CES 2012 is quickly approaching, which means we are going to begin seeing more and more CES related news. That being said, it looks like Nokia has begun sending out invitations for their press event. The event is scheduled for January 9th at 3:00 PM PST and while Nokia is not offering much (aside from the brief bit of text on the invitation), it does appear as if Windows Phone is going to be a focus.
Nintendo will bring its next-generation console, the Wii U, to International CES next month, the company said.
The Vudu movie service landed on two new hardware platforms this week, with the announcement that it will now be carried on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Western Digital's WD TV media players.
Walter Isaacson's definitive, authorized biography of Steve Jobs was published earlier this fall and quickly became one of the most popular books of the year. The book is a balanced, uncompromising and very entertaining look at Jobs' life and career, and Isaacson did an excellent job honestly and compellingly telling Jobs' story.
Try as I might it’s hard to make a printer sound very exciting. The Dell 3335dn does everything you’d expect it to: it prints, copies, and scans just as well as any other expensiv printer. It can print fairly fast, with most documents taking just just a few seconds to print. The same goes for copying documents.
Angry Birds has been just about everywhere it seems. We’ve seen it on iOS, Android, Google Chrome and on packages of Wonderful Pistachios. The BlackBerry PlayBook is one of the only places we haven’t seen Angry Birds. That all changes now. PlayBook owners can now proudly download Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons from BlackBerry App World right now for $4.99 each.
Archos’ line of Honeycomb tablets got a new addition to the family today. The Archos 70b has been announced as a $199 Honeycomb 3.2 tablet. It will go on sale in January. Considering how popular the Kindle Fire is, it’s not surprising other manufacturers are trying to make a dent in the cheap-yet-reliable tablet market.
Last week, Apple began offering free 2-3 shipping on all products ordered from their online store. Today, it just got upgraded to free next day delivery for Apple’s in-stock merchandise to accommodate many people doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Items purchased online by Thursday, December 22nd that are not engraved will be delivered by December 24th.
On the New York Times Bits Blog, Nick Bilton suggests that both Apple and Google are engaged in (separate) projects to turn smartphones into more wearable devices. Apple has already been wearable in some respects—you could clip the iPod Shuffle to your clothing, or attach the iPod Nano to a wrist strap to make it impersonate an oversized watch.
So after making a mark in the social networking scene and disrupting Facebook’s dominance, Google’s social networking service Google+ lives on. After several months of feature improvements here and bug fixing there, Google+ struggles to steal Facebook’s thunder.