As soon as I got my iPhone 6s, I started taking Live Photos. Once I had a few I started looking for ways to show them to other people. I quickly found that unless I was sending them over iMessage to other iOS 9 users, there was no way to share them. My first thought on the subject was that whoever first creates the app that lets me convert these in my iPhone instead of having to export them first is going to make all the money. I think I even said they should sell it for two dollars. Well someone listened, and now all you 6s users can share as an animated GIF or movie of your Live Photo. Using Live GIF you can convert to a far more shareable format, and even choose GIF or movie. You can save either one to your camera roll and share at will. As an added bonus, you can use Force Touch to get a menu for "Open Latest" which will automatically open your most recent Live Photo. From there you just pick if you want a GIF or a video and you're ready to go. So far it hasn't had any problems with any of my Live Photos and the movies and GIFs work fine in texts and Instagram. At last the tragedy of Live Photos being trapped in iMessage is finally at an end.
Thanks to Google, Tesla (and even Apple), we've been reading a lot about autonomous (self-driving) cars. We're not there yet. But Tesla, right now, does have what's called Autopilot mode. You still have to be behind the wheel and in a fully functional driver's seat. It's part of Tesla's version 7.0 software and "ludicrous mode." Think of it as the ultimate in cruise control. Watch, in delight, as a Jalopnik driver takes a Tesla Model S out for a test run, navigating through heavy traffic, hands free. It's both "awesome and creepy." This may be the coolest tech thing you've seen this year. And the scariest.
After you get back from Space Camp, one thing you might want to look into is this jacket, inspired by the spacesuits U.S. astronauts use. Made of trilobal nylon oxford, it reflects light, maintains its flexibility over a wide temperature range and is water repellent. There is a built-in audio system, including a microphone, inside the hood and powered by Bluetooth. Audio controls, as with any good spacesuit, are on the sleeve. Included is the obligatory mission patch. Available sizes are M, L, XL and XXL. Be ready for an astronomical price of €1499.00.
Sometimes it would be really handy if you could just take the iPad that sits next to your computer and make it a second Mac screen. Thanks to some ex-Apple engineers, you can. Duet works on any Mac running 10.9 (or other computer running Windows 7) or higher, by installing a free app to enable your machine to connect to your iOS device. Then take an iOS device running iOS 7 or higher, and install the Duet Display app. Here's the catch: Buying the iOS app will set you back US$15.99 but it is universal so you only have to buy it once. If you already connect your iPhone or iPad to your laptop for charging or syncing, then Duet gives you a place to put your inbox, or your palettes, or whatever else doesn't quite fit on the laptop screen you have. Paired with a nice desktop stand or a Mountie, you can put that extra screen to good use (when it isn't streaming Netflix).
Meet Bob Sabiston, a filmmaker and developer who was offered a job by Steve Jobs. Not once, but three times. In this video, Mr. Sabiston talks about his career with his interactions with Steve Jobs as the anchor. I highly recommend it. You can check out Headspace, Voxel, Retroid, and Space Flea on the App Store.
StudioBananaThings has a Kickstarter hit on its hands with Batband, a bone conduction headphone that lets you hear music without having speakers on or in your ear. You have to watch the video if you aren't sure what the heck that means. With 15 days to go, this project has already raised more than $557,000, far exceeding the goal of $150,000. All of the early bird options are long gone, but $149 will still let you help fund this product and get your Batband when they ship. It will retail for $250, according to the company. Check it out.
Move over DSLR cameras, because here comes the L16 from Light. Instead of single interchangeable lenses, the L16 packs 16 cameras into its smartphone-sized body it uses to snap images at up to 52 megapixels. The camera packs in five 35mm and five 70mm focal length lenses, along with six 150mm lenses. Throw in a little computational photography, and you get a single camera that Light founder Rajiv Laroia says is more versatile and offers better photo quality than the current crop of DSLRs. He says a similar DSLR setup would cost about US$6,000, but the L16 costs $1,200. The downside is that it's only available for preorder now. You'll have to wait until to try one out. You can check out Mr. Laroia talking about the L16 on Robert Scoble's Facebook page.
Forget "Steve Jobs," Get Ready For "Michael Dell." In this fake film clip, Conan O'Brien strikes to the core of how many Apple fans feel about the PC world as exemplified by Michael Dell. Enjoy.
Universal Pictures released a new trailer for Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle directed film written by Aaron Sorkin. The two minute clip is a contiguous scene where Steve Wozniak is asking Steve Jobs what exactly he does, since he's not an engineer. Steve Jobs's answer in the clip is awesome. It takes place before the unveiling of the NeXT Cube, which Woz predicts (in the film) will be a failure. It was.
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