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Production to cease as of March 2011, ironic hipsters mourn.

From Electronista, full article here.

Sony this weekend said it would finally put an end to floppy disk production in its home country, marking the effective end to the format’s 41-year run. Having already stopped selling floppies in most areas as of March this year, it now expects to stop sales of 3.5-inch disks in Japan as of March 2011. Developing markets like India continue to sell the disks today, but their fate isn’t known.

The cutoff comes as the result of both changes in design philosophy and technology. Apple was one of the first to aggressively move away from floppies as it dropped all floppies from the iMac in 1998 and the rest of its lineup soon afterwards. The format remained popular for years later but declined rapidly as writable optical discs, USB flash drives and the Internet made the 1.44MB disk obsolete. Virtually no desktops or notebooks now even have the option of a floppy drive.

For a fond farewell to the disks, here.

Oh, the memories.

And finally, ten things to do with your old floppy disks, here.

-Jessie W.

The company announces its WiFi version will hit store on April 3, 3G version in late April when device comes to Canada

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

From the Globe and Mail, full article here.

Apple Inc. said the first iPads will be in U.S. stores on April 3 and hit nine international markets later in the month, easing concerns that manufacturing constraints could delay launch.

The news sent shares of Apple surging as much as 4.3 per cent to an all-time high of $219.70 (U.S.) on the Nasdaq, as analysts said the speedy international rollout could help build sales momentum.

The 9.7-inch touchscreen iPad, which is designed to surf the Web, play video and games, and read digital books, is the most anticipated product launch from Apple since the iPhone in 2007.

Chief Executive Steve Jobs unveiled the tablet in late January, but the company did not announce any international markets until Friday, when it said the tablet will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. The U.S. launch date for the iPad model with short-range Wi-Fi wireless links, starting at a price tag of $499, is slightly later than the previously expected late March launch.

And of somewhat related interested, check out these iPhone Icon coasters (from Mashable, click here for more geeky decorations for around the office).

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

These Meninos coasters are styled after the iPhone’s icons giving Apple fans somewhere cool to stick their cups. Made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with a durable vinyl finish and a rubber bottom to stop slips, they can be arrangedon the coffee table as precisely as they appear on the phone’s homescreen.

The coasters are available from Meninos for $59.99 a set, available here.

-Jessie W.

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