both the original iPhone and the 3G. With a long history of catering to the fashion-forward tech consumer, Head Porter offers stylish cases for cell phones and mp3 players. This fall's iPhone collection sees the marriage between a new case form and classic Head Porter visuals, including "Black Beauty," "Monogram Black Beauty," "Dot Black Beauty," "Master Navy," "Navy Argyle," "Python," "Savanna," and "Zebra." … Read more