Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Friday, July 8, 2011
New HD iPad To Be Released This Fall?
The Huffington Post reports:
For the last two years, Apple has released its iPad in the first few months of the new year. But could that change this year?
Two sources, This Is My Next and Boy Genius Report, suggest that the new iPad could be coming this fall. An unnamed source told This Is My Nextthat the new iPad’s major improvement would be a higher resolution screen. While the iPad 2 sports a 1024 x 768 resolution, the rumored “iPad HD” would double that to 2048 x 1536, making it HD-ready. Boy Genius Report, meanwhile, added fuel to the iPad rumor fire, citing a note to investors written by FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger. The note claimed that Apple had reached out to parts manufacturers in China and that the “iPad2 Plus,” as Berger called it, would be available later in the year. The new iPad would not be the iPad 3, Berger warned, but rather a higher-end model of the current iPad 2.
Both This Is My Next and Boy Genius Report agree that the target audience for the new iPad is power users, especially those in film production and photography. The iPad HD (or iPad 2 Plus, or whatever) will be compatible with a professional quality application resembling Final Cut Pro (film editing) or Aperture (photo editing). Is this going to stop Mac-heads from scooping up the new HD-ready iPads like madmen and madwomen? Probably not. The improved screen resolution would be reason enough for many iPad movie-watchers and business travelers to make the switch alone, while the mere rumor of a new iPad should have the true-believer devotees fishing their Apple-store camping tents out of the garage.
Apple has yet to respond to the rumors with an official announcement about a new iPad, though one is expected some time this fall, perhaps during Steve Jobs’ September 1 Apple keynote speech.
God damn it! Just when I bought an iPad 2…
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Coca Cola Invented In Spain? Town Of Ayelo Claims It Created Soft Drink
The Huffington Post reports:
Is the Coca-Cola company’s secret recipe just a bunch of hot fizz?
A Spanish town claims that the most famous soft drink in the world was invented not by an Atlanta-based pharmacist, but in a 126-year-old liquor factory across the Atlantic, Public Radio International reports.
Town of Ayelo resident JuanJo Mica, fourth-generation operator of the Fabrica de Liquores, or the Liquor Factory, says that his family’s invention, Cola-Coca, is the “real thing.”
“My great-great uncle took his cola coca syrup to America that same year, 1884, and won a prize at a fair in Philadelphia,” he said. “Supposedly, the Americans tried it, liked it and two years later their soft drink, Coca-Cola, was born.”
If the Mica family elders did in fact whip up the dark syrupy beverage in 1884, that would put the Ayelo concoction two years ahead of John Pemberton, the pharmacist popularly credited with inventing Coca-Cola.
Not surprisingly, the Coca-Cola historian in Atlanta, Phil Mooney, begs to differ.
“We have had, at various points in time, claims from places like Scotland and India that the formula originated there,” he said in a phone interview. “One of the great things about having a secret recipe is that these sorts of stories pop up periodically.”
This isn’t the first time Coke has been the object of a public radio investigation. Last February, Ira Glass and “This American Life” claimed that the program discovered the recipe on page 2B of the Feb. 18, 1979, edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Apple iPad 2 Event Set For March 2
The Huffington Post reports:
Hold on to your hats, because the iPad 2 may be swooping in fast.
Kara Swisher of All Things D reports that Apple will hold a special event on Wednesday, March 2 in San Francisco, where it’s possible that the followup to last year’s breakout product will be announced.
Though invitations have yet to be mailed, Swisher has confirmed the event with “several sources close to the situation.”
Since the unveiling of the original iPad in early 2010, there has been no shortage of speculation about the tablet’s successor, unofficially called “iPad 2.”
According to some of the rumors, the next iPad could feature front-facing and rear-facing cameras, as well as a slightly slimmer and lighter build. Customers may even have to choose between two separate versions of the device—one built specifically for AT&T’s network and one forVerizon’s.
If Kara Swisher’s intel is correct, we have only to wait nine more days to see which of the rumors prove true—if any.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Franco: “Maybe I’m Just Gay”
The Advocate reports:
James Franco has played a good number of gay roles, most recently in the moviesMilk and Howl—where he portrayed Harvey Milk’s longtime boyfriend Scott Smith and poet Allen Ginsberg, respectively. As a result, he’s faced a lot of questions about his own sexual orientation.
The actor, who told The Advocate last summerthat he is straight, is now raising eyebrows by suggesting otherwise in an interview withEntertainment Weekly.
“There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys,” Franco tells EW. “And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I’m interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it’s coincidental, in other ways it’s not. I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a gay man who we depicted in the ‘50s, and one being in the ‘20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”
Read more about the EW interview here.
Well, that’s good enough for me.