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Where should CNET Road Trip go in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas?

America’s so-called Doomsday plane, which can keep top military leaders airborne in the event of a major crisis.


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The days are warm and sunny here in Northern California, and though it’s only the middle of March, it already feels like summer is just around the corner.

One reason is that I’ve started the planning in earnest for Road Trip 2014, my ninth-annual journey to highlight some of the best destinations around for technology, military, aviation, architecture, science, nature, and so on.

From Doomsday plane to Frank Lloyd Wright: The best of Road Trip 2013 (pictures)

For seven of the past eight years, CNET Road Trip has taken me all around the roads of the United States, giving me the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Rocky Mountain region, the Northeast, and the West Coast. In 2011, I crossed the pond and covered seven countries in Europe, and last summer, I criss-crossed much of the Midwest, traveling through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.

This year, I’m working on covering some of the last major areas in the Continental United States that I’ve never visited on Road Trip. While the exact itinerary is still very much unclear, I know I’ll be spending a good chunk of time in Texas, and then making my way into Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Thanks to my own research and the helpful suggestions of readers, I’ve already got a list of a few potential destinations, but I’m turning to you again, fine readers, for ideas for can’t-miss places I need to include in the project.

This map, which CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman has used each year since 2006 to record Road Trip routes, reveals a couple of big holes in the country that signify places that he has yet to visit.


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So, if you have an idea for a Road Trip stop in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Kansas, please send it to daniel–dot–terdiman–at–cnet–dot–com. Here’s what I’m looking for: a place in any of those states that would appeal to a national audience, that has a heavy tech or geek element, and that is highly visual, lending itself to a big photo gallery.

Some things that might work are manufacturing facilities for iconic brands, famous monuments, large-scale works of art or architecture, and famous or important military or aviation facilities. Past examples of Road Trip items include a behind-the-scenes look at America’s Doomsday plane, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, a look inside NORAD’s former home at Cheyenne Mountain, behind-the-scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the high-tech gear aboard the most advanced submarine on Earth, and so on.

I’d like to reward readers who come up with a great idea. So while I do have a list of potential destinations, if you send me a suggestion I haven’t already thought of myself, and that I end up adding to my itinerary, I’ll send you a small gift in exchange.

I hope to hear from you, as I know that many of you have extensive experience traveling, and I’d love to be able to benefit from that experience — and share the wealth with my readers. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Nokia makes a skirt from 80 Lumia smartphones

February 14th, 2014 No comments


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If wearing Google Glass on your face isn’t a big enough salute to technology, you might want to take a look at Nokia’s bizarre, new skirt. It’s made from 80 of its Lumia 1520 and 1020 smartphones. I popped along to London Fashion Week, where the skirt was given its catwalk debut.

Skirt sashays with 80 Nokia Lumia smartphones (pictures)

The skirt is roughly the size and shape of a tutu that you would normally find on a ballet dancer. It’s best to check out the photo gallery above to see exactly what it looks like. The phones are all turned on of course, and show a pattern that swirls in time with the motion of the wearer. At least, that’s what Nokia said is happening — with only a small walk up and down a catwalk, it was difficult to get a real impression of what the screens were doing.

Unsurprisingly, the skirt won’t be making its way to shops. Instead, it’s more of an art piece, designed to “explore the possibilities of smart technology and fashion coming together,” explained Nokia.

The skirt was made in collaboration with Nokia, fashion designers Fyodor Golan, and interactive design agency Kin. I caught up with Matt Wade from Kin who explained that the biggest challenge in making the dress was getting all of the phones on the skirt — custom 3D-printed clips were created — and developing the software that would allow all the phones to work together.

The skirt was displayed during Fyodor Golan’s show as part of London Fashion Week. I asked the fashion duo if they see smartphones and technology becoming more important in the fashion industry. Technology is “only now starting to talk to fashion. It has nothing to do with fashion at the moment. That’s why we are trying to start doing it. There needs to be this dialogue — it’s just product design at the moment,” they explained.

“There is this hurdle at the moment that the fashion industry and the technology industry need to get over — they need to start working together.”

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Where should CNET Road Trip go in Texas?

February 8th, 2014 No comments

America’s so-called Doomsday plane, which can keep top military leaders airborne in the event of a major crisis.


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Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

Summer seems far, far off, but here in Northern California, with rain finally making a small dent in our worst-ever drought, it nevertheless is already starting to feel like it’s around the corner.

Perhaps that’s because I’ve just begun my planning for Road Trip 2014, my ninth-annual journey to highlight some of the best destinations around for technology, military, aviation, architecture, science, nature, and so on.

From Doomsday plane to Frank Lloyd Wright: The best of Road Trip 2013 (pictures)

For seven of the past eight years, CNET Road Trip has taken me all around the roads of the United States, giving me the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Rocky Mountain region, the Northeast, and the West Coast. In 2011, I crossed the pond and covered seven countries in Europe, and last summer, I criss-crossed much of the Midwest, traveling through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.

This year, the itinerary is still a little unclear, but I know I’ll be spending a good chunk of time in Texas. I’ll almost certainly be adding states, but for now I’m focused on the Lone Star State.

I’ve already got a list of a few potential destinations, but as I do every year, I want to ask you, fine readers, for suggestions of excellent places to go I never would have thought of myself.

This map, which CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman has used each year since 2006 to record Road Trip routes, reveals a couple of big holes in the country that signify places that he has yet to visit.


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Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

So, if you have an idea for a Road Trip stop, please send it to daniel–dot–terdiman–at–cnet–dot–com. Here’s what I’m looking for: a place in Texas (I’ll likely run another post like this one at a later date related to other states) that would appeal to a national audience, that has a heavy tech or geek element, and that is highly visual, lending itself to a big photo gallery.

Some things that might work are manufacturing facilities for iconic brands, famous monuments, large-scale works of art or architecture, and famous or important military or aviation facilities. Past examples of Road Trip items include a behind-the-scenes look at America’s Doomsday plane, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the process of printing the next-generation $100 bill at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a look inside NORAD’s former home at Cheyenne Mountain, behind-the-scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the high-tech gear aboard the most advanced submarine on Earth, and so on. I have already done a story on Johnson Space Center, although I might try to return this year and see what’s new.

I’d like to reward readers who come up with a great idea. So while I do have a list of potential destinations, if you send me a suggestion I haven’t already thought of myself, and that I end up adding to my itinerary, I’ll send you a gift in exchange.

I hope to hear from you, as I know that many of you have extensive experience traveling, and I’d love to be able to benefit from that experience — and share the wealth with my readers. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Giant tablets, 3D printers among top school technology for 2014

January 22nd, 2014 No comments


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The Bett show in London is where the best new technology for the world’s classrooms makes its public debut. CNET has been cruising the show floor, casting eyes over the top tech trends, which this year include enormous touch screens, 3D printers, and programmable robots.

Huge tablets, robots, 3D printers head to school (photos)

The classic whiteboard with squeaky marker pens are long gone, replaced instead with a variety of interactive boards. Most are essentially giant
tablets that are either installed on the wall or come with a stand to be wheeled in front of the kids.

The all-in-one touch display from Galneo was a particularly impressive example, due to its mighty 4K resolution — something we’ve only recently started to see in TVs. The Alpha Touch, meanwhile, has a 60-inch touch screen and can be connected to any iOS,
Android, Windows, or
Mac device to display content and whiz through lessons. The WordWall pairs a giant touch screen with a host of small tablets, allowing the kids to answer questions the teacher raises or see more lesson information on their personal displays.

3D printing has moved on from simply being a passing curiosity and is set to make a big push into the classroom. Printers from established names, like Makerbot, were present on numerous stands, along with other printers, such as the Up! Plus 2 and the handheld 3Doodler pen. 3D scanners and various bits of CAD design software were, of course, right alongside.


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With robotics and coding making their way into the UK’s teaching curriculum, it’s no surprise that a whole array of robot-building kits were present, from big names like Lego and K’Nex, along with more technical kits that teach the mechanics of production lines and pneumatics. Combining the fun of playing with Legos and building robots is a surefire way to get kids into programming. It would work on me, anyway.

Click through the photo gallery in this story and add your thoughts on the next generation of classroom technology in the comments below.

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Movies, video games, drones dominate 2014′s top toys

January 21st, 2014 No comments


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The hottest toys and top gadgets due to be lining your nearest Toys ‘R’ Us were given their public debut at the Toy Fair in London. Among the building blocks and train sets, movie and TV show tie-in toys and gaming merchandise dominated many of the stands.

Video games, movies, drones reign at London Toy Fair (photos)

Top shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Game Of Thrones” have been given the toy treatment, with Heisenberg bobble action figures on offer, along with figurines of the family you love to hate, the Lannisters. Iron Man spread himself pretty thin across the show — turning up in action figure form, as a plushy pillow, and as a two-grand hand-painted statue. Don’t fancy a spherical cushioned Iron Man? You can get it in Hulk-form too.

Gamers are taken care of as well. “Assassins Creed 4″ action figures showed up, alongside the cheeky robotic companion from “Borderlands 2,” a turret from “Portal 2,” and “Team Fortress 2″ figurines. Fancy something more chilled? How about a bit of “Minecraft” — foam pixel axes, Creeper backpacks, and foldable paper blocks were all on show.


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As if that wasn’t enough gaming merchandise, Pokemon characters and Sonic the Hedgehog were walking the show floor.

Expect the skies to be buzzing with the sound of a million angry hornets in 2014 as remote-controlled drones, quadrocopters, and helicopters come out in force. You can snag a flying drone from as little as $57 (£35) for a tiny palm-sized quadracopter — perfect for annoying your siblings or, more likely, your colleagues.


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Head over to our photo gallery to see our picks of the best things from the Toy Fair. Make sure to let us know what your favorite toys are in the comments below.

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Super-authentic ‘Star Trek’ fan series warps into Kickstarter

October 11th, 2013 No comments


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“Star Trek Into Darkness” was a monster in the “Star Trek” franchise. It made over $460 million worldwide, more than double its $190 million budget.

That’s great and all, but to be honest I had a better time watching a humble fan-made episode in a Web series called “Star Trek Continues” that was shot for some $40,000.

For fans of the original “Star Trek,” this tribute has mind-blowing authenticity. Now it has beamed into Kickstarter with a campaign to raise $100,000 to make three more episodes.

Produced by Farragut Films and DracoGen Strategic Investments, the nonprofit series stars Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk, Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Spock, and features the late James Doohan’s son Chris in his father’s role as Scotty as well as Grant Imahara of “Mythbusters” as Lieutenant Sulu.

There have been many fan-produced remakes of “Star Trek,” but few can rise to the level of faithfulness to the original that “Star Trek Continues” has shown. The idea is to continue the adventures of the Enterprise crew during its five-year mission.

Its first episode, “Pilgrim of Eternity,” featured Michael Forest reprising his role as the Greek god Apollo from “Who Mourns for Adonais?,” originally broadcast in 1967 as part of Star Trek’s second season. Another blast from the past is Marina Sirtis, known as Deanna Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” who provides the Enterprise computer’s voice.

The episode was shot at a 10,000 square-foot warehouse that hosts impressively accurate reproductions of the Enterprise bridge, transporter room, sickbay, and other classic sets.

“It was an enormous undertaking to get off the ground,” Mignogna tells CNET. “And now we’ve got all pieces on the ground, so subsequent episodes won’t be as expensive.

“There are a lot of elements that went into the authenticity. One of the big differences between ‘Star Trek Continues’ and all of the other fan shows is that we have people in charge of the different areas who are actually production professionals. They’re not just fans. They have training and professional experience in their respective areas.”

Mignogna, who directed and wrote “Pilgrim of Eternity,” has been doing film work since college, and is known as a voice actor on titles such as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Dragonball Z,” and “Pokemon.”

Inside a $40,000 ‘Star Trek’ fan episode (pictures)

Much of the look of the recreated Enterprise, however, was achieved through collaboration with colleagues such as Matt Bucy, director of photography.

“It was actually Matt Bucy who sat down and took the original blueprints apart and figured out all of the dimensions and sizes of everything and that’s why our sets look as good as they do,” says Mignogna.

Aside from the physical authenticity of the sets, emulating the original lighting and camera positioning is absolutely key, he says, along with preserving the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio. Grain was also digitally added to the finished episode because “Star Trek” was shot on 35 mm film.

But where did this relentless drive for authenticity come from?

“It’s because I’m an obsessive-compulsive person,” Mignogna laughs. “When I was a kid my parents gave me a movie camera. I learned how to sew and how to build props. I would wrangle the kids in the neighborhood up and make them put on costumes, and I would play Captain Kirk and make my own episodes.

“When I was a little boy, I was inspired beyond words by the original series of ‘Star Trek.’ It captivated me. It was a catalyst that inspired me to get into acting, and it started me on that journey when I was 10 years old. And I have been doing all of those things for 40 years since then.

“This is a chance for me to take everything I’ve learned for 40 years in production, music, sound design, costumes, makeup, lighting, props, and acting, and marry it with the thing that started it all in my life.”

Well, if that isn’t a superfan, I don’t know what is.

You can see footage of Mignogna playing Kirk as a kid in the video for the Kickstarter campaign here, and the show’s first episode here. For more shots of the recreated Enterprise set from “Star Trek Continues,” check out the photo gallery above.

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Google’s Field Trip app brings Red Hook to life

August 27th, 2013 No comments

A Revolutionary soldier was only the start of the wonders on display in Red Hook for Field Trip Day.


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Until this past weekend, I knew two main things about Red Hook: that it was a long way from Brooklyn Heights riding a bike with a flat tire and that Ikea is there. These two things were linked.

But unsuccessful shopping trips aside, there is a lot this little-known part of Brooklyn has to offer. This is why the second Field Trip Day decided to celebrate this burgeoning little neighborhood with its diverse history and even more diverse population.

From dodgy reenactments to wine tasting to street buskers, the afternoon was packed with stuff to do, and Field Trip Day highlighted the area to good effect.

Field Trip is like a hyper-localized version of the Lonely Planet apps for
Android and iOS. The app gives you updates on local sights with information from dozens of different sources.

Last week, Google updated its Glass apps with a version of Field Trip and I thought it was a great opportunity to use
Google Glass and Field Trip together. Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan, but I came back knowing so much more about the area than I did before.

If you’re in Los Angeles or Seattle on September 15, you can also participate in Field Trip Day.

Click through the photo gallery below to find out more about the history, the bars, and the produce available in Red Hook.

Field Trip app comes to life in Red Hook (pictures)

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One launch titles

August 21st, 2013 No comments

Call of Duty: Ghosts is one of 23 titles available at the launch of the Xbox One


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At Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft announced 23 launch titles for the Xbox One, which will be available in November 2013.

The Microsoft Xbox One, which will include a bundled Kinect 2 for $499, will ship at the same time as the Sony PlayStation 4, which is $100 cheaper.

The titles include highly anticipated games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, as well as casual games like Peggle 2 and Just Dance 2014.

Sadly, some games that received a lot of attention at
E3 — like Titanfall and the next Halo — won’t be available till after launch.

Check out the photo gallery below for more information on the 23 titles.

Xbox One launch titles (pictures)

The full list of Xbox One launch titles is as follows.

  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoe Mode, Majesco)

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‘Portable’ computer from 1979 wins CNET’s old tech contest

We have a winner!

CNET’s From Old School to Tech Cool Contest asked our Facebook fans to share photos of old tech, with the ten most popular qualifying for a chance to win the Panasonic TC-PST60. This plasma TV is a 2013 Editors’ Choice and the only TV to ever receive a 5-star rating from CNET.

Congratulations to Garret W, whose photo of an old-school portable computer won the contest. TV reviewer David Katzmaier selected the winner from among the top ten vote-getting entries.

“There was a lot of great old tech among the final photos,” said David, “but I liked the ‘portable’ TRS-80 computer from 1979 best. With a monochrome monitor, separate keyboard, archaic peripherals and even a three-ring binder, all encased in a massive wood trunk complete with handles, it shows just how far computing and portable tech have come.”

Thank you to everyone who participated and a special congratulations to the ten finalists with the most user votes. Check out their submissions in the photo gallery below.

CNET From Old School To Tech Cool Winner

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FingerQ adds fingerprint sensor to Android phones

The FingerQ PrivacQ Case for the Samsung Galaxy S3 adds a fingerprint sensor to the phone.


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SHANGHAI, China — FingerQ, a company based in Hong Kong, has made a series of Android cases that come with biometric fingerprint sensors for added security. The sensors don’t replace the built-in security features of your Android phone (unlocking your smartphone still uses the passcode or pattern unlock), but adds another layer of protection for chats and applications.

The FingerQ system will be available as an accessory called the PrivacQ case and caters to phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and Note 2, as well as the HTC One. The fingerprint sensor is just one part of the equation, as the company’s software also needs to be installed on the handset for the system to work.

Messages and images sent securely cannot be seen unless the receiving party swipes an enrolled finger.


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The primary use of the case is through the FingerQ Chat application. The app lets you communicate with another FingerQ user securely by encrypting the messages sent. To read an encrypted message, you have to first swipe a finger that has been initially linked to your case. It lets you send a photo the same way.

Because the PrivacQ case is bound to a phone, you lose access to the encrypted messages and photos if the case is removed or lost. This also means if your phone gets stolen, the thief cannot simply remove the case to read your FingerQ Chat messages or photos.

According to a company spokesperson, the case is targeted at business users who need something more secure than standard messaging services. It’s also useful for any users who value the privacy of their chats.

Here’s what you see when the fingerprint doesn’t match.


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In addition, FingerQ also allows you to “lock” other apps in your
Android smartphone. For example, you can make it such that a finger swipe is necessary to open the Chrome browser or the image gallery, so a busybody who’s browsing your phone casually won’t be able to access apps you want protected.

FingerQ is working to add more functions to the provided software, including add-ons that let you encrypt messages in other popular IM apps and one to encrypt selected images in your photo gallery–so these can only be accessible after authentication with the case.

To combat the scenario of a cut on your finger or the biometric sensor not detecting your digits properly, an override password can also be set.

The FingerQ PrivacQ Case will be available through the company’s partners in the U.S. and Hong Kong come July, with broader availability expected later in the year. It’s estimated to retail at between $40 and $60.

Users can also lock apps — in this case, the Chrome browser.


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