Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more
PARIS -- Google Glass is like the Apple Newton, the influential but famously premature mobile organizer, according to the high-profile investor Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures.
Speaking at the LeWeb conference here on Tuesday, Wilson said he believes the technology eventually will catch on, but likely built more unobtrusively into regular glasses. For now, he indicated, it's too primitive and awkward.
Apple's Newton was a commercial failure, famous for its handwriting recognition failures. But it turned out to pave the way for a mobile era, first the personal digital assistants (PDAs) popularized by Palm and then the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Watch Dogs delayed to spring 2014.
- Teenage girls discussing body issues on YouTube: "Am I pretty or ugly?"
- I didn't want to talk about this, but Rebecca Black's producer dug up new "talent".
- Is this the worst T-shirt Abercrombie has ever sold?
- Twitter Direct Messages might soon be easier to send.
As guitarist for The Yardbirds, where he riffed with Jimmy Page, and later in The Jeff Beck Group, where he rocked out with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck has been no stranger to superstar collaborations over the last five decades. Today "Rolling Stone"'s pick for the no. five guitarist of all time joins forces with one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century on The Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour. The shows find the seven-time GRAMMY-winning and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, playing on Wilson's Beach Boys … Read more
Electronic Arts has selected Andrew Wilson, the former executive vice president of EA Sports, to become its new CEO.
Wilson, a 39-year-old Australian native, has been with EA for 13 years. Most recently he lead EA's online portal Origin and headed up the publisher's successful sports franchises, including Madden and FIFA, the latter of which Wilson served as executive producer for prior to heading up the entire sports division.
"When I think about our vision for the future, we have a very strong strategy around the ongoing development of the most amazing teams in the world," … Read more
In this age of technology, there's no reason we should settle for jewelry that just sits there, doing nothing. This sound-reactive LED necklace created by Hannah Perner-Wilson is a glimpse into the world of DIY tech fashion.
The finished necklace looks like something out of Legend of Zelda. It's a large piece with 11 LEDs, a battery pack, and a DressCode circuit that allows it to flash in reaction to sounds. The innards are hidden under a cover, so only the diffuse glow of pulsing lights is visible in front.… Read more
New York lawmakers are the latest to crackdown on 3D-printed guns.
Both a member of the New York city council and a state assemblywoman have introduced two different pieces of legislation that would either regulate or ban the manufacture of 3D-printed guns, according to New York Daily News.
The bill for New York City was introduced by Council Member Lewis Fidler on Wednesday. This bill aims to make it illegal for people to produce any part of a firearm using a 3D printer unless they are licensed gunsmiths. Also, each weapon must be registered with the police within a 72-hour … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco premiere of the movie "The Internship" had a mix of celebrity, full-length gowns, multi-colored beanies, and wearable tech. It was not quite a red-carpet affair, though there was a very short one, and some Google interns did show up in fancy dresses. The stars, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, were after all going to be there, though they showed up in T-shirts and jeans.
Thursday night's screening and Q&A at the Kabuki theaters in San Francisco would be the first time many at Google, including 100 interns, would see … Read more
The latest governmental attack on 3D printed guns came from the U.S. State Department on Thursday.
In a letter sent to Defense Distributed, a nonprofit advocating for the creation of 3D printed firearms, the State Department demanded the removal from a public Web site of a set of 3D files used to print gun components. The State Department said that the online dissemination of the files could violate restrictions on exporting guns covered by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson said he obeyed the federal directive. It followed the announcement yesterday by California state … Read more
Despite politicians lining up to regulate 3D printed guns, and a new directive from the U.S. State Department arguing that disseminating 3D files for such weapons may violate weapons export rules, some think that it may all be much ado about nothing.
On Thursday, Forbes reported, the State Department demanded that Defense Distributed, a nonprofit dedicated to creating 3D printed guns, take down a set of files that theoretically enable anyone to print their own firearm.
"The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in … Read more