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::checks calendar:: It's not April 1st...oh boy, I hope this is legit! Lexus has a new promo video teasing a "real, rideable hoverboard." "There's no such thing as impossible," the company said in the video. "It's just a matter of figuring out how." Then shows a levitating board. The steam vapor coming from it suggests its a supercooled magnetic thingamajig—Engadget said that Lexus confirmed the skatepark the video was shot in has a metal layer underneath the concrete. We've had supercooled magnetic levitation for a long time, but this sort of semi-practical application is still a heckuva of an advancement. Enjoy the video and drool.
Gestimer is a cool new Mac utility that allows you to create reminders from your Mac menu bar. It runs as an icon in your Menu Bar. Drag and pull from that icon to set the length of time, and when you release you get a pop up menu that let's you fill in the details. It's elegant and simple, and it's priced at US$2.99 at the Mac App Store. Check it out in action in the video below.
Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.
Check out this Mac app bundle: Unibox, Noiseless, Hider 2, NoteBook 4, App Tamer 2, iStat Menus 5, Beamer 2, Chatology, Jump Desktop, and iMazing File Transfer Made Easy. That's ten great apps, and you can get them all for $19.99 through us.
Apple CEO Tim Cook used his personal platform this weekend to urge America to "remove the symbols and word" that feed racism. On Sunday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thoughts to the families of the victims killed in a racist attack in South Carolina at an historic all-black church called Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal.
Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift's open letter "solidified" the need to change Apple Music's artist compensation plan. He said that Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision.
We have a different kind of deal for you today on a certified pre-owned iPhone 5 and one year of service through FreedomPop. The service plan includes unlimited text and talk, and 500MB of data per month. The iPhone 5 is yours, and you can move it to Sprint or any Spring MVNO if you cancel your service with FreedomPop. Through our deal you get the iPhone 5 and the year of service for $299. Check out the deal page for details on the offer.
An Apple patent for the Digital Crown unveiled on Apple Watch has surfaced in Europe, and Patently Apple has published details and images. Among other things, the patent covers, "an apparatus for an electronic device that provides haptic feedback by controlling an application of friction to a rotary input control with a shaft." Check out Patently Apple for images and additional details—it's a clear demonstration of how Apple thinks differently about user interface issues. This is something Apple's competitors seem unable to do. Asus, for instance, added a "crown" of its own to the Android-powered ZenWatch 2, but it's little more than a glorified on/off button.
Tim Cook definitely leans progressive, but Apple's products are loved on the left and the right. Conservative stalwart New Gingrich, for instance, loves Apple products, and we thought we'd give his thoughts about Apple some equal time. He worked with Mashable to produce a video review of Apple Watch, which he called a "very positive development, and said, "Anybody who is interested in being at the cutting edge of technology should get this."
Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."