Check out this wonderful video of a "drone ballet show" performed in Japan with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. The drone ballet is made visible by some 16,500 LED lights configured in cages surrounding the drones made by SkyMagic. They're amazing and cool and all, but I like the music even more. Written and performed with drums and a group of tsugaru shamisen players, I watched it multiple times just to hear the song they play. The whole thing is beautiful. What do you think?
As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that's pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It's programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It's a Kickstarter that's already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won't have one in time for this summer's heat. But by next summer you'll good to go—and pretty chill.
Selecting individual shots from burst photos on your iPhone isn't quite as intuitive as it could be, but it isn't difficult once you know where to tap. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows you how in a quick video tip.
John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the grounding of those claims. Another fun fact, the closing segment of the spot features the U.S. Space Shuttle, among the largest government programs of all time. [Via Forbes]
Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.
I just love how Tim Cook puts himself out there for charity events—Charity Buzz announced an auction for lunch with the Apple CEO, plus two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote. The auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign, a topic that Mr. Cook has spoken about and supported in many other endeavors. The auction was valued by Charity Buzz at US$100,000, a danbagged number as previous auctions for Mr. Cook's time have gone for many times that. This one is already at $110,000—if you want to get in on this the next bid starts at $115,000.
I love this Earth Day video from Apple, but I'm also kind of horrified by it. It's called "Ask Siri about Liam." Siri is, of course, Apple's virtual assistant, and Liam is Apple's recycling robot that helped the company recover 2,204 pounds of gold in 2015. I have to give you a spoiler to explain why it kind of horrifies me, so please feel free to watch it before reading any further. Siri asks Liam what he's doing for Earth Day. Now, she's doing this from an iPhone in the grips of Liam himself. He shrugs his shoulder—Earth Day is just another day of saving the planet one iPhone at a time for Liam, after all—and looks over at the piece of machinery designed to make it easier for Liam to rip Siri's face off in his disassembly process. Her response, "Oh dear. Wouldn't you rather get a smoothie?" Nope. Liam rips her face off. It's what he does. It's definitely funny, but it's kind of horrifying, too!! What do you think? As for asking Siri about Liam, I found that "Tell me about Liam" resulted in Siri telling several jokes about the robot and/or recycling.
During Wednesday's Apple Context Machine, Jeff Gamet and I got into a discussion about how displeased we are that the cap on the end of the Apple Pencil was so absurdly easy to lose. We've gotten some commentary from listeners who were equally dismayed at such a sloppy aspect of this otherwise wonderful device, but TMO member Rick Allen let me know about a solution for this issue called PencilCozy from Cozy Industries As you can see in the image, PencilCozy essentially keeps the cap attached to your Apple Pencil even when it's off. Seems perfect, and I ordered one even before I finished writing up this Cool Stuff Found. You can also order through Amazon (eligible for Prime).
If you've been thinking about attending a developer's conference, but Apple's own Worldwide Developer Conference is too rich for your blood, there are six other events coming later this year that cost a lot less—and for the next couple hours you can get a 10-percent discount, too. 360|iDev, try! Swift, Indie DevStock, Release Notes, CocoaLove, and Úll are all offering the discount, but not for long. Use the coupon code "COMMUNITY" to get the lower conference price, but don't procrastinate because the deals end at 9AM pacific time today.
KCBS reporter Ron Cervi posted a new flyover of Apple's new Spaceship HQ that includes a pan over to Apple's current campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The contrast is fascinating to me, but seeing the latest on the new HQ is always interesting, too. Check it out.
TMO Weekly Sponsor
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-05: Dave’s iPhone SE Surprise, LAPD iPhone Hack
The iPhone SE may be small, but it packs a lot of power in its tiny case. John Martellaro and…
ACM 358: The Devil’s Advocate, Apple Scaling, and Tim Cook’s Speeches
John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss…