'Sky: Children of Light' Game Celebrates Halloween With New Content

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Just in time to celebrate the spookiest season of the year, thatgamecompany is bringing back its ‘Days of Mischief’ event for a three-week in-game Halloween experience in Sky: Children of the Light. Filled with playful pranks and surprising shenanigans, ‘Days of Mischief’ looks to create a delightfully immersive experience full of lasting memories. Players can look forward to the addition of an eerie new area, gathering around the bubbling Enchantment Cauldron, broom-riding, new costumes, spells, and so much more. The studio also recently debuted its newest seasonal adventure; ‘Season of Flight’ – encouraging players to take wing and get a deeper look into the world of Sky. Set in a cloudy expansion of the Hidden Forest realm, Season of Flight explores themes of harmony with the cast of new characters and the Light Creatures who fly alongside them.

‘Sky: Children of Light’ Game Celebrates Halloween With New Content

Men In Black Characters Arrive in 'Zombieland: AFK Survival' Game

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The hordes of zombies in Zombieland: AFK Survival have been replaced by the scum of the universe, and the best way to defeat them is to join forces with the experts in the field of fighting aliens – the Men In Black. Players can collect eight new MiB inspired heroes, including Agent J, Agent K and Zombieland characters Tallahassee and Columbus suiting up and wearing shades with the Men In Black. To better beat the new alien enemies, there are over 30 new weapons, trinkets and iconic Men in Black gadgets, including the memory erasing Neuralyzer the Noisy Cricket and Agent K’s car. Players will be able to enjoy all of the rewards they earn even after the event. During the next month, players can engage in daily tasks and missions to collect Universe Tokens and Red Buttons in the special Alien Invasion and Galactic Travels program to get more awesome items like the Deatomizer, the Reverberating Carbonizer and much, much more.

Men In Black Characters Arrive in ‘Zombieland: AFK Survival’ Game

'NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition' Now Available to Play on Apple Arcade

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series exclusively on Apple Arcade. Live your NBA dreams on the hardwood and run with today’s top stars like Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis, Rui Hachimura, Karl-Anthony Towns and more – in an authentic NBA 2K experience. Choose from your favorite NBA teams and take on competitors in Quick Match featuring updated 2022 NBA rosters. Compete head-to-head with a friend in Online Multiplayer mode, or play 3v3 street basketball in Blacktop mode.

‘NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition’ Now Available to Play on Apple Arcade

Visualizing the 71 Times Pundits Have Declared Apple Dead

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Using The Mac Observer‘s Apple Death Knell Counter, Cody Pearce used React and Nivo to create charts that depict these death declarations. “Some harbingers were right, some were wrong. This article is not here to pass judgment on those predictions or prophesize the future of Apple but simply to visualize some fun data points using Javascript, React, and Nivo Charts.”

Visualizing the 71 Times Pundits Have Declared Apple Dead

Nanoleaf Lines Improve Decor Possibilities in Smart Lighting

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Nanoleaf has been offering unique possibilities for blending smart lighting with home decor for years. Its latest product lineup, Nanoleaf Lines, gives you even more ways to light up your space. Each segment is 11 inches long and provides up to 20 lumens of brightness. You can set the lights to more than 16.9 million colors, and each segment has two color zones. This allows you to easily blend your color palette within your design. You can configure your Nanoleaf lines to sync with your music or Mac’s display. Nanoleaf Lines supports Apple HomeKit and also works as a Thread border router, allowing you to extend the reach of your smart home network without additional hubs. The starter kit, retailing for $199.99, comes with 9 light lines, a controller, a power supply, and everything else you need to get started. Expansion packs provide you 3 more light lines for $69.99. The smart lights are available for preorder now, with shipping expected in late November 2021.

Combat MacBook Pro Notch Envy With This App

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

One feature of the new MacBook Pros, unveiled at the ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday, that caused a bit of stir was…a notch! For those of us living a notchless existence, help is at hand. The developer behind Hourly and Solitainment, Chris Jones, aka imadethis, has a new product that adds the feature to your older device.

Adobe Shares Sneak Peek of 'Vectorize' Feature for iPad

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

On Tuesday, Adobe shared a sneak peek of the all new Vectorize feature, the next evolution of image tracing, coming soon to Illustrator on the iPad. Built on Adobe Sensei machine learning technology, Vectorize will enable users to transform any image and hand-drawn sketch into a crisp vector graphic with enhanced precision and control. This feature is especially powerful for creatives, who save time with the ability to go from paper sketches to designing on the iPad quicker, and gain the freedom to create anywhere with the mobility of the iPad and Apple Pencil. Vectorize is a Technology Preview and its performance will improve with time.

Adobe Shares Sneak Peek of ‘Vectorize’ Feature for iPad

A Song Made From Apple Sounds

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The ‘Unleashed’ Apple event on Monday, at which new AirPods, Apple Silicon, and MacBook Pros were revealed, started with a video. In it, a musician makes a song made entirely out of recorded Apple alert sounds, from classic start-up tones and message alerts to the click of an AirPods case. It led to the somewhat unexpected announcement of a new Apple Music subscription tier.

If You Want to Relax, Massage Your Eyes

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

If you’ve ever found yourself rubbing your eyes to try soothing a headache or just relax, this cool device might be for you. The Mintal eye massager brings you a dark environment, gentle warming, and massage to your eyes. The inventors performed advanced analysis of facial structures among 300 volunteers. It fits comfortably on your face, blocks out most light, and cradles your eyes. The eye massager operates in several modes including heat, massage, and music to aid your relaxation. It contains 6 airbags that warm up in about 5 seconds. The Mintal eye massager can massage your eyes and provide 107.6º F of warmth to sooth your mood, help relieve a headache, or just get you ready to sleep. The accessory even connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth, and can play your favorite music through its built-in speakers. The battery is rated to last up to 12 hours, and it folds 180 degrees for storage. I’ve begun testing the accessory myself, so look for a full review in the near future.

Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher Talk Mark Zuckerberg on 'Sway' Podcast

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

After leaked internal documents in The Wall Street Journal, whistle-blower testimony on Capitol Hill, a global server outage and drops in share price, Facebook has recently taken (another) spectacular beating. But veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg says none of it has been a surprise. In the latest episode of Sway, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg talk about “the sins of Facebook,” whether this new scandal really is the company’s Big Tobacco moment and why Sheryl Sandberg is still sitting at Mark Zuckerberg’s side. They also swap stories of tech executives — from making Mark Zuckerberg sweat (literally) and getting the cold shoulder from Elon Musk to Walt Mossberg’s Taco Bell invitation from Bill Gates and “arm-waving arguments” with Steve Jobs.

Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher Talk Mark Zuckerberg on ‘Sway’ Podcast

Official Teaser For 'The Tragedy of Macbeth', Coming to Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

We got another insight into what The Tragedy of Macbeth from Academy Award winner Joel Coen will look when a new teaser was released over the weekend. Starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, the Shakespeare adaptation was shot in black and white and has a very sparse, moody, vibe about it. The film will be available on Apple TV+ from January 14, having arrived in cinemas on Christmas Day.

New on Apple Arcade: 'Tiny Wings+' Flying Game

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Another oldie-but-goodie game has returned to iPhone gamers in the form of Apple Arcade. You have always dreamed of flying – but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps – slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment – until this annoying gravity brings you back down to earth. But the next hill is waiting for you already. Watch out for the night and fly as fast as you can. Otherwise flying will only be a dream once again.

New on Apple Arcade: ‘Tiny Wings+’ Flying Game

AdGuard for Mac Supports M1, macOS Monterey, adds DNS Filtering

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

AdGuard for Mac has a new update, and it brings DNS filtering, support for Apple Silicon, and compatibility with macOS Monterey. “From now you needn’t rely on a DNS server provided by your ISP by default, you have the luxury of making choices — cherry-pick DNS servers from known DNS providers or even add custom DNS servers. You can also add domains to DNS blocklist or allowlist and add complicated rules using DNS rules syntax.”

AdGuard for Mac Supports M1, macOS Monterey, adds DNS Filtering

'Grain' From Moment Helps You Create Video Presets

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Grain is a video editing app from Moment, a company that makes camera lenses for iPhones. The presets help you edit brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and temperature to create the perfect style you want. You’ll also find special effects like film grain, light leaks, dust, prisms, and more to add to your video. Tap to add an effect, then use gestures to adjust.

‘Grain’ From Moment Helps You Create Video Presets

First Look at 'Invasion' Coming to Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Alongside three new trailers, Apple TV+ also released a first look at the forthcoming sci-fi series Invasion. The series from Simon Kinberg (X-MenDeadpool, The Martian) and Dave Weill (Hunters) was hit with a COVID-induced pause but resumed filming in August last year. However, the first three episodes will finally become available to subscribers on October 22.

Update to 'REC' Video Camera App Supports Apple ProRes

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

REC is a video camera app that offers manual controls for advanced videographers. Its recent update adds support for Apple ProRes codecs. REC will support the following codecs: Apple ProRes 422 Proxy: A highly compressed option for lower file sizes but stunning quality. Apple ProRes 422 LT: Slightly less compressed than 422 Proxy, LT balances smaller file sizes with a comparatively higher data rate. Apple ProRes 422: An extremely high quality codec, 422 boasts almost the same quality as 422 HQ, but with 66% of the data rate, so editing is even faster. Apple ProRes 422 HQ: This codec offers the highest quality video available, in a visually lossless format.

Update to ‘REC’ Video Camera App Supports Apple ProRes

Your WiFi Doubles as Home Security Tech with Hex

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Home security systems can be expensive, complicated combinations of DIY sensors and hubs, or all of the above. Worse, the sensors are prone to false alarms, especially motion detectors. What if your home security system worked by deciphering how bodies, yours or others’, interacted with invisible waves already moving through your house? I’m talking about interpreting how your WiFi signals bounce off people and objects. If that sounds too far-fetched, it isn’t. Hex Home is redefining home security by doing just that. The system uses your existing WiFi waves to detect motion in your home. Hex is fully customizable, allowing you to configure sensitivity so your furry friends or curtains moving in the wind don’t trigger the alarm. You can even set automated times for the alarm to arm or disarm.

Apple Exec Lisa Jackson Appears on 'The Jane Goodall Hopecast'

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

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Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, is the latest guest on The Jane Goodall Hopecast. They discuss how businesses can provide innovation and leadership in tackling environmental issues.