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I found a Kickstarter project called King's Assembly that is pretty much scrambling my brains. It's a a keyboard, mouse, and joystick, all wrapped up into one. More importantly you never have to take your hands off to access all three functions at the same time. The keyboard is split in half, one half for each hand, and both halves have a palm rest that allows you to move them easily so you can control the mouse that's built into the bottom. Both halves also have a joystick you can manipulate with your thumb. This is someone thinking differently, and then some. I had to watch the video to get it. They've already raised $40,000 of a $20,000 goal, with 49 days left to go—folks are interested in this thing. There are multiple stretch goals, too, for increased functionality.
News flash: the traditional advertising industry and its clients are cranky about Apple's penchant for protecting its customers' privacy. After all, we, the people, exist merely to be marketed to, and Apple's refusal to slice and dice everything it knows about us is a major fly in the advertising ointment.
Look out kids, your parents are about to pretty much have your number. A company called BleepBleeps has launched a Kickstarter project for Sammy Screamer, the first of many devices designed to help parents monitor their young kids. Sammy Screamer is a movement sensor you control with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. It's designed to scream when it moves, so you can hang it on a door, on your fridge, in a cookie jar, or anywhere else you want to watch without having to actually watch. That's pretty clever, and the company has already raised US$59,000, almost three times its goal of $20,000 with 16 days to go! There are still plenty of funding options that get you one of their first devices, so check it out.
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Guess which company owns the world's most valuable brand? Yawn. It's Apple. Again. For the third year in a row, according to Brand Finance. No one other company comes close, and this despite Apple's remarkably narrow product line.
Here's a neat video by SET Solutions showing a 13-inch "iPad Pro 13" running OS X. I'm dismissing it as a leaked product, but it's a heck of a mockup. Apple has shown no interest in combining iOS devices and OS X, and CEO Tim Cook and other executives have been very dismissive of "hybrid" devices in the past. MacRumors also pointed out that senior vice presidents recently said in an interview that combining the two platforms is a "non-goal." Still, this video is awesome and it gives a good look at what an iPad running OS X might look like.
Another rumor has surfaced claiming that Apple is moving production of its A series of processors away from Samsung and over to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). According to Chinese-language site TechNews, the newest issue concerns low yields in Samsung's 20mm process for Apple's next generation A8 processor.
Check out CableKeep by Nice by Design, a very clever device that holds your iPhone's wall charger and gives you a place to wrap your Lightning or Dock charger cable. That's cool all by itself, but they designed it in such a way that allows you to rest your iPhone on the CableKeep while it's charging. They've also got one that's designed to hold the larger iPad wall charger, and if that's enough, there are models for European and UK plugs, too. Clever, functional, useful, and fun, all in one package. Oh, and they're available in five different colors. They're US$16 a piece, or you can buy five for $60.
What you really need in your life is an iPad mini stand that looks like a retro TV. It was designed by a case mod expert name Jeffrey Stephenson, and you need to see his work to believe it.
Many Bitcoin users have been reporting mysterious 1 satoshi (0.00000001BTC) transactions being sent to their wallets. The transactions are being sent from vanity Bitcoin addresses beginning with "1Enjoy" and "1Sochi," and theories behind the transactions range from it being a new kind of spam, to an attempt to bloat the blockchain, to an effort to attack Bitcoin addresses to people, to it merely being a test.