A glow-in-the-dark iPhone charging cable. This is one of those things that now that I've seen it, I don't understand why we haven't had it all along, but now the folks at Color Cables are ready to bring it to us. They've launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of Lightning, 30-Pin, and even Micro USB charging and sync cables for our mobile devices that not only glow-in-the-dark, they're colored, too. That will let you quickly tell them apart, and if your household has lots of different devices, you'll realize how handy that would be. Funding options that get you a cable start at US$11 for 3-feet 30-pin and Micro USB and $14 for 3-feet Lightning. There are early bird slots left for a 6-feet $16 Lightning cables, too. This is pretty clever, so check it out.
If the search options Apple offers on the iTunes Store leave you wanting, it's time to start Power Searches. You know, the power search feature Apple hid so you wouldn't know it's there. Apple didn't, however, hide it well enough to keep Kirk McElhearn from figuring out where it is. It isn't completely elegant because it involves a link that first opens in your Web browser and then redirects to iTunes. Plus, it only works on the Mac -- no iPhone or iPad support here. Still, it gives you fine-tune control over your music, movie, TV show, book, podcast, and app searches with little more than an extra mouse click.
Team Everyday has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund development of its titular app, Everyday. This Finder replacement approaches file management from a relationship standpoint, rather than a location basis. Not only does it watch how you use your files, including how they are used and what files are used in conjunction with other files, it allows you to do things like attach contact information to a file. The software will also watch your inbox for associative data, too. Most importantly, it does all this without modifying the files themselves or taking over your Mac. There's much more to their concept, so check it out. The company is looking to raise US$20,000, and funding options get you a copy of the app shortly before it ships for $10, but if you're quick, there are some Early Bird slots left for $5. For $20, you can be a part of the beta program and also get a free copy of the shipping app. This is a very interesting approach to file management, and I look forward to seeing what comes of it. there's a huge version of the image we included that shows you what it really looks like.
LEGO seems like a perfect match for Big Bang Theory, so of course someone had to put together Leonard and Sheldon's living room and present it as a CUUSOO project. The proposed kit includes both Leonard and Sheldon along with their friends, plus a whole room filled with awesome details like their dry erase board with equations, super hero memorabilia on the shelves, their telescope, and even a Rubik's Cube tissue dispenser. The designers are also letting fans help choose which shirt the Sheldon mini figure will wear. The proposal needs 10,000 votes before LEGO will consider it for an actual kit and it's already up over 4,500. More BBT in our lives? OK.
If you have one of Apple's fabulous new Mac Pros, you may be concerned about its security. Identified Media has unveiled a lock for the device called Switchd. It's a replacement for the case lock switch in the Mac Pro that is attached to a security cable, while continuing to keep the case from being opened. It's scheduled to ship in April, and the company is taking preorders for US$49. I'm sure this will be a crowded field once Apple has shipped the Mac Pro in quantity, but this is the first one I've seen. The images below are of the prototype the company developed.
Ah, yes, the rotary phone. Oh, and kids! Put the two together in 2014, and what do you get? Hilarity, that's what, and we're talking about a 70s rotary phone, not one of those units where the mouth piece was at the bottom of the wooden box with the earpiece on a very short wire. In this edition of Kids React, the producers shove a rotary phone in front of a dozen kids and ask them how it works. Careful now, text messaging can be tricky with one of those things, and dialing isn't quite as intuitive as those of us who grew up with the things might imagine. For instance, you have to pick up the handset before you dial! Who knew? The whole thing is both entertaining and very fascinating. [Thanks to Bonnie Burton at CNet for the heads up.]
I have something for the game geeks: a Kickstarter project for real three sided dice that actually roll. OMG, but is this cool, or what? You're in a fight with an Ogre, but your bastard sword was knocked out of your hands and all you have is this fallen branch. But heck, you hit! You rolled a 20 and you hit! Now the idiot DM is telling you to roll a three sided die for damage, even though clubs are one of the weapons you learned back when you ran with that street gang in your home city of Maz. It says so on your character sheet, and everything! I mean, what's the point in choosing a darned club as one of your weapons if you can't get a little benefit from it in just this situation? At least you have your set of Three Sided Dice from Broken Arrow Games, so you won't have to suffer the indignity of rolling a six-sided die and dividing by two. That was a Kickstarter investment well worth it! Bring it on, Ogre! Funding options start at $5 and go to $50 that included a "dragon scale" dice bag. I love it! You can also vote on which size gets made, a large or small version.
I returned from vacation today to find that last week Buffalo introduced not one but three new router models that all include the über-flexible DD-WRT open-source firmware. Long-time MacGeekGab listeners know I'm a huge fan of DD-WRT, as it allows me to run enterprise-grade services like a VPN server, multiple VLANs, QoS, shell access and more on my consumer routers ... at consumer router prices. The only issue with DD-WRT is the hoops one must typically jump through to get it installed on unsupported routers. Buffalo has taken the pain (and risk) out of that process by pre-installing – and supporting – the DD-WRT firmware for you.
Buffalo's WZR-1750DHPD is a dual-band (and dual-core CPU) router with the same (or more) range and speed as Apple's latest AirPort Extreme, and now includes DD-WRT to allow you access to way more features than you'll ever get from Apple. With an MSRP of $189.99 you'll see this selling for less than that shortly. For those who want to save some money and still go dual-band (albeit not 802.11ac), the $109.99 WZR-600DHP2D is coming soon, as is the $59.99 single-band WHR-300HP2D. All will run DD-WRT, making these my new favorite routers to recommend.
Readdle's new Documents 5.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch aims to make your iOS file management easier, or to be fair, possible at all. The app works as a central repository where add-on apps can look for your documents and perform tasks such as viewing files, converting files from one format to another, add color coded tags, organize documents in folders, print, and more. Documents 5.0 is free and available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
LEGO's popular Legends of CHIMA Online game has been available for Mac and Windows users, and now it's available on the iPhone and iPad, too. The game ties in to the LEGO CHIMA product line and lets players create their own characters, participate in missions, explore the CHIMA world, hunt for hidden treasures, build their own outpost, and more. LEGO also monitors in-game chats to help protect kids from accidentally sharing personal information. LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is free to play, and the iOS app is a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
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