We always ask what today's temperature will be, but what we really need to know is whether or not we need a jacket. That's exactly what you'll get from Weather From, delivered from your grandmother. She's let you know if it's going to be cold or hot, if you need a jacket, and always has something to say about life, family, or politics. I can't imagine why you'd need to get your weather forecast anywhere else. Fair warning: Many of the forecasts are definelty NSFW, so use proper discrection when checking to see if it's going to rain today.
A fun one to put up on the Apple TV during New Year's Eve festivities, here's YouTuber Samurai Guitarist using an iPad (he notes in the comments that it's borrowed) to cover Blue Oyster Cult's classic Don't Fear The Reaper. Sadly he doesn't mention the apps involved, because I'd love a good cowbell app. Anyway, aside from the digitized vocals and the lack of "needle to the record" noise, it sounds really close to the original. I love videos like this, partly because of the novelty of it, and partly because it might introduce this song to someone who hasn't heard it before. And let's be honest when it comes down to it, we all need a little more cowbell. Check out the full video below.
(via Melissa Davis)
Touch ID is wonderfully convenient for unlocking your iPhone, and thanks to MacID you'll be able to use your fingerprint to do the same on your Mac. The iPhone app uses Bluetooth LE to talk with your Mac and enter your lockscreen passcode with a touch. You'll need the companion app on your Mac, too, and your laptop, iMac or Mac Pro needs to be new enough to support Bluetooth LE. MacID is awaiting approval for release on the App Store and should be available soon.
Photoshop and Illustrator may be the defacto standard for creating logos, but sometimes going hands on with real world materials can give our business identities a warmer and more personal feel—like the stained glass logo art Howard Perlman makes. Just give him your logo and he'll hand craft it into stained glass, ready to hang. Each piece is unique, and you can check out Howard's handiwork with the WordPress, Drupal, and Linux logos on his website.
The future, in the 1950s, was supposed to be all about flying cars. But they didn't come to pass except for some rare, early prototypes. But thanks to Aeromobil's co-founder Štefan Klein, advanced technology may yet bring the dream to fruition. According to the website, "Mr. Klein has devoted the last twenty years into making his dream come true. It is a dream that only few people believed in—a flying car. Currently he works on prototype of AeroMobil 3.0 after he successfully tested concepts and pre-prototype." Version 3.0, shown here with wings extended, seats two, has a top speed in the air of 124 mph (200 km/h), and has a range 435 miles (700 km). The car's (ground) specs are similar to that of a small, economy car. The site's photos are phenomenal, and the prototype is said to be close to commercial availability, subject to each country's certification.
Who has the dubious distinction of the single biggest data breach? That would be Adobe, but AOL earns the honor for ongoing data breaches. In Adobe's case, that amounted to 152 million customer IDs stolen, but Ebay isn't that far behind with 145 million records stolen. How about Target at 70 million credit card number stolen? All these numbers—and more— are packed into a fantastic infographic from Information is Beautiful. It does a great job of putting the biggest data breaches back to 2004 into perspective, and it's a great reminder why it's important to use unique logins for all of your online services.
I've had a lot of very lovely Christmas/holiday greetings from some terrific Mac and iOS companies cross my desk this year, but Twelve South's stood out because the company is offering a free gift to everyone. Twelve South commissioned four sets of wallpapers from San Francisco photographer Scott Gordon designed for people with two displays. The one I included is called Nightscape, but there's also Fall in San Francisco, Cloudveil, and Soma. Each comes with a left image and a right image (though any one of them would be great for one-screen Mac setups, too), and they've been formatted specifically for seven different screen sizes, from an 11-inch MacBook Air to a 27-inch iMac/Thunderbolt Display.
Marko Korošec is a weather chaser and photographer, and he grabbed some amazing photos in Slovenia after an freezing ice fog storm event. Dashburst has the photos laid out all nice and pretty, and they're stunning. Apparently Mr. Korošec climbed Mount Javornik and Mount Nanos after three days of freezing fog and rain—as one does—and captured nature at her most artistic. Check it out.
Serial is the season's stand out podcast, which makes it a prime target for Saturday Night Live. The weekly sketch comedy show did Serial justice with a brilliant take that has Sarah Koenig investigating an elf named Chris who breaks into people's homes to leave presents for children. It's almost as if you're watching an actual episode of Serial. Pure holiday magic.error
I love Apple's new spot called "The Song." It was released on Sunday, and on Wednesday Apple published a behind-the-scenes video called "The Story Behind 'The Song.'" It explains the concept evident in the commercial—a young woman finds a a record of a love song her grandmother made for her grandfather. She then takes that recording, which was made in a Voice-O-Graph booth , and adds guitar and vocals to turn it into a duet. More interestingly, however, the video also shows how Apple worked with Third Man Records—the label owned by Jack White—to make the video. The actress who played the grandmother in the late 40s recorded the song used in the commercial on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph owned by Third Man Records. That same booth was filmed for the commercial, too. Check it out—it's very cool.
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