Yesterday The Apple Blog announced that the new iPad was going to be offering 30,000 free eBooks. The thing is, the free books are all hosted at Project Gutenberg (and have been for years) so any device with a web browser can access these eBooks, even a Blackberry. The headline, “iPad to Offer 30,000 Free… Continue reading TheAppleBlog Pretends that Apple Offers 30,000 Free eBooks
Customers of AT&T will soon be able to buy into an option that makes the phone work the way it’s supposed to, for the one-time low price of $150. It’s called the Microcell–just set up this little baby wherever you happen to be–it supports up to 4 phones at a time and it taps into… Continue reading AT&T To Start Providing Real Phone Service, Only $150 + All Normal Costs
Image by 1up.com Every now and then the question of whether video games should qualify as art or not comes to the fore. A few years ago Roger Ebert famously concluded in his book “Answer Man” that games cannot be art because there is choice involved. Why anybody would want to know what an old… Continue reading “Heavy Rain” is Neither a Video Game, Nor a Cheesy Crime Film. Why Can’t We Have Both?
For some time now there has been talk of Google just going out and building experimental fiber optic networks in the US to test out the infrastructure, and the response has been extraordinary. Including cities renaming themselves to Google to draw the company’s attention. Other mayors have swam with sharks and dove into frozen lakes.… Continue reading Everybody Cross Your Fingers: Google Announces Next Steps in Fiber-Optic for the US
Pictured above, an unmanned drone taken from the military blog Armybase.us. Washington’s unmanned drone airplanes will not just be Washington’s anymore. Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense Secretary announced plans to start selling and giving them to other countries, including Pakistan. In the past they had been sold only to Italy and Great Britain. South Korea,… Continue reading One Step Closer to Terminator: Salvation Day
Using a combination of night vision, radar and motion sensor cameras, GM cars will soon be packaged with windshields that highlight important information right in front of you, with lasers no less. Other cameras pointing at your face can tell where you are looking, making your own car yet another place where you are no… Continue reading Good News for Bad Drivers: GM Windshield Can See Better Than You Can
It looks like the iPhone, already a kind of digital swiss army knife, will someday have walkie-talkie capabilities and be able to serve as a kind of spontaneous hub where information can be sent automatically to everyone in the group. Patents dating as late as last November, but only unearthed this week, describe the new… Continue reading iPhones to Double as Social Networks and Triple as Walkie-Talkies
Hewlett-Packard has just rolled out its newest design in the way of flexible display screens, or “digital paper,” as they are sometimes called. This is part of a collaboration with Arizona State University, and it began quite a while ago but no one has seen or heard anything about it for a couple years at… Continue reading Roll-able Display from HP: Just Don’t Roll It for Now, Please
Japan continues its long trend of inserting computers and cyborgs into all aspects of daily life, as it is announced that special versions of the Nintendo DS will be distributed to school students at the elementary and junior high levels. No word on how soon all the teachers will be fired.
Break out the cake and the candles, March 21st is Twitter’s 4th birthday.Yes, that means Twitter is an Aries.