Light-up eyes. A Magnetic 'S' that can be detached from a seafood sign and attached to his chest. More than 30 points of articulation. A detachable "War Arm." A Hogarth mini-figure that sits in his hand. I must be talking about an Iron Giant figure, right? You bet I am! Mondo announced pre-orders for a 16-inch tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure starting today (a limited edition model sold out in moments). This is an impressive looking figure, and it's expected to ship in the third quarter. But, that impressiveness comes at a cost: US$300. There are all sorts of images on the announcement page, or you can go straight to the Mondo's home page and pre-order.
Drop testing an iPhone 6 case typically involves a push from a table, or a climb up a short ladder, but Urban Armor Gear didn't think that was enough, so they dropped an iPhone from space. They put the iPhone 6 in one of their cases, then lifted it to 101,000 feet with balloons before dropping it along with GoPro cameras recording the flight. The iPhone shut off before reaching it's highest point because apparently they don't work well at -79°F, but it powered back up again after it was recovered. They used a parachute to slow down the descent a little, but still... an iPhone dropped from space!
Graphene, developed by British scientists, in an incredible material. It's one layer of Carbon atoms thick, highly conductive, and 100 times stronger than steel. It can be placed on a flexible substrate and is 97 percent transparent. While current iPhone displays are made with the rare and expensive element Indium, Graphene is pure Carbon, a very abundant element on earth. This video, from the summer of 2013 on the BBC airing of The One Show, while not recent, still takes your breath away at the prospects of Graphene for our future electronics. The concept shown in this video suggests a future smartphone about as thick as what we use today as ultra-thin screen protectors.
I love this Macintosh concept that's floating around. Don't get me wrong, it would never happen. It's too small for modern computer users, and the design is impractical. But boy, is it gorgeous. Nay, sexy! The concept marries the guts of an 11-inch MacBook Air to a new form factor, plus the screen is designed to be a touchscreen. Check out the full post at German site Curved. There's an English version of the article included with the German copy, and they both have several different images of the concept device.
If you've been holding out for a lower price before buying a 5K Retina iMac, today is your lucky day. Apple just added the high resolution Mac to its refurbished product store, and picking up the base Intel quad-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive will set you back US$2,119, or $380 off the standard $2,499 price tag. Buying one with 16GB RAM costs $2,299, or $2,339 for 8GB RAM and a Core i7 processor, both of which are still below the stock machine cost. You can check out all of Apple's 5K Retina iMac deals at the company's retail site refurbished product page.
Thanks to the the magic of remote control drones and arial photography, The Mac Observer has a new shot showing the construction progression on the outer ring of Apple's spaceship campus in Cupertino. The shot from earlier this week comes to us through our intrepid aerial drone pilot who braved the traffic and air space around the construction site, and we think the results are fantastic. Apple plans to finish construction next year and we're looking forward to bringing you more sky shots along the way.
In Colombia, there's been a civil war going on for more than 50 years between the government and a group that wishes to bring about a Marxist revolution. As a result there have been thousands of people kidnapped and held hostage in the Colombian jungle. Colonel Jose Espejo had retirement on the horizon, but wanted to rescue as many hostages as he could before he left. He called his "idea man," advertising executive Juan Carlos Ortiz, the first Colombian to win a gold Lion (the Oscar of commercials). Over time they hatched a plan to get a covert message to those hostages. Specifically the message was "19 people rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope." Eventually the two men found a terrifically clever way to get this message delivered and ultimately help more hostages get released. Spoiler: It involves a snappy beat and Morse code. You can read the full story at The Verge, and even get a chance to experience the message yourself. It's a fascinating tale and I'm glad it was declassified so it could be shared.
Apple is working on a companion app for Apple Watch that will help users manage the device from their iPhone or iPad. Mark Gurman posted images of the app at 9to5Mac, and those images show an app that allows users to reorder the apps on their Apple Watch, manage settings, control fitness tracking, and manage accessbility functions. Another interesting tidbit is that users will only be able to use Apple Watch for Apple Pay transactions if they have entered their passcode or fingerprint on their iPhone after they place the Apple Watch on their wrist. If the Apple Watch is removed, Apple Pay will not be accessible. Check out the full article for more screenshots.
Apple added a new section to its App Store called Games for Kids that makes it easier to find child-friendly games for your young iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch user. Games are grouped by age, and many don't include in-app purchases. The Kids Games section groups titles for kids aged five and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11. You can find games from LEGO, Sesame Street, Disney, and more. You can even download the free ebook Family Time with Apps explaining how to more effectively manage the time kids spend playing on their iOS device.
NASA has a wonderful new project related to the Kepler mission. Kepler's mission is to find other human-habitable planets, and some of those potential planets are part of the Exoplanet Travel Series, which means they received the vintage travel poster treatment, and look amazing. Here's the best bit: These are freely downloadable and amazingly high quality and you are welcome to print them yourself and hang them on the wall. All three are lovely, go check them out. (Via Engadget)
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