Apple doesn't attend things like CES or this week's Mobile World Congress, at least not in an official capacity, but the company has a knack for sucking the wind of their PR sails. On Monday, Apple launched the iPhone 6 World Gallery, a collection of beautiful photographs all taken with the iPhone 6. The beautiful shot below was taken by Renee M. using Camera, Instagram, and Flickr apps. There are dozens more in the World Gallery, and they're worth your time.
The real winner at this year's Oscars event was LEGO, even though the movie was snubbed. First, a show-stopping song where everything was awesome, and then the best take away from the night were the LEGO Oscar statues. How awesome, even Oprah flipped when she was given one. The LEGO oscars were designed by master builder and artist Nathan Sawaya and given out to only a handful of people, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of your own. Thanks to persistent LEGO fans you can build your own, and they even made a digital model for you to work with. You'll need LEGO's Digital Designer app (free download) to view the file and generate the build guide, plus you'll need 340 bricks for the completed model. Happy building!
In my humble opinion, everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you've been postponing your purchase due to price, here's a bargain for you: The GOgroove BlueSYNC EDG Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker w/ Rechargeable Battery , Stereo Streaming & Blue LED Glow Lights has Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP for audio transmission up to 32 feet; a unique design with blue LED light accents; both a 3.5mm audio connection and Bluetooth; and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides 6-8 hours of audio playback per charge. Here's the cool part: Its MSRP is $49.99; though it typically sells for $20-30 on Amazon.com. But Tuesday through Friday (February 27th), it's only $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com (good in the U.S. only).
Even though George Lucas himself has said Boba Fett died in the Sarlacc, that hasn't stopped Star Wars fans from creating their own realities where the infamous bounty hunter (No disintegrations!) lives. Once fan even went so far as to create a Boba Fett lives storyline in LEGO, and it's absolutely magnificent. The build was designed by Daniel Stoeffler and includes five stacking segments going deeper underground to show the Sarlacc, a Sarlacc juice distillery, and more. The model is 70cm tall, or just over 2-foot 3-inches, with an amazing amount of detail including a cutaway of a giant skeleton buried in the sand. Mr. Stoeffler isn't sure how many bricks he used, but it's a safe bet the number goes well above a metric bucketload.
Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls "their most amazing dreams," and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith's "Dream On." It's a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.
The CoeLux light panel looks like a skylight, but is actually a sophisticated optical panel, a system that mimics blue sky and the illusion of the sun at a distance. It's designed for indoor spaces that would benefit from natural sunlight. From the website: "CoeLux is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space." It was developed by scientists in Italy. Current pricing, however, is high: US$61,000 and another $7,600 for installation. However, some corporations (or hospitals), for example, in special conditions, might consider it essential. The video is amazing.
I like to break down numbers here for comparison, like quarterly earnings data or other crazy big numbers. So one of my favorite places to check out for a bit of mathematical perspective is Things Apple Is Worth More Than. For example, the top post right now is the whole of the 1977 stock market. Other notable posts include the NFL times ten, the Apollo Space Program twice, every house in Atlanta Georgia, and the GDP of Denmark. It's a fun site to check out for even more ways to compare what sometimes seem like made up numbers.
There are a few different services out there you can use for entertainment. My personal favorite is calling 719-266-2837 and I can't explain why but I love it deeply. Another classic is "Always free, often busy" Dial-A-Song from They Might Be Giants. Lately this fun phone number phenomenon has given rise to numbers you can text too. Winning in the "Text this number for funsies" category is a number mentioned by Serenity Caldwell over at iMore in an article about having a little fun with iMessage. I won't give it away, I'll just tell you to text any sort of message at all to 866-740-4531 and delight in the reply.
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