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 Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.
The electronics in your car's dashboard were probably not made by the car's manufacturer. Most automakers rely on suppliers for stereos and navigation systems, and one of the largest in the world is Delphi. To keep up with the latest in technology, Delphi followed its automaker clients by establishing a new development facility in Mountain View, Calif., putting it in close proximity to giants Google and Apple, and a multitude of smaller companies developing technology useful in the car.
During the launch week for the new facility, Delphi invited me down to see some examples of its latest … Read more
We believe it won't be long until human civilization goes full "Fifth Element"-style and takes most everything to the skies (we know, those were just really tall buildings). While unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been making headlines frequently over the last few years for a slew of negative reasons, they're also delivering pizzas in a very high-tech fashion. For this week's future tech, we visit the crew at 3D Robotics in Berkeley, Calif., to hear their take on the future of UAVs. Oh yeah, they give us a pretty stellar, Oculus Rift equipped … Read more
Google Glass now makes it a little easier for wearers to transmit data.
Discovered over the weekend by Google Glass user Nick Starr and subsequently confirmed by several test users, the search company's eyeglasses can allow for data sharing without the need for a tethering connection to a smartphone. According to reports, the option was added in the latest update and requires the XE9 companion app to work.
Google Glass required a tethering plan in order for users to transmit data to and from the eyewear. With the update and XE9, however, Starr says that he was able to … Read more
Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same.
What happened? For one, perhaps no one should try to use four activity trackers at the same time. Trying to stay on top of how they all compared ended up feeling like exercise itself.
But ultimately, I perhaps lost my motivation to be motivated by these devices by knowing too much … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S.
- Why I'm gladly spending $100 more on the iPhone 5S over the iPhone 5C.
- Here comes a gold Lightning cable for your gold iPhone 5S.
- Apple has only increased the iPhone's battery capacity by 12 percent in six years.
- Apple stock tumbles following debut of new iPhones.
No gasps were heard wafting up from the audience at Tech Crunch Disrupt as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted that she doesn't use a passcode to protect her smartphone, but there should have been.
"I don't have a passcode on my phone," she told Michael Arrington of TechCrunch during their on-stage interview on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Maybe that's not news to you, but I was surprised.
She implied that she was too busy to type in the passcode multiple times in a day, and that the new iPhone would be a good solution for … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- A year after he used his TechCrunch Disrupt talk to calm Wall Street fears, Mark Zuckerberg returned to that stage, a resurgent stock price fueling the Facebook CEO's confident attitude.
Zuckerberg also said that the U.S. government "blew it" during the recent National Security Agency scandal.
During a Disrupt "fireside chat" on Wednesday with TechCrunch co-founder and angel investor Michael Arrington, Zuckerberg spoke both directly to the packed hall hanging on his every word and to Wall Street investors looking for clues to the social-networking giant's future direction.
On the … Read more
Tom Perkins, one of the four founders of leading venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, revealed Wednesday that when his company was monitoring kit computer startups in the 1970s, he "very foolishly didn't even look at Steve and Wozniak." KPCB had looked at three other startups in the field and wasn't impressed, so the company ended up passing on an Apple pitch entirely.
"Big mistake," Perkins added, illustrating that even the most prescient of investors have to accept mistakes amid a torrent of big risk gambles. The pioneering VC was speaking alongside … Read more