The queen requests an iPad of her very own, Steve Jobs comes in third place, and the robo-apocalypse may be delayed by a pesky flock of irate avians. The remainders for Monday, May 9, 2011 are made only with the freshest ingredients.
Soon, there will be no excuse for your grandmother not having an iPad—just point out that QEII has asked for her own. Apparently, the queen got a demonstration of the tablet from her grandsons, Princes William and Harry, and was subsequently impressed enough to ask her staff to buy her one. By this time next year, we expect her to have branched out into app development. May we humbly suggest a game called Crazed Corgis?
Steve Jobs ranked third in Engineering Heroes list (Macworld UK)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs found himself in a rare position when he didn’t top a survey of 900 engineering undergraduates asked about their Engineering Heroes. Jobs was beat out by civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and vacuum genius James Dyson. Though, to be fair, in third place he beat out Bill Gates, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and, surprisingly enough, Montgomery Scott.
You will believe a robot can play Angry Birds, thanks to Finnish company OptoFidelity. Good idea, actually: Let’s prevent the inevitable robot uprising by giving them access to all of our vices first. Quick, somebody design a robot that can get drunk and make a fool out of itself at an office Christmas party.
Playboy Pervs Up Your iPad May 18th (Gizmodo)
The queen’s not the only octogenarian tapped into the digital generation. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has announced that his magazine will be available—full and uncensored—on iOS devices beginning May 18. But, since Apple’s App Store rules prevent adult content, Hef has turned instead to a mobile-optimized Website, which will supposedly provide access to every issue ever for the cost of $8 per month. Come on, somebody’s got to keep Hugh in deluxe smoking jackets.