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Dropcam, owned by Nest, owned by Google, is retiring older models as of April 15. If you have one don't worry, it can be replaced with the current Dropcam HD according to the company.
Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering free access to storm coverage in its mobile apps. Access to NYT Now for example is usually US$2/week. I hope it doesn't need saying but remember if you're in the path of this storm there's no photo worth endangering yourself for, so please be careful (and warm) out there.
There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman.
Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.
Ten One Designs has released the Mountie, a small gadget that solidly attaches an iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or iMac screen. Kelly has one and tries it out with a variety of devices. (Spoiler alert: Your iPad Air is in good hands. Or clips.)
MacTech is known for its magazine and its events. There's a new series of MacTech events called MacTech Pro, and they could be headed your direction.
In December, SyFy announced its 12 Monkeys series would integrate with Philips Hue lighting. Kelly watched the premiere with her Hue lights connected, and explains whether or not you want to.
Pixel Press, makers of Pixel Press Floors, have released an Adventure Time game called Adventure Time Game Wizard. If you (or someone with access to your iPad) are fans of Finn and Jake, this is a chance to tag along with them as they explore a magical sketchbook.
Some key vendors in the smarthome space have suggested Apple is planning an official HomeKit launch, and sooner rather than later. Apple announced HomeKit as part of iOS 8 back at WWDC, and hasn't said anything since. That might be about to change. [Update: This article was updated with new comments from Philips. - Kelly]
In Colombia, there's been a civil war going on for more than 50 years between the government and a group that wishes to bring about a Marxist revolution. As a result there have been thousands of people kidnapped and held hostage in the Colombian jungle. Colonel Jose Espejo had retirement on the horizon, but wanted to rescue as many hostages as he could before he left. He called his "idea man," advertising executive Juan Carlos Ortiz, the first Colombian to win a gold Lion (the Oscar of commercials). Over time they hatched a plan to get a covert message to those hostages. Specifically the message was "19 people rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope." Eventually the two men found a terrifically clever way to get this message delivered and ultimately help more hostages get released. Spoiler: It involves a snappy beat and Morse code. You can read the full story at The Verge, and even get a chance to experience the message yourself. It's a fascinating tale and I'm glad it was declassified so it could be shared.