Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic is now available on iTunes. Titled Jobs, the movie was released earlier this year to mixed reviews—especially from those steeped in Apple lore—though Mr. Kutcher's performance as Steve Jobs was viewed in a more positive light. Apple is offering the movie for sales at US$19.99 as an HD movie, or to rent for $.4.99. The standard definition versions are $14.99 and $3.99, respectively.
El Gato released Smart Key, a Bluetooth-enabled device for your keyring that communicates with an app on your iPhone to tell you where your keys are by playing a sound on command, tell you when you've left your keys (or something else) behind, or conversely, when something leaves you. There have been some Kickstarter projects for similar devices, but El Gato's is ready to go now. It's powered by a replaceable battery that the company says lasts six months at a time, and it's compatible with iOS 7, iPhone 4s and up, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad 3 and 4. It's $39.95.
Google is paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a special Google Doodle that includes a fun little 8-bit game featuring all 11 of the Doctors. Yes, we know 12 has been announced, and 8.5 will be in the anniversary episode that airs this Saturday, so not all of the Doctors are in the game. And the Doctor from the 1960's Dalek movies isn't there, either, but why nitpick? The real point is that the doodle is starting to show up in the Google home page around the world and it has a game, that for Google, is pretty elaborate. We found the doodle at Google's New Zealand page, but it may already be in your area, too.
Motrr has a new version of its Galileo robotic dock that supports Bluetooth and the iPhone 5/5c/5s/4s and iPod touch 5th generation. Mounted on a tripod or desktop, the iPhone can be remotely rotated and elevated with just a swipe on a distant smartphone. It's designed for activities such as video conferencing, time lapse photography of the ground or sky and remote monitoring of, say, a home. With a special app, AirBeam, users can watch the video stream on another smartphone, tablet or web browser. There is also an older version with a 30-pin connector for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 3GS & iPod Touch 4th generation. It's priced at US$149.95. The remote connection is via Wi-Fi or cellular.
"Oh noes! My Mac and/or PC is broken! Now I can't work and I will have to go home! This is terrible!" Now, if you try this, make sure you apply those exclamation points liberally and vociferously or the whole ruse will fall apart faster than a reality TV star marriage. What I'm talking about is Happy Hour Virus, a website that will simulate a Mac or Windows system crash so that you, the hapless victim of this brokenness, can go home. Or out. Whatever, it's your day. Make the most of it. Just choose your broken mode and the site puts up a full-screen crash—either a kernel panic for OS X, a broken monitor, or a BSOD for Windows, complete with slowly typing DOS text. Don't worry, though, it won't actually crash your system. Hit escape and your proper desktop is restored. BTW, I'm offering bonus points to anyone who can get out of work because their Mac had a BSOD.
MOGA launched the MOGA Ace Power game controller for iOS 7 and iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. The US$99 controller holds your iPhone and uses Apple's game controller API to control games and let you blow things up, drive around really fast, shoot, fall, jump, run, and otherwise cause gaming mayhem. It will charge your iPhone, too, meaning you can do all those things that much longer. Pangea Software announced that seven of its games are ready for the controller, including Airwings, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Otto Mattic, and Nanosaur 2. More games from more developers are coming, too. Cool, eh? The Ace Power controller is listed on MOGA's site as available for reservation, but it is supposed to officially launch on Wednesday.
FiftyThree, the team behind the popular iPad drawing app Paper, are making the move into the stylus world with their brand new Pencil Bluetooth stylus. The Pencil includes a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for about a month under normal use, includes trial versions of Paper's in-app purchase add-ons like the Color Mixer, outline and sketch tools, and has a built-in eraser tool. It also includes its own features for the Paper app like support for smudging colors and lines. Pencil is priced at US$49.95 for the metal body model, and $59.95 for the Walnut body version.
Apple has begun taking iTunes Store pre-orders for Dance (RED) Saves Lives, Vol. 2 with plans to officially release the album on November 25. Just like last year's Dance (RED) album, all of the proceeds will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The album includes 24 tracks from artists such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Robin Thicke, Icona Pop, and more. The album costs US$9.99, and Celebrate from Empire of the Sun is available now when you pre-order. Just like last year, it's a great mix of music and it supports a great cause, too.
Check out littleBits, something so insanely cool that I don't know where to begin. Wait, yes I do: they aren't all that new. The video below is from 2012, but I just discovered them from a promo video for a new Synth Kit. But now I'm getting ahead of myself: littleBits is a system of individual circuits and switches and lights and motors and stuff that snap together magnetically. It uses an open source library, and each individual "bit" has a specific function. Put them together in whatever order you want and make whatever you want! Come on, that's cool. That's way cool! There are several videos on the site that offer a great idea of all the cool things you can do. There are also lots of project ideas all laid out nice and easy! Check them out. BTW, that Synth Kit is is $159 for preorder, and yes, I would love one or two of them for Christmas. Thank you so much for asking!
We first heard from Nanodots two years ago when they came around to tell us about their original Nanodots: small neodymium magnets that you can mash and put together to build all kinds of things. We loved them and raved about them on Mac Geek Gab. And frankly, we haven't been able to put them down since. In addition to using them to craft cool shapes, Nanodots just feel good to play with. They're the ultimate stress relief toy, way more satisfying than all those other balls. Well, it turns out some folks just don't like the idea of kids playing with small magnets (and potentially swallowing them). Good thing for Nanodots that they had a new idea: GYRO. GYRO hasn't shipped yet, but will in December if you order soon. GYRO solves the swallowing problem by making the magnets bigger – golf-ball sized – and way cooler: the balls are plastic and the magnets are inside... in a gyroscope configuration. The video is worth watching and, if our bets are right, we'll have new, bigger balls to play with just in time for Christmas.
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