Archive for Portables

NBC’s Hulu, Just a Stopgap Without Knowing It

hulu.jpgSo, the Internetz are all abuzz today about NBC/Universal’s new Hulu video site going beta yesterday. Most people lucky (or connected) enough to get invites are saying it’s not nearly as bad as they’d expect a service from a major media corporation to be. Some are actually saying Hulu will seriously threaten sales at Apple’s iTunes Store. Meanwhile, the smart people realize that this is no iTunes killer, nor is it a YouTube killer.

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The XO Laptop, Cynics Hate It [UPDATED]

xo-sad-face.jpgOriginally called “the $100 laptop,” the XO is a computer built by the OLPC non-profit started by MIT-guy Nicholas Negroponte with the intent to provide One Laptop Per Child across the entire planet. Lofty goal? Sure. Impossible? Definitely. Still worth trying? What do you think? The problem is–well, what is always the problem when someone tries to do something good without any apparent ulterior motive? People hate you for it. In this case, everyone is going nuts about how the $100 laptop has “just” had its price hiked to $200.

Just yesterday, Jim Finkle wrote an article for Reuters pointing out, quite cynically how “A computer developed for the world’s poor children, dubbed “the $100 laptop,” has reached a milestone: It is now selling for $200.

The catch is that the XO had it’s price hiked a couple of weeks ago and despite that has already been put in front of handfuls of poor kids in poor countries, runs on a tiny amount of power, is environmentally friendly, has a huge battery life, can do all the basic stuff you expect from computers and has inspired copycats like the eeePC from Asus. So why the hate?

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iPhone eXtreme in January of 2008?

Yes, that is the rumor–there will be an iPhone eXtreme in January of 2008. HOWEVER, this is ANYthing but confirmed. I simply stumbled across a guy who name drops like mad in his Twitter posts and in one of said posts, he drops:

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PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that this rumor goes almost COMPLETELY unsourced beyond this one dude on Twitter. The thing is, something like an iPhone eXtreme and NOT something like an iPhone Nano, makes sense.

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Walgreen Drugstores to Supply DVD Burning Kiosks

It may sound like a lame excuse, but one of the things that makes DVDs as expensive as they are is the packaging. Cases, labels, that cool printing on the disc, itself, and any liner notes can really add up in the costs department. So, how do you get around that?

Download movies directly to your computer?

Eh, well, yes, that’s one way–but what if you don’t have a computer or don’t have one with you?

Pay-per-view?

Uh, OK, that would work to, but what if you don’t have a TV with access to a PPV.

Plan ahead and rip some DVDs to your iPod.

ASIDE from that, starting next year you can go into your local Walgreen and use a kiosk to burn off a movie onto a DVD that you can then take with you. All right, so the audience for someone wanting a DVD burned in this fashion would be incredibly small, what with so very many options for acquiring movies. The iTunes Music Store just went wireless and ripping your own DVD is not very challenging. So, what’s the attraction to this kind of tech?

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