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The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones in white silver. This week's winner gets their color of choice.(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
Congrats to Brenda S. of Dunn, N.C., for winning two Powerocks Magicstick portable batteries in last week's giveaway, and to Jon T. of Red Bank, N.J., for winning a wireless LG sound bar from Sam's Club the week before that. This week, we have another prize your ears will like.
We're giving away a pair of V-Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones. CNET reviewers bestowed these feature-rich 'phones with an Editors' Choice award last year, calling them beautifully built with a warm and detailed bass-rich sound. They're durable, include an inline remote and microphone, and can fold into a compact bundle.
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In fact, the only real downside our reviewer, Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg, could find with the Crossfade M-100s was th... [Read more]
The black-and-white photo from 1976 shows Steve Jobs (right) with co-founder Steve Wozniak. In the foreground Jobs gives a talk in January 2010.(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
It's not every day that someone throws down more than $40,000 for a short document, but that is exactly what Tristar Productions CEO Jeff Rosenberg did Thursday.
This was no ordinary document, however. It was a signed legal agreement between Steve Jobs and businessman Robert Friedland from August 17, 1978. The 8-page document was up for auction at RR Auction house and sold for $40,045.
"In 30 years of business we have only offered one other Jobs item -- a signature; this document, incredibly substantial and significant in its connection to a major figure in his life, is of the utmost rarity," RR Auction Vice President Bobby Livingston said in a statement.
Apparently, Jobs and Friedland were buddies during college -- where they both attended Reed College, took spiritual trips to India, and worked on Friedland's communal farm and apple orchard.
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It's been a year in which the alleged needs of security have made many people feel more insecure.
So now as we all prepare to gather round with our families, the American Civil Liberties Union would like to remind us that Santa Claus does exist, but he might be an NSA agent.
In a YouTube video made, I imagine, to make you titter and quiver, we hear a famous song that's been infiltrated.
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" has become "The NSA Is Coming To Town."
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The image that especially interested the authorities.(Credit: WPBF-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
I am blue in the face.
But it doesn't matter how many times you tell people -- especially criminals -- to be very careful about what they post on social networks. They don't listen.
Here is the story of Depree Johnson. He's 19, and he's already been in a little trouble.
However, he's now in 142 times more trouble, all because he couldn't help posting Instagram images of himself with those twins of modern despair: guns and money. (Johnson's Instagram account -- duce22ceritfied (sic) -- has now been shut down.)
As the Miami New Times reports, a sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County, Fla. was doing what sheriff's deputies do these days: scouring the murky corners of the Web, in search of nefarious activity.
Johnson's images stimulated the deputy to see if he might get a warrant to search Johnson's personal quarters. Convicted felons aren't allowed to possess guns, and one of the images showed Johnson with two.
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An installation in Sydney, Australia's Pitt Street Mall consists of person-shaped, LED-filled sculptures that use proximity sensors to sing beautiful music when people pass by.
Called the Infinite Choir, it consists of two rows of abstract human-shaped sculptures with speakers instead of heads that sing when people walk by. But it's a far cry from the twee Christmas carols: each of the 16 "singers" (eight per row) is fitted with a pre-recorded voice that sings an angelic, wordless phrase.
An ultrasonic proximity sensor in each sculpture will trigger when a person comes close, playing the vocal recording and, if you're visiting at night, a color-changing display of LEDs beneath a translucent shield. The more people who are interacting with the installation, the more intense the sound and display -- encouraging passersby in the perpetually busy mall to slow down and take a loo... [Read more]
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With a pint jar, some miniature trees, a tiny Tardis, and glitter, you can make your own Doctor Who diorama.(Credit: Amy Ratcliffe)
It was an ordinary pint jar. Now it's a wintry scene fit for a Time Lord. How did it get from Point A to Point Geeky? Geek With Curves blogger Amy Ratcliffe explains how to Doctor up your home decor this holiday season with an easy "Doctor Who" diorama.
All you need to make it is a pint jar (really, any jar works); a Tardis toy or figure that can fit in the jar (in this case it's a monitor mate); Mod Podge; glue gun; hot glue; paintbrush; scissors, FloraCraft Diamond Dust glitter; miniature bottlebrush Christmas trees, white acrylic paint; and some newspaper.
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Don't mess with this lightsaber-wielding princess.(Credit: Ralph Sevelius)
My appreciation for Disney princesses is at an all-time high at this very moment thanks to artist Ralph Sevelius and his reimagining of the animated ladies as if they were dropped into the world of "Star Wars."
The bright colors of the illustrations say "Disney," but the lightsabers and glowing eyes are all "Star Wars." Sevelius' princesses aren't just a bunch of Jedi do-gooders -- they also take on the sinister aspects of the Sith. Elsa from Disney's recent hit "Frozen" gets all Sithy with a red light saber, yellow eyes, and a serious attitude adjustment.
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Cover shows different icons on an Android phone's unlock screen depending on where the software judges a person to be.(Credit: Cover)
Cover has released its app for retooling the Android lock screen into a useful, adaptable launch pad for apps.
Cover brings a number of features to Android phones: it picks commonly used apps on your lock screen, changing them according to your location and time of day based on your usage patterns for work, home, or in between. It lets you slide the app icons partway over for a quick peek at them or flick them all the way over to launch them. And it offers a new multitasking option: a long press on the right of Android's status bar will produce a drop-down list of your most commonly used items.
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There are finally universal game controllers that work with Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods running iOS 7. Both the Moga Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell offer the potential to turn your device into a little handheld game dynamo by adding buttons. But, there's a problem: it's not easy to find games that support them.
There are supposed to be hundreds of iOS 7 controller-ready games out there in the App Store, but with 1 million apps to sift through, discovery isn't a piece of cake. Games need to be updated to work with these controllers. Luckily, many of the newer games are coming out of the gate controller-ready, and Rockstar's newly released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the king of the early heap.
Without a controller, there are lots of buttons.(Credit: Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET)
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