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Reddit Cofounder Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on January 12th, 2013

Aaron Swartz dies at 26Digital activist and cofounder of Reddit, Aaron Swartz died on Friday after committing suicide according to a relative of Swartz. Along with co-founding Reddit, Swartz was the founder of DemandProgress.org, co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard at the young age of 14 and was a strong proponent of Internet freedom.

Swartz was arrested in 2011 for accusations of stealing more than 4 million documents from MIT and JSTOR consisting of articles, book reviews and academic partner journals. He would have faced as much as $2 million in fines and as much as 50 years in prison if convicted. Swartz pled not guilty in September of 2012.

The news of Swartz death comes only two days after JSTOR announced that it will be releasing more than 4.5 million articles to the public.

Is Apple releasing an HDTV this year?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

According to a report, Apple could launch an Internet-connected high-definition television set by the end of 2011, expanding into the $100 billion LCD TV market. Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities said in a note to investors that he picked up “data points” that point toward a “Smart TV” launch by Apple, possibly as soon as by the end of this year.

If Apple does want into this market, (which seems inevitable) will an Apple HDTV take the world by storm like their other products? Maybe. It could be paired with a subscription service to iTunes, allowing users to access content and services at a flat subscription rate so that a cable box and digital video recorder will no longer be needed. That would make a lot of folks happy.

Borders files for bankruptcy

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

It’s official, Borders, the second largest bookstore chain the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy. The company will continue to operate while it restructures, but it will be just a shadow of it’s former self. It has to close around 200 of its stores, about 30 percent. After that, it might need to close another 75.

Though the company hasn’t produced its own e-book reader, it has partnered with Kobo to sell its device, and it has established its own e-book store that is used by various e-reader apps for smartphones and tablets. We don’t know yet if the bankruptcy will affect those or not.

Is Apple Working on the iPhone mini?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

With the release of a new version of the iPhone, we always hear rumors that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPhone, and right on schedule we have more of these rumors. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will be releasing an iPhone Mini this year.

Normally, we would laugh, but what Bloomberg is saying makes a lot of sense, since a smaller iPhone would open up a new market for Apple, which they will need with all of the tablet competition. The new iPhone Mini could retail for $200 without a contract, which would open up the iPhone to a budget market. It is supposedly one third smaller than the existing iPhone with no home button.

Capitol Hill to permit iPads and other devices

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will soon be permitted to use iPads, iPhones and Blackberry devices on the House floor according to a recent report. Current rules ban the use of these devices, though incoming House speaker John A. Boehmer, the Republican Member for Ohio, is working on plans to relax these measures.

Members would still be banned from using the devices for matters that are unrelated to House matters, so they won’t be allowed to shop on Ebay or play games, but permitting the use of technology should help them be greener and help members quickly refer to legislation and receive important communiqués. So it could make things more efficient.

Exploding Droid 2 was actually dropped?

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2010

Remember that guy who claimed he was injured when his Motorola Droid 2 exploded in his ear? Well, a source within Motorola believes that the man’s claims are false. Big surprise. This source believes that the phone was dropped and that the guy likely didn’t notice that the glass had cracked, cutting himself when he put his ear to it.

Sounds reasonable to me. The images of the device didn’t give any indication that an explosion had occurred, and the phone still worked so this scenario makes sense. There was also no explosive damage apparent on the device, with nothing blown outward.

Nintendo will not be returning to CES after all

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Sorry Nintendo fans. You all put on your Mario clothes and celebrated when it was announced that Nintendo would be returning to CES after a 16-year absence, but the Consumer Electronics Association says Nintendo has some meeting rooms booked for the show, but that doesn’t mean that the company will be showing off the good stuff.

Sorry to dash your hopes like a Goomba getting pounced on. Ya never know, those meetings might be something extra awesome that will bear fruit. Or 1-up mushrooms.

Jolicloud branded netbook on the way

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim has divulged a little secret. The news is that the company will be launching a netbook branded with the Jolicloud name. Of course it will most likely be running on the company’s custom Linux operating system.

We have nothing on the actual netbook yet, so we will have to wait for more details on it’s specifications, pricing and availability. We can tell you that Jolicloud’s user interface is coded in HTML5 and your settings will be saved to the cloud, letting you to log in and do your thing from almost any computer. Sounds good.

Sony explores wider range of Android-based devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

At a Google TV press event in Tokyo, Sony TV division head Yoshihisa Ishida told reporters that the company is “thinking about using Android in more consumer electronics products.” Now, he didn’t specify exactly what kinds of products, so let your imagination run wild.

Word is that Sony Ericsson has an Android 3.0 mobile gaming platform in the works. Of course you are free to speculate on what else may be coming. Maybe a Sony toaster with some decorative toast burning apps. No, probably not.

Trapped Chilean miners get PSPs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

If anyone ever needed some entertainment, it is people stuck in a mine. It helps to take your mind off the fact that you are in an enclosed space and trapped there for months. At least for a few moments anyway.

Just in case you have been in a mine of your own, there are 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mine shaft in Chile right now, and they are going to be down there for a long time. Maybe three to four months. Thank god for video games.

Next Wii may not be 3D

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

With everyone going crazy for 3D, it’s nice to hear that Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto believes that the company’s next console won’t be a 3D gaming console, despite the upcoming portable 3DS.

He believes that there aren’t enough people with 3D TVs in their home, so it doesn’t really make sense. We can’t argue with that. He also stated that we shouldn’t expect a successor to the Wii anytime soon. It’s still some way off.

Mayor Bloomberg replaces index cards with an iPad

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

No matter what you think of Apple, you have to agree that the iPad, just like the iPhone is changing the world. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg used his iPad for a speech instead of using index cards. Earlier that day he even showed it off in Staten Island declaring that it may replace his daily briefing book, itineraries, and other notes.

Pretty high praise indeed. It might not have been the best venue to show off his new toy though, as he was there speaking about the city’s struggling economy and facing questions from taxpayers. He loves the device. The mayor says that he even uses it to relax with a virtual Koi pond.

New ‘super discs’ could hold thousands more than DVDs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

A team at the University of Tokyo has found that using titanium oxide could mean that we gets discs with storage capacities more like hard drives. And guess what? The material is cheaper than the stuff used in Blu-ray discs.

Titanium oxide is ideal for disc manufacturing because of the way it reacts to light. At room temperature the material is capable of switching between metal and semiconductor states, which makes it “promising as a material for a next-generation optical storage device,” according to the eggheads.

HP takes over Palm for $1.2 Billion

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Palm has fallen quite a long way since those heady days before the Palm Pre was actually offered. HP has now bought Palm for $1.2 Billion. That’s about $5.70 per share of Palm stock. This will help HP get some firm footing into the mobile segment, with Palm’s entire patent history at their disposal. Can we expect some HP phones as soon as within the next two years?

The deal will be official by July 31 2010 and the Current CEO of Palm, Jon Rubinstein might be staying.

Apple’s iPad Will Not Tether to iPhone

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Apple iPad will not tether to iPhoneWhile the tech world is anxiously awaiting the launch of Apple’s iPad, a number questions still looming around the exact details of the device and its functionality. One of those questions which was queried directly to Steve Jobs himself was answered today, apparently by Steve Jobs himself.

The Swedish site Slashat.se reports they had sent a question directly to Apple’s CEO asking if the WiFi version of the iPad will support tethering to the iPhone, allowing 3G data access to the iPad. To this the answer came back simply as: “No. Sent from my iPhone.”