Almost every high-profile smart phone to be unveiled at CES this week boasts a super-fast "4G" network connection. But depending on the carrier, "4G" can mean many different things. Here's the breakdown.
It's that time of year again--when the electronics megacorporations, the big box retailers, the Chinese wholesalers, the media companies and so many more descend on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Big splashers like Google and Apple are perennial no-shows, but it's here where the trends in mainstream gadgets are solidified for the year. Click on for a guide to what to expect this week in our live coverage.
In reviews of Gran Turismo 5, the long-anticipated PS3 version of the ultra-realistic driving sim, critics pointed out the difficulty of distinguishing screen grabs from the game with actual photos of real-life cars. That's one of the better indications of just how effectively video games have shrunken the gap between reality and digital representations of reality. But after driving the 458 Italia, Ferrari's latest and greatest feat of hot-blooded automotive audacity, I realized something: the merger of digital and real realities works both ways. What makes the 458 Italia so remarkable is that Ferrari has made piloting a $230,000 sports car feel like playing a video game.
Can you believe the end of the year is nearly upon us? Indeed it is that time, which means it's also time to look back at the year that was. After you've perused our own list of 2010's 100 most impressive innovations, you may also be interested in our friends' at Popular Photography's 2010 Pop Awards, their own best-of-the-best list. Check it out here for all the cameras, lenses and accessories that matter this year.
A free update to our iPhone app has just hit the iTunes Store this week. We've given the app a total overhaul, making it even easier and more fun to read and share all the latest news from the future on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
There is a certain we try to capture here every day on PopSci.com, that effervescent sensation when the future becomes suddenly tangible, thrilling, real. That sharp, at times bewildering moment: "Wow."
After playing for four days, I can comfortably say Microsoft's Kinect, the Xbox 360's new sound and motion sensor for Xbox, delivers that feeling more than anything I've experienced recently. I feel safe calling it a bounding leap forward in potential for the future of gaming, your living room, and the way we interact with machines. But we're not living in that future fully just yet.
Our sister site PopPhoto.com just launched a great new feature: The Buying Guide. It's a complete database of every DSLR and lens worth your attention right now, complete with full specifications, PopPhoto's in-depth reviews, rock-solid lab tests, sample image galleries and more--all the information you need to plan your next gear purchase, all in one place. And that's just the beginning. Check it out!
So there's this company called Microsoft. Perhaps the name rings a bell. Pretty good at software, services, that kind of thing. They've spent the last five years getting absolutely obliterated on the most important software platform of our time: the mobile phone. Just obliterated, as arch competitors Google, Apple, even Palm (Palm!) have whizzed past, slipping the occasional kick in the ribs to Windows Mobile 6.5, laying in the gutter there. Bleeding pretty badly.
But it seems as if the hemorrhaging may have finally stopped.
I love Maker Faire. I've had a blast with makers and their wild creations in San Francisco and in Austin, but this past weekend, Make's traveling DIY circus came right to my backyard here in NYC. It's a circus that happens to include a pulse-jet-powered merry-go-round, seen here, among other delights. Which is the right kind of circus.
Maker Faire NYC is this weekend! If you're in the New York area, there's still one more day to come check out the finest traveling DIY circus in the world.
Our own John Carnett and Vin Marshall are set up with some recent How 2.0 treasures: Carnett's Whirl, the insane jet-powered ATV, and Vin's propane fireball gun.