Is “The Daily” the end of the newspaper?

So Rupert Murdoch’s much anticipated and delayed tablet newspaper “The Daily” gets it’s official launch date and that’s Feb 2nd. With this being the first dedicated digital newspaper for a tablet, I wouldn’t be surprised that it gets gobbled up and is the first step towards the end of the printed newspaper. That’s a big statement I know, but think about it, with newspapers dropping like flies and the kids chaining themselves to trees to save them from eventually becoming a bum’s blanket, it’s only logical that Murdoch’s digital newspaper will launch the next wave in how we get our news. I’m an ipad owner and before the ipad, I wasn’t a reader. But I find myself constantly browsing the iBook store or Kindle bookstore because reading has become fun and easy again. I’m not sitting at my desk in front of my computer, I’m laying at the beach being the techie with a book. I’m a sandy nerd I guess. And now I can get my news without the nasty black fingers as well as read books?!? I’ll take that. Anyway, mark this day as my prediction that the printed newspaper is on it’s last days and if you don’t have an iPad or any of the 10 other digital tablets that were shown at CES, you may as well get back under that rock you came from.

Angry Birds animated?

Rovio, the makers of the smash app Angry Birds is becoming an animated series! This little $5 buck app has gone from the Apple app store to the Android market to gaming consoles (Sony PS3, Xbox, Nintendo) and now television?!?! I own all the versions of the game on my ipad, from the original to the Halloween and Christmas versions, and even though they are basically the same game it is a wonderful way to waste my time when I’m waiting at the airport or the DMV, but how will the television animated series waste my time?!? I don’t think the battle between birds and pigs will take off as well as it has when you get to interact and play along. I guess it doesn’t matter because Rovio is laughing all the way to the bank and will take every opportunity to port their game to any platform. Hell, if it was me, I would.

AT&T, can you hear me now?!?

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Well it was inevitable that this was gonna happen, AT&T’s lockdown on Apple’s iPhone is now over . Verizon officially announced it’s finally getting the iPhone. I wonder how many AT&T customers will ditch them for “the nation’s largest cellular network”. Well I’ve been with AT&T since 87′ which is crazy that I’ve managed to not want to kill myself from all the drop calls especially on those Zack Morris brick phones back in the day so I’m not gonna jump ship just yet, but I know a few that are ready.  Overall it’s a great expansion of the iPhone’s domain in the cellular landscape and will only allow Apple’s facetime app to spread to even more users.

AT&T, can you hear me now?!?

Microsoft’s 6-month KIN Lifespam

If you’ve been under a rock lately you probably haven’t seen that every commercial on prime time television has been to promote Microsoft’s newest faux hippster social phone the “KIN” has been killed. The European Fall release has been squashed and the entire KIN team has been absorbed into the Windows 7 Mobile team. The big reason for the sudden change of plans is due to product sales. Apparently after 6 months, only 500 KINs were sold. Yeah, I’d kill that product too!

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iPhone 4 under $200 bucks?!?

While standing in that crazy ass long line at the Apple store to pick up the latest iPhone 4, did you ever realize the actual cost of the phone? Well, iFixit and iSuppli (2 companies that are in the business of taking apart iPhones and selling parts for the DIY folks) has released the approx cost of the components and the sum of the parts comes right around $188 bucks! They even sell just about every part that you could theoretically build a Frankenstein iPhone 4 if you really wanted to go down that road. I wouldn’t advice building your own iPhone however, that’s just a bit crazy talk!

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How thin is too thin?

In the Hollywood world of actors or models this has been an issue for a while now, but when it comes to electronics, it’s never too thin. Sony releases an upgrade to their credit card-thin led display. It’s now as thin as a human hair!

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Here’s last year’s prototype at a thickness of a credit card.

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I’ll take either one if they could make it 65″ inches!

The real Wall-E

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In Italy this last summer some amazing little trash robots were out picking and recycling rubbish throughout the city of Peccioli. Part of the $3.9million DustBot research program, these cute Wall-E type rubbish robots cruised the city collecting and separating organic trash and recyclables. This is to show that smaller bots can do a much better job then large trash trucks while having a smaller carbon footprint. I’m down with robots, so lets get some in Venice, CA cause there’s a lot of trash about!

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