Construction of Apple's so-called Spaceship HP—or Apple Campus 2.0, as Apple calls it—is really progressing. New drone footage posted to YouTube in the form of a trailer with a dramatic soundtrack, shows just how far the massive building has come. The foundation of the outer ring have been laid, and structural walls abound. Check it out.
President Obama made a strong statement in favor of Net Neutrality yesterday, and Senator Ted Cruz called out the push for regulation as "Obamacare for the Internet." Seems the Senator needs some schooling on what a free and open Internet really is, and why it's so important. The Oatmeal offers up one of the best explanations supporting Net Neutrality I've seen, and it's totally worth checking out. Thank you, The Oatmeal.
The Wall Street Journal made the full video (embedded below) of Apple CEO Tim Cook's question and answer session at October's WSJD Live conference. During the Q&A, Mr. Cook talked about Apple TV, the importance of the Mac to Apple, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, too. Mr. Cook is always a fascinating interview, so check it out.
LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.
I'm a fan of Twelve South. The company has some of the best styling in the Apple accessories market, and today the company unveiled the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), a wraparound wallet. Plus, it's leather, and as we established a couple of days ago, I'm also a big fan of leather cases. It has slots for two cards (the site cleverly says, "Room for two cards... and Apple Pay."), and it looks great. It's available in Black, Red, White, or Caramel (I like the first two most, for those keeping score at home). We'll likely review it in the next couple of weeks, but it you can't wait, it's available now for $39.99.
Until now, tapping a badge on your chest to talk to your bridge crew was the purview of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but OnBeep is making that a reality today with its Onyx. The Onyx is a walkie-talkie-like badge that lets you talk in real time with other users, and it clips to your shirt, just like a Star Trek comm badge. Onyx supports groups of up to 15 members, and you can set up multiple groups, all managed through your iPhone. Onyx is available for pre-order now for US$99 each, or $195 for a set of two. It'll ship before the end of the year.
One of the undeniable truths of the universe is that The LEGO Movie is awesome, and now that awesomeness can live inside your Mac because The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop, plus the game include multi-player support, and it includes the Wild West DLC pack with four extra characters and magical pants with special powers. The LEGO Movie videogame requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and is priced at US$29.99.
Hex launched a line of leather cases and wallets for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, and I'm a sucker for a quality leather iPhone case. They look good—though we haven't yet reviewed them—and I particularly like the Focus case shown in the image. In addition to the Focus in several colors, there is the Icon Wallet (also in multiple colors). It holds your iPhone in a case that folds over like a wallet, with slots for money and credit cards and the like. The leather cases are $49.95, while the leather wallets are $59.95.
Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.
When Apple Watch ships next spring you'll need to charge yours every day, and DODOcase wants you to be able juice up in style with its new Charging Stand. The stand is made from California orchard walnut, uses suction cup adhesive to hold it in place, has a groove for routing the watch's charging cable, and you can get a monogramed leather cover for the inductive charger base. DODOcase will number the first 100 sold, and the company plans to ship its Charging Stand at the same time Apple Watch ships in spring 2015. You can pre-order now with a US$5 deposit. The final price will run between $60 and $80.
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