Happy New Year from The Verge!


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Hello people of Earth. We just wanted to take a moment and wish you a happy new year as we all collectively glide down into 2012. We would like to let you know that we feel like the luckiest group of writers and editors in the history of the universe, and that’s because of our amazing, astounding, and spectacular readership. We’ve had an incredible time launching this site and seeing it grow by leaps and bounds over its first two months — and we’re planning on continuing the breakneck pace into the new year. We have some really terrific content in the pipeline, as well as significant updates to the platform planned, and we’re looking forward to springing it on you when you least expect it.

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Jailbroken Apple TV can now run full-screen iPad apps


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Yesterday, we heard that iOS hackers brought iOS apps to a jailbroken Apple TV, and now one of those hackers is posting a variety of photos on his Twitter feed of iPad apps running fullscreen at 720p, rather than in the small iPhone-oriented windows they were running in last night. It looks like these apps can be zoomed in to take up the full TV screen or zoomed out for window management and switching between apps. So far, hacker Steve Troughton-Smith has posted photos of iPad apps Grace, YouTube, and Facetime running; he also mentioned Facebook was up and running as well.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any instructions on how to get iOS apps running on a jailbroken Apple TV available yet. It’s probably just as well, as it looks like there…

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Comicraft’s Annual Font Sale


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ComicraftDo you like fonts? Do you blog, letter, create crazy posters and signs? Are you tired of Comic Sans?

Richard Starkings is one of the industry premier letterers.

His company, Comicraft, is having its annual New Year’s sale and you can’t find a better art-related sale anywhere. Forget Black Friday, Boxing Day, Cyber Monday and all those others. Font Day is the creator’s choice.

Each of Comicraft fonts are on sale for a mere $20.12. Even the ones that cost $395, and even the ones that cost $19.00.

The sale begins at midnight, December 31 and ends at midnight January 1. If you miss it, you have to wait another year for the next one.

[Artwork: Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way, taken from My Comic Shop]


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Comicraft’s Annual Font Sale originally appeared on Comix 411 on Sat, December 31, 2011 – 7:13:52


Comic Book Jobs: Viz Media Interns!


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One Piece 60Do you love the manga? I know, who doesn’t right?

If you’d like to work for the well-established gang at Viz (the Naruto people), there still appear to be openings in their 2012 intern program, for those of you in the San Francisco area.

They have opportunities in many departments: Animation Production, Design, Editorial, Information Technology, Magazines, Marketing, Online and Publishing Licensing.

Some of the positions require interns to be “able to speak, read and write in English and Japanese.”

And all applicants should be aware that they “may be subjected to work-related content such as: sexually explicit images, nudity, and graphic violence. Applicants should be willing to work with this type of content. VIZ Media does not condone the viewing of this content where not work-related.”


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Comic Book Jobs: Viz Media Interns! originally appeared on Comix 411 on Sat, December 31, 2011 – 7:08:33


Danny Fingeroth in Seattle


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Stan Lee UniverseWriter and editor Danny Fingeroth will be appearing at Comics Dungeon in Seattle, WA on January 5th.

Here are the Facts on Fingeroth: “Danny is well known for his extensive editorial runs at Marvel Comics, overseeing titles such as Spider-Man, Marvel Team-Up, and more.

“His writing credits include Darkhawk, Dazzler, The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man, and numerous issues of The Avengers, Iron Man, Daredevil, and more!

“Fingeroth is also the creator of Write Now! Magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing and is also well known for his books Superman On The Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Society as well as Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero.”


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Danny Fingeroth in Seattle originally appeared on Comix 411 on Sat, December 31, 2011 – 7:06:24


The Vergecast returns, Monday, January 2nd


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Hey, we know what you’re thinking: what’s up with the Vergecasters? Are they okay? Did they eat too much over the holidays and die?

Don’t worry. We’re fine. We just have to hang with our families and celebrate the New Year, and drink some champagne, and spraypaint graffito all over Manhattan, and ride our new scooters, and watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol four times in one day, and stay up all night during that awesome Twilight Zone marathon on New Year’s Day on the SyFy channel. We mean Sci-Fi. Oh you know what we mean.

But soon that will all be done, and we’re planning on bringing you an exciting new Vergecast, complete with our predictions for CES 2012 — which begins in a matter of days (don’t worry, we’ll be there in our…

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Good Deal: AT&T 16GB iPhone 4S for $149.99 at Radio Shack today only


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Good Deal iPhone 4S

If you’re in the market for a discounted iPhone 4S on AT&T here’s your chance to get one. But you have move fast. Today only, Radio Shack is offering the 16GB iPhone 4S (in black and white) for $149.99 when you sign a new contract. Sadly though, Verizon and Sprint customers are left out of this deal, as are 32GB and 64GB models on AT&T.

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Top 10 Gear Live Videos of 2011


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2011 will come to an end in just a few short hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of gear that made the list, but the HTC Thunderbolt gets two of the top spots, as does the Motorola Xoom.

Oh, and if you wanna be sure to get our new video episodes as they come out in 2010, be sure to subscribe to us in iTunes, on YouTube, or in your RSS reader!

Also, you can check out the top ten videos from 20102009, 2008, and 2007 – and when you're done, be sure to check out the top 10 most popular Gear Live stories of 2011 as well!


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Top 10 Gear Live Videos of 2011 originally appeared on Gear Live on Sat, December 31, 2011 – 3:44:09


Top 10 most read Gear Live stories of 2011


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Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most popular stories of 2011, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! For example, you guys seem to really like Monster's Beats by Dr. Dre audio line. Here we go:

  1. ColorWare now offering custom-painted Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones
  2. Limited Edition white Beats by Dr. Dre headphones hands-on: You can't deny that Monster has a hit on their hands with the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones.
  3. SLEEPTRACKER Watch review: This one focuses on a watch that tracks your sleep data and aims to wake you up when you are in your lightest phase of sleep. The result is that you wake up feeling more rested, and more refreshed.
  4. Exclusive: Pink Beats by Dr. Dre Charles Hamilton customs
  5. iOS 5 review
  6. Yes, Steve Jobs is back at Apple Campus
  7. iPhone 3G vs iPod touch 2G in pictures: Odd that an image gallery featuring the iPhone and iPod touch from two years ago made our top ten list, but there it is!
  8. Modify your Xbox without a mod chip: This one comes as no surprise–there are a lot of modders out there.
  9. White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison
  10. Exclusive: Red Beats by Dr. Dre LeBron James customs

Any surprises? We've also compiled a list of the stories that have dropped out of the top ten between 2010 and 2011, which you can check out after the jump, and don't miss the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2011 either!


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Top 10 most read Gear Live stories of 2011 originally appeared on Gear Live on Sat, December 31, 2011 – 3:30:36


Top 10 Gear Live stories of 2011


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We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2011, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2011!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

Giveaway: Apple iPad 2 32 GB!:
The iPad 2 certainly got a lot of attention this year, and our iPad 2 giveaway served as our most popular post out of them all for 2011.


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Where to watch the Rose Parade & Occupy protests online


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Just like the party on Times Square, the Rose Parade is an essential part of how we celebrate the beginning of a new year. The Tournament of Roses Parade, which is how it’s officially called, has been happening in early January for more than 120 years. Each year, dozens of floats built entirely out of flowers and other organic material parade down Colorado Avenue in Pasadena, California.

This year, things are going to be a little different though: Not only is the parade happening on January 2nd instead of New Year’s day due to parade rules that don’t allow it to happen on a Sunday; Occupy protesters are planing to use the parade to broadcast their demands to a world-wide audience. There are plans for a human float that will follow the official parade, and protesters will also position themselves along the parade route.

Both the official parade and the surrounding protests will be streamed live online:

And in case you’re wondering who Spencer Mills is – we interviewed him a few months ago:

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Differentiate Between Goals and Resolutions to Aid in Personal Achievement [New Year’s Resolutions]


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Many popular new year resolutions such as “lose 25 lbs” or “run a marathon” are actually goals, not resolutions. If there is a specific achievement it’s a goal, but permanent changes to your life are resolutions since you keep doing them every day and not just until a specific achievement is reached. More »







A 2011 Retrospective On The AVC Community


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This isn’t really my blog anymore. I still get to decide what the topic of the day is. But the conversation here at AVC is what makes this place special. So, here are the highlights of 2011 (based on disqus and google analytics from Jan 1 to Dec 31):

– Most liked comment: Seth Godin calling bullshit on my marketing post with the line that “marketing /= advertising”. That was liked 208 times, 2.5x the second most liked comment this past year.

– Most repied to comment: Andy Swan asking the OWS crowd “What is the negative effect on you when another man earns much more money than you do?  Why do you care?  Why do you not applaud his success?” Andy is the Howard Roark of this community and thank god we have one.

– Most active thread: No surprise there. Occupying My Mind with 990 comments. I’m tempted to re-open the comment thread and post 1o more comments.

– Most liked community member: No surprise there either. Our very own robot dinosaur. Don’t ever change grimster.

– Most popular community other than AVC: Mark Suster’s blog followed by Gotham Gal’s blog.

It was a great year here at AVC. 4.2mm visits, 58,000 comments, and untold insights, friendships, and chuckles.

Happy New Year Everyone!


Did New Year’s Eve Well-Wishers Crash Twitter? [UPDATED]


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There were reports of widespread outages of Twitter’s main Web site Saturday, with speculation centering on the problems stemming from a flood of New Year’s greetings.

We asked Twitter for comment and will update as soon as we hear back. “Our engineers have identified the issue and Twitter is now almost fully recovered,” Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner said in an email at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

By 2:50 p.m. ET, MSNBC was reporting that the site was “slowly coming back online” and there seemed to be few problems with accessing the site and posting messages by 4:15 p.m. ET. The only official indication from Twitter that something was amiss came Saturday morning, when the company posted “Users may currently be experiencing some site issues; our engineers are working on resolving this issue” on its status microblog.

If the site goes down again — particularly as you hope to send out your New Year’s tweets as the calendar turns in your part of the world — try using an app or the mobile site. Some users reported success posting messages using clients like HootSuite, TweetCaster and Twitter’s own TweetDeck during the earlier outage.

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Ron Paul blasts SOPA on the 2012 presidential campaign trail


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It looks like SOPA has finally made it to the big time. Ron Paul — one of the many Republican contenders in the 2012 presidential election — blasted the proposed legislation during a talk on the campaign trail. It’s not clear if he fully understands the details of the bill based on his comments that it will “take over the internet” and “monitor everything we do,” but it’s more than clear that he opposes restrictive online legislation, and that’s a good thing. Check out the video below to see it for yourself, and keep following along with all the SOPA news in our ongoing StoryStream.



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Five tech industry predictions for 2012


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The past year in technology was pretty wild.

The really big Internet IPO returned and the massive venture capital funding bubble inflated, which seems difficult considering that the venture capital industry is far smaller than it was three years ago. But look at some of the crazy valuations on revenue-less photo-sharing startups like Color and Path. And there is clearly another bubble inflating in the cloud computing sector, with every company that uses a distributed architecture now calling itself a “cloud company.” So what does 2012 have in store? Here are my predictions.

1. Social media will lose its sizzle.

It’s already happening in fact, as growth of social media usage has begun to slow for upstarts such as FourSquare and stalwarts such as Facebook alike. Silicon Valley has been obsessed with social media, and investors have funded hundreds of “me too” startups to the tune of billions of dollars. There are social networks for pet owners, all manner of marginal Twitter apps, a ridiculous number of mobile photo-sharing apps, hundreds of apps targeting social media analytics and on and on and on.

Just as location-based applications became a “feature” rather than the “big thing,” social media will live on and become an integral part of what we do. But the party’s over for investors and startups in this space. The big growth is behind us. Revenues from social media have not lived up to the promises, and the vast majority of those thousands of startups are either dying or on the ropes. It’s time to jump on the next bandwagon, folks.

2. The bubble will pop for the current crop of tech IPOs.

LinkedIn and Zynga will probably lose more than half their value. LinkedIn is a great company, but even its current valuation of $6 billion is hard to justify. Zynga’s valuation is based more on hype than business reality. Groupon will probably lose most of its value as well because of the inability of the company to actually make a real operating profit that doesn’t require odd accounting gyrations.

But we’ll see another bubble of inflated IPOs coming in the form of the next generation of social game companies, newfangled B2B technology players (if Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff doesn’t buy them all first), and cloud computing companies. And there is little doubt that Facebook will be the IPO of the year — but likely at a lower valuation than is being speculated.

Main screen of the $35 Aaakash android tablet3. An explosion of the tablet market driven by sub-$100 tablets.

The Kindle Fire made waves with its $199 tablet, but we will probably see a new generation of Android-powered tablets that are priced at $100 or below. Tablet manufacturers don’t have the financial incentive to make these too cheap because profits shrink along with price. Once these devices get in the $100 range, carriers may subsidize them as a way to get customers to buy data plans — just like they have done for years with smartphones. Or tablet manufacturers may offer these devices with internet service bundled for as little as $10-15 per month.

For sophisticated consumers, these cheap tablets will seem rudimentary. But there are many new markets that will embrace these devices. And they enable a quantum leap for education systems, communications and information sharing in the developing world. India’s $35 tablet is already a reality. The current version (pictured), produced by Montreal-based DataWind is underpowered and clunky, but the next versions will be very usable. Imagine the price pressure DataWind will put on the lower end (meaning everyone but Apple) of the U.S. market if it releases the Aakash tablet in the United States.

siri-iphone-4s-ad4. Voice recognition goes mainstream.

Former Apple CEO and chairman Steve Jobs revolutionized user interaction by popularizing the Windows interface and mouse. With SIRI, he did his magic once again. SIRI is light-years better at handling complex requests than anything on a smartphone to date — and is getting better with each software update. Apple will embed this technology in new devices such as the Apple TV, in future versions of iPads and iMacs. It will probably open the interfaces to other applications and set off the voice revolution.

The type of voice command capabilities that we saw on “Star Trek” will start to become the reality.

5. “Cloudburst” shakes the tech industry.

Cloud computing is advancing faster than our ability to secure systems. Companies are rapidly moving their most critical data and information from file cabinets and secured servers to shared servers on the Web. Cloud computing provides significant cost savings and operational advantages. But it also unleashes a Pandora’s box of security concerns.

We’ve already seen cloud break-ins originating from China. And a number of legitimate Internet companies have suffered when the FBI confiscated a shared server in a cloud hosting facility that also hosted rogue applications. One major security breach could throw cold water over the entire industry and slow down the corporate adoption that is expected to drive cloud growth this year and for many years to come.

No doubt the tech world is in for another roller coaster ride—which will be a lot of fun.

Washington Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa is a visiting scholar at the School of Information at UC-Berkeley, director of research for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and senior research associate for the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

Full disclosure: Washington Post Co. Chairman and chief executive Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.

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Steve Jobs action figure: less Silicon Valley, more Uncanny Valley


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We’ve seen a few Steve Jobs dolls in our day, but this one is pretty awesome. And creepy — and we mean damn near Uncanny Valley-creepy. Being sold by an outfit called In Icons “to honor the American icon and great visionary Steve Jobs,” the 1:6 scale “action” figure features the dapper black turtleneck / blue jeans combo we’ve seen at many a keynote. The company wants you to take note of its “piercing eyes of soul” that will “always remind you to stay hungry, stay foolish and to follow your heart in the limited life,” which sounds like a lot to ask of something that will likely collect dust on a shelf somewhere until one of our younger relatives takes it outside to conduct experiments with a Swiss Army Knife and / or some M-80s, but…

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