In Honor of Apollo 11, Orbitrack Will Be Free on July 20th

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Southern Stars Group, LLC has released the following:

On the 50thanniversary of Apollo 11’s first manned moon landing, a new iOS app – Orbitrack – lets you explore the universe of spacecraft in orbit around our home planet today, using cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality technology.

Better yet: for just one day, July 20th, 2019, Orbitrack will be offered for free on the iTunes Store.

Highly rated, Orbitrack is available in the Apple App Store now for $4.99 (free on 7/20) and for Android in the second half of 2019. For more information, visit Southern Stars Group.

Google Honors Margaret Hamilton With Portrait Bigger Than Central Park

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In a project called Margaret by Moonlight, Google honors Apollo 11’s programmer Margaret Hamilton by creating a portrait of her using 107,000 solar panels reflecting moonlight. In a blog post, the company writes about the project:

With the anniversary of that moon landing approaching, Google set out to shine a light on Margaret’s influence on Apollo, and on the field of software engineering itself. The tribute was created by positioning over 107,000 mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert to reflect the light of the moon, instead of the sun, like the mirrors normally do. The result is a 1.4-square-mile portrait of Margaret, bigger than New York’s Central Park.

You can watch the video on YouTube here.

Russia Ponders Law Making Local Smartphone Software Mandatory

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Lawmakers in Russia are considering a proposal to make having locally made software on smartphones and other devices mandatory, Reuters reported. Apple is a key player in the Russian smartphone market, and I can’t see the company being happy with this idea.

The bill, tabled at the lower house of parliament on Thursday, would allow authorities to draw up a list of mandatory, locally-made software. If passed, it would come into force in July 2020. Russia’s cell-phone market is dominated by Apple, Samsung and Huawei products. The bill also proposes fining companies that sell devices without pre-installed Russian software from 50,000 to 200,000 roubles (£630.94-£2,531.75) starting from January 2021.


Apple's Zane Lowe Talks With Tyler, The Creator

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Zane Lowe, who leads Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, sat down Tyler, the Creator. During the 50 minute interview, the two men discussed a wide range of topics, from Tyler’s character IGOR and his wig to his number one album and creativity more broadly. It gave a fascinating insight into a highly original artist.

Restored Video of The Original Apollo 11 Moonwalk

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Saturday marks 50 years since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men on the moon. NASA released a restored video of the historic moonwalk. You can hear the Houston Flight Director, as well as commentary from the NASA public affairs department. Some of the images in the first three minutes after the clip were only shown in Australia and New Zealand at the time. Neil Armstrong’s famous first words happened just after that, at 3 minutes and 33 seconds. 50 years on,  it all remains absolutely breathtaking.

NSO Group Tool Harvests Targeted iCloud Data

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Israel-based NSO Group claims it can harvest iCloud data in targeted attacks. It’s said to be a version of the Pegasus spyware.

Attackers using the malware are said to be able to access a wealth of private information, including the full history of a target’s location data and archived messages or photos, according to people who shared documents with the Financial Times and described a recent product demonstration.

When questioned by the newspaper, NSO denied promoting hacking or mass-surveillance tools for cloud services, but didn’t specifically deny that it had developed the capability described in the documents.

The Story of an Apple Intern and Her Emoji Designs

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CNBC writes:

In 2008, Apple design intern Angela Guzman worked with her mentor to design around 500 of the original emoji. Originally intended for a Japanese audience, Guzman had no idea emoji would become so popular worldwide.

Guzman is no longer at Apple. Say what?

Apple Sells Exclusive Satechi USB-C Adapter

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Apple is selling a Satechi USB-C adapter exclusively in its store. It has a USB-C power port, USB-A, SD, and microSD readers, and an HDMI port.

The Multiport Pro Adapter comes in space gray and is priced at $70, the same as what Apple’s first-party USB-C adapter normally sells for (but doesn’t have SD readers like Satechi’s new adapter). Notably, Satechi’s Multiport Pro Adapter is the only third-party USB-C hub that Apple is selling.

You Can Buy Diamond-Encrusted AirPods for $20,000

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Do you have a spare US$20,000 lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Buy these AirPods decked out in diamonds with a marble stand.

Ian DeLucca’s Object No. 1 AirPods are part of his “New Materialism” series, focused on spotlighting the intersection of art and commerce. Twenty-five pairs of the earphones are being made with diamonds that are said to be VVS1-quality, and naturally mined rather than manufactured. Each white gold pair gets inscribed with its creation date and an edition number.

I just want stealth-black AirPods, thanks.

IK Multimedia Launches Desktop Reference Monitors for Home and Pro Recording

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IK Multimedia launched a new line of reference monitors for desktop recording called iLoud MTM. Reference monitors are designed for recording to offer a flat response, which is ideal for finding a mix that sounds good on lots of end-user speakers. IK Multimedia said iLoud MTM also offers a linear phase response. They’re based on the larger iLoud Micro Monitors, being aimed specifically at desktop recording. And despite that smaller size, they offer a bass response down to a surprising 40Hz.  iLoud MTM is priced at US$/€349.99 each, or $/€699.99 per pair—they’re available now.

IK Multimedia Launches Desktop Reference Monitors for Home and Pro Recording

Slope Universal Tablet Stand Holds Any Size iPad: $29.99

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We have a deal on the Slope universal tablet stand. This device was designed to look good with Apple devices, and it will support any size iPad, including the large iPad Pro, as well as iPhones and other smartphones. It does so using pads comprised of a special type of nano-foam with thousands of microscopic air pockets across its surface that act like tiny suction cups. Those pads hold the stand to the surface it’s resting on and they hold your device. The unboxing video below shows Slope in action.