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An Iron Man Phone? Awesome!

Iron Man PhoneThis would be very cool… if a bit over the top!

Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

TechCrunch – By: Darrell Etherington – “Samsung is indeed making a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, as The Korea Times reported in April. The mobile maker posted a teaser image to its official Twitter account today, depicting what looks like a special edition box wherein the phone is likely to be.

What will said phone look like? If I have to guess, I’m thinking it’ll sport red and gold finishes. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge industrial design actually lends itself perfectly to this kind of treatment – Samsung is using a new metallic undercoating for the colored front and back portions of its device, which lend it a unique metal sheen. Iron Man red would indeed look quite fetching given that treatment, while the metal edges in gold would be equally eye-pleasing.

Avengers-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge devices already got the render treatment a couple of months ago, so you can take a look below to see what the final product might look like. There’s even a picture of what an Avengers-style Clear View case might also look like with Iron Man styling.

Samsung’s Twitter account posted today’s teaser with a disclaimer, saying availability for this limited edition phone would ‘differ by region.’ There’s no guarantee it’s coming to all markets, then, but chances are big ones like the U.S. will get a chance to pick one up.

In retrospect, I almost get the sense that the Galaxy S6’s design was tailor-made for these kinds of limited editions and customizations, giving Samsung the opportunity to do with its smartphones what Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft do with their consoles (collectible paint job after collectible paint job).

The phone is probably going to be pretty, at any rate, and if an Iron Man version does well, others could follow.”

The ScreenSavers Returns!

The New Screen Savers: TWiT resurrects the show that launched tech video into the stratosphere

ZDNet – By: Jason Hiner – “Leo Laporte unexpectedly turned the TWiT retrospective into a launch party on Sunday.

At the event celebrating 10 years of This Week in Tech, Laporte announced that the TWiT Network would relaunch the show that launched his career. The New Screen Savers will debut on May 2, using a show format that will echo the classic ZDTV (later TechTV) show that was such a hit with technology lovers during its run from 1998-2005.

Unlike the original show, which was daily, Laporte will host The New Screen Savers weekly on Saturdays at 3:00PM Pacific. It will stream live at live.twit.tv and afterward it will be available on-demand and as a podcast download. The official site for The New Screen Savers will be twit.tv/tnss.

‘This is not something I would have tried even a couple years ago,’ said Leo, in an exclusive interview with ZDNet. ‘But we’ve built this infrastructure over time to be able to do what is essentially a broadcast show over the internet.’

The show will be filmed at the TWiT Brickhouse studios in Petaluma, California using a set similar to the original set in the ZDTV studios at 650 Townsend Street. Laporte will host the show every week and bring in a rotating carousel of guest hosts, including current TWiT hosts and a bunch of former hosts from The Screen Savers.

Several classic names from the original Screen Savers are already booked to come on as guest hosts, including Kate Botello, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, Morgan Webb, John C. Dvorak, and Martin Sargent. In fact, many of them were at the 10-year anniversary event but none of them knew about the launch of The New Screen Savers until the announcement was made on air during the show. All they knew was that they were booked to come to Petaluma to do a segment for a new TWiT show.

The New Screen Savers will be more produced than most TWiT shows, which are primarily talking heads discussing the top issues and the most important niche topics in tech.

TWiT CEO Lisa Laporte said, ‘Leo built TWiT because he wanted to capture the magic of ‘The Screen Savers,’ and after ten years of building his vision, we decided it was time to launch our very own variety show. We couldn’t resist naming it, ‘The New Screen Savers.”

The day before the 10-year anniversary event, Leo and his team were in the TWiT studios rehearsing for the first episode. We caught up with him right after it was over and he said, “We just finished the rehearsal. I’m really impressed by the ability of my team to pull together something this good.”

The New Screen Savers will feature seven different segments:

News – Discuss the top 1-2 tech news stories of the week
Call For Help – Answer questions from the audience over Skype
Long variety segment – Rotating
Short variety segment – Rotating
Call For Help – Answer more quesitons
Hot Button – Discuss a trending topic in the tech world
Mailbag – Calls and emails from the audience

People will be skeptical about whether TWiT can recapture the magic, and whether it’s even a good idea to try. “The idea is not to relive the past, but bring back that name,” Leo said. “That name meant something to people — the idea that they were going to be honored and valued for being tech enthusiasts [and] that show was going to celebrate it in a way that nothing on TV at the time did… Still nothing really does. And I got tired of waiting.”

Leo said he stills regularly meets people who come up to him and say, ‘I’m a geek because of The Screen Savers.’ The TWiT team hopes the second iteration of the show will inspire another generation of geeks.”

On Valentine’s Day, YouTube Turned Ten!

YouTubeWow! It is hard to remember a time before YouTube!

YouTube turns 10 years old

February 14 – NewsFix – “Think back 10 years. Can you remember what life was like before Youtube? The internet media giant turns ten years-old today.

It was Valentine’s Day, 2005 when the founders of the site registered the domain name ‘you tube.” Since then, Google bought the company for more than $1.5 billion, and Youtube has gone on to revolutionize entertainment as we know it.

The site boasts 1 billion unique users who watch more than 6 billion hours of video each month. Every minute more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to the site. The most watched video of all time is the video for ‘Gangnam Style,’ by Korean pop star Psy. It has more than 2 billion views.”

Exploding Kittens Explodes on Kickstarter!

Now, THIS is Geek Culture at it’s best! They needed $10,000.00 for their new game, so the Internet gives them 5 Million (so far!)

‘Exploding Kittens’ Kickstarter Shatters Backer Records, Now 46000% Funded

Exploding KittensTech Times – By: Steven Schneider – “Kickstarter has proven that anyone with a good idea can get the funding they need for their dream (or potato salad). Yes, there are stories of projects going unfunded due to lack of coverage, but there are far more tales of success than failure.

Of course, there are varying levels of success. Some projects just barely make their funding goal by the time the deadline passes, while others see success within minutes. One such projects is the ‘Exploding Kittens’ Kickstarter: a card game by the creator of ‘The Oatmeal’ webcomic, the project was funded within minutes of going public, and subsequently raised over a million dollars in less than an hour.

Many people would expect such success to slow down a bit once the project was successfully funded – and those people would be wrong. Exploding Kittens now holds the record for most number of backers, and is currently sitting at over $4.6 million dollars raised.

Considering the project was only asking for $10,000 to get going, the fact that Exploding Kittens has raised such a ridiculous amount of cash is amazing. The project hasn’t lost any of its initial momentum, and with three weeks left to go, there’s no telling how much money the project will ultimately raise. If the rate of donations stays the same, the team could raise upwards of $15 million.

Then again, it’s not as if all of that money is profit: most of it will be used to manufacture and distribute the cards themselves, and with nearly 120,000 backers, that’s a lot of cards. On top of that, the cards are expected to be released this summer, so there’s only a few months to put everything together.

Even so, there’s not much you can’t do with $4.6 million dollars, so getting everything together by June shouldn’t be much of an issue.

For all of the details on the project, check out the official Kickstarter page.”

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