From the Editors
One thing we know for sure about the forthcoming iPad 3 is the 3. Scratch that - it could be the 2S. Everything is up for speculation in advance of Apple's planned March 7 announcement of its newest paddy tablet. MacRumors reported that British bookie joint SkyBet was taking action on what the specs might be. "Will the iPad 3 launch with a Samsung-made AMOLED screen? Yes: 8/1 No: 1/25." "Sadly, this isn't a joke," said 9 to 5 Mac. Then the sadness ended, with a SkyBet statement: "We suspended betting last night after an immediate run of money on many of the markets...we took a flood of money including a string of very chunky, three-figure bets. If the money is correct, then the new hardware will definitely not have a new carbon fibre casing, will not be called the iPad 2S and will have 128GB of storage!" TechCrunch rounds up and evaluates all the rumors (superfast LTE communications? an iPad Mini?). All Things D offers a comic parody with believe-it-or-not factoids. Gamezebo throws in another twist: "The thing I'm most curious about? Whether or not Apple will surprise us with an iPhone 5 announcement as well. " The actual announcement is in just a few days, so hang in there.
Microsoft released a "Consumer Preview" version of Windows 8 this week. According to the official Window Steam blog - no, wait, The Official Widows Team blog - "the whole experience of Windows has been reimagined." Oh, great, we just love to relearn how to use our PC every couple of years. "Windows 8 is a merging of old with new," says TechCrunch. "A Metro UI offers up live tiles much like Windows Phone, but there are still some apps that require the old-school XP interface, sending you directly into the past when you least expect it." Sort of like in Quantum Leap! Engadget concurs that the merger of the old desktop with the modern tablet/phone-style interface is awkward, reminiscent of the days when DOS and Windows shared a ride: "in many ways it feels like 1985 all over again - like there are two separate systems here struggling to co-exist." The Verge says: "a lot of people seem to be upset that Microsoft completely got rid of the start menu/button....I don't think its worth getting yourself into a rage over. If you're a power user who absolutely CANNOT change your usage patterns, then no one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to upgrade your machine." Well, not yet.
Last and certainly least: the Angelina Jolie leg thing. It's hard to believe that in 2012 anyone gives a hoot when an actress shows some leg, but the time-wasting idiocy is the lifeblood on the Web, so here we go. Explains Neatorama: "Going into the weekend, many tried to guess what the big [Oscars] story would be. Sasha Baron Cohen's costume? The best and worst gowns? No, they were all upstaged. Angelina Jolie's right leg was the star of Oscar night. It so overwhelmed everything else that Jim Rash was inspired to strike the same pose when he accepted his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for co-writing The Descendants." Striking the pose is now called Jolie-ing (a la Tebow-ing). By contrast, "legbombing" is the aftermarket practice of just legging up existing photos. Says Buzzfeed atop its gallery: "Angelina Jolie's leg was the only exciting thing that happened at the Oscars. Use our photo editor tool at the bottom of the page to put it in every photo." Mental Floss, which may have begun as a publication for smart people, presents a gallery of leg-enhanced pictures, saying: "It's official! Angelina Jolie's leg has itself a meme complete with more than 30,000 followers, @AngiesRightLeg, and a place for fans to get in on the fun with their own user-submitted pics on angelinajolieing.tumblr.com. But we know how busy you all are, so we've done the curating for you." Lol - "we know how busy you are."