iRig 2: New and Improved Mobile Guitar Interface from IK Multimedia

3:10 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · by

I've used the original iRig to play my guitars through my iDevices with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Apple's GarageBand (free) apps for years. It was a workhorse and a bargain at $39.99, but my one complaint was that it lacked an input gain control, so I had to record some of my guitars at lower-than-I'd-have-liked recording levels. iRig 2,the successor to my venerable iRig shipped last week, fixing my only complaint and adding new features like a 1/4" amplifier output jack, FX/Thru switch, and Android compatibility  (not that I care)—all at the same low price ($39.99 - Amazon link). If you want to play your guitar through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, I can't think of a better or more reasonably-priced way to connect it than iRig 2.  


Video Shows How Apple Watch Companion App Rearranges Apps

9:46 PM, Mar. 20th, 2015 · by

Hamza Sood posted a great video to Twitter (via 9to5Mac) showing how rearranging the apps on the Apple Watch Companion App works on the iPhone. While shot on the iPhone companion app, the process will work in a similar way on the Apple Watch itself. The Apple Watch will be available for preorder on April 10th and it ships on April 24th.

Apple Watch Edition Gets Reference in Phish “Magnaball” Festival’s Humorous FAQ

10:34 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · by

On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry: 


I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.

Even if you're not a Phish fan their FAQs are always a fun read. Tickets for Magnaball go on sale Friday at 12pm EDT (or is that EST? We've asked for clarification on the time zone status).

Want an Apple Watch Today? Make Your Own with LEGO

9:10 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · by

If waiting until April 24 to get your Apple Watch seems like far too long to wait, you can make your own today. Even better, you can make your Apple Watch out of LEGO bricks, which adds an extra level of coolness to your wrist. Chris McVeigh worked out the design and is sharing the instructions (PDF) on his website. He's the guy that came up with other awesome LEGO builds I love like the original Macintosh, the retro TV with color bars, and the TARDIS. You'll need to provide your own bricks and his instructions include a shopping list so you won't come up short. Chris's LEGO Apple Watch looks great, and now I want Apple to make a special edition version that really works: Apple Watch Brick.


Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Want Funding for a Comedy

5:57 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · by

Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?

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CrankBox, a Hand-Cranked Charger for Your iPhone or iPad on Indiegogo

5:09 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · by

There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.


LEGO Ideas Proposal Makes it Easy to Disassemble Johnny 5

10:20 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · by

After Johnny 5 because self aware in the 1980s movie Short Circuit, he went on the run because he didn't want to be disassembled. Thanks to an awesome LEGO Ideas proposal, you can do just that—after you build him, of course. The finished model stands about 30cm high, includes about 850 pieces, and really is the spitting image of Johnny 5. It even includes is back-mounted toolbox tha replaced his rocket launcher. The proposal has only 2,181 votes with only 43 days left to get the required 10,000 it needs for official consideration. This would look fantastic next to our Wall-E kit, so get your votes in now.


The Quadcopter Turned into a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Speeder

7:48 PM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · by

Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).

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20 Minute Video Shows Steve Jobs Brainstorming with NeXT team (1985)

5:17 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · by

Since the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, a lot of videos and interviews with the tech icon have resurfaced. It's been great being able to take this walk through history, and I have a doozy for you today. It's a documentary-style 20 minute video showing Steve Jobs working with his then-brand new team at NeXT in 1985. This is less than a year after he left Apple to form NeXT. Its particular focus is Mr. Jobs organizing, inspiring, and pushing that team to meet his deadline of a 1987 release for the first NeXT computer. Dave Hamilton noted, "at 11:32, Mr. Jobs says, 'Well, George, I can't change the world!' And there's a hint of a smile if he doesn't really believe that sentiment, but lets it stand because it helps make his point." It's a fascinating watch. [Via @cdixon -> @inc]

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Your Selfies on a Customizable Apple Watch Band? Check!

4:33 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · by

So you've bought your elegant Apple Watch, but it's just that. Elegant. Too elegant. Casetfy has a solution for you with its Customizable Watch Band for Apple Watch. It allows you to design your own Apple Watch strap using photographs from Facebook and Instagram. Or, as the company wrote, "Your selfie on your watch band? Err...why not!" Why not, indeed! They're priced at US$50, will ship in June, and you can play around with your own designs now. Use coupon code JW6UQR for $10 off, too. Casetfy has been making custom iPhone cases for several years, too, and the coupon code works there, as well.