What happens when you put a gold Apple Watch Edition between two neodymium magnets? Pretty much exactly what you'd expect: a horrible disaster that clearly voids your AppleCare. Surprisingly, even after being crushed with 650 pounds of force, the smashed Apple Watch still worked despite a destroyed screen. It even charged after its untimely demise. A word of advice: neodymium magnets are extremely powerful and are very dangerous if you don't know how to properly handle them. Instead of risking breaking your fingers between high powered magnets, watch the Apple Watch smashing video instead. You also won't have to shell out the money for a watch to destroy.
Apple kicked off WWDC 2015 with a video called Backstage, a "behind the scenes look at the opening number that never made it to WWDC 2015." It stars Bill Hader as director David LeGary preparing for an opening extravaganza for WWDC. It features Danny Pudi (Community), Angry Birds, one of the crow things from Monument Valley, a flaming stuntman, a pretty cat and a less-pretty cat, at least one drone, and my favorite, Tim Cookalikes. Come on, that's good stuff! The company posted it to YouTube Thursday.
Meet Julie Adenuga, the DJ who will be in charge of Apple's Beats 1 London desk. Beats 1 will be a 24/7 global radio station based on shows from Los Angeles, New York City, and London. We've covered Zane Lowe, formerly of BBC 1, who will be heading the Los Angeles branch of the station. But who's heard of Julie Adenuga? Apparently a lot of folks, especially in the UK. Vice magazine ran a piece on her Thursday that called her Apple's best decision in the WWDC announcements, and if you're interested in Apple's new radio station, you should reaad it. For one thing, she was an Apple Store employee a few years ago, but is now considered a "no-[$%#!]-given underground tastemaker." She also claims recording artists JME and Skepta as siblings. Read the full piece for more.
Apple posted Apple Music - History of Sound video is shows during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference keynote address. The promotional video runs through a snapshot history of music played through electrically-powered devices. Dark, gritty, high-contrast images, and a driving soundtrack combine to make a powerful video. Also, note the inclusion of the iPod and iTunes iconography towards the end. Well played, Apple. Well played.
A young man and his handheld 40 Watt Laser. What could inspire more confidence? As he himself put it, "There's no good reason for anybody to own anything this powerful." Yet he does. It's an ingenious-looking device, and in the video, YouTube user styropyro uses it to ignite a number of inflammable materials, including paper, flash paper, black powder, wood, and some trimethylsomethingoranother solution. It burns purty. [Via Digg]
Simon Pierro is a magician who often incorporates iPads and other Apple devices into his act, and he just released a new video featuring Apple Watch.
Satechi’s Premium Aluminum Monitor Stand (Amazon - $69.99) is just the thing for the organized, busy Mac professional. The style and design complement Apple’s aesthetic designs. It holds a Mac, iMac, or Macbook. It sits four inches off the desk surface and is 9.5 inches long. It has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and a USB 3.0 connector (with cable) tucked inside. There is a large hole in the back to thread cables out of the way, and it holds up to 200 pounds.
Girls deserve just as much a shot at learning to code as boys, and App Camp for Girls aims to make that happen. The program is the brain child of Jean MacDonald, formerly of Smile Software, who decided turn what should be happening into reality. App Camp for Girls is off to a great start, so now it's time to turn the program into a sustainable organization capable of running coding camps for girls around the world. That takes money, and that means it's time to break out your credit card for a worthy cause. Head on over to App Camp's Indiegogo page and do what you can to help the program hit its US$100,000 goal so more girls can learn to code—and ultimately write the iPhone apps you won't be able to live without.
The SonaVERSE USB is a clever soundbar-style speaker that weighs half a pound and can be clipped onto almost any laptop. It's cleverly designed and at just 8 ounces, perfect for travel. How much would you pay for such a speaker? Its SRP is US$42.48 (and no, that's not a typo); its street price is $24.99; but TODAY ONLY you can have one of your very own for a mere $18.99 (with free shipping) from BestBuy. The speaker is covered by a 3-year warranty and BestBuy says, "You can return or exchange almost everything within 15 days for a full refund." So what have you got to lose? If you need a cool little travel speaker for your laptop, or are looking for a great-but-inexpensive gift for the road-warrior dad or grad in your life, you better order one right now 'cause this offer expires at the end of TODAY (today being Tuesday, June 2, 2015). Put another way, if you don't order today you'll pay more tomorrow.
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