Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers. Thanks to A.P.P.L.E, you can break out your dusty old IIgs and give it a spiffy OS update. It's a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.
IK Multimedia shipped another clever gadget Thursday, the iRig PowerBridge. This device allows "continuous charging while also passing along audio and MIDI information between the digital iRig accessory and the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch." In other words, you can keep your iOS device charged while playing music with the company's iRig product line. The device has a low-noise power conditioner built into it, as well as several connection options. There are also versions for both Lightning and 30-Pin Dock iOS device models.
Cambridge SoundWorks is known for its high-quality audio gear and this this nifty little wireless speaker is no exception. But you won't have to pay the list price of US$69.99, nor even the usual selling price of $59.99...for a limited time you can pick up one of these little gems from Amazon for a mere $19.99, saving yourself over 70 percent! No telling how long this deal will last, so act now to avoid disappointment and snag the color you prefer (there are currently 5 colors available).
Apple has taken a new tack in marketing Apple Watch with a pair of commercials called Apple Watch - Berlin and Apple Watch - Beijing posted to YouTube on Thursday. The Berlin spot shows a couple of Chinese tourists making the most of Berlin, including getting translations, finding a clinic, getting karaoke lyrics, and more. John Martellaro recently discussed the lack of marketing for this device, and showcasing the device's usability outside of a fitness device seems like a great idea.
Conversely, the Beijing spot showcases two German tourists in China using Apple Watch for currency conversions, finding each other, sending messages to one another (I love the "SOS" moment), and more.
The City of Cupertino has posted a new photograph of Apple Campus 2 [Via 9to5Mac]—the so-called Spaceship Campus—showing the structure rising from the ground. Several floors have been erected at the space making it look less like a flyover of the Death Star and more like the UFO it will one day become. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2016, when it will become one of the most iconic buildings in Silicon Valley.
It took US$3 billion and a decade to get the New Horizons probe to Pluto, and the images from its very brief encounter will be coming back soon. New Horizons zipped past Pluto on Tuesday at over 30,000 miles per hour, and at its closest point was only 7,750 miles away from the dwarf planet—which is far closer than the Moon is to Earth. Pluto is the farthest away body in our solar system humans have explored and was discovered only 85 years ago. Until now, we haven't had any close up photographs of Pluto and its moons, and the images that have been coming is as New Horizons made its approach have been amazing. To celebrate New Horizons reaching its closest point to Pluto before moving farther out into the solar system Google gave us a new doodle on its home page depicting the flight. Be sure to click the doodle animation for more information about Pluto and the New Horizons probe.
This Kickstarter project, which is now fully funded, aims to provide a full-featured, form fit USB-C dock for Apple's MacBook. Ports are: USB Type-C for power, two USB 3.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort. Optional is 64 GB of Flash storage, accessible to the MacBook. The developers point out that, "Branch was designed from the ground up to rigidly & securely attach to the MacBook as if it was a part of the Mac itself." Branch will be available in three colors to match the MacBook: Silver, Space Gray and Gold. It measures 11 x 19 x 82 mm, and first versions will be made from high quality polymers.
Berkeley Breathed has given us all some hope for the future: "Bloom County" is back. The series is now called "Bloom County 2015," and was announced by Mr. Breathed through his Facebook page, and the first strip is already up. The original "Bloom County" was a Pulitzer prize winning strip that ran from 1980 to 1989 and ended with Donald Trump running for President after his brain was transplanted into Bill the Cat, one of his main characters. The new series starts with Opus the penguin in all his underpants-laden glory, just as it should. Mr. Breathed hasn't said if the strip will run in papers, so for now you'll have to check out his Facebook page to get your fix. Welcome back, Berkeley.
Apple rolled out another "Shot on iPhone 6" commercial this week, this one by Gabriela M. It features the song "Bugatti (feat. Pusha T)" by Tiga. This series of spots features gorgeous vignettes, all of which were shot on an iPhone 6. They are designed to show off what can be done with the device.
Exploring Mars isn't just for robots any more thanks to NASA's Mars Trek website. Mars Trek is a lot like Google Earth, but for Mars. You can explore craters, mountains, rover landing sites, and more all from your favorite Web browser. Mars Trek includes 3D and 2D map views, details about landmarks and other locations, animated fly by views, plus you can download files for 3D printers. Just to make sure you really understand that: You can print 3D models of the surface of Mars. If you're checking this out at work, we apologize in advance for the serious hit to your productivity.
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