If you're in the city that never sleeps, there's a good chance your iPhone doesn't, either. To that end, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa have teamed up to bring solar powered smartphone chargers to the streets of New York City. The outdoor charging stations include built-in Dock and Lightning connectors as well as USB ports for people that prefer to use their own cables, small shelves to hold your phone while charging, and can be placed anywhere there's direct sunlight. The chargers are part of a test program in several locations such as Fort Greene Park, Union Square, Central Park. They'll be moving around and could end up in other cities at some point, too. Assuming the test program is successful, this'll be a handy way to power up on the go or when regular electrical service is down. If you get the chance to try one out let us know!
It was a gathering tech legends, both the computers and the people. History San Jose put together a gathering of Apple I computers that included five of the 50 or so models still considered working. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Apple employee #12 Daniel Kottke were on hand (one of the Apple Is belonged to The Woz), and by the end of the event three of the devices had been booted up and were running side by side. That's pretty darned cool, and it's not likely something that will be repeated any time soon. There is so much value attached to working models (the last one sold went for $674,100), no one wants to be the person who fried one or proved theirs no longer works. The San Jose Mercury News has photographs and more information.
The folks at Flexibits have decided that the world would be a much better place if searching in Apple's Messages and iChat didn't suck. Their solution is a Mac app called Chatology that not only makes it easier to find old chats, it gives you filtering options (by image and links) to make it much easier to find the specific information you're looking for. There's also a preference option that makes ⌘F in Messages or iChat open up Chatology instead of the built-in search. The app is priced at US$19.99 from the Flexibits website—there's a free trial version available—and it requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
YouTube user "MrThaiBox123" has posted a comprehensive look at working with multiple monitors—six displays, to be precise—in Apple's new OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The company introduced some changes in multi-display support, including the ability to access the Dock and Menu Bar from all of your displays, and the ability to run different full screen apps in different displays. Mavericks also handles desktop images differently. MrThaiBox123 runs through the changes and then discusses the pros and cons. [Via 9to5Mac.]
You don't interact with your iPhone in the same way that you use your Mac, so why should your mobile email app act like it belongs on your desktop? That's the idea behing Mail Ninja for the iPhone. It uses swipe gestures to reply, delete and archive messages, supports multiple accounts, includes a unified mailbox, offers Push notifications, and even includes a left-handed interface option. Mail Ninja supports, IMAP, Gmail, iCloud email, Yahoo! and AOL, and is available through Apple's iTunes-based App Store for US$2.99.
Here's something you don't see everyday, a frank discussion of the role that psychedelics played in the early years of NeXT software development. The story is being told by infamous NeXT developer Andrew Stone of Stone Design (Create, Twittleator, Videator—you can see the latter on the screen at TMO's Cirque du Mac Macworld/iWorld party), and it includes some of his personal observations about the emergence, growth, and eventual failure of NeXTStep and OpenStep, as well as stories about the Stone Rave parties held in the 1990s. Andrew Stone told his tale this week at AltWWDC in a presentation called DMT, the NeXT, and the Soul of the Human Machine, and posted the text at Stone Design's website. It's available as a video (starting at approximately 1 hour and 13 minutes). It's an interesting look back at an important aspect of what became the foundation of Apple's OS X.
IK Multimedia announced on Thursday the release of Lightning Cable for iRig Keys. It allows the company's iRig Key keyboard MIDI controller to be used with the current generation of iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch. It's priced at US$19.99 and is available now. In a meta sense, it's great to see more Lightning dock accessories hitting the market.
Apple launched a new commercial called "Designed by Apple in California." The ad touts both the role of Apple's operations in Cupertino, California, and the message that the company, "spends a lot of time on a few great things. Until every idea we touch enhances each life it touches." This is a message Apple CEO Tim Cook has been emphasizing in recent interviews, especially when asked about making cheap iPhones to gain market share. It's a touchy-feely ad that doesn't tout devices or features, but rather delivers the philosophy that drives the company. In a climate with lots of smack-talking aimed at Apple, it's a nice, subtle counter-argument. We should also note that it's not aimed at the echo chamber, making said echo chamber's opinion of the ad—for good or for ill—moot.
The London Mac User Group is getting together today to watch Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote event and do a little socializing at the same time. The group will be meeting at the Old Explorer Pub in London's West End on Great Castle Street, and they're planning on having food, beer, and will be giving away an iPad mini door prize. The event kicks of at 5:30PM London time, and costs £3 (free for LMUG members).
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