HBO has a trailer out for a new series called Silicon Valley that dramatizes the life of nerdy brainiacs and the startup culture in Bay Area. Being about Silicon Valley, the trailer includes a mention of Steve Jobs. We won't spoil it for you, but it's sure to elicit either a chuckle or a growl, depending on your mood. The show premiers in April on HBO. And remember, I know H.T.M.L.
Check out the WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an anemometer for your iPhone or Android device. Stick it in your iPhone, point it into the wind, and get real-time local windspeed and directional measurements. According to the company, it's accurate to the larger of +/- 0.5% of the reading or 0.2 mph at up to 15° off-axis, and it reads in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour, or the beaufort scale. For information junkies, you can also have your app report its findings to other users and see data from other users, too. It's priced at US$34.95, and it's available now. Yay science!
I thought about writing a full article on this, but really, all I can come up with is #lolthefuturelooksbright. The short version is that Bloomberg reported that Ford is planning to dump Microsoft's Windows for its in-car "Sync" platform, and instead embrace the future with Blackberry's QNX platform. The reasons apparently boil down to the fact that it's cheaper and better than Windows, but in either case it's not saying all that much. Perhaps it will be the shot in the arm that Blackberry needs to survive. Then again, maybe Ford will be find itself needing to shop around again in a few years. Either way, it's further anti-validation for Microsoft. Speaking of which, this could shed some light on why Ford CEO Alan Mulally wasn't interested in the Microsoft gig eventually given to new CEO Satya Nadella. [Image courtesy of Shutterstock]
The folks at EasyExplainVideo have created a cool video that reimagines the late Steve Jobs's 2007 iPhone launch at what was then called Macworld Expo. We take the iPhone and smartphones for granted today, but the reality is that Steve Jobs blew our minds by announcing three new devices—a wide screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. Oh yeah, and they're all one device. EasyExplainVideo took the audio from that introduction and present it with graphics the company designed to illustrate what was being said. It's pretty cool, and it was released just in time for Steve Jobs's birthday today, as well as the Apple-bashing coming from would-be competitors.
Jason Mecier is a San Francisco-based artist that can see the art hidden inside old and cast off junk, and he found the face of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in computer parts from years gone by. He created a portrait of Mr. Jobs based on the photo used for the cover of his autobiography from iPhone parts, circuit boards, floppy disks, batteries, and more. Despite the fact that it looks like a jumble of thrown away technology remnants, it's still clearly Mr. Jobs's face you're looking at. The piece was a special commission, and Mr. Mercier talks about how it came to be in an Re/code interview.
LEGO already makes a line of cool Star Wars themed kits, but what they don't offer are life-size lightsaber replicas -- at least not yet. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker's Return of the Jedi lightsabers could become an actual kit if they get enough votes on LEGO's CUUSOO website. The kit will include both lightsabers, a display stand, and Luke and Vader minifigs. The proposal even includes details for full-size LEGO lightsaber blades. So far there are just over 6,654 votes for the kit, so if you'd like to see it become a reality, go show your support at the CUUSOO website.
I found a Kickstarter project called King's Assembly that is pretty much scrambling my brains. It's a a keyboard, mouse, and joystick, all wrapped up into one. More importantly you never have to take your hands off to access all three functions at the same time. The keyboard is split in half, one half for each hand, and both halves have a palm rest that allows you to move them easily so you can control the mouse that's built into the bottom. Both halves also have a joystick you can manipulate with your thumb. This is someone thinking differently, and then some. I had to watch the video to get it. They've already raised $40,000 of a $20,000 goal, with 49 days left to go—folks are interested in this thing. There are multiple stretch goals, too, for increased functionality.
Look out kids, your parents are about to pretty much have your number. A company called BleepBleeps has launched a Kickstarter project for Sammy Screamer, the first of many devices designed to help parents monitor their young kids. Sammy Screamer is a movement sensor you control with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. It's designed to scream when it moves, so you can hang it on a door, on your fridge, in a cookie jar, or anywhere else you want to watch without having to actually watch. That's pretty clever, and the company has already raised US$59,000, almost three times its goal of $20,000 with 16 days to go! There are still plenty of funding options that get you one of their first devices, so check it out.
Even though Pocket Tripod may not look exactly like a tripod, it does fit in your pocket and it holds your iPhone just like a real tripod. It collapses flat and is small enough to fit in your wallet, it can hold your iPhone in portrait or landscape mode, and pivots to a wide range of angles to make it easier to get just the shot you want -- or to watch a movie. It doesn't require mounting adapters like traditional camera tripods, either. Pocket Tripod is priced at US$26.99 and is available from BiteMyApple.
Here's a neat video by SET Solutions showing a 13-inch "iPad Pro 13" running OS X. I'm dismissing it as a leaked product, but it's a heck of a mockup. Apple has shown no interest in combining iOS devices and OS X, and CEO Tim Cook and other executives have been very dismissive of "hybrid" devices in the past. MacRumors also pointed out that senior vice presidents recently said in an interview that combining the two platforms is a "non-goal." Still, this video is awesome and it gives a good look at what an iPad running OS X might look like.
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