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Google Motion Stills App for iOS Turns Your Live Photos Into Sharable Animated GIFs

11:33 AM, Jun. 8th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Google released a new iOS app Wednesday called Motion Stills that makes animated GIFs from Live Photos. While GIFs are inferior to Live Photos in terms of colors and image quality, they have the huge advantage of being seen by anyone on just about any device—Live Photos are supported on a subset of Apple devices. Motion Stills is also using some image stabilization sauce to make the resulting images as good as they can be in the animated GIF format. Users can share to their preferred messaging app, and you can combine Motion Stills with a swipe. I haven't had time to play with the app yet, so I have no idea what that means, but hey, you can do it.  The image below is an animated GIF courtesy of Google.

Google Motion Stills Example

iOS Developers Snap Up Tickets for Microsoft’s WWDC Party

10:51 AM, Jun. 8th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Xamarin Microsoft Party

Microsoft is getting in on Apple's WWDC action with a major party on Monday, June 13th. The company announced the shindig on behalf of itself and Xamarin, a Microsoft-owned company that provides development tools to iOS, Android, and Windows, and all tickets were snapped up in hours.

Tendigi Runs Android on an iPhone, Sort of

9:27 AM, Jun. 8th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check this out: Tendigi has figured out how to (sort of) run Android on an iPhone. I say sort of and you maybe say "Why?" but whatever your feelings about Android, it's a nifty accomplishment detailed on the company's blog (via Engadget). Here's the super short version: they built a dedicated version of Android that would run on a custom logic board that was then built into a 3D printed case. Stay with me. That custom version of Android was built to send its information to an iPhone display via the gray cable you can see in the video below. On the iPhone side, they made their own custom iOS app that would display the information from the Android install and send touch-input back to it. So really, they're streaming Android on an iPhone, not running it on an iPhone, but like I said, it's an intensely geeky accomplishment. Check out the details on that blog post.

Compilation Video of Amazing Drone Shots

8:03 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this compilation video of amazing drone shots from the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival. They're gorgeous shots, but what really interests me is how drone photography is not only democratizing the kind of shots that could once have been made only with helicopters or expensive cranes, but is also bringing entirely new shots and perspectives that were previously impossible by any means. The volcano shot particularly blew me away.

Woodline iPhone Case Features Kevlar Sandwiched by Hardwood

7:31 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I like wood. Go ahead. I'll wait for you to work through all the jokes circulating through your mind. OK, done? When I was a kid I obsessed over wooden pens. It was about the finest thing I could imagine owning because them's were simpler times. Cut to today, and there are a few companies making wood cases for iPhone. I think they're beautiful. Pad & Quill has a case called Woodline that is a sheet of kevlar that is sandwiched by two layers of hardwood. The wood is hand-sanded to a satin finish, and the company has that craftsperson initial the case they worked on. The promo video below talks about the manufacturing process and shows several different finishes that are available. Woodline is priced at $49.95 for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus.

High Speed 4-Port USB Universal Car Charger: $19.99

4:41 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

High Speed 4-Port USB Universal Car Charger

We have a very practical deal for you today on high speed, 4-port, universal car charger for your car's AC outlet (or cigarette lighter, as previous generations called it). It has circuitry designed to prevent overcharging, and it comes with four ports so the whole car can get in on the recharging action. You can get this device through our deal for $19.99.

There Are Still 2 Companies With Higher Revenues than Apple

4:46 PM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple's Big Pile of Money

Believe it or not, there are still two companies out there that bring in more money than Apple—Walmart (1st) and Exxon Mobil (2nd). Fortune on Monday updated its Fortune 500 list of the largest companies based on revenue, and Apple moved up two spots from 5th to 3rd, just behind Exxon Mobil.

Dragon for Mac Version 5: $89.99 with TMO Coupon

3:27 PM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dragon version 5 on a MacBook

We have a new deal on Dragon version 5 for Mac. This best-in-class voice-to-text software allows you to, "dictate up to 3x faster than typing, but it also allows you to make edits and apply formatting using your voice - all with 99% speech recognition accuracy right out of the box." Through our deal you can get Dragon 5 for Mac for $99.99, a 50 percent discount off list. But we have a coupon code you can use—"DRAG10"—that takes another $10 off for a final price of $89.99.