New Batwoman ongoing series arriving in 2017

10/15/2016  •  Filed under Comic Books

Via CBR:

Written by “DC Bombshells” scribe Marguerite Bennett and drawn by “Velvet” artist Steve Epting, Batwoman’s new series will kick off with a “Rebirth” one-shot in February, with “Batwoman” #1 following in March…

DC’s gone all out talent-wise with this one. I can already tell you it’ll be a great book.

Cutting through the noise on Apple’s AirPods

10/02/2016  •  Filed under Technology

Via Computerworld:

To catch you up on the story, Apple dumped the headphone jack in iPhone 7. Why? Was there a petition to get rid of old, working technology? Nope.

According to Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, it was so Apple could make an even skinnier phone and/or add new technology. Because, don’t you know, what the world needs now is an even thinner iPhone.

The real reason, of course, is that Apple wants to shear more money from its sheep. All those expensive Apple Beats earpods and headphones you’ve bought recently? They’re all old junk on their way to obsolescence, if you believe Apple.


Oh, and guess what. You’re going to lose those AirPods. That isn’t a threat. That’s a promise.

I won’t be putting much stock into a piece written by someone with a chip on their shoulder, who makes ridiculous assumptions and claims them as facts, and seemingly borrowed the AirPods from a friend for a couple of minutes before writing this hit piece.

On a related note, the “they suck because you’re going to lose them” argument is getting super old. At some point, owners need to be accountable and ensure they’re not just leaving them laying around. Maybe consider taking care of the things you spend your money on? Just an idea.

If you’re on the fence about the AirPods, I’d direct you to either Daring Fireball or The Loop. They’ve both had the AirPods since shortly after the keynote on September 7th and can give an informed opinion on them.

Snapchat debuts Spectacles

10/01/2016  •  Filed under Technology

Via Select All:

Snap Inc.’s Spectacles are a pair of video recording sunglasses that come in three different colors. […] “When you slip Spectacles on and tap a button near the hinge, it records up to 10 seconds of video from your first-person vantage,” the report notes. Each time the wearer taps, a new video is recorded.


Priced at $129.99, the devices will have a limited release this fall.

These things look goofy as hell and, at only $130, will likely sell like hotcakes. I’m not totally sure this will be the case but the idea of locking your captured videos to a single app would be really disappointing. It’d be nice to be able to record and save to camera roll to share as you’d like.

BlackBerry no longer designing and building its own phones, will outsource to partners

09/30/2016  •  Filed under Design, Technology

Via The Verge:

“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” said CEO John Chen in a statement. Elsewhere he stated: “We are reaching an inflection point with our strategy. Our financial foundation is strong, and our pivot to software is taking hold.”

This isn’t surprising news considering BlackBerry’s ongoing struggle in the mobile market. According to estimates from Gartner, the company claimed just 0.1 percent of the market in the second quarter, equating to sales of some 400,400 units.

The company recorded a loss of roughly $375 million. I struggle to see how selling how that equates to having a strong financial foundation. BlackBerry is a shadow of its former self. First, they switched gears and stopped putting BlackBerry OS on new devices, now they’re not even shipping their build of Android on phones they’ve built themselves. There doesn’t seem like a clear plan here at all.

They’ve always touted their enterprise software offerings, it’s assumed they’ll focus on that and move entirely into software. Maybe take a risk and develop something new entirely for the business crowd? Who knows. As it stands, they’re running out of room in a crowded market with other Android phone makers and Apple. Finding a way onto those devices might be the lifeboat the company needs.

While we’re talking BlackBerry, one of the more frustrating points came from another interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen in which he essentially blames Canadians for not supporting the company through the tough times:

Chen feels that despite his company’s best efforts and the fact that BlackBerry is “an iconic brand” and an important part of “the history of tech and innovation” in Canada, the struggling Waterloo-based handset manufacture’s reputation is sullied in the mind of many Canadians.


“What I think Canadians ought to think about is, if you really think technology and knowledge is the next evolution of the economy, having a healthy BlackBerry is actually paramount in importance not only to Waterloo and other innovation centres, but also for the Canadian mindset,” said Chen.

BlackBerry has had plenty of opportunity over the years to build a strong handset division both before and after the iPhone. While I’m sure they didn’t choose not to make a truly compelling phone to compete, they haven’t given people anything close to a reasonable alternative to what Apple has in the iPhone or Samsung with the Galaxy series, short of maybe last year’s PRIV.

In my opinion, their biggest differentiator could and should have been their own OS, with a strong marketplace of apps, running on a phone built by the company itself. Instead, we got a half-baked (and now abandoned) operating system, with little to no apps, running on outdated and disappointing hardware that stubbornly refuses to abandon a feature few other manufacturers supported at all and many consumers are uninterested in: the QWERTY keyboard. It goes without saying but if you focus on catering to such a small portion of the market, you’re going to get a small portion of the market and not much else, Canadian or not.

Bioware reveals first Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage

09/24/2016  •  Filed under Video Games

While the footage is light on action, graphically, it looks incredible and definitely feels like a Mass Effect game. I can’t wait to (hopefully) see more of Andromeda in the next few months leading up to the game’s release sometime next year.