Darwyn Cooke JLA cover

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for December 2014

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from DC Comics for December. A list of full solicitations are available here. Comics The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1, on sale Dec. 17, $5 Batman ‘66 #18, on sale Dec. 24, $3 (digital first) Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #5, on sale Dec. 17, $4 (digital first) Trade paperbacks None. Comments This month’s “Showcase” volume is Blue Beetle’s entire 80s run. This month’s variable covers are by Darwyn Cooke (of “New Frontier” fame), and seem to be the polar…

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Chromebook with Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Chrome OS finally receives its first four Android apps

Chrome OS’ web-based orientation means its apps are either just bookmarks to websites or actual stand-alone programs. Meanwhile, Android’s much longer history and smartphone dominance means there’s a vast number of apps available. Thus, Google’s promised to bring integration between the two operating systems, which should make Chrome OS more appealing. Last week, Google finally made good on its promise by introducing its first four Android apps for Chrome OS: Duolingo: an app used to learn foreign languages. Evernote: the popular note-taking app. Sight Words: a…

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Dolphin Tale 2

Cartoons at the box office: “Dolphin Tale 2″ and “No Good Deed” displace “Guardians”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” finally fell out of first place this weekend thanks to two new films opening: “No Good Deed,” a low-budget home invasion thriller, and “Dolphin Tale 2,” a sequel to the family-friendly film about sea creatures. “No Good Deed” came in first place at the box office, earning $24.5 million, or almost twice its $13 million budget. Yes, another successful “race themed” film, as it stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. Too bad critics generally trashed it in reviews (its Rotten Tomatoes rating currently…

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Macworld

RIP Macworld magazine

Along with the death of the iPod Classic this week comes news of another longtime Apple-related stalwart’s end. Macworld magazine, the longtime Apple/Mac monthly newsmagazine, is calling it quits as a print version. November’s issue will be Macworld’s final print edition; after that, only its website version will remain. Along with the end of Macworld’s run comes a sizable number of staff layoffs, as well. The news was given on Thursday, the day after Apple’s big keynote address. I’ve enjoyed reading Macworld for years, but the writing…

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Harper Lodge

Minorities in cartoons: Harper Lodge

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Harper Lodge, a supporting character in Archie comics. Harper first appeared in “Archie” #656 in June 2014, and was created by writer/artist Dan Parent. (Possible spoilers below…) In her debut appearance, Harper is introduced as Veronica’s cousin, who’s visiting Riverdale from out of town. Like her cousin, Harper has a vivacious, outgoing personality. Besides being a student, Harper’s shown as a talented teen fashion designer, as well as running her own online advice column. Harper also makes use…

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iPod Classic

To kill an MP3 legend: the death of the iPod Classic

This felt important enough to justify its own blog post, separate from today’s other Apple news. A revision of Apple’s site reveals that the long-overdue has finally happened: Apple’s stopped selling the iPod Classic, the last of its iconic 2000s-era clickwheel iPods. The iPod Classic was the direct descendant of the original iPod, introduced on October 23, 2001 (13 years ago next month). Since then, Apple evolved the iPod into its popular line of iPod Touch models (an iPhone without the “phone” part), as well as the…

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iPhone 6 and iPHone 6 Plus

Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple today announced its biggest news in awhile. The iPhone line is being updated with bigger screens; Apple’s introduced its own smartphone-using payment system; and Apple’s introduced its own smartwatch. My thoughts on all of these are below. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus The two new iPhones are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch screen, while the 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen. Both phones have the usual expected spec bumps all around—faster processors, improved cameras (including options that’ll…

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Cartoons at the box office: “Guardians” tops the weakest box office in years

Box Office Mojo notes that this weekend’s box office, which saw no major new films opening and comes on the heels of Labor Day weekend, is the weakest box office since 2008. As such, “Guardians of the Galaxy” for the fourth weekend in a row has topped the box office, earning $10.2 million (-40.5% from last weekend). Its domestic totals stand at $294.6 million and international total at $291.6 million, for a global total of $586.2 million. The most noteworthy news is that “Guardians” has…

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Chromebook with Mr. Peabody & Sherman

My favorite Chrome OS apps

I thought I’d list what Chrome OS apps I’m using on my Chromebook. I should note that since Chrome OS’ functionality is heavily web-based, some of the “apps” under its launcher are just bookmarks to a particular website. However, for this post’s purposes, I won’t bother distinguishing those from stand-alone programs like the calculator app. TweetDeck I already use TweetDeck on my Mac and on Linux Mint, since it provides more functionality than the plain Twitter website. Among TweetDeck’s uses are the ability to set up…

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Wallace Wells

Minorities in cartoons: Wallace Wells

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wallace Wells, a supporting character in the comic series (and movie) “Scott Pilgrim.” Wallace was created by Bryan Lee O’Malley. “Scott Pilgrim” focuses on its eponymous character’s slacker-ish life in Toronto, and his attempt to win over Ramona, an American who’s moved to Toronto. To win her over, Scott’s forced to fight and defeat her multitude of “evil exes,” people Ramona used to date. The world the books take place in plays fast and loose with the laws…

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