The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.
I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.
"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]
The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.
After years of waiting, Mulder and Scully are back together again and we're finally getting a first look at our two favorite FBI agents on screen. Fox's teaser trailer for the upcoming six episode X-Files mini series is out with mysterious lights and quick camera shots, and Mulder asking, "Are you ready for this, Scully?" We all have until January 24, 2016 to get ready, because that's when the mini series premiers.
The Millennium Falcon is one of the coolest scifi spaceships ever, and in The Empire Strikes Back it pretty much deserved its own credit along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill. Thanks to Model Space you can build your own highly detailed 1:1 scale replica of the model used for filming the movie, and it's beyond cool. The resin molded model comes pre-painted and includes part of the Falcon's interior along with the full cockpit, plus working lights. Building your Falcon will take some patience because Model Space sends the parts along with special magazines each month for 25 months. It also costs US$59.99 a month, so be sure to save up your pennies.
Jim Dalrymple—one of the most respected voices in the Mac Web—is done with Apple Music. In a passionate piece, Mr. Dalrymple said that numerous problems with Apple Music and his music library—including the loss of 4,700 songs ripped from CDs—has made him give up on the service. "I trusted my data to Apple and they failed," Mr. Dalrymple wrote. It's a damning piece. Apple should take notice. In the screenshot below is an example of Apple Music adding a song to an album twice, while playing them both at the same time.
Kickstarter always has a goodly portion of tech gadgets. Lots of them are Apple-related, so it takes something special to make one stand out. Here's one that caught our eye: the Cinematic Smartcase, a case for your iPhone that turns it into a video capturing powerhouse. There's a a trigger on the handle for recording, various lenses, a cold shoe for lights or microphones, and even a live viewfinder to help you compose your shot. Here's where it gets clever: If you're due to upgrade to a new iPhone this fall, you might be inclined to skip this since it might not fit your new phone. However, if you contribute you can choose whether you want the one for your iPhone 6 or the one for your New-iPhone-That-We-Think-Comes-Out-In-October. You can also choose black or white. This is also a fully funded project, so you don't have to worry about whether or not it will reach its goal. But if you want to get one, funding options start at $199. It looks super neat, so head on over and check it out. You can see a sample video shot with the Cinematic Smartcase below:
Apple has turned to the App Store for its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" commercial. The ad tells viewers the iPhone has over 1.5 million of best apps available that can turn your smartphone "into just about anything." Back in the days of the PC wars Mac owners said, "It isn't the quantity of apps, it's the quality that matters" like a litany, so it is a little ironic to see Apple touting just how big the App Store is.
Former Florida Governor and U.S. President Candidate Jeb Bush (Republican) staked out his technology bona fides in a political spot posted to YouTube Friday. In the spot titled Silicon Valley Favorites, Mr. Bush chooses iPhone over BlackBerry, MacBook Pro (laptop) over iPad (as a stand-in for all tablets), and even Apple Watch over Apple Pie. While the ad is likely intended to enhance Mr. Bush's credibility as a tech-savvy politician, most of his choices are Apple-specific—it almost feels like Mr. Bush is courting Apple fans. Of course, Mr. Bush has been public before about his preference for Apple products. With Apple such a large part of contemporary culture—and with the company serving as the paragon for a successful and profitable U.S. company—it seems safe to expect appearances in Apple products in more campaign ads as the race trundles into overdrive.
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