Life really is too short.
Sometimes, you're enjoying your birthday and you get the chance to go up on stage and rap with your favorite rapper.
So you go, don't you? Especially as your wife has paid $25,000 for Too Short to rap just for you.
And, despite being a Microsoft executive in charge of all sorts of important things to do with Windows (proof embedded), you are quite a good rapper.
Oh, but then there are these things called cell phones. They have cameras. Your own company is involved with more than a few of them. … Read more
Records, aka LPs, have been around since the 1950s, so there are lots of them out there. I've bought great records for a buck or two at thrift shops and yard sales, and found them on the street for free, but records aren't yesterday's news; lots of young bands are releasing LPs. The way things are going, the LP will probably outlast the CD as a mainstream format.
Speaking of yard sales and thrift shops, you can probably find dirt cheap turntables in those places, but the chances of finding a turntable in good working condition there … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--"San Francisco is the innovation capital of the world," Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed to more that 3,000 techies gathered here at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. He was preaching to the choir as he previewed a map showing more than 800 startups located in San Francisco. The map is part of InnovateSF, a month-long series of events in October to promote tech innovation in the city.
Legendary angel investor Ron Conway echoed Lee's cheerleading for San Francisco as a capital of Silicon Valley. "When Pinterest moved to San Francisco (from Palo Alto, Calif.) a … Read more
Welcome to the dark side of 3D printing.
The hobby is best known for creating colorful toys and trinkets, but some enthusiasts are working on design files that would allow anyone to print a working gun. These don't exist yet, but some believe it's only a matter of time.
Why would a 3D-printed gun be appealing? For one, it could potentially be cheap. You can buy a preassembled 3D printer for about $500. A spool of ABS plastic to print with goes for $50. Depending on where you shop, you can buy .38 Special ammunition for 30 cents a round. The plans will undoubted be distributed free like so many MP3s. … Read more
Everything is copacetic in the post-PC era, according to Michael Dell.
Speaking at VMware 2012, Dell's founder and CEO cited the fact that 380 million PCs were sold last year, adding that "the post-PC era has been pretty good for PCs so far," according to a report at Citeworld.
And as is typical at many PC-centric events, the iPad -- despite its growing popularity as a client device -- and smartphones didn't garner much attention, Citeworld said.
That is, until poll results showed the rise of "post-PC" devices as the No. 1 trend in … Read more
Dell again posted disappointing earnings, and its shares declined 3.5 percent in after-hours trading.
The company's sales and net income both shrank in the May-July quarter compared to a year earlier. Revenue fell eight percent to $14.5 billion, while net income dropped 18 percent to $732 million. Dell blamed the decline on a contraction in desktop and mobility revenue.
The company's adjusted profit did exceed analyst expectations, though revenue fell short. Dell reported per-share earnings of 50 cents on the adjusted basis beloved by Wall Street. The consensus estimate compiled by First Call was for per-share … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Samsung did not comply with multiple guidelines set forth by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, according to the group's former top board member.
During testimony, Dr. Michael Walker -- who served as ETSI's chairman of the board between 2008 through 2011 -- said that Samsung had failed to disclose two of the patents it's using in its case against Apple to the standards group in a timely manner.
As a result of that, Walker says that Samsung should not be able to use them as ammunition in the case.
To prove that, Walker … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Instagram 3.0 adds infinite scrolling, lets you plot on a Photo map.
- Hipstamatic lays off all but six employees.
- Hipstamatic becomes the first third-party app to officially post photos to Instagram.
- From a visual perspective, RubGifs still don't compare to cinemagraphs.
- Google US map shows regional stereotypes by autocompleting "Why is ____ so..."… Read more