A Vimeo user by the name of alversae caught a UPS delivery man stealing his daughters Christmas present off their porch using their front door security camera. The Christmas present was an iPad Mini, which was probably easy to surmise by the delivery man from the size of the package and where it was coming from. The video, shown below, shows the Fedex guy find a pre-signed document for delivery, scans the package, and then drop it off. A while later, around 1pm, the UPS driver drops off his own package and sees the Fedex package. He leaves for about a minute, only to return, take a close look and appear to “scan” the device, and then walk off with it.
For anyone who watched Star Trek, you have probably though “wow, it would be amazing to have the technology they have.” We may not have Holodecks or transporters… yet, but we do have something they used in almost every single episode. Tablets. Tablets in Star Trek were mono-colored glorified e-readers, at a glance anyway. But now we have tablets the same size as the sci-fi TV show that can do almost anything a full desktop can do. With the release of the iPad several years ago, tablet ownership rose steadily every year. But there was one problem; cost.
Welcome to another installment of some bite sized tech news. Typically we make an article like this when news is a bit light, or there is a lot of news but nothing big enough for it’s own article. So instead of spreading it out and wasting word space, I’m going to give you little tidbits of tech news to munch on this fine Monday morning.
What does Xbox 360 and Verizon have in common? Well they both provide a service where you buy a device at a discount with a two year contract. that’s right, Microsoft will start selling the Xbox 360 at a discounted price so that you, the consumer, can have it on the cheap as long as you pay a monthly fee for two years. Is this deal worth it and will other companies like Sony and Nintendo follow suit?
This past holiday season it was quite evident that the Amazon Kindle Fire was incredibly successful, especially for Amazon. But what does that success mean for Google? It may not mean as much as you would think and you may know why if you own the Kindle Fire. Look though your Kindle Fires apps, what is missing that all Android phones have? That’s right, the Android Marketplace. Amazon essentially gutted out the Marketplace and put their own in its place. Which means one thing for Google, less profit.
Look’s like RIM is out on the prowl as rumors have surfaced about them talking to various cell phone manufacturers. What are they talking about? Probably selling their entire brand to the highest bidder. RIM has been falling off the market pretty quickly the past few years and, if this keeps up, they may be in big trouble within the next five years, if not out of business.