By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun
9:19 AM EST, February 21, 2013
From the PlayStation 4 to Google Glass to the rumored iWatch, the Internet is all about gadgets today. Meanwhile, there is shocking development in the Oscar Pistorius news that has nothing to do with Oscar Pistorius, and gay right advocates aren't super excited about the Man of Steel's new writer. Welcome to your online trends report for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
Sony talked up its latest game console, the PlayStation 4, to the media last night, putting a heavy emphasis on its gaming network. But it didn't actually unveil the hardware. The games and the accompanying social network took center stage. And the black box which used to be the star attraction at these sorts of events took the night off. Many still have their doubts about the future of gaming systems and maybe Sony does, too.
Google is moving forward with its Google Glass project. The device puts most of the functions of your smart phone right directly into your field of vision. If anything, it should cut down on neck strain. Google announced yesterday it's going to give out Google Glass products to normal folk for testing, setting off a new round of talk about how dumb everyone is going to look wearing them and alternatively how the smartphone's days are numbered.
In non-geek news, the head detective investigating the Oscar Pistorius case is facing murder charges himself. Since the news broke, the detective has been removed from the case. Probably a smart choice on the part of the South African authorities.
And back to geek news (this is an Internet trends report after all), DC Comics has angered gay rights advocates and gay comic fans by hiring author Orson Scott Card to write the "Adventures of Superman." Famous for writing the sci-fi epic "Enders Game," Card is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Many comic book stores -- including one in Fells Point -- are refusing to stock the Card-written issues.
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