Apple posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel Sunday called "iPad Air 2 - Change" (embedded in full below). The spot highlights people doing and making things in new ways, all powered by their iPad Air 2. In the description, Apple said, "Change is in the Air. From the studio to the classroom, the field to the garage, iPad Air 2 is helping people discover new and better ways to do the things they love. Imagine what you’ll do with it." It features "Who Needs You" by The Orwells off of Disgraceland.
Bloomberg interviewed Steve "Woz" Wozniak about the early early days of Apple Inc., or Apple Computer, Inc. as it was known back in the day. It's a fantastic interview (embedded below), and interesting things include Woz talking about his own pursuit of artistic perfection in the Apple I circuit boards. He said that he threw his own designs out the window and red one circuit board when he realized how he could reduce the number of drilled holes needed from eight down to five. He also downplayed Apple's garage startup myth. While Apple did spend a few weeks doing some work in Steve Jobs's parent's garage, saying, "there were hardly ever more than two people in the garage, and mostly they were just sitting around doing nothing productive." He also talked about Steve Jobs in the early days. It's the most interesting interview with Mr. Wozniak that I've seen in years.
It's been a banner week in Movies Kelly Likes. First off, the new Star Wars trailer. Soon after, the (inevitable?) George Lucas Special Edition. Today we got the trailer for Terminator: Genisys, which stars Emilia Clarke (Dany Targaryen) as Sarah Connor and looks awesome, but that's not even the big news of the day. Today's big news is BOND24 which now has a title and a cast. It's called SPECTRE and comes out November 6. For those new to the Bond series, SPECTRE is all caps because it's an acronym for SPecial Executive Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is run by a fellow named Blofeld, whom you may remember as the cat-petting inspiration for Dr Evil. Well you will probably forget that now because Christoph Waltz has joined the cast, and it's likely he'll be playing Blofeld (I don't know for sure, but who else could he be?). There is, of course, a new Aston Martin for Bond to drive. Drive/demolish, potayto/potahto. Did I mention the cast also includes Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from the current iteration of Sherlock)? Oh yes. Drax and Moriarty are in a Bond movie. Seven months of shooting starts Monday, includes a number of far-flung locales, and we have to wait until November 6, 2015 in order to see it. I'm so excited I will forgive them for not releasing it on my actual birthday like they have in the past. At least it is earlier, so yay early birthday present! If you can't wait to hear more, you can see the car and the cast in the announcement video below.
Sanho is a company that made a splash in the Apple world a few years ago when they started selling HyperJuice portable power banks for Mac laptops. The company's latest endeavor has quite a story behind it: The Pearl Compact Mirror & Battery. It's what it sounds like, a battery charger and makeup compact mirror in one. This device is currently on Indiegogo because a spurious DMCA claim was sent to Kickstarter, who pulled the project down without any investigation or communication with the people behind the campaign. Soon after that suspension, the person who filed the DMCA takedown offered to remove it for a 50% share of the project. After no reply from Kickstarter, the project moved to Indiegogo where it has not only met its goal, but because it did so rapidly, the initial funding has been released which means there's a guarantee to get one before Christmas. As a woman who carries a mirror and a battery pack individually, I really love the idea of two in one so I can carry one less item. I also love that this looks nice on its own, comes in a color besides pink, and is budget friendly at US $25. Head over to Indiegogo to find out more.
Google's Made With Code initiative has unveiled its latest project, Holiday Lights. Made with Code is a project from Google to help encourage girls to explore coding and development, which is an initiative I have a well-documented soft spot for as well. This new project uses Blockly to create and animate a pattern for the lights seen during the National Christmas Tree Lighting this year. You can see the basics of the tree and how your choices of color and animation will look, then you can save your pattern. It's a fun way to learn a bit about code and maybe see your pattern used live! As a person who has spent more time than I care to admit on trying to program the lights at my house, my biggest concern here is how to get my hands on the code so I can do this in my front yard.
Angry Birds fans have even more pig-smashing to enjoy now that the latest Angry Birds Seasons levels are out. The 25 new levels take the launchable birds to Finland as they smash through Helsinki, the northern lights, and more. The game update introduces a new character, Tony, plus you'll learn facts about Finland from Professor Pig. The Angry Birds Seasons On Finn Ice levels are available as a free update.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't due in theaters for about a year, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your Sci-Fi nerd on in a big way because you can see the movie's first trailer today. The minute and a half long trailer doesn't show any of the main characters — meaning no Luke, Leia, or Han — but it has plenty of stormtroopers, droids, X-winds, and the Millenium Falcon. Also, a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. That's right: a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. What's missing is Jar Jar Binks, which means there's a really good chance Episode 7 will be substantially better than all three prequel movies combined.
Black Friday is creeping up on you whether you like it or not. In fact, it's crept all the way into Tuesday for Best Buy, which is offering early access to Black Friday deals on its site. These are online only, but you can use free in-store pickup to get your hands on them if you want. Should avoiding the store entirely be more appealing, you get free shipping once you hit $35. So if you have a Mophie Juice Pack Air/Powerstation Duo ($40 off) or GoPro Hero 3+ ($185 off the bundle) on your gift list, now's your chance to save a foray into the madness and just buy one now. Well. You have until 11:59pm Central Time tonight, so if you want to pick up The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray, now's your $3.99 chance to do so.
Considering black seems to be Batman's favorite color, it's only fitting LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches on the Mac on Black Friday, November 28. The game sends Batman and his super hero friends on an adventure throughout the universe to stop Brainiac from shrinking Earth. Players can choose from over 150 different DC characters as they work through puzzles, fight super villains, and ultimately stop Brainiac's evil plans. You can jump into the new Batman LEGO adventure for US$29.99 through Apple's Mac App Store this Friday, and Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman 75th Anniversary packs will be available as add-ons, too. LEGO Batman is always awesome. Now you know exactly how you'll be spending your Thanksgiving weekend.
Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.
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