When we write about cool stuff it typically isn't literally cool, but Frigidaire is changing that with their new Cool Connect Room Air Conditioner (Amazon - $299.99) This window mounted air conditioner is great for apartments and small spaces that don't have a cooling system, plus it connects to your WiFi network so you can control it from your iPhone locally or over the Internet. You can set schedules, remotely monitor its operation, and more. The Cool Connect can keep a 350 square foot space cool and costs US$349
Dr. Dre's The Chronic will stream exclusively on Apple Music, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Dr. Dre works for Apple these days, and is a part of the company's Apple Music team. The album was Dr. Dre's first solo effort after leaving N.W.A., and it was released in 1992. The rapper turned media mogul won the digital rights for the album from his former record label, Death Row Records, in 2011. Since then, it has not been available on streaming services since that time. The Chronic joins Taylor Swift's 1989 as exclusive streaming titles for Apple Music.
::checks calendar:: It's not April 1st...oh boy, I hope this is legit! Lexus has a new promo video teasing a "real, rideable hoverboard." "There's no such thing as impossible," the company said in the video. "It's just a matter of figuring out how." Then shows a levitating board. The steam vapor coming from it suggests its a supercooled magnetic thingamajig—Engadget said that Lexus confirmed the skatepark the video was shot in has a metal layer underneath the concrete. We've had supercooled magnetic levitation for a long time, but this sort of semi-practical application is still a heckuva of an advancement. Enjoy the video and drool.
Gestimer is a cool new Mac utility that allows you to create reminders from your Mac menu bar. It runs as an icon in your Menu Bar. Drag and pull from that icon to set the length of time, and when you release you get a pop up menu that let's you fill in the details. It's elegant and simple, and it's priced at US$2.99 at the Mac App Store. Check it out in action in the video below.
If you've wondered if Apple Watch is powerful enough to run the Mac's operating system, then wonder no more. The answer is "yes," assuming you mean Mac OS 7.5.5. Nick Lee managed to get the 20 year old operating system up and running on his Apple Watch, and even though the screen makes icons too small to select, it really works. Nick started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device. It's slow, but to be fair, our Macs 20 years ago were slow compared to today's machines. The important part to remember here is that figuring out how to turn your Apple Watch into a Mac is pretty cool.
The big news over the weekend was Taylor Swift's blog post callout Apple out for not paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial period for Apple Music. The Joy of Tech, the long running online comic about the tech world, offered up their take on what played out with a decidedly 1984 spin. It's great, and is also a nice reminder that Apple needs to make sure it never becomes what it fought against over 30 years ago. You can check out the full comic at the Geek Culture website.
An Apple patent for the Digital Crown unveiled on Apple Watch has surfaced in Europe, and Patently Apple has published details and images. Among other things, the patent covers, "an apparatus for an electronic device that provides haptic feedback by controlling an application of friction to a rotary input control with a shaft." Check out Patently Apple for images and additional details—it's a clear demonstration of how Apple thinks differently about user interface issues. This is something Apple's competitors seem unable to do. Asus, for instance, added a "crown" of its own to the Android-powered ZenWatch 2, but it's little more than a glorified on/off button.
Tim Cook definitely leans progressive, but Apple's products are loved on the left and the right. Conservative stalwart New Gingrich, for instance, loves Apple products, and we thought we'd give his thoughts about Apple some equal time. He worked with Mashable to produce a video review of Apple Watch, which he called a "very positive development, and said, "Anybody who is interested in being at the cutting edge of technology should get this."
Chris Pratt totally has the Jurassic tame-the-raptors move down, and it turns out he isn't the only one with the magic touch. Zoo keepers are showing off their tame-the-beast moves, too. They're recreating a scene from the just released Jurassic World movie where Pratt's character, Owen Grady, is taming velociraptors and it's the perfect set up for people work with non-extinct animals in real life. The meme is awesome, and a great way to remind us that people are working hard for animal conservation. And thanks to The Nerdist for putting together some of the best photos so we didn't have to.
Apple posted the WWDC 2015 Keynote video to YouTube this week. You can still stream it from Apple's website, but the YouTube version is easier to scrub through for finding specific moments.
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