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Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit: $79.99

1:16 PM, Sep. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Arduino Starter Robot Kit

The Arduino DIY robotics and electronics kits and tutorials have been popular with our readers, and we have a new one for you today called Arduino Starter Robot Kit for $79.99. This kit will teach you about programming a microcontroller board to control physical objects using sensors. Follow the detailed, beginner-friendly instructions to construct your choice of a robot tank or three-wheeled robot car. Go ahead, try and resist. It's futile.

AmpliTube 4 Focuses on Amp, Mic, and Room Modeling, Adds Looper

11:36 AM, Sep. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

AmpliTube has long been one of my favorite amp and effects modelers (with a nod toward's the modeling in Logic Pro X). In the midst of iPhone 6s mania last week, IK Multimedia announced AmpliTube 4, a new version of the software that focuses on what the company bills as "Hyper Realistic Tone." The foundation of that tone is coming from new models, new mic controls, new rooms, new control over those rooms, and more. AmpliTube 4 will also add a MIDI-controllable 4-track looper for those who like to build live songs one layer at a time. The software is available for pre-order at $99, and will ship in October for $149. I'll be putting it through its paces—look for a review here at TMO.

Steve Wozniak Still Keeps it Real with Apple ][, Apple ///, and NeXT

11:21 AM, Sep. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is still keeping it real after all these years, at least when it comes to nomenclature of computer hardware. In a Facebook post about Aaron Sorkin's and Danny Boyle's biopic Steve Jobs—based on the Walter Isaacson biography of the same name—Mr. Wozniak mentioned Apple ][, Apple ///, LISA, and NeXT, and in all three cases, he took the time to do it right.

BMW CEO Thinks His Company and Apple Have Something in Common

10:40 AM, Sep. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Car

BMW CEO Harald Krueger told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that having a strong brand makes "BMW Group and Apple very similar." The comment came in response to the newspaper asking if the executive if he saw Apple as a potential partner.

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Bryan Chaffin doesn't think Apple is likely to partner with a car company to design and develop its car, but that doesn't mean that Apple can't work with legacy car companies on interfacing with iOS devices.

Apple Store, Brussels - The Creativity Continues (Video)

3:43 AM, Sep. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel Saturday morning called Apple Store, Brussels - The Creativity Continues. The piece highlights some of the artists Apple hired to create artwork for the Apple Store location, which is scheduled to open September 19th, 2015. From Apple's description, "Brussels has a rich tradition of comic art. So, to celebrate the opening of the Apple Store, Brussels, we brought together some of the city’s most imaginative comic artists. Hear them speak about their work and the city that inspired it."

Roli Seaboard RISE’s Modern Take on a Musical Keyboard

12:54 PM, Sep. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

It's interesting just much of the analog world continues to inform the world of music. Take the keyboard. Sure, there was the keytar, but even the most advanced digital/electronic keyboard is really an analog keyboard minus the physical connections to wires and levers that pull hammers that strike strings. The folks at Roli may be changing that, though, with a device they're calling the Seaboard RISE. It's an interesting mix of control surface with only the barest of nods to the aspect of an analog keyboard that is necessary. I haven't played with one yet, but the video below makes it look very interesting. It uses MIDI over USB or MIDI over Bluetooth, and it works with Mac and Windows. It's not cheap, though, and is available for pre-order for $799.

Introducing Apple Pencil Video

10:32 AM, Sep. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There's one more video from Apple's "Hey Siri" event we wanted to show, Introducing Apple Pencil. It features Jony Ive explaining what Apple Pencil is, how it works, some of the technical innovations required in iPad Pro that allow the two devices to work together, and many shots of this cool new device in action.. Check it out.