Hole in Hulu
Disney finally saw the light and made nice with Hulu, meaning that I can now finally watch Lost (and all other ABC programming) in the same place I can peep free content from Fox, NBC, Comedy Central, FX and other content providers. That makes CBS the only Big Four network still refusing to sip the Hul-Aid. I'm not a huge CBS fan -- The Unit and Without A Trace are tolerable, I suppose -- but what I do love is the network's online offering of vintage programming such as MacGyver and the original 90210. Unfortunately, I have to click over to the CBS site or to YouTube if I want to get my 80s and early 90s on, which is just plain inconvenient. C'mon, CBS, don't be such a party pooper. Make life easier for the masses foaming at the mouth to abandon your traditional television distribution paradigm. We'll love you for it.
The iTunes App Store approval process continues to be a complete debacle, and this week managed to ruffle the feathers of someone slightly more famous than the average developer: Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor. When Apple rejected an update to his official Nine Inch Nails iPhone app (who knew there was such a thing?), the reason given was "objectionable content" -- more specifically, access to a podcast containing songs from the one-man band's 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Sure, the album contains a hefty helping of profanity, but as some folks have pointed out, the album is available on iTunes. If that's not proof enough of how absurd, arbitrary and nonsensical the App Store approval process is, consider the fact that one of the apps Apple did give the thumbs-up to this week is a striptease game called "Peekababe." Whose definition of the word "objectionable" are we working with here? As you can imagine, Reznor wasn't exactly thrilled with Cupertino, and so he unleashed an expletive-laden tirade on the NIN forums in which he compared Apple to Walmart. Ouch. Well, it looks like if you're loud, angry and famous enough, Apple will listen, because as I'm writing this, news is that the app has been approved. Yay, Internet!
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.