I love school. There, I said it. I love being in an environment that is geared towards learning; I love being around people that, for the most part, want to learn as much as I do; I love being able to question just for the sake of having a question, and most often being praised for doing so. Where else will I get all of that in a single place? (more…)
Nintendo’s Wii becomes highly popular group activity for college students
This can all be done in the comfort of a student’s living room, playing group-oriented games like Wii Sports, Wii Fitness, Mario Kart, and numerous other games for the Nintendo Wii. (more…)
2004: the year I entered the blogosphere. I set up my first blogger account and started writing.
What did I write about? Nothing that mattered; just daily events between my friends and me. Honestly, when I created the account I didn’t even know what I would use it for. I just thought it was the cool thing to do. And man was I right.
Jump ahead six years: I’ve tried many of the major blogging platforms, including LiveJournal, Tumblr, TypePad, Movable Type, and WordPress, and I still continue to write. What do I write about now? Still nothing that truly matters, but that’s what’s so great about blogging. I can write about almost anything. (more…)
Apple approves the first set of iPhone porn star apps
There’s an app for that! Well, now there are a few to help you follow your favorite porn stars, right from the convenience of your favorite handheld devices.
The apps, made by GrindhouseMobile, currently feature two porn stars, Sunny Leone and Aria Giovanni. Each star has their own app containing their blog, bio, and different sets of pictures (amateur, glamour, fetish, etc). Sunny’s even includes some of her personal videos.
Now, don’t get too excited. Most of the content in these apps could easily be considered “soft-core”. The pics are mostly lingerie or swimsuit shots, while the videos are of the star just out-and-about doing their normal (non-work related) routines. These apps are meant to make you feel “closer” to the porn star by following their daily lives.
What does the inclusion of this soft-core porn star app mean for Apple and the App Store? Apple might be willing to open up to a wider range of apps, especially since the iPhone now has better parental controls (these apps are rated 17+, and come with a warning when downloading). However, I don’t think this is a huge significance or change in Apple’s policies.
Within Apple’s software development agreement, they specifically say that porn apps are not allowed, but these apps are no worse than a Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and as such, I personally do not think they constitute as porn.
If you’d like to check out these apps for yourself, open the App Store on your iPod touch and try out the free (lite) version of Sunny Leone or the paid versions of Sunny Leone or Aria Giovanni. These are rated 17+ for mature audiences, so make sure your mom didn’t turn on parental controls.
Palm, Inc.’s latest entry-level smartphone looks to compete with Apple’s iPhone 3G
After launching the Pre this past summer to compete with Apple’s iPhone and other touch phones, Palm, Inc. is preparing to launch their latest device, the Palm Pixi.
The Pixi is designed to be a slimmed-down version of the Palm Pre: a smaller display with a lower screen resolution (80 pixels shorter), a less-powerful camera (lowered to 2 megapixels from 3), and lack of Wifi support.
By reducing these features, Palm should be able to introduce the Pixi at a very reasonable price. If they want to remain competitive with Apple, the $99 price point would be most advised, since the iPhone 3G shares a similar price and feature set.
How will the Pixi stand against the iPhone 3G? Both feature two of the best mobile operating systems; the Pixi will run WebOS, just as the Pre does, and the iPhone runs a variant of Mac OS X. Both phones also have the same amount of memory, similar screen size, and cameras.
There are major differences, however. The Pixi has a full QWERTY keyboard, while the iPhone only has an onscreen touch keyboard. After experiencing the Pre, I found it difficult to type on its small keyboard; I can only imagine that the Pixi would have a similar experience. I would much rather use the iPhone’s onscreen keyboard, thanks to its ability to rotate, hide, change key sets, and it also has great predictive text feature.
Another connectivity. Both phones are 3G capable, meaning they’ll be able to run on the fastest cellular networks in the country; however, the Pixi lacks WiFi support. WiFi can be a very beneficial feature, especially in situations where you would like to download larger amounts of data that would normally take a large amount of time, even over the fastest cellular networks.
Will the Pixi gain Palm ground against Apple? Only time will tell. My guess is that it will only make a marginal impact; consumers looking to renew their Sprint contracts may definitely jump on the chance for a new touch phone, but I don’t see a reason to choose the Pixi over the iPhone.
The Pixi is expected to be released this winter on the Sprint network. For more information on the Pixi, visit palm.com/pixi.A comparison of the Pixi, Pre, and iPhone 3G Palm Pixi Palm Pre Apple iPhone 3G Style Candy Bar Slider Candy Bar Dimensions 55 x 111 x 11mm 60 x 101 x 17mm 61 x 114 x 12mm Weight 3.51oz 4.76oz 4.1oz U.S. Network Sprint Sprint AT&T Screen 2.63”, 320 x 400px 3.1”, 320 x 480px 3.5”, 320 x 480px Camera 2 Megapixel, LED Flash 3 Megapixel, LED Flash 2 Megapixel, No Flash WiFi None 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g Input Gesture Area, Full QWERTY Keyboard Gesture Area, Full QWERTY Keyboard, Trackball Keyboard On-Screen Storage 8GB 8GB 8GB Price Unknown $150 $99