For eight years around the holidays, the Wired store in Manhattan has taken the gear highlighted in the famous tech magazine from newsstand pages to a real-life wonderland of new innovation. We took a look at the gear that lucky New Yorkers get to play with in person at this tech fiend's version of a Winter wonderland, open now through Dec. 23. Take a look at the Wired store's most mesmerizing gadgets, from a lamp inspired by the nervous system to a studded speaker/clutch combo. Which product catches your eye?
HP and Condé Nast are teaming up for a new initiative to fight declining sales: print your own magazines at home. The digital service, which will require an HP web-connected printer, delivers subscription magazines like Wired, Allure, and Glamour straight to your printer for instant printing whenever you want. Additionally, HP is rolling out an Instant Ink service, which automatically delivers ink to your home each month (in place of that magazine that used to get delivered to your mailbox) for prices ranging from $6 to $11 per month.
The downside to these programs? You'll spend way more on paper and ink than you would have for a yearly subscription to all of those magazines combined.
Would you print your own magazines at home instead of subscribing to them the "old fashioned" way?
If you ever want to brush up on your tech-history knowledge, I suggest adding Wired's This Day in Tech website to your RSS reader. Each day, This Day in Tech posts technological advancements that happened from the 18th century until today. From subject areas, including transportation, physics, inventions, computers and IT, engineering, communication, business, and medicine, the site is guaranteed to enlighten you on all the movers and shakers that helped shape and develop tech as we know it today.
Have an interesting website you want to share? To learn how to post your favorite websites to our Website of the Day group, read more
Brad Pitt is no stranger to the cover of a magazine, but next month he's popping up unexpectedly on the cover of Wired. We're sure to see and hear lots from Brad in the run up to Inglourious Basterds's release on August 21, and he's kicking things off with this tech-themed interview. He said:
- On Twittering photos of your wife's butt, like Ashton: "Don't take a picture of your wife's butt. That's silly. Take pictures of other people's wives' butts."
- On dating online: "Everyone lies online. In fact, readers expect you to lie. If you don't, they'll think you make less than you actually do. So the only way to tell the truth is to lie."
- On using the phone in the bathroom: "No, you can't talk on the phone! Do you want the guy next to you to hear your entire conversation? That's why you should only text in the bathroom. Just be sure you don't hit the wrong button and end up putting a photo of your junk on Twitter. Trust me, you don't want those followers."
Brad did once say he wasn't able to operate a computer, but it seems like he now knows a thing or two about going online.
This newest issue of Wired Magazine (which I read faithfully), brings together some of my favorite things inside its pages: puzzles, magic, and J.J. Abrams.
Not only is J.J. Abrams responsible for some of the most geek-worthy shows on TV like Lost, Fringe, and Alias, but he produced soon-to-be Spring blockbuster Star Trek (which I have my IMAX tickets for already). So when I heard that he would be helping to whip up the May issue of Wired into something totally fitting of his work, I couldn't wait to get my copy.
Packed with puzzles, mysteries, and science, this issue of Wired should take longer than the average issue to get through — there is something on every page to solve, decode, decipher, and discover. Nothing is an accident.
Check out some behind the scenes footage of J.J. working with the Wired staff, and what you can expect in the next issue when you read more
On Monday, Wired posted a comical story about five gadgets that have been killed by the cell phone, then yesterday amended the post to include even more gadgets that have been tossed aside for the convenience of all-in-one cell features.
This got me wondering if your cell phone has taken the place of your other gadgets? I know that my iPhone has inadvertently replaced several on this list, but there are a few I can't live without (hello, proper digital camera!). Has your smartphone replaced any of your other beloved gadgets?
In the May issue of Wired magazine, the Swedish pop star Robyn is hailed as the anti-Britney Spears: She's a good-looking blonde who happens to be a talented songwriter, she's uncompromising when it comes to producing chart-topping hits for a demanding label, and instead of making out with Madonna and divorcing K-Fed, she started her own label and carved out a long and respectable music career.
It is striking to see how two charismatic, talented youngsters could start out along a similar path in the music business and end up in such dramatically different places. As Wired somewhat dramatically put it, their different choices "would lead one to hipster stardom and the other to madness."
While Robyn scored a mainstream hit with "Show Me Love" in the '90s, her artistic integrity led her down a different path from the mega-stardom Britney achieved, as she declined to tour with the Backstreet Boys and struck out on her own instead. I, for one, am glad — not just because we don't need another tragic Britney story but also because Robyn's music is different but still catchy. Her new video for a song called "Who's That Girl" seems appropriately timed for the Wired article, as the lyrics make clear she is interested in how we view certain girls in comparison to who they really are inside. Seems like Britney, and a whole host of other starlets, could have benefited from the same self-awareness, no?
What do you think? Is Robyn a welcome antidote to the pop-wreck that is Britney? To check out the totally fun video for "Who's That Girl" — and the wonderment that is Robyn's "Konichiwa B*tches" — read more
When this month's issue of Wired Magazine arrived at my doorstep, I was delightfully surprised to find another magazine enclosed—a lovely Geekipedia. This little blue book contains all of the people, places, ideas and trends you need to know now; bringing you up to speed on the latest top tech topics. It's a must have manual for all things geek and something most of you readers should check out. Here's one of the fun definitions you can find in the Geekipedia:
Mashup- In case you somehow missed it — maybe you were watching the trailer for Brokeback to the Future — the mashup isn't just about mixing the Black and White albums to make Grey. Digital media lends itself to cutting, pasting, sampling, and compositing, and the urge to hybridize has rubbed off on everything from fashion to hardware design.
To access the online Geekipedia, click here.
In case you missed it, Wired Magazine has created a great How To Wiki, which is a collaborative site dedicated to Do It Yourself projects and tips. My favorite entry so far is the How to Rock At Guitar Hero guide. So how can you shock your audience if you don't have the LEGO Gibson guitar?
- Challenge yourself - No pain, no fame. Skip the easy level (which requires just three fingers) and opt for medium - it's important to get your pinkie playing as soon as you can.
- Perfect the hold - There are more buttons than you have available fingers. Use your pointer, which is your most coordinated digit, to operate both the red and green buttons up top.
- Learn patterns - It's like playing Scrabble after memorizing the Scrabble dictionary - learn the tricks and you'll be able to give Santana a run for his money. If you're struggling to get through certain solos, check out the training mode.
- Maximize star power - You'll score more points if you're smart about your star power. Though it seems practical to wait until your meter is full to start using it to get double points, start at the halfway mark. Pretend your on American Idol, only with a guitar.