Patriot Memory of Fremont, CA has announced a USB-C Flash drive for Apple's new MacBook (and Chrombook Pixel). It won't ship until June, but right now it looks to be cool because it has a USB-C connector on one end and a standard USB 3 connector on the other. This is clever and will make the drive exceptionally helpful for transferring files from older Macs to a MacBook. It has a metal exterior and will be available in 32 and 64 GB capacities. Pricing has not yet been announced.
YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating—or scraping—however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.
Have you seen Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus's new show on YouTube? Episode 5 came out today, Action Movie FX (or, How I Learned to Blow Stuff Up without Risking Life or Limb). In it, he stomps his son, blasts his daughter, and has horrible things crawl out of a Spiderman toy. It all revolves around the Action Movie FX app, and he shows you how to use it. Dr. Mac is always lots of fun, so check it out: The BobLeVitus.TV Show.
"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.
Check out the USB ChargeDoubler. It's a very short charging cable for your iPhone (there are models for Android devices, too), that is smart and clever. It's smart because it has built-in circuity to recognize the device it's plugged into so it can send the right amount of power for maximum charging speed. You'll find this same circuity on better portable chargers. It's clever because it has magnetic connectors that allow you to swiftly and easily snap it around your keychain, a loop on your backpack, or whatever. The company making it, WN Products Limited, just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ramp up manufacturing. That means you can get a USB ChargeDoubler at a good price—US$12 for one or $19 for two. The company's goal is just $14,000. The video has more information, including detailed images of the product. I like it.
Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday. [Via The Loop]
The Wall Street Journal posted a video with reporter Joanna Stern walking us through a fictional day in the life with an Apple Watch. Part tongue-in-cheek, part serious attempt to show us the Apple Watch with a POV camera, Ms. Stern's video offers a mixed review on the device. For bonus points, enjoy Rupert Murdoch's cameo in which he exercised his droit de signeur with the device (as Philip Elmer-DeWitt quipped).
It’s no secret that we here at TMO are big big Lego fans. Now that love and the love of retro sitcoms can now peacefully coexist. Over at LEGO Ideas, there is now a proposal for a Golden Girls LEGO set. At last you can assemble the kitchen and living room where the bulk of the show was set, with cupboards that open and five minifigs: Blanche, Rose, Sophia, Dorothy, and Stan (Dorothy’s ex). If the idea gets ten thousand votes in time, it will become an actual LEGO set. If for no other reason than the opportunity to own a LEGO cheesecake, you probably ought to check out this set and support it.
The young people with their twitter tweets and facespaces and tap screens and hoohaws! They're ruining America! They're zombies! Faces all mashed into the shiny...and Apple and its retail stores and those iPhones and iPads are at the center of it! Or so Bill O'Reilly of Fox News would have us believe. Maybe he's gunning for Andy Rooney's beat over at 60 Minutes, or maybe he's just pandering to the Fox News demo. Either way, he sent Jesse Watters (posted to YouTube by IamYesYes, via CNet) to an Apple Store to ask people if they'd rather give up their Apple devices or sex. Because #lolthatshilarious. In the piece, Mr. O'Reilly says Apple devices are like opium, and he inferred that they're ruining America. Also, he would like the youths to please get and stay off his lawn.
The email started with: "Hey guys, it's time. Everyone said it was impossible, but we managed to get our hands on an Apple Watch." Originally intended as an April Fool gag, this iFixit teardown of a supposedly acquired 2015 Apple Watch remains, even after April 1st, a gem of a presentation for many reasons. In a delightful, deadpan presentation, there's great detail, a clever connection between the features of the Apple Watch and the actual teardown of an original, 1995, collector's edition Apple watch, and just all 'round cleverness. If you missed this video when it was released, it's worth a look, if for nothing else than professional instruction of how to pull off a first-class gag.
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