Apple’s Great Designer, Johnathan Ive, Is Now A Knight Per The United Kingdom

It’s no longer Johnny Ive (or Jonathan Ive), but Sir Jonathan Ive. You see, every fan of great consumer device design knows that Mr. Ive has had some of the greatest industrial designs for computing devices the world has ever seen.  As such, he has been accepted for knighthood in the United Kingdom, reports the BBC. And as such, Jonathan Ive’s official title is Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE). Congratulations, sir. Via: 9to5Mac

Verizon drops $2 convenience fee, customers rejoice silently

It marks a win for Verizon’s customers: their $2 “convenience fee”, (which isn’t entirely convenient if people don’t like it) has been dropped, not only due to customer feedback, but like an angry German Shepherd dog, the FCC has begun growling in a most familiar manner. An FCC official states that, “on behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter.” If the new policy is allowed to go live on January 15th, then customers will have to pay this additional fee to pay their bill over the phone or online. How inconvenient!

But since according to VZW’s press release, seen after the break, it’s been scrapped. So that’s good.

Leaked Windows Phone Roadmap Gives Insight On Tango And Apollo After Mango

There is not much else to speak about this leaked roadmap: Tango is the version that comes after Windows Phone “Mango”, the current version that adds multitasking, speeds, and many improved features. What will be featured in Tango is the ability for cheap Windows Phone devices that can take over the lower sections of the market. However, the real excitement comes from Windows Phone Apollo, which if WP is successful enough, will launch at the end of 2012, and will add high-end smartphones (dual-core technology, HD screens, etc.) and a focus on business, bringing Microsoft back into the spot that RIM has a hold of with its Bold series — enterprise users. If any of this should happen, Microsoft would have a much better bet on taking over a chunk of smartphones sales from Android and Apple’s iOS — perhaps. Via: WMPowerUser

Android Saw 3.7 Million Jolly Activations Over The Christmas Period

It may not be earth-shattering numbers, but Andy Rubin and the rest of the Android team members must be happy to hear that 3.7 million new activations occurred during the Christmas period this year (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). This comes as very jolly news, as Android currently sees at least 700,000 new activations on a daily basis.

On the flipside, analytic firm Flurry published some more stats:  6.8 million new iOS and Android devices went live on Sunday (Christmas Day). App downloads also exceeded any previously known levels for the year, jumping to 242 million on the 25th. Good times. Via: Andy Rubin (Twitter), Flurry

Introducing Rage Faces For Facebook Chat — A Trollface Keeps The Doc Away

I don’t know who in their right mind would do something, so, so, so — awesomesauce. You see, it has been the dream of a fantastic troll, such as myself, to be able to express my feelings via a “trollface” or a “MeGusta” face. Thanks to some first-class geeks , my dream is now a reality. The applications of these codes are ingenious — in fact if you possessed the right username and codes, you could shrink just about any image (including your profile pic) and throw them into the Facebook Chat box. The codes for the faces are as follows:

Poker face [[129627277060203]] Forever Alone [[227644903931785]] OK guy [[100002752520227]] Me Gusta [[164413893600463]] Lol guy [[189637151067601]] F**k Yeah [[105387672833401]] Problem? [[171108522930776]] [[218595638164996]] [[100002727365206]]

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

ViaReddit [upvote Sky_Prodigy]

Brevity Review: Gunnar Optiks Edge Onyx

This is the same awesome lens technology used in the Anime Onyx glasses I reviewed a few months ago. The only difference? The lens and frame design. This may be the shortest review I’ve ever written. The idea here is that the Edge Onyx just looks more sporty than the classical and professional  Anime Onyx. So the review score is the same: buy it, it just depends on your style. And since I’ve started wearing prescriptions with the same tech in them, I don’t need any more Gunnars on my desk.

Available For Purchase At Thinkgeeek.