Motorola Scares the Crap Out of Children, Pets...Meteor Shower Visible in Just a Few Hours...Drawn Models Wearing Novelty Earbuds Look Appropriately Sad...Disney Tries to Curtail Piracy With Universal Download Code...
Motorola sent out a teaser for their upcoming Verizon Android phone, the Droid, and it uses Verizon's new tagline, "In a world of doesn't, Droid does." (For the record, thanks to Verizon for not saying "iDoesn't."). But the mailer also uses this weird scary monster motif, with a glowing red eye from some kind of hell-creature glaring out at you, and saying "the day of Droid is approaching." I've seen Battlestar Galactica, Motorola, and you're scaring the crap out of me. Unfortunately, there's not any new information on the handset to be found, so this scary promotional tool ends up here in Remainders. [BGR]
Did you guys know the Orionid meteor shower is tonight? I bet you did. You're a smart bunch. I bet I don't even have to tell you that the Orionid meteor shower is actually caused by the Earth passing through the tail of Halley's Comet (which flew by a long time ago, and isn't visible). You probably also know that the best time for viewing is between 1AM and dawn tonight (early early Wednesday morning), and that the best possible time is around 6AM EST (3AM PST). Since you knew all that, I guess this whole thing was a waste of time, which is why it's in Remainders. [Space.com]
Stupid novelty gadgets from Japan are a dime a dozen, and these earbuds are no different. Shaped like a screw, a banana, sushi, and a cat's foot (?), these 'buds don't deserve a full post—but I love how the drawn models look so despondent. Just imagine the art department responsible for this: Somebody made a decision that even their own drawings would be sad to cram half a plastic banana into their also-drawn ears. [CrunchGear]
Disney, whose video sales have sunk along with everyone else's, have come up with a new strategy called Keychest that's actually pretty shrewd, since it accounts for the expansion of viewing platforms beyond just the TV (computer, phone, PMP, etc). Keychest would basically mean that the purchase of a video would include access to that video in the cloud, on any device. So if you buy Up on DVD, it'll come with a code so you can download it at iTunes, and a code so you can stream it from Comcast. It's not a bad idea, but it's been done before: Industry leaders have been working on the very similar DECE project for years now, and it hasn't come to fruition yet. Keychest? Nice idea, but too old to deserve its own post. [WSJ]