Non-Tech Post: Jones Soda Has Some New Holiday Flavors

This is totally awesome. 12 ounces of Jones Soda in a glass bottle, all in holiday themes all for $7.99. Don’t mind if I do! As according to Jones Soda themselves, this is what the flavors are like:

1) Ginger Bread: made from only the smiley faced heads of 100% organic, free range, gluten free gingerbread people. 2 Sugar Plum: fresh squeezed a la the aforementioned fruit of legend, and plucked from the only known remaining Sugar Plum tree in existence, nestled deep in the Foja Mountains of Indonesia. 3) Candy Cane: a drink so crisp and winter fresh, you’ll have no choice but to exclaim “By the beard of Santa!” in a crowded library, and finally 4) Pear Tree: a nectar so refreshing Zeus himself was known to sip it from his silver goblet, whilst wearing headband antlers.

Damn. Descriptive much?

Minecraft’s Notch Demotes Himself, Promotes Jens As Lead Designer

Minecraft’s Markus Notch Persson has made it clear on his official Tumblr that he will step down as the main designer and leader of Mojang AB. Notch will be transferring the position to Jens Bergensten, the awesome coer for Minecraft and loved among gamers everywhere. As he clearly stated: “He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss,” says Notch. “I’ve promised him to not pull rank. ;)”. With that, congrats to Jens and even Notch, who has sold (with the help of the entire Mojang AB team) almost 5 million copies of Minecraft since the alpha, beta, and full releases.

Via: Notch’s Tumblr

Carrier IQ Fiasco: Apple says they have no traces of it in iOS 5

In the recent fiasco covered by the many tech blogs of the internet, Carrier IQ makes a software that monitors everything on goes on in a smartphone. It’s an invasion of privacy, and even though Carrier IQ stats it’s only performance-related data, there’s no proof to in. So in response, just about every manufacturer of smartphones are responding with the truth — either they use Carrier IQ’s software, or they don’t. Apple has just clarified that they don’t use it in iOS 5 devices. If only the same could be said for a majority of the Android phones in existence. Apple’s full statement is seen below:

We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.

Almost Forgot: iOS 5.1 seeded to developers, new iPad model suggested

So, this is something I almost forgot — iOS 5.1 has been seeded to members of the Apple Developer Program. In this case, they will look for hings to play around with, while creating new apps and making existing ones compatible with the new software. However, one interesting thing pointed out by 9to5mac was a discovery concerning a new iPad model number, hinting at a successor of the much-loved and successful tablet computer.