Raspberry Pi Smart Home Device Seeks Crowdfunding

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

One of the coolest Rapberry Pi projects I’ve ever worked with is the Home Assistant software. It brings smart home support to the Raspberry Pi in a much wider fashion than anything else really accomplishes. Some of the folks behind Home Assistant are working on a new project based around that utility. Home Assistant Amber, as it’s called, will allow even the most novice Raspberry Pi user to quickly set up their own smart home hub, with thousands of available integrations. When you buy a Home Assistant Amber, it ships prebuilt, so you don’t even have to assemble the device. It’s even going to be forward-compatible with the upcoming Matter standard, which could position Home Assistant Amber to be a runaway success. It is being crowdfunded, of course. We’re all too familiar with Kickstarter projects that never ship. Hopefully, Home Assistant Amber won’t be one of those.

This iPhone 13 Case Gives you a Digital Business Card to Share

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Nomad Goods has prepared a line of iPhone 13 cases that have an NFC digital business card. Simply tap the back of Sport Case to another phone to share your contact info, social media, and more. The company partnered with Popl, the leader in digital business card technology. Download the Popl app to get started here.

This iPhone 13 Case Gives you a Digital Business Card to Share

First Look at ‘Foundation’ Coming to Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Many people are excited about Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, premiering on Apple TV+ on apple-tv-plus-september-24/">September 24. We got a sneak peak on Friday, when a ‘first look’ video was released. Executive Producer David Goyer, along with some cast members, provide an insight into what viewers can expect.

Apple TV+: 'See' Season Two 'New World' Featurette

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The first four episodes of See season two are apple.com/gb/show/see/umc.cmc.3s4mgg2y7h95fks9gnc4pw13m">now available on Apple TV+. A new featurette has been released in which the cast and crew discussed how they worked to bring a world without sight to life.

Recap of 'The Morning Show' Season One

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The Morning Show season two apple.com/gb/episode/my-least-favorite-year/umc.cmc.5taucmh02qry4j6otwnfhwesr?showId=umc.cmc.25tn3v8ku4b39tr6ccgb8nl6m">premiered on Friday. For those who may have forgotten what happened in the previous episodes, Apple TV+ has published a nice recap. You can also read episode-by-episode recaps on The Mac Observer.

Movo's All-in-One HD Webcam, Mic, and Ring Light Shipping Now

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

These days, the work-from-home movement is stronger than ever. Unfortunately, much of our gear for video conferences isn’t up to snuff. We face video problems on calls, unclear audio, and poor lighting. Fixing all of these could cost hundreds of dollars in audio-visual equipment. Or, we could simply try out the Movo WebMic HD Pro, a Kickstarter campaign beginning to ship in the US now. Movo is known for helping empower content creators, and now aims to help remote workers look and sound their best. The WebMic HD Pro features a built-in 1080p camera, cardioid condenser microphone, headphone monitoring port, and an integrated LED ring light. Kickstarter pricing is $119, a 30% discount off the projected retail price.

Kodak Photo Printer App Updates With AR, Beauty Functions, Templates, and More

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Prinics Co., a Kodak Licensee that develops and manufactures photo printers and instant print cameras, has released a new version of the Kodak Photo Printer App, which allows users to shoot, edit and print photos all in the same place. The improved mobile app includes numerous photo-editing tools such as augmented reality, beauty functions, photo templates and borders in addition to printing photos from a smartphone. Users can also print photos directly from their phone to their Kodak instant print camera or photo printer through Bluetooth pairing.

Kodak Photo Printer App Updates With AR, Beauty Functions, Templates, and More

Steve Wozniak Aims to Clean Up Space

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is getting into the space business, but in a new way. Alongside Alex Fielding, a member of the first iMac team and founder of the now-closed *Wheels of Zeus* startup, the Woz has founded space company Privateer. While Privateer’s website is in stealth mode without any real information, Gizmodo uncovered a tidbit about Privateer in an August 2021 press release for a 3D titanium alloy printer. The release describes Privateer as a “satellite company focused on the monitoring and cleaning up objects in space”. More details are expected at the AMOS Tech 2021 conference, running from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, 2021. Estimates say that the number of active and defunct satellites orbiting the Earth has increased from 3,300 to more than 7,600 in the last 10 years. That number could grow to as many as 100,000 satellites before 2030. With so many other private space companies pushing for space travel for private citizens, Wozniak’s effort to clean up space is definitely a breath of fresh air.

Kathryn Bigelow Tries Shooting With iPhone 13 Pro

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple was keen to emphasize the various camera upgrades on the iPhone 13 Pro. To do so, they brought in two-time Oscar-winning Director Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Greig Fraser to recreate a variety of cinematic genres.

Apple TV+ Official Fall Preview Trailer

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The iPhone 13 ‘California Streaming’ event did, in fact, start with some streaming. We got a compilation of Apple TV+ fall content. Some of (Ted LassoSee…) is out already. Other stuff (The Problem with Jon StewartThe Morning Show season two…) are yet to be released. It was interesting to see the Original right at the top of a big event. It potentially signals that with significant amounts of new content finally on the way, there is a renewed focus on promoting the service as it approaches its second birthday.

'Deliveries' Package Tracker Update Can Handle Multiple Clipboard Items

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Deliveries has been updated on Tuesday, though many of the changes are behind-the-scenes. Here are a few: If there are multiple tracking numbers on the clipboard, Deliveries can detect all of them; Improved how items with multiple packages refresh. For example if you have an order with one package that was already delivered, that shipment is no longer refreshed along with the others; Maps for deliveries with multiple packages now emphasize the selected package. Maps in notifications focus on the route that’s relevant to the notification; Map views are more efficient, and better at handling errors looking up locations. They’re less likely to animate unexpectedly while you’re adjusting the view, and they look a bit nicer too.

‘Deliveries’ Package Tracker Update Can Handle Multiple Clipboard Items

Add Wi-Fi Logging to Your IKEA Air Quality Sensor

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

If you want to keep an eye on the air quality in your home, you can’t go wrong with the IKEA VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor. It only costs $12, and uses colored LEDs to tell you the relative air quality in your home. Maker Sören Beye has extended the capability of the sensor even further, enabling Wi-Fi logging of the data. All you need, in addition to the air quality sensor, is an ESP8266 microcontroller, a couple short jumper wires, a soldering iron, and a long PH0 screwdriver. Oh, you don’t even have to program it yourself, because Beye provides that along with full instructions on Github. It’s a fair bit less expensive, and more fun, than just buying something like the Airthings Wave Mini.Arduin

Add Wi-Fi Logging to Your IKEA Air Quality Sensor

Apple TV+: New 'The Morning Show' Season Two Featurette

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The Morning Show season two premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 17. Ahead of that, a new featurette was released over the weekend. Stars of the show including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Karen Pittman, as well as director Mimi Leder, give an insight into what viewers can expect. Of course, we see the fallout of Bradley and Alex’s onscreen revelations. Episodes are also going to look at issues of racism. Based on some of the chyrons we see in the clips shared, rumors that COVID-19 will be covered are also true.

VSCO Introduces a Healing Tool for Members Called 'Remove'

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Remove lets you easily edit out unwanted objects from your photos in a few simple taps. Clear photobombers, background clutter, and more for cleaner, beautiful images when you start a 7-day free membership trial. I’ve been testing it so far and it’s not the greatest at removing things, but the feature is currently in beta and is sure to improve over time. Options: Determine the Brush size you want to use with the slider. Play with smaller Brush sizes and using a tapping motion, instead of a brushing motion, for more accurate editing. You can also pinch and zoom into different parts of your photo to focus on smaller details. While editing your image, make use of the back and forward arrows to compare edits and undo or redo your work. Tap the checkmark when you’re done.

VSCO Introduces a Healing Tool for Members Called ‘Remove’

'McClockface' Update 1.3 Adds New Home Screen Widgets

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

As promised, the developer of McClockface has released version 1.3. Here are the new widgets it includes: Metro Map; Not A Long Time Ago…; Sign Bunny Meme; and Going Old School. There is also now a “Frequently Asked Questions” page in Settings that addresses some of the more common questions we’ve been receiving.

‘McClockface’ Update 1.3 Adds New Home Screen Widgets