After years of waiting, Mulder and Scully are back together again and we're finally getting a first look at our two favorite FBI agents on screen. Fox's teaser trailer for the upcoming six episode X-Files mini series is out with mysterious lights and quick camera shots, and Mulder asking, "Are you ready for this, Scully?" We all have until January 24, 2016 to get ready, because that's when the mini series premiers.
The Millennium Falcon is one of the coolest scifi spaceships ever, and in The Empire Strikes Back it pretty much deserved its own credit along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill. Thanks to Model Space you can build your own highly detailed 1:1 scale replica of the model used for filming the movie, and it's beyond cool. The resin molded model comes pre-painted and includes part of the Falcon's interior along with the full cockpit, plus working lights. Building your Falcon will take some patience because Model Space sends the parts along with special magazines each month for 25 months. It also costs US$59.99 a month, so be sure to save up your pennies.
Jim Dalrymple—one of the most respected voices in the Mac Web—is done with Apple Music. In a passionate piece, Mr. Dalrymple said that numerous problems with Apple Music and his music library—including the loss of 4,700 songs ripped from CDs—has made him give up on the service. "I trusted my data to Apple and they failed," Mr. Dalrymple wrote. It's a damning piece. Apple should take notice. In the screenshot below is an example of Apple Music adding a song to an album twice, while playing them both at the same time.
Kickstarter always has a goodly portion of tech gadgets. Lots of them are Apple-related, so it takes something special to make one stand out. Here's one that caught our eye: the Cinematic Smartcase, a case for your iPhone that turns it into a video capturing powerhouse. There's a a trigger on the handle for recording, various lenses, a cold shoe for lights or microphones, and even a live viewfinder to help you compose your shot. Here's where it gets clever: If you're due to upgrade to a new iPhone this fall, you might be inclined to skip this since it might not fit your new phone. However, if you contribute you can choose whether you want the one for your iPhone 6 or the one for your New-iPhone-That-We-Think-Comes-Out-In-October. You can also choose black or white. This is also a fully funded project, so you don't have to worry about whether or not it will reach its goal. But if you want to get one, funding options start at $199. It looks super neat, so head on over and check it out. You can see a sample video shot with the Cinematic Smartcase below:
Apple has turned to the App Store for its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" commercial. The ad tells viewers the iPhone has over 1.5 million of best apps available that can turn your smartphone "into just about anything." Back in the days of the PC wars Mac owners said, "It isn't the quantity of apps, it's the quality that matters" like a litany, so it is a little ironic to see Apple touting just how big the App Store is.
Former Florida Governor and U.S. President Candidate Jeb Bush (Republican) staked out his technology bona fides in a political spot posted to YouTube Friday. In the spot titled Silicon Valley Favorites, Mr. Bush chooses iPhone over BlackBerry, MacBook Pro (laptop) over iPad (as a stand-in for all tablets), and even Apple Watch over Apple Pie. While the ad is likely intended to enhance Mr. Bush's credibility as a tech-savvy politician, most of his choices are Apple-specific—it almost feels like Mr. Bush is courting Apple fans. Of course, Mr. Bush has been public before about his preference for Apple products. With Apple such a large part of contemporary culture—and with the company serving as the paragon for a successful and profitable U.S. company—it seems safe to expect appearances in Apple products in more campaign ads as the race trundles into overdrive.
Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers. Thanks to A.P.P.L.E, you can break out your dusty old IIgs and give it a spiffy OS update. It's a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.
IK Multimedia shipped another clever gadget Thursday, the iRig PowerBridge. This device allows "continuous charging while also passing along audio and MIDI information between the digital iRig accessory and the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch." In other words, you can keep your iOS device charged while playing music with the company's iRig product line. The device has a low-noise power conditioner built into it, as well as several connection options. There are also versions for both Lightning and 30-Pin Dock iOS device models.
Cambridge SoundWorks is known for its high-quality audio gear and this this nifty little wireless speaker is no exception. But you won't have to pay the list price of US$69.99, nor even the usual selling price of $59.99...for a limited time you can pick up one of these little gems from Amazon for a mere $19.99, saving yourself over 70 percent! No telling how long this deal will last, so act now to avoid disappointment and snag the color you prefer (there are currently 5 colors available).
Apple has taken a new tack in marketing Apple Watch with a pair of commercials called Apple Watch - Berlin and Apple Watch - Beijing posted to YouTube on Thursday. The Berlin spot shows a couple of Chinese tourists making the most of Berlin, including getting translations, finding a clinic, getting karaoke lyrics, and more. John Martellaro recently discussed the lack of marketing for this device, and showcasing the device's usability outside of a fitness device seems like a great idea.
Conversely, the Beijing spot showcases two German tourists in China using Apple Watch for currency conversions, finding each other, sending messages to one another (I love the "SOS" moment), and more.
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