Friday's tech news roundup has a good, long talk with a chair:
Electronics maker Sharp could be having problems making the screens for the next iPhone, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. There could be manufacturing difficulties that are delaying shipments. Sharp is just one of three suppliers for Apple's screens, so it's unclear how this could change launch date expectations or if iPhones will be in limited supply at launch.
We're expecting a new family of Amazon Kindles to be announced on Sept. 6, but images of the Kindle "Paperwhite" have been discovered and published by The Verge. French marketing images read the Kindle Paperwhite has higher contrast, high resolution, integrated lighting and eight weeks of battery life. If these images are the real thing, this would compete with Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight that came out in April.
Electronic Arts says it sold 900,000 copies of Madden NFL 13 in the first 24 hours after it went on sale. It's the most successful Madden launch for the Xbox 360 and PS3. If you have the Xbox Kinect, this version lets you use the microphone to speak out voice commands, such as "hike" or "timeout."
Zune Music is slowly being erased from existence. Microsoft is killing some features to prepare for the replacement service called Xbox Music, which will launch later this year.
Facebook keeps looking for new ways to make money off your account. This time, Facebook is talking about targeting ads based on your e-mail and phone number. But Facebook won't outright share your e-mail address and number to outside parties.
Move over planking and say ta-ta to Tebowing. The latest Internet photo meme craze is Eastwooding, which is taking a photo with an empty chair. During Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention, the actor and director had a conversation with an empty chair, as if President Obama was sitting in it. Some thought the joke was odd, and Twitter users were quick to react. Soon the empty chair had it's own parody Twitter account, @InvisibleObama. And the hashtag #eastwooding has been used to share photos of people talking to empty chairs, or having a poke at the moment with Photoshop.
And in case you were curious, this is not the first time an empty chair has had a parody Twitter account. One was created when CNN's Piers Morgan talked to an empty chair on his show last week when U.S. Rep. Todd Akin canceled an interview. And the blog for Smithsonian Magazine explains that empty chair interviews have been a part of American history since the 1920s.
But thanks to Clint, it's now officially a trend.
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