Call it the ultimate form of crowdsourcing: Iceland has drafted a new constitution with the help of the nation’s citizens, who participated through various social networks. It’s difficult to imagine this working in a larger nation like the United States (Iceland is small enough for everyone to be on the same page when it comes to basic rights), but if you want an example of true democracy in the digital age, this is it.
So the day has finally arrived: the iPad Mini should be announced tomorrow. We’ll keep you abreast of what’s going on, when it will be released and how much it will cost…unless the iPad Mini is the greatest prank ever pulled and in that case: well done, Apple.
Rest in peace, Kindle Touch. You were one of the great eReaders, but your greatness has been surpassed by the universally beloved Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon has discontinued the $99 Touch, leaving the $119 Paperwhite the first option for anyone wanting an eReader from the King of eReaders. However, the device is currently experiencing lengthy shipping delays, which could be a problem in the weeks ahead, especially with so much tablet competition on the horizon.
An update from the trenches of the Samsung/Apple conflict: Samsung has failed to block the sale of the iPhone in Japan. Carry on.
After years of hanging around in the background, Bill Gates stepped out of the shadows and put his incredible acts of humanitarianism on hold to inform the world that “Windows 8 is key to where personal computing is going.” Gates may not be the innovator he was back in the day (and he’s never had that cool edge that made Steve Jobs such an icon to the geeks and the cool kids alike), but when he speaks, we should listen. And probably give Windows 8 a chance.