This is so poignant, so spot on. So #totallynailedit. Nitrozac and Snaggy have made a new cartoon for The Joy of Tech called Apple TV: us and them! that utterly encapsulates the reality of the cable TV industry, Apple, and Apple customers, too. Not bad for two frames. Snaggy gave me permission to republish it, so check it out and tell me what you think.
Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote control version you can send zipping around your home or office. You control it with your iPhone or iPad, and can set it to patrol, explore, or play as it rolls around, and Sphero says BB-8's personality changes based on how you treat it. Sphero's BB-8 goes on sale on Friday, September 4 and will set you back US$150.
Then there's that guy who built himself a manned-drone from a lawnchair, an umbrella, and 54 propellers. Smart? Pshaw. I can't imagine much that is less smart. Cool? Hell yeah! The dude can fly, or at least hover. That's not only cool, it's frakking genius. Who cares if it's life threatening and unstable?! And that name: The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone. As descriptive as it is grandiose. The inventor says it will lift 360 pounds. Add it all up and I call this a winner. Check it out (via Gizmodo):
This is a first for me: handmade leather Lightning charging cables for iOS devices. This is a project called Esbee Cables being launched on Kickstarter, and it's already surpassed its funding goal of US$15,000. The company has obtained MFi certification from Apple, and is using the money to ramp up production. The video (below) is a tad cheesy, but the product looks great—and a leather-clad charging cable is a compelling idea. There are funding options that will get you a cable starting at $24 and $26 dollars. Check it out.
There's no such thing as "too much storage," so we're always on the lookout for great deals on massive drives, and this morning we found one. B&H has the 5TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive on sale for $129.99 with free expedited shipping in the United States. This is the best deal we've seen this particular drive yet, as it normally runs around $150. And don't let the lack of "Mac" branding fool you, this drive will work just fine with OS X if you format it with Disk Utility before using it.
The BlueGATE CTR is a hands-free Bluetooth car kit with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC pairing for cars with an AUX in port. It has music controls, a built-in mic for calls, and a 2.1A USB port on the DC adapter for charging your iPhone or iPad. It lists for $67.99 though it usually sells for $44.99, but have we got a deal for you (at least until August 30). Just use the coupon code SAVEBLU1 to take $25 off. So your price for the BlueGATE CTR will be $19.99. And, of course, other than local tax, that's all you'll pay 'cause shipping is free. If my car had an AUX port, I'd order one in a heartbeat.
Here's a neat iDevice accessory that aims to simultaneously address two user demands: high quality sync and charge cables that won't tangle and fray, and a unique design that looks great for personalizing your mobile setup. Esbee Cables, nearing their initial goal on Kickstarter, are custom leather-wrapped cables that claim to offer much greater durability than the standard Apple cable, and come in one of seven color options. Each Micro USB or Lightning cable will retail for $30 (compared to the $19 that Apple charges for a standard cable), although a few reward tiers remain which can shave a couple of dollars off that price. Those backing the project now should receive their cables by mid-November. Check out additional pictures and videos on the project's Kickstarter page.
There are lots of Apple Watch stands and charging docks, but most hold just the watch itself. If you're looking for a cheap and useful dock that can handle both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, our own Adam Christianson found what looks to be a great deal on Amazon. The Apple Watch Stand from Poetic Smartphone holds your Apple Watch and iPhone, comes in iDevice-matching color options Space Grey, Silver, and Gold, and will run you just US$20 shipped. Just one potential caveat: buyers report that the larger 42mm Apple Watch will only work with the Sport band; other bands are too heavy for the stand when combined with the weight of the watch.
Andy Weir's "The Martian" is a great book and looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome movie, too. The new trailer for the movie is a roller coaster of excitement with all kinds of little tidbits that should put smiles on the faces of everyone who read the book. That, and it's just way too cool when Matt Damon says, "I'm going to have to science the s#@t out of this." In case you aren't familiar with "The Martian," it's a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive while he waits for rescue. The movie hits theaters on October 2, so we'll have to wait until then to see if the movie lives up to the trailer.
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