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    July 3, 2015
    The Nintendo PlayStation?

    Way back in the 90′s, there were only two video game companies that mattered.  On one hand, you had Nintendo, who rolled out the Super Nintendo and stuck with the plastic cartridge format long after others went to video discs.  On the other hand, you have Sega, which boosted its Genesis with a 32-bit plug-in, a CD attachment, and who knows what else to try and extend their console life beyond Nintendo’s.  It didn’t work very well for Sega, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo didn’t nearly try the same thing.  Back in the day, Nintendo and Sony were working together on a video game system that would play both DVDs and cartridges.  This is rumored to be a prototype Nintendo PlayStation.

    That’s right, Nintendo PlayStation.  Nintendo would provide the SNES component, and Sony would provide the disc-playing game component.  Sony and Nintendo would both get to sell the systems; Nintendo would get a CD add-on, and Sony would get the SNES port.  This SuperDisc, if it is indeed real, is one of only 200 consoles of the type ever made.  Even if it didn’t work–and it might work–it’s going to be worth a fortune, assuming it’s authenticated by experts as real.  Otherwise, it’s a really good forgery.

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    June 30, 2015
    Siri Is Getting Sassy

    What is 0 divided by 0?  Simple question, right?  Well, yes and no.  If you’re an iPhone user, and you ask Siri to do a little math for you, you’re probably used to getting good answers, but Siri can be pretty sassy sometimes, and a recent Apple update has made Siri even sassier.  People asking Siri to divide 0 by 0 are getting some shockingly sassy answers.

    In particular, the zero divided by zero answer is getting some serious traction for being a sick burn.  If you don’t have an iPhone, allow me to tell you what Siri’s currently shredding curious Apple fans with:  ”Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get?  See?  It doesn’t make sense.  And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.”

    That’s pretty hilarious, and when you hear Siri deliver it with her robot voice, it’s even funnier.  Who even knows what other crazy answers she has up her digital sleeves, aside from the engineers at Apple?  I guess we’ll just have to bombard Siri with dumb questions and find out!

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    June 22, 2015
    The Apple Watch 2

    The Apple Watch has been out 2 months.  Apple watches have only been in Apple Stores for a day.  However, just because you’re doing well in the present that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for your future, and Apple is already hard at work planning for 2016.  What’s coming then, you might ask?  Well, the next-gen Apple Watch is rumored to be coming in 2016.

    Apple is looking to make the second generation of the product more powerful and more independent of the iPhone.  Currently, you have to have an iPhone nearby to do pretty much anything, but Apple is looking to make the Watch more robust and more independent, only needing the iPhone for heavy data transfers.  Interestingly, they’re happy with battery life, but they’re looking to add a FaceTime camera into the Apple Watch itself, thereby turning it into the Dick Tracy two-way wrist communicator we’ve all been waiting for.

    Of course, they’re also going to make some cosmetic changes, and they’re going to try to beef up their offerings between the $1000 and $10000 ranges by offering other bands, finishes, and even materials (platinum anyone?), but it looks like the key changes will be made under the hood, where it counts.

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    June 10, 2015
    From Van To Mobile Office

    One of my favorite tropes from the 80′s was the awesome mobile laboratory.  It’s not necessarily a computer car like KITT, but there were cool trailers full of gear, customized computer vans, all kinds of crazy vehicles that were mobile bases of operation for various 80′s heroes.  Those never really took off in real life.  Sure you might get a van with a built-in DVD player, but it was more about entertaining kids than getting work done.  That seems to be changing.  The hottest tech accessory these days is the insane mobile office van.  A driver in the front, a CEO in the back, and that commute is now efficient.

    “Even in the first world, the major metropolitan areas are all behind in infrastructure,” says Howard Becker of LA-based Becker Auto Designs, a leading vehicle customizer. “What drives our business is the ability for our customers to get things done even when they’re driving, as opposed to sacrificing that time. The candy red Ferrari is still in the garage for fun at weekends, but they’re thinking, at least on weekdays, ‘I can’t afford to drive myself any more.’”

    These things have WiFi, custom touchscreens, the ability to watch television and video on demand, and even bathrooms in some cases.  Now that’s pretty cool.  If you could wedge a bathroom into a van for long trips, that’d make the pit-stop a thing of the past, and it’d be a great way to turn illegally overnighting in a van at the rest stop into something a little more restful and a little less “likely to be murdered on a late-night potty run”.

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    May 28, 2015
    Get Up And Still Work

    I’ve let myself get really out of shape over the past few years.  A combination of some nagging injuries, depression, marriage, job troubles, and so on have really put the pounds back onto me after I worked very hard to get them off.  I’ve recently started doing DDP Yoga and making myself get up from my desk every hour or so to walk around a bit, stretch, and generally get the blood out of my feet and back into the rest of my body.  So far so good; I haven’t noticed any weight difference, but I feel better and my life-long back problems have lessened quite a bit.  However, that said, it’s easy to forget just what I’m supposed to do and when I’m due to move about a bit, so it might be time to consult a gadget to get my fitness levels up.

    PC World has put together a slideshow of 10 gadgets to help you get fit at the workplace.  I really love the idea of a workplace cycle, and I’ve been really tempted to try the ball seat for myself.  A co-worker recently switched to a standing desk and he seems very pleased by that, but I don’t think I have that option since I’m not in the IT department.  Still, maybe a convertible desk is in my future?  That’d be fun.

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    May 27, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Game Of Towers

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    May 27, 2015
    From Smartphone To Laptop

    I enjoy  my smartphone a great deal, and I do appreciate how it has made me a bit more productive in places I normally would not be productive, like waiting in lines for things.  However, while I can check Twitter or poke around on Wikipedia, the one thing I can’t really do is write, and for a freelance writer, that’s kind of a bummer.  There are plenty of times I could work on something and yet, due to the lack of bringing my laptop along, I can’t.  Samsung is working on solving that issue.  Samsung has been issued a patent for a dock that turns an Android smartphone into a Windows laptop.

    Basically, it’s a giant dock.  You hook your smartphone into the laptop shell and presumably it uses your smartphone’s processor and RAM as the centerpiece for your new netbook.  It also seems to function as the hard drive, meaning you’ll have two operating systems on your phone.  As of right now, Windows is the choice for the netbook, but there’s apparently a desire to offer different OS choices in the future.  Maybe just Android and Android, like a Google Chrome OS or some sort of ultra-thin Linux distro to go alongside the keyboard and possible trackpad?

    Either way, just being able to wring a little more productivity out of my smartphone’s productivity suite would be a pleasant change.

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    May 19, 2015
    KFC’s Solution For Greasy Fingers

    My lunch time is one of the few times in the day I can use my phone without interruption or dirty looks from other co-workers.  I usually use it to read while eating my lunch, but that’s a problem if you’re eating something like, say, fried chicken.  It’s delicious but it’s also greasy, and that means if you’re not careful about your eating, you’ll get your very expensive smart phone all gunked up with chicken bits.  KFC to the rescue, then!  KFC has come up with the Tray Typer, a portable grease-resistant keypad placed on serving trays to allow smartphone use during the meal!

    It’s a pretty simple solution.  You take a grease-resistant keyboard, put it on the tray, and then link it up to your smartphone.  Now, rather than smearing Original Recipe all over your phone, you smear it on the KFC Tray Typer and when you’re done with your food, you wash your hands, turn in your keyboard, and then take your phone on the road with you.  Most importantly, the product has been tested and works, according to KFC.

    In Germany, where the Tray Typer was tested, every single one of the Tray Typers was stolen from KFC.  That’s pretty impressive, when you consider just how closely KFC was watching those things, and it’s proof that the idea is a great idea.  Perhaps something consumer:  a home version of the Tray Typer to take with you on your lunch break?

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    May 15, 2015
    Iron Man’s Custom Samsung Phone

    Everyone wants to be in the Marvel business.  They’re the world’s most popular comic book company, and they’re routinely rolling out movies that gross hundreds of millions of dollars, and those are the small potatoes pictures.  Marvel is huge right now, and it makes sense that lots of folks want to start hitching their wagon to the Marvel train.  Enter Samsung.  Samsung announced a special Iron Man edition smartphone.

    The phone, which hopefully will be in Iron Man red and gold, is a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and as you can see by the box, it looks pretty cool.  Well, the box looks cool; no one really knows what the phone itself looks like yet, but I’m definitely interested, especially if it’s got some sort of power icon shaped like Iron Man’s built-in chest battery.  Or maybe it’s powered by an arc reactor, so if you need to fight off any invading aliens, you can just pull your phone out of your pocket and start shooting energy beams from the camera aperture (or hold a charge for longer than a day).

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    May 14, 2015
    Apple Watch Can Be Reprogrammed By Thieves

    It took a long time for the iPhone theft stories to die down.  For a long time, it seemed like everyone was getting their iPhones stolen or stealing iPhones or whatever.  However, it seems like it’s finally started to die down… but that won’t last long, because as it turns out, the latest Apple product is a boon to potential thieves.  If your iWatch gets stolen, thieves can reprogram it without any true security.

    All it takes to reprogram the iWatch to your iPhone, rather than the iPhone of the person you stole it from, all you have to do is hold down the power button, select. and then erase all the data to remove the protective passcode from the phone.  Of course, there’s no real way to remotely wipe data from something that doesn’t actively connect to the Internet, and I guess if a normal watch gets stolen, it stays stolen.  The Apple Watch is a bit different, but apparently not that much different.

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