Apple iPad: The Computer For The Rest Of Us (Five Years From Now)

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Once you’re done laughing at the stupid name (by the way, “Wii” isn’t funny any more, either), you might realize that that despite the lukewarm reaction by the tech press, the iPad might very well be the culmination of the “Computer For The Rest Of Us” goals that begot the Macintosh line 26 years ago. If you don’t, read on–I’m going to explain why.

I know plenty of people with Apple products who buy it for the cachet–especially recent adopters of the last 5 years or so. These people are generally fully capable of dealing with the intricacies of a Windows PC (whether they like it or not is another story, of course) but they opt to get an iPhone and/or a MacBook because they look prettier. My bet is that anyone who has ever been able to make that kind of purchase will eventually consider an iPad–maybe not now, maybe not next year, but certainly within the next five years.

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The Anti-Productivity PC

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I bought an older used PC from a buddy of mine a few months ago. Not because I needed a desktop PC–I was still using my soon-to-be-retired workhorse MacBook at home, and I had my work computer (Thinkpad T500) at work, so I wasn’t really hurting for another computer. However, I had a vision in mind for this computer. I was driven.

Driven to use it for absolutely nothing productive.

Needless to say, I was something of a man on an anti-mission.

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Gadget Budget Hacks: How To Stay Up On Tech, Cheap

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So CES 2010 is over, and there’s a whole new set of electronic goodies just waiting to make you feel like you’re living in the world of The Jetsons. E-readers, Tablet PCs, smartbooks, 3D TVs–all we need now is our flying car, and we’re set.

But it’s not always easy to pick the right gadget, especially when you’re on a limited tech budget. I always found this kind of decision process to be absolutely gut-wrenching–after all, if I make the wrong decision I’ll end up with something useless, like a 60GB iPod Classic. So over the years I’ve developed a process to make sure I get the right tech toy every time. Call this one Budget Hacks–I’ll show you how to stay up on tech (and pick the right gear) on the cheap.

The Lenovo U1 Hybrid Netbook/Tablet PC.

Just one of the many things I want to spend my money on.

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Roxxxy the Robot Girlfriend

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Okay, we may not be living in the Jetsons world yet–no flying cars or floating houses. But we’re getting closer, thanks to the development of a synthetic girlfriend.

roxxxy, your girlfriend-replacement

Aspiring partners can customise her features, including race, hair colour and breast size.

Roxxxy, who can chat with her flesh-and-blood mate about subjects including Manchester United, also elicits comments depending on how she is touched.

The anatomically-correct robot, who can even snore, has an articulated skeleton that can move like a person but can’t walk or independently move its limbs.

There is Wild Wendy, who is outgoing and adventurous, Frigid Farrah, who is reserved and shy, a young unnamed doll with a naïve personality, “matriarchal kind of caring” Mature Martha and S & M Susan, who is geared for more adventurous types.

Coming with a laptop the doll, priced between US$7,000 (£4,350) to US$9,000 (£5,993), was unveiled at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas at the weekend.

via Foxy ‘Roxxxy’: world’s first ‘sex robot’ can talk about football – Telegraph.

Do androids dream of electric sex?

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CES 2010 Predictions

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In no particular order:

  • We’ll see the first few HDTVs with 3D support announced for early adopters who like to spend too much on their TVs so they can watch Avatar and Up at home.
  • Netbook manufacturers will find more creative ways to sell tiny computers which are woefully hamstrung by Microsoft’s insistence on crippled specs. (Hi, Samsung!)
  • Google is officially announcing their Nexus One phone tomorrow, and everyone will realize that even Google can’t give you a cheap smartphone with a cheap data plan. Cue the haters.
  • Everyone is going to talk about how their tablet is so awesome, and no one is going to care about the JooJoo. Apple will eventually release theirs later in the year, and people will spend entirely too much money on it.
  • Once the Apple tablet is out, a hypothetical Google Tablet will be the next big thing that everyone talks about.
  • A bunch of companies you don’t give a shit about will announce new streaming video/TV-set-top-box doodads that would be really cool if you didn’t already have an Xbox 360 and/or a DVR that gives you more TV than you could handle.
  • Canon will release a few billion cameras, and they’ll all end up permanently on sale at Dealnews a week later.
  • Hard drives will get bigger.

-patrick miller