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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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With all the new gizmos and gadgets that hit the market every year it makes you wonder. Are conventional computers on their way out? Years ago I remember computers that were so heavy you needed three strongmen and a crane just to move them an inch. The along came the laptop. Sure it was still bulky but was a whole lot more portable.

Then everything got smaller, laptops, computers, you name it. But now we live in an age where there are phones that are almost just as powerful as some computers. We surf the Internet,send emails, write documents. All on devices that fit in our pockets. Does all this portable power mean that conventional computers as we know them are on their way out?

Well that is a question only time can really answer. With tablet devices like the iPad paving the way for a new generation of computers we may soon see desktops and laptops alike become obsolete. Now of course this won’t be a one day you wake up and boom you have an dinosaur sitting in your home kind of thing (though that does seem to be how technology works doesn’t it?)
But gradually we may see “normal” computers be transitioned into sleeker and more efficient designs.

But even if desktops DO become obsolete large screen computers will not. No one is going to want to do all of their work on a tiny little phone. But inside of a few years would might see walls that house computer displays (like a giant screen tv) or projectors that can create a fully interactive UI anywhere on the home or office. Either way you put it conventional computers will be on their way out and a new age of computer usage is on it’s way.

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If you are into any type of Apple following (or stalking as isĀ  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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