Allowing people to quickly hop through airport security with a TSA-verified biometric "fast passes," Clear had great idea on their hands. Sadly, as of yesterday, their freeflowing security lanes will be closed.
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Our buddy Dave Zatz stumbled across an article in the current Playboy that revealed that Hulu would soon appear on the Roku digital video player, which already carries Netflix and Amazon VOD. Our guess is, it's a solid statement from Roku, but not fully concrete till Hulu confirms it.
The $US489, 9.7-inch Amazon Kindle DX is shipping June 10. Amazon's filling pre-orders first, so those people who got really excited early on get them before everyone else.
HD Guru just scored the first review with the $US3,200 46-inch Samsung UN46B8000. It's an LED-backlit LCD that measures just over an inch thick and refreshes images at 240Hz. HD Guru loved the display, calling it the best LCD ever.
Pundits have framed President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as a judicial equivalent to her predecessor. Not quite: Justice Souter is a proud luddite who has never owned a computer. Sotomayor, on the other hand, is a nerd.
The Palm Pre will cost $US199 with contract or about $US549 (from Sprint) without a contract. So why is BestBuy.com listing the phone itself for EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY FREAKING US DOLLARS?? (Admittedly, that price is lower than the even crazier $US1000 rumour we saw earlier.) Still, we'll assume it's a misprinted placeholder price and carry on with our day, no matter how true or untrue that may be. Because we'll also assume that no one will pay an extra $US300 to buy the Pre at Best Buy rather than just breaking their contract with Sprint.
The bad news: The Minotaur I launch from NASA's Virginia's Wallops Island Flight Facility got cancelled because of the bad weather. The good news: We can only hope these damn clouds go away so everyone in the Eastern Seaboard can see it. Eastern Seaboard. I just love to say those words.
Navigon will no longer be selling PNDs (personal navigation devices) in the US. In a statement released today, the company explains, "Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw from the PND business in North America for the time being. We are however not closing down our Chicago office which will continue to serve our automotive and mobile phone businesses in North America." With the rise of the smartphone, I wonder how long it will be until we see some of the bigger GPS manufacturers follow suit.
Google policy analyst Derek Slater—who's so obviously related to Christian Slater—explains how to reshape broadband in the US. Step one: Own the actual pipes that run to your house.