Seeing where you are from space is always cool, and Satellite Eyes lets you do that any time you like from your Mac's desktop. This app shows the satellite view of your current location as your desktop image, spans images across multiple monitors, lets you choose from several different image styles, apply filters, and uses Location Services to update your desktop image so it always shows the view from where you are. As if that isn't enough, it's also free to download.
Elroy is a magnetic Bluetooth docking station for earbuds. What exactly does that mean? It means you can have earbuds with a cord that's 1/3 the length of a normal pair of earbuds because they connect to your device via Bluetooth. You can also look at it as marrying the sound quality of an earbud with the convenience of Bluetooth, all without being a Bluetool™. Elroy is currently a Kickstarter project that blew by its initial funding goal of $30,000 and is closing in on $100,000.
With the new Doctor Who season back in full swing and the show's 50th anniversary coming up in November, it's a good time to bone up on your Who history, and The Guardian has a great timeline to help you do just that. The graphic timeline includes every episode covering all 11 incarnations of the Doctor from the classic series and the reboot, plus every companion and villan, along with some show trivia, too. It's cool, easy to read, and waiting for you to download.
Not sure what something smells like, or need to make sure something smells right? Google's new beta search feature, Google Nose, can handle that. The new Internet search system includes over 15 million scentibytes of aroma data that can be searched and sampled by your nose, and it supports SafeSearch in case you're worried about what smells you might encounter. This is just one of the several announcements Google unveiled for April 1st -- also known as April Fools Day. Google also used the day to jab us with Google Treasure Maps, Gmail Blue, and YouTube shutting down.
Oh man, this is bloody genius! The Somersby Cider Company has released a commercial that spoofs Apple's retail stores, and it's totally awesome. The company set up "Somersby Store" that looks like an Apple Store. It features tables of apples and apple cider, complete with people queued up, store employees to greet them, a Genius Bar, and more. Customer holds up a glass of cider and asks, "Is it wireless?" Employee waves his arm around the glass, and says, "Yeah yeah yeah, completely wireless." It's funny, and if you're wondering, it's respectful of the Apple Store experience, rather than mocking. Oh heck, watch it for yourself!
Back in 1974, in a TV interview, the legendary science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke predicted, in a fashion, the Internet, home computers, working from home, and other online activities that we take for granted today.
In this YouTube video, courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Clarke is in the midst of a 1970s era massive computer data center with mainframe equipment, tape drives and monochrome CRT consoles. He talks about how in 2001, you'll be able to, for example, use a home console to check your bank statements or confirm theater reservations. This network will allow businessmen to work, say, out in the country, instead of in a big city. It's a remarkable video showing the remarkable mind of Arthur Clarke 39 years ago.
NASA has a new interactive exhibit at its Kennedy Space Center thanks to a collaboration with the Angry Birds developers. Just to be clear: Angry Birds Space, interactive exhibits, and the Kennedy Space Center. Of course, it's ultimately about education and getting kids interested in the space program, but it's also Angry Birds in space, rockets, physics, astronauts, and a giant bucket of awesome.
Researchers at the University of Texas have taken us one step closer to invisibility. A team created a 0.15mm-thin sheet that can hide a 7-inch tall cylinder...from microwaves. Yeah, that's not as useful as hiding something from visible light, but it's still super awesome cool. What's even more interesting is that the invisibility "cloak" is made from copper and polycarbonate, and as ExtremeTech explains, that's much different from the metamaterials (materials with properties that can’t be found in nature) used in previously announced invisibility cloaks.
When's the last time you played Ambrosia's Maelstrom? That's too long, and we are cruel enough to point out that you can fix that right now. This classic Mac OS Asteroids take was all the rage back in the day, and if you're looking for some old-school kicks, it's still a ton of fun. It was released under a GPL license some time ago, and from there it was ported OS X, Linux, BeOS, and Windows. We found that that the OS X download ran under Mountain Lion just fine. All of which means that you can once again while away a few hours, days, or weeks of your life. You're welcome.
Trans International announced Tuesday iSchmutz, a filter for the front of your Mac Pro that keeps the dirt, dust, and schmutz (if you will) out. Apple designed the Mac Pro to suck in air through the front, flow through your tower and out the back to cool the internal components. A lot of dust get caught on the front of your Mac Pro, but even more gets through to the inside where it stays. iSchmutz stops that from happening. iSchmutz is priced at US$24.99. TMO will also test it.
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