Let's be honest. How much would someone have to pay you to use this Hello Kitty designed desktop PC?
South Korean computer company Moneual is adding a pink twist to their MiNEW A10 nettop, featuring the globally known Sanrio character. The PC itself isn't that big of a deal, but c'mon. It's Hello Kitty. Who can I talk to about getting this reviewed on Gadget Pr0n?
In today's Gadget Pr0n, our tech experts are talking all about Amazon's second generation e-reader, the Kindle 2. If the show's going to foist some form of reading on you, I might as well foist one that has something to do with video games. So, relish my list of the top five video game novels (which will likely be translated into e-books shortly) of all time.
Mortal Kombat - I'm not talking about the novel adaptation of the movie, I'm talking about an all new, original novel that covers the history of the greatest characters from the first two Mortal Kombat games. If you've ever been curious about what Scorpion and Subzero were like before the first tournament or ever wanted to know what a ruthless and clever bastard Kano was during his Black Dragon days, pick this one up. It's the most entraining read in all the realms of Shokan.
Mass Effect: Revelation - Who didn't love the action, RPG epic, Mass Effect (PS3 owners, I suppose)? It was engrossing, detailed and expansive, just like the prequel novel by science fiction writer, Drew Karpyshyn. What makes it worth reading is the sections which profile the game's villain Saren just before his betrayal of all humanoid life to the genocidal, robot race, the Reapers. It's chilling and really fleshes out the Mass Effect universe.
Halo: Contact Harvest - I don't know anything about its plot, nor do I care. However, I do know it's a Halo book and you kids love that Master Chief. It's also been thumbed through by TheFeed's [contributer who refused to be named], who started reading the book to review it for the site and later threw it across the office in frustration. You'll probably like it though. I mean, it has the word "Halo" right in the title.
Not every bit of webtoolery on AOTS strikes my fancy. For example, I couldn't care less about what new social network takes the best features from Twitter and Facebook and mashes them up to form a mega social network (most of the time I prefer that even my best friends leave me the hell alone, so I definitely don't need to have a Twitter page). However, today's website-building, Web Tool, Scrapplet is another story entirely.
I'm a photographer and I'm always looking for a cool place to put my photos. However, building my own site has proven difficult and time consuming and I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel this way. If you've ever tried to build a site then you're aware that unless you know html like the back of your hand or own a copy of Dreamweaver, it can be a real pain in the ass to get even minimal results after hours of work.
However, Scrapplet's simple drag and drop interface makes building amazing looking websites a breeze. Heard that before? Of course you have, but I'm telling you, I've used it and seen better results in a shorter period of time than I have using similar "build a website based on a template" services like Squarespace (a Web Tool from last September, which I also use).
Sometimes, the perfect combination of utility and whimsy catches the eye, and, when it does, my job as a delivery system of knowledge must not fail me, so I am bound by my agreement as an editor at Attack of the Blog to tell you about the 512 meganosh Bagel Drive from Bupkes Bakery in Baltimore, MD.
A bagel that most closely resembles a Lender's Bagelette, the Bagel Drive is a lacquered actual bagel with a shmeer of cream cheese (made of some putty or such) and a USB connection protruding from it, which makes it appear as if there is a bagel in space, floating in front of your computer as you use it. Brilliant! It was easily recognized by my computer, and functioned well and quickly.
The bagel drive is available for purchase at www.bageldrive.com, and is $24.95 for a 1G (giganosh) model. The website also has a Yiddish glossary for those gentiles who like bagels and tech all at the same time, and technical advice from Tanta Sophie, who is, apparently, the most wired resident of her retirement community.
Seriously, we see lots of tech stuff every day here, but this is awesome and clever, all at once. Check it out.
Steve Jobs recently stepped aside as CEO of Apple, taking five months off to deal with health problems stemming from his battle with cancer. If you've been following Apple's stock price, it tends to rise and fall with the health of Jobs.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (ask your dad) will be conducting a review of Apple's reveal of Jobs's health to determine if they attempted to manipulate their stock price by concealing or timing the release of information.
An SEC review, however, does not mean guilt is assumed and no one is saying that yet. In fact, Apple stock price has actually gone up since the SEC review was revealed. Wacky, huh?
Hit the jump for in-depth financial analysis from the only "person" that understands how the stock market actually works: Dr. Snuggles.
Yesterday, I wrote about a naughty Belkin employee that was paying people to game Amazon.com's user reviews on the company's products. Belkin has fessed up to the dastardly deed (dramatization). InformationWeek has obtained a letter from Mark Reynoso, Belkin's president, that states:
Reynoso also said that the company is taking action to remove the fake reviews. It's nice to see Belkin taking responsibility for this. It shouldn't have happened and it sucks that it did, but Belkin is trying to make things right.
A few of you left comments saying that you don't think much of user reviews. Certainly there are some that are just dumb (browse through EB Games, for example), but I find a lot of Amazon user reviews very useful -- especially when it comes to thinks I know very little about (vacuum cleaners, for example). What don't you like about user-generated reviews?
A business development rep from Belkin, makers of computer and gaming accessories, has supposedly been paying people to write five-star reviews on Amazon.com. Using a service called Mechanical Turk (Reno and Rude's side business?), Belkin's Michael Bayard was apparently paying people 65 cents a pop for each rigged review. Furthermore, he was supposedly encouraging people to mark low reviews as "not helpful". The Daily Background did some excellent sleuthing, exposing Bayard and his connection to Belkin. The site reported:
Should this story be true, It's a shame that Belkin has stooped to such shady practices. User reviews on Amazon can be a great resource and it sucks that companies are trying to game a community-driven effort. Fake reviews can really break the system. That said, I have to admit at laughing out loud at a fake review of The Beatles' White Album, which said that it was good, but didn't measure up to classics like Guns 'n Roses' Use Your Illusion II.
Does this news make you think less of Belkin? How about Amazon's user reviews?
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