2013 in Review: Our nine best videos of the year
From an inside look at the technology used at a Major League Baseball game to a detailed breakdown of how you’re likely upsetting your Facebook friends, we put together a lot of videos in 2013. Here are some of our favorite videos to appear on the site.
Security plays hard ball
Our visit to AT&T Park in San Francisco this past fall featured a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, including a look at the efforts that go into maintaining the field, programming the scoreboard, and keeping fans in the seats connected. But our favorite part of that video series was easily this look at how technology is used to maintain security inside the ballpark.
Steve Ballmer runs out of time at Microsoft
Steve Ballmer announced in August that he would retire from the company in 12 months, though as 2013 comes to an end, we couldn’t help noticing that he’s still in Redmond. Editor Jon Phillips offered his thoughts on what Microsoft should look for in a new CEO—and why it was time for Ballmer to go.
Adventures in 3D printing
Whenever we need to get the latest on 3D printing, we turn to our product lab and Albert Filice. When he’s not building his own 3D printer from scratch, Albert is appearing in videos like this one where he tells you what you need to know about this emerging technology.
Trick your friends with these Halloween PC pranks
It’s not all work and no play around these parts. While we put together this list of pranks you can pull off with a PC for Halloween, you can use these cruel tricks on your dear friends any time of the year.
How we tested the nation’s networks
Each year, we look at the performance of wireless broadband to see how each carrier performs. AT&T topped our rankings for the second year in a row. How did we arrive at that conclusion? This video explains how we tested assorted wireless networks. We also went inside AT&T’s global network operations center to see how a carrier monitors its network traffic.
Asus Chairman Jonney Shih: Nexus 7 ‘almost broke us’
Right after Google unveiled the new version of the Nexus 7 tablet that it had developed in conjunction with Asus, Jonney Shih, Asus’s chairman, stopped by our offices to talk about what goes into making a device that’s thinner, faster, and more feature-packed than its predecesor.
Pumpkin carving tricks
Halloween is a mere 10 months away. That should be just enough time to master these high-tech pumpkin carving tricks.
Rapid Review: Sphero 2.0
We really enjoyed the latest version of Sphero, a motorized orb that’s one of our favorite smartphone-controlled toys. In particular, we enjoyed making it do death-defying leaps over a Steve Jobs doll in the video we shot to accompany our Sphero 2.0 review.
PC benchmarking world records smashed at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum
It’s a very simple rule: Use liquid nitrogen—as these overclocking experts did at the Intel Developers Forum—and you wind up on our list of favorite videos of the year.
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