Come, gather round the Remainders tree for the orts and leavings of the day's stories. Today: Apple's gift-wrapped products, free overnight shipping for the Kindle, internet available under the San Francisco Bay, and many more.
Chicago Apple Store Has Express, Gift-Wrapped Line The Apple Store in downtown Chicago, like every Apple Store, has a few ways to check out. You can flag down an employee, head to the checkout counter, or, in what seems new, you can head to the express line, which lets you buy non-customised Apple products quickly. Even better, that express line's products are pre-gift-wrapped. Pretty sweet! I bought my MacBook Pro from that exact store several months ago, and I wish it had come gift-wrapped, even though it was all mine - there's just something about tearing open a gift-wrapped box, you know? [Business Insider]
YouTube Offers Shortened URL, Sort of In these heady days of Twarter-domination, it's important to have a shortened URL to save precious characters. Seems like everyone's got one, and YouTube just joined in the fun - except, um, their shortened URL, Youtu.be, really isn't that much shorter. Example: youtubedotcom/watch?v=FdeioVndUhs would become http://youtu.be/FdeioVndUhs. You'll only have space for a few LOLOLOLs after that. [YouTube Blog]
BART Expands Wireless Access Under the San Francisco Bay (!!!) This ends up gift-wrapped under the Remainders Tree of Sadness because it's local, but to SFBay residents like myself, it's great news. BART, the Bay Area's fantastic (compared to my native SEPTA, that is) regional rail system is now getting access to wireless signal while zooming under the San Francisco Bay over to Oakland, Berkeley and sites beyond. That means I'll never have to stop using data while on BART, which also means I've lost one last excuse for being out of touch with the Gizmodo monarchs, King Brian and King Jason. [BART]
Seriously You Guys, Just Buy a Kindle Amazon really wants you to buy one. Remember when Amazon offered free two-day shipping on the Kindle? Now they're upping that to free overnight shipping if you buy it on December 23. It's in Remainders because honestly, updating this post feels like I'm advertising for Amazon, but the Kindle is still the reigning champ of ebook readers and you guys have a right to know. Now buy one. NOW. [Amazon]
iPod Touch Users Neglect OS 3.0 (Comparatively) iPod Touch users, for whom the OS 3.0 upgrade costs $US10, are upgrading in much lower numbers than iPhone users, for whom the upgrade was free. 95 per cent of iPhone users have opted for 3.0, compared to only 55 per cent of iPod Touch users. Frankly, I'm damned impressed that Apple managed to wrangle 10 bucks out of more than half of the huge numbers of iPod Touch users for a firmware upgrade. This could be painted as a failure, but I think it's exactly the opposite; I can't remember a single other PMP (or whatever the iPod Touch is) firmware upgrade that cost money (besides maybe those Archos add-ons, but that's not really firmware). Way to go for the Hamiltons, Apple. [iLounge]