Archive for January, 2013

Apple TV Will Get HBO Go Soon

HBO Go, the greatest streaming service known to mankind, will be coming to the Apple TV this year. Bloomberg is reporting that the HBO Go app will pop up on Apple's little black box by the middle of 2013. The next months are going to be suspenseful! More »


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Casey Chan

January 31st

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HBO and Apple reportedly team up for Apple TV content deal, said to begin first half of 2013

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According to Bloomberg, Apple and HBO will team up to deliver HBO Go content on the Apple TV.

Cable and satellite subscribers who pay for HBO will be able to watch more than 600 hours of films and television shows on Apple TV, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Apple TV is a set-top device that streams content purchased on iTunes and via other online services to consumers’ televisions.

According to the report, the HBO content will arrive on the set-top-box sometime during the first half of 2013. HBO currently offers an HBO iOS application for its subscribers.

Besides Apple’s own iTunes content, the Apple TV currently supports, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Wall Street Journal content, Netflix, and various professional sports networks. (Image via Engadget).


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Mark Gurman

January 31st

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Is the PlayStation 4 Arriving on February 20th?

Well here's something we weren't expecting. Sony just teased us with a super secret, super mysterious, super probably a new PlayStation (because, what else?) event next month. Let's start speculating and freaking out about a new console war. More »


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Sam Biddle

January 31st

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DIY R2-D2 Heels Are Perfect For Your Next Black Tie-Fighter Event

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Fans of Star Wars can take their love of droids and kitten heels to the streets with this DIY Instructables project. Created by Mike Warren, an editor at the site, these are the droid shoes you’re looking for.

DIYers take note: this isn’t easy stuff. Note the tools list, for example:

MIG welder
soldering iron
propane torch
rotary tool
elecric drill
rubber cement
foam glue
2-part epoxy (extra strength – not “quick setting”)
white spray paint

Seriously. A MIG welder. For shoes.

You’ll also need a pair of shoes, some R2-D2 toys, and a little thinger that will light up like R2′s weird eye thinger. More important, the shoes Warren used came from outside his house because someone threw them away. In short, they were almost free!

So whether you’re trying to please your own Princess Leia or need to stab one of Jabba’s Daleks with your stiletto, now you have the perfect tool.


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John Biggs

January 31st

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Chinese Hackers Have Also Been Hacking The Wall Street Journal

Not to be left out in the old boys club of the Great Chinese Hacking Scandal of 2013, the Wall Street Journal included themselves with the New York Times as being hacked by Chinese operatives. That's two big name dead tree media organizations getting hacked by China. Who's next? More »


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Casey Chan

January 31st

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Bout: Play a Round of Photo One-Upmanship

Who among you can snap the funniest photo? Bout will settle the score. More »


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Leslie Horn

January 31st

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Preposterously Intricate Maze Took Seven Year’s of This Janitor’s Life

Almost 30 years ago, a Japanese janitor casually drew a few lines, which turned into a few more lines, which turned into seven years of his life and the most demonically intricate maze—hand-drawn or otherwise—that I have ever seen. More »


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Ashley Feinberg

January 31st

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Clear Clogs and Terrify Japanese School Girls With This Toilet Kraken

Rising from the murky bowels of your toilet bowl, the "Octopus" plunger concept from designer Art Lebedev blends form and function. The bright orange tentacle is pliable but firm enough to leverage against the large suction cup foot when battling clogs. And it won't need to be hidden away behind the commode when not in use—just washed really well before your next tentacle play session. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

January 31st

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Best Buy Closing 15 Big Box Locations In Canada, To Be Replaced By Smartphone And Tablet-Focused Micro Stores

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Best Buy Canada announced today that it will be closing 15 locations across the country, including seven Best Buy-branded locations, and eight stores bearing the Future Shop moniker (a Canadian electronics reseller Best Buy acquired in 2001). The store closures will result in 900 layoffs, but those employees will have first dibs on jobs at smaller outlets focused on mobile device sales the retailer plans to open in place of the closing stores.

While the closures only affect 15 of the 228 locations operated by Best Buy under the Future Shop and Best Buy brands, that still makes up around 10 percent of their total sales floor surface volume, according to the National Post. Sales for Best Buy fell 6.4 percent internationally over the course of 2012, the company reported during its most recent quarterly earnings report. Sales also dropped 8.2 percent in the quarter ending in November of last year in Canada and China, so there appears to be a continuing decline overall in those markets.

The closure and launch of smaller stores reflects a preference to target the growing mobile phone and tablet market, over legacy products like TVs and computers that carry smaller margins and have higher carrying costs. Best Buy locations have massive sales floors, but also huge warehouses and stock rooms to house the goods that populate those floors since shelves can only hold so many TVs at once. Best Buy Mobile locations, by comparison, have far smaller physical footprints and drastically reduced requirements for storing in-stock items.

The retailer has been beefing up its online store at the same time as it is trimming back brick-and-mortar, adding entirely new categories of goods to its web-based selection, including sporting goods, outdoor items and various lotions, most of which are available online only, so it’s no surprise to see them shed costly real estate.


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Darrell Etherington

January 31st

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A Heart-Shaped USB Hub Is Full of Love and Ports

Hearts are cheesy, sure, but they're also fun and adorable—especially this time of year. Buy into the silliness of Valentine's Day with these cute little USB hubs. More »


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Leslie Horn

January 31st

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