Prince: You can't get down with technology in your hand

Getting down is a little like getting up.

You have to free yourself from all mental concerns. You have to liberate yourself from your cocoon of safety. And you have to believe that once you start moving, the world will accept you for who you are.

How, though, can you possibly get down with a phone in your hand?

This philosophical question plagued Prince on Saturday night as he played a hush-hush concert at the Hollywood Palladium and was very preoccupied with technology.

As LAist reports, fans were greeted with this message at the door: "NO PHOTOS. PATRONS TAKING … Read more

Prince drops $22M copyright suit against Facebook fans

The pop artist Prince is known for getting sue-crazy when it comes to copyright infringement of his work, but when he filed a $22 million lawsuit against some of his die-hard fans, it seemed he might have gone too far. Apparently, the artist has now dropped the suit, according to TMZ.

Prince originally filed the lawsuit in the Northern District of California on January 16 against 22 fans. He alleged that they linked to bootleg recordings of his concerts on Facebook and Google's Blogger platform and that each of them owed him $1 million for posting copyrighted material without … Read more

Phone-hacking joy: Prince William calls wife 'babykins'

What do you call the one you love?

Do you offer a generic "darling" or "honey"?

Do you go for something of a more personal nature that, if overheard, no one would understand unless you explained it? Examples I have heard include: "Bizca (look it up)," "Barry" (to a girl), and "Nancy" (to a man).

One would have thought, though, that the British royal family wouldn't resort to anything that might ultimately be ridiculed.

When it comes to Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, … Read more

Joysticks and Gear Shifts: Neo Drift Out

Like all brilliant racing games, the backbone of Neo Drift Out, New Technology is its cars: many old-school arcades stick you in generic Porscherrarighini blobs, but since Drift Out actually carried WRC licensing, you'll get to choose from a few authentic icons. Back in '96, having real-world cars in a racing game was cooler than the other side of the pillow.

There are three rides in Drift Out: the Toyota Celica, the Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Subaru Impreza, each with a rating for Speed, Control, and Body. There isn't any real discernible difference between 'vehicle dynamics''s … Read more

The 404 1,379: Where we lead you to the river (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- How one of the best science-fiction films of our time was almost destroyed.

- How to rob a bank in the 21st century.

- Meet "Sweetie," a virtual girl created to target child predators. Check out the video here.

- Knock Knock app unlocks Mac with two thumps on your iPhone.… Read more

Prince: An iPhone? Hell, no

When it comes to gadgets that are truly cool and useful, little red Corvettes have status.

iPhones, sadly, do not.

This, at least, seems to be the view of very beautiful musician Prince, who claims not to own a cell phone at all.

In a quite moving interview with V Magazine, Prince regally dismisses the question of whether he owns an iPhone: "Are you serious? Hell, no."

He then went on to utilize his very fine, high-pitched voice to allegedly mimic not himself, but a woman.

He shrieked: "Where is my phone? Can you call my phone? … Read more

A better button-down? Entrepreneur promises self-cleaning shirt

A new shirt being touted as "the better button-down" aims to make laundry as we know it a thing of the past. The entrepreneur behind it claims it never wrinkles and can be worn over and over, without being washed.

Marketing grad Mac Bishop, 24, says his shirt not only looks good, but is soft to the touch, resistant to wrinkling, and odor-free. To prove it, he wore one of the shirts for 100 days in a row without washing it.

"I've (run) 4 miles in this shirt, I've biked 5 miles in this shirt, I've thrown it on after a basketball game," Bishop told CBS News. "It airs out. It's the miracle fiber." … Read more

Prince to Twitter: Take down those vines

Twitter has taken down eight Vine videos associated with the artist Prince, after his record label sent a letter warning of copyright infringement.

The notice, posted on Chilling Effects last week and noticed by The Next Web today, described the Vines in question as "unauthorized recordings" and "unauthorized synchronizations." The label, NPG Records, requested that Twitter immediately remove the Vines and any future Vines featuring Prince. The Vine is a mobile service that allows people to create and share short, looping videos.

The links to the Vines in the request no longer work. A Twitter spokesman … Read more

The spectacular science of exploding glass

When you drop molten glass into cold water, you get a curious object: a Prince Rupert's Drop, shaped like a teardrop with a long, wiggly tail. What's so curious about the Prince Rupert's Drop is that you can hit the bulb as hard as you like with a hammer, throw it against the wall, and yet, even though we think of glass as fragile, it will not break.

That is, until you hit the sweet spot. If you damage any part of the tail, just a tiny bit, the entire drop explodes outward in a stunning display.

Although the drops have been around for centuries, the reason for this strange behavior has only been discovered recently -- and it can be seen by watching the glass explode in slow motion. That's what YouTube science educator Destin of Smarter Every Day has done. … Read more

The 404 1,219: Where it's all play and no work (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Just say no: Polaroid returns with an instant camera shaped like...the Instagram icon.

- "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song prompts school lockdown.

- You should watch "Room 237," a fan theory documentary about "The Shining."

- 50 fan theories that will blow your mind, and the Subreddit that goes with it.… Read more