They say you can tell a lot about a man by his apps.
Apple has opened up a wonderful can of worms by welcoming the development of anyone with time, skill, and innovation enough to program new applications for their iPhone and iPod touch. And just as they did with iTunes, they're acting as a gatekeeper between the producer and the user, and taking their share of every transaction (30%) while watching their hardware sales skyrocket.
It's an ingenious way to sell hardware: Make software, or in this case supervise the transfer of open development to the consumer, and everyone and their brother will want the manufactured device that it runs on.
The best part of this whole personal computing revolution is the idea of customization. Every user is different, and Apple has made it possible for everyone to enjoy their iPhone in their own way. Check out the list below and see where you fit in.
As of this Saturday, some airline passengers will not have to remove their laptops at airport checkpoints.
Some very special passengers….
Yes, the Transportation Security Administration has decided that "checkpoint-friendly" laptop cases are okay now.
What the hell is a "checkpoint-friendly" laptop case, you ask?
It’s one an X-ray machine can easily see through. The TSA is not certifying or approving any particular brand of laptop cases per se. Instead, they published guidelines for the checkpoint-friendly cases, requiring that they provide a clear and uncluttered view of the laptop through an X-ray machine.
Oh, in case you were wondering how far some environmentalists will go to conserve water, allow me to introduce you to the EcoJohn.
It’s a toilet that uses no water.
Yes, instead of flushing the old fashioned way, you "close the lid and a large, screw-like auger turns and carries the waste to the burn chamber where the propane burner then bakes urine, feces and paper into ashes."
Uh huh, you read that right, it barbeques your poop.
Doesn’t exactly make me want to haul one along to my next party or event. Can you imagine? “Yes honey, I’m so thrilled your parents made it to the wedding. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a dump and then have it set on fire. Everyone, try not to breathe for the next few minutes.”
Gizmodo.com: Save Water by Barbecuing Your Poop
Looking for proof of the shrinking economy so many conservatives are in denial about? Well, look no further than long-standing music magazine Rolling Stone, which is shrinking from its 30-year-old large size format to the standard size used by most rags. Yes, as of the Oct. 30 issue, on sale Oct. 17, the classic Wenner Media monthly music bible will be just like any other mag.
“All you’re getting from that large size is nostalgia,” said Jann Wenner, RS founder/publisher/editor.
He may be right though…
New screens in from Taito's port of the PSP classic EXIT. For the uninitiated you play as an "escapologist" and traverse this action/puzzle game by using your cunning and will to... you guessed it... find the EXIT. Expect lots of natural disasters and trapped people to help, when the game finds the fire escape to your Nintendo DS on October 7th.
Click the image below for the EXIT DS image gallery.
Ubisoft wants you to take another look at the newest Prince of Persia with some new images for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Equipped with a new free-roaming environment, support-character tandem gameplay, and a stylistic new look, this action-adventuring platformer will definitely turn heads (one way or another) when it drops November 18th.
Click the image below for the Prince of Persia image gallery
Hot on the heels of super-poducer Dr. Dre’s announcement that he’s issuing his own brand of headphone comes the news that the hip hop heavyweight will be endorsing a brand of Cognac.
Yes, the first alcoholic drink from the Interscope Geffen A&M Records joint venture with beverage company Drinks Americas will be Aftermath Cognac, to be released this fall.
The production, supply and European distribution of the drink will be handled by Abecassis Cognac, a cognac producer. Following that, an 80-proof flavored and unflavored sparkling vodka will hit the market.
For those of you attending the 2008 Magic Show fashion industry convention in Las Vegas, you might wanna think about stopping by The Icehouse nightclub (650 S. Main Street, las Vegas, NV 89101) on August 26 at 8pm for The Battle of the Brands!
The goal of 1st Annual Peoples’ Choice of Brands: The Battle of the Brands is to put the right to choose back into the hands of the consumer.
At this unique event, consumers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite brands via online and in-person voting. Established brands such as Corvette, Nike, and Newports will compete in Best Brand categories for sneakers, cigarettes, motor bikes, cars, fast food, energy drinks, pizza and more.
The event is hosted by Freestyle 101 vet Phoenix Orion, and will also feature live performances from rappers Black Sliver, Dirt Ball and fellow Freestyle 101 homie Tash of The Alkaholiks. There will also be an MC contest, pitting various West Coast MCs against each other. Additionally, there will be a Passion for Fashion Show and videogame contests with Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution and SingStar.
Discover the mysteries of the new Flower, Sun and Rain: The Endless Park trailer. Game designer Goichi Suda, of Killer 7 and No More Heroes fame, brings his unique mystery-adventure game to North America on the Nintendo DS. No word yet on a release date but while we keep digging for clues check out the trailer below.
Flower, Sun and Rain: The Endless Park Trailer
Here's a first look at EA's Skate 2, the follow-up sequel in their hit skateboarding franchise for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The game will stay true to it's original "Flick-it" control scheme and while there is no concrete release date yet, you can check out the new screens here and trailer below.
Click here for the version of the Skate 2 First Look Trailer
The first in what will surely be a steady stream of merchandizing tie-ins with the upcoming new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, will be a limited edition Titanium silver Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber-shot.
The C902 slider that Daniel Craig brandishes in the flick, due this November, is just like the C902 launched way back in February. But the limited edition model that will be issued around the theatrical release also features 007-themed wallpapers, screen savers, and "spy-style" game demo....
...‘Cause I’m sure most top secret super-spies play game demos in between killing bad guys…
A gallery has emerged from QuakeCon that features some pretty sweet PC case mods. Our favorite is the BBQ, but we also think you'll enjoy the Lego case and perhaps the Master Chief Case converted from a Legendary Pack helmet.
Follow the link below for the rest.
news.bigdownload.com: QuakeCon 2008: The case of the PC case mods
Goonies never say die, but that doesn't mean their feet can't be wrapped in awesome and comfort. Puma is set to release a series of limited edition Goonies sneakers based off their Disk Blaze line. "It features the infamous Disc closure system, heavy weave pull tabs and exclusive Goonies film logos on heel, sockliner and midsole. The limited Puma "List" sneaker comes in a customized burlap Goonies sack. Enjoy your adventure trying to snatch these up." Hit the jump for more pictures.
You probably think that working at G4 means that game, movie and toy companies send us cool stuff all the time - and you'd only be partially right. That said, the folks at Target sent us one of their limited edition, available-only-at-Target Commander Fox Clone Wars Action Figures. They knew that we, probably like you, collect such things. Sometimes (geek) membership does have its priveledges.
This bad boy is expected to sell out quickly, so if you're into Star Wars collectables (and we know lots of you are) - you may want to head out sooner than later to pick one up.
G4's American Ninja Challenge is back for a third round, and its going to be bigger and better than ever. We're giving you another chance to prove your mettle and earn the right to challenge the world's most difficult and diabolical obstacle course ever created. Do you have what it takes?
This time around, we're sending previous winner Levi back to Japan for another round, and Olivia and Kevin will be taking on Mt. Midoriama as well. Plus, we'll be sending you. Yes, you! But first, you have to submit a video and win the contest.
Here's the American Ninja Challenge 3 Submission Page. Now go out, make that video and get it to us, sporto.
Here's Levi's submission video from American Ninja Challenge 2 to give you an idea of what a winner looks like
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