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If the Apple TV Was Discontinued, Would Anyone Care?

If the Apple TV Was Discontinued, Would Anyone Care?

Since the second-generation Apple TV has been on store shelves, 2 million units have been shipped, a recent report claims. That report followed a release Apple sent out late last year saying that it would hit one million Apple TV sales in December.

Now, like everything else related to Apple, debate rages over whether 2 million Apple TV shipments are good or bad. Some say that the device is selling well and catching on with consumers. They point to the general lack of interest in the first Apple TV for proof of that.

But I’m not in agreement. Like many others, I’m not very impressed by 2 million Apple TV shipments.

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On Stewart Lee and how Twitter ate comedy

On Stewart Lee and how Twitter ate comedy

Digitalization gets blamed for a lot, and today it's ruining comedy. Writing in the Financial Times this weekend (here if the FT's paywall eats it), British stand-up Stewart Lee took to task the savaging of content in the name of "cross-platforming" and how media like Twitter have shifted artists away from the wholesome, authentic "managing the meeting of form and content." Now, I like Stewart Lee. I like his comedy and how different his style is from many of the gross-out or rapid-fire comedians popular today. But I also like the digital world, and while Lee's piece is funny, I don't think it's fair.

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Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Windows Phone: The Next Six Months

Today, Windows Phone 7 turned six. Six months, that is, counted from the October 21 2010 release of the first batch of Windows Phone handsets. It's a big day for the platform, too; not only a retail milestone, but an early inking of the deal between Microsoft and Nokia which will see the Finnish phone giant bet its smartphone fortunes. So, where next for Windows Phone, and will Nokia's input - and the "billions of dollars" Microsoft will be pushing its way - help it gain all-important market share?

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Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

It's a half birthday! Today is 6 months to the day since the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and we're got a roundup like you wouldn't believe! How would you like to know everything that ever mattered about the platform in one single post? That's what's going on here. Behold the successor to the Windows Mobile platform, one that's taken the world by storm! -- Depending on how you look at it. We've got all the big steps complimented by hands-on with all the big guns - reviews too!

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A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

If there's one message that comes through loud and clear about the BlackBerry PlayBook - both in our review and in others - it's that RIM's first tablet is half-baked in its current state. The 7-inch slate is dependent on a phone for half of its key apps, glitchy in more places than it should be, and has left reviewers warning would-be early-adopters that it might even be too early for them to consider, well, adopting. Welcome to the firmware nightmare, where every device is a work-in-progress and nobody is ever quite satisfied.

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Is An App Store-Equipped Apple HDTV A Game Changer?

Is An App Store-Equipped Apple HDTV A Game Changer?

Last night, I was sitting in my living room thinking about what I should watch, and I decided to browse Netflix. But rather than fire up my Apple TV or turn my PlayStation 3 on, I simply clicked over to it from the apps marketplace available through my HDTV. I then started sifting through its library of content.

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Meat and Greet over Skype

Meat and Greet over Skype

My favorite piece of artwork of all time was at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. It's also my favorite museum, and this piece probably cinched it. I was walking through the exhibit halls, when I happened to bump into an older woman. I said "excuse me" without making eye contact, and I kept perusing the art. Then I noticed a bench in the middle of the room. It was too far to be a seat for pondering the wall hangings, but it was clearly meant for observation. So, I sat down. I watched the crowd. It took me a few minutes to notice that the old woman was still standing there, where I had bumped into her. She was slightly hunched, perhaps in her seventies. She carried a shopping bag, and was wrapped in average clothes for a cold New York day. But the most interesting thing about her was that she was not real.

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For a Former Gadget Reviewer, I’m Rubbish At Advice

For a Former Gadget Reviewer, I’m Rubbish At Advice

I was reading through Chris Davies' column on giving gadget advice, and I thought I would add my perspective. I used to be a gadget reviewer. The first product I ever reviewed was the Sony D-EJ01 anniversary edition Discman. A Discman, for you young 'uns, was a large music player that played compact discs. A compact disc? It's like a record, um, or a DVD, err . . . it's a single-use MP3 made out of plastic. I know it sounds silly. We were silly in the 90s.

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