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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have surgery next week to replace a plate in his left forearm, Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network report.
Gronkowsk broke his forearm while blocking on a fourth-quarter extra point attempt in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 18. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair that break and would miss five regular season games. Gronkowski broke the same forearm again during a divisional playoff win over the Houston Texans and had surgery in mid-January.
A third procedure took place in February after Gronkowski developed an infection following the second surgery. A fourth procedure to replace the plate in Gronkowski’s forearm has been delayed by that infection, which has been treated with a round of antibiotics.
According to report, Gronkowski’s forearm will be examined on Monday to determine if the infection has cleared. If it has, Dr. Jesse Jupiter will perform the operation sometime next week at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Gronkowski appears to be in good hands as Dr. Jupiter’s bio at the Mass General website states that he “specializes in the care of traumatic and reconstructive problems of the upper limb. These include arthritis, fracture healing and failure to heal, nerve compression and injury, and both pediatric and adult injuries to the upper limb”.
Previous reports have Gronkowski needing 11 weeks to recover from a fourth surgery. If the infection has cleared, and the fourth surgery does the trick, Gronkowski would be on schedule to return early in training camp and should be available for the start of the regular season. As Rapoport notes, if the infection has not cleared a fifth procedure, in July, is a possibility, which would jeopardize Gronkowski’s availability for the start of the regular season.
Next Xbox don’t need no stinkin’ Internet
Google I/O begins this week, so the rumor mill churned out a few goodies for us to take a look at.
The long-rumored Amazon phone might actually be two phones, with one supposedly sporting 3D hologram images. Um, why? And finally, the debate on whether the next Xbox will require an always-on Internet connection might finally come to an end, at least according to a leaked internal memo.
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The next Xbox — still code-named Durango — has never been formally confirmed by Microsoft as even being in production. But that certainly hasn’t stopped the rumors from flowing.
The most recent crop suggests that the moniker for the so-called Xbox 720 will actually be the Xbox Infinity, with a logo (including the tagline Infinite Entertainment, Infinite Possibilities) showing up for a time on Reddit, according to a report in Forbes.
The other new rumor surrounds the controller, which is said to have a touch panel similar to that of the PlayStation 4. Not only will it allow gestures, it’s also apparently clickable, thus working like the d-pad does on the current generation of controllers.
None of this sounds outside the realm of possibility, but the Forbes story does note that a second “official leak” has revealed a totally different logo, with no mention of Infinity at all.
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One of the first stories I wrote for my college journalism class involved me interviewing people on campus about whether they’d ever even possibly consider paying for music with this — at the time — brand new iTunes service. The story isn’t online, but I recall that most interview subjects laughed, curled up their noses in disgust or said something along the lines of, “Pay 99 cents for a song I can get from free from Napster? Uh, no.”
Ten years later, paying for music — whether through downloads or subscription access — is by now a long-established practice. It’s sort of hard to believe it’s been a decade since iTunes launched, but it’s true: Sunday is the 10th birthday of Apple’s download service that seismically restructured the music industry and how we think of buying and owning music. iTunes’ effect on digital entertainment is a well-worn story, of course. But the occasion of iTunes’ 10-year anniversary is a good one to recall how far it’s come — and how the competition for digital music is fiercer than ever.
Here’s a look at iTunes through the years and how it stacks up today to its chief rivals in music: Google,, Amazon and Spotify.
iTunes is about much more than music today: It’s about mobile apps, movies, TV shows, ebooks, podcasts and even education. And over the years, Apple’s added more cloud services for customers to access their entertainment remotely. It’s not uncommon to hear people complain that the desktop version of the software is unwieldy (though I’ve found it to be fine for my needs). iTunes is a huge download and has many moving parts because so many services are tacked onto it. The common refrain is for Apple to unbundle the desktop software, separating the App Store app from Music and Videos apps, like the way it’s handled within iOS. That, of course, would be a major philosophical change and one that Apple would not confront lightly.
But more than the software itself, it’s music that likely is going to determine what happens to iTunes.
While Apple still has the advantage in overall song titles, as the graph above shows, its competitors have been innovating on ways to offer their comparatively smaller catalog of songs. The pay-for-high-quality download service was innovative a decade ago, but now Apple is the one that will be forced to make some changes in order to keep its lead: subscription music services and web-based streaming are the future, and Apple knows it. And that’s why the company is looking to offer a streaming, web-based music service – dubbed by the press “iRadio.”
As a recent NPD study showed, ownership of music is still important to people. But streaming music discovery services encourage people to find and buy more music, and Apple needs to be a part of that.
iTunes is an important piece of tech history. But as attitudes about music ownership change, iTunes’ next 10 years will likely be more challenging than its last.
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A few weeks ago, Tyson asked us if I’d be interested in trying out two new flavors of their Tyson Any’tizers Boneless Chicken Wyngz. And as you can see from the photo above, I jumped at the opportunity. ‘Love me some chicken!
What’s great about Any’tizers is that you can pop them in the oven or microwave and have a warm and tasty snack in minutes. Perfect for when you’ve got a house full of hungry sports fans..
We had some friends over on Sunday to watch The Masters, and I decided to serve them the Sweet Garlic Glazed Any’tizers, along with a variety of dipping sauces (blue cheese, ranch, etc). It was so easy – I just threw them in the oven, pulled them out when they were done, stuck some toothpicks in them, poured some dipping sauces into little containers, and viola, instant snacks!
These were a huge hit with my buddies, and they were gone before you knew it. The wyngz have the perfect combination of sweet and garlic, and the blue cheese was the icing on the cake for me.
For the Mango Habanero Flavored Any’tizers, I wanted to try something a little different, so I make a chicken wrap! Once the chicken was cooked, I put it in a flour tortilla, along with some lettuce, shredded cheese, and ranch dressing. I had a bottle of hot sauce at the ready if needed, but the chicken had a nice amount of kick to it already. The mango flavor was awesome, adding some nice sweetness to offset the hotness of the habanero.
All in all, I was really impressed with both new flavors of the Any’tizer wyngz, and I’m definitely going to be serving these to my fellow Eagles fans come tailgating season.
After trying these, everyone is going to be to saying #GiveMeWyngz
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