If you're reading this website, you're very probably some sort of geek. Which is totally not a bad thing! The question is, of course, what kind of geek are you? A gadget geek? An Internet geek? Perhaps an Apple Fanboy Geek? Check out this infographic to find out.
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We were talking today in Campfire—Giz's virtual office—about Apple's newly uncovered patent on a system that warns you about bad quality or dropping cellular or Wi-Fi connections "ahead of time." Jason thought it could be useful to know that, so you could just avoid making the call. I thought that it wouldn't be useful at all, because if I needed to call, I would call anyway—and if the connection dropped, I would call again. Are we missing something? Do you really want to know the quality of a call beforehand, especially if you are travelling, and said quality is constantly changing as you move? And don't mobile phones already warn you about dropping calls?
Video glasses. They should have taken over by now. The technology is good enough and cheap enough for the entire tech-buying world to be watching movies on simulated 40-inch screens (rather than squinting at their phone's pitiful 2.4-inch display, pretending we can really see the movie). But we're not. For well over a decade, Man has outright refused to sport a pair of video glasses, as if He feels a revulsion for oversized electronic eyewear from deep within His DNA. But could times change?
Our memories have grown fuzzy. We can't remember exactly what watching TV was like 10 years ago, but we're pretty sure that it involved a 16mm projector, slide rule and a horse that walked in circles around the room (oddly enough, the horse wasn't actually connected to anything). Now we have a slew of new viewing technologies options, like streaming media, DVRs and high definition broadcast. And today, we're forcing you to make the Sophie's Choice of the entertainment centre:
According to a survey by IDC and Nortel, for over a third of people, their mobile phone is the most important thing in their pocket—they'd even leave their wallet and keys at home if they could only take one thing with them for 24 hours. If I had to leave the house for a day and could only bring a single "thing" with me, it'd probably be my iPod nano (even over my wallet)—I don't need to talk to other people, I need to ignore them. But you might be less of a misanthrope than I am—so what's the most important gadget you carry, the one chunk of shiny plastic and metal you can't separate yourself from, even for a single day?
Many of you have probably seen Iron Man already. Jason saw it on Wednesday and thought it was the best superhero movie this side of Batman Begins (but we all know Jason is a Bruce Wayne fanboy.) But we want your opinion: has Iron Man survived the jump from trailer to full-lenght movie, keeping its predicted status of best superhero movie ever? Your answers after the jump.
We ran this photoshop contest of Steve Jobs, asking for Good and Evil versions of the man. For some reason, we got an overwhelming result of Evil Steve Jobs entries. Actually, they're almost all evil Steve Jobs photoshops. Is that because it's more fun to dress him up as Osama than it is to make him Jesus Christ? Or is it because people actually think Apple is evil?
Europe may be ok with passengers making in-flight calls on their mobile phones, but at least a few members of Congress have the foresight to see how this situation could become problematic in the US. A new bill has been introduced that promises to ban mobile phone calls on US flights, but not text messaging and web surfing. The bill has yet to be passed, but the question is: Do you support a ban?
After hearing about Kevin Rose cheaping out on a home theatre system, I started wondering what percentage of average folk have a setup in their own home. Then I remembered research that suggested as many as 50% of home theatre buyers don't set up their rear surround speakers. So the question here is two-fold: do you have a home theatre system and if so, was it professionally installed?
I was working on my 24-inch iMac today when I noticed my cursor moving a little bit erratically. I didn't know what was wrong. The computer is almost new, I haven't installed anything recently, and the mouse itself looked ok, as you can see in the photo above. Then I turned it around to discover the true meaning of the words disgoostingly grossirrific: