This is cool: Microsoft, Apple Unite to Demand That the National Organization for Marriage Boycott Them

 

Scott Wooledge: Microsoft, Apple Unite to Demand That the National Organization for Marriage Boycott Them.

Awesome. “Yo bigots, boycott us. It’s really good for business.”

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Watch out iTunes, Google Play is gonna steal yo biz

Inneresting!

My Google homepage recently revealed a new tab (or I just now noticed it): Google Play. Here at Google Play, you can buy music, books, movies and Android apps. Oh, no iPhone apps you say?! Shocking!

This will seriously only be interesting to me and probably a lot of other people if this creates some competition for the pricey shit over at the iTunes store. Because really, if we stopped renting movies from actual video stores for $3.99, what makes anyone think we’re going to ‘rent’ a 24-hour digital copy for that much?!

Sherlock Holmes investigates: The stolen platform. Image via zdnet.co.uk

They need to lower their shit to Redbox prices. I think people would rather drive to Redbox and spend $1.29 on a movie than rent one for $3.99 at either iTunes or Google Play. Especially since there is barely any overhead cost in renting a movie online. It’s just downloading. At least with Redbox we get the actual video, and can keep it for longer than 24 hours (once we start watching it. iTunes has some pretty sophisticated rulez) with an extra charge (the beauty being that the extra charge is within our power, and we’re all power hungry mofos who love being in control). iTunes telling us we have 30 days to begin the movie and then 24 hours after that to watch the movie is bogus and self-harmworthy. It causes our brains to melt in judgmental disgust anyways from A) watching something presumably dumber than rocks that was made in Hollywood and B) vastly overpaying for it.

It’s no surprise people want the fuck out of our money, but come on. Sell it to us cheap and we’ll buy it. Otherwise that shit gonn’ get stolen. That’s what capitalism is, right?!

Remembering iPods

Nobody talks about their iPods anymore. What gives?

The iPhone stole all their thunder. Bitch!

I don’t even see people out with iPods anymore. They just sit at home and I guess go to the gym once in a while. We should have iPod day once a week, where everyone goes out with just their iPod, no ipHOnes allowed. It’s crazy to think listening to just an iPod is an old thing. Times change pret-ty fast, folks. Next thing you know, iPhones are non-existent and we video call everyone. Bah!

Image via zdnet.com

 

Amazing: Waterproof your cellphone with Liquipel

Photo via liquipel.com
Photo via liquipel.com

Waterproof Phone coating, and the future, have arrived.

WHAAAAT!!!! This is every drunk college kids dream. No more late night, bathroom drops in the toilets my friends. No more frat guys dropping your phone into a vat of beer and pee.

Liquipel is a nano coating that covers every part of your cellphone, inside and outside, like a sealant instead of a bulky waterproof cover. They describe it as:

…a revolutionary process that applies a waterproof coating to your electronic devices to protect them in the event of accidental exposure to liquids. It is not visible to the human eye, virtually undetectable and Liquipel will not compromise the look, feel, and performance of your electronics.

Liquipel penetrates the entire device as a whole, including all of the vital components inside and out to provide optimal protection against accidental contact with liquids.

AH-MAZ-ING. Innovative. It costs about $60 to get done to your phone, and you have to send it in to the company. But really, I think that’s $60 well spent over the risk of dropping your phone in a puddle, toilet or some other electronics-threatening body of water.

You guys, we’ve entered the future. Seriously, every time something amazing like this comes out, I feel like we’ve entered the future. 3D printers, anyone?

Technology: Apple’s first iPhone from 1983

Photo via mashable.com
Wow. Can you imagine carting that around in your purse? Cue hipsters: "Do you have a phone jack? I need to call someone." Photo via mashable.com

 The first iPhone was actually made in 1983 as a landline with a touchscreen. It was designed by Hartmut Esslinger who also played a hand in constructing Apple’s first portable computer. NEAT!

Social Butterfly: Smartphones

Oh god. The smartphone. We love them, obviously, but are they hurting us socially?

Worst nightmare date. That guy is never getting called back, ironically, because he's always on his phone. Rude! Photo via ethicalnag.org
Worst nightmare date. That guy is never getting called back, ironically, because he's always on his phone. Rude! Photo via ethicalnag.org

You’d think it’d be the opposite. Always connected, always uploading pictures to Facebook, commenting on somebody’s something or having a text conversation that last hours (sooooooo annoying.) But I’m finding more and more that there are certain smartphone addicts that no matter how many good friends are around them at a party, they’ve got their drink in one hand and their smartphone in the other, doing God knows what and being rude as hell.

There’s almost nothing ruder that being on your smartphone at a party… the whole NIGHT. Anyone excessively using their smartphone at a party looks super bad, in a “who the fuck is that self-important asshole” type way. There’s nothing worse than striking up a conversation with a marginally interesting person who can’t even make eye contact with you because their retinas are smartphone-occupied.

Where is the line drawn between reasonable phone-checking and a social networking pariah? 

We’ve all done it. You get bored, the people at the party aren’t your cup of tea, or your male friends are playing video games. (Sorry Lana del Rey, that shit ain’t interesting.) Unless you’re deliberately trying to send a message to people that you’re uninterested in their company and you’d like to leave immediately, we should try to keep the smartphone checking down to a minimum.

And please, on a DATE, no smartphone or cell phone checking whatsoever. For real!