Check out the MIXBAG, a "transformer" bag designed for gadget owners. It's remarkably versatile—it's designed to be carried ten different ways and it can be configured in three different volumes—from a small bag to a backpack—as shown in the image. It has a ton of pockets and includes a rain cover. It has clips for your keys, a bottle holder, and can be carried like a saddlebag. If that's not enough, it's also designed to be used with a portable 1300 mAh charger. The MIXBAG is available in two colors, beige and black, and two sizes, 11.6-inch ($212) and 13.3-inch ($237).
Apple's designer-in-chief Jony Ive and U2 frontman Bono took part in an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The two were speaking about Project (RED), the AIDS charity headed by Bono, as part of Bono being awarded the LionHeart Award for his (RED) work. Apple has been a longtime (RED) partner, and Sir Jony has additionally spent his own time designing one-off products for (RED) fundraising auctions. Cannes Lion released a highlight reel (via MacRumors) from the day seven that includes part of the Bono and Jony Ive interview. In the highlight, Bono describes the late Steve Jobs as "a kind of co-creator" for (RED) because he was advising Bono early in the process. Note his effort at a Steve Jobs impression, which I found entertaining. He also described a fight he had with Mr. Jobs about (RED) branding, and how resistant the then-Apple CEO was about using the parenthesis in (RED) branding and the semi-compromise they came to. [Update 7/8/2014: the highlight reel from Day Seven was pulled - Editor]error
LEGO is bridging the gap between building in the real world and virtual worlds on your iPad with its new Fusion kits. Think of it as Minecraft that starts on your kitchen table, then moves into your iPad. Each kit includes 200 bricks you can use to build a virtual town, resort, raceway or fort, depending on which pack you buy. You start by crafting building facades, then snap photos with the iPad camera. Each facade you capture becomes a 3D building in your virtual world where you work to keep your virtual minifigs happy. Kits are priced at US$34.99 each and will be available starting in August. The accompanying iPad app will be a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
Avatron Software is already known for its Air Display 2 app that turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac, and now they're turning your iPad into a graphics tablet, too. Their new Air Stylus app works with more than 30 Mac art and design apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and supports pressure sensitive styluses, plus it lets users draw on their iPad screen much like Wacom's pro-level Cintiq tablets. It links your iPad and Mac via Bluetooth, so there aren't any wires to get in the way. Air Stylus looks like a cool alternative to using an actual graphics tablet, and is an awesome example of just how versatile the iPad really is. Air Stylus is priced at US$19.99 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
You may have heard of Take Control Books, a great source of information about how to bend various Apple-centric topics to your will, such as Take Control of Pages or Apple Mail. One of their most recent releases is the updated Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac. This new edition includes profiles of some notable podcasters including Chuck Joiner, Louis Trapani, Kirk McElhearn, and yours truly! I talked to author Andy Affleck about my setup for podcasting and how excited I am about podcasting. I endorse all Take Control titles—they make some complex topics really approachable, and they're good references. It's a US$10.00 book, but if you buy three or more books you get 30% off, so check out some of the other titles and see if you can't build a nice little bundle of information.
LEGO's popular Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril hit the iPad on Thursday, bringing with it Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and many more super heroes to save our world. The game includes more than 91 characters from the Marvel universe, 45 missions, and plenty of LEGO action to keep you busy while protecting the world from super villains. Considering how good the game play is in LEGO's other iPad-based super hero games are, we're excited to dive in and see just how much Hulk can smash. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril costs US$4.99 and and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
This is a twofold Cool Stuff Found. First, there's the Kitchen Overlord's Illustrated Geek Cookbook Kickstarter campaign, which is a wonderful thing you should totally check out. Then there's the "stretch goals" for the campaign; a custom Cards Against Humanity deck, dubbed Carbs Against Humanity. If you ever wanted a nifty expansion pack for your CaH deck, now is your chance to expand it deliciously. (If you have no idea what Cards Against Humanity is, NSFW is putting it mildly. You have been warned.) Right now the Kickstarter is sitting at just over US$8,400 and at $9,000 every backer who buys the print book will also get a caricature of Star Trek's Sulu, an action shot of him skewering Tribbles (shown at left). I love the illustrations, and I love the recipes, and the video tells you all you need to know about the actual cooking of things from the cookbook. So check it out, it's nice to have a source for nerdy noms besides the Star Wars Cookbooks, right?
Via Reddit, we have a link to a brief history of that key next to the spacebar on Apple keyboards. It's unofficially called the Apple key, splat, the pretzel key, or the propeller, but the official name for it is the Command key. On the Apple II keyboard, the keys on either side of the spacebar were different; one was the "open Apple" and one was the "closed Apple." For some reason the open Apple key was the one that did more things, so to this day I still forget there's another key over there on the right. In fact, I called it the open Apple key for many years, and finally broke the habit about the time the Apple logo disappeared off that key entirely. Check out the story of how it came to be, and if you haven't heard it before, it's an interesting Steve Jobs tale.
Tony Fadell sold his company—Nest Inc.—to Google for US$3.2 billion, but in an in-depth profile in Fortune magazine, the father of the iPod revealed that he wished he could have shown the Nest Thermostat to his former boss, Steve Jobs. "I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didn’t work," he told the magazine. Mr. Fadell, shown in the image, said that Steve Jobs kept in touch with him when Nest was still in stealth mode, but by the time he was ready to show the device, Mr. Jobs had grown too ill. The piece offers an excellent look at Mr. Fadell, his career, how Nest was founded, his combative tenure at Apple, and why Google bought the firm. Fortune also reminded us that Mr. Fadell is one of the few Apple executives to see success after they left Apple.
Maurice Sendak's birthday would have celebrated his 86th birthday this week. Sadly, he rumpused his last in 2012, and therefore won't come across this tribute to him on his birthday. Via Brain Pickings we discover the wondrous book Posters by Maurice Sendak, a large format/coffeetable book of…well, of his posters. Some of them are the "yay reading!" type found in libraries and classrooms, which are the ones I remember most vividly, as they hung in the libraries and classrooms where I spent lots of time as a kid. In fact I convinced my mom to hang one in her classroom for me because I loved it so much. Head over to Brain Pickings and check out some images from this book. And if you're inspired to start a wild rumpus, well, that's on you.
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