Nook Color finally gains Android 2.2 upgrade, Flash, the long-promised app store

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Barnes and Noble today has released a major upgrade for the Nook Color. Not only has it been upgraded to Android 2.2, but it now comes with the long-promised Barnes and Noble app store. Flash has also been included in the upgrade. More information may be found here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/04/nook-color-gets-froyo-flash-facebook-and-angry-birds.ars While I’d imagine those of us … Read more

Comic review: Archie Bronze Age series DVD-ROM collections

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A few months ago, I bought the “Bronze Age” series of DVD-ROMs produced of several 70s Archie Comics series, “Archie,” “Jughead,” and “Archie’s Girls, Betty & Veronica.” The DVD-ROMs, produced by GIT Corp, each contain the entire run of stories for each title released between January 1970 through December 1979, including any annuals. The comics … Read more

How cartoons handle characters’ aging

DC Super Friends #9

Inspired by an article on the Westfield Comics Blog about sliding comic timelines, I thought I’d write my own blog post on a similar subject. Specifically, I’ll look at the major ways in which comics and animation handle their fictional cartoon characters aging, or lack thereof. The major ways I’ve seen aging handled include: Real time In-story explanations … Read more

PC World on 10 things supposedly killed by the smartphone

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PC World magazine has an article about “10 things killed by the smartphone”: http://www.pcworld.com/article/225372/10_things_killed_by_the_smartphone.html The list consists of: MP3 players Portable game consoles Point-and-shoot cameras Personal video players Voice recorders Portable GPS navigation devices Personal digital assistants (PDAs) Wristwatches Paper maps Dialing 411 for directory assistance Quite an interesting list, though it fails to observe … Read more

Thoughts on Ubuntu 11.04 (with Unity)

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Earlier tonight, I gave Ubuntu 11.04 (“Natty Narwhal”) a go. This was “beta 2”—which actually booted, unlike the first beta. Pros Unlike GNOME 3, Unity seems to keep some of the same aspects and customization, as GNOME 2/previous versions of Ubuntu. Window-shading is present, as is spatial browsing. Minimize and maximize buttons are still present. … Read more

Comic reviews: Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #12, Super Hero Squad Online Game: Hero Up! #1

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Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #12 Written by: Paul Tobin Art by: Matteo Lolli This issue finally wraps up the storyline involving Spidey versus the Torino crime family. We see Captain Stacy and Berto (the head of the crime family) casually chat in Berto’s office about how today would be the “last day in the reign of … Read more

Comic review: The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #5

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The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #5 Written by: Sholly Fisch Art by: Rick Burchett In this issue, the teamup-du-jour is between Batman and Guy Gardner, who—in Guy’s usual hot-headed egoistical fashion—doesn’t make things easier for Batman when he deals with the main adversaries of the story, the Manhunters. Another fun outing, though … Read more