The Internet Needs More Pixels

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apple-logo.pngIt may be agonizing to watch the agonizing trickle of Retina-enabled iPad apps, but I think the real slow burner are websites. Apple already already updated their web assets for the new iPad, but what about the rest of the internet? Some sites are fine as they are, but many are woefully low resolution. The low resolution

So when will web masters go out of their way to use 3.2 Megapixel assets for their sites? Will they even bother? After all, it’s just version of the iPad which will truly benefit from these assets. 3 million of these Retina tablets may have been sold, but that’s a drop in the ocean by comparison.

Hopefully, the new iPad is just the beginning of high dpi devices. If the rumors are true, the new Macbooks will also feature Retina displays which will hopefully drive adoption of these dpi displays even higher.

High DPI screens aren’t a new thing — many laptops in the past have offered them as options — but the world needs Apple and its massive influence to initiate this shift from optional to standard.

Google Chrome OS Announced

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google-logoIt’s just their vision and it won’t be coming out until the second half of 2010, but I already know I will not be using it on this particular netbook.

None of us should be surprised that Google would develop an OS. They’ve been beating around the bush with their other services and applications for years. With Google Chrome OS, they’re looking to have an operating system that will support all their web applications and more.

And that’s what Google Chrome OS will be. An operating system built to run web applications — it will literally be used to only run Google Chrome. The “web” will be the platform “language” which means all existing web applications will work.

Google Chrome OS will be powered by Linux. That’s right, another distribution for netbooks. I’m a fan of choice, but how many distributions do we need? Intel already has Moblin and Dell has already chosen Ubuntu as their distribution of choice for netbooks. Do we really need or want Google Chrome OS?

I’m saying “No. We don’t.” for now, but who knows where they’ll take Google Chrome OS. I like being able to play Plants vs Zombies on my Dell Mini 9 and do the other myriad of tasks a full fledge operating can do without being connected to the internet.

PlayStation Trophy Web Support Tomorrow

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Have you ever wanted to check your Trophies on the web? No? Well, starting tomorrow you can via PlayStation.com. For the curious, you can take a look at the following video.

Neat isn’t? Well okay it isn’t anything too special. There doesn’t seem to be a way to compare Trophies online or any way to link it to a “profile card” like with Xbox Achievements. Oh well, that’s Sony for you; taking baby steps.
Now, let’s hope it doesn’t take its precious time to sync and load in the real world.

Quake Live Beta Impressions

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Quake Live is essentially a revised version of Quake III built for the web browser. The idea behind this free to play first person shooter is to provide a quick to pick up and play game which gamers could access via a web browser. I signed up for the beta a few months ago and was recently accepted. While it sounds great on paper, there are some caveats worth noting.

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