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At long last Netflix for iPod and iPhone is here! Even though I do have an iPad I was very excited to finally see Netflix for the iPod touch and iPhone. After having been released today it is already the talk of the web. So why is this update such a big deal? Well for one if you don’t have an iPad you can watch movies or tv shows instantly on your iPod!

Many people don’t have iPad (I know hard to believe right?) but they do have iPhones and maybe even a Netflix account. With Netflix now available on iPhone and iPod it really opens up the mobile capacity for people. Netflix has been around since the early 2000s and has quickly grown large in many ways. In recent years they have introduced instant play, an on demand ability to watch movies and tv shows right on your computer.

Now the instant play ability has grown tremendously. Not only can you watch movies on your iPad (and now iPod and iPhone as well) but devices such as the Roku box and gaming systems like the Wii and xbox 360 also have Netflix compatible capabilities. Instant play has revolutionized the way we watch movies. But what does this all mean for traditional stores like Blockbuster?

Well it could mean they are on their way out. One of the biggest hassles of renting a movie is having to, not only making sure you have it back on time, but also making sure nothing happens to the DVD itself so YOU don’t have to replace it. With instant play movies both issues are eliminated. Not only do you not have a physical DVD to keep track of, you don’t have to worry about retiring anything.

Now with instant play being on so many devices and becoming more and more portable we may see movie rental stores phase out. While right now there are some movies and tv shows that cannot be accessed on instant play alone, in time I believe it will. Another reason I think that more movies will become instant play is because it will dramatically cut down on pirated movies. Some people rent DVDs only to burn them and resell them on a DVD black market of sorts. Sure instant play won’t discourage pirates for long but it could give a fighting chance. Instant play can be watched almost anytime anywhere meaning soon even new movies will become available online until we see the eventual disbandment of brick and mortar rental stores.

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Hot topic of the day (and I do mean HOT) is the story of an iPod overheating in Tokyo causing a passenger train to stop dead in it’s tracks, no pun intended, and during rush hour no less! The ordeal occurred on Friday after the crew began smelling something burning. Not long after they began their search for the source a woman presented them with her iPod ( the model of which has not been revealed) which had inexplicably burnt up and fallen apart. All of this couldn’t have come on at a more inopportune time. Apple Japan has been experiencing issues of late with iPods overheating.

Does all of this mean that the joyous Apple we knew where everything just worked is gone? Highly doubtful. Throughout history any manufacturer of electronics has had their ups and downs. I mean come on I am sure we all remember Windows Me right? Arguably one of the worst OS’ ever. But all in all before and after that, Microsoft has had decent systems.

So why is it such a big deal that Apple has had a few missteps lately? Well think of it this way. Apple has been thrust into the light ever since the release of the iPod. They have become as big, if not bigger, than Microsoft in some ways. Which is exactly why anytime they make a mistake people notice it. And as all things you have people who love em’ and people who hate em’.

When you combine the fact that Apple has quickly become one of the largest distributors of computers and technology in a very short time. Along with the die-hard windows fans just waiting for them to fall then you are bound to have a clash of the titans. Though it is solely Apples, or any technology development company, responsibility to make sure that they put the best product they can I have no doubt this whole thing will be resolved in a timely manner.

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If you are into any type of Apple following (or stalking as is  my case) you try to be as up-to-date as possible on all things Apple! Word on the web is that Apple is discussing making a newer and smaller iPad. At roughly 9.50 x 7.40 inches the iPad is already a very portable and easily transported device. We’ve all seen it before, the rumors start in the chat rooms and forums “OH Apple is coming out with this AMAZING new product!” To which Apple replies “NAHHH all those stories are strictly fabrications!”

Then three months later BANG! You have yourself the elusive iPhone or iPad or anything Apple has ever created really. But would it really make much sense to make the iPad smaller? A few years back Apple created the iPod and the biggest complaint among users was that it was too bulky. Which in all honesty it was, I mean come on, the sucker was literally a portable external hard-drive! But like all new gadgets it went through its infant stages of being big and bulky (I like to call it technologic baby fat.)

To the sleek iPod touch we have today (Which I ALSO have a name for called Techno Puberty. Gone is the chub, hello curves!) After the creation of the iPod classic we have had several incarnations of the iPod all of which have been either smaller, thinner, or both and all leading up to the iPod touch. So back to my point here. I completely understand apple wanting to improve on the iPad.

Personally I would love to see them add the FaceTime ability on the iPad especially to the 3G versions which would be virtually like a video phone (even thought the iPhone 4 already IS that I don’t currently HAVE an iPhone 4 so I am out haha!) Apple may very well decide to include more features in the next-gen iPad, which we all know there will be a next-gen because any true Apple fan knows that if you don’t like what Apple has come out with wait 6 months and they will improve on it. HOWEVER, I don’t think that making it smaller is really a good idea. Most people love the iPad because it is so large and easy to manipulate. I have my iPod which is great to throw in my pocket but my iPad is great for those times when I don’t feel like sitting with my laptop or watching a movie on a small screen.

If they did go smaller I would say no more than one to two inches all the way around. Of course it would be very interesting to see if they can in fact make something as powerful as an iPad as small as an iPod and perhaps that is their goal!

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