Smile! You're on iPod Camera.
Rumors abound that iPod's will be growing eyes soon...
Techcrunch and a number of other sites are reporting that some next-gen Apple iPods (including the Touch) will have onboard cameras for still and video. Techcrunch considers the iPod Touch with a lens:
My take? Look for iPods with cameras for this holiday buying season.
Windows 7 pre-order? You missed it.
Microsoft marketing is really boggling me lately...
Considering that Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade will cost me a measly $29.00 CAD, I'm somewhat confused by Microsoft's pricing strategy. Maybe they think Windows is a premium OS which justifies the higher price. Whatever. This past week Microsoft's retail partners (including Future Shop) were taking Windows 7 pre-orders for a product to be released in October. Upside was that Win7 pre-order was 1/2 off. Downside? I can buy two Snow Leopard upgrade licenses for one Win7 upgrade license.
Oh, wait, did you want vomit with that browser?
Yep, Microsoft's marketing department does it again. This hastily-pulled online ad offended quite a few folk. According the Wall Street Journal report:
The Wall Street Journal has a copy of the ad on their site, you've been warned.
Google OS -- coming soon to a computer near you.
Light-weight, Linux based, and based in the cloud...
Given all the hype surrounding the upcoming release of Apple's Snow Leopard and Microsoft's Windows 7, the timing of Google's Chrome OS announcement is a strategic thrust aimed at keeping Google in the mix. Chrome OS isn't due to be released until 2010, and only on netbooks at that time. But, with this announcement, this example from Ars Technica shows that the tech industry is a-buzz with interest:
Of course, what good would the Future Shop Techblog be if we didn't weigh in with an opinion
Tris Hussey has some thoughts about chrome:
If you've not yet read his post, check out the full thing here.
Oh week, how weird you were.
Some weeks, you just have to scratch your head...
Spy School didn't cover this -- according to the Times Online, the next head spy-wrangler at MI6 has been outed on Facebook...by his wife.
Back to the body-function-fluid thing for a minute...It appears that researchers are developing a process that uses urine as a source of Hydrogen fuel for cars. Seriously.
Finally a sad note...does anyone remember CompuServe?
Back in the day...way back, you had to connect to online services at 300 baud using a modem. CompuServe, Genie, and others were the online services that we all used. They hosted their own applications, games, and communities. They also connected to each other using government technology known as the Internet. It was so cool.
Back to the matter at hand. CompuServe is dead. AOL, the parent company of the once-geek-Mecca for everything tech, pulled the plug. Last week. And we apparently didn't even notice... R.I.P. CompuServe...you were the gateway drug for many of today's netizens.
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