A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video—there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]
Amazon is offering Apple's 16GB iPad Air for US$427.25, a 14 percent discount of the $499 list. Apple is expected to update its iPad line in the next few weeks—which is no doubt why Amazon is discounting them now—but if you need to buy a new iPad, this is one of the best prices I've seen. There aren't many left as of this writing, so grab one while you can.
Today is the last day for comments to be submitted about revisions "net neutrality" rules the FCC is considering. If you aren't familiar with the issue, I gave an overview earlier this year right here at TMO. If you don't want to read, you might want to check out John Oliver's brilliant breakdown from Last Week Tonight, included below (language warning, it's bleeped but it's in there). You can submit comments two ways: You can send an email to email@example.com or you can use a prefabbed letter from the Electronic Frontier Foundation at its site Dear FCC. Either way, keep in mind you are filing a document as part of an official FCC proceeding and your name and address become part of public record. Those comments will be accepted until 11:59PM Eastern Time tonight, so if you haven't taken action already, now is your chance.
Jason Hall, the subject of an Apple iPad commercial, was interviewed on WDIV, a Detroit TV station. Mr. Hall is the founder of the Detroit Slow Roll, a movement to get to know the streets of detroit by taking slow bike rides around the city. It's a very cool movement, and in his interview, Mr. Hall talks about Apple sending him to different Apple Stores around the country, and how that has allowed him to talk about the Detroit Slow Roll. Check out the interview below.
Remember Simon Pierro? He's a magician who uses an iPad in his act. He's amazing, and he has a new video out where he is set up a LEGO store using real-world LEGOs for his iPad magic. I'm not sure which I enjoy most—Simon Pierro's abilities and incredibly fast hands or the awe on the children's faces as he works his magic. It's good stuff!
Apple has posted a 6 minute and 23 second video introducing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that is partially narrated by Sir Jony Ive, Apple's king of design. This is the informational type of video that Apple shows at its media events, like today's event at the Flint Center in Cupertino. It covers all the new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as Apple's design philosophy on the device.
Not usually known for its technological offerings, IKEA released a video spotlighting the "amazing" BookBook for 2015, featuring high definition photos, a touch interface you can feel, and amazing eternal battery life. It also features "instant loading" on every page! Amazing. This is one of the more clever Apple spoofs we've seen, and it wasn't done to denigrate Apple (as is the case with most such spoofs), but rather to highlight Ikea and extoll the virtues of old-fashioned print catalogs. Discovered via The Loop. Note: You may need to watch it twice to catch everything, it's very clever.
IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/€79.99, and it ships in October.
Samsung released on Tuesday a rather entertaining commercial for its (lolbecauseapplehomekit) smart home effort. I'm not sure what exactly the commercial is pushing, but it features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider legacy, as well as William Daniels, reprising his role as the voice of K.I.T.T., Mr. Hasselhoff's "smart car." Of particular enjoyment is Mr. Hasselhoff's attempt to smooth talk a hot young member of the crew, who is plainly unimpressed and mentions her father might have talked about Knight Rider. Maybe. As I said above, it's very entertaining. One other note: that this commercial is devoid of specifics could suggest that Samsung has at last learned it lesson, and will wait to copy what Apple unveils after the unveiling rather than release a sad, pathetic excuse of a "FIRST POST!" product beforehand that it then has to apologize for later. We'll see. [Via Mashable]
The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]
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