Apple Hires Satellite Experts away from Google

· · Analysis

Satellite with an Apple logo

Apple has hired away a pair of Google’s top satellite experts, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Citing unnamed sources, Mr. Gurman reported that Apple hired John Fenwick, who previously led Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering at Google. They are part of a new hardware team at Apple headed by another former Googler, Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy.

Get Free Bitcoins from 22 Faucets That Pay

· · Quick Tip

Bitcoins Raining Down

We’ve put together a Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 22 faucets that we’ve confirmed pay out when and how they say they will. Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: added another faucet to the confirmed pay list. Updated descriptions of other faucets.]

Slate Wrap for iPhone, a Study in Textured Black

· · Cool Stuff Found

The Slate wrap from Slickwraps crossed my desk a few days ago, and the thing is that it stuck with me. I find it compelling. Attractive. It’s a study in textured blacks, and I do like black cases and covers for my devices (YMMV). Slickwraps has been knocking it out of the part with their wraps lately, too. In any event, the company is calling this a limited edition, and say that it protects from minor scratches and small drops. They have them for iPhones, several Android devices (if that’s your thing), and even a MacBook. The ones for smartphone are priced at US$24.95.

Slate Wrap for iPhone, a Study in Textured Black

Biisuke Ball's Big Adventure Part 2 Is a Great Rube Goldberg Machine

· · Cool Stuff Found

I love Rube Goldberg machines. We’ve seen some very clever ones in recent year, but how many have come with their own narrative theme song and an action adventure story? Enter Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure Part 2 [via Sploid]. It’s a Rube Goldberg machine where three balls go on a well-timed adventure, complete with the afore-mentioned narrative theme song. It’s in Japanese, but there are subtitles, and the real magic is in the ingenious machine. Enjoy!

macOS: Automatically Format Reminders With Date And Time

· · News

Reminders

This tip comes from Reddit, where user pralux found a handy shortcut. If you use the Reminders app on macOS, there is a way to automatically format reminders with the date and time. This saves you several clicks by doing it manually. Here’s how to do it.

For the Most Private Browsing Experience, Think Epic Browser

· · Product News

Private Browsing with Epic Privacy Browser

People are growing increasingly concerned with private browsing, given the state of internet privacy in the US and other countries, as well as increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. Jeff Butts is one of those concerned citizens, and has found out about a browser that takes security and privacy as seriously as he does.

Apple Injury Reports Hint at Augmented Reality Glasses

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Laser related eye injuries hint at Apple's augmented reality plans

Thanks to a leaked health and safety report we have some clues into what projects Apple is working on, and it looks like augmented reality glasses may be on that list. Two employees suffered from eye injuries from lasers attached to some form of headgear, which sounds a lot like a wearable augmented reality device.

Gamevice for iPhone plus $10 iTunes Gift Card: $99.95

· · TMO Deals

Gamevice for iPhone

Check out Gamevice for iPhone. It’s a game controller for your iPhone that fits on either end, turning it into a single gaming device. It features built-in ABXY, L1R1, L2R2, and D-pad controllers, plus dual joysticks. It’s US$99.95 through our deal, and that includes a $10 iTunes gift card.

New JavaScript API Brings Apple Live Photos to the Web

· · News

Apple has created a new Javascript API so developers can bring Live Photos to the web. Live Photos are Apple’s way to bring your photos to life. A live photo is a cross between a video and a GIF, but on-demand animation for live photos was limited to iOS and Instagram’s Boomerang feature…until now.

This Coating is So Black, it Messes With Your Mind [Video]

· · Cool Stuff Found

Here’s the blurb from Mashable: “In 2014, researchers in the UK created the darkest material in the world known as ‘Vantablack.’ Now, they’ve created a spray-on version. Vantablack is so dark that it distorts the shape and form of the objects on which it’s painted.” Absorbing 99.965 percent of visible light, this coating reflects so little, it creates new optical illusions, disguises shapes, and tricks the human eye. You’ve never seen nothing like this. Wile E. Coyote helps with the demonstration.

This Coating is So Black, it Messes With Your Mind [Video]