If you got all excited by the news yesterday about a new Apple media event later this month, you might want to temper your expectations -- unless you’re an educator or student, that is, in which case you’re likely to be excited by today’s followup report on the subject. Meanwhile, RIM is making headlines again (and not in a good way) and there’s plenty more in store for this Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
If you’re like us, you’ve been too busy playing with iOS 5.0.1 today to get any work done or just keep up with the daily news. And who can blame you? We all want to push our iOS devices to the max and see if Apple has made good on their promise of extended battery life with the first over-the-air update. The good news is, now that you’ve done that and still have plenty of battery left to spare, you can still catch up on the day’s happenings. Here’s the latest for Thursday, November 10, 2011.
The dust has yet to settle on the first wave of patent disputes targeting iOS and Android app developers, but that isn’t stopping Lodsys, LLC from reloading and firing a second round, this time aimed squarely at the video game giants who hang their shingle on these platforms.
In a way, the iCade could best be described as a joke gone awesomely right. After all, it started as nothing more than an April Fool’s Day prank -- a fake product created by ThinkGeek, a company known for unbelievable (and most of the time, real) products. Yet here we are playing the thing. Unlike the pranks we’re used to (do high-schoolers still give swirlies?), the iCade was met with heaps of enthusiasm. ThinkGeek knew it had stumbled upon something wonderful as fanboys flooded their comment sections. If you listened closely, you could almost hear the zeitgeist whisper, “Build it and they will come.” And so they did.
You may remember hearing about iCade, ThinkGeek’s 2010 April Fool’s Day joke that showed a mini arcade console that housed an iPad. Unfortunately, at the time it was just that -- a joke -- but after months of anticipation, the iCade is finally for real, with preorders now shipping.
Retro gaming enthusiasts have a whole lot to be pleased about today. Atari just announced that they are releasing an enormous hub app for dozens of the best retro classics of all time. If your Atari has fallen into disrepair or you simply can't be bothered to lug around that giant piece of wood and plastic anymore you might want to consider dropping a measly $14.99 on this compilation. Or you can selectively go through and buy packs of 4 games for 99 cents.
Besides the Tauntaun Sleeping bag, there hasn't been an April Fool's product from ThinkGeek that has had us drooling more than the iCade. Lucky for us Ion Audio, has teamed up with ThinkGeek and Atari to bring the iCade to life.