The 2008 Best App Ever Awards is the first for iPhone OS Applications. The goal of the competition is supposed to be to draw attention to the best available from the App Store, but it certainly won’t hurt sales. Although the nominations are over, you can still vote in 34 categories with 10 apps in each this week.The winners of the achievement awards will be announced January 7 at the 2009 MacWorld Expo.
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Figure Caption: You gotta love Supergirl!
It’s that time of year again when we look back at the year and see what lived up to our expectations and what fell flat on its face. So without further ado…here is MY Best of 2008.
Book of the Year: Captain America
When my friends ask me what the best comic out there is, this is my answer. Every month, Brubaker mixes social commentary, superhero history, and pulse pounding action into a symphony of awesomeness. As icing on the cake there is always a new twist or a new piece of character development that makes aspiring writers (like myself) bang their heads on a table wishing they thought of it. Damn you, Ed. Steve Epting’s artwork continues to be realistic and energetic with fun homages to great artists like Steranko.
Worst Book: Countdown to Final Crisis
Wasted time. Countdown to Final Crisis was an over-hyped highlight reel of the DC Universe that promised to set the stage for Final Crisis. Not only did it not set the stage for Final Crisis, it didn’t do much of anything except steal minutes from my life I’ll never get back. That and about $156 from my wallet.
HP just unleashed a couple of new notebooks earlier today, including their new 16- and 18-inch HDX units, just in time for the holiday season. We were able to spend some time with HP’s Kevin Wentzel to get a look at the entire consumer notebook lineup for this holiday season. It features the aforementioned HDX, a new HP Imprint finish for the dv5 and dv7 Pavilions, and their tablet as well. These things are affordable, and some are even powerful enough to replace your desktop at this point. In fact, we also have a look at HP’s notebook docking station as well, which fits right in with that line of thinking.
Hit the video for the full scoop on everything, and try not to droll over those hot-looking HDXs, mkay?
Monster Cable has announced Beats, a new line of high-end headphones coming this summer. The headphones are promising to provide audiophile quality sound in a stylish set of cans. The $399 headphones have been made in partnership with Dr. Dre and other big names in the music industry, and are aiming to bring the sound of completely un-portable $5,000 sound systems to the mobile iPod and iPhone user on the go. Check out our Beats by Dr. Dre gallery.
Beats headphones are fully iPhone compatible - they feature a longer headphone jack to slip into the iPhone, and a microphone to allow users to make and receive phone calls without the hassle doffing their headphones. Monster Cable is hoping to bring out a whole range of high-bitrate fans by providing iPhone compatible headphones capable of reproducing every nuance (or artifact in low bitrate audio) of the music people love.
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As of February 7, it will officially be the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Calendar. If your birthday year is divisible by 12 into 2008, then it is your year, too. We will respectfully refrain from political cracks, but in honor of the event, we have found a Yahoo widget so that you can countdown to the year of the Ox, which begins January 26. Included with it is an analog clock and picture frame. Rats are known to have excellent taste, be charming, and have good luck in monetary dealings. They are also said to be loyal and very protective and generous to their friends. This is a good thing, being a Rat.
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AT&T‘s CEO Randall Stephenso let slip that a 3G iPhone is indeed on it’s way sometime in early 2008. This is an obvious evolution for the platform and is no surprise, but hearing it ‘right from the horses mouth’ certainly is a nice reassurance. While the exact timing of the release is unknown, he did indicate it would likely be prior to May. Based on AT&T’s HSDPA technology the 3G iPhone would feature the same blazing download and upload speeds as other 3G devices currently on the market. Apple has yet to comment on Stephenso’s early-announcement.
Gear Live’s prediction: the announcement of the 3G iPhone will come hand in hand with a more proper unveiling of the SDK at Macworld, likely with a bump to 16GB of storage to match the current generation iPod Touch. Gear Live’s predicament: we can’t wait.