Don’t Hate Gizmodo Because They Did Their JOB

April 21st, 2010 |

Over the past weekend, blurry photos of an alleged next generation iPhone managed to get into Engadget‘s hands. What started out as a rumor and then thumbed by netizens as being a fake turned out to indeed be the real McCoy. Initially thought to be a Japanese clone, MacRumors has since retracted that story. The tale went like this: an Apple engineer was drinking at a bar in California and left a new iPhone prototype disguised in a case to make it appear to be a 3GS. Some one managed to find the device, waited around the bar, but no one came to claim it. He later discovered that his find was a never before seen iPhone incognito. Guy shops it around and Gizmodo buys it for $5,000. According to Gizmodo, the engineer lost the iPhone LAST month on March 18. Gizmodo managed to acquire it last week.Photo from the Gizmodo scoop

Gizmodo extensively photo/videographed the prototype iPhone and determined that what they purchased was bonafide genuine Cupertino designed hardware. The Gawker Media technology blog (who was silent the entire weekend while Engadget enjoyed their traffic) published their next generation iPhone story on Monday and quickly racked up over three million page views (now at the verge of reaching 7 million).

Netizens continue to nitpick and cry foul at the discovery due to the nature of the iPhone’s design. The lost prototype appears to be a departure from Apple’s “unibody” and “curved” design mantra that they have slowly pushed onto all their hardware lines, including their recently released iPad.

Brian Lam, editorial head at Gizmodo, received a few calls from Apple requesting the phone back. He fired back with the request that Apple officially acknowledge that their find is a real Apple device. Apple issued a letter to Gizmodo late Monday night and Brian happily said that Jason Chen, editor in chief at Gizmodo who was in possession of the prototype, would be more than willing to send it back to Apple.

That’s not all. On Monday evening, while the tech blogosphere was going nutso (this story was even on Tuesday’s The View of all places to talk tech!), Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz posted a story insisting they were on the cusp of discovering who was the poor Apple engineer who lost the super secret device. They discovered that it was a person named Gray Powell. They promptly plastered screenshots of his Facebook profile picture and Flickr accounts for the world to see.

Netizens quickly gripe again and call Gizmodo a douchebag for exposing the Apple employee, claiming that he will never get a job again anywhere and that he is scarred for life. Web commentators continue to slam Gizmodo for their shoddy “investigative reporting” by buying the prototype and then proceeding with unnecessary trouncing on Powell.

To add more damage points, Brian Lam then posts a snarky “apology” wishing Powell good luck and stating that tomorrow is another day. (The apology has since been retracted).

Now that you’re all caught up on the story, I’d like to say something to all the netizens that are complaining about Gizmodo’s journalism ethics:

Two words. TOO BAD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raymond Wong

Gray Pride! Gray Powell Lost an iPhone Prototype and Found New Friends!

April 20th, 2010 |

Does it really suck to be Gray Powell right now? C’mon! This might be the best/worst day of his life! In the last second there were 65 more tweets about Gray Powell. The world is on your side, Gray POWER! Nonstop supportive tweets to comfort him for his common human blunder. Gizmodo contributor, Jesus Diaz, is the one in the Twitter shitter for ratting out beloved Gray Powell. While everyone else keeps the live feed going on this epic leak of, ummmmm, a fucking phone, I am wondering what Gray Powell is doing… right this second!

1. Browsing the gun selection at Walmart
2. Eating a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and watching Dancing With The Stars
3. Getting a tattoo, shaving his head and bashing out car windows with an umbrella
4. Drinking free pints of Hofbrau at the Gourmet Haus Stadt while high-fiving douche bags
5. Getting a BIG blow job from Steve Jobs. That’s totally not PC.

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Rocky Mills

Are You A Total Ass Swype? Samsung Is First to Feature “Swype,” Super Fast Texting…(Shrug)

April 8th, 2010 |

Samsung might have a smart new phone, but they somehow forgot that most people would be drooling over iPads right now. This doesn’t necessarily help their “record breaking” ad campaign for the new Omnia II, but even if this phone dispensed cash, it just can’t compete with Big Mac…intosh.

Judging from the commercial, this new feature may require some graceful and concise fingering…(clearing throat sound). Grazing the touch screen from letter to letter to create words. No more typing. For me this just means more time erasing. The feature tries to make sense and connect the letters you “swype.” It kinda reminds me of that old T9 crap- always assuming some G-Rated word you had no intention of using. Strangely enough, I know people that – by some miracle – found this process useful. And in its infancy, it’s hard to say if the swyping feature will become popular – or prove to be efficient for speedy texting.

Does the world really need faster texting? Maybe we do. Maybe if we could get a text banged out quicker we would stop fiddling with our phones and get back to socializing with the person next to us.

It’s time to admit we have a problem. We religiously text rather than talk; I even used to have a voicemail that said, “hang up and send a text.”  As my professional role as Whiney Hypocrite requires, I must express my total annoyance when I am in the company of someone who seems to be half-listening as they read and write texts, interrupting as I endlessly vent my latest grievances.  And I feel shameful for my own incessant texting… okay maybe not.

The evolution of connecting via text and its presence in social situations actually is a total disconnect within our actual physical environment. At some point, we are going to celebrate the days when we forgot our phone at home.

For now though, I predict that the Samsung Omnia II will just be another recycled piece of plastic and will be outdated before all the phones have shipped out from the manufacturing warehouse. Oh, Apple, how you have seduced us all. It seems like everyone I know is sporting the iPhone, just rubbing it in my face! If you don’t have an iPhone, you probably have a Blackberry. But if you’re me, you have this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Rocky Mills