Man, do I love the Internet. The ReDiscovered Future project has posted a video of the introduction of It took place on October 12, 1988, in the the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. According to the introductory credits, it was tracked down as part of preproduction research for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, and was assembled (and restored) from two VHS tapes. This media event was Steve Jobs's first public presentation after his departure from Apple. The quality is terrible, despite the restoration, but considering the source material came from VHS tapes that are decades old, it's astounding we have anything to see at all. Check it out.
Adobe has done something pretty clever. Let's call it a stroke of genius, even. The company has produced a series of four turorial videos called The Joy of Sketching with Bob Ross and Adobe Photoshop Sketch. The short pieces demonstrate using Adobe Photoshop Sketch on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil using a Bob Ross impressionist (Adobe thanked Bob Ross Inc. for its help producing the videos, meaning it was done with permission). Below is Episode 1, but you can find Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 on YouTube. All in all, it's good exposure for Adobe and Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. [Via 9to5Mac]
It's Iowa Caucus day, which is a big thing heading into the presidential election. That sounds really big and important, but what does it mean? Vermont Public Radio did an awesome job explaining what a caucus is and why it's a big deal—and they did it all with LEGO minifigures. It's a great way to wrap your head around what's going down in Iowa today in a friendly and fun way. Bonus: LEGO minifigures. And thanks to @spsheridan on Twitter for turning me on to the video.
Satechi announced Thursday the Aluminum Monitor Stand, a stand for your monitor or MacBook designed to fit in with your Apple aesthetic. The device lifts your display higher on your desk while providing space for airflow or stuff underneath. It's available now in Gold, Space Gray, or Silver, and is priced at $39.99. The tweet below has a promo video for the product.
Feral Interactive announced Thursday the release of the Western Front Armies expansion for Company of Heroes 2 for the Mac (and Linux). The expansion adds the Oberkommando West army for the Nazis and US Forces for the Allies to the World World II combat game. It also has eight new maps set in France and Belgium. It can be played as a standalone game through Steam ($19.99), or played within the original Company of Heroes 2 game. Feral also said the expansion would be coming to the Mac App Store "soon." On the Mac side, the game recommend a 2.4GHz processor or better, 8GB of RAM or better and OS X 10.11.2 or higher (El Capitan). It will run on Yosemite, too.
Apple Pay is coming to ATMs owned by Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. No official announcements have been made, but USA Today reported that Chase is working on allowing users to use Apple Pay at their ATM in lieu of a debit card. TechCrunch reported that Wells Fargo and Bank of America are doing the same. This would allow you to conduct ATM transactions at those ATMs using just your iPhone or Apple Watch. It's a sure thing that all major banks will soon offer the feature once it their competitors do.
Check out this concept video for an Apple Car posted to YouTube by ConceptsiPhone. It's not the sort of thing I'd consider an accurate predictor of Apple's eventual design—for one thing that grill borrows way too much from BMW's iconic grill, and it's way too muscle-car-ish—but I always love seeing what artists think future Apple products will look like. This one turns to today's iPhones in many ways, and features a completely virtual dashboard display.
Freelance writer Mitchell Blatt has taken a peek inside the world of Apple superfans and "iFans" in China. Based in part on a store opening in Nanjing, Mr. Blatt wrote about the culture of Apple Store openings in that country, and the kinds of people who gather from all over the country to attend them, including some folks who got in line just because they, "have a feeling of togetherness waiting in line." In the image below (republished with permission), a young lady sits next to a stack of MacBooks people set up. As one does. Check out the full article—it's a very good read.
Keen has what looks to be a pretty smart product the company is calling Smart Vent. It's an Internet-connected vent that helps control the temperature in your home room-by-room. The devices are controllable through an iOS or Android app when connected through a Keen Smart Bridge (a $39 hub for the company's Internet-connected devices). It also works with Google's Nest thermostat. We haven't tested the Smart Vent yet, but when I saw it over the weekend, it screamed "cool" at me. $79 gets you a Smart Vent with a herringbone design on the vents. $129 gets a brown vent called "Arbor" that looks like a microscopic closeup of a leaf. There are also optional Smart Filters made by 3M that will be available in February.
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