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iPad 3 Will Be Thicker, Still Support Smart Cover, and Debut Early 2012

8 Dec

Japanese blog Macotakara claims to have information from an Asian supplier that the next iPad will have a screen of the same physical dimensions as current iPads, and will support the Smart Cover but may be thicker. 

According to Asian supplier which provides part for next iPad, next iPad has same size of screen, but case may be thicker by unknown reason. Current iPad cases, which covers backside, will not be compatible with thicker next iPad. 

Also the source told, front rounding corner will be same with current iPad, then Smart Cover will be good companion with new iPad.

Though the site doesnt specify, the above image may be of prototype case for the iPad 3.

Macotakara has occasionally offered accurate information in the past, although several of its claims also failed to come true. Back in August, the site claimed that the iPhone 4S and iPad 3 would debut at a media event in early October with availability set for late October. iPad 3 rumors had been swirling at the time, but were later discounted as reported indicated that Apple will be pushing the iPad 3 with Retina display back to an early 2012 introduction.

iPad 3 Will Be Thicker, Still Support Smart Cover? – Mac Rumors.

Facebook + Netflix = FaceFlix? May be coming soon…

8 Dec

Netflix is building an app for Facebook that would let its users see what movies or shows their friends are watching, then click to watch them without having to leave Facebook. But when the two companies announced the app in September, Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said it wouldn’t be available in the US because of a law from the 1980s that prohibited video rental history sharing.

In an age where people purposefully share their activities with friends, that law has become absurd. Thankfully, the House understands this. A revised bill, which passed the House yesterday, would let providers share video history information after first receiving the user’s consent. Now it just needs to pass the Senate.

This could mean Netflix, which has been losing users right and left after a number of missteps this year, would get access to the 155 million or so Facebook users in the US. Facebook is already driving significant traffic to YouTube and other online video sites, suggesting the app could ultimately result in higher usage and new (or renewed) Netflix subscriptions from Facebook users.

The original Video Privacy Protection Act was passed in 1988 by an angry Congress after a Supreme Court nominee, Robert Bork, had his video rental record published by a journalist. The actual rentals weren’t especially interesting — it was more a jab at Bork’s belief that citizens only had privacy rights provided to them directly by legislation. But Congress’s reaction was to make it illegal for video providers to share what their users watch. A couple cases have since been brought against Blockbuster and Netflix based on the bill, that presumably scared Netflix off from launching the Facebook app.

via Video History Bill Passes House, Struggling Netflix Could Finally Stream On Facebook In US | TechCrunch.

HP’s $99 TouchPad Firesale Is Finally Back! (Although, refurbished, not necessarily bad!)

8 Dec

HP’s $99 TouchPad Firesale Is Finally Back.

The time’s come, cheapasses: HP’s $99 TouchPad firesale is about to make its triumphant returnOh my god I’ve waited so long for this.

At 7:00 PM Eastern on December 11th, HP’s eBay store is going to have the next and maybe last cache of cheap TouchPads. $99 16GB models and $150 32GB models will both be up for grabs. That’s great! Here’s the catch: The units are refurbished, not new—which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily!—and all sales are final. But like, who’s going to try to return a $99 TouchPad anyway?

Since the original cheapo stampede over the first TouchPad firesale, the Kindle Fire’s shown up with its $200 pricepoint, and the PlayBook dropped to that price as well—and maybe even further soon. But the TouchPad is still the only full-sized tablet to get the here-take-it-please-oh-god prices, and webOS has gotten a few upgrades while HP shuffles its feet over what to do with the mobile OS. So basically, it’s still a totally awesome deal and you should get one if you can. [TechCrunch]

God Almighty himself, through his appointed papal mouthpiece, has chosen Android.

8 Dec

This, my friends, may be the end of the smartphone fanboy wars. I can give my two cents. The rest of the tech community can give theirs. But God Almighty himself, through his appointed papal mouthpiece, has picked a winner.

For this year’s celebration of Christ’s birth, Pope Benedict will remotely light a giant Christmas tree display attached to the side of a mountain, from 130 miles away. So, yeah, fuck your lawn display.

But! Scandal! He’s doing it with the Lord’s fave new gadget, MSNBC reports, straight from the Vatican newswire:

Benedict XVI will activate the illumination from his apartments in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. He will touch the screen of a Sony “Tablet” with an “Android” operating system which, via the Internet, will transmit the command to switch on the electric current to the tree.

Will this alleged “Android” “Tablet” be a Sony S? It doesn’t matter. The heavens have parted, and the choice is clear: The Pope Chooses Android. If you are one of the world’s billion-plus Catholics, take note!

Also, kind of sad how far we’ve fallen since the days of the burning bush. Moses needed no “tablet.” [MSNBC]

via The Pope Has Chosen Android.

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