Eight months with the Chromebook

An update on my experience with my Chromebook since, well, the last time I gave an update six months ago. The Chromebook’s still working well, with no major problems to report. Over the holidays, I got the chance to use a few of the free dozen Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes, which worked well—the Lenovo-esque dubiousness of Gogo … Read more

Amazon to offer unlimited cloud storage for $60/year

Amazon.com

The cloud storage competition wars continue. The latest salvo: Amazon’s now offering unlimited online storage (via its Cloud Drive service) for $60/year. The company’s also offering for $12/year a service that allows one to store unlimited photos, plus 5GB of storage for other documents. Previously, the latter plan was available for free for Amazon Prime customers, but … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Women in STEM

SciGirls

This week, it’s a round-up post, featuring the minority girls and women I’ve written about so far who’re involved in some way in STEM areas. It’s also a nice way to round out Women’s History Month. STEM, of course, is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” and there’s been plenty of recent press about the lack … Read more

This domain .sucks

Vacuum

ICANN, the organization that oversees basic Internet infrastructure, has been working to expand the number of top-level domains (TLDs) available. While traditional TLDs such as .com, .net, and .org serve many online users well, they do have a few shortcomings. They don’t serve non-English-speakers who might want a completely non-English URL. Newer domains also increase the chances … Read more

The next cartoon crossover: Jonny Quest meets…Tom and Jerry?

Tom and Jerry

On the heels of WWE crossing over with Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones comes news of the latest cartoon crossover. This time, it’s classic 60s adventure cartoon Jonny Quest teaming up with… Tom and Jerry?! While it’s an all-Hanna-Barbera crossover, it’s still one that sounds as bizarre as “Archie vs. Predator.” “Jonny Quest” was the first major … Read more

“Rat Queens” wins 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards’ comic category

Rat Queens

This weekend, the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held. The awards showcase and highlight positive treatments of LGBT characters in mainstream media. This year’s winner for outstanding comic is “Rat Queens” (Image) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. The other nominees it beat: Hawkeye (Marvel) Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios) Memetic (Boom! Studios) Saga (Image) The … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: “Cinderella” pulls in another $34.5 million

Cinderella

The top film at the box office this weekend was “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” the sequel to last year’s “Divergent” film, which opened with $54 million. In second place was “Cinderella.” The live-action Disney remake made $34.5 million this weekend (-49.2% from last weekend). Its totals stand at $122 million domestic, $131.1 million overseas, and … Read more

Movie review: “Home”

"Home"

Earlier today, I saw a special sneak peek of the newest DreamWorks film, “Home,” which debuts next weekend. A summary of the plot (with as few spoilers as possible): The film features a goofy but likable space alien named Oh, an alien who’s unique among his people (the “Boov”) in being individualistic. This is on top of … Read more

Streaming music subscriptions now outsell CDs

Shelves of CDs

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the music industry’s organizational arm, has released a report stating that for the first time, streaming music subscriptions are now outselling compact discs. While sales of physical media have lagged digital media for some time now, it’s only recently that paid subscriptions to Spotify, Google Play Music, etc. … Read more

Anthony’s miscellaneous comic picks for June 2015

Long Distance #1

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from various comic companies in June 2015. IDW A full list of solicitations is available here. Jem and the Holograms #4, $4 Mickey Mouse #1, $4 Donald Duck #2, $4 Uncle Scrooge #3, $4 Long Distance #1 (of 4), $5 Image A full list of solicitations is available here. … Read more