This has me somewhere between creeped out and awesomefied, but check out this video. It’s a demonstration of “mini robots”—or “robot spiders,” as The Next Web put it—weaving a structure of carbon fiber. Or more specifically, a hammock. These devices can climb walls and crawl across ceilings (like spiders), and they work in concert to pull strands of carbon fiber to build “structures.” Call me old fashioned, but it’s hardly reassuring that the hammock they built looks a lot like a vicious spiderweb, and that the model lying in that web, I mean hammock, looks lifeless. See what I mean? It’s creeptastic and amazeballs all the same time (YMMV). Dezeen has a detailed report on the project.
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FBI Director Comey is still searching for a so-called compromise on encryption, even though no such compromise is possible. Mr. Comey wants America to discuss the issue before a terror or criminal event involving encryption makes rational discussion impossible.
We have a deal for you today on the Complete iOS 10 Developer Course. It features 30 hours of content, including 217 lectures. You’ll learn SiriKit, Messages, Maps—all with new features for developers in iOS 10, as well as an in-depth look at the rest of the operating system. You can get this course through our deal for just $25.
Check out Apple’s new iPad Pro commercial, titled “iPad Pro — What’s a Computer?” It’s like a Microsoft Surface Pro spot, with a prettier star, better lighting, better graphics, and better direction. It pitches iPad Pro as a computer, only one you can touch, type on, and write on using a stylus. It features iPad Pro (9.7-inch), Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. It’s almost like Apple is saying this combination of devices is kind of like a toasterfridge that can do it all. I’d love to hear some thoughts from our readers on this.
Apple announced Monday that it will add more than 100 diverse emoji to iOS 10. The new emojis are part of the Unicode Consortium’s ongoing efforts to expand emojis, and Apple said it’s working with the Consortium to include diverse options.
We have a deal for today on four Mac utilities for managing your files: Yes, Leap, Deep, and Fresh. They’re designed to help you keep track of your documents, make more of tags, match images, and more. You can get all four apps through our deal for $19.99. Check out the details in the deal listing.
Then there was the one where the pundit said Apple has to license iOS to “undo the mistake of 30 years ago.” Bryan Chaffin walks this nonsensical idea through a logic machine.
Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is coming to BBC America! The first trailer for the series was released this week at Comic-Con, and it looks amazing. It stars Samuel Barnett in the title role, with Elijah Wood as his assistant Todd. I enjoyed the Dirk Gently novels, and I’m looking forward to this eight-episode series. Enjoy the new trailer!
Check out the Revogi Smart Meter Bluetooth Outlet. Combined with a companion app for Android and iOS, this device will let you control and monitor electricity going through it. Schedule on and off times, see your usage, and stop devices from using electricity even when they’re turned “off.” You can get this device through our deal for $24.99.
Steve Jobs was almost always compelling, intensely so. The Loop noted this video interview from 1994 when a bearded Mr. Jobs was still at NeXT. I’m not sure what he was asked (something about equating computing to the Renaissance), but his answer is intensely compelling. His central thesis is that advances in computing technology are ephemeral, and that all of his work “will be obsolete by the time I’m 50.” What’s unsaid is that legacy wasn’t the thing that drove him. Mr. Jobs relentlessly pursued the future, and this answer is part and parcel of that drive. I highly recommend watching it.
Check out the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount. It has a flexible neck that allows you to position your smartphone just the way you want it. and the universal mount is designed to hold what the manufacturer says is all smartphones. The clamp is shock-resistant and slip-resistant rubber pad that won’t slide, You can get this device through our deal for $12.99.
Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple’s earnings report and the company’s quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook’s upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street’s reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.
Check out the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset, a headset with patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears. The idea is that whatever goes into the headset does so without blocking out the rest of the world. That means you can listen to your music while chatting in the real world, or you could have a conversation through your headset in an otherwise noisy environment. You can get this device through our deal for $76.99.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is “high on AR.” During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.”
Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $42.4 billion for the June quarter, the company’s 3rd fiscal quarter. That included earnings of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 earning per share (EPS). Those results were down from the year ago quarter of $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion in earnings. It was within Apple’s own guidance of $41 to $43 billion, and earnings beat analyst expectation.
Check out the Mobile Data Management Bundle, a deal for Leawo iOS Data Recovery and Leawo iTransfer. Leawo Data Recovery allows you to restore 12 types of data from your devices, iTunes, and iCloud backup when you suffer a lost or broken device. And Leawo iTransfer allows you to transfer files between iOS devices, and backup your iPhone, iPad, and iPod data to a Mac. You can get both products for $9.99 through our deal.
Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.
Oh my goodness, but do I love this video? Yes! Yes, I love this video! It’s from some show called The Computer Chronicles in 1995, and it features our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus (starting at 8:17) introducing the first Mac clone from Power Computing. He was working for Power Computing in those days as head of PR. Check out that ponytail and jacket he’s sporting (Squeeeeeeeee!). This video also has a segment with Jack Colt from DayStar demoing a multi-processing Mac clone that was a massive powerhouse in its day, as well as a segment on Oracle, and then an interview with Tim Bajarin. Oh, and they’re showing off some new fangled thing called Java. What blast from the past! Jim Tanous of TekRevue sent me the link because he loves me.
We have a deal for you today on a metal-clad MFi-certified Lightning cable. The Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is 19-inches long and designed to be portable, in addition to being tough. As you can see in the image, it can be rolled up into a compact roll. You can get this cable through our deal for $22.49.