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Need a Bigfoot statue for your front lawn, a stepladder to let your dog climb up onto the bed, or luggage that also functions as a skateboard? For a quarter of a century, SkyMall has had you covered.
But now the company is declaring bankruptcy.
SkyMall doesn’t have a captive audience anymore. Growing support for in-flight WiFi lets you make purchases from just about any online retailer while you’re in the sky… and it also gives you more options for doing something other than leafing through a catalog while you travel.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web. You can keep up on the latest headlines by following Liliputing on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
- SkyMall files for bankruptcy
I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who’d actually ordered anything from the catalogs found in airplane seat backs, or at least who had admitted it. But back when you couldn’t use gadgets during takeoff and landing, I would often at least leaf through the catalog for a laugh. [USA Today]
- OnePlus One goes on sale in Indonesia Jan 27th
It’s still tough to actually get the phone in the US, India, or the other handful of markets where it’s available. But it’ll be available in Indonesia without an invite for a brief time when it goes on sale in that country next week. [OnePlus]
- Report: Asus may release a 5 inch Zenfone 2
Asus introduced the Zenfone 2 at CES, promising a phone with decent specs and an even more decent starting price of $200. But if the 5.5 inch screen was a turnoff, it looks like there may be a smaller option on the way. [Phone Arena]
- Report: Apple Watch will get about 19 hours of mixed use battery life
The upcoming smartwatch is said to have a variation of the Apple A5 processor which will be pretty power hungry. While the battery should run for a few days in standby mode, you’ll get less than 24 hours of mixed use, and less than 4 hours of active use. [9to5Mac]
- It looks like gesture-based typing could be coming to the Chrome OS on-screen keyboard
A recent commit in the Chromium source code mentions gesture typing… although it’s not actually enabled yet. [Chrome Story]
- Report: Samsung’s first Tizen phone isn’t doing that well in India… at least not yet
Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Z1 in India, where it sells for under $100. But it takes more than a low price to turn heads.[Reuters]
“Need a Bigfoot statue for your front lawn, a stepladder to let you dog
climb up onto the bed, or luggage that also functions as a skateboard?” — Hahaha, nice.
Charging way too much for stuff on a plane is the sole charge of the airlines themselves.
I mean if you had money left over for sky mall then how good a job were they really doing?
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