What your kids REALLY want as they go back to school. New York has plans for something REALLY big. And a robot that even Dr. Sheldon Cooper would REALLY love. Wow, this must be a REALLY big show this week! All this and more, plus our Mobile App of the Week and This Week’s Nerd History.
Mobile App of the Week:
- If you’re going to build a Ferris Wheel in New York City, then it may as well be the world’s biggest, right? That’s exactly what the New York City Economic Development Corporation thinks, too.
- Apple is reportedly in talks with cable tv operators on a set-top box to display live television. This would be the long-rumored AppleTV that Steve Jobs reportedly figured out before his death last year.
- This comes as no surprise to Moms and Dads, but your kids want tech, not clothing, for back-to-school shopping. Oh, and this is how college students see the world. So get off their backs about tapes already!
- For the person who needs extra motivation to wake up, how about an alarm clock that keeps buzzing until you submerge it in water?
- Seemingly inspired by Dr. Sheldon Cooper, this iPad robot is a little creepy, don’t you think?
- The Nexus 7 appears to be a hit for Google and Asus, as projections for sales in 2012 approach 8 million tablets.
- But that may all change on September 12th when Apple unveils the new iPad Mini (or whatever they are going to call it). They have asked retailers to triple their display space for iPads.
- Microsoft sets upgrade pricing for Windows 8 at $15. But there is a time limit.
This Week in Nerd History:
- August 22, 1851 – The first America’s Cup is won by the yacht America.
- August 21, 1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee
- August 21, 1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day