It's no secret that I'm a big time LEGO fan, and that I love the LEGO IDEAS kits other fans design. The downside to IDEAS is that so few of those amazing designs ever make it to production. PleyWorld felt the same, so they created their own LEGO design submission system where every kit that meets the minimum vote requirement gets made. The company also gets that not everyone has the money to buy every kit they want—or the space to store them—so you can buy or rent, almost like a Netflix for LEGO. You'l find plenty of spaceships and cars, but there's also a lot of cool and creative building, character, food, and animals to choose from, too. Even if you don't pick up any kits from PleyWorld, it's a great place for inspiration when you're trying to find new builds for the bricks you already have.
A new drone flyover of Apple's spaceship headquarters—Campus 2.0—catches us up on the construction progress. The video was posted to YouTube by user myithz, and was filmed in 4K video. It shows the parking structure that is going up, more foundation work, and the beginnings of construction within the trough of the Death Star ring. I personally can't get enough of these flyovers, and they just keep getting better in terms of their quality.
I am so in love with this photograph posted to Twitter by @Wild_Outdoors. It's captioned "Panoramic picture taken while rolling down a hill," which pretty much tells you what you need to know. Oh, sure, you should pick the most photogenic hillside on the planet before embarking on this effort, but that's just nitpicking, isn't it? This photo looks like a portal into another fantasy world. It makes me think differently about each element, ground, clouds, sky. It frankly spurs my imagination. Check it out.
Panoramic picture taken while rolling down a hill. pic.twitter.com/UJbtcTnrED— Into The Wild (@Wild_Outdoors) January 28, 2015
Apple has posted a higher resolution version of a behind-the-scenes video on the artists who created a wonderful mural for its Jiefangbei Apple Store in Chongqing, China. Apple originally posted the video on its Chinese website, but the new version posted to YouTube features English subtitles for Chinese artist Yangyang Pan, in addition to being higher resolution. The mural adorns the cylindrical entrance to the store, and it's frankly gorgeous. Also, get a load of the smog shown in the video. No wonder Apple builds underground so often in that country.
Microsoft made another venture into Apple's ecosystem this week by releasing Microsoft Outlook for iPhone and iPad. And Android devices, if that's your thing. The app supports Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, meaning you can make it your main Mail app on your iOS devices for every major mail service. It handles attachments through Microsoft's own OneDrive, as well as Dropbox. It also supports calendars from within the app, and has a number of interface elements designed to make handling your email easier. And it's free.
FiftyThree, the company behind the popular Paper drawing app for the iPad and the Pencil pressure sensitive stylus, is adding gold to its lineup. The Pencil is already available with a walnut finish (my favorite) or graphite, and come February 3 it'll be available in gold, too. The color matches Apple's gold iPad Air 3, and it offers the same pressure sensitivity and blending features as the other models. The gold version is priced the same as the walnut model at US$59.95, and you can pre-order yours now. The Pencil is one of my favorite styluses, and it's pretty cool to see it now in gold.
A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural. The project was a joint project by an American photographer and a Chinese artist. The video is in Chinese and English, but the subtitles are Chinese only. Apple hasn't yet posted it to YouTube, but we'll update this article with the embedded video when it's up. [Via 9to5Mac]
Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering free access to storm coverage in its mobile apps. Access to NYT Now for example is usually US$2/week. I hope it doesn't need saying but remember if you're in the path of this storm there's no photo worth endangering yourself for, so please be careful (and warm) out there.
Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.
There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman.
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