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?
Coming to newsstands on July 21, the latest issue of Wired magazine heats things up this Summer with heartthrob Brad Pitt on the cover. While Angelina Jolie has admitted her lack of tech-expertise by saying she doesn't even know how to turn on a computer, Brad proves he's an Internet whiz when asked about Twitter and online dating.When questioned about the taboo topic of talking on the phone in the loo he says:
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.
Considering he's one of the faces of Softbank cell phones, it's good to know he's a phone-etiquette pro. And although he doesn't have an active Twitter account as of yet, his knowledge of tech trends keeps us very hopeful!
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
Hmmm. . . am I the annoying one, or the annoyed one? Wired has a list of the most annoying habits of geeky spouses, and the very familiar list has me shaking my head in recognition. A lot of recognition.
We're both guilty of #2, using "frak" in place of real curse words, #4, dissecting movies (him being an ace at Final Cut Pro), #6, requiring extra room in the house for geeky things in gadgets (which forces me to recall the afternoon we each had a meltdown over the TiVo and the cable box not fitting inside our new credenza), and #9, needing to watch certain shows ASAP to avoid spoilers (and avoiding Twitter when those shows are on).
The one that's hands-down the most annoying, which we both do — and I know for a fact annoys our friends — but the ultimate geek habit: #8, looking up information while an argument is in progress. I mean, I paid good money for my iPhone, why shouldn't I use it to prove that River Phoenix was in fact, in Stand By Me? Some things cannot be helped.
Anything you can think of that didn't make the list?
Photo courtesy of CBS
What girl wouldn't want a memorable marriage proposal? But popping the question on a Jumbotron or hiding the ring in a dessert is so 10 years ago. In these days of love 2.0, you gotta be more creative and a lot more tech savvy. Take for example the guy who proposed by sending his now bride-to-be on a romantic scavenger hunt programmed into her iPhone! Or perhaps you could take a cue from the game-loving dude that hacked a video game to surprise his girl, or the Google employee that used Google Street View to propose to his geeky gal.
What do you think about geeky proposals? Are they totally awesome, or do you prefer something a little more subdued?
Wired got the 3-D premiere of Björk's new video for "Wanderlust," directed by geek impresarios Encyclopedia Pictura. I love that this premiere is a Wired.com event rather than say, an MTV.com event. Seeing the video, you'll understand why — those 3D glasses are necessary! Well, they're an enhancement, at least (and Wired provides a handy tutorial on DIY 3-D glasses).
If you know and love Björk then you know what to expect — meaning you have no idea what to expect. For the 3-D version, click here. To see the 2-D version of the video (no glasses required), click here.
This month's Wired brings you their take on the geek hierarchy — remember when we surmised that there were many different types of geekdom? Well, Wired agrees, and they've offered up six types of geek: The Fanboy (classic Star Wars/Simpsons lover and defender), the Music Geek (think Rob Gordon from High Fidelity), the Gamer (your thumbs are always sore), The Gadget Guy (3G + iPhone = drool), the Hacker (fears the sun), and the Otaku (all Manga, all the time).
Do you fall into any of the categories, or are you a different kind — or a hybrid geek?
Wired Magazine used February cover girl Sarah Silverman to detail the things in this world that suck— Like spam filters, credit cards, and traffic, but she also tells Wired what she thinks does not suck. Here are some highlights from the article:
I love technology. I'm all for it. I watch my common-law stepdaughter iChatting with her boyfriend every night, and it's the future happening now. It's amazing.
When pressed, she admits somewhat optimistically that "I would say the only things that truly suck are those things you cannot control," and finally spills what she hates: Jerks in her audience who film her and later post the video footage on YouTube.
"I make a joke explaining why I'm asking them to stop, and then guess what," she says. "They keep shooting — usually with s***-eating grins on their faces, waiting for me to get mad or do something embarrassing. Those people suck. They suck b****."
Whether or not it's really green, it certainly is beautiful. WIRED magazine has teamed up with LivingHomes, a company that builds green, prefabricated homes, to create WIRED Home, a house in LA that showcases green, sustainable technology.
The home was manufactured in the factory, reducing cost and construction waste. When the home was brought to the site, the installation took only two and a half days. The home is fully automated, with the latest in gadgets, gear and appliances, yet still keeps kilowatt usage low.
To find out more about this home, as well as to see some gorgeous photos, just read more