Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.
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Alexa fans now have a way of adding Alexa to their cars with Muse, a device that sits between your iPhone (or Android device) and your car. It allows you to tap into Alexa for music controls, controlling your home Alexa devices, and more. Check out the deal listing for details.
There are now 45 permitted Apple autonomous vehicles on the road in California, up sharply from 27 in just January.
This allows enterprise developers to tap into Watson’s advanced machine learning technology, including the ability to tag and classify images, create new models, and train models with continuous learning.
This update is believed to include support for Dolby Vision on some Sony TVs, and it may include AirPlay 2, as well.
We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.
Apple Maps added support for transit directions in West Virginia this week, as first noted by AppleInsider. The directions included below are transit directions within the city of Charleston, WV. Support for this area isn’t listed on the Apple Maps feature list, yet, but they are live now. Our screenshot was taken early evening, Monday.
Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle test program in the U.S. Monday after a woman was struck and killed by one of the company’s test vehicles in Tempe, AZ.
t will be the 8th Apple Store in Japan, or the 9th if you count Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku.
The two biggest known new features in this release cycle are Messages on iCloud and Business Chat.
We have a deal on PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac. The name tells you what it does, but it also features advanced character accuracy and recognizes more than 200 languages. It’s $19.99 through us.
It’s a monster software package that combines 94 different products into one, including AmpliTube MAX, SampleTank MAX, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, Syntronik, MODO BASS, T-RackS 5 MAX, Lurssen Mastering Console, Fender Collection 2, Ampeg SVX 2, and the Fulltone Collection.
In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the causes of Mac decay and whether Apple Store is the new DMV. They also discuss an idea that’s been on social media lately, that Johnny was out to get Scott Forstall. They cap the show with a couple of show picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)
Check out the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver, a device that turns your wired headphones into wireless headphones. As you can see in the image, it’s quite small, making it easy to carry around, and it’s $19.99 through us.
The 1973 job application from a young feller named “Steve Jobs” sold at auction for a whopping $174,757 Thursday. That’s more than a lot of Apple I computers sell for, and generally speaking what mathematicians call “a lot of money.” According to RR Auction, “The winning bidder was an internet entrepreneur from London who wishes to remain anonymous.” Congrats to the unnamed winner! I think this application/questionnaire is an interesting piece of memorabilia. The original auction listing is gone, but there’s a new Past Auction description of the lot available. You can also see a larger image from the application in our original coverage.
The release notes for developer beta 6 are the same as earlier developer betas as Apple continues hammering out bugs. The release notes for developer beta 6 are the same as earlier developer betas as Apple continues hammering out bugs.
A new study based on astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly—identical twins—found that space travel can alter DNA, at least the way we’re doing space travel now. The study found that 7% of Scott Kelly’s DNA did not return to normal after a one-year mission in space. Gizmodo noted that the change is epigenetic in nature, rather than simply genetic. It’s the way Mr. Kelly’s genes are expressed, not the genes themselves, otherwise he would now be a new species. Important semantics aside, the changes were thought to be caused by “oxygen-deprivation stress, increased inflammation, and dramatic nutrient shifts that affect gene expression,” according to CNN. It’s important to both understand and solve these kinds of issues when it comes to prolonged space flight, travel to Mars, and other space-related activities, and the Kellys being part of this study will pay untold dividends towards that understanding. The video below on the topic is from NBC.
Check out Wave, a device I think has a real future. It’s a wearable MIDI controller in the form of a ring. If you watch the video, you’ll see that it can act almost like a Theramin, by turning motion into data. It also has buttons you can tap with your thumb, and you can trigger samples by tapping on a surface. Wave is currently a little big, but I can easily see this kind of technology bringing marked innovation to live performances and leading to all kinds of unforeseen ways to make, shape, and effect music. This company said Wave has been in development for three years, has been tested by hundreds of musicians, and has been used live on stage. The Indiegogo campaign is for taking Wave to manufacturing. They’ve already surpassed their $30,000 goal, having raised more than $46,000 with 21 days to go.
Check out Lunavity, a sort of wearable helicopter that’s supposed to help you jump. Right off the bat, I don’t believe in this product—it’s never, ever going to be a thing. But it’s cool. More importantly, it’s the kind of absurd product idea whose research could eventually lead to unimagined products and ideas sometime in the future. It’s also an innovative approach to tackling both mobility challenges and enhanced mobility, even if no one is going to wear one of these things around. Ever. In a million years. But check it out anyway!
We have a deal on a one year subscription to GOOSE VPN. The service includes 59 servers around the world, plus simultaneous use on an unlimited number of devices. Platforms supported include Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. It’s $14.99 through us, and there are also three year and five year subscriptions.