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Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010

Today in Techland: Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets. Peter brought us the 10 best camera apps for your iPhone, the latest on the Apple lawsuit against HTC,  a Palm Pre sighting on Chuck and the battle between HTML5 and Flash. Golly.

Ever wondered how Alice made it to Wonderland in the first place? Well, Lev happens to be an expert on other-world portals and was nice enough to write us a how-to. (Apparently, non-child, non-females need not apply. Sorry.) Meanwhile, Steve is gearing up for this weekend’s Oscars and giving props to Ponyo, the Japanese masterpiece which received no Academy love this year.

But let’s leave the Oscaring for Sunday. It’s Tuesday techies. Stop watching OK Go’s latest video on repeat and listen up ’cause…

Here’s what else is going on in nerd news around the Web:

Oh, there you are, Christina Ricci: The first poster for upcoming flick After. Life, also starring Liam Neeson and Justin Long dropped today.

Another reason to switch to Netflix? Blockbuster is bringing back its late fees, folks. That means no more 10-day grace period. Starting yesterday, (Mar. 1) new-release rental periods have shrunk from seven days to five days, and Blockbuster will slap you with a $1-a-day late fee for up to 10 days if you’re late. The fee also applies to one-day and Blu-ray rentals.

Behold, I bring you tidings of the great iPad: Penguin’s children’s books look pretty rad on the Apple iPad, but bigger question: Who will give their iPad to a child?


Oh dear God no: Indiana Jones 5? Say it ain’t so Harrison Ford. Apparently Indy himself told the BBC that an idea for Indiana Jones 5 is in the works.

Says Ford: “Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it.” Ugh.

Nerdy Want:

World of Warcraft steins?

Yes, please.

‘Bout time: After fuddling around the idea, HBO has finally given a Game of Thrones series the green light. The 10-episode show is based off of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series of the same name. The show will star Lena Headley (The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Peter Dinklage (Elf), and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings).

Toy Story 3 character of the week:

Do you want a Netflix iPhone app? Hey tell them, not me. Apparently the master of movie rentals is polling customers about their feelings toward an official Netflix app. (Hint: Vote yes.)

Speaking of apps: In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 160th birthday, new iPhone apps are available for download. Among the lineup are e-books The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch as well as a few games and camera apps.

Bummer: Virgin Mobile USA will shut down the post-paid chunk of their wireless services by May 25th, 2010. Ouch.

Says Virgin in a statement:

No customer will be automatically migrated to Sprint’s postpaid service. However, Sprint has created a special offer for our customers.

Current postpaid customers are being given $50 towards the purchase of a Sprint postpaid handset with a new two-year agreement. This credit is in addition to any applicable rebates that may apply. Postpaid customers moving from Virgin Mobile to Sprint will also receive $150 off of handsets as part of Sprint’s standing new customer offer. Activation fees will also be waived.

SIKE! Ghostbusters 3? Maybe not. Last night, Bill Murray wasn’t so confident the third film was going to get off the ground. But come on, all this hype for nothing?


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