KitGuru have put on their investigative-gear and put an article up regarding 30-inch screens. It's a great read and talks about breaking the "30-inch price control cartel". The number of places producing 30" panels? Numero uno.
The article goes into detail of how 30-inch screen have not really dropped in price over the years with smaller screens seeing absolutely huge changes in pricing. A 23 or 24-inch screen can be had for under $250 without a problem.
Web monitoring site Pingdom is reporting that in 2010 alone, there were 107 trillion (that's 107, 000, 000, 000, 000) emails sent worldwide. Out of the 107 trillion, 10.9 percent of it were actual emails, the rest? Spam.
Supposedly there are 1.88 billion email users worldwide, 255 million websites (21.4 million are said to have opened in 2010). Twitter is a defining force on the web with 25 billion tweets last year and 100 million users added in 2010. Facebook of course takes the cake with 30 billion pieces of content (links, pics, videos, etc) each and every month!
More and more rumors are surfacing regarding Apples upcoming next-gen iPad - the new rumors are starting to get me a little over-excited. The latest rumor is that the iPad could be doubling it's current resolution of 1024x768 up to 2048x1536.
Most people have just guessed that the next-gen iPad would have the retina display ala iPhone 4, but this rumor is juicy enough to hopefully be true. Even at 2048x1536 it will still not be "retina" specifications, but the resolution is high enough to make the next-gen iPad look insanely sexy.
It seems that the iPhone 4 is not exactly built to be a world traveler. According to a report, a woman in Norway was refused repair on her iPhone by the Apple Store after she pulled it from her pocket and found it shattered while strolling around in -14C conditions.
Apparently the phone is not designed to work at below freezing temperatures as well as above 35 degrees Celsius. There is a warning from the phone when it's getting too hot, but you get nothing from the iPhone when it's close to freezing to death ..besides a busted surprise when you reah into your pockets to warm up your hands. Maybe this will spawn a whole new line of iPhone sweaters for colder climates.
The first release candidate for Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 has been around since October, but there's been precious little news of a full fledged launch past vague dates ranging from December 2010 to the first half of 2011. Well, December is obviously come and gone with no luck, but according to a post on TechNet the first Service Pack for Windows 7 has been sent to OEMs.
While Microsoft has nothing official to say on the subject, the fact that companies like Dell, HP, and others will have their hands on SP1 can only mean it will be officially launched in the wild sooner rather than later. There aren't really any life-changing new features coming with SP1; besides the usual bugfixes there will be an improved remote desktop client with RemoteFX integrated as well as dynamic memory support for Windows Server 2008 R2.
3D is being touted as a huge selling point for nearly everything with a screen in 2011, and here comes another world's first. Fujitsu Japan has announced the Esprimo FH99/CM, their "world's first" no glasses required 3D all in one desktop.
While the 23" 3D capable screen is obviously the big deal here for Fujitsu, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.00GHz processor, Intel H65 Express chip set, 2TB HDD, 4GB RAM, and 3D Blu-Ray capable drive are also packed into this all in one. Two USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports provide plenty of connectivity while a gigabit Ethernet port and wireless-N capability handle networking necessities. The FH99/CM is slated to debut in Japan on February 25th with a hefty $3,100 US price tag. No word on when it may be seen outside Japan.
E-ink: it's not just for e-readers anymore. Lots of different platforms are looking to take advantage of the energy friendly alternative to LCD screens, and it looks like watches could become one of them. Check out out this design concept by Jonathan Frey:
Dual e-ink screens are used: one on the bottom for the time, a second up top tracking the date. One reason e-ink is being looked at by watchmakers is the fact that the screens can be used on curved surfaces, which provides a ton of new design possibilities that don't have to center around the usual flat clock face. Also with color e-ink displays on the way, this will add even more flexibility in design. No sign yet on when watches like this could hit your wrist, but it looks like an idea that makers can run with.
The App Store has obviously been a big boost to Apple's pocketbook and they are getting ready to roll over the ten billion download mark. Yes, ten BILLION. While this may just seem like another boring milestone to most, Apple is sweetening the pot for their customers once they roll over the mark: a $10,000 iTunes card.
That's right, nearly all the games, apps, and songs your little iOS loving heart can dream to own. It looks like this is a drawing due to the "enter without downloading" link, which makes the possibility of streamers and balloons falling from the sky (or your iPad) a little less likely if you're the downloader that pushes them over the hump. So keep on downloading those fart apps; it could score you some serious Apple loot.
If you walked up to a bunch of people using the iPhone and Android devices to play games on the go and asked them what their favorite game was, a bunch of them would ay Angry Birds. The game is very popular and one of the most downloaded games on the iPhone and Android devices. With the game being so popular, it has spawned versions for home consoles and versions for other mobile platforms are coming as well.
A company in the UK called Firebox has announced that it is taking pre-orders on Angry Birds plush toys. The company has three different plush types. The largest are 8-inches in size and come in blue, piggy, red, and yellow selling for £9.99 with shipping in the UK.
The company also has some cool backpack clip style characters with the blue, red, and yellow birds for £3.99 each with shipping. The most annoying for parents will be the mini plush toys with sound. They will sell for £4.99 and can be had in black, blue, red, white, and yellow birds and the green pig. All of the plush toys are set to ship on March 1 and can be pre-ordered right now.
Nintendo has been selling the Wii and the DS for years. Early in the life of the Wii, the console was just about impossible to get hands on for most gamers. The Wii was so scarce that people were paying hundreds more to get them on eBay than the MSRP and many stood in line and waited for a long time to get their own. The popularity of the Wii isn't what it once was, but it is still popular.
Nintendo has announced that it had the two top selling game consoles for 2010. The two consoles are the Wii and the DS portable. The DS was the top selling console for all of 2010 with over 8.5 million units sold and the Wii was tops in home consoles with over 7 million units sold. The numbers come from the NPD group that tracks such things.
A huge chunk of the sales for Nintendo consoles for the year came in December with the holidays. In December, Nintendo reports selling 2.5 million DS portables and 2.3 million Wii consoles. Nintendo also notes that since the DS launched it has sold more than 47 million of the portables and more than 34 million Wiis. Nintendo also had three of the top selling games for December 2010 with Just Dance 2 at number one, Donkey Kong Country Returns at number three, and Disney Epic Mickey at number four.