Katniss the kitty? Cats remake 'The Hunger Games'

It's hard to improve on the hit movie and beloved best-selling series "The Hunger Games" -- unless, of course, you replace all the humans with cats. Instead of elaborate special effects, the movie set is "Sweded" (re-created using the cheapest materials possible) into a cardboard masterpiece. Or is that meow-sterpiece?

"The Hunger Games" cat video is part of a bi-weekly series called "Movies As Told By Cats" on The Pet Collective, a site dedicated to pets and the people who love them. The video features the best scenes from "The Hunger Games" -- romance, action, and drama at a purr-fect pace.

"The inspiration came from pictures of cats sticking their heads out of cardboards and someone online decided to draw anime characters on the cardboards," Hai-Lam Phan, senior producer and director, of the series, tells Crave. "I thought it would be funny to build on top of that, and make a story parody out of the frames. Thus, Movies As Told By Cats was born." … Read more

The 404 1,376: Where we unlock the Nexus 5 (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Finally, the Google Nexus 5 is here...unless you're on Verizon.

- Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality.

- Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you.

- Those comics in your basement are probably worthless.

- Norway's "slow TV" programming trend includes a 12-hour broadcast of just knitting.… Read more

eBay to expand same-day delivery to 25 cities in 2014

NEW YORK -- eBay on Tuesday said it plans to expand its same-day delivery service, dubbed eBay Now, to 25 cities next year, and it also launched a couple new features for its site that makes browsing more personalized.

The company said eBay Now is live in Chicago today, and Dallas will follow within the following weeks. Next year, cities such as London will receive the service, bringing the total to 25. eBay already has offered same-day delivery in San Francisco and New York for about a year.

eBay President Devin Wenig also said the company is buying a London-based … Read more

Organize OS X fonts using Font Book smart collections

Apple's Font Book utility is a convenient lightweight font manager built into OS X, and while it does not offer some of the advanced features of some third-party font managers, it does offer enough for most average uses. With this utility you can enable and disable fonts, import and preview them, run diagnostics, and repair routines. In addition, you can group them into collections for various uses, be it writing in a specific language, or for tasks like Web design where you might need Web-compatible fonts.

In Font Book, Apple includes a number of these collections, which you can … Read more

Xbox Music hits iOS

Xbox Music for iPhone is Microsoft's streaming-music service that's taking aim at services like Spotify and Slacker Radio, but isn't quite up to speed just yet. The interface is mostly intuitive and the app is smooth and responsive, but it lacks features found in other services, making it hard to recommend to those who don't own an Xbox. With that said, if you do have an Xbox at home (preferably one that's hooked up to your whole entertainment system), it's definitely worth a look.

Getting started To get started, you'll need an Xbox … Read more

Rare Pokemon card attracts record-breaking $50k offers on eBay

It's called Illustrator, and it's one of the rarest and most valuable Pokemon cards ever made. Only six are thought to exist. Now, one is up for sale on eBay for a mind-boggling $100,000.

While eBay user Scott Pratte -- a prolific seller whose two card-collecting passions include Pokemon and hockey -- is aware that his item won't likely fetch that enormous amount, he's already received a legitimate offer of $47,000. He expects to see that amount climb at least a little higher in the remaining 13 days of his auction.

"Realistically, an ungraded copy could easily earn $20,000, so I'm hoping somewhere around $50,000," he said in an interview. The term ungraded refers to cards that haven't had their condition professionally qualified by the preeminent third-party trading card grading service, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Pratte has received grades for all of his rare collectibles, including the Illustrator card. … Read more

Review: Music Collection archives your audio files in a neat and easy way

There may be some manual data entry on your part, but Music Collection helps you organize all of your music, efficiently, so that you can locate any song, album, or artist quickly and easily. You can create as many collections as you would like and export them in a Microsoft Access format. Even though most of its organization features are already available in actual music players, you might like it if you're really into organizing your music and want to have a separate system just for the details of your entire collection.

Music Collection helps you organize your collection … Read more

6 Android tablet apps to help get you in the back-to-school spirit

School is different these days, with students sooner pulling out a 10-inch tablet to take notes than a sheet of loose-leaf paper and pen. Heck, even calculators are a rare sight to see in the modern classroom, with multifunction mobile apps serving as adequate replacements. With these sorts of changes in mind, I've put together a list of Android tablet apps to help you stay ahead of the game in school. All of them are useful for different reasons, and all of them are free to download.

MyHomework (free) Whether you're in high school or college, MyHomework is … Read more

Six games that will look great on your Nexus 7

With its full-HD screen, upgraded processor, and Open GL ES 3.0 support, the new Nexus 7 tablet is a beast when it comes to running games, specifically those with rich graphics. It handles lens flares, shadows, and other shader effects with ease, and its blacks and colors show up significantly deeper than those on the previous Nexus 7. With these things in mind, I've put together a list of graphics-heavy games to showcase the new tablet's impressive capabilities. Of course, games with such high-level visuals often come at premium, but in my opinion, these are all worth … Read more

T-Mobile stores snub Moto X

CNET Update speaks up:

In this episode of Update:

- Head to Motorola's website to find a Moto X made for T-Mobile, since the phone will not be sold at T-Mobile stores -- at least for now.

- Learn how your voice can hijack a Moto X phone (yet another reason to use a password).

- Spot the similarities between Amazon Collections and Pinterest.

- Turn your Pinterest wish list into a sale tracker with price-drop notifications.

- Set up profiles for each family member on your Netflix streaming account.


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