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It’s been something of a mixed week for BlackBerry, but it’s good news for those with an affinity for its BBM service (but an allegiance to other phones.) If you’re over on the Apple side of the fence, it looks like rollout has begun, with BBM showing up on iTunes in New Zealand, with more territories sure to follow. Meanwhile, Android was set to land on the Play store at around 7am ET, but has yet to break cover. We’ll keep an eye out, and update this post once it’s live. Or, like many others, keep refreshing the source link until it shows up!
Remember Joey Spiotto’s first series of video game inspired Little Golden Books? Well he’s back with three more — this time Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption and Half-Life. I would read them. I would read them and I would chew the corners just like I did with real Little Golden Books when I was a kid.
Hit the jump for the other two.
This is Spine Vodka, a packaging concept from German designer Johannes Schulz for a high-alcohol, vanilla flavored vodka that has a little spine and ribcage in every bottle. The concept is “meant to convey the idea that the alcoholic beverage has a real ‘backbone’ that buyers can trust,” and is not just another shitty novelty vodka that you’re only buying because of the cool bottle. Also, 76% alcohol? 152-proof — that’s strong. You could easily set that on fire. And I plan on it. Booze and fire are two of my favorite things in this world and any other world unless we discover three-tittied alien chicks on another world in which cause it would be booze, three-tittied alien chicks, and fire, in that order.
Hit the jump for a couple closeups.
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Today in our continuing series entitled “Robots That Will Eventually Drink The Liquid From Your Eyeball In Your Sleep” we present the STAR.V3, a superfast, 3D-printed robot that can squeeze itself down to fit underneath a door and/or scuttle quickly away as soon as it steals your precious juices.
While the juicing feature has not yet been enabled in the robot, researchers at Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have been able to create this “sprawl tuned autonomous robot” AKA STAR using 3D printed pieces. David Zarrouk, Andrew Pullin, Nick Kohut, and Ronald Fearing created the robot out of a number of simple, easily replaceable and biomimetic parts.
The robot can move up to 5.2 meters per second and it is especially quick on smooth surfaces. A simple control board and simple motors control the star-shaped wheels and collapsible arms.
The team aims to make it a sort of field-repairable search and rescue bot. Because you can print parts for it quickly using almost any 3D printer and it weighs only a few grams, you can carry a few of them and not worry if they break on transport. You can read a bit more about the robot here or you can just sleep with one eye open in hopes of catching this little thing before it catches you.
The new Google Nexus 7 is a big improvement over the original with a bunch of additions like LTE and a super high-resolution display – the best in tablets, in fact. And that’s driving a lot of first generation device owners to trade in their old Nexus 7, according to gadget buy-back site Gazelle. There was a 333 percent spike in the number of Nexus 7 tablets traded in compared to the same day last week, for example.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, that spike was even higher – a 442 percent jump in Nexus 7 tablets happened between the day before Google’s official unveiling of the new model, and the day of. The Nexus 7 trade-in activity spiked so high that it made up nearly a quarter of all trade-ins for non-iPad tablets since the site began accepting them earlier this year.
Wednesday, the day Google made its announcement, was also the biggest Nexus 7 trade-in day at Gazelle to date, beating the next biggest day by 380 percent. That previous record was set when the new Nexus 7 leaked on July 17, which clearly prompted early adopters to take advantage of a small head start ahead of the big reveal.
The news means that Google Nexus 7 owners are probably happy with their devices and eager to grab new ones, by trading in their last-gen devices to fund their purchases, but there’s another stat that tells another side of the story: Gazelle saw no appreciable increase in iPad trade-ins on the new Nexus 7 launch day. That means Google probably isn’t luring iPad owners away from the iOS fold.
It’s probably not surprising to longtime tablet space watchers that the new Nexus 7, with all its apparent merit, isn’t an iPad killer. The Apple camp seems happy where they are, but the tablet market has plenty of room to grow; we’ll see if Google can expand outward, or if it’s mostly eating its own Nexus tail with this new model.
Blink(1), a Kickstarter favorite that launched a year ago is coming back for more. The indicator light, which plugs into your USB and simply blinks on command, is now selling for a pledge of $ 25 and sports updated features including USB 3.0 support, dual-sided LEDs, and improved design.
I haven’t seen an example of a Kickstarter project launching a second version so soon or with such competence but here you go: the new Blink(1) will now support more machines – Chromebooks included – and improved IFTTT. It also features dual LEDs so on one side of the device you can show a status indicator and, on another, get input from another program. Think of it as a multi-tasking blinkenlight clad in a handsome metal and plastic case.
I have the original Blink(1) and, sadly, I’ve yet to decide what I want to do with it. However, I would definitely also buy this one in order to also vacillate and eventually lose it in my pile of detritus on my desk. However, you can use it as an open source indicator system, an alert system for alarms and sensors, or simply use it to let you know how hot it is outside or whether or not someone delivered a package on time. It’s especially useful if you’re running, say, a server farm and want to immediately pinpoint bum machines or stopped jobs.
The team is looking for $ 28,000 and is already at $ 9,000. They plan to ship in October. This new blink is also completely open source and you can build your own or even print out your own enclosures. It’s a fun little device at a nice price and, if you’re not lazy like me, you’ll probably find it quite useful.
I give a run down of what’s happening in March 2012…I also show a little footage I’ve been gathering for my new magazine channel VBlogMag: www.youtube.com/…
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The online video service, which generates nearly $ 700 million in annual revenue, is stuck in ownership purgatory.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 30: Hulu acting CEO Andy Forssell attends the Hulu NY Upfront on April 30, 2013 in New York City.
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For the second time in as many attempts, Hulu’s joint owners — Disney, News Corp, and Comcast — have called off the sale of the online video service. Instead, they will retain ownership and pump $ 750 million of new money into Hulu.
But don't mistake the cash for love. Or even like.
While Hulu's owners claim the new money is to help grow the site, that is not at all what they want. About the only clear thing that has emerged over the course of the ownership triumvirate's persistent efforts to cash out of Hulu through either a sale or IPO and their consistent bickering over its strategic direction is that they view Hulu as little more than a bastard stepchild. It is a necessary product of the digital age and the migration of video consumption online. They can't starve it, but they also don't want it to be more robust than it needs to be.
After all, for them, Hulu is a defensive play. Hulu represents a hedge against the growth of online video services such as Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon, and others that are encroaching on traditional television viewing. It is also a safeguard against the traditional cable and satellite pay-TV distributors, allowing the content owners to leverage the ability to take their shows online and reap subscription and advertising revenue to keep pushing for higher licensing fees.
Indeed, Hulu didn't lack for potential buyers. Plenty of companies wanted to buy it — they just happened to be pay-TV distributors such as DirecTV, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable. But selling to them would only swing negotiating leverage over content in their favor, and why would Disney and News Corp want do that?
“If Hulu is to be sold, we continue to believe strengthening a major multichannel video distributor such as DirecTV or Time Warner Cable is a mistake,” wrote BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield in a note Friday morning before news of the sale being called off broke. “Why give an MVPD more leverage in already difficult programming negotiations?”
Against that backdrop, it's not hard to understand why Hulu executives, among them former Chief Executive Jason Kilar, have been abandoning the company since January. Who wants to work for owners who clearly don't value your work?
So where does that leave Hulu? Chase Carey, the President of News Corp's 21st Century Fox, was right when he said in a statement Friday that Hulu has built “incredible momentum over the last few years.” In the five years since its launch, Hulu has grown into a company with nearly $ 700 million in annual revenue. Its paid subscription service, which only launched in 2010, now has 4 million subscribers, or more than all but eight pay-TV distributors.
Carey was being completely disingenuous, however, when he said Disney and News Corp have “decided to continue to empower the Hulu team.” They have literally done no such thing. Hulu has grown into a success in spite of them, not because of them.
And, as a reward, it now gets to continue on in ownership purgatory.
exactly what i said.
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