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Could it be possible that the next iPhone will have a curved glass display?

There has been a fair amount of buzz on the iPhone 5, and the latest being circulated around the supply chain in Taiwan is that Apple is going to adopt a curved cover glass for its next generation model, according to industry sources. [ ]

Also, word is that Apple and its carriers are developing a smaller-sized SIM card for future mobile devices. Which means that the next iPhone could be smaller, thinner, and have a larger screen. [Source:]

And finally, sources suggest that the iPhone 5 will have an 8-megapixel camera, and run on "Apple's new A5 CPU, which is built on ARM's Cortex A9 architecture."

It is also likely it will use the iPad 2's dual-core SGX543 GPU. This potentially means you can look forward to 1,080p video recording and HDMI-quality output. [Source:]

Who else is waiting for the iPhone 5?

A video game from the 1940s
So you thought that Atari you owned in the 80s was retro, check this out.

The "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device"

That is a photo of a cathode ray tube amusement device, one of the one of the first video games. It was created and patented by Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. and Estle Ray Mann in the late 1940s. [Source:]

No wireless controllers here folks, players would sit in front of the CRT monitor and use knobs and buttons to move a cathode ray beam around the screen.

Described it as a game of skill where a player sits or lies in front of a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) mounted in a closet, the analog device was inspired by a radar commonly used in the second World War to control missiles. Using knobs to adjust speed and trajectory, a plane was represented by a single point and the scores were assigned by hand! [Source:]

Barnes and Noble releases updated Nook

The new Nook has an 6-inch touch screen and a two month long battery life. Really. The device runs on Android 2.1, has 2GB of storage and a WiFi radio. [Source:]

The Nook retails for $139 and is available for pre-order at and in Barnes & Noble bookstores. The touchscreen Nook will hit Barnes & Noble shelves by about June 10.

The new Nook can store about 1,000 books and has an SD card slot for expanded memory. A concave back makes the device easy to hold "even with just one hand, and for extended periods of time," Barnes & Noble said. The device only connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi -- no 3G option as of yet -- and, if the Wi-Fi is left off, the new Nook can operate for two months before needing to be charged again, which Barnes & Noble says is the best battery life of any eReader on the market. [Source: LA]