The big-budget movie adaptation of
The Hobbit is a long way from coming out. For a while, it has seemed like it was a long way from starting production. Not surprising, however, when you consider the director has changed, the owner of the rights (MGM) is in bankruptcy and there is still no Bilbo Baggins. There may be some good news leading to production gearing up in the next few months.
The biggest problem is a lack of funding from a production company that has gotten so invaluable that Disney renamed one of their parks - Metro Goldwin Meyer, better known as MGM. Spyglass has been trying to figure out how to keep MGM afloat long enough to finish the movies and, according to
TheOneRing, there might be a solution:
According to our spy, if things go well with MGM and Spyglass in the next few weeks, ‘The Hobbit’ will head to production in January, pending negotiations with Freeman and filming could tie up actors for a year. (January happens to be an excellent weather month to shoot at the Hobbiton set.)
For more on the production, follow the break.
Let me clarify by saying the actual model is probably not called DSi but I mean look at it... two identical touch screens, one on top and the other on the bottom. Enough said. There isn't much technical data at the moment but we do know the dual touch screen laptop is sporting a 15" display and the Intel Core i5 CPU which clocks in at 2.67GHz. The screens are swappable should you feel the need to shake things up but our first glimpse at this possibly awesome laptop leaves up with more questions than answers. According to the source it is still slow and buggy but will make it to market in fall 2011 if development continues smoothly.
I'm hesitant to say that I'm looking at the future of laptops here simply because laptops in general have fallen behind the curve over the past 7 years and they really need to catch up. For example, with anything but a netbook battery life is just plain sad even with high capacity batteries. No laptop can handle more than 8GB of RAM or support more than one monitor(or at least do it well). Hard drives, especially 5400rpm drives, bottle neck the entire system and last but not least where is USB 3.0? I don't want to sound too upset and dual screens do offer a possible and convenient solution to lack of screen area and multi-monitor support which would be a step in the right direction, but what do you think?
We're getting word from several top industry sources claiming that our beloved WinPho 7 operating system should be reaching the market on October 11th, using New York City as its launching stage. It appears that the OS will launch that day, with handsets coming out later in the month.
Until now, all we've known is that Asus, Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung were all on-board to help the cause, but we had little on what handsets were to have WinPho 7 on it, other than seeing some pictures of a Samsung and HTC devices in the wild.
Microsoft has gone on record this week to say, "We do not comment on rumor or speculation," but that was not before the company decided to celebrate Windows Phone 7 going to RTM (Released To Manufacturing), which means the system is ready to go onto handsets! They capped off the celebration by doing a "Thriller" dance in what appears to be one of their sidestreets. Camera crews were on the scene, and we have the video after the break. Another way to market WinPho 7 by going viral (and crazy)? Microsoft said they'd try anything to get the word out.
This is exactly why you don't start pushing your competitors: eventually, they will push back! Acer founder Stan Shih called Apple's products a "mutant virus" this week and all the Mac users are up in arms about it. They seemed to have forgotten that when Jobs went to defend the iPhone 4's antenna problems, he did the same thing. Gasp!
What in the world is going on here? Follow the break.
Last week, I briefly mentioned that Mark Hurd
may be going to Oracle after the HP debauchery. Well, it looks as though this speculation has actually turned out to be true. In an announcement that boosted their stock up by over seven percent, Oracle said they will look to pay Hurd, their new co-president, an annual salary of $950,000, and that he could receive a bonus of up to $10 million.
The SEC-filed offer letter was sent in after Oracle talked earlier in the week about hiring Hurd in the first place, just over a month after he was booted out of HP as their CEO.
For more on this, follow the break.
It would appear that Verizon's love affair with Microsoft is not as dead as it appeared. Despite not currently offering any active WinMo handsets (only old-stock), Verizon is still very willing to work with their partner. In this example, we see a collection of Verizon Wireless Android handsets coming with Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. The story doesn't end there, however, as on some handsets it is impossible to change it back.
Let's take the Samsung Fascinate as our working example. It is the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S phone (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G) which is the most impressive series of Android handsets I have had the opportunity to use yet. The Fascinate, however, has a few alterations that make it a lot less impressive than the rest.
To read what Verizon has done to the Fascinate, hit the break.