Drunk Windows 8 User

Drunk woman pans her first experience with Windows 8 [video]

By on November 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Drunk woman pans her first experience with Windows 8 [video]

Windows 8 can initially prove tough for consumers to use when sober, so it’s no surprise that getting hammered on tequila doesn’t make it any easier. But the good people at Three Sheets Market Research decided they’d give it a shot (or several shots, more accurately) by feeding tequila to an active computer user and self-described “cyborg” named Jennifer and having her try out Windows 8. The results, needless to say, were rather blurry. More →

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iPhone Giveaway RadioShack

RadioShack’s epic PR win (iPhone giveaway!)

By on September 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

RadioShack’s epic PR win (iPhone giveaway!)

Public relations is a tough gig, and tech PR may be among the toughest due to the sheer volume of companies constantly fighting for coverage. Tech writers can get a hundred or more emails each day from PR companies hoping to get their clients publicity, so it is no easy task to concoct a pitch that draws interest. There isn’t a magic recipe for standing out in the crowd of PR flacks vying for coverage, but the best way to separate yourself from the pack and avoid wasting writers’ time and your clients’ money is often to simply pay attention. RadioShack (RSH), as it turns out, is very good at paying attention. More →

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Samsung accidentally promotes iPhone 5 when Facebook campaign backfires

Samsung accidentally promotes iPhone 5 when Facebook campaign backfires

By on September 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Samsung iPhone 5 Ad

In an age where companies spend a great deal of time engaging with customers using social media, things can and do go wrong from time to time. Case in point: Samsung (005930) recently took to Facebook to ask its followers a simple question — “If you could only take one electronic device on a deserted island, what would it be?” The image of the Galaxy S III next to the question is more than just a bit leading, but sadly it didn’t help steer responses as much as Samsung hoped it would. More →

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Conan again slaps Samsung for iPhone envy [video]

Conan again slaps Samsung for iPhone envy [video]

By on September 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

iPhone 5 Samsung Spoof

TBS talk show host Conan O’Brien generated some laughs this summer with his video mocking Samsung (005930) for allegedly copycatting Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and now he’s back at it with another video tackling Samsung’s iPhone envy. This time, Conan sends out a hapless intern to pick up an iPhone 5 so that he can do a hands-on demonstration, only to have the intern accosted and kidnapped by Samsung representatives who will presumably take the new iPhone apart and copy its every feature. The full video can be viewed below. More →

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Sad but true: People think old iPhone 4 is new iPhone 5 [video]

Sad but true: People think old iPhone 4 is new iPhone 5 [video]

By on September 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

iPhone 5 Spoof Jimmy Kimmel

There’s only so much Apple (AAPL) can do to refine its iPhone. Yes, the iPhone 5 might appear boring because it takes the iPhone 4/4S design and gives it a growth spurt and trimmer chassis, but that’s the point; every Apple product is a refinement of the original. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel decided to see how people would react when handed an iPhone 4 that was being pawned off as an iPhone 5. As you would expect, the reactions are hilarious. There are really people who genuinely don’t know that they’re looking at a two-year-old iPhone.
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Feisty Finn flings phone a world-record 333 feet in mobile-throwing competition [video]

Feisty Finn flings phone a world-record 333 feet in mobile-throwing competition [video]

By on August 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Finland Phone Throwing Championship

Well, the Finns have to do something with all those Symbian devices, don’t they? Parity News reports that Finnish citizen Ere Karjalainen smashed the world record for phone-tossing last weekend when he chucked his handset 101.5 meters (333 feet) during his country’s annual mobile phone-throwing contest. There’s no mention of exactly what model Karjalainen used to etch his name into phone-flinging record books, but his win seems highly appropriate given the epic struggles of Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia (NOK), which will attempt to make its comeback bid by unveiling Windows Phone 8-based Lumia smartphones next month. More →

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Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

By on June 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

YouTube Comment EBooks

Among the countless phenomena brought about by the Internet, comment trolls are undoubtedly among the most anomalous. These curious creatures make their way across the Web leaving a trail of unintelligible “flame bait” in their wake, often making it impossible for others to engage in intelligent conversation. We know them well. While most would be hard-pressed to find a use for these trolls, a pair of artist-coders have managed to turn the ridiculous hate-filled ramblings of thousands of YouTube comment trolls into a series of plays that are now available as eBooks. More →

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Bizarre Android malware disrupts bizarre Japanese girl-band election

Bizarre Android malware disrupts bizarre Japanese girl-band election

By on June 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Android malware attacks AKB48 fans

Symantec recently discovered what it’s calling “bizarre malware” that has been created to infect Android phones of fans who are voting in Japan’s premier annual girl-band election. Wait, what? Here’s the lowdown: there is a super-popular girl band in Japan called AKB48 that is made up of a rotating lineup of 64 — yes, 64 — different members. Every year, fans of the group vote for their favorite band members in a “general election.”  The winners of the election then go on to record a single together that will be released in celebration of girl-band democracy. More →

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Sega launches a new video game powered by… urine [video]

Sega launches a new video game powered by… urine [video]

By on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

Sega Toylet pee-powered video game

Sega exited the video game console business in 2001 after stiff competition from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo forced the struggling company to shift gears. Now, more than 10 years later, Sega is back with new video game hardware… but it’s definitely not the kind you might expect. Unveiled late last year, Sega’s “Toylet” is now available in Japan and the surrounding region. The system connects to a urinal, allowing users to play a variety of interactive games by urinating on a sensor connected to the main device. A screen above the system then displays each game to the player, examples of which include filling virtual coffee cans and blowing wind up a cartoon news anchor’s dress. The Toylet costs roughly $1,750 and each game runs an additional $125, but it’s likely money well spent for bar owners, at least until the novelty wears off. A video demo of the Toylet (not in action, thankfully) follows below along with a pair of images that show examples of Toylet installations in Tokyo. More →

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New iPhone app enables self-destructing sext messages

New iPhone app enables self-destructing sext messages

By on May 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

New iPhone app enables self-destructing sext messages

Sexting, or the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs between mobile phones, continues to grow increasingly popular. Mobile users often have private photos posted to the Internet without their permission, and politicians and celebrities alike have taken explicit photos that using mobile devices that were eventually leaked. Unfortunately for Anthony Weiner, the congressman wasn’t aware of an iPhone app by the name of Snapchat. The program is available for free in Apple’s App Store and allows users to send photos that self-destruct within 1-10 seconds. Images cannot be saved in the app, and Snapchat will even notify users if the recipient takes a screenshot — though there is no way to prevent screenshots from being taken, of course. It should also be noted that images are stored on the developer’s servers, and while the company “attempt(s) to delete image data as soon as possible after the message is transmitted,” it cannot guarantee messages will always be deleted. “Messages, therefore, are sent at the risk of the user,” the company’s privacy policy warns. More →

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Man offers to legally change name for a ticket to Apple’s WWDC

Man offers to legally change name for a ticket to Apple’s WWDC

By on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions. More →

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Tour an 8-bit America with Google Maps tweak

Tour an 8-bit America with Google Maps tweak

By on April 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Most online April Fool’s jokes are, to put it as kindly as possible, awful. Of all the companies that try to put creative “pranks” together, however, Google is among the best at managing April Fool’s stunts that are geeky enough to be laughed at in a good way rather than an uncomfortable, “I can’t believe someone thought this would be clever” way. This year, Google cooked up a creative new feature for Google Maps that lets users tour America with 8-bit graphics that will make any NES fan shed a nostalgic tear. As an added bonus, the Zelda-like U.S. landscape in this new version of Maps transforms into an 8-bit Street View when the user zooms in all the way. A link to Google’s 8-bit America follows below along with a screenshot of Street View. More →

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