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Apple is pushing forward with its first scripted series with a show called Vital Signs starring and produced by Dr. Dre. Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Report reported that Vital Signs will be a semi-autobiographical vehicle for the rap mogul-turned-tech executive. Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae will also be involved.
Bumprz has announced Bumprz 2, an update to the company's minimalist iPhone case. Bmprz fit around just the corners of your iPhone, and are designed to keep your display from breaking without swallowing your iPhone in a full case. The company specifically notes that they don't protect the back. They're held on with a dry adhesive, and the company sells replacements if you lose one. Bumprz 2 are being funded through Kickstarter, and funding levels that land you a set. There are 42 days left in the campaign as of this writing.
Check out OK Go's new video for Upside Down & Inside Out. The band shot it on a a parabolic flight with the help of S7 Airlines, a Russian carrier. A parabolic flight is where the plane goes up and down—during the up portion of the flights, gravity is roughly 1.8 times normal, and during the " down" flights, it's as near to zero gravity as we can get without being in space. It's what astronauts and cosmonauts have used for zero gravity training for decades. And now OK Go has used it to make a fun, colorful video. Progress! There's also a behind-the-scenes-video with information about the eight takes it took to get it right.
The Xtra Drive is a microSD card reader you plug directly into your iOS device with its built-in Lightning port. It's MFi-certified, and it can use cards up to 128GB—our deal comes with a 16GB card for $71.99. Check out the deal listing for more information.
Some folks have been getting a weird error where they can't play a song on Apple Music because they aren't logged in, even though they are logged in. There's a hidden cache that must be deleted by hand to fix this, and Bryan Chaffin walks us through it.
There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to Lightning cables: buy 'em cheap because they don't last, and pay for quality so they will last. I'm in the latter camp. I hate buying cheap cables knowing I'll have to replace them once they break, usually at the point where the connector connects to the actual cable. Apple's own cables fit in that not-good-enough category, and that's why I often post deals, product announcements, and Kickstarters for cables wrapped in metal, nylon, kevlar, and other materials. Which brings me to LUX Cables, MFi-certified cables on Kickstarter with, "thicker wire gauge (20 AWG), metal encased tips and braided with nylon." They blew past their modest funding goals, and there's still 36 days to help fund the project and get one of these 2-meter cables for US$17.
Apple is now selling the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. This is the device that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality viewer in the vein of Google Cardboard. Only it's not made of cardboard, it's made of plastic. It's designed to work specifically with View-Master reels you buy from the App Store, but as mentioned, it works with any Google Cardboard content. It also comes with a sample reel. Apple began selling it earlier this week, which reminds me of Apple CEO Tim Cook saying that virtual reality was interesting during the company's Q1 quarterly conference call. Apple is also building its own virtual reality team. It's easy to imagine that selling the View-Master device is part of Apple's information-gathering process. In any event, it's $29.99, making it an inexpensive way to get a quality viewer.
The Beyond Ink Pen is a clever device: part pen, part stylus, part USB drive, and part iPhone charger. Really. It has an ink reserve for the ballpoint pen, and the tips can be switched out so you can use it as a stylus. It also has a 16GB UB drive built into it—lift the cap to plug it in. But the best thing is that they crammed in a 1000mAh battery for giving your iPhone an emergency charge of up to five hours of talk time. Oh, and it has a built-in Lightning cable (MicroUSB model available, too) for charging. It sounds like something Q would be pleased with. Through our deal you can get Beyond Ink Pen for $49, a discount of 30 percent.
Simon Pierro has a new iPad magic video involving peanuts and a chimp. Mr. Pierro has been doing magic shows using iPads as props for some time, but there's something about the simple curiosity of the chimp that is compelling in a whole new way. And then...well...the end. Enjoy!
Remember Steve Jobs, the film written by Aaron Sorkin starring Michael Fassbender? There was a lot of hype about the film, some controversy, and high expectations, but it fizzled at the box office. It's available on iTunes now, though, which I'm a little surprised at (and pleased about) because Apple's leadership disliked the film sight-unseen (the people who worked with Mr. Jobs early in his career were generally pleased with the film). You won't find it being promoted on iTunes, but it is available at $14.99 (for either the HD or SD versions).