The much-hyped Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender is giving us a first glimpse into the movie with a just release teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser already looks more interesting than the "Jobs," the earlier biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and so far all we have to go on is a very short clip and some voice overs. The movie is based on the only authorized biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and considering the powerhouse team behind the movie adaptation, there's a good chance it's going to fair much better in theaters than the Kutcher film did. Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" movie is due in theaters this year on October 9.
Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege Jetman Vince Reffet. Jetman...what a great title. Check out this video of these two adventurers flying around with jet-powered flying wings. The video was filmed in and around Dubai, and according to CultofMac, the flying contraptions utilize four small jet engines and can fly for 10 minutes. The video is available in 4K, so sit back and enjoy. It's truly amazing.
Human ingenuity and creativity never cease to amaze me. Check out Wax Nostalgic Carved Crayons, an Etsy shop selling art that Hoang Tran carved from Crayola Crayons. Better yet, check out the mumblestohimself account on Instagram that features the artist's work. There's something about seeing the work with the carving residue in the background that makes it look even better. There's a Tumblr account with yet other views of his work, and it's all amazing. Star Wars figures (shown below), cartoon characters, comic heroes, and all manner of pop culture icons. Too cool.
It's completely useless, yet utterly cool: Corbin Davenport is emulating a Macintosh II on an Android Wear device using Mini vMac II. That's an Android app available on Google Play, but young Mr. Davenport figured out how to make it work on an Android Wear device, more specifically a Samsung Gear Live. Awkward and pointless, running Mac OS on a smartwatch does nothing to better mankind, but knowing there are folks out there who can do this sort of thing makes me feel better about mankind. Check it out (via AndroidPolice), and cheers to Mr. Davenport.
Kids React is a great series on YouTube that exposes young kids to technology—usually old technology, like a rotary telephone. It can be fascinating to see how how some of these things are viewed devoid of all context. The newest installment, however, has kids reacting to something new, the Apple Watch. This, too, is fascinating. For one thing, most of the kids featured knew what it was. For another most of them seemed to instantly grok it, despite the fact that watches as a whole were devoid of context to most of them. My favorite was the young man who had several watches, but quipped, "Who uses a watch to check the time?"
This is a video of Steve Jobs introducing the Think Different campaign to Apple employees. It's September 23rd, 1997. Mr. Jobs has been back at Apple for "8-10 weeks." He's in the processing of slashing the product line and getting Apple refocused on making great products. He's wearing shorts and a mock turtleneck and looks very tired, yet excited. That could be because he was up until three in the morning the night before working on the campaign and this employee presentation. He discusses how Nike was his model for the campaign, and after the commercial he says he knows Apple will be criticized for not talking about Macs. "We have to tell people who we are," he said. He also gets emotional when he talks about getting the rights to use the people used in the campaign. The video was posted in 2013, but if you have't seen it yet, it's great stuff.
The GOgroove BlueSYNC BX Portable Bluetooth Speaker features Bluetooth, a 3.5mm AUX Port, and a USB port. This sleek, gunmetal cube with a back-lit LED glow on the front panel looks and sounds great. It's got a rechargeable, removable battery that offers up to 6 hours of continuous music and you can even take calls using the integrated microphone. This speaker usually retails for $69.99 but it's marked down to just $29.99 at Amazon, Now here's the cool part: Use the coupon code BLUESYNC at checkout to knock off an additional $10. Bottom line: You get the speaker for just $19.99 (shipping is free). But you better hurry...this offer expires on Friday, May 8th.
Apple is a daily news topic, and offers up enough interesting content to keep plenty of news sites and blogs—including The Mac Observer—busy pretty much every day. That all had to start somewhere, and it looks like the beginning was in 1977 when Sheila (Clarke) Craven's in depth article about the company ran in Kilobaud magazine. She spent four hours with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak talking about the Apple I and walked away with the beginnings of what eventually would become the massive technology empire we know today. Ms. Craven gave Business Insider a scan of the printed article, and it's a great read with lots of insight into what would eventually grow into the world of the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
There's a project on KickStarter called BeeKeeper you should check out if you have a new MacBook. It's a USB-C to Standard USB cable coupled with a converter that allows you to plug any standard USB cable into your MacBook. If you use the converter in conjunction with the cable, you can use them with Apple's MacBook charger. But if you use just the converter, you can plug, say, your existing Lightning iPhone cable—or any other standard USB cable—into your MacBook. Funding levels start at $19 for the converter by itself, or $36 for the converter and the cable. The company has raised $9,000 of its $33,000 goal, with five days left in the campaign.
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