Weekend Poll: Did You Buy Halo: Reach?

In one day it generated $200 million dollars on September 14th; the launch day. It’s the highest grossing entertainment record in one day worldwide. And it is awesome. Although, mind you, I don’t own the new Xbox 360 S (or an Xbox at all), but I am springing for one soon enough, and Halo: Reach will be my first pick.

So while you all are having cocktails, reading books, or chatting with friends this weekend, did you buy Halo: Reach?

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Hands-On: Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Is it safe to say I like the new Internet Explorer, even a little? Besides a new UI, simpler settings, and improved performance, this is the same IE everybody loves (or was it hated?) except with an Acid3 test score of 95/100. Either way, it’s sitting right next to the Chrome icon on my laptop. That takes a lot for something to make it next to my Chrome shortcut, let me tell you!

Back on topic, here’s some screenshots of the new browser, and here’s where you can get the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta at beautyoftheweb.com.

Internet Explorer 9 Gallery

Psst! Stalk Us Anywhere You Like! Even Like This…

Hey, over here! Yeah, you! If you’re reading this from your cubicle (or whatever), then read this. If you like tech news, reviews of fancy new gadgets, stuff like that, then this site is perfect! Sure, this place may not be WSJ or Wired, but hey, you’d be supporting the new underdog who’s appeared on the front page of Techmeme a few times (and doesn’t post 60 different articles in 5 minutes. More like 20 different articles in 4 days).

And one more thing! This site is written by a 13-year-old. Pretty hard to believe, huh? I’m pretty surprised myself.

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Steve Jobs Vs. Student: This Gets Ugly, Real Fast

Believe me or not, but Steve Jobs is at it again with those email exchanges. Apple has previously denounced any involvement by Steve Jobs speaking to people via email, but hey, some guys who are masters at reading the locations of where emails are sent say this is the real deal. Anyways, on with the story:

Long Island University senior Chelsea Kate Isaacs emailed Jobs on Thursday complaining that Apple’s PR department wasn’t replying to any of her e-mails while she was on deadline (tell me about it, I feel her pain):

“Mr. Jobs, I humbly ask why Apple is so wonderfully attentive to the needs of students, whether it be with the latest, greatest invention or the company’s helpful customer service line, and yet, ironically, the Media Relations Department fails to answer any of my questions which are, as I have repeatedly told them, essential to my academic performance.”

She needed this info as she was composing a paper about using the iPad in academic settings. But Jobs had other ideas:

“Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry”

After a bit more jabbing and back and forth, Steve Jobs became tired of this email shootout, and presented his “iDon’tCare” message:

Please leave us alone.

What’d you expect? He his a ninja after all.

On a side note, this entire situation is extremely funny, because if you cover tech (like I do, duh), then you’d know that you’ll be long gone before you get a response from Apple’s PR department. Ah, good times.

Source: ValleyWag

Apple Approves An Authentic Google Voice App (Again)

Last time Apple approved a Google Voice app, they banned it shortly afterwards, spawning an entire investigation by the government against AT&T, Apple, and Google. Now, Apple has approved a $2.99 app called GV Connect, and it has every single feature you could ever want in an official Google Voice app, sans push notifications.

The app should be available on the App Store, about now. And if it’s pulled, tip us at our line, and let the drama commence.

Best Buy CEO: Apple’s iPad Eating Up Laptop Sales (update: it’s a gaffe)

How do you know if the iPad is successful? Do you see if everyone in your neighborhood has one? Refer to press releases like a gadget journalist would?  Be Steve Jobs and see you have extra cash in the iBank?

None of the above actually.

You’ll have to be Best Buy CEO, Brian Dun, and say that the iPad “had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%.” While that is a freakishly insane number, and it very well may be, since iPads are not available at all Best Buys yet, although BBY is planning to offer one of the hottest gadgets of the season on all of its stores on September 26th.

Update: What actually is going on here, as according to BestBuy themselves is that:

“The paraphrase that was used in the WSJ wasn’t really an accurate reflection of what Brian said to the reporter.

What Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn said was that we had no firm numbers, but that we speculated there was some replacement of netbooks by iPads going on. We did not provide specifics because we do not presently have the hard numbers on which to base those specifics.”

Whew. For a minute there I was willing to rename “LaptopMemo” to “iPadMemo”.

Thank goodness that didn’t happen.