In non-tech news, Geeks Without Glasses is saddened to learn of the passing of Hollywood icon, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Ms. Taylor was one of Hollywood’s greats and a force to be reckoned with. Condolences goes out to her family, she will greatly be missed.
"Top of the Morning" to everyone. Today is Tuesday, March 22nd. GWG is bringing you the latest and what's trending in today's tech news. Read on below to read today's top stories...
- Apple is attempting to put the brakes on Amazon’s “App Store”.
- Playbook available today for preorder with a sticker price of $499.
- Verizon has no interest in purchasing Sprint; No interest in AT&T/T-Mobile merger for that matter.
Another game of I Sue You:
- Microsoft goes after Barnes & Noble for patent infringement.
Thanks to everyone who entered the iTunes giveaway contest last week.
A winner was chosen at random, via a random number generator at random.org
That winner is Stephanie B. Congratulations!
Two down one more to go! You have one more chance at winning a gift card. All you have to do is like or follow Geeks without glasses on Facebook or Twitter. The next giveaway ends this Friday, March 25th.
"Top of the Morning" to everyone. Today is Monday, March 21st. We are going to start the week off right and bring to you the latest in tech news, including the biggest story that has been making its rounds in cyberspaces- AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. Read on below for that and other trending stories...
- AT&T buys T-Mobile for a whopping $39 billion dollars; becomes nation’s largest mobile provider.
- Google & Sprint announces Nexus S 4G smartphone and Google integration.
- IBM settles bribery charges.
"Top of the Morning" to everyone. Today is Friday, March 18th. Congratulations, you have made to end of the week! We are going to start the Friday off right and bring to you the latest in tech news and the topics that are getting the biggest buzz. Here are today's trending stories...
Beginning March 28th, you will have to start paying for full NYTimes content. According to NYT’s website, it will cost you $15/ month for an all access pass. $20/month give you full access online as well as on their native iPad app. Add another $15 ($35/monthly) to that and you can view unlimited content on an unlimited amount of devices. If you are the casual, infrequent reader, you can read up to 20 articles per month at no charge. So choose wisely because on your 21st article, you will be given the option to whose one of the three packages. In addition to the 20-article reading limit, non-subscribers will have access to articles found through blogs and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. You will also be able to search up to five articles a day using Google. Head over to NY Times FAQ section to find out more.
To many Facebook is a lot of things. To one 15 year old, it is a life saver.
It was 2 a.m. early Friday morning, in St. Paul, MN and a 15 year old suddenly heard his mother’s voice, screaming and pleading for help. Kelly Heinl, 33, was allegedly being beating by her boyfriend, Reggie LeAndrew Hart.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, The boy’s mother, Heinl, went out Thursday evening with some friends. The boyfriend allegedly ‘tracked her down and forced her to come home’. Before they even came in the house, the boy can already hear screaming and arguing coming from outside. After entering the house, Heinl showed her son a clump of hair that Hart had ripped from her scalp. After she was pushed onto the bed, Heinl, begged her son to call police, but Hart had already confiscated both their cell phones. Using quick thinking, the boy persuaded Hart to give his phone back by telling him that he had to charge his phone for school the next day.
Wanting to remain quiet for fear that his mom’s attacker would hear, instead of calling 911, he turn to the popular social networking site for help. His words? “Would somebody please call 911 - my mom's boyfriend won't let her use the phone", followed with, "This is serious." Fortunately, one of his friends saw the post, and immediately called the police who responded. Authorities came and arrested Hart who claimed that Heinl had been drunk and denied any wrongdoing. In 1998, Hart was convicted of murdering his cousin who, in a strange twist, was also the father of the 15-year old.
Heinl said of her son, "I'm very proud of him. I don't know that I would necessarily have thought of that."
Let me preface this by saying, I do not in any way shape or form, promote unproductive behavior in the work place. With that being said, what you do with this information is completely up to you.
Back to the post..
DO YOU HAVE MARCH MADNESS FEVER???
GWG is certainly feeling it too. Watching the NCAA tournament using different portals has gone from a luxury to a way of life and with laptops, smartphones and tablet computers, it is becoming easier than ever. Here are some ways to stay up to date with stats, schedules, news and video:
I consider this numero uno as the place to get the latest up to the minute news on your favorite teams, scores, schedule and video. The site even has a native app that is compatible with the Apple’ iOS devices. Did we also mention it is free? If you don’t have iOS device, they’ve got you covered as well. Watch every game in a web application on your Android phone, which has Flash.
ESPN is online and also has a free native app which provides a running news ticker that has a constant stream of information. It is easy to navigate and with push notification, you can be alerted about your favorite team and games.
Missed a buzzer beater shot? Want to see the best clips and bad referee shots in video form? MockSession is the way to go because it is so simple and easy to use.
Good Ole’ one eyed monster
It never fails you and you can always count on it. You will always have a friend in your trusty television. With CBS airing 26 games, TBS showing 16 and TNT showing 12, there is no way you can go wrong…unless, that is, you are actually in the office during the game. But no worries, with TiVo or DVR you can always record it for later viewing. Besides, what is better or sweeter than a buzzer beater viewed on a Hi Def large flat screen?
If you still haven’t filled out your bracket (shame on you!!), download one here now.
And as always, may the best team win!
I am excited to finally hear a date on the HP Touchpad. Why? Because that means it is actually going to be release. For months we have heard rumors, gotten sneak peeks but never really got a chance to hear an availability date and its price….until now. Come this June, the TouchPad goes on sale for $499.
And with HP CEO, Leo Apotheker, making the statement, “Going forward, we don’t intend to play in the minor league in this business”, he is sending out a clear message that the HP Touchpad is here to play and is playing to win. So, let’s take a look at what this device is expected to come packed with.
The Touchpad is reminiscent of the iPad 1st generation in weight(1.6 lbs), screen size (9.7 inches) and resolution (1024 by 768 pixels). It has a dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm with 1GB memory. This will allow the tablet to run apps at top speeds and smooth multi-tasking. The device will have two storage size options, 16GB and 32GB. It comes without a SD card slot for expandable storage, making it hard to compete with the 64GB iPad and the Xoom that comes with the SD card slot. At time of release the TouchPad will be available in wifi-only, but expect to see a 3G version at a later date. It features a front-facing camera only, allowing for video-conferencing and the ability to charge wirelessly with a separate accessory.
Now let’s talk about the operating system. The TouchPad will be the first tablet device to feature WebOS, the operating system that HP purchased from Palm. Just like the Palm devices it will have the same card-stack but having more real estate on the larger screen, it is sure to look even better. The interface comes with various gestures allowing the user to ‘flick and fling’ their way through different apps. It sounds like the TouchPad is trying to play with the big boys, but we will have to test all this out once we really get our hands on it. I for one would like to know what the battery life is on the device, which is an important piece of info for someone who, for example travels quite frequently.
So now my question to you is..
Well we are on Facebook and we do Twitter too! And all this month long if you Follow or Like us on Facebook or Twitter, you could very well be our next winner of our iTunes Gift card Giveaway. We are in the second week and a name will be chosen this Friday. It is very easy to win, as our first winner Jahsheba B. found out. And don't forget to share in the excitement, tell your friends and family too so they can get the chance to win as well. And because we like to keep you in suspense, a name will be announced on Monday, March 21st.