The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more

Popcorn-wafting Poptopia may be first scented mobile game

Branded mobile games have become a common marketing tactic for companies. Pop Secret and its Poptopia game is no different in this regard. However, Pop Secret took it a step further and created a device called the Pop Dongle to work with its game.

The dongle, designed by the innovation studio Deeplocal, plugs into the audio-out port of your iOS device and emits a popcorn smell as you play the game. Each dongle contains enough popcorn juice to spray 500 to 1,000 times. Pop Secret is billing it as "the first-ever scented mobile gaming experience."… Read more

Kettle corn on the kitchen countertop

You know the aroma. It beckons as if it were a magical cartoon hand, wafting through the air until it finds its destination: you. There is no choice but to follow the waggling smoke fingers until you find its source: popcorn. But there is something different about this enticing scent. Tinged around the edges is the distinct sense of sugar and salt. And furthermore, this is not an outdoor event; this is your own kitchen.

Bringing kettle corn to the inside, the Nostalgia Electrics KCP100 Carnival Kettle Corn Maker ($49.99) mirrors the magic of the popular treat without the … Read more

Retro popcorn maker blends in

Design always has, and always will, play a big part in our purchasing decisions. Kitchen gadgets are, of course, not immune to our personal preferences. Perhaps they are even subject to a more stringent set of deliberations, seeing as additional kitchen appliances require the reduction of a valued commodity: counter space. However a device that may be frivolous or unnecessary dressed in one design sense may look the part of high fashion in another.

Depending upon personal tastes, the Nostalgia Electrics Retro Stir Popcorn Popper ($39.99) may or may not be the perfect accessory for your kitchen countertop. Those … Read more

Voice-activated popcorn shooter auto-aims for your mouth

You say the word "pop." A piece of popcorn comes flying directly at your mouth, as if by magic. You catch it and eat it. You are truly a god among men.

This isn't just a lazy football weekend snack fantasy. The Popinator is a project/publicity stunt from bagged popcorn maker Popcorn, Indiana. … Read more

Score points with a sports popcorn popper

Hot-air popcorn poppers are not delicate pieces of engineering that require precise manufacturing to achieve popping perfection. And this shouldn't come as much of a surprise; the appliances are more akin to hair dryers than to any other device or gadget found in the kitchen.

Regardless of the provenance of hot-air popcorn poppers in general, for the most part they all look the same. Operation is simple: pour in some kernels and turn it on. The hot air circulates around the kernels, pushing them about until they pop and emerge out of some chutelike contrivance. It's a basic, … Read more

Don't wait for the state fair for cotton candy

As the days get longer, many of us start to dream about spending more time outside. Good weather, of course, means good food. But while the protein-packed goodness of seared burgers and franks will be wafting through the air, another, more sugary, tradition also awaits.

Like a carnival midway ride, the Great Northern Popcorn Vortex Cotton Candy Machine stands ready to jolt patrons (except instead of whiplash, this ride produces a sugar rush). Complete with cart, the home appliance produces one cotton candy cone every 30 seconds. An optional bubble top "eliminates potential dangerous sugar spray," and provides safe operation.

The magic of the midway in the comfort of home isn't the only appeal of this machine designed to be used for gatherings of all sorts. No special installation is necessary; the base is secured to the kettle via four clamps that reduce vibration. After a two-stage warm-up period that lasts a total of six minutes, the sugary goodness is ready to go--anytime of the year.… Read more

Popcorn maker stirs up some flavor

Homemade fresh popcorn is really where it's at. Aside from the important aspect that most anything freshly made is at the peak of its potential, when it comes to homemade popcorn the flavor can be precisely controlled. However, getting all that great flavor incorporated can be a tricky undertaking. And more than a bit messy when using sticky ingredients.

The Cuisinart EasyPop Plus Popcorn Maker offers a convenient method for popcorn popping, and adds the capability to stir in flavorings to the resultant batch. After all the popcorn has popped, the switch can then be flipped over to the … Read more

More than just a popcorn maker

A night in at the movies can be an entertaining and relaxing way to spend an evening. Modern home theater systems have evolved to the point where it seems unnecessary to venture out to the local multiplex. The comfort of home can never be topped; while you may or may not have a screaming child or a crying baby in your house, you will in the movie theater. Of course, there is one last thing to consider for movie watching, at home or away: that would be the popcorn.

For whatever reason, movies go down better with a tub of … Read more

Perfect popcorn

Maybe you've got a giant home theater system that can make an audience feel like it's in a full movie theater. Maybe you've got a smaller TV for your family to just hang out around. Either way, a batch of popcorn is perfect for whatever movie you'll be watching next. The EasyPop Popcorn Maker, from Cuisinart, takes the necessary steps to make sure that you'll have a great bowl of popcorn every time you need it. The popcorn maker includes a motorized stirring mechanism to reduce the number of unpopped kernels, as well as specialized … Read more