ABC News aired a three minute story on the Mac's 30th anniversary that includes an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi, and the legendary Bud Tribble. It's largely a fluff piece, but they talk about the new Mac Pro being made in the U.S., Apple's penchant for secrecy, and the impact the Mac made 30 years ago.
Check out this new app called Artist Radar for iPhone and iPad. It will send you push notifications when your favorite band or recording artist releases a new album, song, ebook, audiobook, TV show, movie or concert tickets. Cool, right? Subscribe to your any band you want to follow, and this app will let you know when they're releasing new stuff or playing a concert. It's a free app, and it contains links to buying albums and videos on iTunes. They even have my old band, The Atomic Love Bombs, so that's pretty darned awesome (to me). I've downloaded the app and added some bands, as shown in the screenshots below. After I've had some time to see how the news section works, I'll post a review if I like it, but I love the idea of being notified when bands I love are coming to town.
Raspberry Pi is a neat little single board computer, developed by Eben Upton, that can be used for all kinds of projects, especially for kids and learning programming. From the FAQ: "The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming." Its costs just US$35.
The normal method of programming is with Python. You'll need a power supply (MicroUSB cable), some other support cables, a mouse and keyboard, an SD memory card, and a host computer, PC or Mac, to get going. The cool factor is that you can get your head around this little single board computer and really make things happen.
Hopefully all my drooling won't short out your Mac or iPad while you read about this super cool Kickstarter project called TURN-I-KIT. It's an adapter for your iPhone that allows you to mount Canon or Nikon lenses for the camera. The company's goal is only US$8,000, and they're almost there with 30 days still to go. There are funding options for a TURN-I-KIT for Canon lenses and separate TURN-I-KITs with a Nikon/Nikkor adapter, too. The earlier you back the project, the sooner you get your TURN-I-KIT. I can't wait to strap my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4mm lens to my iPhone.
This Saturday, you can celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer by attending a majorly cool event fittingly called Mac 30th Celebration. It's being held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA, the same place the Mac was originally announced in 1984. The event features three panels that include many members of the amazing team that developed the Mac with Steve Jobs, including Bill Atkinson, Randy Wigginton, Andy Hertzfeld, Bruce Horn, George Crow. and Caroline Rose. Another panel features Daniel Kottke, Larry Tesler, Marc LeBrun, Bill Fernandez and a mystery guest. A third panel features several third party Mac developers. As amazing as all that is, there will also be an appearance by the Macworld All Star Band, with Chris Breen, Paul Kent, Bob LeVitus, Chuck La Tournous, Duane Straub, Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin (a.k.a. me). Tickets are $109.75 or $140.80, and all proceeds after expenses benefit the Coders Dojo.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe is awake after a long sleep as it traveled through our solar system on its way to land on a comet later this year. The probe will park itself in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this August and will drop a probe to the surface in November. Rosetta started its journey in 2004 and for the past two years has been shut down to save power. Now that it's awake again it has started Tweeting and will continue to do so throughout its mission. This will be the first time humans have landed a craft on a comet, and thanks to Twitter we can all follow along as it happens.
The popular animated TV series The Simpsons is turning 25 and to celebrate the show's anniversary, LEGO has created a special model kit of the family's home along with specially designed mini figs of the main characters. The kit uses more than 2,500 pieces to recreate the home and its interior, the family's car, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Flanders. The house splits in half so you can see inside, the roof comes off, too, and the attention to detail is simply amazing. The kit is priced at US$199 and will be available February 1 at LEGO stores and through the company's website.
The Unmonday Model 4.3 ceramic multichannel speaker is one of the most unusual things to cross my desk in a long time. It's a wireless speaker in ceramic case that can become a mono, left, right, left-rear, right-rear, or center speaker just by positioning it a certain way. That ceramic case is hexogonal, and the speaker knows which side is down, which is how it knows which mode to operate in. You can use one in mono mode, or if you need surround sound, just get five of them. At €699 per (US$946.41), that represents a commitment to portable high-quality ceramic-speaker sound, but I know you're out there. It supports AirPlay, and the speaker works for up to 8 hours on a charge.
Next Friday, January 24th, will mark thirty years since Steve Jobs took the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino and introduced the Mac to the world. And on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 (yes, that's next weekend!) that same venue will host a celebration of what has happened in the thirty-years-and-one-day since. Through several panel discussions you'll hear from Mike Markkula, Randy Wigginton, Daniel Kottke, Bill Fernandez, Steven Levy and some unnanounced special guests, as well. To cap off the evening the Macworld All-Star Band will play (yes, with yours truly on the drums). The event starts at 7pm and you tickets are available through Ticketmaster. I hope to see you there!
The online storage service Box is making a generous offer: Download their new iPhone and iPad app and they'll give you 50GB of free online storage for life. Like other online storage. Like other services. Box lets you store any file type, share files and folders, sync files between computers, and access documents from your iPhone and iPad. The Box app is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store and requires a free Box account.
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